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Dental Bridge or Partial Denture: Which Do You Need?

March 4, 2021

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Full and partial dentures on white background

Are you tired of looking in the mirror and seeing a bunch of gaps in your smile? Then it’s time to consider your tooth replacement options. Both dental bridges and partial dentures effectively replace missing teeth, but how do you know which one is best for you? Learn about the differences between partial dentures and dental bridges to find out!


Should You Replace A Missing Back Tooth?

February 2, 2021

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3D drawing of a mouth with a dental implant

You’re eating your favorite candy when suddenly, you feel the slightly wobbly, decaying molar that’s been giving you trouble come out of its socket! First, panic may set in, but once it’s subsided, your next thought may be whether you should even bother to replace it. No one will see it, right? What would be the point? Keep reading to see if there is a reason you should replace your missing back tooth or if it’s ok to leave it empty.


Why Start Invisalign Treatment at the End of the Year?

December 14, 2020

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a young woman removes her Invisalign aligner during treatment

You recently learned you could benefit from Invisalign clear aligners. Your teeth are crowded, and these smooth, plastic trays will help you see a more spacious, perfectly aligned smile in the new year. But is right now the best time to start the process? Does dental insurance cover Invisalign? A local dentist answers these questions and explains why you shouldn’t wait to start your orthodontic treatment as well as how you can minimize your costs before 2021 begins.


3 Factors That Could Make a Dental Implant Procedure More Complicated

June 23, 2020

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Dental implants will no doubt catch your eye once you start looking for potential tooth replacements. After all, not only are they sturdier and longer lasting than traditional dentures, but they also stop bone loss from occurring in your jaw. But for all the benefits that dental implants offer, it’s important to realize that the process of receiving them isn’t so simple. Some procedures are more complex than others, and it’s vital for dentists to be able to adapt to these complications before they replace your missing teeth. Here are 3 potential complications that might arise when you get implants – as well as what can be done about them.


Everyone Wants to Know: Does Invisalign Treatment Hurt?

June 17, 2020

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Smiling woman holding aligners isn't wondering "Does Invisalign hurt?"

Invisalign in Kansas City, MO is the newest way to get the straighter, healthier smile you’ve always wanted. Unlike traditional metal braces, these clear aligners are removable, nearly invisible, and designed to blend into your busy lifestyle. If getting straighter teeth without metal wires and brackets sounds too good to be true, you may be asking yourself “Does Invisalign hurt?” Here’s everything you can expect when undergoing this modern orthodontic treatment.


5 Health Problems That Ill-Fitting Dentures Can Cause

May 28, 2020

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woman happy with her new dentures

Have you been dealing with your dentures fitting poorly? If so, it’s something that shouldn’t be ignored. In fact, it could lead to several health issues. As you continue reading, discover 5 potential health problems that can arise from ill-fitting dentures, and find out why it’s important to be examined by your dentist.


Are Low-Contact, Germ-Free Greetings Really Safer?

May 16, 2020

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two business people walking past each other and wavingIt seems like in a split-second, COVID-19 has changed countless daily lives. Now that people are safely getting back out into the world while following the CDC’s recommendation, you’ll notice a few things changing when you go to your dentist’s office or get to see your regular bank clerk again. One of the most prevalent safety precautions being taken is to continue social distancing and make no contact whenever possible. If you’re a hugger or love to give a handshake to show your respect and excitement, this is for you. Read on to learn a few germ-free greetings that you can swap out for your usual hug, and how limiting your contact with others’ in public can help keep you safe. (more…)

What to Do If You Damage Your Dentures During Quarantine

April 27, 2020

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Man with damaged dentures should see Kansas City dentistTo slow the spread of the current COVID-19 pandemic and stay healthy, it’s essential that we all practice social distancing and limit our trips outside as much as we can. Additionally, Kansas City Mayor Quinton Lucas has extended the stay-at-home order that temporarily closes all non-essential businesses. Since this means your dentist is only accepting emergency appointments, what should you do if your dentures are damaged during quarantine? Your Kansas City dentist explains what to do in this situation to keep both you and your smile safe.


What You Should Do Next If You Have a Loose Tooth

April 15, 2020

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A man with a loose tooth.If you experience a bad fall or oral injury, you can easily dislodge or loosen a tooth in the process. While it’s better than knocking the tooth out of your mouth outright, this should not be considered anything less than a dental emergency. What you do next is very important not just for the health of your tooth, but your mouth overall as well. Thankfully, a dentist is prepared to walk you through the right steps when a loose tooth appears (and it’s not a baby tooth that’s meant to come out naturally.)



Benefits of Adding an Oral Mouthwash to Your At-Home Routine

April 8, 2020

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A person using mouth wash for their oral healthcare.Maintaining clean habits is important at all times of the year. However, COVID-19 is making everyone extra cautious when it comes to infection control and sanitation. While hand-washing, social distancing, and staying at home are some of the most effective ways to prevent the spread of germs, maintaining self-care habits matters too, such as dental hygiene. If you’re looking for a great way to bring your oral healthcare to the next level, it’s worth giving products like oral rinses a second look. Here are the many benefits you can expect!


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