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What Causes Bleeding Gums?

January 19, 2018

Filed under: Uncategorized — Anna Bird @ 6:43 pm

why do your gums bleedGums that persistently bleed have a variety of causes, ranging from the simple overzealous teeth brushing to the more serious gum disease.

When your gums, or any part of your body bleeds, it is unnatural and is indicative of some sort of injury. In many cases the sight of bleeding is a cause for some alarm.

While only your Wichita dentist will be able to accurately diagnose the source of your bleeding gums, here are some of the more common causes of bleeding gums:

Canker Sores. These types of annoying, painful sores can happen anywhere in the mouth, including on the gums.  There is known cause of canker sores, but they are likely the results of bacterial or viral activity.

Canker sores may reappear, and they are not contagious.

Harsh Brushing. When it comes to proper brushing technique, harder and faster isn’t better. Overzealous brushing can scratch, and irritate the gums, by tearing the gums delicate soft tissue. The injury to the gums will cause them to bleed.

Harsh Flossing. Similar to going overboard with teeth brushing, flossing too rigorously can also damage and irritate gum tissue, leading to excessive bleeding of the gums.

Gum Disease. Besides a harsh dental hygiene regimen, gum disease is the most common cause of bleeding gums.

Many patients have gingivitis (the lowest level of gum disease) at one time or another. If gingivitis isn’t treated and reversed, it can progress into the more serious periodontal disease. Untreated periodontal disease can result in lost teeth and the destruction of the jaw bone.

Bleeding, swollen, sensitive, red gums can be an indication that the gingivitis has progressed into periodontal disease and needs treatment right away to prevent further damage to the gums and teeth.

The best treatment for your gum disease will depend on how sever it is and how large an area of gums are affected. At LakePoint Dental, our dentist in Wichita provide a variety of gum restoration services to our patients including: scaling and root planing, gingivectomy, osseous surgery, bone grafting, and gum grafting.

Chemotherapy.  Patients who have had cancer and underwent chemotherapy could have developed sores or ulcers on their gums which can make the gums swollen, sensitive and frequent bleeding.

Tobacco Use. Tobacco products include ingredients that are harmful for your body, including damaging the teeth and gums. Tobacco is linked to breathing problems, teeth discoloration and destruction to the soft tissues of the mouth, including the gums, tongue and inside of the cheeks. Tobacco use also increases one’s risk of getting throat and oral cancer.

The damage from tobacco use and the possible resulting oral cancer can produce bleeding gums.

Hormones. If you’re a woman, your hormones during menstruation, pregnancy or menopause can make your gums sensitive and easily bleed. Some women develop menstrual or pregnancy gingivitis (a low-level form of gum disease).

Bleeding gums are not normal and indicate a possible, serious oral dental health concern. While it may not be anything serious, we highly recommend you set up an appointment with us as soon as possible so we can help preserve your healthy, beautiful smile.

Contact us today and let our skilled and knowledgeable staff set you on a path of long-lasting dental health success.


How We Make Your Visit Quick and Relatively Pain Free

December 21, 2017

Filed under: Uncategorized — Anna Bird @ 9:58 pm

Happy patientThe fear of the dentist is a common issue experienced by both children and adults. There are multiple reasons people have a fear of the dentist including the unpleasant smells and sounds and the possibility of experiencing pain or discomfort during their dental procedures.

Many people also avoid the dentist because their schedules are too busy to wait at the dentist or make multiple appointments for treatment.

At Lakepoint Dental Health and Aesthetics, we understand that the dentist office is not exactly the funnest, most enjoyable place our patients want to be.

As unpleasant as it is going to the dentist, regular office visits are crucial to maintaining superior oral and overall health.

Regardless of why you avoid or forget to schedule a dental appointment, our dentists and dental hygienists strive to make each patient’s visit to Lakepoint enjoyable.

State of the Art Technology

Dentistry has come a long way since its beginnings. Common dental procedures such as cleanings, filling cavities and extracting teeth are quick and have little to no pain or discomfort. A short 100 years earlier, these procedures were time consuming, expensive and dangerous.

Dental technology continues to advance to allow dentists to perform more and more restorative and cosmetic dental procedures. Many of the procedures done today are done even faster and with less discomfort thanks to improved dental technology.

At Lakepoint, we fully embrace the use of the latest, state-of-the-art dental technologies in order to give our patients a superior, more comfortable and convenient dental office experience.

