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Frequently Asked Questions

How can we help you?

At Webster Groves Dental we want you to feel comfortable to ask us any questions you have about your dental health. We know that you may have many concerns about your teeth, treatment costs, and procedures. We have listed a few common questions our patients often ask. We are also happy to discuss any other concerns with you. Please contact us and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

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At Webster Groves Dental, we want to ensure that all our patients have access to high-quality dentistry so they can maintain excellent oral health.

Dental Insurances We Accept

Stamp on top of insurance papers at Webster Groves dentist officeWe are in-network with numerous dental insurance plans, including Delta Dental, Aetna, Cigna, and many others. However, we work with all major insurance plans, PPO, and fee-for-service plans and process all claims on behalf of our patients.

What Does “Out of Network” Mean?

Even if we are not in your network, your insurance will still cover a portion of our fees. Whether you are in-network or out-of-network, very few insurance plans cover 100 percent of the cost of procedures.

Out-of-network fees can be slightly higher than in-network; however, it’s crucial to choose a dentist you trust and who will provide quality work that will ultimately cost you less over time. 

Every insurance plan is different, so it’s always best to give us a call to make sure we accept your specific plan. Contact Webster Groves Dental, and our insurance specialist will be happy to assist you. Please note that we do not accept Medicaid or any HMO plan.

Webster Smiles Dental Savings Plan

Another way we can help you manage dental costs is with our in-house dental savings plan. If you are uninsured, our program will help you save on routine dental costs like exams, teeth cleanings, x-rays, and emergency exams. Call our dentist office at (314) 918-9666 to learn about Webster Smiles In-House Membership Plan.

Personalized Payment Plans

We understand that sometimes dental bills come at the worst possible times for many of our patients. If you need assistance paying your bills in full, we offer payment plans to qualified individuals. Please contact our office today to learn more about this option.

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Our goal at Webster Groves Dental is to make quality dental care more accessible and affordable. Please don’t hesitate to contact our dentist office at (314) 918-9666 if you have any questions.

If you're considering making Webster Groves Dental your new dentist office, you probably have lots of questions! We've compiled some of those we hear most frequently, but you are always welcome to call us at (314) 918-9666, and we'll be happy to assist you! 

We Are Accepting New Patients near Webster Groves, MO!

Yes! We are happy to welcome new patients to our office whether you need a routine cleaning or have a toothache. Contact our dentist office today, and we will get you scheduled as soon as possible.

Webster Groves Dental Is Privately-Owned

Building exterior of Webster Groves Dental in 63119 MOWebster Groves is a private practice, and Dr. Matthew Wenzel, DMD is the sole owner. Often a corporate dental practice's executive office pressure dentists to push for unnecessary treatment. As a private practice, we can offer dental services to best fit the individual needs of our patients.

Before he makes any recommendations, Dr. Wenzel will ask what your goals are so that you can work together to achieve them. Every treatment plan is customized for each person's individual desires and goals.

Leading-Edge Technology Improves Your Experience

We keep up to date on our technology and equipment at Webster Groves Dental. While some dental practices may try to cut overhead costs by using materials and equipment that are either outdated or of lesser quality, we are of the mindset of "quality over quantity."

We choose to offer what we believe are the best materials available for procedures such as fillings and crowns. In addition, we have new and advanced equipment for root canals and extractions to enable us to provide the best treatment possible.

Contact Our Webster Groves Dentist Office Today!

If you have any more questions regarding our dental office in Webster Groves, MO, call us today at (314) 918-9666. We look forward to meeting you!

Emergency dentist in Webster Groves examining a digital x-ray scan

Chipping a tooth or having tooth pain can ruin your day! Dr. Matthew Wenzel, DMD will do his best to see you as soon as possible to help alleviate any pain and often can schedule to have you seen by our team that same day. If you are in any tooth pain, do not hesitate to contact our dentist office at (314) 918-9666

What should I do if I have an after hours emergency?

