Dr. Quigless, Cosmetic Dentist in Missouri

Kirk Quigless, DDS
8083 Manchester Rd.
St. Louis, MO 63144

Phone - (314) 244-3751

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Dr. Quigless St. Louis Cosmetic Dentistry Blog

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

The Advantages of Working with an Experienced General Dentist

When searching for a general dentist to handle all of your oral health needs, it is important to evaluate the experience of the dentist. Maintaining healthy teeth and gums is crucial to your overall health as well as to your ability to enjoy eating your favorite foods without the problems presented by missing teeth or gum disease.

Over the course of your life, you will most likely experience a variety of oral health issues, including:

• Cavities
• Gum disease
• Crooked teeth
• Chipped or cracked teeth
• Occlusal (bite) issues

You will want to work with a general dentist who has the skills and experience to address all of these issues so that you do not have to seek out a specialist every time you develop a dental problem. Furthermore, it is important to work with a general dentist who is also highly skilled in performing cosmetic dentistry. This will ensure that your restorations look beautiful and enhance your smile.

St. Louis general dentist Dr. Kirk Quigless has more than 15 years of experience. During that time, he has developed a reputation for delivering exceptional general, cosmetic, and neuromuscular dentistry treatments to his patients. Dr. Quigless has also participated in numerous continuing education programs in order to stay on top of the latest advances in the field of dentistry. He is a graduate of the Las Vegas Institute of Advanced Dental Studies (LVI), the premier cosmetic and neuromuscular dentistry teaching institution in the nation. This experience and education ensure that your treatments will produce the high quality results you deserve.

Please contact our St. Louis general dentist today to schedule your appointment with Dr. Quigless.

posted by Katie at 4:19 PM

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

How DIAGNOdent Locates Tooth Decay

St. Louis cosmetic dentist Dr. Kirk Quigless uses the DIAGNOdent system to detect cavities in your teeth. The DIAGNOdent system enables Dr. Quigless to identify tooth decay earlier, minimizing the need for more extensive and costly cavity treatments.

The DIAGNOdent system uses a handheld laser which is tuned to a specific frequency, causing tooth decay to become illuminated. Dr. Quigless will shine this laser on your teeth. If any cavities are detected, they will be picked up by the laser’s handpiece as the fluorescent light rebounds off of the tooth.

DIAGNOdent allows Dr. Quigless to thoroughly examine your entire tooth, including areas which are not easily viewed by traditional diagnostic tools. Clinical studies have demonstrated that DIAGNOdent is significantly more effective than x-rays in the detection of cavities, particularly in teeth with decay that is entirely below the surface. Under these conditions, DIAGNOdent has proven to be twice as effective as alternative cavity detection methods.

Your examination with the DIAGNOdent system will be quick, painless, and highly thorough. As a result, you can be confident that your tooth decay will be detected at its earliest possible stage. This will ensure that the least amount of tooth structure will be removed, further reducing any pain involved with treating your cavity.

Please contact our St. Louis cosmetic dentist today to schedule your next check-up with Dr. Quigless.

posted by Katie at 3:38 PM

Friday, April 8, 2011

Durability of Dental Implants

Dental implants provide you with the most durable, long-lasting option to replace missing teeth. It is the only solution which replaces the missing root as well as the missing tooth. As a result, dental implants are a permanent restoration which if properly cared for, can last your entire lifetime.

After the implant is placed in your jawbone, it will require a healing period of approximately three months. During this time, your jawbone will grow around and fuse with the dental implant. This process is called osseointegration. Once osseointegration is complete, your dental implant will be permanently rooted into your bone.

Your dental implant is made out of titanium, a very durable metal. It will be able to withstand considerable force, so you can chew hard foods without a risk of damaging your implant. Since your adjacent teeth are not altered to support your implant, you do not run the risk of damaging other teeth over time.

At your initial consultation, St. Louis implant dentist Dr. Kirk Quigless will discuss the many advantages of dental implants with you in great detail. While increased durability is certainly one of the most compelling reasons to choose dental implants over other alternatives such as dentures or dental bridges, you will find that this restoration will offer you numerous other advantages which will benefit you in your daily life.

Please contact our St. Louis implant dentist today to schedule your initial consultation.

posted by Katie at 3:21 PM

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

DIAGNOdent for Decay Detection

Many patients do not realize that a large part of a general dentist’s responsibility is identifying and preventing potential tooth decay and damage in the future. While you may feel that a dental filling, for example, is simply a repair to an already-damaged tooth, the truth is that when performed correctly a dental filling will prevent future decay, further infection, and even tooth loss.

