Though it is described as general dentistry, there really is nothing general about the preventative dentistry treatments you and your family receive from Dr. Brian Kynaston, Dr. Matthew Perry, and Dr. Seth Prochaska. Whether you visit our Inman, KS or Lyons, KS offices, your time with a general dentist ensures optimal oral health and hygiene and includes cleanings, exams, oral cancer screenings and more.
At least once per year, but preferably every six months, patients can come in for one of the most important preventative dentistry treatments – a dental exam. During our dental exams, patients will be screened for signs of gum disease, dental decay and even issues with their bite. We also perform oral cancer screenings and can incorporate additional treatments such as topical fluoride applications, as well. During an exam, our team is also going to look at the techniques you are using for brushing and flossing, and offer you tips or support to ensure improved outcomes.
Should a dental exam yield the need for further treatment, we can then schedule it for an upcoming visit or begin addressing it immediately. While dental x-rays are not a common part of a basic exam, should signs of damage or decay make it necessary, we perform the x-ray immediately? The most common issues resulting from an exam might be periodontics treatments or fillings.
Modern technologies make dental x-rays easier, faster and more effective than ever. We will use them for a wide array of issues, and they allow our team to properly diagnose and effectively treat everything from early signs of decay to teeth in need of root canal therapy, gum treatments, extraction and more.
We rely on CDR or computer digital radiography, which is a far cry from the old-fashioned and incredibly uncomfortable “bite-wings” of earlier eras. Instead, a small and comfortable sensor is inserted into a patient’s mouth and the x-ray is quickly taken and transmitted to a computer screen. There, our team can discuss what the dental x-rays reveal with the patient, and it can all happen in just moments.
X-rays are a common and painless part of some regular exams and are also put to use diagnostically if one of our dentists suspects decay, damage or more severe issues such as bone issues, impacted teeth, wisdom teeth issues or even an abscess hidden below the gum line.
One of the best ways to ensure optimal oral health is to have regular dental cleanings. Though you may be deeply dedicated to your daily brushing, flossing, and rinsing, a professional cleaning done by one of our team is a sure way to ensure optimal oral health. This is because we have the specialized tools and the experienced experts who can really remove any buildup, plaque or tartar on the teeth and the gum.
Remember too that a cleaning takes away all of the buildups on the surface of the teeth and then uses a special polishing device that makes it very hard for anything to cling to the teeth afterward.
During a cleaning, our team might also notice that your usual routine is missing an important area, such as a hard to reach spot at the back of the mouth. We can review the best way to deal with it at home, between cleanings, and might even recommend a new toothbrush or oral health device to ensure your teeth remain in the best condition. We highly recommend two cleanings per year.
Though you are the person most responsible for maintaining a good and strong level of oral hygiene, we have professional hygienists on our team who also provide you with additional care. It is our dental hygiene team that can provide you with the thorough exams and screenings you require to remain at the peak of oral health. They will check for everything from signs of oral cancer or gum disease to tooth decay and uneven wear.
Dental hygiene is also something that includes in-depth dental cleanings and assessments of overall health. Our team can often discover signs of trouble that you might not even be aware of, such as a bit of decay that can be treated now to prevent the need for a larger filling, crown or root canal. They can also show you if tartar is becoming a problem that could lead to gum disease.
Finally, our dental hygienists can also recommend different techniques for brushing and flossing, suggest mouth rinses or washes and explain how certain dental devices (like water picks) might be of benefit to you.
This is our area of specialization that focuses specifically on gum disease. This is an incredibly serious matter and almost 3/4 of adults are at risk for developing this potentially destructive condition.
Our team is going to keep a close eye on your gums if you show signs of plaque and tartar buildup at each checkup or cleaning. We can remove it, but it could still lead to bacteria being trapped beneath the gum, at which point you might be dealing with gum disease.
We have interventions and treatments that include root planing and scaling to remove bacteria, and if that is not effective, we can offer more advanced treatments that prevent the condition from worsening. Periodontitis is when the bacteria have spread and are present around the teeth, which can weaken connective tissue and lead to abscesses and even the loss of adult teeth. This is why regular checkups and cleanings are so important.
A dental filling is an ideal way to eliminate decay within the tooth and then stabilize the tooth to allow you to use it painlessly over the long term. Unfortunately, in earlier decades, fillings had to be made of metal which left the tooth looking deeply stained and even unhealthy.
Apart from being aesthetically unappealing, these old amalgam fillings also left teeth a bit compromised as the material was soft and could expand or contract and “bleed” into other areas. Fortunately, composite fillings or “tooth colored” fillings are available. Made of a much stronger material, they actually allow our team to retain much more of the tooth and then bond the filling to the tooth, preventing any expansion or loss of strength.
If you want an attractive and fully restored smile, the use of composite fillings is a great option. They can be applied to molars as well as front teeth and can work as inlays, onlays or classic fillings.
Oral Cancer Screenings
Many of us understand that certain conditions are much easier to treat and defeat if caught early. Oral cancer is one such issue, and as part of your twice annual dental exam and cleanings, we also do an oral cancer screening.
This takes moments and looks at the soft tissue inside of the mouth, the tongue and the back of the throat, and the gums. We also feel the neck area for any unusual swelling and may even use a special rinse that illuminates problematic cells when present.
The goal of such frequent oral cancer screenings is to detect even the earliest signs of the condition and begin treating it as quickly as possible. Though it is a rare issue and actually quite treatable, it is much more effective to address it long before it is symptomatic. Because it is difficult to know whether or not you are at risk for the condition (as experts cannot determine if there are even risk factors to consider); we strongly advise patients to have a screening with each dental exam.
One of the most vilified treatments is the root canal, and yet it is a remarkably effective and painless way to save an adult tooth. The reason for the negative reputation is that we usually experience great pain before we get the treatment, and that means we are mentally linking root canal to oral pain.
However, the treatment is not a great deal like a filling. Your tooth is numbed and the decay inside of it is removed. The nerve is also removed and a special material is placed inside of the tooth to ensure no further decay occurs. The tooth is then filled and topped with a crown.
It takes just two visits to complete root canal therapy, and it is the only way to save a tooth that would, otherwise, need to be extracted. Thanks to our advanced technologies, we can assure patients that root canals are relatively fast, efficient and pain-free.