Some of the technology we use in the office include:

  • CEREC CAD/CAM technology
  • digital radiography
  • soft tissue lasers
  • intraoral cameras
  • surgical microscopes for root canal treatment
  • 3D study models using a jaw simulator

Knowledgeable Dentists With Certifications

Our doctors Ernie Belen and Mary Ann Chang have certifications, education and experience in the fields of cosmetic dentistry, smile makeover, aesthetics, periodontics and endodontics. Both our dentists continually attend continuing education courses to learn about and implement new and improved ways to provide patients with quicker, better service.

Our dentists and dental hygienists have 17 years of combined dental school training, 37 years of combined practice experience, and over a thousand hours of continuing education courses.

Being armed with the best, most effective and efficient treatment operating procedures, we commit to providing each client as fast and pain-free dental experience as possible.

Empower Our Patients

Dentists are notorious for telling patients how the health of their teeth and gums should be. We realize that this type of condemnation contributes to why people dislike the dental office and put off getting the dental treatment they need.

At Lakepoint, our patients won’t find our dentists or hygienists wagging their fingers and telling patients how their oral hygiene can improve and how their teeth and gums should look. Instead, we entrust the care of the patient’s oral health to the patient themselves.

We feel patients will take better care of their teeth and gums when they are motivated and empowered to do it themselves. We educate patients on proper oral hygiene techniques as well as offer suggestions on how to improve their oral hygiene and prevent dental health issues from arising.

Patients who take great care of their teeth and gums will need less dental work done in the future. Patients with adequate at-home dental hygiene will only need to come in for a short routine dental examination and cleaning. All in all, patients will have less time in the dental chair and more time doing other things.

Our goal is to help our patients keep and maintain their natural teeth. We find this to be more doable and effective when we let our patients take the initiative and responsibility of their own oral hygiene and care.

The use of modern, state-of-the-art dental technology, having knowledgeable dentists and staff and empowering patients are three ways Lakepoint Dental reduces the pain and duration of our patients’ appointments.

Regardless of the reason, if you haven’t seen a dentist in a long time, you’re putting your oral health at risk. Contact us today to enjoy a fast dental visit with as little pain and discomfort as possible.


Q&A with Your Local Wichita Cosmetic Denitst

November 22, 2017

Filed under: Uncategorized — Anna Bird @ 9:13 pm

cosmetic dentistry wichita Cosmetic dentistry is still a fairly new branch of the dental world, but it continues to grow more and more popular as time goes on. More people are starting to realize that they can easily improve the overall look of their teeth and smile with relatively easy procedures.

You may not know much about cosmetic dentistry, and you may even be nervous to ask your dentist about cosmetic procedures. Most dentists offer some kind of cosmetic expertise, and our office is no different. We’ve compiled a list of commonly asked questions about cosmetic dentistry so you can get a brief introduction to this incredibly helpful and accessible dental service.

What can I do to improve the look of my teeth?

Most patients we treat are especially concerned about the look of their teeth. This is a common phenomenon, one that plagues most people in today’s world, and for good reason. A healthy smile can lead to a confidence boost in many aspects of your life, including your professional, dating and social circles.

Improving the look of your teeth can be as simple as regularly brushing and flossing, but most people find that they need that extra little push to really shine. Cosmetic dentistry can provide that extra push through a variety of different procedures. The procedure you need depends on the look you want to achieve and the current condition of your teeth.

Are cosmetic procedures invasive?

Many patients are concerned that cosmetic procedures will be too invasive for their liking. While some cosmetic procedures require some level of surgery, most are completely non-invasive and relatively quick and simple. If you’re looking for a simple, non-invasive way to improve the look of your teeth, you might want to consider teeth whitening services. This is the simplest of the cosmetic procedures and doesn’t require any kind of surgery.

Are cosmetic procedures expensive?

In the early days of cosmetic dentistry, things as simple as teeth whitening were incredibly expensive and inaccessible to the general populate. However, those days are now past us. The type of cosmetic dentistry that most people need is inexpensive and most dentists can do it in their offices without any trouble at all.

What is full mouth restoration?

You may have heard about full mouth restoration, which is a comprehensive cosmetic dental solution. There are a lot of misconceptions about full mouth restoration, in that many patients think they should take advantage of it when they really don’t need it. Luckily, dentists won’t make a patient go through the process just because they ask.

