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.
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:
- Dr. Lewis numbs the tooth and takes oral impressions to get an accurate imprint of the shape and size of your tooth.
- He removes the old fillings, decay and other damage. (In the case of infection, he may perform root canal therapy first.)
- A temporary filling or crown covers the tooth until the permanent restoration is ready.
- 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.
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 have a few flaws in your teeth? Porcelain veneers can transform your smile. The restorations offer a simple way to keep many types 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.
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