Gum disease in its various forms (gingivitis through advanced periodontitis) can affect anyone. At Prairie Dental Care in Prairie Village, KS, family dentists, Dr. Terry Linneman and Dr. Jason Beckman, help patients keep their gums healthy. Gums are the gateway to oral health and good systemic health, too.
Teeth and their support
Your jaw bone anchors your tooth roots, and your gums support and nourish your teeth. Pink and supple, gum tissue forms a collar-like seal around each tooth.
When bacteria-filled plaque and tartar invade that collar-like seal (gum pocket, or sulci), infection ensues. That's what gum disease is--an infection which destroys the soft tissue and when unchecked, the underlying bone, too.
Teeth eventually lose their anchorage, loosening, shifting, and even falling out. Gum disease is, after all, the number one reason why Americans lose their teeth, says the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) in Atlanta.
Symptoms of gum disease
At first, you may not even notice you have a problem, but fortunately, your hygienist and family dentist at Prairie Dental Care in Prairie Village know the signs only too well. Typically, gingivitis shows as bleeding, tender, red and puffy gum tissue. As the problem advances, your dentist will spot symptoms such as:
- Separating, loose teeth
- Persistent bad breath
- Pus in gum pockets
- Increasing pocket depth as measured by a small periodontal probe
- Changes in how a denture fits or in how teeth bite together
- Sensitive, painful teeth
- Abscesses on the gums
- Dark gum tissue
- Tooth roots which show above the gum line
Get to it
For many people, treating gum disease is a matter of more diligent brushing and flossing at home and a deep cleaning with their family dentist in Prairie Village. Others, though, have more advanced difficulties and may need:
- Deep tooth scaling and root planing to remove plaque and tartar and allow gums to re-attach to tooth surfaces
- Antibiotic medication for infection
- Gum flap surgery, cleaning and grafting
- Bone grafting to compensate for deteriorating jaw bone
- More frequent dental visits for cleanings and follow-up care
Additionally, all dental patients can increase gum health with a high fiber diet, plenty of water and smoking cessation. Even people with a hereditary tendency toward gum disease can keep their soft tissues healthy and retain all their teeth for life.
Contact Prairie Dental Care
In Prairie Village, your go-to family dentists are Dr. Jason Beckman and Dr. Terry Linneman. Call them for a cleaning and check-up or if you have questions about your gum health: (913) 649-7500.
We're happy to announce that Drs Jason Beckman & Terry Linneman will re-open soon. Dr. Linneman will begin treating patients on Monday, May 18th and Dr. Beckman will begin Tuesday, May 26th. We look forward to connecting with you! Thank you so much for your support during this difficult time.
Please know if you have an appointment scheduled prior to the reopening date of your provider, you will be contacted by Laura, Veronica, Lindsay or Peggy to reschedule. We will try to reschedule the appointments in the order they were cancelled.
Ensuring the safety and health of our patients, staff and community remains our priority. Please note that as a result of COVID-19, we have updated some of our daily procedures. We have always had a strong infection control protocol in place and the additional steps will make sure we are implementing all new guidelines from the American Dental Association (ADA), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and Kansas Dental Association (KDA).
You'll still receive the same great service from our dedicated team and we appreciate your patience as we work together through these new practices.
The office may look a little different at your next appointment and we encourage you to reach out if you have any questions. Here are some of the things to expect:
- Before your scheduled appointment, you will receive a phone call, text or email with a CDC screening questionnaire. You will hear these questions again at your appointment and your temperature will be taken. If you or someone in your household has been ill or if youhave been in contact with someone that has tested positive for Covid-19, we will need to reschedule for a future date.
- We will require facial coverings for all patients as you walk through the building. If you do not have one, we will provide you one at the front door (just let us know). Please use the hand sanitizer in the lobby on your way in.
- Please wait in your car or outside the office until your appointment starts. If this presents any issues, please call ahead so we can make arrangements. A team member will come out to get you and walk you into the office. Patients will be staggered to reduce the number of patients in the office at any time. Please plan to bring your own water and blanket if you typically need those items for your comfort during your appointment.
- When possible, the patient is the only person to attend the appointment. If you are bringing a child or someone that needs assistance, we will need to make arrangements ahead of time so that you can be seated safely during the patient's appointment.
- Our reception room puzzles have be been shelved along with magazines, the coffee service, books and headphones.
- Patient treatment rooms and all equipment will continue to be completely sanitized with a disinfectant approved by the EPA for use against SARS-CoV-2 (the virus that causes COVID-19)
- HEPA air filters have been added throughout the office as an additional precaution to the possibility of aerosols.
- We might be almost unrecognizable in our personal protective equipment (PPE), face shields, eye protection and masks, but we are grateful for a good supply and are prepared to treat you and your family safely.
If we can ever do anything to assist you or your family-on a professional or personal level-please reach out. We are here for you.
Again, thank you for your ongoing trust and support as we work through these new times together.
As always, please call with any questions, concerns or just to reconnect.