We know that sometimes things happen to teeth outside of normal business hours. If you broke a tooth or are in a lot of pain, you can call our office to be directed to our after hours phone line. We will try to do everything in our power to assist you and make you the most comfortable until you are seen.  Call us at (314) 918-9666 for more information!

Woman receiving a dental exam in Webster Groves MOAt Webster Groves Dental, we understand how stressful it can be for our patients to undergo a dental procedure. In addition to using the most modern techniques to help you be at ease, do not hesitate to tell us your concerns and we will do everything within our power to keep you as relaxed and comfortable as possible.

Dentist in Webster Groves reading a fileDental schools provide either a DMD or DDS degree, but there is no difference between the two beyond the title. Both degrees are the same and every dentist undergoes the same education. DMD is Latin for doctor of dental medicine and DDS stands for doctor of dental surgery. Learn more about our staff's credentials on our team page.

Night Guards

Most people who grind their teeth do so while sleeping. The best treatment to stop grinding is to have a night guard made custom by our dentist in Webster Groves, MO. This device can save you thousands of dollars worth of damage if grinding is not properly treated.

My teeth look worn and shorter than they did when I was younger. What is happening?

63119 dentist holding up a mouthguard for TMJ treatmentYou are likely grinding your teeth. Most people aren’t even aware they do so until their teeth shows wear from grinding. It’s important to schedule an appointment or mention this at your next checkup so we can advise you on the proper treatment to prevent further damage. In severe cases, we will recommend a customized night guard. 

Why should I use a professional night guard?

It is important to stop grinding before it becomes problematic. Teeth grinding can result in expensive dental work if not properly taken care of early. Wearing a night guard while you sleep prevents further damage to your teeth.

Many patients wonder if an over-the-counter night guard works just as well. While these guards can offer protection, they have several downfalls. Often they are more bulky and uncomfortable to sleep in. Even if the over-the-counter guards are "molded" to fit your teeth, they still do not necessarily provide the same level of protection. They might not have been molded properly and be ill fitting. The material is not as durable as custom-fit guards, meaning they will wear out and need to be replaced much more frequently.

Custom Night Guards in Webster Groves, MO

For patients who have severe grinding we do not recommend over the counter guards. Custom-fit night guards in Webster Groves are made to precisely fit your teeth, something over-the-counter guards cannot achieve. They are more guaranteed to protect your teeth and much more comfortable to wear. While the cost of a custom guard is higher, your teeth will be better protected in the long run saving you costly dental treatments that could occur should your grinding not be taken care of properly.

Contact Webster Groves Dental to Get Started

If you suffer from bruxism or teeth grinding, we welcome you to schedule a consultation with our Webster Groves dentist. Go online or give us a call today at (314) 918-9666!

Cosmetic Dentistry

Patient smiling at Webster Groves dentist officeUnfortunately no. If you are interested in whitening your smile it is best to do so before anything  artificial is placed. We will then select a shade that will match your current natural teeth. Fillings will often stain around the edges and may need to periodically be smoothed or replaced, depending on the situation.

The materials we use for crowns and veneers are very resistant to stains from common food and beverages. Over time, you may need to whiten your teeth again to keep a consistent shade throughout your mouth.

Dental tools used for professional teeth whitening in Webster Groves MO Custom Whitening Treatment For You

We know everyone wants to have whiter teeth. Customized trays do not always fit in everyone's budget, so we offer two types of whitening services. We offer a product that is similar to the whitening strips you find in retail stores. Instead of strips, it is a mold-able tray that you place in your mouth. It is much more user-friendly and more comfortable than the strips and is similarly priced.

Customized Whitening Trays

We also offer customized trays which requires taking an impression of your teeth and having a lab hand create your trays. Customized trays are an initial investment upfront, but last a life time. You can purchase tubes of whitening for about ten dollars whenever you want to whiten your teeth - for the rest of your life!  Call us today if you have any more questions!

