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Are You a Dental Implant Candidate?

Dental Implants: An Ancient Solution for The Modern World!

As a child, losing a tooth often coincides with a visit from the Tooth Fairy, along with the exciting prospect of finding a shiny coin (or crisp bill) under your pillow the next morning. Unfortunately, much like Santa and the Easter Bunny, once you reach adulthood, visits from the Tooth Fairy seem to no longer apply, thus losing a tooth just means a whole lot of trouble! Fortunately, your friends at Overland Park Dentistry are here to help you in such a situation. And while we may not be the Tooth Fairy, we do have something special that that is certain to get you smiling again; something known as dental implants!

While dental implants have recently come into vogue amongst the general public, dental implants have actually been around for much much longer than that. Recently, archaeologists have actually unearthed evidence of ancient dental implants used by the Mayan civilization around approximately 600 AD! That’s right, the practice of replacing missing teeth has been employed for much longer than most people realize, and while today’s dentists might not use seashells to replace missing teeth, (as the ancient Mayans did) we trust that you will find your custom-fitted replacements more than satisfactory!

Dental Implants: What Are They?

Beneath your gumline you have what are called roots. Your roots act as a tooth’s life source by connecting the pulp and blood vessels to your jaw, while simultaneously keeping the tooth anchored securely within its socket. However, if a tooth is destroyed, then it is necessary to not only replace the tooth itself, (which is known as a crown) but also to find a means of anchoring the tooth in place. Therefore, acting as artificial tooth roots, a dental implant is fitted within your jawbone, creating a base for the crown to be held in place. These screw-like devices are attached to the crown via a connector and can be designed to support multiple crowns, ultimately resulting in a sturdy replacement that looks and functions like natural teeth. Dental implants are unquestionably the most effective method of tooth replacement available, and if you meet the candidacy requirements, dental implants are generally your most viable option. But, are you a dental implant candidate?

Dental Implants: Candidacy Requirements

Although dental implants are often an ideal solution, it’s important to realize that implants are not for everyone and there is a certain criterion that you must meet to be a dental implant candidate.

Listed below are some of the following requirements for candidacy:

  • First and foremost, to be a dental implant candidate, it is important to be in good oral health. While you may have sustained a broken tooth, (hence the need for a replacement) if the surrounding gum tissue has remained healthy enough to sustain the minor surgery needed to insert the implant then you’re in the clear! While gingivitis is a relatively common condition that causes the gums to become slightly irritated or inflamed, if left untreated it can eventually lead to periodontitis or gum disease. Periodontitis is an infection of the gum tissue, and like any infection is prone to spread and worsen over time. If you have developed periodontitis, you should seek treatment prior to receiving implants or any cosmetic procedures as this condition can be very serious.
  • Another requirement to be a dental implant candidate is that the patient has to have a healthy, fully developed jawbone. If you have suffered from previous mandible ailments such periodontitis or oral cancer, there is a possibility that you may have sustained bone loss and therefore may require a bone graft prior to receiving dental implants. Additionally, if the patient is a juvenile and has not stopped growing, implants should not be employed until the jaw fully develops.
  • While it may sound silly or trivial at first, a final but equally as important candidacy qualification, is the understanding that the implanted teeth must receive exceptional care from you the patient. Although tough and very durable, dental implants DO have limits and CAN fail if neglected or improperly managed. While routine visits to your dentist are certainly important in ensuring the success of your implants, it is imperative that you practice daily oral hygiene; including brushing 2 to 3 times a day and flossing regularly. Additionally, if you are a smoker or struggle with substance abuse, it is highly advised that you discontinue use and resolve such addictions before receiving dental implant treatment.

Dental Implants: Tooth Replacement Done Right!

From the rudimentary replacement methods first employed by the ancient Mayans, to the state-of-the-art technology used by Dr. Kimes and his staff today, replacing missing teeth has always been important. Therefore, if you have a broken or missing tooth, there’s no need to suffer when there’s a fantastic solution that has helped people for many years and can certainly help you. Don’t wait; contact our offices at Overland Park Dentistry and let’s see if you are a dental implant candidate if that is an effective course of treatment for you!

Local dentist, Dr. Charles R. Kimes, DDS, and his team at Overland Park Dentistry look forward to having the opportunity to care for you and your family with preventativerestorative or cosmetic dentistry. To schedule your dental appointment with your Overland Park Dentist, contact us at our south Overland Park office at (913) 647-8700 or our north Overland Park office at (913) 341-2380.

Root Canal Therapy: Revealing the Truths and Busting the Myths

Root Canals: Some Kind of Monster?

It’s considered to be the most feared procedure within the annals of the dental industry and the name itself continues to invoke a since dread amongst patients across the world. Because of this, Root Canals have become etched in the psyche of the general populace, as dentistry’s equivalent of the boogeyman! However, despite its scary reputation, few people truly take the time to ask themselves just what exactly a root canal is?

Indeed, like many supposedly scary subjects, there are numerous misconceptions, and outright falsehoods that surround the root canal procedure. While some of these pretenses/beliefs can be dispelled as myths, others may contain partial truths or exaggerations, thus making it difficult to discern fact from fiction. Therefore, in the section below we will address some of the most common myths surrounding root canals in attempt to put some of these long-held fears to rest once and for all!

Root Canals: The Truth

The purpose for receiving root canal therapy is pretty simple; if the pulpitis or pulp of a tooth becomes infected, the exposed nerves will typically begin to ache and become extremely sensitive to the touch. This generally occurs due to an exposed root or cracked/damaged tooth and will undoubtably become worse as time goes on.

