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Your Smile is Meant to Last a Lifetime

Your smile was meant to last a lifetime. That’s why it’s so important to take care of your teeth, so they can function well and last as long as they’re supposed to. Ultimately, the best thing you can do for your teeth’s durability is seeing your dentist for regular dental exams and cleanings.

According to the Oral Health Foundation, “Dental appointments shouldn’t just be made when you have a problem that needs to be addressed. Prevention is always better than needing a cure and there are plenty more reasons why it’s important to maintain regular visits to your local dental practice.”

Some of these reasons include:

  • Prevention of plaque, tartar, and decay
  • Helps keep gum disease away
  • Checking for oral cancer and other health issues
  • Getting advice on your specific needs/oral health goals

Preventative dentistry focuses on dental care practices, good oral health, and early detection – which is what’s happening during your routine dental exams. So, your dentist and hygienist may talk with you about what steps to take to avoid gum disease, cavities, and tooth decay, and bring you up to speed on best oral health practices to incorporate into your daily routine, and so on.

Regular Dental Exams can Save Your Life

You know that seeing your dentist is important and helps keep your mouth healthy and clean, but did you know that getting regular dental exams is the most important procedure against gum disease and oral cancer? Your dentist is doing a lot more than just checking up on your smile and cavities. Preventative dentistry can detect early signs of gum disease, oral cancer, and other major health problems. All in all, preventative dentistry and regular dental exams could just save your life.

What are Preventive Dentistry Services at our office? Learn more HERE.

Related Article: It’s Time for Dental Exams and Cleanings at Adams Dental Group

What is Gum Disease?

You may not have heard of Periodontal Disease, if you visit your dentist regularly and you haven’t – that’s probably a good sign! Poor dental hygiene can lead to problems that are more severe than the average cavity or case of bad breath. Periodontal Disease is also known as Gum Disease and almost 50% of adults have some form it.

Gum disease is most commonly the result of poor dental hygiene and is the inflammation of the tissue around the teeth, according to www.medicinenet.com. Here’s the scary part – if left untreated, it can lead to even more serious problems, ranging from tooth loss to heart disease. Knowing the signs, symptoms, and treatment for various stages of gum disease can set you on a proactive path to avoid gum disease and a disappointing trip to the dentist.

Signs & Symptoms of Gum Disease

Do your gums bleed when you brush your teeth? If so, you can assume your gums are sick. Symptoms are key … if you are experiencing ANY gum bleeding, notice any gum pain or mouth sores, and/or pick up on a sour taste in your mouth, do not hesitate – it’s time to schedule a visit to your dentist! Remember, you can avoid gum disease and even reverse the early stages of Gum Disease, but the only way to keep Gingivitis from progressing into Periodontal Disease and other problems is dental treatment.

Someone with gum disease may have the following symptoms/signs:

  • White spots on the gums
  • Gums that are pulling away from the teeth or receding gums
  • Painful to chew
  • Sensitive teeth and gums
  • Loose teeth
  • Bright red, swollen, tender gums
  • Gums that bleed easily – even during normal daily cleaning
  • You may have a bad taste in your mouth or bad breath
  • Uneven bite
  • Ill-fitting dentures

If you are unsure if your symptoms are caused by gum disease, consult your dentist for clarification and make sure to stay on top of regular scheduled professional dental cleanings to reduce your risks.

Related Article: The Dangers of Gum Disease

Stages of Gum Disease

  • Early Stage: Gingivitis – this early stage of gum disease is characterized by the inflammation of the gums and is usually caused by an abundance of tartar or plaque in the mouth. Often, swollen gums bleed easily when brushing or flossing and this beginning stage of the disease is a warning sign to a more serious condition, Periodontitis.
  • Progressed Stage: Periodontitis – If Gingivitis progresses, plaque will extend from the gums to the bone. Once the bone gets the infection, they can form deep gum pockets and collect even more bacteria and plaque and can lead to bone loss or even tooth loss. However, there are different forms of Periodontitis and it is more serious than it may seem at first.
    • Aggressive Periodontitis:
      • rapid gum recession
      • occurring during a period of growth in young people
      • due to vitamin depletion, not bacteria
    • Chronic Periodontitis: 
      • periods of rapid progression and then periods of remission
      • can happen on its own or in response to dental treatment

Periodontal disease starts with a sticky film of plaque bacteria that forms on your teeth, just like tooth decay (when you’re getting a cavity). If plaque is not removed, it will collect around your gum line and they’ll become inflamed and irritated. This early stage of gum disease is called Gingivitis. The good news is that you can avoid gum disease and it can be reversed easily with consistent and thorough brushing and flossing.

