Lakepoint Dental Health & Aesthetics Blog
May 24, 2017
While 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.
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.
May 22, 2017
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.
May 16, 2017
Have you accidentally knocked out a tooth or two in an accident or playing a sport? Have you’ve been informed by your dentist that you have a couple teeth that are in such bad shape that they need to be extracted?
Regardless of how you lose a tooth or two, an embarrassing and possibly, problematic gap will remain where the tooth was.
The easiest and least expensive option is to leave the gap unfilled. Chances are, you won’t want this look. A missing tooth in a prominent place in your mouth can make for a lifetime of eating and speaking difficulties and discomfort.
The gap will also become a source of self-consciousness. No more smiling in public. The lack of self-esteem lowers your self-confidence as well which can lead to an unsatisfying life.
Maybe the tooth is in an inconspicuous place in the back of your mouth. You may not have the embarrassment or lowered self-confidence. You may still experience eating and speaking discomfort and difficulties.
Regardless of where in your mouth the gap from your missing tooth is, more serious dental issues can occur over time that are below the surface.
Going long periods without treating the gaps caused by missing teeth can cause the remaining teeth to shift and become crooked. Your jawbone where the tooth was will become weak and shrink. This can open the doors to gum disease, root canal issues and a drooping face.
An Alternative to Missing Teeth
While that all may frighten you to do something about your missing teeth gaps, you may be wondering what options you have.
You can’t think of anything other than dentures. You’re sure that even partial dentures are a little much for one or two missing teeth.
You would be right.
Partial dentures are best suited for individuals with multiple missing teeth, not just one or two here and there.
When you come in to see us, we’d likely recommend dental implants. Most patients with healthy, strong gums and jaws are good candidates for implants.
Dental implants are mad of two parts: a titanium screw that is inserted into the jawbone and a ceramic, porcelain or composite crown that is placed over the screw.
The crown is shaped and colored to best match the rest of your teeth. The post of the implant is what secures the crown and preserved the strength of your jawbone. It also keeps the other teeth from shifting.
With advancing technology and techniques as well as improved knowledge, the dental implant procedure has become routine and relatively painless.
As the posts are securely inserted into the jaw, dental implants are a more permanent, longer-lasting option than dentures. Implants also don’t need to be taken out when eating or sleeping like dentures.
Implants are designed to look and feel like your natural teeth, which make them the best option in many cases.
If you have a couple missing teeth, don’t wait to get them treated. The longer you wait, the more serious dental issues can occur and the longer you’ll live with an embarrassing gap.
At Lake Point Dental we’ll help you get back your healthy, beautiful smile with implants. Contact us today to set up an appointment.
April 20, 2017
If you dread being in pictures, laughing at a friend’s joke or smiling at your neighbor across the street, you may have a cosmetic dental issue that is keeping you from fully enjoying life.
For some people, the crooked teeth, the gaps between teeth and heavily discolored teeth makes smiling not an option.
Minor dental imperfections often don’t cause life-stopping unhappiness or embarrassment.
Other, more drastic cases, however, can be a great source of embarrassment, low self-esteem and confidence and lack of happiness.
The fear of what their teeth look like and how their embarrassing lisp sound like and who others will see them as prohibits many people from fully enjoying life and sharing a laugh or a smile.
Some patients shy away from considering cosmetic dentistry to treat their discolored, crooked, gapped teeth, thinking it is excessive and too opulent.
September 4, 2015
Whether it happens due to age, medication, or simply a love of coffee, dental stains and discoloration can and do affect most people. If you’ve been feeling dissatisfied about the color of your smile, consider visiting a cosmetic dentist in Wichita to experience in-office teeth whitening with Zoom ll. Our in-office teeth whitening with Zoom II provides truly revolutionary results in record time, making it the ideal cosmetic treatment for patients who have busy schedules or big events coming up that they want to look their very best for. The ease of the procedure, and effectiveness of the treatment make it one of the most popular teeth whitening systems on the market.