General Dentistry

In recent years, dental technology has improved to the point that Dr. Gary Drake can now offer comprehensive dentistry services with minimal discomfort and downtime. Whether turning to Dr. Drake for regular oral health care visits or restorative dental treatments like dentures, laser dentistry, or dental implants, patients can be sure that they are receiving top quality care.

 


 


Dental Implants

Whether you are missing one, some, or all of your natural teeth, it is possible for Dr. Gary Drake to restore your smile and your self-confidence with dental implants. Since Dr. Drake is able to perform every step of the dental implants process, from post placement to tooth restoration, patients can enjoy expert treatment and care in one convenient location.


 

Preventive Care

The best way to have a healthy set of teeth and gums is to prevent them from becoming damaged and diseased in the first place by seeing the hygienist at least every six months for professional preventive care. Dr. Drake and his staff would much prefer to see you for routine cleanings than for emergency dental care.

To help maintain your oral health, our practice provides thorough cleanings, oral examinations, fluoride treatments, dental sealants, and more to make sure that your teeth and gums are as healthy as possible and treat potential problems in their earliest stages. When applicable, we will also take
digital x-rays to monitor the progress of any gum or bone disease.


Painless Dentistry with CompuDent
Featuring The Wand Handpiece

Nitrous Oxide & Conscious Sedation Dentistry

Nitrous oxide, also known as laughing gas, is another option for minimizing discomfort and relieving dental anxiety. Used to produce a calm and relaxed state throughout your treatment, nitrous oxide is administered through a nose mask, so no injections are needed. Most patients respond to nitrous oxide in as little as 5 minutes, with an equally fast recovery time. Additionally, this popular and convenient technique allows patients to remain alert and in control throughout their treatment. Nitrous oxide is an extremely safe and effective option that can help patients enjoy a relaxing and rewarding dental experience. For more information on oral sedation options, please contact our office today.


Periodontics

Fillings

After removing diseased or fractured tooth structure with traditional drilling techniques or painless laser dentistry, St. Louis area dentist Gary Drake can create a custom-fitted, tooth-colored filling.

Unlike traditional mercury fillings, which can expand over time and cause further damage to the tooth, modern resin or porcelain restorations. Additionally, the newer filling material is incredibly functional and can be carefully matched to the color of surrounding teeth for the most natural-looking result possible.


Crowns

If a tooth has sustained so much damage that a filling is impractical, a crown may be the best solution. Crowns not only serve to repair cracked or damaged teeth but also protect the tooth against future decay and trauma.


Root Canals

If decay or trauma damages the nerve inside the tooth a root canal may be required to save the tooth and eliminate discomfort. When performed properly, root canals can be painless, quick, and extremely effective. .


Dentures

Denture technology has been transformed by advances in tooth replacement and dental implants. Our practice has helped to restore beautiful, natural-looking smiles to countless patients, using combinations of partial and full dentures supported by implants and bridges.

If you are missing several teeth but are not a good candidate for individual implants, implant-based dentures may be an excellent alternative. Rather than placing a post in the jaw for each tooth, Dr. Drake can anchor a full set of dentures on just a few posts. The result is the convenience of dentures combined with the stability of dental implants.


Invisalign Orthodontics

To help patients achieve a straighter smile without the hassle or discomfort of traditional orthodontic treatment, our practice offers Invisalign clear braces. The Invisalign system uses a series of removable, clear plastic aligners similar to bleaching trays to gradually straighten teeth. About every two weeks throughout treatment, patients receive a new set of aligners. The Invisalign system makes speaking, chewing, and overall orthodontic care much easier than congenial braces. The advanced technology is extremely effective as well as discreet, making them an ideal option for adults and older teens.


 


Snoring Treatment

Caused by a decrease in airway space during sleep, vibrations of the soft tissues in the mouth and throat result in snoring. Snoring can disrupt sleep patterns and lead to fatigue, decreased ability to concentrate, and headaches, as well as other, more serious health concerns.


Perio Protect

The Perio Protect Method® is an effective, sensible approach to treat bacteria that cause gum disease. At the heart of the Method is the adjunctive Perio Tray® delivery of medication. The basic idea is to get medication under the gums and into the pockets where bacteria grow and keep it there long enough for the medication to work, all in a comfortable, non-invasive way. Not a simple task. That’s why the Perio Tray is such an important advancement.