Therefore, to alleviate this pain you require root canal therapy! The term root canal; however, refers not to any dental procedure, but rather to the pulp-based chambers and canals within and around the tooth. Much like trees and plants, these chambers and canals serve as the inner source of nourishment or (to put it bluntly) guts/roots of the tooth.

The procedure often mistakenly known as a “root canal”, is correctly known as endodontic therapy, and rather than the boogeyman, this procedure is actually something of an angel in disguise. “Endo” being the Greek word for inside, and “Odont” being Greek for tooth, is (as its name implies) the maintenance and restoration of the inner anatomy of your tooth, which as you will see here is often not what its perceived to be.

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Myth Busters: Common Root Canal Therapy Myths Busted

Myth: The root canal therapy / treatment hurts.

Busted: A root canal/endodontic therapy is not designed to create pain, but rather to alleviate it. As mentioned previously, when the roots and nerves of a tooth are exposed, there is a strong possibility that pain will occur. However, by treating the infected tissue and sealing them off from receiving any further damage (with a crown or filling) the pain will be reduced and eventually cease entirely.

Myth: A root canal can require up to four or five separate appointments to treat.

Busted: While it’s true that the endodontic procedure may require 1-2 appointments to fully complete, requiring an excess of four or five appointments is a bit of an exaggeration. Obviously, each case is different as the extent of the damage and infection varies from one patient to another and may require the assistance endodontist (or oral surgeon) however, the treatment process itself essentially remains the same.

Myth: A root canal is only necessary when pain occurs

Busted: Although exposed or damaged roots typically cause significant pain, if the tooth is already dead this might not be the case. If the pulp and nerves within the tooth have died, you will likely not experience as much pain. Unfortunately, in this condition a tooth is ripe for infection or might be infected already. Therefore, to prevent the infection from spreading and causing further damage.

Myth: A root canal is a temporary solution

Busted: This is common misconception that is perhaps the byproduct of those whose treatment hasn’t gone as well as expected. While there have been instances of a tooth breaking shorty after it has been restored, such mishaps are not typical and usually only occur when a tooth is very brittle to begin with. Fortunately, thanks to numerous advancements in dental technology, the endodontic root canal therapy is generally considered a permanent solution, with a much higher success rate than ever before!

Don’t Be Fooled!

As hopefully you can surmise from this juncture, in spite of the hype and less than stellar reputation, the highly misunderstood root canal therapy is truly nothing scary at all. Yes, like the Loch Ness Monster, the Abominable Snowman, and the Boogeyman, this so-called monster is nothing more than myth and at Overland Park Dentistry we are more than happy to prove this to you!

Local dentist, Dr. Charles R. Kimes, DDS, and his expert team at Overland Park Dentistry look forward to having the opportunity to care for you and your family with any preventativerestorative or cosmetic needs you or your family may have. To schedule your dental appointment with your Overland Park Dentist, contact us at our south Overland Park office at (913) 647-8700 or our north Overland Park office at (913) 341-2380.

Am I a candidate to receive a same day dental crown?

Dental Crowns 101: The Basics

As a primary aspect of the dental profession for many years, dental crowns, (or fillings) are perhaps one of the most well-known and commonly performed procedures within dentistry today. As you’re probably aware, a conventional dental crown (to put it simply) is a method of restoration in which a tooth-shaped cap is placed over a damaged or decayed tooth, thus effectively covering the entire the tooth that is exposed above the gum line. The purpose of this crown is not only to improve the patient’s overall oral health by restoring and strengthening the tooth, but to provide the patient with a smile that is aesthetically pleasing as well.

While conventional dental crowns remain a popular, and sought-after solution within the dental community, the process of receiving a crown has not always been the most desirable experience. When receiving a standard dental crown, the process requires at least two separate appointments, in which the patient would likely have to take time off work or adjust their schedules to accommodate. Additionally, in waiting to receive a conventional crown, the patient would be given a temporary crown to wear between appointments. While certainly necessary in preventing future damage and providing a quick fix, the cumbersome temporary crown has been unpopular with patients in the past, as they have been known to break easily, or sometimes to even fall out. Tedious as the process may be, the end product will typically be that of a sturdy and dependable crown to serve as a long-term replacement.

Although the standard crown will certainly prove its worth over time, it’s important to remember that the average lifespan of a regular dental crown is approximately ten years; however, this may certainly vary depending on both lifestyle habits and the routine practice of proper oral hygiene. That said, the conventional crown despite its flaws, is a tried and true solution that has helped patients for many years.       

The CEREC Crown: A Whole New Ballgame!

Alright… you might want to pay attention, because we’ve got quite the doozy for you! Now imagine if you can, a picture-perfect crown that can be both created and fitted in your mouth with just one single appointment!

Sounds too good to be true doesn’t it?

However, what you may be surprised to find is a mythical, and seemingly flawless same day dental crown that is in fact no myth at all. As the “Chairside Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics” or “CEREC Crown” is both very real and currently very in demand among both dentists and patients alike. Originally developed back in 1980, the “Chairside Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics” or “CEREC Crown” technology has taken modern dentistry by storm and has proven itself as a powerful new tool within the field.

The CEREC Crown is a specially customized same day dental crown, created specifically for you through digital imaging as opposed to simply using a goopy dental impression of your mouth to accurately pinpoint the precise dimensions of your new crown, and thereby create a near perfect replica of your natural tooth.