Woman putting toothpaste on a tooth brush near 63119Your insurance company may cover the cost of your cosmetic treatment depending on if the treatment is also to restore tooth structure. Elective cosmetic treatment (such as teeth whitening) is usually not covered; however, we have options that usually can fit every type of budget. We also offer affordable payment plans.

Patient smiling after cosmetic dentistry procedure in Webster Groves MOWebster Groves Dental offers many different cosmetic treatments to give you a confident smile, and it all starts with a consultation in our dental office.

Our cosmetic dentist in Webster Groves, MO will evaluate your oral health and give you detailed information about all the options available and how they can benefit your smile and help you reach your goals.

We offer dental implants, dental crowns, veneers, bridges, dentures, bonding, as well as teeth whitening treatments.

Dental implants complete your smile and provide you with a fresh start by replacing your tooth and its root. A dental crown can conceal tooth damage and discoloration, while bonding is an inexpensive way to enhance an unsightly tooth or several teeth aesthetically. Teeth whitening in Webster Groves can dramatically enhance your smile as well, just in time for that next major life event.

There is usually more than one option to fit your needs, and you can opt for multiple treatments to completely make over your smile. We can work on a timeline that fits your budget and your needs.

Book A Consultation for Cosmetic Dentistry in Webster Groves!

Give Webster Groves Dental a call today at (314) 918-9666 to schedule a cosmetic consultation with Dr. Wenzel to discuss your options. We look forward to helping you achieve your best smile today! 

Dental Crowns and Bridges

Typically yes, crowns protect your natural teeth and will help the lifespan of your tooth after a root canal.

Crowns replacement in webster groves, MOIt may be time to replace it. Crowns generally last between five to fifteen years though it is not uncommon for them to last a lot longer if properly cared for. For many patients this can mean they will need more the one crown for the same tooth, this is why Dr. Wenzel is very conservative in recommending a crown. We want you to have your natural pearly whites for as long as possible! 

Diagram of dental implant placement in Webster Groves MOIt is crucial to replace missing teeth to maintain your natural smile as well as to talk and chew. Without replacing missing teeth, existing teeth will shift and possibly cause other issues to your mouth. There are many options to replace teeth. Call us today to discuss your options

crowns webster groves Our Concern is High-Quality Care

At Webster Groves Dental we do not offer same day crowns. Dr. Wenzel has worked with the equipment that produces same day crowns and feels the technology is not advanced enough to produce the type of high-quality customized crown that a specialized lab can make. Although using a lab takes more time and an additional appointment, the result is a crown that fits, feels, and looks much better than a crown that was made at a dental office. We are meticulous in choosing a lab that will make you a perfect crown for your mouth. We know time is valuable, but don’t compromise your smile: let a lab make your crown!

Dental Implants

Facing the loss of a tooth can be devastating. However, sometimes removing a tooth is the best way to protect your oral health and your remaining teeth, like in the case of an infection or damage to your tooth beyond what root canal therapy can repair. However, it is also a good idea to replace your tooth as soon as possible to protect your health and well being.

missing tooth | webster groves mo dentistA tooth that is not replaced can lead to a host of issues such as:

  • Loss of confidence and depression
  • Poor diet and nutrition
  • Loss of bone mass in your jawbone
  • Contributing to systemic issues such as heart disease and diabetes
  • Shifting of your healthy teeth resulting in bite misalignment

There Are Options For Missing Teeth

The good news is that modern dentistry offers excellent replacement options such as dental implants that will restore both your tooth and your oral health. If you are facing a tooth extraction in Webster Groves, MO, Dr. Matthew Wenzel can guide you through the process from start to finish, and discuss your best options for replacing your tooth with you.

Don't let a missing or failing tooth compromise your health! Contact Webster Groves Dental to learn more about your options.