Full mouth restoration typically takes place when a patient has lost all or most of their teeth. The process often involves surgery for dental extractions and implants. This is the process of literally rebuilding someone’s mouth so they can lead a normal life again.

Don’t Be Afraid to Ask Questions!

The next time you’re in the office, don’t hesitate to ask us any questions about the cosmetic services we provide. Whether you need a simple teeth whitening or something more, we can help you achieve the smile that you’ve always wanted.

Preventative Measures to Take to Avoid a Dental Emergency

October 26, 2017

Filed under: Uncategorized — Anna Bird @ 8:55 pm

dental emergency

Nobody wants to end up in the emergency room because of medical emergency. A dental emergency isn’t any different. In most cases, a dental emergency involves the risk of a tooth being permanently lost, severe tooth pain and severe bleeding of the gums.

If you’re experiencing a dental emergency, it is important to visit your dental office ASAP. Dental emergencies can happen gradually over time such as an abscessed tooth, or they can happen suddenly, such as getting a tooth knocked out playing football.

How do you protect your teeth and gums so that you’ll have a reduced risk of ever having a dental emergency?

  1. Proper, Daily At-Home Dental Hygiene

Proper flossing and brushing are vital for tooth and gum healthy. Germs and bacteria build up from food particles can lead to cavities and gum disease which can weaken teeth and gums, making them more susceptible to injury and infections which may require an emergency dentist office visit.

  1. Using Mouth Guards

Regardless of whether you participate in a contact sport or not, it is always a good idea to wear a mouth guard. Mouth guards help protect your teeth from trauma should you get hit in the mouth. Some even recommend using mouth guards in recreational activities such as skiing where there is a possibility of falling and bumpy rides that make your teeth bump into or grind against each other.

A lose or missing tooth is indeed a dental emergency, but teeth that are broken, chipped or cracked tooth is one that is compromised and is more at risk of getting cavities and breaking down even further.

  1. Regular Dental Visits

It’s important to visit the dentist every six months for a dental cleaning and examination. Only a dentist has the tools to deep clean your teeth and remove stubborn plaque build-up that you can’t remove at home. If you haven’t been to the dentist in a while, you risk having teeth and gums weakened by plaque, cavities and gum disease.

Another vital part of a routine dental visit is the thorough examination. Your dentist will be able to assess potential dental health concerns and provide preventative treatment. These preventative measures can help keep gum disease from progressing or halt the worsening of an abscessed tooth.

  1. Mindful Eating and Drinking

You’ve heard to stay clear of candy, crackers, and other unhealthy foods high in sugars and refined carbs. Coffee, tea, soda, fruit juice and alcohol are all beverages that are on the “no” list. Additional foods you should be wary of are ones that are sticky, hard and crunchy. These foods make it hard to completely clean your teeth, can break off and easily get dislodged between teeth that is difficult to remove and they can be hard enough to chip or even cause a tooth to come out.

Plaque, tartar and cavity-causing bacteria are known causes of brittle, stained and weakened teeth and gums. Some foods, however, can also damage teeth and gums by requiring excessive, hard use of the teeth.

  1. Sealants

Sealants are common cavity prevention treatments for children. They can, however, be used by adults as well. Sealants are clear, plastic coverings that go over the teeth, usually over the molars. Food particles and the cavity-forming bacteria are kept from attaching to and accumulating on the surface of teeth because of the plastic barrier of the sealants. Sealants, however are best for young children who have not yet perfected proper dental hygiene and for seniors who have natural teeth remaining who have a hard time properly flossing and brushing the back teeth.

  1. Vitamins

Besides a healthy, nutrient packed diet, getting your daily dose of essential vitamins your teeth and gums need are another great way to keep them strong and resistant to decay and injury. Vitamins A, B and C are all great for healthy gums and for lowering one’s risk of gum disease. Vitamin D and calcium are important in maintaining strong teeth that are stable in their sockets.

Dental emergencies are never fun and they are things that nobody wants to have happen to them. They can be painful, cause long-term damage and may require costly, invasive procedures to treat.

There are some simple preventative measures you can take to prevent and lower your chance of having a dental emergency including the daily practice of proper at-home oral hygiene, getting sealants, and eating a healthy diet.

If you think you’re experiencing a dental emergency, call us at Lake Point Dental immediately. If you think you may be at risk of a dental emergency, contact us to schedule a teeth cleaning and exam.

