Prairie Dental Care
By Prairie Village Dental Care
March 11, 2021
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Family Dentist   Dentist  

Everyone in your family can benefit from regular dental care, but it can be challenging to schedule appointments at different offices. Additionally, everyone’s oral health care needs might differ. Having a family dentist makes it easy to get the individual care your family needs all in one place.

Family dentists provide a wide range of services and treat patients of all ages. Dr. Terry Linneman, the experienced dentist at Prairie Village Dental Care in Prairie Village, KS, provides family dentistry services that can meet the dental needs of your entire family.

Family Dentistry

We offer a diverse range of family dentistry services at our office in Prairie Village. Whether you need root canal therapy or have a child who needs a cavity filled, we can meet the individual oral care needs of each member of your family. Some categories and examples of services we provide include:

  • General/Preventive — Oral exams, teeth cleanings, sealants
  • Cosmetic — Teeth whitening, veneers, bonding, cosmetic contouring
  • Restorative — Dental implants, crowns, specialty dentures
  • Periodontal — Gum disease treatment
  • Orthodontic — Invisalign, braces

We also treat other types of conditions, including jaw disorders. For example, we provide treatment for TMJ disorder, as well as maxillofacial surgery to correct jaw problems. Whatever the specific oral health care needs of your family, our skilled dentist can help.

Benefits of Having a Family Dentist

There are multiple benefits associated with choosing a family dentist. One of the biggest benefits is that every member of the family can visit the same dentist regardless of age since family dentists treat patients of all ages. That can be particularly beneficial to children since they can stick with the family dentist as they reach adulthood, whereas they would need to choose someone new if they were seeing a pediatric dentist.

In addition to the convenience of everyone seeing the same dentist, having a family dentist can also save you time and reduce travel. You can save time by scheduling dental appointments for several family members all on the same day. This can all reduce travel since you won’t have to drive back and forth to different dental offices on different days. Finally, another significant benefit of choosing a family dentist is the diverse range of services that are available. Whether someone needs a checkup or is interested in teeth whitening, a family dentist can help.

The importance of having a family dentist cannot be emphasized enough. There are so many benefits to your family. Everyone’s oral health care needs can be met by the same helpful dentist at one convenient location. To schedule appointments for your family with Dr. Linneman, call our family dentist at Prairie Village Dental Care in Prairie Village, KS, by dialing (913) 649-7500.

By Prairie Village Dental Care
February 09, 2021
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: teeth whitening  

How professional teeth whitening treatment from your dentist in Prairie Village, KS, can give you an outstanding smile

If you want a whiter, brighter smile, chances are you’ve tried out one of the do-it-yourself whitening products available at your grocery store. You’ve probably found out that they aren’t as effective as you want them to be, or the results don’t last as long as you need them to.

The truth is, you and your smile need professional teeth whitening, to make your smile pop! Dr. Terry C. Linneman at Prairie Village Dental Care in Prairie Village, KS, offers professional teeth whitening to give you an outstanding smile.

Let’s take a look at a side-by-side comparison of DIY whitening versus professional whitening. Consider:

  • Effectiveness; professional teeth whitening allows you to whiten your smile up to 8 shades. DIY whitening products provide limited results, and sometimes, no results at all.
  • Long-lasting results; professional teeth whitening gives you results that can last up to 5 years. DIY whitening products may only last a few weeks.
  • Safety; professional teeth whitening products and methods are tested and approved by the American Dental Association, so you know they are safe. DIY whitening products may contain harsh chemicals and abrasive agents that can make your teeth sensitive.

At Prairie Village Dental Care, Dr. Linneman offers a convenient take-home whitening kit. The kit contains custom trays, professional whitening solution, and instructions, so you can easily whiten your teeth at home, at your own pace.

To view amazing before-and-after photos of Dr. Linneman’s patients, please visit the Smile Gallery page on the website at

For a bright, beautiful smile, professional teeth whitening is the right choice to make. To find out more about professional teeth whitening and other cosmetic and general dentistry services, call Dr. Terry C. Linneman of Prairie Village Dental Care in Prairie Village, KS, at (913) 649-7500. Call now, and look forward to an outstanding smile!