Dealing with a lost tooth causes daily problems like difficulties eating and chewing comfortably and even embarrassment due to the appearance of your smile. When you lose a tooth, you also lose a root, and this causes problems "behind the scenes" that you may not be aware of, such as tooth movement and shifting and bone loss due to root loss.

Dental Implants in Webster Groves, MO

Diagram showing pieces of a dental implant in Webster Groves MOThe good news is that a dental implant replaces both your root and your tooth. At Webster Groves Dental, our dentist designs your dental implant to look and feel like your natural tooth, so it also complements your smile. 

Because dental implants are securely anchored into your jaw bone, they help you talk and chew better than a denture that can move or slip when you eat or laugh. Dental implants also help prevent bone loss in your jaw by replacing your root. Implants are the only tooth replacement option that offers this benefit.

We can also use dental implants in Webster Groves to replace multiple teeth since they can support a denture or bridge. When used to support a dental prosthetic, your dental implants help prevent bone loss when a root is lost, and they also promote longevity for your restoration.

How Much Does a Dental Implant Cost?

The cost of a tooth implant varies depending on the patient's specific needs. The best way to determine if an implant is right for you is to schedule an evaluation with Dr. Wenzel. He can ensure that you're a good candidate for successful implant surgery and let you know the cost of your procedure.

Coverage for implants varies among insurance plans. Unfortunately, most dental insurances don't cover the cost of a dental implant, so patients typically have to pay a portion out of pocket. Contact your insurance carrier to learn more about what they will cover, or give us a call today, and we will be happy to assist you. 

How Long Does It Take to Complete My Dental Implant?

The entire process of getting an implant can take anywhere from four to six months, but our patients in Webster Groves find that it is well worth the time it takes since a tooth implant completes their smiles and protects their dental health. 

If you decide you would like to have the procedure, an oral surgeon will place the implant, and you will be sent home with a temporary crown or denture. Your implant will need time to heal and integrate with your jawbone through a process called osseointegration before it can support your new crown.

It will take several months for your gums and bone to fully heal before we can place the crown on top of the implant. Once the implant process is complete, you will not have to deal with special maintenance to keep the implant healthy and clean. You'll care for your implant just like you take care of your natural teeth with regular brushing, flossing and bi-annual dental cleanings.  

Schedule a Consultation at Webster Groves Dental!

Please call Webster Groves Dental today at (314) 918-9666 for more information about dental implants or to schedule an evaluation with Dr. Wenzel.

Dentures

If you suffer from full or partial tooth loss, dentures and partial dentures are a crucial part of your smile restoration, your facial appearance, your speaking voice, and your ability to chew food safely and properly.

At Webster Groves Dental, Dr. Matthew Wenzel creates quality dentures that meet your budget. He relies on quality materials and meticulous preparation to craft a natural-looking and functional denture or partial denture to restore your smile, facial appearance, speaking voice, and your bite.

When your teeth are missing, your lower face takes on a sunken and aged appearance. You may also find yourself over-pronouncing the s-sound when you speak. And without dentures or restoration teeth, you cannot safely chew food or chew it in a way that promotes healthy digestion.

At Webster Groves Dental, we want to restore your confidence and help you live your best life.

We offer full dentures, partial dentures, implant-supported dentures, and dentures made of various quality materials to fit your unique needs. These include flexible models and dentures that have a more traditional feel.

If you’re considering dentures in Webster Groves, MO, contact our dental office today to schedule an exam with our compassionate dentist. Also, get in touch if you have any questions.

Facing the loss of a tooth can be devastating. However, sometimes removing a tooth is the best way to protect your oral health and your remaining teeth, like in the case of an infection or damage to your tooth beyond what root canal therapy can repair. However, it is also a good idea to replace your tooth as soon as possible to protect your health and well being.

missing tooth | webster groves mo dentistA tooth that is not replaced can lead to a host of issues such as:

  • Loss of confidence and depression
  • Poor diet and nutrition
  • Loss of bone mass in your jawbone
  • Contributing to systemic issues such as heart disease and diabetes
  • Shifting of your healthy teeth resulting in bite misalignment

There Are Options For Missing Teeth

The good news is that modern dentistry offers excellent replacement options such as dental implants that will restore both your tooth and your oral health. If you are facing a tooth extraction in Webster Groves, MO, Dr. Matthew Wenzel can guide you through the process from start to finish, and discuss your best options for replacing your tooth with you.

