General & Preventive Dentistry for Kansas City & Liberty
Like all natural resources, your teeth need care and monitoring to keep them healthy for many years. Our comprehensive prevention program will help your entire family enjoy a lifetime of clean, healthy, and protected smiles. Keeping in line with our dedication to complete wellness, we educate you about the importance of optimum oral health in relation to your general physical health and show you how to care for your smile at home. When it comes to safeguarding your family’s smiles, we are here to help you. We welcome families from Liberty and Kansas City, MO.
Read about the preventive care options we offer below:
Oral Hygiene Visits
Everyone knows that regular brushing and flossing creates fresh breath and healthy teeth, but are you aware of the correlation between oral hygiene and overall good health? Our oral hygiene therapy not only keeps your whole mouth sparkling clean, it may also reduce your risk of heart disease.
We recommend twice a year hygiene visits. We will gently remove tartar buildup and evaluate for signs of periodontal disease. Our new patient experience also includes a screening for oral cancer and tooth decay. We use intraoral and digital photography to capture clear images of your teeth and gums for accurate diagnosis. These visual aids are used to explain our findings and recommendations.
You and your loved ones should visit us at least twice each year for a checkup and cleaning. Call or e-mail us now to schedule your visit. We look forward to meeting you and your family!
We stress regular flossing and thorough brushing for good reason. Good daily homecare removes plaque that can buildup below the gum line, cause infection, and lead to painful gum disease, the primary cause of tooth loss in American adults.
If you show signs of gum disease, such as red, swollen gums and chronic bad breath, we will act fast to treat the infection, restore optimal oral health, and protect your smile from recurrence. Through a comprehensive process of scaling away plaque buildup, cleaning exposed root surfaces, and in some cases, applying antibiotic to infected gums, we can stop gum disease and relieve the symptoms.
Dr. Byars truly enjoys treating children. This is attributed to his experience at the beginning of his dental career, working in a practice dedicated solely to the treatment of children. To support development of good oral hygiene in children, we offer safe and effective dental sealants and fluoride treatments. A dental sealant coats the surfaces of teeth with a protective barrier to keep out bacteria and elements that promote tooth decay. We apply fluoride using a variety of flavors to make the experience fun and interesting for kids. Simple fluoride treatments also improve your children's chances of warding off decay in young, vulnerable teeth.
Sports are great exercise and great fun, but they can put your smile at risk. Get in the smile protection game with protective sports mouthguards! Dr. Byars can create a custom-fitted mouthguard that will fit comfortably. While similar products are available at sporting goods stores, only a professional can give you the custom fit you'll surely prefer. Call or e-mail to schedule an appointment for a custom mouthguard today.
Nightguards for Bruxism
Patients who suffer from unconscious nighttime teeth grinding and clenching, bruxism, may think that it is a harmless bad habit. However, left untreated, bruxism can lead to extensive dental wear and damage. Luckily, there is a simple, comfortable treatment for patients with bruxism. Custom crafted oral appliances are used to stabilize the jaw in a comfortable position, and place a barrier between the teeth to prevent wear like chips and cracks. Patients can breathe, drink, and speak comfortably while wearing their appliances.
Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) dysfunction occurs when the small joints connecting the jaw to the skull bone are strained or damaged. This can lead to jaw pain, headaches, limited jaw mobility, and clicking and grinding sounds when the jaw moves. We offer a number of treatment options to relieve pain and restore full jaw mobility for patients suffering from TMD. In most cases, patients’ conditions significantly improve, if they wear a nightguard to relieve unconscious strain during sleep.
Oral Cancer Screening
Oral cancer is one of the deadliest forms of cancer, claiming one life every hour on average in the US alone. Many of our patients believe they are not at risk, unless they use tobacco products. Unfortunately, this is not the case. That’s why we complete oral cancer screenings as part of every six-month checkup for every patient. The process is quick, simple, and completely painless. If you notice lumps, bumps, sores that don’t heal, or have a chronic sore throat, let us know right away.
Fluoride is a nutrient essential to keep tooth enamel strong and free from decay. In most cases, patients receive adequate fluoride from their toothpastes and mouth rinses. However, young patients who are still developing their oral hygiene routines and adults who are prone to decay may benefit from professional fluoride treatments. These treatments are easy to complete as part of any routine dental checkup. We simply apply a thin layer of fluoride to the teeth, and the product goes to work strengthening teeth.