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This cutting-edge digital imaging allows Dr. Kimes to scan the inside of your mouth to accurately pinpoint the precise dimensions of your new crown, and thereby create a near perfect replica of your natural tooth. Once placed over a rotten or broken natural tooth, this masterpiece of modern dentistry provides a permanent replacement that is virtually unnoticeable and can even be customized to match the exact shade of your teeth! Although considerably stronger, presenting an exponentially improved appearance, many patients consider the convenient process in receiving the CEREC to be among their favorite improvements over the conventional crown. Unlike the afore mentioned conventional crown, the CEREC same day dental crown requires only a single appointment in which you may receive a fully complete, permanent replacement, thus sparing you the hassle of making multiple appointments and managing a temporary crown.  

CEREC Crown Candidacy Requirements

“So how can I get a CEREC crown?”

While such a straightforward question may typically warrant a simple answer, the truth of the matter (as it so often is) is a bit more complicated than that. For most patients needing a crown, (approximately 90%) yes, the cutting edge cerec crown is absolutely a fantastic solution, and the most efficient option available.

However, perhaps the only true exception to this would be in patients who may suffer from bruxism. Bruxism is a chronic condition, in which a patient may excessively (and sometimes unconsciously) clench their jaw, clenching or grinding their teeth. Although enormously popular and highly sought after, the only real issue presented by the cerec crown is the fact that due to its excess strength, it may present a bit more of a hazard when grinding against other teeth than that of its predecessor. Fortunately, if this is something you find yourself concerned with or suffer from chronic clenching, there are several types of mouth guards available for both daytime and night-time use that can be created by our team here at Overland Park Dentistry and made available upon request!

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Come See Us!

Although its not often that you see an old dog learn new tricks, in the case of the dental crown this is certainly true, as thanks to the crisp new cerec technology, the common dental crown has now received a major upgrade! The cerec crown has in many ways revolutionized the field of professional dentistry by ushering in a new era of 21st century technology and presenting patients with a level of quality that previously could not be provided.

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But don’t take our word for it, if you are in need of a crown or filling, come see us at Overland Park Dentistry and find out for yourself!      

Local dentist, Dr. Charles R. Kimes, DDS, and his expert team at Overland Park Dentistry look forward to having the opportunity to care for you and your family with any preventativerestorative or cosmetic needs you or your family may have. To schedule your dental appointment with your Overland Park Dentist, contact us at our south Overland Park office at (913) 647-8700 or our north Overland Park office at (913) 341-2380.

Dentures and Partials: A tooth replacement option to consider

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A Nightmare Come True!

Have you ever had a dream in which your teeth inexplicably began falling out? While this may sound like an odd question to some, according to numerous oneirological case studies (the scientific study of dreams) a dream in which a person begins losing their teeth is actually one of the most common dreams (or nightmares) a person can experience. While this research may lead many psychologists and data analysts to draw their own conclusions, clearly there’s no denying that out teeth are very important to us and losing them would essentially be a nightmare come true!

While you may be counting your lucky stars that this hasn’t happened to you, this scenario has been all too real for many people in the past, and while seemingly farfetched, it might just be a greater possibility than you think.

 

Tooth replacements ARE necessary! 

So why do teeth break? And just why exactly are tooth replacements so darn necessary?  If this is what you find yourself wondering, please allow us to explain!

While your teeth may be tough and beautiful, those gorgeous pearly whites of yours have a very important and very difficult purpose. Tasked with the demanding job of breaking down food partials for safe and easy consumption, your teeth unquestionably take one heck of a beating! Although receiving the required amount of dental care and practicing proper oral hygiene play a major role in sustaining the lifespan of your teeth, sometimes the wear and tear is just too much. Therefore, once weakened after years of absorbing punishment, your teeth become increasingly susceptible to incurring damage, from hard or crunchy food products. If a tooth suffers severe damage or is ultimately lost, then having that tooth replaced is necessary if one wishes to maintain their future oral health and prevent further damage from occurring.

 

Dentures and Partials: What to know

When words like dentures and partials are mentioned, it often doesn’t elicit the most positive reaction. While it’s certainly no secret that dentures and partials are typically associated with the elderly, and may not conjure up the most pleasant images, it should be noted that they are also not exactly what they are perceived to be. The preconceived notion that dentures and partials are removable sets of false teeth for elderly people who simply don’t have any teeth left is not entirely true. As there are in fact several different variations of these devices, that are used by all sorts of people for numerous reasons.

Partial Denture:

Contrasting to the stereotypical idea of dentures, the partial denture is a plate of prostatic dentures that is custom made for you, to be suited to your replacement needs. This plate-like device can be used to replace one or several teeth and may be used to provide prosthetic teeth that are both functional and aesthetically pleasing.  Economically friendly and easy to maintain, the partial is fitted to attach to your natural tooth or dental implant and can be easily adjusted to maximize its effectiveness.

Additionally, the device may also vary depending on the needs of the patient and may come in the form of an RPD or Fixed Bridge.

  • The RPD (removable partial denture) is designed to be removed if necessary and can easily be snapped back into place when desired.
  • A fixed partial denture or fixed bridge; however, cannot be removed once put in place and may better resemble natural teeth due to their sedentary nature.