By Prairie Village Dental Care
December 30, 2020
Category: Oral Health

If your smile could use a touch-up, Prairie Dental Care in Prairie Village, KS has a cosmetic dentistry option that will perfect your teeth. Our cosmetic dentists can assist you with everything from yellowing teeth to crookedness to a chipped tooth so you leave our office ready to flash your gorgeous grin.

Here are some treatments your cosmetic dentist can offer you:

Dental Bonding

Teeth with cracks, gaps, chips, or other visible damage can benefit from dental bonding, a treatment that uses a tooth-colored composite to fill in and conceal imperfections. Your cosmetic dentist at our Prairie Village, KS office will mold the composite to match the size and shape of your natural tooth, and once cured the composite will be durable and undetectable.


Aging, consumption of staining foods and beverages, and smoking can all cause yellowing or staining of your teeth. To fade the discoloration and bring your teeth back to a bright, healthy white, our cosmetic dentists use a professional-grade, hydrogen peroxide bleaching solution. A whitening treatment at our Prairie Village, KS office offers more noticeable and longer-lasting whitening than you would achieve with a drugstore kit.


Veneers are an attractive way to conceal crookedness, uneven spacing, or dullness in your teeth. Unlike braces, veneers are fitted directly over the surface of your natural teeth for an inconspicuous, attractive look. Securely attached, you can bite, chew, and brush like normal with veneers.

Dental Implants

For teeth that are missing entirely, dental implants offer a permanent solution. A dental implant consists of a screw-like post, secured in the jaw bone to serve as the root for an artificial tooth. Your cosmetic dentist will create an artificial tooth that matches the size, shape, and color of your natural teeth.

Dental Crowns

Dental crowns from our Prairie Village, KS office are a durable, discreet choice for teeth that are severely damaged. To affix a crown, your cosmetic dentist will remove some of the surfaces of your tooth to accommodate the crown, created from a strong, natural-looking material shaped to match your tooth.

Schedule a visit with your cosmetic dentist today by calling our Prairie Village, KS office at (913) 649-7500.

By Prairie Village Dental Care
October 22, 2020
Category: Family Dentistry
Tags: Family Dentist  

Should you schedule an appointment with a family dentist?

Having a dentist that your whole family can turn to is invaluable for maintaining healthy smiles. Here in Prairie Village, KS, our family dentists Dr. Terry Linneman and Dr. Jason Beckman provide full-service dental care to everyone from infants to seniors. Here are just some of the benefits of turning to a family dentist,

Maintain Healthy Smiles

It’s easy to protect every member of your family from cavities and gum disease when you have a regular dentist that you can turn to without fail. People with a trusted family dentist are more likely to come in for those six-month checkups and are less likely to skip out on these important preventive measures, which usually equates to maintaining a healthier smile for the long run.

Instill Proper Dental Habits Young

It’s just as important that children are maintaining healthy smiles and one of the best ways to do that is by bringing them in every six months for routine cleanings and checkups. Our Prairie Village, KS, family dentistry team can,

  • Provide your child with a fluoride treatment or dental sealants to reduce their risk for cavities
  • Show proper brushing and flossing techniques to children and teens
  • Provide dietary recommendations (e.g. avoid sugary or starchy foods including fruit juices)

Never Feel Like a Number

It’s important to always have doctors that you trust to provide you with quality care, and the same rules go for dentists. You want a dentist that listens to your needs and provides you with the individualized care you need without rushing you out the door. Here at Prairie Village Dental Care, we take what we do seriously. We take great pride in providing quality dental care to patients of all ages. You put your trust in us and we want you to feel like part of our family when you walk through the doors.

Dental Care for Life

Once you find a doctor that you trust the last thing you want to do is have to find another one. The good news is that you never outgrow a family dentist. You can bring your infants, children and teens into our office, just as we can also provide care to adults and seniors. We are trained to be able to address specific and unique needs as you age to ensure that you get the dentistry you need over the decades.

If you are looking for the highest quality family dentistry care here in Prairie Village then you’ve come to the right place. Our dental team is ready to welcome your whole family to our practice. Call Prairie Village Dental Care at (913) 649-7500 to schedule checkups for everyone.

By Prairie Village Dental Care
July 08, 2020
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Gum Disease  

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.

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