However, if it is not removed regularly, this plaque will harden into tartar. Your gums become increasingly red, swollen, and inflamed as tartar builds up around the gum line and they will eventually pull away from the tooth, forming a loose pocket. As more bacteria and tarter accumulate in these “pockets”, the destructive toxins begin to infect and destroy the gums, bone and ligaments that support your teeth. This advanced phase of Gum Disease is called Periodontitis, or Periodontal Disease. If left untreated, periodontal disease can lead to tooth loss, because the gums can no longer hold your teeth in place.

Tooth Loss Statistics

Here are a few staggering statistics we’d like to share with you:

  • Missing 1 tooth: the average person age 20-39
  • Missing 3+ teeth: the average 40-49-year old
  • Missing 8 teeth: the average 60+ person

We know what you’re thinking … I had my 4 wisdom teeth pulled!! No wonder these numbers are so high!!

Bad News: These statistics do NOT include wisdom teeth that have been removed AND this tooth loss is typically caused by gum disease. Now you understand why it’s our goal to help you AVOID Gum Disease!

Related Article: Tooth Replacement Options: Pros & Cons of Dental Implants vs. Dentures

Avoid Gum Disease: Prevention Methods and Treatment

Gum disease is extremely common among adults, but the good news is that it can be easily prevented with good, daily dental care. Hygiene within your mouth is linked to your overall wellbeing, so the importance of preventing gum disease is high. You can avoid gum disease by simply brushing and flossing daily, as well as getting regular professional cleanings from your dentist are all it takes to heavily reduce your risk for gum disease.

However, if gum disease is found, usually the treatment method is simple and your dentist will usually recommend upping your normal hygiene routine at home; making sure you are following the recommended daily guidelines. If Periodontitis is found, a deeper cleaning may be needed to remove the high levels of plaque and bacteria that has infiltrated your gums and bone. This treatment is often called Scaling or Root Planing.

Related Article: Gum Disease Treatments by WebMD

Gum Disease Can Affect More Than Your Smile

Cosmetic: It’s a well-known fact that people with a healthy smile tend to look younger. However, Periodontitis affects much more than the aesthetic look of your pearly white smile and is important for more than cosmetic reasons.

Function: It’s also easy to understand that it’s easier to talk and chew when your teeth are functional and it’s less costly to keep all of your own teeth.

Overall Health: Gum disease is also a systemic disease that is related to the body’s reaction to bacteria that can have far-reaching effects on your overall health. By completely avoiding periodontal disease or treating it, you’re helping to protect your body from other systemic inflammatory conditions, such as heart disease, diabetes, and autoimmune conditions. As well as, osteoporosis, respiratory disease, and cancer.

Gum Disease and Stress: You may think about stress being a factor behind many health problems, but the truth is, stress can also have a negative effect on your oral health as well. Stress can make it harder for our bodies to fight viruses and other harmful bacteria in the body, leaving you more vulnerable to infections. This means that if you’re dealing with gum disease, your body will have a harder time dealing with it and healing.

Teeth grinding, gum disease, and bruxism can all be results from too much stress in your life. Also, if stress is causing you to grind your teeth, smoke cigarettes, or clench your jaw, then it could contribute to gum disease as well. Stress can also make us forget to brush and floss as often as needed, so remember to stay on top of your oral health and self-care routines at home.

Related Article: What You Need to Know: The Oral Health and Mental Health Link is Real

What do Healthy Gums Look Like?

Healthy gums are pink, firm, and they do not bleed.

Avoid gum disease by keeping your gums firm, pink and healthy isn’t difficult, but it does require consistent healthy oral care habits. Your main focus is to always keep the harmful oral bacteria to a minimum!

Daily Tips & Tricks for Healthy Gums:

  • Use a soft-bristled toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste to brush thoroughly at least twice a day.
  • Replace toothbrushes every 3 months; frayed bristles don’t clean as well (and old toothbrushes can store bacteria).
  • Flossing once a day is a must.
  • Rinse with an antimicrobial mouthwash to reduce bacteria in the mouth.
  • Fight dry mouth by sipping water throughout the day, chew sugarless gum or suck on sugarless lozenges. Dry mouth creates an environment where bacteria can thrive. Numerous medications and certain illnesses can cause dry mouth.
  • Schedule routine dental appointments every 6 months that include a professional cleaning.
  • Stop Smoking! Tobacco, of any kind, increases the risk of gum disease and makes it harder for gums to heal.
  • DO NOT VAPE! Vaping is not an alternative, even if you’re not using nicotine.
  • If you are Diabetic, you need to be diligent about keeping your diabetes under control, since high sugar levels can increase your risk for gum disease.
  • Opt for healthy snacks. Healthy foods can help lower the risk of gum disease. Bacteria love sugar, so as an alternative, consume water, milk, yogurts, apples, and other healthy options.