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Full Denture:

Unlike the before mentioned partial, a full or complete denture does somewhat resemble the stereotypical dentures of the past; however, thanks to innovative 21st century technology, the sleek new dentures of today are by far superior to their clunky and cumbersome predecessors.  A composite of plastic and acrylic based material, the modern full set of dentures is molded to fit seamlessly to the roof of your mouth or lower jaw (or both) for a smooth and comfortable fit. As its name implies, the full denture is designed for individuals who no longer have their natural teeth and require extensive replacements.

Have no fear!

Although we may often take them for granted, and occasionally forget to treat them with the care they deserve, there’s no denying that our teeth are very important to us and losing them might seem like a nightmarish scenario.  However, if you do ever find yourself in such a situation, please remember that it is necessary to get any missing teeth replaced, and you do have great replacement solutions, like dentures and partials, that can be made available to you upon your request.

Remember if one tooth is lost, then others are likely to follow! Don’t let this happen, come see us at Overland Park Dentistry so that we may help put an end to your nightmare once and for all!

 

Dr. Charles R. Kimes, DDS and his expert team at Overland Park Dentistry look forward to having the opportunity to care for you and your family with any preventativerestorative or cosmetic dental needs you or your family may have. To schedule your dental appointment with your Overland Park Dentist, contact us at our south Overland Park office at (913) 647-8700 or our north Overland Park office at (913) 341-2380.

Receive a Same Day CEREC Crown at Overland Park Dentistry

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The Basic Dental Crown

As a basic staple in the arsenal of dental practitioners nationwide, dental crowns have been one of the most familiar dental procedures among the general populace for many years. The purpose of the standard dental crown is to repair a tooth that has sustained sizable damage or has simply decayed over time.

Although primitive, the methodology of the dental crown has proven itself to be an effective solution for restoring broken teeth to their former glory. This is achieved by way of a tooth-shaped cap that is fitted over the top of the tooth, effectively covering the damaged area and preventing any further damage or decay from occurring. This solution not only enables the tooth to become functional once again, but also provides the patient with some often much appreciated aesthetic relief as well.

Despite the obvious benefits of the standard dental crown, it is not without its share of drawbacks or issues as well. Even with its seemingly sturdy nature, the conventional crown has a lifespan of approximately ten years. While certainly the crown’s longevity weighs heavily on the lifestyle of the recipient as well as the amount of proper hygienic treatment it receives regularly, the crown will at some point need to be replaced.

In addition to its impermanent nature, the process of receiving a dental crown has historically shown itself to be a less than desirable experience among some patients, due to the somewhat time consuming and tedious process of receiving the crown. The standard dental crown requires a minimum of two appointments for the crown to be created and applied to the damaged tooth. While the specifications for the new crown are sent to be created in a lab, a temporary crown may be applied to prevent any damage from occurring in the interim. Although designed to serve as a temporary solution, the temporary crowns have caused frustration among patients in the past due to their overall fragility.

 

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CEREC Crown: A 21st Century Upgrade!

It’s often said that “it’s never too late for an old dog to learn some new tricks” and while that might not always be true, in the case of the trusty old dental crown, this statement couldn’t be more accurate!

As we progress further into the 21st   Century, the conventional dental crown has finally received the long-awaited upgrade that both dentists and patients alike have asked for, with the revolutionary new CEREC technology!

The CEREC or “Chairside Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics” is a new type of dental crown that by way of digital imaging allows dentists to pinpoint the precise dimensions of you new crown, thus creating a seemingly perfect replica of the natural tooth. Indeed, the CEREC crown has received critical acclaim through the dental and medical fields since its inception and has been cited by many experts as offering a glimpse into the future of digitally based medical treatment.

Fascinated by the new technology and determined to provide it for to his patients at Overland Park Dentistry, Dr. Kimes quickly began receiving the necessary training and equipment allowing this to happen! It wasn’t long before the CEREC technology became a big hit amongst his patients, staff, and Dr. Kimes himself, thus becoming one of the most sought-after treatments ever!

“The thing that’s so great about the CEREC technology is how patient oriented it is, it allows me to design a case in my office right alongside the patient!” Dr. Kimes explained.

“Its really something of a collaboration between the patient, the staff and myself, as we all discuss the formation of the crown, and what would be best suited to help the patient.” By eliminating the need for an outside dental lab, the CEREC crown not only offers a much more personalized solution, but also allows the procedure to be fully completed within one single appointment!

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That’s right, no longer will patients have to deal with the hassle of scheduling multiple appointments, or frustration of managing the highly breakable temporary crown, as with one appointment the patient will receive a near flawless and permanent replacement.

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Changing the Dental Industry: One CEREC Crown at A Time!

As the CEREC crown continues to restore the mouths of patients across the country, Dr. Kimes and his staff at Overland Park Dentistry continue to remain busy, offering the CEREC crown and numerous other treatments to their patients to keep them smiling! If you have any questions about the CEREC technology, or are interested in receiving a CEREC crown of your own, feel free to call or stop by our offices and see what CEREC technology can do for you!

 

Dr. Charles R. Kimes, DDS and his expert team at Overland Park Dentistry look forward to having the opportunity to care for you and your family with any preventativerestorative or cosmetic dental needs you or your family may have. To schedule your dental appointment with your Overland Park Dentist, contact us at our south Overland Park office at (913) 647-8700 or our north Overland Park office at (913) 341-2380.

Dental Implant Procedure: New & Improved

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Where’s the Tooth Fairy when you need her?

