Why Are My Teeth Sensitive?

Tooth sensitivity can be caused by a variety of factors. Tooth decay, too much plaque on the teeth, root exposure/recession and wear can all cause sensitivity, as can clenching your teeth. Tooth lightening and certain toothpastes can also make your teeth sensitive. Consuming acidic drinks or food can cause sensitivity and also erode tooth structure. … Continued

Continuing Education: Dr. Foote and Staff

We place a heavy emphasis on continuing our education, and go above and beyond the minimum requirements of the state. Recently, Dr. Foote and the rest of team attended the Midwest Dental Conference in Kansas City. Spanning four days, topics included dental hygiene, wellness, practice management, oral surgery, oral medicine, pathology, endodontics, interpersonal communication, and … Continued

What to Expect When Getting Porcelain Veneers

Porcelain veneers are thin laminates of porcelain which are applied to the surfaces of the teeth in order to change the shape, shade and/or alignment of teeth, and can also be used to improve function. Little or no tooth structure may need to be prepared in order to achieve the desired result. They are a … Continued

How Does Invisalign Work?

Invisalign is a unique way to move teeth without having to wear braces. Once it’s determined that you’re a candidate, we gather some information about your condition and decide how you want your teeth to look. At the Invisalign laboratory, your treatment is done virtually and three-dimensionally on a computer. If you are happy with … Continued

How Do Dental Implants Work?

Dental implants are an excellent option to replace missing teeth. Unlike other options which can be bulky or that move, or others which require removal of healthy tooth structure to stabilize a replacement tooth, implants are placed in the bone like a natural tooth root. They can then be used to support individual teeth, a … Continued

New Patient Forms on the Website

You might notice some new forms which are present on this site. Specifically, the dental history is designed to more thoroughly address patient concerns and assess risk factors to one’s oral health. By doing so, we can treat people in a more thorough manner and help them maintain health throughout life. The “TMD” questionnaire is … Continued

Cometic Dentistry

Cosmetic dentistry is an interest area within the profession. While this means that it is not a recognized specialty, it does require specialized training to be skilled at these procedures. Whether it be professional teeth whitening, veneers, orthodontics or orthognathic surgery, there are many things which can be done to enhance one’s appearance and improve … Continued

Why Does My Jaw Pop?

Jaw popping is caused by changes inside the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) space. This usually is due to a change in form or position of a cartilaginous disc that should normally move in harmony within your joint. When this movement becomes disrupted, it can cause sounds (clicking, popping, grinding), altered function (limited range, uneven opening) and/or … Continued

How Much Does Invisalign Cost?

Invisalign is an excellent way to conservatively and effectively enhance your smile. After a complete analysis of your needs and desires regarding your smile and bite, Dr. Foote can evaluate the type of treatment which is best suited for you. Depending on the amount of tooth movement and number of teeth being moved, Invisalign cost … Continued

MOMOM

MOMOM, or Missouri Mission of Mercy, is a two-day event of charitable dentistry. This event’s first appearance in Missouri was in Springfield in 2011 and has since been held in Cape Girardeau and St. Louis. The next one will be in Columbia on July 31st and August 1st, 2015, at Hearnes Center on the University … Continued