Posts for category: Oral Health
Here are some things to consider when it comes to finding the perfect family dentist.
We know that nothing is more important than making sure that your family gets the quality medical care they need, and the same applies to family dentistry. Our Midtown Wichita, KS, dentist Dr. John Lewis wants everyone that walks through the doors to maintain optimal oral health. Of course, one of the best ways to do that is by having a family dentist that you trust to provide your whole family with care.
So, how do you find a family dentist that suits your needs? Here are some questions to ask yourself.
- Do they accept my dental insurance?
- What family dentistry services do they offer in Midtown Wichita, KS?
- What are their office hours, and will that work with my family’s schedule?
- Is the office environment comfortable and welcoming?
- Is the dental team friendly and welcoming, especially to young children?
- What are your family dentist’s qualifications, education, and background?
- What kinds of reviews have they received from patients?
It’s important to research before deciding on the right family dentist for you. Wondering if Dr. Lewis and the dental staff at Wichita Dental Group are a fit for your family? Here’s what you should know,
- Lewis has been a family and cosmetic dentist for more than 30 years. He offers a full range of general, preventive, cosmetic, and restorative dental treatments for patients of all ages.
- We love our patients and it shows! Check out our patient reviews and testimonials to read about all the wonderful things our patients are saying about our practice.
- We know that nothing puts our patients at ease more than smiling faces and easy service. Everyone in our office from our front desk staff to our hygienists is personable, friendly, and ready to welcome you to our practice. We promise that the last thing you will feel like here is “just another number."
- Our office hours are 8 am-5 pm Monday through Wednesday and 8 am-4 pm Thursday and Friday. We also offer same-day visits for those dealing with true dental emergencies.
- We accept most traditional insurance plans including Delta Dental and BlueCross Blue Shield but feel free to give our office a call to find out if we accept your insurance. We also have a financial coordinator who can talk you through our payment options.
If you want your children to maintain great oral health this starts with making sure that they turn to our Midtown Wichita, KS, family dentistry team for regular checkups. If you are on the hunt for a new family dentist, call Wichita Dental Group at (316) 265-0849 to schedule a consultation with us to see if we are a good fit!
When you're proactive about your oral health, you'll enjoy many benefits, including a beautiful smile for life. At Wichita Dental Group in Wichita KS, our family dentistry team, headed by Dr. John Lewis, provides the in-office care and counsel you need to ward off damage and high-cost procedures.
Strong teeth and pink, intact gums, according to your Wichita, KS Family Dentistry team
They're the basis of a healthy smile. To keep teeth and gums functioning and attractive, brush twice a day to remove the plaque which leads to gum disease, cavities, and tooth loss. Use fluoride toothpaste for its enamel-strengthening properties and cavity prevention.
Also, floss daily using strand floss, a water flosser, or inter-proximal brushes. You'll remove the food particles your toothbrush cannot. Include water throughout your daily routine to wash teeth and gums and increase saliva--important for its antibacterial qualities.
Next, eat well. As Americans, we all know the good from the bad food choices. Limit sugar, carbs, and acidic foods. Consume several servings of fruits and vegetables daily.
Lastly, if you smoke, think seriously about stopping. Tobacco causes bad breath, gum disease, and oral cancer. The Oral Cancer Foundation says that when you quit the habit, your chances of developing this awful malignancy drop by 50 percent.
See your Wichita, KS Family Dentistry team
What does preventive care involve? Dr. John Lewis provides biannual appointments for a cleaning and exam. Professional care offers many benefits to patients of all ages, including:
- A check for dental decay and gum disease
- Assessment of dental bite, jaw joint function, signs of wear and condition of crowns, fillings, veneers, and other existing dental work
- A fast and easy inspection for oral cancer (lumps, sores, areas of discoloration)
- X-ray imaging according to a set schedule
Dr. John Lewis will share his exam findings with you, show you ways to improve oral hygiene and tell you what, if any, restorative services you need. Also, he may advise you on cosmetic changes which would improve your smile appearance and self-confidence too.
Other preventive services
Wichita Dental Group offers customized mouth guards to protect you, or your youngster, during sports. There are also sealants, which coat back teeth with a thin layer of plastic that is impervious to the bacteria and acids which cause tooth decay. Sealants are great for both kids and adults.
Why treat it when you can prevent it?
At Wichita Dental Group, Dr. John Lewis and his staff work with their patients to stop oral health problems before they gain a foothold. So, why not call your family dentist at his Wichita KS office to arrange your routine cleaning and check-up? Call us at (316) 265-0849.
Here’s what to expect when you get a tooth-colored filling from our dental team.
So, you just found out you have a cavity. Yikes! Cavities are one of the most common dental problems for both children and adults. The good news is that our Wichita KS dentist Dr. John Lewis offers individualized and gentle family dentistry care to everyone from kids to adults. This means that our dental team at Wichita Dental Group is focused on restorative treatments that promote a healthier smile while also providing the highest-quality restorations possible. In the case of a cavity, we would need to place a tooth-colored filling.
What is a dental filling?
First thing’s first, our Wichita, KS family dentistry team will first need to remove the decay from the tooth to prevent it from spreading; however, once we’ve removed the decayed enamel, we need to rebuild the tooth afterward. This is where a dental filling comes in; but not just any kind of dental filling—a tooth-colored filling. After all, we know you want a restoration that blends right in with your smile.