Your dental family at Drs Jason Beckman & Terry Linneman
As a family dentist in Prairie Village, KS, Dr. Terry Linneman believes in regular preventive care for everyone--from kids and teens to adults and seniors. Prevention of oral disease is the mainstay of a long-lasting smile. His team at Prairie Village Dental Care provide everything you need for teeth and gums that look great, feel good, function as they should and endure for a lifetime.
Prevention is everything
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) says that tooth decay and periodontal disease are the leading causes of tooth loss in the United States. Many of these problems are preventable.
The key to prevention is uncovering biofilms--bacteria-filled plaque and tartar--and removing them. The American Dental Association (ADA) strongly urges your entire family brush twice a day for a full two minutes and to floss daily, too. If you have young children, do their oral hygiene routines for them until they have the dexterity to go it alone.
Combine brushing, flossing and a tooth-friendly diet with six-month exams, digital X-rays and hygienic cleanings with your family dentist in Prairie Village, KS. Then, you'll have a recipe for healthy teeth and viable gum tissue and supportive bone. Dr. Linneman offers fluoride treatments and plastic sealants to guard vulnerable tooth enamel against decay.
Additionally, Dr. Linneman examines all adults for oral cancer. Potentially deadly, it's highly treatable when detected in its earliest stage. This visual exam included at your six-month visit is simple, quick and so worthwhile.
Other benefits of preventive care
1. Preventing oral health problems keeps your systemic health strong.
2. A beautiful, healthy smile influences what other people think of us and how we think of ourselves. When our teeth look good, we feel confident and less self-conscious.
Let us help
At Prairie Village Dental Care in Prairie Village, KS, our family dentistry team focuses on keeping you in great smiles for life. We look forward to seeing and serving you. Phone (913) 649-7500.
Dental crowns are customized caps or coverings that go over the teeth, from the top surface used for chewing down to your gum line. They are one of the most practical and effective restorative and cosmetic dentistry procedures used for saving and restoring damaged teeth. At Prairie Village Dental Care in Prairie Village, KS, our family dentistry specialist, Dr. Terry Linneman, can help you enhance and preserve your smile with the use of crowns. If you’re considering dental crowns, find out what they can offer you below.
Dental Crowns Can Treat Various Kinds of Dental Concerns
Dentists typically recommend dental crowns to repair damage to the structure or enamel of a tooth. If you have a tooth that has extensive decay, oral trauma like a fracture or chip, or an infection in your tooth root, you will definitely feel pain and tenderness in your teeth and/or gums. Your dentist will place a crown over the tooth to prevent sensitivity and fortify it against further damage.
Dental Crowns are Custom-Made to Perfectly Fit Your Smile
Dr. Linneman will design the crown based on the exact specifications including the best fit, color, size, and shape suited to your case. So you can rest assured that this procedure will perfectly fit your preferences and needs.
The Procedure for Placing Dental Crowns is Simple
Some individuals might think that the dental crown procedure is intensive and complicated. However, it’s actually fairly straightforward and minimally invasive. Once your dentist has treated the damaged tooth, he will shape it to ensure that it can comfortably fit the crown, take an impression of your reshaped tooth, and send it to a trusted partner dental lab where the crown will be fabricated. Once your crown is ready, your dentist will ask you to come in and then place the crown over your tooth. It’s that simple.
Dental Crowns Improve Your Tooth’s Appearance
While crowns are commonly utilized as a restorative treatment, they can provide aesthetic benefits as well. Because they fit over the teeth, they could instantly address stains, fractures, chips, minor crookedness, and misshapen teeth.
Interested in Getting Dental Crowns?
Talk to our dentist Dr. Terry Linneman of Prairie Village Dental Care in Prairie Village, KS, about crowns and other family dentistry options that can best address your needs. Schedule your visit by calling (913) 649-7500 or using our online form.
Veneers can give your teeth a new look by fixing various cosmetic concerns, such as cracks or discolorations. At Prairie Village Dental Care in Prairie Village, KS, our dentist, Dr. Terry Linneman, can tell you more about veneers and how they can completely renew your smile.
What are Veneers?
Dental veneers are ultra-thin covers for flawed teeth. Veneers are cemented to the front surface of problem teeth so they remain securely in place. Each veneer is custom made to fit perfectly over its corresponding tooth. Additionally, while each veneer is being created, the color, size, and shape are all customized to ensure the most natural look possible. Once affixed to the teeth, veneers readily blend in and look and function just like your natural teeth.
Benefits of Veneers
Renewing your smile with veneers comes with several benefits. They are custom made so they fit perfectly in place and look completely natural. Additionally, veneers are often made from porcelain, which closely matches the appearance of tooth enamel so veneers look just like your natural teeth.
One of the biggest benefits of veneers is that they can conceal a variety of cosmetic concerns so you can enjoy a flawless smile. Our cosmetic dentist Dr. Terry Linneman can explain how veneers could address the specific concerns you have with your smile. Examples of some of the cosmetic concerns that can be improved with veneers include:
- Small gaps between teeth
- Cracked or chipped teeth
- Stained or discolored teeth
- Rough and uneven tooth surfaces
- Misshaped or oddly-shaped teeth
- Crooked teeth
If you are ready to renew your smile with veneers, contact our office in Prairie Village, KS, to schedule an appointment with Dr. Linneman. Call (913) 649-7500.
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