When reflecting on childhood memories, one might fondly remember losing those first few baby teeth. Surly the excitement and anticipation of a visit from the Tooth Fairy, and of course the promise of receiving that oh so precious reward under their pillow the next day is enough to put a huge smile on any child’s face! However, as time goes by and we grow into adults, much like Santa and the Easter Bunny, visits from the Tooth Fairy seem to no longer apply. Therefore, when sitting down to enjoy a meal and hearing an unpleasant crunch followed by a sharp pain, clearly the prospect of losing a tooth isn’t what it used to be!

Why Teeth Break?

“If my teeth are meant to last a lifetime, why would they break?”

As silly as it sounds, if you have broken a tooth, you just might find yourself asking that very question; and as simple as the question may be, the answer is actually a bit more complicated. While your natural teeth are certainly strong and durable, there are numerous factors such as accidents, hard foods, acidic substances, or simply neglect and old age, that can seriously damage or even destroy your teeth. Whether it is sudden damage or long-term decay, obviously broken and or missing teeth present a problem in both a practical and aesthetic sense.  Therefore, if you have one or more missing teeth, considering getting the necessary replacements is without question the best course of action.

Dental Implant Procedure: New and Improved!

Although the dental implant procedure has been around for a long time, thanks to the numerous recent improvements within modern dental technology, the dental implant procedure today is much different than it once was. While previous incarnations of the dental implant procedure were sometimes cumbersome and final product occasionally failed to blend in with natural teeth. The modern dental implant procedure makes the look and feel of the finished product less like a synthetic substitute, and more like a natural tooth!

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Dental Implant Procedure

The process of receiving one of these sleek new implants is a relatively straight-forward procedure in which the roots of the tooth are surgically replaced with a metal post that is designed to anchor in the implant.

Once in place, an abutment is attached to each post to connect them with the artificial tooth. Although, abutments all serve a similar purpose, they may vary somewhat depending on the type of implant you are receiving.

Finally, once each abutment is in place and the gums have healed, (usually taking one to two weeks) you are ready to receive the artificial tooth. Much like the abutment, the tooth will vary depending on whether it’s a removable implant that’s designed to be removed for daily cleaning; or whether it’s a fixed implant that is permanently fastened in place. This ceramic, customized synthetic tooth will provide a high quality and seemingly flawless replacement.

Something to Smile About

As an adult, losing any of your permanent teeth is never a desired situation. However, with state-of-the-art new dental implants, having damaged or missing teeth replaced has never been easier or more effective. So if you have experienced that unfortunate situation where you’ve lost or broken a tooth, and the Tooth Fairy simply doesn’t visit you anymore, perhaps a dental implant procedure is the answer for you!

Dr. Charles R. Kimes, DDS and his expert team at Overland Park Dentistry look forward to having the opportunity to care for you and your family with any preventativerestorative or cosmetic needs you or your family may have. To schedule your dental appointment or dental implant procedure consultation with your Overland Park Dentist, contact us at our south Overland Park office at (913) 647-8700 or our north Overland Park office at (913) 341-2380.

CEREC Crown: Technology giving you a crown in One Day!

 

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The Future is Now with the CEREC Crown

Although it’s been said many times before, but in this age of iPhones, YouTube, social media, drones, and of course selfies galore, it appears 2018 is the American future we once dreamed of! With the countless new advancements in technology that we have seen in recent years, and continuous new discoveries and innovations on the horizon, the sky’s the limit for what’s yet to come!  While numerous businesses and professional fields have been significantly impacted by this influx of new technology, few have experienced as much change and improvement as the field of professional dentistry. This may come as a surprise to many, given the dental industry age and rather monotonous reputation, however in the 21st century we have learned that it’s never too late for an old dog to learn some new tricks! Thanks to the increasing advancements in technology and improvements and new alternatives to many of the standard procedures, the dental industry as a whole has received a major 21st century upgrade, thus enabling dentists across the country to provide their patients with a quality of care not previously thought possible!

Before the CEREC CROWN | Dental Crowns: A Brief History

As a basic but effective tool in the arsenal of dentists for many years, the standard dental crown, has become one of the most well known and commonly preformed procedures within the profession. As you might already know, the conventional dental crown is a method of repairing and ultimately restoring teeth that sustained damage or simply decayed over a period of time. This is achieved through the use of a crown or tooth-shaped cap that is placed over the top of the tooth, thereby covering and concealing the damaged area. This not only prevents any further damage, but effectively replaces the damaged portion of the tooth, thus restoring it to its former self.

Once fully restored, the newly crowned tooth will provide both a durable and aesthetically pleasing solution. While the final product is truly remarkable, the process of receiving a crown is not always the most desirable experience and has caused something of a headache among patients in the past. When receiving a standard dental crown, the process requires at least two separate appointments, in which the patient would likely have to take time off work or adjust their schedules to accommodate. Additionally, in waiting to receive a conventional crown, the patient would be given a temporary crown to wear between appointments. While certainly necessary in preventing future damage and providing a quick fix, the cumbersome temporary crown has been unpopular with patients in the past. Temporary crowns have been known to break easily, or sometimes to even fall out. Tedious as the process may be, the end result will typically be that of a sturdy and dependable crown to serve as a long-term replacement.

Although the standard crown will certainly prove its worth over time, it’s important to remember that the average lifespan of a regular dental crown is approximately ten years. However this may certainly vary depending on both lifestyle habits and the routine practice of proper oral hygiene by the patient. That said, the conventional crown despite its flaws, is a tried and true solution that has helped patients for many years.       

The Cerec Crown: A New Era

Okay here’s what you’ve all been waiting for! Now imagine a new type of crown that is ecstatically flawless and permanent unlike the standard crown. Image if this crown could be both made and fitted in your mouth in just one single appointment!

