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1101 Club Village Drive, Suite 106
Columbia, Missouri 65203 US
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  • Undergraduate & Medical School

    Truman State University
    University of Missouri St. Louis
    Dental: DDS, University of Missouri Kansas City School of Dentistry

Treatments offered at Dentistry by Design, Family & Aesthetic Dentistry

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5 "Tricked Out Treats" for Halloween

Halloween will be here in a few weeks, which means that finding the perfect treats to hand out is making it to our “to do” lists…or will be added soon. And, of course, we realize that the majority of treats purchased and distributed are of the sugary sort…that just goes along with the nature of Halloween. Believe us, we enjoy a treat of candy as well every now and then (and all have our favorites!)—in moderation, of course, and accompanied by proper brushing and...

Overcoming Dental Anxiety

For some, going to the dentist comes as naturally as tying shoelaces or buckling seatbelts--not much thought required, and no big deal. For others, however, even mentioning the word “dentist” can cause feelings of fear, apprehension, and anxiety, making it that much more difficult to cross going to the dentist off of their “to do” list. For those in the latter description, hearing “oh, it’ll be okay” or “don’t worry, you’ll be fine”--even with the utmost...

5 Things to Floss (Besides Your Teeth)

We’re going to trust that everyone follows the daily recommendation for flossing…this is a dental blog, of course! That being said, perhaps you accidentally got the wrong flavor or waxiness of floss (there are so many options, after all!). And now, there it is, staring you in the face every time you open up your bathroom drawer or medicine cabinet, taking up unnecessary space next to the floss that you actually use. You hate to just throw it away…after all, you paid...

Don't Let Those Insurance Benefits Go To Waste!

2013 is well underway…over halfway complete, actually…how quickly time passes! While most of us are focused on enjoying summer, some may have given some thought to plans for this fall, or even the holiday season (wasn’t that just here?). Dentally-speaking, this serves as a good reminder (friendly, of course!) about planning just a bit to ensure that you’re utilizing insurance benefits so that you can rest easy for the remainder of the year. The thought of “wasting...

Is Your Smile Ready for Summer?

Summer provides the perfect opportunity to refresh—maybe it’s freshening up your wardrobe with a few key pieces, perhaps a bright handbag or beach bag, or tweaking the style and hue of your hair a bit for the summer months-- the possibilities are endless! Your style makes a statement—whether relaxed, all gussied up, or somewhere in between, it exemplifies how you feel about yourself. How does your smile fit into this equation? Do you find yourself grinning widely...

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Can Teeth Whitening Products be Used More Often Than Instructed to Get the Results Quicker?

Hello, thanks for your question! Following the manufacturer instructions will ensure that you're whitening safely, and taking best care of your teeth,... READ MORE

Crowns Replacing Natural Teeth?

Thanks for your question! Neuromuscular dentistry involves restoring the patient's bite to its ideal position, where it "should" be, for the patient... READ MORE

I Have a Broken Front Tooth That Needs a Root Canal. What is my Best Option? Is an Implant a Good Idea?

Thanks for your question! Ideally if your dentist has recommended a root canal, they have made the assessment that the tooth can be saved, so at this... READ MORE

Why Would a Doctor Put a Metal/porcelain Crown in the Mouth? (photo)

Thanks so much for your question! Dentists wear two hats--that of an "engineer" and that of a "beautician". Often times it is possible to combine the... READ MORE

Crowns and Teeth Whitening? (photo)

Hi, thanks for your question! Crown shades won't change when using bleaching/whitening products, so if you choose to whiten, know that the crown shade... READ MORE

Dental Implants Comparison?

Hi-- thanks for your question. Dentists choose the quality of labs that they work with, the quality of materials, the amount and quality of continuing... READ MORE

Recommendations as to How to Approach a Smile Makeover? (photo)

Hi, thanks for your question. The mouth is so complex--how the teeth come together, jaw/bone structure, healthiniess of gums/tissues, etc--so much... READ MORE

What is the Name/brand of the Most Effective, Safe Teeth Whitening System (Meaning Very White Outcome)?

Hi- we use and recommend Opalescense whitening products. They offer great results, the whitening agent by iteself can be used in customized trays, and... READ MORE

I Want to Know That Why I Am Feeling Sensitivity After Breakage of my Small Piece of Front Tooth?

Hi, and thanks for your question. Depending on the amount of the tooth that broke off/its proximity to your nerves, etc. it's entirely possible to be... READ MORE

Teenager Wants His Teeth Whitened?

Hello, and thanks for your question! There are many at-home whitening options available which are safe for teenagers--many offices make customized... READ MORE

Before and After Photos by Dr. Rischer

Valle Wilhite Rischer, DDS has shared 17 before and after pictures with 40 helpful votes from the RealSelf community.

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