“Tooth –colored fillings” or “white fillings”
are designed to match the color of your natural teeth. These composite resin fillings can be used for the treatment of a new cavity or to replace your old silver, amalgam or dark fillings. You will be able to maintain or restore the healthy and youthful appearance of your smile with this type of composite filling as it treats the cavity and strengthens your tooth. The remaining tooth is actually supported and these fillings preserve more of your natural tooth than the old amalgam fillings.
Root Canal Therapy
When the tooth has been affected by a fracture, cavity, or other traumatic injury, root canals can become easily vulnerable to bacterial infections. When too much blood is going to the tooth, pain in the tooth occurs and can cause swelling that can eventually lead to tooth loss and bone degeneration.
Root canal therapy is used to treat infections of the root canal. Dr. Kimes and Associates will clean the infected area, removing the destructive bacteria, and seal the canal in the tooth to stop infections in the future. Thanks to advanced painkillers and advancements in dentistry, little to no pain should be experienced during your root canal. This treatment is typically finished in one office visit. However, you will need a crown to protect your original tooth and strengthen it.
CEREC Crowns | Porcelain Bridges
CEREC crowns are made during one single visit right in our office. We no longer need to make a temporary crown, take dental impressions and send them to our lab to make your permanent crown, and then wait for several weeks before you return for another appointment for placement. That’s right… one visit!!
By using the CEREC technology, the computer will take a picture of the tooth that is to receive the new crown and its surrounding teeth. Dr. Kimes can design your crown and match its color to the rest of your natural teeth, because of the CAD software that works with this system. This type of crown is also stronger than other types, because it is made from a single block of material.
The CEREC system used at Overland Park Dentistry is used to create all-porcelain crowns and bridges, veneers, and fillings during one simple appointment.
Extractions | Wisdom Teeth Removal
We can remove wisdom teeth before or after they have erupted; however, to reduce pain and the risk of infection from impacted wisdom teeth, we normally recommend early extractions.
Dental implants offer a permanent replacement for missing teeth and an effective solution that will look and feel as natural as your original teeth. Implants are different than dentures. We like to explain dental implants as artificial roots that can be permanently placed on the patient’s jaw bone. As the gum tissue and bone grow around the dental implant, they become a permanent anchor. The natural-looking ceramic restorations can be made by Dr. Kimes. This gives our patients a natural-looking result that is attractive, yet helps to improve chewing, maintain bone and prevent teeth from changing positions. Dental implants can even prevent future problems with the patient’s bite. If you are looking for an alternative to dentures, we highly suggest dental implants.
Not only is oral health affected when a person loses teeth, so is their self-confidence. Dentures have the ability to restore the way our patients eat, talk, and smile with confidence. The look, feel and function of natural teeth are how we strive to design our patients’ dentures.
You may need full dentures or just dentures for one arch; upper or lower. Full dentures are complete rows of prosthetic teeth for both your upper and lower jaw, affixed to gum-colored bases. Patients typically use natural suction or adhesives to keep their dentures in place; however, sometimes lower dentures can slip easily. If you wear dentures for a long time, your gum ridges can wear down, which also increases slippage. Another way you can effectively keep your dentures in place is through implant supported dentures.
When you have healthy remaining teeth, Dr. Kimes and Associates may suggest a partial denture to close the gaps in your smile. Partials contain as many prosthetic teeth as necessary to fill in the spaces left by missing teeth, and they fit with existing teeth like a puzzle. Partials can be secured to hidden clasps or dental implants and, unlike a bridge, they are removable.