Sounds like an imaginary scenario that’s just too good to be true doesn’t it?

Well imagine no more, because this mythical and seemingly flawless new crown is no myth! As the “Chair-side Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics” or “CEREC Crown” is both a very real and highly regarded new procedure that in a short time has received critical acclaim among dentists and patients alike.

As a concept originally conceived by the dental industry during the 1980s, the CEREC crown concept was shelved due to a lack of technology at the time and for years remained little more than a far-fetched proposal for the future. While few expected the CEREC concept to ever come to fruition, as the 21st century saw technology soaring to never before seen heights, the once elusive CEREC crown was now a possibility!

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Where Can I Get a CEREC Crown?

Newly available at Overland Park Dentistry, the CEREC crown is a specially customized dental crown. It is created specifically for you through digital imaging as opposed to simply using goopy dental impressions. This cutting edge digital imagining allows Dr. Kimes to scan the inside of your mouth to accurately pinpoint the precise dimensions of your new crown; and thereby create a near perfect replica of your natural tooth! Once placed over a rotten or broken natural tooth, this masterpiece of modern dentistry provides a permanent replacement. Your CEREC crown is virtually unnoticeable and can even be customized to match the exact shade of your teeth!

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Although considerably stronger, presenting an exponentially improved appearance, many patients consider the convenient process in receiving the CEREC crown to be among their favorite improvements over the conventional crown.

As mentioned previously… unlike the conventional crown, the CEREC crown only requires one appointment to receive, giving you a complete, permanent replacement, and sparing you the hassle of making it to multiple appointments and having to manage a temporary crown.

CEREC Crown: Let’s Make it Happen!

With 2018 in full swing, CEREC technology is red hot and enormously popular! So, if you’re in need of a crown or crown replacement, we have just what you need! Come see Dr. Kimes and his friendly staff at Overland Park Dentistry and see if the one of a kind CEREC crown is right for you!

Dr. Charles R. Kimes, DDS and his expert team at Overland Park Dentistry look forward to having the opportunity to care for you and your family with any preventativerestorative or cosmetic needs you or your family may have. To schedule your dental appointment with your Overland Park Dentist, contact us at our south Overland Park office at (913) 647-8700 or our north Overland Park office at (913) 341-2380.

Root Canal Symptoms: The Root of Your Fears

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Root Canal Symptoms: What is at the root of your fears?

Are you having root canal symptoms? You don’t have to be an insider within the dental profession to be familiar with the term “Root Canal”, as the mere mention of the term has left many dental patients shaking in their shoes. Perhaps due to its association with pain, or perhaps simply due to its serious sounding name, root canals have seem to have become the dental community’s version of the boogeyman!  As result of this, root canals have received something of a bad reputation among patients, and while the thought of getting a root canal may sound a bit scary for some, few people truly take the time to ask what exactly a root canal is?

Well for starters, the term root canal doesn’t refer to a dental procedure, but rather to the pulp-based chambers and canals within and around the tooth. Much like trees and plants, these chambers and canals serve as the inner source of nourishment or (to put it bluntly) the guts and roots of the tooth.

The procedure often mistakenly known as a “root canal” is correctly known as endodontic therapy. And rather than the boogeyman, this procedure is actually something of an angel in disguise. “Endo” being the Greek word for inside, and “Odont” being Greek for tooth, is (as its name implies) the maintenance and restoration of the inner anatomy of your tooth; which as you will see here is often not what its perceived to be.

A Chamber of Horrors: Root Canal Symptoms

Obviously, the chamber and canals within your tooth are of vital importance to the overall health of your tooth; however, if decay, damage or an infection were to contaminate this connective tissue, this otherwise healthy pulp chamber can quickly regress into a chamber of horrors and require treatment! Whether it be decay from improper dental hygiene or simply damage from a chipped or cracked tooth, if the pulp becomes infected, you’re going to notice.

Root Canal Symptoms of an infected root canal may include:

  • Sharp pain and prolonged tenderness
  • Extreme sensitivity to hot or cold foods
  • Swelling of nearby gums
  • Pain and/or difficulty when chewing or applying pressure
  • Noticeable darkening or discoloration of the tooth

While the symptoms of the infected pulp and root may vary at first, chances are likely they will greatly worsen over time. Living with such persistent pain may become increasingly difficult or even unbearable. Therefore, to remedy this pain and prevent any further complications, endodontic treatment is essential.

Root Canal Symptoms: Endodontic Treatment

The process of replacing and restoring the root canal has been one of the more sophisticated and important procedures available in modern dentistry for many years now. As mentioned previously, this procedure has garnered something of a negative perception over the years. However, as illustrated by the above-mentioned symptoms, truthfully the entire purpose of endodontic treatment is to restore the tooth and relieve any discomfort you may be experiencing.