If you have children, take this opportunity to review their dental care routines and emphasize the importance of daily tooth care. A clean mouth can´t get sick!

Related Article: It’s Time for Dental Exams and Cleanings at Adams Dental Group

Making a Difference One Dental Exam at a Time

Why almost half of Americans suffer some form of gum disease, why wait?? Now you understand why keeping your gums healthy is such an important task – they keep your teeth in place! AND you know what to do to help keep you and your smile in the best possible health and avoid Gum Disease.

Regular dental exams and cleaning is wonderful preventative care. Although you may be brushing and flossing really well at home, tartar and plaque is impossible to remove with regular brushing and flossing, and can build-up over time. Dentists are able to use specific tools to remove that plaque and tartar, keeping our mouth cleaner and our chances of other complications much lower.

We are excited to let you know that we are now offering our very own affordable dental membership plan that covers all your preventative care and gives you discounts on other procedures. It is a simple and budget-friendly dental plan offered directly from our practice — so you can access the care you want and deserve, for less. Learn more: Get Affordable Dental Care with our Affordable Membership Plan

Local dentist, Travis A. Roberts and his experienced, friendly team at Adams Dental Group offer affordable family dentistry and gentle dental care in the Kansas City, KS area. We have two locations that are conveniently located and offer appointment times Monday through Friday to meet your needs. At Adams Dental Group, we provide most dental services, from family and general dentistry to specialty procedures, including dental implants, dentures, endodontic or root canal treatment, teeth whitening, cosmetic dentistry and much more. We accept most dental insurance plans and offer affordable financial solutions for any budget. Call us at our West location (913) 296-8030 or our East location (913) 621-3113 to schedule an appointment.

 

September 25th, 2022

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What is a Dental Crown?

Dental crowns are essentially tooth-shaped and colored caps that cover the tooth and restore the health and look of a tooth. If a tooth is small or discolored, a crown will correct the look of a tooth in a natural way.

What is a Dental Crown and why would you need one? Read more HERE.

Convenience is Key!

There’s no reason to visit the dentist multiple times for a crown … Convenience is Key!! That’s why Adams Dental Group offers same-day crowns! That’s the beauty of the CEREC same day crown! CEREC crowns are fast, convenient, and as reliable as any normal crown. Through advances in dentistry and technology, crowns can now be made in our dental office, making your time to get a crown cut in half or more.

Learn More About our CEREC Same Day Crown HERE.

What is a CEREC Same-Day Crown and Its Advantages?

CEREC crowns are ceramic crowns, like any traditional crown. They are often known as chair-side crowns since they are created in a short amount of time. CEREC crowns are replicas of your tooth and are permanently bonded to your tooth for a seamless look. Unlike traditional crowns that require multiple trips to the dentist, a CEREC same-day crown offers multiple advantages for patients, such as:

  • Less time and money: Less trips to the dentist mean less time out of your schedule. With a CEREC crown, there’s also no need to purchase a temporary crown, saving you money.
  • No uncomfortable impressions: CEREC crowns use the latest technology, meaning that the use of sticky and uncomfortable impressions is a thing of the past. Instead, we use a small scanner to take numerous photos of your tooth digitally to create an accurate 3D model.
  • Strength: Ceramic CEREC crowns are incredibly strong and are sure to last for many years.
  • Aesthetics: The strong, tooth-colored ceramic materials of CEREC restore your teeth to their natural strength, beauty, and function, and closely match the composition of your natural tooth structure.

Related Article: CEREC Technology Creates Same-Day Crowns for Patients

The CEREC Same-Day Crown Process

The process is quite simple for a CEREC crown. Once you come into our office, we scan the area to create our 3D model and then our machine makes your one-of-a-kind crown in less than 30 minutes. Once the crown is created, it is permanently bonded to your tooth, just like a traditional crown would be. This process is quick, efficient, and practical for our patient’s busy schedules. Most important, you leave with your brand new tooth the same day!