Don't let a missing or failing tooth compromise your health! Contact Webster Groves Dental to learn more about your options.

Tooth Extractions

Dental Extraction | Webster Groves DentistAftercare For An Extraction is Simple

A tooth extraction isn't nearly as complicated as you might think. Following a few simple tips will help your recovery process go smoothy and easily and have you back on your feet in no time.

After your extraction, initially you will have a blood clot in the socket, and sometimes some stitches will be placed to help the healing process. Dr. Wenzel may have you bite down on some gauze to help stop the bleeding.

Use Ice To Reduce Swelling

You can apply ice to the area initially after your extraction to help reduce swelling and take prescribed painkillers as needed. You'll also need to plan on resting and reducing your activities the first 24 to 48 hours after your surgery. Eating soft foods, and avoiding smoking or drinking through a straw the first 24 hours are also important. You will need to continue to brush and floss your teeth but should avoid the extraction site for the first few days. This will help prevent an infection.

Contact Us

Some pain or tenderness is normal for the first few days after an extraction. However, if you experience excessive bleeding, fever, nausea, vomiting, or discharge from the area you should contact our office right away. Your team at Webster Groves Dental is here for you, and you can always feel free to contact us with questions about your tooth extraction in Webster Groves before or after your procedure.

We Create The Best Treatment Plan For Your Need

Having a tooth extracted can feel overwhelming, especially if you're unsure of what to expect. If an extraction has been diagnosed, Dr. Wenzel has taken x-rays of your teeth and mouth and determined that this is the best course of action in order to help you maintain and protect your oral health. He will only diagnose an extraction as a last resort, so you can rest assured that you are receiving the best treatment for your needs.

Your Comfort Is Our Priority

On the day of your procedure, Dr. Wenzel will use a localized anesthetic to numb the area and ensure that you don't feel anything during your procedure. Your comfort is a top priority at Webster Groves Dental, and we do everything we can to help you feel at ease during your procedure. Most patients are surprised at how smooth dental extraction can be.

Easy Recovery From Extraction in Webster Groves

The next step is your recovery, and we're here to support you. You'll be prescribed pain pills to be taken as needed, and it is normal to experience discomfort, tenderness, and even swelling for the first 24 to 48 hours after your surgery. If you find these symptoms persisting, we encourage you to contact our office for further instructions.

If you have a tooth that needs to be removed, please don't delay your treatment. Contact Webster Groves Dental today to learn more about how we can make the process comfortable and efficient for you.

Family Dentistry

children's dentistry | webster groves mo dentistAbsolutely! We want to be your family dentist and see children of all ages. We know that some children can be anxious visiting the dentist, so we do everything in our power to make sure your child is comfortable and relaxed.

Patient flossing her teeth at dentist office in Webster Groves MO

Time is precious, and so are your teeth!

We understand how the business of life can make it hard to schedule bi-annual teeth cleanings in Webster Groves, MO, but making it a priority to care for your teeth will ultimately save you time and money.

The American Dental Association recommends twice-yearly teeth cleanings because this schedule has been shown to lower your risks for preventable conditions like tooth decay, dental infections, and gum disease. Gum disease is especially concerning because it can impact your wellness, specifically your heart health. 

Teeth cleanings eliminate the plaque and tartar that your toothbrush and floss cannot eradicate, giving you a fresh start on your smile health every six months. Without these cleanings, you put your oral health and body wellness at risk. 

At your cleaning appointment, you can also talk to our hygienist about best practices for a healthy smile between teeth cleanings and dental checkups in Webster Groves. This can include brushing and flossing tips and even nutritional advice. 

