How much time do you spend thinking about your tongue? Probably not much—unless you happen to accidentally bite your tongue. Then the reason why your tongue hurts is obvious. However, there are other reasons, too. In this blog, a dentist in Washington discusses causes of tongue pain and treatments.(more…)
January 8, 2019
December 12, 2018
When was the last time you saw a dentist in Washington? The correct answer to that question is sometime in the last six months, because the American Dental Association recommends two checkups every year. However, if dental anxiety keeps you from having the oral health care you need, then there’s no better time than the start of the New Year to overcome your fears. There are many ways a dentist can help to eliminate your anxiety. Read on to learn more about dental phobia and how to put your fears behind you.
October 21, 2018
Numbers don’t lie. So let’s take a look at some numbers. The American Dental Association estimates that on average, Americans with dental insurance receive only $323 of dental treatment each year. But a typical plan has an annual maximum of $1,250, which means that $927 is not being used. Multiply that by the 164 million people who have private dental insurance and the grand total in lost dental benefits is $152 billion! And because most benefits don’t roll over to the following year, that’s a lot of money getting left behind. How can you help avoid such waste? Schedule a dental checkup today with a dentist in Washington!
February 5, 2018
People have been getting cavities for as long as humans have been eating. Our ancient ancestors tried to repair tooth decay with fillings made of beeswax and other malleable substances. Today, however, there are two choices: a filling made of an amalgam of metal or one made of composite resin. Read on to learn about the pros and cons of each from a dentist in Washington.
January 7, 2018
Every morning and every night you brush your teeth with fluoride toothpaste. You also floss between your teeth daily. And every six months you schedule a cleaning and exam with your family dentist in Washington. So if you’re doing everything your dentist and the American Dental Association recommends, why do you have a cavity now? Let’s take a look at what occurs in the mouth to create a cavity, how they’re repaired and what you can do to avoid one.
September 25, 2016
A beautiful smile is a feel-good accessory that goes with everything. However, if you have white spots on a few of your teeth, then you may be very self-conscious about the way your smile looks. Fortunately, there ways that your cosmetic dentist in Washington can make those spots disappear. Read on to learn what causes white spots to appear on teeth and the options for treatment.
November 10, 2015
If your smile is so marred by imperfections and flaws that you are reluctant to speak or smile in front of family and friends—never mind coming to see the dentist—then Dr. James Mace and his team of dental hygienists and dental assistants in Washington, MO, would like you to reconsider. We want to see your smile with all of its flaws, because then we can formulate a plan that will rebuild your teeth and your oral health, as well as renew your self-confidence. This plan is called full mouth reconstruction. Also called full-mouth rehabilitation or full-mouth restoration, this procedure is essentially a road map of restorative and cosmetic dentistry treatments that Dr. Mace performs to rebuild teeth in both your upper and lower arches.
November 4, 2015
Dr. James Mace, a local general dentist, will speak at the American Academy of Periodontology’s annual meeting. The meeting will be held at the Gaylord Palms Hotel in Orlando, Florida from November 14th through the 17th. Dr. Mace will be speaking to meeting attendees about biomaterials, laboratory considerations and clinical approaches to providing patients with fixed/non-removable teeth for an entire arch to be supported by dental implants.
The lecture addresses patients that are either missing all of their teeth in an arch or are soon to be, and is an overview of how to provide patients with implant-supported, non-removable teeth instead of a traditional denture. Dr. Mace will be speaking with Dr. George Duello, a St. Louis periodontist, who will be speaking on the surgical considerations for these types of cases.
Dr. Mace has been practicing in Washington for over 15 years and has a practice focused on adult restorative dentistry.
August 19, 2015
It’s one of our favorite days of the week: Throwback Thursday. What do you notice in those old throwback photos? Take a look at your teeth. If you’re like the rest of us, they’ve gotten darker with time. You don’t notice it as it happens, but each cup of coffee and glass of red wine slowly changes the color of your teeth, until one day the your smile resembles something the shade of dishwater…and that’s just not attractive. But here’s some good news: whiter teeth are within your reach.
June 26, 2015
Big fillings that need to be replaced don’t necessarily need a full crown for therapy to be completed. A more conservative option is inlays and onlays – they fit into a tooth similarly to a filling, yet they are milled restorations. Inlays fit between cusps (bumps on top of your tooth) while onlays fit over one or more cusps. All of this results in a patient retaining more natural tooth structure. At the dental office of Dr. James Mace in Washington, MO, we can offer you fantastic inlay and onlay service with the gentle care you deserve. Not every situation is right for an inlay or onlay, but Dr. Mace will assess your problem and determine the best solution for you.