The endodontic treatment process itself is pretty straight-forward and can easily be broken down into five phases:

  1. The initial (and often most stress relieving) phase of the treatment is to prepare the tooth. This includes numbing the tooth and affected area, then creating a small opening through the tooth’s crown into the pulp chamber.
  2. The second and perhaps most important phase is the removal of the pulp or nerve tissue of the tooth. In this phase the pulp is entirely removed from within the tooth and the pulp chamber along with all root canals are cleaned and reshaped. The purpose of this is to remove all infected tissue from the tooth, then prepare it to be refilled.
  3. Much like the second phase, the third phase focuses on the continued expulsion of the infection from within chambers and canals. A sterilizing material is placed within them to rid the tooth of any remaining bacteria. Once complete, the tooth is then sealed with a temporary filling, to prevent contamination.
  4. The fourth phase of the endodontic treatment is a bit of a transitional phase and in some cases, may likely require two separate appointments to fully complete. Upon return, your dentist will remove the temporary filling and re-examine the tooth to ensure the infection has been totally eradicated. In advanced cases antibiotics may be required prevent the infection from spreading.
  5. The final phase is when the dentist ultimately restores the tooth by administering a dental crown or a filling. This step strengthens the tooth, and returns it to its former healthy appearance. While this completes the endodontic treatment process, it’s important to continue scheduling yearly routine dental appointments and practicing proper oral hygiene at home, as failure to do so may lead to additional complications!

Root Canal Symptoms: Nothing to fear but fear itself!

As you can hopefully assume, in spite of the hype and less than stellar reputation, the highly misunderstood endodontic treatment, (or root canal as it’s so often called) is truly nothing scary at all. Yes, like the Loch Ness Monster, the Abominable Snowman and the Boogeyman, this so-called monster is nothing more than myth and at Overland Park Dentistry we are more than happy to prove this to you!

Is having endodontic therapy the most desirable situation to be in? Of course not! But is it the awful, miserable, nightmarish experience that some would lead you to believe? Not at all! So, if a painful root canal is making your life a nightmare, have no fear! Come see us at Overland Park Dentistry so we can treat your root canal symptoms!

Dr. Charles R. Kimes, DDS and his expert team at Overland Park Dentistry look forward to having the opportunity to care for you and your family with endodontic treatment or any  preventativerestorative or cosmetic needs you or your family may have. To schedule your dental appointment with your Overland Park Dentist, contact us at our south Overland Park office at (913) 647-8700 or our north Overland Park office at (913) 341-2380.

Affordable Dental Implants are a Healthy Investment

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Affordable Dental Implants: Your health is an investment, not an expense!

  When seeking financial advice, many “experts” are bound to advise you on what you should and should not invest in. While some of this investment advice may or may not prove beneficial (depending on who is giving the advice) one investment that’s sure to never be a mistake is investing in your health.

Surely most people realize, maintaining your health is absolutely imperative in ensuring not only your future security and productivity, but in preserving your longevity and life quality as well. Although the idea of staying healthy may seem relatively easy based on the outward appearance of our bodies, it’s often what’s going on inside our bodies in which we are unaware. Therefore to truly maintain our general health, it is necessary to understand what’s happening inside our bodies, and what better way to get a glimpse inside then by looking in our mouths?

Affordable Dental Implants: Oral health is the key!

That’s right! In many ways your oral health can be the key to maintaining your overall general health. Of course if neglected it can lead to serious health problems that may affect your health in numerous ways. As you can probably imagine, much of your oral health revolves around teeth as the function they serve is both demanding and essential in daily life. However if your teeth are damaged or destroyed, getting a tooth replacement is certainly the best course of action, and there are few (if any) better replacement options than an affordable dental implant.

Affordable Dental Implants: What are Dental Implants?

While you may have heard the term affordable dental implants a time or two before, understanding exactly what they are and how they are used is a bit more complicated. If certain teeth have become damaged or simply just have decayed over time, maintaining proper oral health will likely require these teeth to be replaced.

While there are several options available for those in need of tooth replacements, (such as a removable partial denture or a fixed bridge) affordable dental implants for many have become the sought after solution in such a predicament. The dental implant simply put; is a synthetic custom made tooth that is created specifically to replace the natural tooth. To achieve this, a screw like device known as an implant fixture is placed within the gum via a small incision, thus allowing the implant to be fitted into place, thereby creating a nearly flawless and often permanent replacement. Due to their ability to successfully replace missing teeth, while providing a permanent generally undetectable (implants blend in with natural teeth extremely well) solution, affordable dental implants are considered by practitioners and patients alike as the premier choice for tooth replacement.

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Affordable Dental Implants: Invest in your future

While dental implants have gained a substantial amount of prominence outside the dental community, unfortunately they have also become somewhat notorious for being expensive and therefore impractical. While it’s true there are cheaper options for replacing missing teeth, remember it’s a good idea to consider a dental implant as something of an investment, as it will likely save you a considerable amount of  time and money in the years to come; which is why we refer to them as affordable dental implants.

Although removable partial dentures and dental bridges are indeed efficient solutions in some situations, it’s important to realize that eventually they will need to be replaced. Although this may vary depending on how well and how regularly they are maintained. Typically removable partials and bridges have a lifespan of about ten years. However, dental implants require considerably less maintenance and can last a lifetime; a wise investment, indeed.

Obviously there is a big difference between these three options, and a major advantage of getting the dental implant the first time. While more expensive at first, in time the affordable dental implant will save you the hassle of performing daily routine maintenance on your dental appliance. In addition to the time savings there is also the cost of having to replace the appliance after several years.

As many patients and practitioners agree, the trade-off is typically worth it as the affordable dental implant is not only a much more permanent solution, but it is also much stronger. Thereby more effective than the traditional denture appliances, as the wearer will experience no limitations while chewing and eating any type of food!

Related Article: Implants – The Next Best Thing to Your Real Teeth

Affordable Dental Implants: Invest in yourself   

Remember, you deserve to invest in yourself. In order to maximize your performance and achieve your goals, you need to take care of yourself. As mentioned earlier, taking care of your personal health is perhaps one of the best decisions you can make, and there are few better places to start than with your teeth!