Because of this, we provide our patients with some of the most advanced general dentistry diagnostics available, such as the DIAGNOdent laser probe. DIAGNOdent can find cavities while they are still too small to be identified with the naked eye and a dental probe.

Additionally, DIAGNOdent prevents the need for physically poking at a cavity with a dental explorer which could potentially cause you discomfort. It simply uses a specialized light to find inconsistencies in your tooth quality and rates the level of decay so we can quickly and accurately treat cavities before they cause you pain or tooth loss.

DIAGNOdent is one of many tools that Dr. Quigless uses to provide our patients with the best general dentistry care possible. If you are interested in learning more about the types of advanced dental technology available in our office, or if you suspect that you have a cavity, please contact general dentist Dr. Kirk Quigless today, serving patients in Saint Louis, Brentwood, and Belleville, Missouri.

posted by Katie at 2:24 PM

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

General Dentistry Questions

Many patients go to the dentist because of a sore tooth or for a cleaning but never discuss questions about their dental care with their dentist. Dr. Quigless welcomes patients to ask their general dentistry questions while visiting us for an appointment, through our website, or over the phone.

It is important to Dr. Quigless and our team that you are comfortable with the general dentistry procedures you undergo in our office. Understanding the purpose behind a procedure can help you feel that your time and investment in your smile are based on a wise decision, and not just hearsay or salesmanship.

There are a number of common general dentistry questions that we are asked on a regular basis, but you may have questions about general dentistry that are not answered on our website. You should never feel embarrassed about asking even a basic question about your general dentistry care, no matter what the subject is. Even getting recommendations on the right kind of toothbrush to use can prevent costly dental care in the future, proving that every question is a valuable one.

If you have general dentistry questions, please contact general dentist Dr. Kirk Quigless today to find the answers you need. We welcome patients from Saint Louis and the surrounding areas of Brentwood and Belleville, Missouri.

posted by Katie at 11:17 AM

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Candidacy for Dental Implants

Dental implants are a natural-looking way to replace a missing tooth or missing teeth. Like your natural teeth, dental implants do not require the support of surrounding teeth, and are a permanent tooth replacement, unlike partial dentures which can be removed. However, not every person is a good candidate for dental implants.

If you want to find out about your candidacy for dental implants, the best option is to visit Dr. Quigless for an implant dentistry consultation. He may tell you that you are a good candidate, or he may recommend a different course of treatment for replacing your missing teeth.

Some individuals who are not a good candidate for dental implants right now may become good candidates in the future by:

• Quitting smoking or drug use
• Getting diabetes under control
• Having a bone graft to promote healthy jaw bone tissue
• Using one of the alternative types of dental implants

The only way to know for sure whether you are a good candidate for dental implants is by visiting Dr. Quigless for a consultation. Please contact dental implant dentist Dr. Quigless today to learn more about implant dentistry or to schedule your dental implant consultation at our Saint Louis office. We welcome patients from the surrounding areas of Belleville and Brentwood in Missouri.

posted by Katie at 10:19 AM

Monday, December 6, 2010

Dental Implant Questions

Patients often ask similar questions when they are interested in replacing a missing tooth. Some of the most common questions include:

• How are dental implants made?
• What are the benefits of dental implants?
• Are there different types of dental implants?

It is difficult to answer all the questions patients might ask in a single blog post, but you can find the answers to these and several other questions on our dental implant questions page. However, if you have specific questions that are not answered on our website, or that pertain to your personal circumstances, the best way to find the answers you want is by meeting Dr. Quigless for a dental implant consultation.

During any consultation we do our best to answer all your questions and help you thoroughly understand the procedure before it begins. Implant dentistry is no different. We want to ensure your comfort and confidence in the procedure before we begin, and will take the time necessary to make sure that you have the answers you need to the implant dentistry questions that are important to you.

To schedule a consultation with dental implant dentist Dr. Kirk Quigless and have your dental implant questions answered please contact our office today, serving patients throughout Saint Louis, Belleville, and Brentwood in Missouri.

posted by Katie at 9:56 AM

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The Missouri Dental Board and the ADA do not recognize the treatment of TMJ(neuromuscular dentistry) or cosmetic dentistry as a specialty. Further, the ADA does not require any additional training of dentists who perform or advertise these procedures. Dr. Quigless practices general dentistry in Missouri but he has many continuing education hours in cosmetic and TMJ therapy procedures at the prestigious Las Vegas Institute for Advanced Dental Education.