Do you know the signs of gum disease? Many people don't until their periodontal problems escalate, says the American Academy of Periodontology. At his Wichita, KS, family dentistry practice, Dr. John Lewis identifies gum disease, treats it and helps patients have healthy gums once again.
Signs (and dangers) of gum disease
It's important to know the signs of gum disease. Because this oral health condition is a major cause of tooth loss in the United States (according to the Centers for Disease Control), your Wichita, KS, family dentist and his team of assistants and hygienists check for gum disease when their patients visit Wichita Dental for six-month cleanings and examinations.
Here's what Dr. Lewis may see if periodontal disease has developed in a patient's mouth:
- Red, sore, bleeding gums
- Gum tissue receding from the teeth (periodontal "pockets" which measure three millimeters are considered unhealthy and in need of treatment)
- Changes in dental bite
- Tooth migration (loose teeth)
- Dental pain
- Sores on the gums and other parts of the mouth
- Bad breath, or halitosis
Gum disease severity varies from mild gingivitis (some bloody streaks when you brush or floss) to severe periodontitis. It all stems from plaque and tartar. They form from leftover food on teeth and gums. Untouched, the bacteria in both plaque and tartar cause tooth decay and--you guessed it--gum disease.
What you can do
Care for your gums as carefully as you care for your teeth. Brush twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste, and floss daily to remove plaque before it forms hard tartar. Also, Dr. Lewis wants to do a complete oral examination and cleaning every six months to check your oral health and to scale your teeth.
If he finds signs of gum disease, he may advise a deep cleaning and root planing. This in-office procedure removes plaque and tartar from between teeth and below the gum line. It helps gums re-attach to root surfaces and heals infection as the hygienist treats the gum with antibiotics. After completing treatment, the patient goes home with a periodontal maintenance schedule to keep tissues healthy.
Your periodontal health is vital. Preserve it with good at-home hygiene, and in-office care at Wichita Dental. Please call the office any time you have a concern about your gum health or if you need an appointment for your semi-annual cleaning. Phone (316) 265-0849.
Does your missing tooth embarrass you? You can do something to dramatically improve your appearance and oral function. Discover the benefits of dental implants. This tooth replacement places a completely artificial tooth into that empty socket. With excellent craftsmanship from Dr. John Lewis and his team at Wichita Dental Group in Wichita, KS, your dental implant will restore your smile and last for decades.
The side effects of tooth loss
The unattractive gap is just one of the consequences. Others include:
· Deterioration of the gum tissue and bone at the empty socket (facial sagging and wrinkling results, too)
· Compromised biting and chewing
· Poor speech
· Weakening of surrounding teeth as they naturally drift toward the empty space
Americans age 60 and over have lost an average of 9 teeth, much to the detriment of their oral health and facial appearance.
A great alternative
Traditional bridgework and dentures simply rest on gums and bone; so the body resorbs those hard and soft tissues quickly. Also, some of these prosthetics require substantial enamel reduction on supporting teeth. For instance, the pontic, or artificial, teeth in a two-unit fixed bridge require dental crowns on both the left and right sides of the appliance to anchor it.
Dental implants, however, do not harm teeth neighboring the gap. A single dental implant has a titanium screw which is surgically inserted into the jaw bone. This device supports an extension post and custom-crafted porcelain crown.
In fact, the titanium implant actually improves jaw bone width, height, and density because of a natural process called osseointegration. Osseointegration is a natural bonding process in which human bone adheres to titanium metal. Common to both dental implant processes and joint replacement surgeries, osseointegration takes an investment of time and patience, but it produces a stable, strong, and long-lasting implant.
The implant process
The initial oral health evaluation at Wichita Dental Group determines if you have enough jaw bone and overall good health to receive an implant. Dr. Lewis does a complete examination and X-rays to fully understand your bone structure. If you qualify, your implant procedure will take several months to complete as the titanium device requires time to complete a successful bond.
Caring for your implant
Think of it as a real tooth. Brush twice a day, and floss carefully around it. Avoid tobacco usage, and see Dr. Lewis semi-annually for cleanings and check-ups. Care is really that simple.
Learn more in Wichita
You can close that smile gap with a state-of-the-art dental implant from Wichita Dental Group. Call today to arrange your consultation with Dr. Lewis in Wichita, WA: (316) 265-0849.
One of the top reasons why people go to the dentist is to seek help for their cosmetic concerns. Unfortunately, not everyone is born with a perfectly aligned bright, white smile. Find out more about the various types of cosmetic treatments available to you before your upcoming visit to Wichita Dental Group, serving the Wichita, KS area with modern, top quality treatments.
