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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.
If you are brushing and flossing your teeth every day (of course you are!), you are already engaging in a basic form of preventative dentistry. From reducing the risk of cavities, gum disease (which ranges from mild gingivitis to advanced periodontal disease, which can result in tooth loss), and cosmetic issues like staining and discoloration, the goal of preventative dentistry is to prevent damage to the teeth and gums. Dr. John Lewis, a dentist in Wichita, KS, offers a range of services designed to diagnose and treat dental problems before they can progress and cause significant damage.
Preventative Dentistry and Gum Disease Treatment in Wichita, KS
Like many common health problems, dental issues are generally progressive, meaning they develop slowly and grow over time if left untreated. A small cavity caught early may easily be repaired with a basic dental filling, while a larger one left to grow may result in pain, infection and significant loss of healthy tooth matter (or even extraction in extreme cases).
Regular check-ups with a dentist (Dr. Lewis recommends an oral exam and professional dental cleaning every six months in most cases), along with good oral hygiene practices at home are the most important factor in maintaining healthy teeth and gums long term.
The full range of preventative dentistry services at Wichita Dental Group, PA include:
- Dental cleanings and oral exams
- Oral cancer screenings
- Gum disease diagnosis and treatment
- Dental sealants
- TMJ/Bruxism therapy
- Mouthguard and sports guard protection
Even with basic care and prevention, some people are naturally at a greater risk for developing gum disease, due to genetic and lifestyle factors, like family history or smoking. Working with a dentist to develop an individual treatment and prevention plan is the best way to avoid potentially serious dental issues in the future, and to maintain a healthy, beautiful smile.
Find a Dentist in Wichita, KS
It is never too late to begin the fight against tooth decay and gum disease. Contact Wichita Dental Group, PA by calling (316) 265-0849 to schedule an appointment for a comprehensive dental exam and professional cleaning with Dr. Lewis today! We are always welcoming new patients to become a part of our dental family!