Should You Worry Over Signs Of Dental Wear And Tear?

The gradual erosion of enamel can affect a person’s smile over time. The wear and tear your teeth experience can lead to some change in their color, or make you more susceptible to dental decay. Fortunately, good habits and a smart diet can limit the amount of wear you experience and keep this issue from becoming a serious oral health concern. If you grind your teeth, have poor or inconsistent oral hygiene habits, or maintain a poor diet, this can become a more consequential problem. An unresolved issue with teeth grinding can be a particularly concerning matter, as you can experience dental injuries in addition to wear and tear! At our Prairie Village, KS dentist’s office, your smile can be closely evaluated for signs of wear and tear, just as it can be checked for problems like tooth decay and gum disease. (more…)

Fight Chronic Bad Breath With An Improved Oral Care Routine

Living with bad breath can become frustrating, but people sometimes struggle to find a lasting solution to the problem. While mints and gum can mask odors that make you self-conscious, you can be eager to make a change that truly puts the problem behind you. Because this problem is often linked to poor oral health, you may want to consider a change in your current oral care routine. Better brushing and flossing habits will help you remove bacteria and food debris that can gather and cause unpleasant smells. With that said, you should know that this problem is sometimes linked to troubles like tooth decay and gum disease. Our Prairie Village, KS dentist’s office is able to help patients improve their oral health by offering preventive care at routine dental exams and cleanings. When necessary, we can also provide restorative treatment to resolve active problems! (more…)

Exploring Different Options For Prosthetic Dental Treatment

A person who loses even one tooth can quickly grow tired of the effect that loss has on their quality of life. Just one gap can leave you uncomfortable while biting and chewing, and it can have a concerning effect on the way you look. Fortunately, more than one option for prosthetic dental treatment is available to patients at our Prairie Village, KS dentist’s office! We have experience serving patients who needed to replace one missing tooth, but we are also prepared to help those who have experienced more significant losses. The right appliance can help you rediscover confidence in your smile, and it can also make it easier for you to bite and chew again! (more…)

How Teeth Cleanings Help You Remain Cavity-Free

Your goal should be to keep your smile totally free of cavities. After all, the growth of decay does permanent damage to your enamel, and it puts you at risk for a painful tooth infection, problems that you should certainly try to avoid! Remember that daily oral hygiene practices, while important, are not your only line of defense against cavities. At your routine dental appointments, your hygienist will clean your teeth of all plaque and tartar present on them. The removal of tartar is particularly important, as this substance resists removal from toothbrushes and floss. At our Prairie Village, KS dentist’s office, we provide a range of preventive and restorative services for patients. While we are prepared to restore a cavity that affects your smile, remember that we are also here to help you prevent troubles! (more…)

We Can Fight Gingivitis By Performing An Ultrasonic Scaling

Every day when you clean your teeth, you can protect yourself against gingivitis. The question is, has your routine been effective at stopping the buildup of bacteria a your gum line? Problems with accumulated bacteria and other debris can lead to the formation of plaque, which can result in the formation of hardened tartar in time. When plaque and tartar are present at your gum line, you do face a risk for developing gingivitis. If signs of gingivitis are observed at your next routine dental exam, our Prairie Village, KS dentist’s office can take care of your periodontal health with an ultrasonic scaling. This procedure cleans the roots of teeth below your gum line, areas that are not addressed during a routine teeth cleaning. (more…)

Has Caffeine Started To Cause Trouble For Your Smile?

When you have problems with your oral health, you can quickly think of a list of likely reasons why those problems occurred. People often look to their oral hygiene routine, or recognize that a long break from routine dental exams was to blame. If you are having trouble determining why oral health issues have affected you, it may be time to consider how different aspects of your diet might be to blame. Caffeine is a popular stimulant, one that many individuals rely on for energy boosts during the day. Unfortunately, many beverages that contain caffeine are able to negatively affect your oral health and appearance, making moderation important. Our Prairie Village, KS dentist’s office can help you address problems with your oral health linked to caffeine consumption, and we can talk to you about habits that make you less susceptible to harm. (more…)

Arranging Restorative Treatment With A Dental Bridge

Tooth loss can have a negative impact on a person’s confidence, their bite function, and their diet. In order to address these different issues, it can be important to provide a dental prosthetic that offers support for their bite as well as their smile. Our Prairie Village, KS dentist’s office is able to do this by providing custom dental bridges. With your custom bridge, you can close a gap in your smile with a permanent restoration, one that can be placed without oral surgery. Dental bridges stay in place thanks to two dental crowns, which hold one replacement tooth (or several) to close a gap in your smile. This is one of several approaches we can take to restoring your smile if you have suffered tooth loss! (more…)

Can A Dental Crown Really Absorb Bite Pressure?

If you have a problem with an unhealthy tooth, it can become difficult for you to bite and chew food without experiencing some degree of pain. When you undergo the appropriate restorative dental treatment, will your bite function be restored, or will you need to continue limiting the pressure placed on that tooth? Our Prairie Village, KS dentist’s office has helped many people in our community deal with poor oral health. If you receive a dental crown for a cavity, or due to an injury, you should know that your restoration offers functional as well as cosmetic benefits. In other words, you can feel confident thanks to the way your personalized crown looks, and you can trust it to support you as you bite and chew! (more…)

Receiving A Dental Filling That Matches Your Enamel

man with confident smile When a cavity forms, it is important that your dentist address the damage done to your tooth. Unfortunately, the matter is not something that you can recover from on your own – without treatment, the harm done is permanent. Fortunately, the matter can be treated without causing a problem for the condition or appearance of your tooth! At our Prairie Village, KS dentist’s office, we provide dental fillings that can match the appearance of your healthy enamel. These restorations, made from a composite resin material, offer functional as well as cosmetic support. Once placed, your filling can bond directly with your enamel to provide lasting protection. (more…)

Your Brushing Habits May Be Less Effective Than You Realize

If you brush twice a day, and you generally feel confident in the appearance of your teeth, you may feel that no changes to your routine are required. With that said, many patients have walked into their dentist’s office confident in their oral health, then discovered in the course of their oral health exam that they needed treatment for a cavity. By evaluating your current routine before a problem is found, you can catch any issues that are putting you at risk for poor dental health. Our Prairie Village, KS dentist’s office is also available to talk with you about your current habits, so we can identify shortcomings and help you develop a more effective approach to caring for your teeth! One thing to note is that even with good brushing habits in place, you should take care to floss each day, as brushing alone can make it difficult to clean between your teeth. (more…)