So if you have missing teeth, why not invest in the most effective solution possible? Affordable dental implants are not only the most effective option available, but economically they are a worthwhile choice as well.

So remember if you’re in need of a tooth replacement, consider investing in the highly effective and state of the art dental implant. Why? Because your worth it!

Dr. Charles R. Kimes, DDS and his expert team at Overland Park Dentistry look forward to having the opportunity to help you replace a missing tooth! Or with any preventativerestorative or cosmetic needs you or your family may have. To schedule a dental appointment, contact us at our south Overland Park office at (913) 647-8700 or our north Overland Park office at (913) 341-2380.

Is a Mouth Guard for Sports a Necessary Precaution?

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Mouth Guard for Sports: Game On!

As the leaves begin to change and fall approaches, we enter the season that both kids and parents often refer to as sports season. This nostalgic time of year is often marked by tailgating, cookouts, trophies, and of course lots and lots of cheering. However in this season of high energy fun and competitive spirit, taking the necessary precautions to ensure your child’s safety is an absolute must!

While a bit pricey at times, many parents will spare no expense in making sure their children have all the required protective gear; such as proper shoes or cleats, knee and elbow pads, and any additional equipment. Although gathering all the required gear may prove to be a bit challenging, there is one particularly important piece of equipment that cannot be overlooked; this of course is a mouth guard for sports.

Mouth Guard for Sports: Accidents Happen

While this will vary considerably depending on your child’s chosen sport, rough and tumble action is a pitfall of almost any sport. As you can imagine, this may lead to accidents and or injuries. While a mouth guard is considered mandatory by many sports today, their overall importance can be easy to overlook.

The primary purpose of a mouth guard is to cushion an impact to the face and jaw, thereby helping prevent or reduce the likelihood of broken teeth or oral injuries. Because the top row of teeth generally take the brunt of the trauma upon impact, the basic mouth guard is primarily designed to protect the upper teeth by covering them. It is a good idea to get your child used to using a mouth guard while participating in sports at an early age. Using a mouth guard should be absolutely essential for teenage athletes as their intensity and overall competitiveness is often much greater.

It should also be noted that it is especially important for a child or teenage athlete with braces to use a mouth guard while competing. Impact may cause damage to the appliance, in addition to causing painful cuts or abrasions within the mouth.

Related Article: Benefits of Wearing a Mouth Guard – Dental Health for the Active

Mouth Guard for Sports: Three Types

As you probably realize, there are several different types of mouth guards available, and the overall effectiveness of mouth guards may vary greatly depending on the type purchased.

Stock Guards:

Stock guards are the most basic type of mouth guard available, and are available at most sporting goods stores. While relatively cheap and easy to come by, many dentists and athletic coordinators do not recommend using stock guards. The pre-formed guards are often bulky and ill-fitting, providing only minimal protection.

Boil and Bite Guards:

Another basic, but certainly more efficient mouth guard is the classic boil and bite guard. Like the stock guards, boil and bite guard (or B&B guard) is readily available at most sporting goods stores. However unlike the stock guard the B&B guard can be shaped to better fit the user’s mouth. As its name implies, the guard is softened in boiling water, then inserted in to the user’s mouth and adjusted to the individual bite pattern. While the B&B guard is sometimes an efficient solution, the rubbery material used to create the guards is often prone to wear and tear and may eventually need to be replaced.

Custom Dental Guards:

A custom-made dental mouth guard, as one can imagine, are by far the most effective and efficient of the three mouth guard types. They are created personally for the user by Dr. Kimes. Although more expensive than the aforementioned options, using professional grade material the custom mouth guard is considerably stronger and more durable than the basic mouth guards. In addition, providing an easier and overall more comfortable fit.

To receive one of these specially designed custom guards, you must schedule an appointment to see Charles R. Kimes, DDS at Overland Park Dentistry. While this may seem somewhat inconvenient, remember by investing in the best protection available now, you may be saving both yourself and your child from much more trouble and expense later if such an accident were to occur!

You should know that there are other reasons for needing a mouth guard … do you clench your teeth or grind your teeth at night? If so, you may want to get additional information that could help you (or your spouse)! Read “Don’t Stress … Get a Mouth Guard for Teeth Grinding” and schedule an appointment with Dr. Kimes.

Mouth Guard for Sports: Safety First!

In a season of sporting events and fun with family and friends, clearly there is much to do; however, taking the time to ensure that your little athlete has the correct amount of protection is without doubt the necessary first priority. So remember although a seemingly small and easy-to-overlook detail, making sure that your child’s smile is properly protected by a mouth guard is an absolute must!

The sports season is a time that’s sure to put smiles on kids’ faces and we at Overland Park Dentistry want to keep it that way! So find the right mouth guard for your kiddo, and trust us when we say that a little extra protection may go a long way in keeping both you and that little athlete of yours smiling!

Dr. Charles R. Kimes, DDS and his expert team at Overland Park Dentistry look forward to having the opportunity to help you protect your kiddo’s smile with a sports mouth guard! Or with any preventative, restorative or cosmetic needs you or your family may have. To schedule a dental appointment, contact us at our south Overland Park office at (913) 647-8700 or our north Overland Park office at (913) 341-2380.

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Even though going to the dentist is one of my least favorite things to do, my experience with Dr. Kimes have always been good. They are both very kind and considerate and try to treat you as painlessly as possible.