Our team wants to provide treatment to help maintain good oral health for every smile in your family. From kids to adults and seniors and everyone in between, we can help manage your oral health. In today’s blog, your Leawood, KS, dentist talks about the benefits of family dentistry.
Starting with a Checkup and Cleanings
We want to help every member of your family enjoy good oral health, from the youngest to the oldest. That starts with a dental exam. During your checkup visit, we will take a close look at your smile with advanced digital x-rays and intraoral cameras, so we can identify any oral health issues in the earliest stages, often before discomfort develops. We then create a custom treatment plan to address these concerns. Our team will also clean the teeth in the same visit. A dental cleaning involves removing all plaque and tartar from the teeth, a process that takes minutes but helps lower the risk of everything from cavities to gum disease, and which benefits kids and adults alike.
Deep Cleanings and Oral Cancer Screenings
If you have sore, red gums that bleed easily, this could mean gingivitis or even the early stages of gum sides. To reverse gingivitis and manage gum disease, our team may recommend a deep cleaning, also known as a scaling and root planing. In a single visit, or up to four, we will remove all buildup from the teeth and the roots, so we can better manage your disease moving forward, protecting you from tooth loss and other complications. We also conduct oral cancer screenings for adults every visit too, in which we watch for precancerous or cancerous areas, and may recommend a biopsy if we find possible indicators of oral cancer.
Treating Bruxism (Teeth Grinding) and TMJ Disorder
When you have imbalance in your bite and strained jaw joints, or a high stress level, you could develop TMJ disorder and/or bruxism. With TMJ disorder, your strained jaw joints eventually make opening and closing your mouth difficult. Bruxism means you grind and clench your teeth nightly. These issues could damage the smile and leave it vulnerable to tooth decay and infection, and also lead to headaches, migraines, jaw and facial pain, and other uncomfortable symptoms. But we can conduct a detailed diagnosis and offer relief with a noninvasive oral appliance, a custom device that repositions your smile to prevent TMJ discomfort and further bruxism damage.
Our team offers checkups and cleanings for kids, as well as fillings and even preventive treatments like dental sealants and fluoride treatments, which can help lower the risk of cavities. We also talk to kids about their smile so they understand the importance of good oral hygiene and don’t feel nervous about visiting the dentist.
Root Canal Therapy
If a tooth is infected, then our team could offer a root canal procedure to remove the infection and then restore the tooth with a filling material. We then cap it with a crown, protecting it from discomfort and further decay or infection. With root canal therapy, we prevent worsening pain or tooth loss, which could occur due to an untreated infection.
When we can’t treat a tooth with a filling or crown, or if you have wisdom teeth soon to erupt, we could recommend an extraction to remove teeth from your smile completely. We take steps to ensure the process is comfortable and the area heals quickly afterward. We can discuss tooth replacement as needed with custom prosthetics, such as bridges or dental implants.
Our Dental Fillings
When you have a cavity, we can offer treatment in one visit with a composite resin filling. We don’t use metal, instead opting for a metal-free material safe for all ages. In addition, this can be shaded to blend with your smile and offer a lifelike appearance. The same material can also be used to correct cosmetic concerns with a dental bonding procedure. If you have any questions about family dentistry, or if you would like to schedule a visit for your family, then please reach out today. We would love to see your family and offer better oral health before the holiday season ramps up, so you can greet your friends and relatives with healthier and brighter smiles!
Do You Need Family Dentistry?
Our team wants to offer quality care to safeguard smiles of all ages in our community with family dentistry. Call Dreem Dentistry in Leawood, KS by calling (913)681-5500 if you need to set up your next visit for your family. We also serve patients who live in Overland Park, South KC, South OP, Martin City, MO, and all surrounding communities.