Teeth whitening or teeth bleaching is a simple procedure that can be performed in a dentist’s office or at home. Staining on teeth can be caused by certain habits (ie. smoking), aging, drinks, foods, and medications. Before starting any whitening treatments, make sure your dentist has ensured you are free of plaque, tartar, and other debris. While there are home bleaching kits to help with brightening up your smile, only dental-grade whitening bleach can remove stubborn stains from deeper layers of your teeth.
Everything from tiny gaps between the teeth to broken and chipped enamel can be repaired with veneers, one of the most popular treatments in cosmetic dentistry. That is because veneers are designed to hide aesthetic problems giving your smile a renewed look. Crowns also help improve the appearance of individual teeth.
Dentures and Bridges
For some patients who are interested in cosmetic dentistry, dentures and bridges are a viable solution for tooth loss. A complete denture is designed to cover the gum line when a patient has an entire row of missing teeth. A partial unit or bridge uses your other teeth as anchors to fill in smile gaps. Dr. Lewis can create a custom device for you in a matter of weeks.
Although dentures are the right choice for some patients who have missing teeth, others may be candidates for a more enduring tooth replacement solution: dental implants. They are screw-shaped devices that are inserted into the gumline to provide support for a porcelain crown instead of just covering the outer part of the gumline.
Cosmetic Dentistry Betters Your Smile
There’s a very good chance that one of the cosmetic treatments available at Wichita Dental Group in Wichita, KS will improve your teeth and have you smiling brightly this year. Call 316-265-0849 today to come in for a consultation with Dr. John Lewis.
Do you have one dentist that you and each of your family members can call whenever you have a dental concern? Having one dentist that can take care of all your general and cosmetic needs has its advantages. You’ll find a caring and devoted dentist at Wichita Dental Group, located in Downtown Wichita, KS. Dr. John Lewis and his team are dedicated to providing patients of all ages with comprehensive and integrated dental care.
Why a Family Dentist?
A family dentist is trained to provide a wide range of treatments for patients of varying ages. It’s a major convenience for families who have a mix of young children, teens, and adults. A family dentist understands that a patient who is seven has a different set of needs compared to someone who is 70.
One Family Dentist for Everyone
Selecting a family dentist is an important decision because this person will likely be caring for and seeing your children for many years. When young people are comfortable with their dentist, they are more likely to be at ease at future appointments and keep up with regular checkups. Schedule an initial consultation with Dr. Lewis at his midtown family dentistry and bring along family members with you too! He will listen in detail about your past dental issues as well as your future smile goals. Dr. Lewis and his team will take the time to help, educate, and guide you in the right direction for your oral health!
What Your Family Dentist Can Do
Family dentists are able to treat dental problems that are common in babies, senior citizens and all ages in between. Explore some of the preventive, cosmetic, and restorative options available at Wichita Dental Group:
- Free Oral Cancer screenings
- Dental cleanings, X-Rays, and Exams
- Cosmetic dentistry: Ex) Crowns, Veneers
- Dental sealants and fluoride treatments for young people
- Dentures (full and partial) for seniors
*Please check out the “Services” page for Wichita Dental Group’s full options list!
Bring Your Family in for a Consultation
One of the best ways to encourage your whole family to put dental health first is to have one common family dentist everyone can visit. Call 316-265-0849 today to schedule an appointment with Dr. John Lewis at his Wichita, KS family dentistry office!
Improving your smile with cosmetic dentistry can range from a simple, fast procedure to a complex smile makeover utilizing several procedures at once. However, one of the easiest and fastest ways to overhaul your smile is with teeth whitening. This cosmetic procedure is a surefire way to renew your look and boost your confidence. Say goodbye to your dental stains with help from Dr. John Lewis at Wichita Dental Group in Wichita, KS.
Can teeth whitening help me?
If you want to improve the appearance of your smile, you could probably benefit from teeth whitening. While the whitening treatment can benefit almost everyone, there are some people who may consider teeth whitening, but are not great candidates for the procedure. These patients would include people who have untreated teeth decay or gum disease, and those who have visible porcelain dental restorations.
Professional Teeth Whitening vs. At-Home Kits
The "at-home" whitening kits are available over-the-counter at drug stores or online, but are not able to provide the same results as in-office whitening sessions as they cannot be as strong as their professional counterparts. Additionally, your dentist will assess your entire dental situation, taking your current dental issues and teeth sensitivity into account and tailoring your teeth whitening procedure according to these and other important factors.
Teeth Whitening in Wichita, KS
If you think you can benefit from a professional teeth whitening session, you can find out if this is the best treatment for you at a consultation or one of your regular dental examinations and cleanings. For more information on teeth whitening, please contact Connie or another team member at Wichita Dental Group in Wichita, KS. Say goodbye to your dental stains and call (316) 265-0849 to schedule your appointment with Dr. Lewis today!
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