Same-Day Technology

Now there’s no more waiting around or scheduling multiple appointments for your dental crown and best of all – no more temporary crowns! That’s the beauty of CEREC technology. CEREC allows us to restore damaged teeth with natural-colored crowns in only one dental visit, saving you time. Crowns will make your teeth stronger and will protect your smile for years to come, all with a natural look that matches your natural teeth.

In a single visit we will:

  • Diagnose the issue
  • Prepare your tooth
  • Create an optical impression
  • Use our CEREC technology to design your crown
  • Place your same-day CEREC crown

Care for your CEREC crown is very similar to any traditional crown placement. Continue with your normal, twice a day, oral hygiene routine and avoid super sticky foods for the first few hours after your crown is bonded.

Learn more about Dental Crowns from WebMD HERE.

Most Common Reasons to Need a Dental Crown

As we’ve discussed, dental crowns can greatly extend the life of a tooth. They’re common, often painless, and help restore a smile. According to the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, 99.7% of surveyed adults said that a healthy smile is socially important to them. You may need a dental crown, as it can help keep your smile healthy and bright, but how do you know when you need a dental crown?

You may need a dental crown in certain situations – let’s look at some of the most popular reasons:

  • To restore a broken tooth
  • To hold a dental bridge in place
  • Covering dental implants
  • Protecting a tooth from decay
  • Root canals – to strengthen and reinforce a tooth that has had a root canal
  • Large cavities
  • Correcting broken teeth
  • Correcting misshapen teeth
  • Repairing discolored teeth
  • Repairing worn down teeth

Crowns can protect vulnerable teeth and improve the look and feel of your smile. If you’re curious if a same-day CEREC crown is the right treatment option for you, just ask Dr. Roberts during your dental visit.

Now let’s take a deeper dive on a few of these…

Need a Dental Crown: Cavities

Sometimes, small cavities can be fixed with a filling. However, fillings aren’t always a long-term solution. When a cavity is larger or requires something more substantial than a filling, a dental crown is often the next logical step. Once a cavity enters in the tooth, it weakens it and is now extra prone to additional damage. A dental crown can restore the strength and longevity to that tooth and so, it may be covered with a crown.

Related Article: What does Oral Bacteria have to do with a Pretty Smile?

Need a Dental Crown: Root Canal

If the nerve of a tooth is infected, a root canal will be required to fix it. During a root canal procedure, the tooth will be hollowed out and this makes the tooth extremely prone to cracking or fracturing. Often, your dentist will then use a dental crown after a root canal to protect and strengthen the weakened tooth.

Related Article: Everything You Want to Know About Root Canal Treatment

Need a Dental Crown: Broken Tooth or Cosmetic Modification

Not every cracked tooth will require a dental crown, but if a crack is deep or painful, crowns are often the best solution. If someone experiences major tooth stress from grinding their teeth, for example, then dental crowns may be a great solution to restore the integrity to the stressed tooth and eliminate pain.

Need a Dental Crown: Discolored Tooth

Dental crowns can also fix any teeth that are small, discolored, or requires a cosmetic modification. This is because a dental crown looks and feels like a real tooth and can be colored to match the rest of your teeth to look natural and beautiful.

Same-Day CEREC Crown Benefits

Although time and convenience are huge benefits to a same-day CEREC crown, there are multiple other benefits to be aware of, such as:

  • Look and Feel: The strong ceramic materials of CEREC crowns give your natural teeth strength, function, and a beautiful look that matches your natural tooth structure.
  • Time: CEREC crowns are the only crowns made in one, single visit.
  • Comfort: CEREC crowns eliminate the need for a temporary crown, getting rid of any discomfort.
  • Strength: Unlike the traditional method of layering and pressing, the milled ceramic of CEREC crowns are much stronger and will resist staining for years.
  • Fillings: CEREC materials and technology can also be used for fillings and are more durable than composite fillings.

How do I get a CEREC Same-Day Crown?

However, there are some pretty big advantages to the CEREC same-day crown. Mostly, they’re quick, easy, and strong! It’s a great, convenient way to obtain a crown when it’s needed. Instead of taking uncomfortable moldings (think goopy impressions) of the tooth and sending those off to a lab, CEREC crowns are made in-house at Adams Dental Group. We simply take digital pictures of the tooth with our CEREC technology and create the crown in the same dental visit, saving lots of time.

At Adams Dental in Kansas City, KS we are proud to offer same-day CEREC crowns to our patients. If you need a crown to fix a damaged tooth or misshapen tooth, please give us a call today to schedule your appointment with us.

