Do I Need to Have My Wisdom Teeth Removed?

Wisdom Teeth Removal – Columbia, MO People often ask if or why their wisdom teeth need to be removed, and even why they have wisdom teeth in the first place. Without going into the theories about why our jaws often don’t have the room required to accommodate wisdom teeth, the problem is generally that there … Continued

Will My Insurance Cover This?

Dental insurance does not typically function in the same way as health insurance. A more appropriate term for the product is a “dental benefit plan.” Often times, after a required deductible is met for that year, the plan will cover a certain percentage of allowed procedures up to a yearly maximum. The rate at which … Continued

What About My Cracked Tooth?

A cracked tooth can be a painful problem with an unpredictable future. Cracks can be very superficial and cause no symptoms or can be so extensive that a tooth extraction is required. Generally speaking, cracks always progress and worsen, but the rate of progression varies. We tend to see cracks associated with large fillings, but … Continued

Continuing Education: Kois Center in Seattle

As a Kois Center Graduate (, Dr. Foote recently attended the Center’s annual symposium in Seattle. This was an incredible event and a great time to catch up with over 400 graduates from thirteen countries. Located on the shore of Lake Union, the Kois Center is a didactic and clinical program made up of nine … Continued

What Can Dental Implants Do For Me?

Dental Implants Replace Teeth As discussed in a previous entry on this page, dental implants are used to replace teeth. These can be individual or multiple teeth, including an entire mouth. implants Secure a Complete Denture A very common utilization for even as few as two implants is to secure a complete denture. Because removable … Continued

Are You In My Insurance Network?

We are happy to file any forms which are needed by your insurance company. There are two companies with which we have preferred provider status, and they are Blue Cross/Blue Shield (300 level) and Delta Dental (Premier level). If you are on a preferred provider list of another company, you will still likely receive benefits … Continued

Momom Recap

The fourth Missouri Mission of Mercy (MOMOM) was a great success, thanks to a tremendous level of organization, donation, and volunteerism. We are fortunate to live in such a great community where this could take place. Here are a few points about this year’s MOMOM event, courtesy of the Missouri Dental Association: 2 Day Free … Continued

What Is Dental Bonding?

The term “bonding” is commonly used within the context of dentistry but is sometimes misunderstood or misused. Dental bonding is the process used to adhere a material such as porcelain or resin to tooth structure. Through the proper preparation of the surface of a tooth, we are able to make extremely strong, conservative and long-lasting … Continued

Why Do I Need Regular Dental Visits?

Regular visits to the dentist help to ensure a healthy mouth and minimize the extent of treatment should you develop a problem. Many people falsely assume that they have no problems because they are not experiencing pain. Early decay typically causes no symptoms and periodontal disease eventually causes tooth loss while causing little or no … Continued

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