Prairie Dental Care
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.

By Prairie Village Dental Care
May 13, 2020
Category: Practice News
Tags: Reopening  

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

By Prairie Village Dental Care
April 13, 2020
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Preventive Care  

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.

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