Local dentist, Travis A. Roberts and his experienced, friendly team at Adams Dental Group offer affordable family dentistry and gentle dental care in the Kansas City, KS area. We are conveniently located a few minutes East of The Legends Outlets and offer appointment times Monday through Friday to meet your needs. At Adams Dental Group, we provide most dental services, from family and general dentistry to specialty procedures, including dental implants, dentures, root canal treatment, teeth whitening, cosmetic dentistrySureSmile invisible aligners, treatment options for sleep apnea and much more. We accept most dental insurance plans and offer affordable financial solutions for any budget. Call us at (913) 296-8030 to schedule an appointment.

 

 

 

September 13th, 2022

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Cosmetic Dentistry Options can give you the smile of your dreams!

Our goal is to help you smile with confidence!

Looking your best and feeling confident is something that everyone can dream about. With advancements in cosmetic dentistry, your dream smile can become a reality at Adams Dental Group. After all, your smile is often the first thing someone will notice about you.

We offer complete smile makeovers that can include porcelain veneers, SureSmile invisible aligners, dental implants, dental bonding, and professional teeth whitening; whatever enhancement your smile may need, we’re here to discuss your smile goals and help you smile with confidence!

Related: Achieve Your Ideal Smile with a Smile Makeover 

Cosmetic Treatments Include

Don’t avoid showing others your smile, smile with confidence! If you’re worried about discolored, misshapen, or damaged teeth, we have a cosmetic dentistry service for you.

  • Porcelain Veneers: Veneers are thin, tooth-colored shells made out of porcelain that are cemented to the front of your teeth. This creates a uniform, beautiful look that’s strong and resilient, just like your natural teeth. Learn more about Porcelain Veneers.
  • Dental Implants: These can replace any missing teeth by using a metal device, usually made out of titanium, that is surgically placed into the jawbone, creating a strong base for artificial teeth.
  • Professional Teeth Whitening: Get rid of those long-time stains and discoloration without the sensitivity from over-the-counter whitening options. Professional teeth whitening is effective and efficient, getting rid of stains that are deep within the tooth and creating a beautiful smile of pearly whites.
  • Dental Bonding: Tooth-colored materials are bonded to your teeth, enhancing or fixing the appearance of teeth that may be discolored, chipped, or broken.
  • SureSmile Aligners: By wearing a series of clear, plastic Invisalign retainers or aligners, your teeth can be moved to a more ideal position and is excellent for closing gaps, or spaces between teeth, as well as straightening crowded teeth. Learn more about SureSmile.

Learn more about these treatments HERE.

Enhancing the look and feel of your smile has never been easier. With so many cosmetic options, and advancements in dentistry, your smile concerns may only be a few visits away from giving you the beautiful smile of your dreams. Smile with confident with a smile makeover, give us a call today to schedule your consultation.

Check out these Cosmetic Dentistry Before and After Photos

What is a Smile Makeover or Full Mouth Reconstruction? 

Using a combination of restorative and cosmetic dentistry treatment options, Adams Dental Group can combine multiple services to restore the functionality, health, and look of your smile with a smile makeover! If you’ve suffered from tooth damage, decay, or loss, full mouth reconstruction may be a wonderful option for you to smile with confidence again, and often includes a combination of:

  • Dental Implants
  • Crowns and Bridges
  • Teeth Whitening
  • Porcelain Veneers

Learn more about the Cosmetic Dentistry Options Available at Adams Dental Group.

Smile with Confidence at Adams Dental Group

Whether you’re looking to enhance, straighten or whiten your pearly whites, Dr. Roberts and his expert team of smile professionals can help you smile with confidence. Schedule your smile consultation at our office in Kansas City, KS and let’s discuss your smile makeover. What do YOU want? How would YOU like to see your smile? We will customize a treatment plan and make this the year you remember with a SMILE!

Local dentist, Travis A. Roberts and his experienced, friendly team at Adams Dental Group offer affordable family dentistry and gentle dental care in the Kansas City, KS area. We have two locations that are conveniently located and offer appointment times Monday through Friday to meet your needs. At Adams Dental Group, we provide most dental services, from family and general dentistry to specialty procedures, including dental implants, dentures, endodontic or root canal treatment, teeth whitening, cosmetic dentistry and much more. We accept most dental insurance plans and offer affordable financial solutions for any budget. Call us at our West location (913) 296-8030 to schedule an appointment.

August 23rd, 2022

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