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By Wichita Dental Group, PA
November 29, 2021
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental implants  

 Just because you have lost any or all your natural-born teeth doesn’t mean your smiling days are over. Dr. John Lewis of Wichita Dental Group is where you can get dental implants.

Where Can You Get Dental Implants?

Most dentists you talk to are going to recommend dental implants to patients with missing teeth. Implants are a popular option for patients that require replacement teeth. You can find dental implants in Wichita, KS at the Wichita Dental Group. 

Dr. Lewis and his staff understand how missing teeth can lower one’s self-esteem, making it difficult to smile.  Therefore, if you are interested in getting dental implants and correcting your smile contact our dental group. Here at Wichita Dental Group, we can get your smile back to its original state prior to tooth loss.

Why Choose Dental Implants in Wichita, KS?

The primary reason for choosing dental implants is missing teeth. When you decide to use dental implants for tooth replacement, you are taking action to restore your perfect smile. Besides your smile, here are some other important reasons to choose dental implants for teeth replacement: 

  • Eating, drinking, and talking is no longer a chore as it is with traditional dentures
  • The “roots” are made of titanium. A strong, durable material that fuses the implant to the jawbone. This ensures a long-lasting solution for teeth that are missing that never needs replacing. 
  • If you have partial implants, they will not harm the remaining real teeth you have in your mouth. Implants are safe and actually make natural teeth stronger. 
  • Averts the loss of bone. Because they fuse to the jaw bone,  the jaw bone is not allowed to resorb, which affects the tissue of the face. 
  • So simple to take care of. When you have dental implants, you can continue your regular routine for oral hygiene. 

Call Dr. Lewis today at  316-265-0849, schedule a consultation appointment and see if you are a candidate for dental implants. Wichita Dental Group in Wichita, KS will give you something to smile about! 

By Wichita Dental Group, PA
August 27, 2021
Category: Dental Procedures

Tartar buildup is one of the worst things that can happen to you because it can lead to tooth decay and other health conditions. Dr. John Lewis of Wichita Dental Group, a specialist in family dentistry in Wichita, KS, sees many patients with a wide variety of tartar buildup and knows how to eradicate it.

What is Tartar Buildup?

Tartar is a hardened form of plaque, a sticky, filmy substance that forms on our teeth after waking up from an extended sleep or eating. Tartar is made up of partially dried saliva, plaque bacilli, and other bacterial species. Water, protein, starches, and sugars in food are also essential factors in its formation. It forms on tooth surfaces above the gum line when there is insufficient brushing or flossing. It hardens on the tooth and below the gum line, making teeth susceptible to decay if left untreated.

How to Stop Tartar Buildup

Many steps can be taken to stop the buildup of tartar from the convenience of your own home.

  • Cleaning your teeth thoroughly, preferably with a soft toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste. Alternately, some people may use an ultrasonic water pic or electric toothbrush.
  • Brushing your tongue. Many people don't do this, and it is not a requirement, but it can help as the tongue lives with your teeth.
  • Flossing at least once per day.
  • Limiting sugars and starches in your diet
  • See your dentist's office regularly for a professional cleaning

Your trusted team in the world of family dentistry, in Wichita, KS, Wichita Dental Group, can always offer you specific pointers for your unique situation.

How to Get Rid of Tartar

Have you ever looked at your teeth close up in the mirror, seen plaque, and thought of how gross it is? Getting rid of that film as soon as possible is key to you getting rid of tartar before it starts. Without getting rid of the sticky film, you risk allowing it to harden and then slowly, layer-by-layer, form around and below your gum lines. Brushing twice a day, flossing, and using mouthwash are easy ways to eliminate most of it before it forms.

After you've done everything to prevent the tartar from building up, the next step is to see your dentist to remove the tartar that is already there. It's in this environment that specially trained staff will gently clean and floss your teeth and then get to work at removing the built-up tartar from below and around your gumlines. A patient can be sore for up to two weeks after cleaning like this, but that is normal, and any soreness resolves much sooner for most. Doing this twice per year keeps the invasion of your gums to a minimum.

For help with removing your tartar buildup, no matter how long it's been since your last visit, then contact Dr. John Lewis of Wichita Dental Group, a specialist in family dentistry in Wichita, KS, at (316) 265-0849 to schedule an appointment today!

Which cosmetic dental treatment will give you the ideal smile?
 

There are so many cosmetic options available to patients these days that it can be difficult to figure out which one will give you the results you want. Our Wichita, KS, dentist Dr. John Lewis and his cosmetic dentistry team have worked with patients dealing with a wide range of imperfections to help them achieve smiles they can feel truly confident in. By simply answering these questions, we can help you figure out which cosmetic dentistry option is best suited to your needs,
 

Do you have yellowing or stained teeth?

Most people start to notice their smile getting dull over the years. Everything from the foods we eat to smoking cigarettes to older age can alter the color of our teeth. Luckily, Dr. Lewis and his team can get your smile several shades whiter, often in just one hour with a chairside whitening treatment. If you’re looking to get a whiter smile for an important event that’s coming up, or simply to feel more confident, our cosmetic dental team can help.
 

Do you have chipped or misshapen teeth?