How Having a Confident Smile Can Change Your Life

October 3, 2017

Filed under: Uncategorized — Anna Bird @ 6:56 pm

confident smileDo you try and hide in the back row when pictures are taken? Are you afraid to laugh at a friend’s joke because your crooked or yellow teeth will be revealed?

Everyone wants to feel comfortable in their own skin and they want a smile that they can be proud to show off. If you don’t like how you look, your self-esteem suffers and when you don’t feel comfortable in your own skin, your wellbeing is negatively impacted.

As hard as it is to believe, your smile, or lack of smiling, can play a big role in your wellbeing by affecting your health, relationships and business aspirations. When you smile you feel happier, are less stressed and get more out of life.

When it comes to smiling, we mean it to mean happiness, contentedness, peacefulness, relaxed, and friendly.

A Confident Smile Impacts One’s Attitude

The common saying that the eyes are the window to the soul may be true, but the smile (or lack of one) also gives off some noticeable signals. Those who love their smile have a more positive outlook on their circumstances and on life in general. Their positive attitude makes them more motivated and encouraging to others. People who smile look happier, and friendly. Others are drawn to people who laugh and smile.

A Confident Smile Can Get You Ahead in Professional Pursuits

In business or in one’s professional life, smiling individuals are looked on as leaders because a smile exudes confidence and trust.  Individuals who smile are more likely to get a job or a promotion or make a business deal.

A Confident Smile Boosts Your Health

Smiling also helps boost your physical health. The act of smiling reduces stress and tension in our bodies. The reduction in stress better regulates heart and cell functioning, making our bodies more resistant to tiredness, illness and disease.

Those who are self-conscious of their smile and therefore hide it from others will likely not experience all these benefits of smiling.

If you’re ashamed of your smile, you’re putting your health at risk, jeopardizing social relationships and limiting your professional opportunities.

What Frowning Communicates and Why People Don’t Smile

For those who are tired of being misunderstood as aloof, angry, anxious, unhappy, unmotivated, boring or lacking confidence because of your lack of showing off your pearly whites, a trip to the cosmetic dentist may be in order.

There are many reasons people don’t like their smiles. From discolored teeth to crooked and chipped teeth to embarrassing gaps between teeth to missing teeth and everything in between, easily treatable dental conditions hold people for fully living and enjoying life to the fullest.

If you’re tired of your imperfect smile causing you to be a downer and ruining your life, contact us at Lake Pointe Dental today to schedule an appointment. We offer a variety of restorative and cosmetic dental services to give you the best-looking smile possible.

Our dentists and staff are friendly and dedicated to improving the lives of each patient by helping them achieve a healthy and beautiful smile.

Q&A With Your Local Wichita Dentist

September 25, 2017

Filed under: Uncategorized — Anna Bird @ 7:48 pm


Q&A for your Wichita dentist

You scheduled an appointment with us, but you are overwhelmed with questions you’d like to ask. It may be many years since you last received dental treatment and you now want to make your oral health a priority. Maybe you’ll be bringing in your child for his or her first dental visit and you don’t know what to expect. There are many reasons why you may have lots of questions.

We love answering patients’ questions and subscribe to the philosophy that there is no such thing as a bad question.

To save you time during your appointment and to make your appointment go smoothly, we’ve put a list below of common questions patients ask us and brief answers.

We hope this will help relieve some of your anxiety, give you ideas for additional, specific questions to ask and allow you to better focus on asking more specific, in-depth questions relating to your specific treatment.

Do I have to go to the dentist every six months?

We can’t force you to come in to our office, but we highly encourage patients of all ages to come in every six months for a dental exam and cleaning. Depending on the condition of some patient’s oral health and any additional, underlying health issues, such as diabetes, we may recommend patients come in more frequently.

When should my child’s first dental visit be?

We recommend parents schedule their child’s first dental visit by the time their child turns one. This appointment will mainly serve the purpose of introducing your child to the office and staff. A brief dental exam may be done at this appointment.

Your child’s first dental exam and cleaning appointment should be scheduled by the time your child is two years old. After this appointment, we recommend children to come in every six months.

How do I best take care of my teeth and gums?

Nobody wants to come in and be told they have cavities or the onset of gum disease. While these are easily treatable if caught early, why not have to treat them at all?

We tell our patients that their at-home dental hygiene routine plays the biggest role in preserving their healthy, beautiful smiles.