Our team takes a vested interest in your smile health and is always here to talk to you and help you reach your goals. 

Contact Our Webster Groves Dental Office Today!

Developing good habits consisting of brushing, flossing, and cleaning appointments will ensure the longevity of your natural smile. Give our dentist office in Webster Groves a call today at (314) 918-9666 to schedule your next dental exam and cleaning!

Tooth brush with toothpaste at Webster Groves dentist officeWe recommend brushing your teeth in the morning and before you go to bed as well as flossing at least once a day. Good oral hygiene will keep your teeth looking and feeling great for years to come. We are happy to discuss your home care techniques if you have any questions.

Underhead view of dentist in Webster Groves examining patient

Preventive Dentistry is Essential!

Many people think they only need to go to a dentist if they are in pain or have some sort of problem. Unfortunately waiting until you are in pain might mean fixing the problem is more complicated and more expensive. Many times cavities and other dental problems are not painful until they have progressed causing additional issues. It is best to come in for bi-annual exams and cleanings to address and treat any problems early before they become worse and more expensive. 

 

Woman in treatment chair for dental fillings in Webster Groves MO ​Your Safety is Our Primary Concern

In recent years, there have been concerns over the safety of the material used for silver (amalgam) fillings. Amalgam contains many metals including mercury which has caused some controversy. Several studies have been conducted to conclude that there should be no cause for concern with a silver filling. The FDA has stated amalgam fillings are safe for adults and children over six years old. Every day we are exposed to mercy in our environment from the air to water we drink. Any exposure to mercury from silver fillings is very small and less than what we are exposed to on a daily basis. There is no reason to have your silver fillings removed unless they are wearing out or unless you would like them removed for cosmetic reasons.

At Webster Groves Dental we only use a tooth-colored (composite) filling material to blend in with your natural teeth. The composite material does not contain mercury.

Porcelain Veneers

Dental patient smiling in treatment chair for veneers in Webster Groves MOIf you want to make dramatic improvements to your smile in a short amount of time, veneers at our Webster Groves, MO dental practice might be your best option. Many of the Hollywood celebrity smiles you admire so much are picture perfect because of veneers treatment.

Veneers can cover up many flaws with your smile:

  • Teeth that appear to be too short
  • Gaps and spaces between your teeth
  • Misaligned or crooked teeth
  • Teeth that are stained or otherwise discolored

The veneers process is easy and generally takes place over two dental appointments. In the first appointment, we will prepare your teeth for the veneers. This involves removing a small portion of your tooth enamel. This ensures the veneers will look natural and not appear “thick.” Because of this, veneers are considered a permanent cosmetic dentistry treatment.

We will also take an impression of your teeth to send to the lab. This will be used to fabricate the veneers.

In the second appointment, we will place the veneers, bonding them into place once they look and feel just right. In a matter of a couple of weeks, your smile can go from dull to dazzling with veneers at our Webster Groves, MO dental office.

Call us today to find out more!

Root Canal Treatment

Treatment area for root canals at Webster Groves dentist office Modern Technology Makes Root Canals Painless

Root canals are often the most dreaded procedure for patients. Unlike decades ago, modern day technology has advanced to the point where the process is practically painless. In fact, root canals typically provide instant relief for people in a lot of pain. Taking an antibiotic for one week before the appointment can go a long way towards managing your infection before your appointment even begins. 

Root Canals in Webster Groves Relieve Tooth Pain

During your root canal, you probably won't experience anything that different than you would during a filling appointment. You may be a little sore for a few days after your appointment but your symptoms will be nothing compared to how they were when you came in.

After the root canal is complete, the hollowed-out tooth tends to become brittle and prone to breakage. For this reason, we often recommend a dental crown to strengthen the tooth and protect it for as long as possible. If you have any questions about your upcoming root canal never hesitate to ask us! We want you to be as informed and comfortable with the whole process.

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