That’s why the dental fillings that we offer are made from a dental resin that is matched to the shade of your tooth before being placed. A filling is designed to rebuild and reshape the tooth, as well as strengthen the tooth so you can chew and bite down without worrying about damaging the tooth.
How is a tooth-colored filling placed?
The composite resin used to fill a tooth has a putty-like texture, which allows our Wichita, KS family dentistry professionals to be able to apply the resin directly to the tooth and then shape it. Once we’ve chosen the shade that most closely matches the tooth, we will apply the resin layer by layer until the area is completely rebuilt.
Of course, the putty material also makes it easy for us to shape and trim the material. With each layer, we will need to shine a light over the tooth to harden the resin to the tooth. Since these fillings are applied directly to the tooth this means that we don’t have to remove as much enamel to make room for the filling. This provides a more conservative approach to restoring your tooth after a cavity.
Wichita Dental Group prides itself on caring for cosmetic and family dentistry. Whether you are dealing with a cavity or simply need to schedule a routine dental checkup for yourself and your family, give us a call today at (316) 265-0849 to schedule an appointment with Dr. John Lewis.
Wondering why dental implants have become such a popular tooth loss solution?
Our Wichita, KS, cosmetic dentist, Dr. John Lewis, has a passion for creating and crafting beautiful smiles through cosmetic and restorative dentistry to help patients feel confident while also improving their oral health. If you are dealing with tooth loss, then you’re in good hands with our dentist and his team. Here’s are the top five reasons people say “yes” to dental implants,
They Can Last For Decades
Implants are placed directly into the jawbone where the roots of your missing tooth used to be. Over time, the implant and jawbone fuse together, making the implant a permanent part of the jawbone. This is known as osseointegration and this naturally occurring phenomenon is a major reason why implants can last several decades. While the crown will need to be replaced every decade or so, the metal implant itself could last the rest of your lifetime (as long as you maintain good oral hygiene, of course).
Enjoy Eating What You Want
Tooth loss can quickly affect what you can and can’t eat. If mealtimes have left you frustrated, you’ll be relieved to hear that implants can fully restore chewing and bite forces back into your mouth. It will be just like it was before tooth loss. Plus, you never have to worry about the implant moving or shifting around in your mouth since it’s bonded into place within the jawbone.
Prevent Bone Loss
One of the biggest pros to treating tooth loss early is that it can prevent bone loss. The roots of the tooth stimulate the jawbone to produce bone cells all the time, so when the roots of an extracted or diseased tooth are no longer there to stimulate the jawbone it breaks down. This can also cause some serious and unpleasant changes to your overall facial structure. Aim to replace your missing tooth within the first year of tooth loss to prevent subsequent bone loss.
Implants Function Like Real Teeth
Since implants feel and function like real teeth, this also means that you can treat them just like real teeth. You never have to worry about removing your teeth every night or using special products to clean it. Continue to visit Dr. Lewis for regular six months checkups, brush your teeth twice a day, and floss daily, to maintain a clean, healthy implant for years to come.
Improve Your Appearance
With dental implants, you can feel confident in once again knowing that you can speak without any impediments, eat what you love without worrying about teeth moving around, and have a natural-looking smile that will help you regain new self-confidence in your appearance.
If you are living with tooth loss in Wichita, KS, and are ready to find out if dental implants are right for you, then call Wichita Dental Group at (316) 265-0849 to schedule a consultation.
You've heard of professional teeth whitening, but are you sure it can work for your dental stains? Also, is it safe for your teeth and gums? Let Dr. John Lewis at Wichita Dental Group in Wichita, KS, answer all your teeth whitening questions. His friendly and well-respected dental practice helps patients have great oral health and the brilliant smiles they deserve.
Those unattractive dental stains
They form over time, particularly if you like your coffee, smoke, or enjoy blueberry pie, curry dishes, or soy sauce on your Asian cuisine. Tooth enamel is porous, absorbing whatever you put in your mouth. Inadequate brushing and flossing and/or infrequent cleanings at Wichita Dental Group compound the problem, and smiles end up dull and yellow.
What to do about them
Explore professional teeth whitening at Wichita Dental Group. Safer and more effective than retail whitening products, this much sought-after service brightens teeth by up to eight shades of color. The painted-on whitening gel contains potent hydrogen peroxide; in fact, it's much more concentrated than what you get in a drugstore rinse, toothpaste or strips.
To ensure your gums and teeth are healthy enough for whitening, your dentist does a complete exam in his Wichita office. If all is well, you'll receive a hygienic cleaning followed by your whitening treatment performed right in the dental chair. It takes about an hour, and the results are truly spectacular.
No more stains
Most in-office whitening treatments last indefinitely--months to years. However, it's helpful to:
- Get whitening touch-ups as needed
- Avoid all tobacco products
- Drink your favorite tea, coffee or cola with a straw
- Consume several glasses of water daily to wash tooth surfaces and increase saliva production
- Brush your teeth with a quality toothpaste and soft brush twice a day
- Floss daily to keep ahead of plaque and tartar
- Come to Wichita Dental Group semi-annually for a cleaning and check-up
A wonderful, effective treatment
The American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry says professional teeth whitening is today's most popular aesthetic dental treatment. Find out what it could do for you. Book a cosmetic dentistry consultation with Dr. John Lewis at Wichita Dental Group. Ask about teeth whitening and other ways to create the smile of your dreams. Phone us at (316) 265-0849.