Proper at-home dental hygiene involves brushing one’s teeth for two minutes, twice a day, daily flossing and swishing with mouthwash. We recommend patients change out their toothbrushes every three months, and use toothpaste and mouthwash that is approved by the American Dental Association (ADA). Toothpaste that contains fluoride and alcohol-free mouthwash are recommended.

Why are my teeth sensitive?

Teeth sensitivity is often the result of tooth decay, but it can also be the result of gum disease or trauma to the teeth.

If you have severe teeth sensitivity to hot and cold food and beverages, we recommend you schedule an appointment to see us as soon as possible. Even if the cause is minor, the sooner we treat the source of your teeth sensitivity, the sooner you’ll be done dealing with the pain and discomfort.

Why do my gums bleed?

Bleeding gums can be the result of flossing, especially if you don’t floss regularly or correctly, cuts in the gums from trauma to the mouth or the onset of periodontal disease. If you don’t know why your gums are bleeding, schedule an appointment with us and let us take a look. If your gums are also red or swollen, chances are you have periodontitis, a moderate form of gum disease that can lead to tooth loss and deterioration of the jaw bone.

What is a dental emergency and what do I do if I have one?

Dental emergencies generally include severe pain in the mouth, jaw or face, profuse bleeding, loose, chipped, cracked or lost teeth. We see any situation where a tooth can be lost as a dental emergency.

Dental emergencies can happen at any time. If your emergency happens during office hours, come in immediately. If your emergency happens after office hours, go immediately to the nearest hospital emergency room.

We understand you’ll have many questions during your dental appointment and we’ll take the time to answer them.

To schedule an appointment at Lake Point Dental, contact us today.

How Dental Implants Can Change Your Life

August 24, 2017

Filed under: Cosmetic Dentistry — Anna Bird @ 8:20 pm

dental implants in wichita ksHaving a couple of missing teeth can not only diminish the look of your beautiful smile, but it can be uncomfortable and make essential, everyday tasks like speaking or eating difficult.

Patients with missing teeth often experience a decrease in self-esteem and confidence. The embarrassment of smiling can lead to depression and a less happy life. Someone who doesn’t smile comes across as cold, unfriendly and not confident. The act of smiling and laughing helps relieve stress and releases chemicals in the brain that contribute to happiness and contentment.

Patients who are too embarrassed to smile not only feel less satisfied and happy, but their social life can also suffer. Nobody wants to be around someone who never smiles or laughs. Employers are less likely to offer jobs and promotions to employees or prospective employees who don’t smile as it shows a lack of confidence and leadership.

Missing teeth is also detrimental to one’s physical health as well. The difficulty in eating leads to an increased consumption of softer foods, which, in many cases are overly processed and contains dangerous fats, sugars and simple carbohydrates.

What Are Dental Implants?

Some patients think that they have to live with their missing teeth. After all, they don’t need dentures because they still have most of their natural teeth which are in healthy, working order.

This is where dental implants come in. Dental implants are the best option for patients with one missing tooth or a few missing teeth.

Dental implants are synthetic teeth that look, feel and function like natural teeth. They are composed of a titanium post and abutment, and a resin, composite or porcelain tooth-shaped crown.

The titanium post is drilled and permanently affixed into the jawbone.

Unlike dentures, implants aren’t removeable and there are no eating restrictions. The implants are cleaned just like the rest of one’s teeth.

How Implants Can Change Your Life

Since implants operate like real teeth, patients who get them in essence regain their lost teeth. Having a full set of teeth has many benefits including:

  • A beautiful, healthy, youthful smile
  • Increased confidence and self-esteem
  • The ability to speak clearly
  • The ability to chew and eat properly
  • A lower risk of cavities and gum disease
  • Better dental health
  • Improved physical health and nutrition by being able to eat healthy foods
  • Enhanced social life
  • An increased feeling of contentment, joy and happiness in life
  • More job opportunities and opportunities to advance in one’s career
  • A better dating life
  • A straighter smile that requires less need for future orthodontic work
  • An overall higher quality of life

The dental implant procedure is affordable, quick and relatively pain-free. Most patients require little time to recover. In fact, many are able to go back to work and their daily lives the next day.

The simple dental procedure of getting implants can drastically improve a patient’s quality of life. Dental implants can truly change your life.

If you think implants may be the best option for your situation, contact Lake Pointe Dental Care today for a consultation. Our dentists will be glad to examine your dental condition and discuss your dental health goals and options.


