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For exceptional general dentistry in Wichita, make an appointment to see us at Wichita Family Dental. Our outstanding doctors strive to deliver the best and most comfortable dental care in a relaxing, state of the art environment.
Not only does a healthy smile make you look and feel more attractive and confident, it’s a crucial part of your long-term general health. By looking after your teeth and gums today, you can help preserve your natural teeth and avoid costly and painful dental restoration work in the future. You are also helping to protect yourself against serious health problems that begin in the mouth, such as oral cancer, heart disease, and stroke.
We offer a comprehensive range of services in general dentistry in Wichita, because we understand how important oral health is to your overall wellbeing. These include regular professional cleanings and exams, a cornerstone of our approach to preventive health.
Regular Cleanings and Exams
During a dental cleaning at Wichita Family Dental, our dentists use professional instruments to remove the build-up of tartar that accumulates in the hard-to-reach areas of your mouth, even with twice-daily brushing and flossing. Dental cleanings also help to prevent bad breath, and will remove most stains, leaving you with whiter, brighter, and more polished teeth.
Dental exams are another of our most important services in general dentistry in Wichita. Our dentists use the latest digital x-ray technology, to take a detailed image of your entire mouth. Digital x-rays have up to 80 percent less radiation than traditional film x-rays, and they play an invaluable role in diagnosing and treating dental problems.
Our dentist have expertise in the full range of general dentistry procedures to enhance the long-term health and beauty of your teeth, gums, mouth, and jaw. These include fluoride treatments, root canal treatments, tooth-colored fillings, and treatments for gum disease and TMJ.
Whatever you need, we’re here to help with the highest standard of personalized care. For the leading general dentistry in Wichita, call us at (316) 630-9339 to make an appointment today.
If you prefer that your fillings look more natural, then composite resins, or tooth-colored fillings, are a good option for you. They provide good durability and resistance to fracture by withstanding pressure from the constant stress of chewing. They can be used on either front or back teeth.
It usually takes longer to place a composite filling than a metal filling. That’s because composite fillings require the tooth be kept clean and dry while the cavity is being filled. Tooth-colored fillings are now used more often than amalgam or gold fillings, probably due to cosmetics. In a society focused on a white, bright smile, people tend to want fillings that blend with the natural color of their teeth.
Ultimately, the best dental filling is no dental filling. Prevention is the best medicine. You can dramatically decrease your risk of cavities and other dental diseases simply by:
- Brushing your teeth twice a day with fluoride toothpaste
- Flossing daily
- Eating a balanced diet
- Visiting Wichita Family Dental regularly
Fluoride is effective in preventing cavities and tooth decay and in preventing plaque from building up and hardening on the tooth’s surface. A fluoride treatment at Wichita Family Dental takes just a few minutes. After the treatment, patients may be asked not to rinse, eat, or drink for at least 30 minutes in order to allow the teeth to absorb the fluoride. Depending on your oral health or your doctor’s recommendation, you may be required to have a fluoride treatment every three, six, or 12 months.
Whether you wear braces or not, protecting your smile while playing sports is essential. Mouthguards help protect your teeth and gums from injury. If you participate in any kind of full-contact sport, the American Dental Association recommends that you wear a mouthguard. Choosing the right mouthguard is essential. There are three basic types of mouthguards: the pre-made mouthguard, the “boil-and-bite” fitted mouthguard, and a custom-made mouthguard from your dentist. When you choose a mouthguard, be sure to pick one that is tear-resistant, comfortable and well-fitted for your mouth, easy to keep clean, and does not prevent you from breathing properly. Your dentist can show you how to wear a mouthguard properly and how to choose the right mouthguard to protect your smile.
If you often wake up with jaw pain, earaches, or headaches, or if you find yourself clenching or grinding your teeth, you may have a common condition called “bruxism.” Many people do not even know that they grind their teeth, as it often occurs when one is sleeping. If not corrected, bruxism can lead to broken teeth, cracked teeth, or even tooth loss.
There is an easy, non-invasive treatment for bruxism: nightguards. Nightguards are an easy way to prevent the wear and damage that teeth-grinding causes over time. Custom-made by your dentist from soft material to fit your teeth, a nightguard is inserted over your top or bottom arch and prevents contact with the opposing teeth.
Sometimes brushing is not enough, especially when it comes to those hard-to-reach spots in your mouth. It is difficult for your toothbrush to get in-between the small cracks and grooves on your teeth. If left alone, those tiny areas can develop tooth decay. Sealants give your teeth extra protection against decay and help prevent cavities.
Dental sealants are plastic resins that bond and harden in the deep grooves on your tooth’s surface. When a tooth is sealed, the tiny grooves become smooth and are less likely to harbor plaque. With sealants, brushing your teeth becomes easier and more effective against tooth decay.
Sealants are typically applied to children’s teeth as a preventive measure against tooth decay after the permanent teeth have erupted. However, adults can also receive sealants on healthy teeth. It is more common to seal “permanent” teeth rather than “baby” teeth, but every patient has unique needs, and your dentist will recommend sealants on a case-by-case basis.
Sealants last from three to five years, but it is fairly common to see adults with sealants still intact from their childhood. A dental sealant only provides protection when it is fully intact, so if your sealants come off, let your dentist at Wichita Family Dental know, and schedule an appointment for your teeth to be re-sealed.