Do You Need Dental Implants?
There are several restorative procedures that can help rejuvenate and strengthen your smile after tooth loss, but dental implants are the best. If you're interested, Dr. John Lewis at Wichita Dental Group in Wichita, KS can provide dental implants.
More About Dental Implants
Dental implants are one of several restorative procedures to restore missing teeth, like dentures and bridges. Dental implants consist of several parts:
- A titanium post inserted into the jawbone
- A screw that secures an abutment
- A crown matching the rest of your teeth
Your Wichita dentist inserts a titanium post into your jaws to replace your missing tooth root. It provides stability and strength while preventing any weakening or shrinkage of the jawbone. After inserting the titanium post, the dentist seals your gums and allows several months for osseointegration to occur. Following this period, your dentist re-opens the area above the titanium post, inserts a screw, places an abutment above the screw and secures a crown on top that matches the rest of your teeth.
Advantages of Dental Implants:
- They restore bite and chewing function
- Dental implants can last a lifetime
- They fill gaps to give you a wider, fuller smile
Caring for Dental Implants
You need to take proper care of your dental implants. Here are some things preventative measures:
- Getting professional dental cleanings and checkups every six months to remove hardened plaque
- Flossing at least once before bed
- Brushing your teeth for at least two minutes twice a day, while holding the brush at a 40-degree angle
If you have more questions or concerns about dental implants, call Dr. John Lewis at Wichita Dental Group in Wichita, KS, at (316) 265-0849.
How a teeth whitening treatment from your dentist in Wichita, KS, can brighten your smile
Do you want to improve your smile? Perhaps you drink too much coffee, or you smoke, both of which leave dark stains on your teeth? Perhaps your smile is showing the signs of aging, growing yellow and dull. It’s time for you to discover the magic of professional teeth whitening, to bring back your dazzling white smile. Dr. John M. Lewis at Wichita Dental Group in Wichita, KS, wants to introduce you to what a teeth whitening treatment can do for you.
There are many factors that can leave your smile looking dark, dull, and dingy. Drinking coffee, tea, or red wine, taking certain antibiotics can all leave their mark on your smile. Using tobacco products can leave you with dark, stubborn stains. Aging makes your enamel thinner, allowing you and others to see the yellow layer underneath, called dentin. That’s why your teeth appear more yellow or darker as you age.
People choose professional teeth whitening because treatment is:
· Effective; you can whiten your smile up to 5-8 shades and they can remove tough stains from deep layers of your teeth.
· Long-lasting; your results can last up to 3-5 years (this varies from person to person)
Professional teeth whitening treatments are also safe because the materials are rigorously tested and approved by the American Dental Association. Many over-the-counter products contain harmful abrasives and chemicals that can actually make your teeth and gums sensitive.
Professional teeth whitening is the perfect choice if you have a special event like a reunion, wedding, or other social occasion coming up. It’s also a great idea for an important job interview. Nothing says success like a white, beautiful smile!
Be aware that bleaching treatments may not be effective on all types of discoloration and they will not work on restorations such as fillings, crowns, or veneers. So be sure to give Doctor Lewis and his team a call for a consultation before pursuing any kind of whitening treatments and to make sure you’re a suitable candidate for treatment.
You deserve a smile that gets noticed! For more information about the benefits of teeth whitening and other cosmetic dental services, call Dr. John M. Lewis at Wichita Dental Group in Wichita, KS, today at 316-265-0849 to schedule an appointment!
Find out how dental fillings are designed to restore cavities.
Has our Wichita, KS, family dentist, Dr. John Lewis, recently discovered decay during your last dental checkup? If so, it’s a good thing that you keep up with those six-month visits. The sooner a cavity is detected the sooner we can treat it and prevent it from spreading!
Of course, once the decay has been removed it’s time to restore the tooth. When it comes to treating a cavity, don’t you want a restoration that will look like the rest of your teeth? We certainly think so, which is why our Wichita, KS, dentist uses composite fillings. Composite resin is a moldable material that matches the color of tooth enamel. The resin comes in different shades so we can match it to the shade of your tooth (because everyone’s smiles are a little different when it comes to the exact color of their smile).
Tooth-colored fillings are a great alternative to amalgam, or metal fillings, which are amazingly durable but are visible when you smile. Plus, less healthy tooth enamel will need to be removed in order to place a composite filling. This is another reason so many people want to turn to tooth-colored fillings to restore their cavity.
Tooth-colored fillings are also quite durable and, with the proper care, can last up to a decade or longer. Of course, this means coming in every six months for checkups to make sure your filling is still healthy and strong. Remember, that any dental filling will last longer with the proper oral hygiene in place. This means making sure to brush twice a day and floss daily to keep your teeth healthy and clean. If a filling cracks or chips, we can easily replace it when the time comes.
If you are noticing symptoms of a cavity or if you just need to schedule a routine dental checkup in Wichita, KS, then you’ve come to the right place. Here at Wichita Dental Group, we want to make sure families get the dental care they deserve. Call us today at (316) 265-0849 to schedule an appointment.
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.
Does your missing tooth embarrass you? You can do something to dramatically improve your appearance and oral function. Discover the benefits of dental implants. This tooth replacement places a completely artificial tooth into that empty socket. With excellent craftsmanship from Dr. John Lewis and his team at Wichita Dental Group in Wichita, KS, your dental implant will restore your smile and last for decades.
The side effects of tooth loss
The unattractive gap is just one of the consequences. Others include:
· Deterioration of the gum tissue and bone at the empty socket (facial sagging and wrinkling results, too)
· Compromised biting and chewing
· Poor speech
· Weakening of surrounding teeth as they naturally drift toward the empty space
Americans age 60 and over have lost an average of 9 teeth, much to the detriment of their oral health and facial appearance.
A great alternative
Traditional bridgework and dentures simply rest on gums and bone; so the body resorbs those hard and soft tissues quickly. Also, some of these prosthetics require substantial enamel reduction on supporting teeth. For instance, the pontic, or artificial, teeth in a two-unit fixed bridge require dental crowns on both the left and right sides of the appliance to anchor it.
Dental implants, however, do not harm teeth neighboring the gap. A single dental implant has a titanium screw which is surgically inserted into the jaw bone. This device supports an extension post and custom-crafted porcelain crown.
In fact, the titanium implant actually improves jaw bone width, height, and density because of a natural process called osseointegration. Osseointegration is a natural bonding process in which human bone adheres to titanium metal. Common to both dental implant processes and joint replacement surgeries, osseointegration takes an investment of time and patience, but it produces a stable, strong, and long-lasting implant.
The implant process
The initial oral health evaluation at Wichita Dental Group determines if you have enough jaw bone and overall good health to receive an implant. Dr. Lewis does a complete examination and X-rays to fully understand your bone structure. If you qualify, your implant procedure will take several months to complete as the titanium device requires time to complete a successful bond.
Caring for your implant
Think of it as a real tooth. Brush twice a day, and floss carefully around it. Avoid tobacco usage, and see Dr. Lewis semi-annually for cleanings and check-ups. Care is really that simple.
Learn more in Wichita
You can close that smile gap with a state-of-the-art dental implant from Wichita Dental Group. Call today to arrange your consultation with Dr. Lewis in Wichita, WA: (316) 265-0849.
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