Planning The Placement Of A Dental Bridge

What can you really do about tooth loss? With a lifelike prosthetic, you can close a gap in your smile that makes you uncomfortable. What you may not realize is that you can receive a permanent restoration that improves your appearance as well as your ability to bite and chew. At our Prairie Village, KS dental office, we can talk to you about your options for treatment. One option is to have a custom dental bridge put in place. Your bridge can be permanently set without the need for oral surgery, making it an appealing long-term solution that can prove less invasive. (more…)

How Can You Remove Enamel Stains?

Removing the stains that change the color of your enamel can prove difficult. Your efforts to brighten your smile at home can quickly lead to frustration, as the move to a whitening toothpaste and even the use of a store bought whitening treatment can lead to limited improvements. Does this mean you are simply stuck with a dull smile? Our Prairie Village, KS dentist’s office can offer a cosmetic procedure that gives you the results that you seek. Professional whitening treatments rely on more potent bleaching agents that can safely and effectively resolve your problems with discoloration. We can also review your options if you are looking for a way to deal with internal issues that discolor your smile. (more…)

Ultrasonic Scaling And Your Gum Health

Keeping your gums healthy can make a bigger difference than you realize in how you maintain your overall health. Complications from gum disease can negatively affect your ability to manage your well-being, and can even make it more difficult for you to manage other active health concerns. You also have to worry about tooth loss, as periodontal problems are responsible for this more often than you may realize. Our Prairie Village, KS dentist’s office is able to help patients manage their periodontal health when they visit us for routine care. If you show signs of gingivitis, we can help by providing an ultrasonic scaling to remove bacteria that are gathering on the roots of your teeth. (more…)

Avoid Soft Drinks To Protect Your Teeth

How often do you enjoy soft drinks with meals? Do you turn to these beverages when thirsty, or when you hope to cool down on a warm day? While they may offer a refreshing taste, they can cause trouble for your smile, particularly if you drink them regularly. When it comes to foods and drinks that pose risks for your oral health, soft drinks stand out for several reasons. Their color can cause teeth stains, their high sugar content can lead to cavities, and their acidity can actually weaken your enamel. Cutting back on them, and drinking more water instead, can provide big advantages. Our Prairie Village, KS dentist’s office can offer further guidance to help you avoid problems that the wrong diet choices can cause, and we can offer additional tips to help you create a more effective oral hygiene routine. (more…)

Ensuring A Crown Is Right For Your Tooth

If you have a dental problem that is too serious for a dental filling, a crown will have to be put in place to keep your tooth safe. Dental problems that warrant this kind of care should not be taken lightly. These restorations are used to address severe cavities, and to resolve problems with physical damage that leave you with chipped, cracked, or broken enamel. Your Prairie Village, KS dentist can make sure that the crown you receive is the right shape and size to fit comfortably, stay secure, and leave neighboring teeth alone. We can also recommend different material types to best support the tooth as well as your smile. We can recommend a harder substance like metal if you need treatment for a back tooth, or we can provide a more lifelike restoration for one of your front teeth. (more…)

How Oral Appliances Help With TMJ Pain

What can you really do to address pain that you experience whenever you move your jaw to bite, chew, or speak? Discomfort that frequently occurs when you move your jaw, or regular aches and pains that affect your face, neck, and head, can point to difficulties with TMJ disorder. There are many reasons why people start to struggle with this problem. To address the matter, we will focus on correcting imbalances in the way your jaw moves, and in the alignment of your joints. In addition to dealing with this problem, your Prairie Village, KS dentist can offer support to help you manage ongoing struggles with bruxism, a problem often related to your jaw troubles. (more…)

When You Need A Cracked Tooth Treated

How serious is a problem with a cracked tooth? The answer to this question will depend on just how serious the damage is. That being said, any time your enamel is chipped, cracked, or broken in some other way, you should make a visit with your dentist a priority. Even if the problem seems relatively minor, it can turn into a serious issue when more damage occurs, or when an infection forms. Fortunately, your Prairie Village, KS dentist’s office is here to help. We can take a look at your tooth and determine what kind of procedure you might require. If the injury is an urgent concern, we can even bring you in for an emergency dental procedure! (more…)

How A Dental Implant Supports A Prosthetic

When you seek out treatment to regain your full smile after tooth loss, you can enjoy many benefits. One is that you can feel more comfortable with the way that you look, as you no longer have to feel embarrassed over a noticeable gap between teeth. Another advantage to treatment is that it can give you more bite support, which can make it easier for you to enjoy a varied, nutrient-rich diet. Patients who rely on restorations held by dental implants gain an additional benefit, as implants can stimulate surrounding jawbone tissues to protect them from deterioration after tooth loss. At our Prairie Village, KS dentist’s office, we can start planning your prosthetic treatment to help you regain your appearance and oral health! (more…)

Planning Your Tooth Bonding Treatment

The right cosmetic dental procedure can give you desirable smile changes that last. What may surprise you is how conservative the right procedure can be, meaning you can see your ideal smile while only undergoing limited work. One option for treatment offered at our Prairie Village, KS dentist’s office is tooth bonding treatment. Bonding and contouring services carefully modify the shape, size, and color of teeth without restorations. What this means is that we can move forward with smile improvements while only making limited changes, and while shortening your overall procedure time. Of course, before we recommend a specific service, we can help you understand your treatment options, and what services can help you see your desired outcomes. (more…)

Trusting A Filling To Preserve Your Smile

Is there anything you can do to protect your smile if you have a cavity? In the past, treatments for dental decay typically ended with the placement of a metal restoration, something that provided protection while altering your appearance. At our Prairie Village, KS dentist’s office, we can make plans to treat your cavity without altering the way you look. This is possible because we provide restorations that actually imitate healthy enamel! For many cavities, we will use dental fillings to provide protection after treatment concludes. Our office can place restorations that both imitate enamel and bond to it to provide lasting stability and support. (more…)