How Restorative Dentistry Can Change Your Smile and Your Life

July 19, 2017

Filed under: Uncategorized — Anna Bird @ 6:05 pm

Woman smiling face with healthy teethTeeth and their importance are often taken for granted. We only realize how much we need them until something goes wrong with them.

From an early age, we’re instructed by our parents and dentist about proper dental hygiene and how essential it is in preventing cavities.

When adulthood hits we may slack off on our dental hygiene, cutting corners on adequate brushing and not going to the dentist every six months.

As a result, we get a cavity or two. No big deal, right?

For many patients, a cavity is the least of their dental problems.

Gum disease, broken and chipped teeth, lost teeth and teeth worn down and stained from years of living can have a great impact not only on one’s smile, but also on one’s life.

The routine, automatic actions of chewing and clear speaking can become increasingly hard. On top of that there’s the embarrassment and lack of confidence that comes from a less than pleasing looking smile.

It can be easy to despair when a significant dental issue comes up. Some patients get too embarrassed to seek help and get needed treatment from their dentist.

Dentistry isn’t just about preventing dental issues from happening, though many dentists, like our dentists at Lake Point Dental Health & Aesthetics seek to inform and educate patients on how to best care for their teeth and gums to prevent bigger dental issues from happening in the future.

We know that accidents, dental trauma, fear and the busyness of life lead to the occurrence of dental problems.

The repairing and restoring of a patient’s dental health is the purpose of restorative dentistry.

Restorative dentistry can repair damage to the teeth and gums caused by trauma and disease, whereby making the patient’s mouth look, feel and function just as well as it did before.

Restorative dental procedures include:

  • Crowns
  • Bridges
  • Implants
  • Full and Partial Dentures
  • Fillings
  • Root canals

Restorative dentistry can do wonders for patients who had previously suffered from a dental ailment or issue.

Some of the ways restorative dentistry can better a patient’s smile and life include:

  • Improve one’s smile by straightening, and whitening teeth
  • Restoring and strengthening teeth and jaw bones
  • Remove cavities and plaque that can cause tooth decay and gum disease
  • Repair chipped or broken teeth
  • Replace lost teeth
  • Boost patient’s confidence
  • Improves the mood and well-being of the patient by causing them to smile more
  • Reduces or eliminates pain and discomfort

If you have any pain, discomfort or an embarrassing smile, don’ hesitate to have one of our dentists look at it.

Having your dental issue addressed and professionally treated is far greater than continuing to live with the pain, discomfort, embarrassment and self-consciousness.

Whether it is a cavity that needs to be filled or a denture made to replace missing teeth, contact us today to schedule an appointment. We’d love to discuss your treatment options and help you regain your smile and life.

Root Canal Awareness Week

May 24, 2017

Filed under: Uncategorized — Anna Bird @ 7:40 pm

dental tooth x-ray film macroWhile cavities can be treated with fillings and regular teeth cleaning, untreated tooth decay must be treated with a root canal.

Root canals are often misunderstood and, unfortunately, the misconception of root canals cause many patients to not seek treatment for their severe tooth decay.

During the second week of May (7-13 this year), dentists nationwide are spreading awareness about the importance and effectiveness of root canals during Root Canal Awareness Week.

At Lake Pointe Dental, we want to inform the public about root canals, how they help preserve patients’ smiles and dispel the misconceptions surrounding root canals.

Tooth Decay

According to the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, adults age 20 to 64 have an average of 24.92 remaining teeth. A full set of teeth has 32 teeth. This means the average adult has 7 missing teeth that they don’t replace.

The American Dental Association notes that 91 percent of adults have at least one cavity and 27 percent have untreated tooth decay.

Untreated tooth decay often leads to lost teeth which produces a negative chain of effects that weaken the bone of the jaw and make the gums more vulnerable to plaque, bacteria and infection.

What Are Root Canals?

Root canals have gotten a bad rap for being a painful, long and complex procedure. In the past, it was, but with advanced dental equipment and access to a variety of effective anesthetics, the procedure is a lot less painful and quicker than what many think.

A root canal procedure involves removing an infected area of the tooth pulp, cleaning it, disinfecting it, filling it and sealing it. A root canal procedure repairs and saves a severely damaged and/or infected tooth.

Root canal therapy (or treatment) gets its name from the cleaning of the canals within the tooth roots that is done during the procedure.

What is Done During a Root Canal?

The root canal procedure involves multiple office visits to the dentist.

