Posts for category: Oral Health
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.
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.
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!
Whether you have a chipped tooth or stains that whitening treatments can’t remove, porcelain veneers can renew your smile. Veneers are placed over problem teeth to conceal any imperfections. Once installed, porcelain veneers blend in with a patient’s surrounding teeth. The result is a beautiful, new smile that looks great! At Wichita Dental Group, Dr. John Lewis offers veneers and performs other types of cosmetic dentistry in the Wichita, KS area.
Benefits of Veneers
Porcelain veneers come with numerous benefits. They are custom made for each patient, which allows for both a precise fit and a perfect color match to the surrounding teeth. Custom made veneers blend in and look just like natural teeth. Since they cover up imperfections, such as discoloration or chipped edges, they can completely transform your smile. Many patients experience a boost in confidence after having porcelain veneers installed. Finally, porcelain veneers are durable and can last a lifetime with proper care.
Applying Porcelain Veneers in Wichita
Installation of porcelain veneers is a type of cosmetic dentistry. A veneer is a thin piece of porcelain that is applied to the front of a tooth to improve its appearance, either by giving it a better shape or improved color. The dentist can either match the color of the veneers to your existing teeth or select a lighter shade of the goal is to brighten up the appearance of your teeth.
Veneers are created by first making a mold of the teeth. The mold is then sent to a dental lab where it is used to custom create the porcelain veneers. When the veneers are ready, they are sent back to your dentist’s office. Before installing them, the dentist will first shave a thin layer of enamel from the tooth so that the veneer sits flat and doesn’t protrude out past the surrounding teeth. The veneers are bonded to the teeth using a dental cement, which should allow them to remain in place permanently.
If any of your front teeth have become stained, discolored or chipped, porcelain veneers can help. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Lewis and discover for yourself just how porcelain veneers can renew your smile. For cosmetic dentistry in Wichita, KS, including veneers, contact the Wichita Dental Group at (316) 265-0849.