We offer a variety of ways to correct chipped, cracked, and oddly shaped teeth. The treatment we recommend will depend on the severity of these flaws. Small chips and cracks can be covered with dental bonding, which uses the same tooth-colored resin that fills teeth after cavities. Dental veneers can also be bonded to the front of your teeth to alter the shape, size, and appearance of your smile. If you’re looking to make widespread changes to your teeth, then dental veneers may be a better option.
 

Are your teeth crooked or misaligned?

Most people don’t have a perfectly straight smile, but if your crooked teeth are making you feel self-conscious, we offer everything from dental veneers to orthodontic treatment options such as Invisalign, which can help everyone from older teens to adults get the smiles they want.
 

What are your goals for cosmetic dentistry?

For our Wichita, KS, dental team to understand what you’re hoping to achieve through cosmetic dentistry, you need to have a clear-cut idea first. Do you want a whiter smile? Do you hate that gap between your front teeth? Do you wish your smile was straighter? Write down what’s necessary for you to have your dream smile, then bring it with you to our consultation.
 

Do you have questions about the cosmetic dentistry services we offer here in Wichita, KS? Want to sit down with Dr. Lewis and his team to discuss your treatment options? To schedule a consultation with the team at Wichita Dental Group call (316) 265-0849.

By Wichita Dental Group, P.A
March 05, 2020
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Crown  

Dental damage won't repair itself. Because you fractured that front tooth, you need the help of an experienced dentist in the Wichita, KS, area. At Wichita Dental Group, Dr. John Lewis offers lifelike dental crowns, tooth-shaped caps which cover and support teeth harmed by decay, multiple restorations, injury and more.

Give that tooth a second chance

In many cases, extraction isn't the only or best way to solve a pressing dental problem. Dr. Lewis can look at that tooth, X-ray it and assess its future usefulness. Frankly, if you can keep a natural tooth, you'll benefit your dental health, oral function, tooth alignment, jaw bone strength and personal appearance. More often than not, your dentist can place a porcelain crown, performing the entire treatment right in his Wichita, KS, office.

What a crown involves

The treatment is comfortable and straightforward:

  1. Dr. Lewis numbs the tooth and takes oral impressions to get an accurate imprint of the shape and size of your tooth.
  2. He removes the old fillings, decay and other damage. (In the case of infection, he may perform root canal therapy first.)
  3. A temporary filling or crown covers the tooth until the permanent restoration is ready.
  4. Your dentist removes the temporary restoration and uses a strong cement to bond the new one over the tooth.

Today's dental crowns are known for their beauty, durability and natural fit and bite. You'll adjust to that restored tooth quickly and enjoy how it blends it so well with your other teeth.

Caring for crowns

Be sure to floss and brush your crown carefully, along with the rest of your teeth, twice a day. Pay special attention to the border between the crown and gum line to ensure plaque and tartar do not accumulate.

Stop eating super-sticky and extra-hard foods to avoid damaging your crown. Wear a bite guard at night to reduce grinding or clenching your teeth and wearing down your ceramic crown prematurely, says Healthline.

Finally, see your dentist at Wichita Dental Group in Wichita, KS, twice a year for hygienic cleaning and examination. Dr. Lewis will check the condition of that crown to be sure it's wearing well.

Keep all your teeth

A modern dental crown from Wichita Dental Group can help you achieve that goal. Call our helpful office team for an appointment with Dr. John Lewis. He loves making his patients feel good and look their best. Phone (316) 265-0849.

By Wichita Dental Group, P.A
October 24, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Porcelain Veneers  

Do you have a few flaws in your teeth? Porcelain veneers can transform your smile. The restorations offer a simple way to keep many dental-veneerstypes of imperfections and flaws out of sight. Your Wichita, KS, family dentist, Dr. John Lewis, can help you decide if porcelain veneers are a good choice for you.

 

What are veneers

Made of durable porcelain material, veneers cover the fronts of teeth to cover up any noticeable imperfections.

Prior to receiving your veneers, your Wichita family dentist will remove a thin layer of enamel and make an impression of your teeth. These steps ensure that your new veneers are not only attractive but completely comfortable, as well.

 

Porcelain veneers offer an excellent solution for many smile issues

Veneers from can be used to:

  • Hide Discolorations: Do you have a discolored tooth due to a large filling or tetracycline use? Your new porcelain veneer will match the shade of your other teeth, improving the uniformity of your smile.
  • Conceal Imperfections and Damage: Veneers cover depressions or bumps on the surface of your teeth, creating a smooth overall surface. They're also a good choice if you have a chip or a shallow crack in a tooth.
  • Keep Gaps Out of Sight: Orthodontic treatment can be helpful if you have large gaps between your teeth, although this is not always needed for small gaps. In these cases, porcelain veneers can easily conceal the slight spaces between your teeth.
  • Change a Tooth's Shape or Length: Porcelain veneers can make an oddly shaped tooth look perfectly proportioned or a crooked tooth appear straight. They also lengthen teeth that have become too short due to night-time grinding or clenching. (If you grind or clench, your dentist may recommend that you wear a custom-made nightguard while you sleep to prevent damage to your veneers or your teeth.)

 

Give us a call

Rejuvenate your smile with the help of porcelain veneers! Call your Wichita, KS, family dentist, Dr. John Lewis, at (316) 265-0849 to schedule your appointment.