The procedure begins with x-rays to locate where the deep tooth decay is located. Once the decayed tooth is located, local anesthesia is applied to the tooth. This is what makes root canals a mildly painful procedure.

Once the anesthesia begins working, an opening at the top of the tooth is created and a cleaning tool is inserted into the pulp of the tooth through this opening and the diseased tooth pulp is removed. This procedure is called a pulpectomy.

The tooth roots are opened and clean to remove all the diseased pulp and are then filled using a special material. The entire top (crown) of the tooth is then sealed using dental cement.

Tips for Care After a Root Canal

It usually takes between 3 days to a week to recover from a root canal. The tooth will be sensitive and sore and non-Aspirin pain medicine should be taken to reduce the pain.

A tooth treated by a root canal can last a lifetime if it is properly cared for.

Here are some tips to help insure that your root canal treated tooth will last:

Practice good oral hygiene. Brush and floss your treated tooth twice a day like your other teeth.

Regularly visit the dentist. A dentist can provide a deep cleaning and thorough dental examination you can’t do yourself. A dentist will be able to identify potential problems with the treated tooth or see development of additional tooth decay.

Avoid chewing on hard, crunchy or chewy foods. Such foods can cause the tooth to break or crack or lead to a chip or loosening of the cement sealing or filling. A crack in the tooth or in the sealing or filling can cause irritation and harm to the tooth root canals.

If you think you’re in need of a root canal, don’t hesitate to schedule an appointment. The longer you wait, the more damage and decay there will be.

Contact us today to either set up an appointment or to learn more about root canals and how it can help you.


Get the Full Dental Experience You and Your Family Are Looking For

May 22, 2017

Filed under: Uncategorized — Anna Bird @ 8:29 pm

Dental patient in Wichita KS

A Different Dental Experience

What if there was a dental practice that actually treated you like an individual, instead of merely a patient that must get in and out as soon as possible to treat the next patient? What if the dentists and staff showed genuine respect and compassion toward each and every patient?

This what you’ll find at Lake Point Dental. We are a comprehensive dentist in Wichita, Kansas providing a variety of services to meet the needs of the whole family.

The Power of the Patient in Their Dental Health

Every dental office claims to be dedicated to their patients’ dental health and say they are devoted to providing the best possible care.

It can be easy to say, but actually doing them is a whole other level. While we echo these sentiments, we show our dedication to our clients differently.

We fully believe each client is a person having great worth. We also respect them to make their own decisions about their dental health.

This is why we show each client areas where their dental health and hygiene are lacking. Instead of merely telling them bad news about the condition of their oral health and telling them what to do, we examine and clean each patient’s teeth, offer suggestions and advice and then let the patients have full control.

It is a turn-off to patients when they finally do get a dental appointment only to hear the dentist mutter one condoning, shameful, guilt-inducing commentary.

After a dental procedure, patients (whether intentionally or unintentionally) are less likely to care for their teeth when their cleaning habits and the health of their mouth, gums and teeth are scrutinized.

Patients who are merely told what to do can receive dental hygiene procedures that may not fit into their already busy schedule and the product that are advertised and pushed can exceed the patients’ budget.

We’ve found that when patients take ownership of their dental hygiene and care, they are more proactive, involved and dedicated to maintaining the health of their teeth and gums.

Our patients’ oral health is a healthy as they want it to be. This no pressure mentality empowers our patients so they feel more confident and comfortable coming in to see us.

Quality and Excellence in Treating the Whole Patient

Our dentists and staff members offer our patients many years of dental school knowledge, dental experience and continuing education courses to carry out our mission in providing the highest quality and excellency of care for every patient.

As we put heightened importance of the value of each patient as a person, our dental services are geared to maintaining and, in some cases, improving the emotional, mental and physical health of patients.

What many people don’t realize is the connection between the health of your teeth and the health of other parts of one’s body. Without healthy teeth and gums, one’s ability to eat and speak is hindered and one’s self-confidence is reduced.

Lake Point Dental strives to make the lives of our patients the best they can be by offering an array of dental services to maintain and strengthen one’s dental and gum health.

If you’re tired of a dental office that is too busy to fit you in, or treat you like any old patient, contact us at Lake Point Dental and let us show you what a dental office experience should be.

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9314 E. Central Avenue, Wichita, KS 67206 USA
Dr. Ernie Belen Wichita, KS cosmetic, restorative, and general dentistry. (316) 686-6565 lakepointdentalks@yahoo.com