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By Sanders Family Dentistry
November 13, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

Find out how one of these dental restorations could enhance your smile.restorative dentistry

We would all like to hope that if we maintain good oral hygiene that our smiles will stay healthy and strong. Sadly, accidents happen. If you are dealing with damaged or weak teeth, or if you are missing a tooth, our Paola, KS, family dentist Dr. Ryan Sanders has simple solutions to give you back that beautiful, strong smile.

What are crowns?

Crowns are one of the most common dental restorations used. Crowns are great because they can improve both the function and appearance of a tooth. Crowns are tooth-shaped caps that are placed over a tooth to become its new outer surface. Crowns are often made from durable tooth-colored materials and can improve a tooth that has been weakened or damaged by trauma, infection or cavities. Crowns can also improve the shape or appearance of a tooth that is malformed or severely discolored.

What is a dental bridge?

If you are missing one or more teeth in a row and you are looking for a quick and easy way to replace these teeth then you may want to talk to Dr. Sanders about whether a bridge is the right approach.

First, we will need to make sure that your teeth are healthy and strong enough to support dental crowns. These dental crowns will then be placed over natural teeth on both sides of the gap. Once these crowns are cemented into place, the false teeth are then secured to these crowns to fill the gap.

What are the benefits of crowns and bridges?

There are a lot of pros to choosing these restorations. First and foremost, bridges are a great way to replace your missing teeth without needing invasive surgery. Crowns offer both restorative and cosmetic advantages for your smile. These restorations can also make it easier to chew food and speak (often times, tooth loss can result in speech problems).

Not to mention the fact that having a new and improved smile will boost your self-esteem. You may find yourself feeling more confident smiling, which can be a major boon for your professional and social life.

Have questions about getting dental crowns or bridges? If so, then it’s time you scheduled a consultation with us. Call Sanders Family Dentistry in Paola, KS today!

By Sanders Family Dentistry
August 30, 2017
Category: Dental Care
Tags: dentures   dental implants  

Do you have missing teeth you would like to see replaced? If so, you may have considered tooth replacement options like dentures orDentures, Dental Implants dental implants. But which option is right for you and your smile? What are the pros and cons of each method? Sanders Family Dentistry in Paola, KS offers a variety of tooth replacement options to their patients. Find out more about dental implants and dentures with Dr. Ryan Sanders.

What are dental implants? 
Dental implants are a permanent solution to missing teeth, lying within the jawbone in the mouth to replace both a tooth and its root. Implants stand-alone, replacing one or several teeth in a row, or holding in place a full arch of teeth on a denture. With the proper care, dental implants can last a lifetime and provide a natural-looking, beautiful smile that will make you look and feel great. Dental implants are permanent and non-removable.

What are dentures? 
Dentures replace all or most of the teeth on an arch. A full denture itself fits into the mouth on top of the gums, using suction or gravity to stay in place. A partial denture incorporates any remaining healthy teeth into the denture, fitting over them to anchor into place. Patients remove dentures nightly to clean and soak them.

Dental Implants vs. Dentures 
Dental implants are more permanent than dentures but require a much more complex procedure. Additionally, a good candidate for dental implants must have sufficient jawbone remaining in their mouth. The bone degrades over time due to missing teeth, meaning that patients with significant bone loss may require a bone graft prior to placing their implants. However, dentures are not permanently placed into the mouth, meaning that patients must remove their denture to clean and soak it. Additionally, dentures do not last as long as implants.

Dental Implants and Dentures in Paola, KS 
Determining the best treatment for you and your smile is easiest with help from your dentist. For more information on dental implants and dentures and which procedure is right for you, please contact Dr. Ryan Sanders at Sanders Family Dentistry in Paola, KS. Call 913-294-5377 to schedule your appointment with Dr. Sanders today!

By Sanders Family Dentistry
June 21, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

With the help of your family dentist, Dr. Ryan Sander at Sanders Family Dentistry in Paola, KS, dental bonding can restore your smile. It dental bondingis an affordable and simple way to fix minor issues and imperfections for patients when they’re looking to improve their smile overall. Allow our dentist to examine your teeth thoroughly and decide whether or not this is a viable treatment option for you.

More about Dental Bonding

A bonding material, composite resin, is used during this cosmetic procedure. This material adds strength to the teeth that have weakened gradually. It bonds directly to the surface of the tooth or the teeth that are being treated. After bonding, this material is nearly undetectable. The bonding process takes less time than other procedures such as veneers and doesn’t require multiple visits or the use of a dental laboratory. Our family dentist can repair your teeth with bonding in just one visit alone.

Dental bonding is used to repair chips, broken teeth or other damage in patients of all ages. During the bonding process, the surface of the teeth is cleaned and then etched with a gel that helps to open the pores so it accepts the bonding material the best. The gen is rinsed off before the composite resin material is painted on in thin layers. A curing light is used to harden the material so it lasts a long time. After the bonding process, the tooth or teeth being treated is polished.

In terms of caring for the teeth, bonded teeth should have the same oral hygiene routine as other teeth. They can look natural and stay perfect for years with the proper hygiene. To schedule an appointment with our family dentist, Dr. Sanders at Sanders Family Dentistry in Paola, KS, call our office at 913-294-5377 today.

By Sanders Family Dentistry
April 21, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: oral hygiene  

If flossing hasn’t become a regular part of your oral routine, find out why it should.oral hygiene

While brushing your teeth is just another everyday habit, maybe flossing hasn’t quite made the list just yet as something that you do each day. Maybe you don’t even floss at all. In fact, some people even believe that if they brush longer or they brush their teeth really well that they don’t actually need to floss. Dr. Ryan Sanders at Sanders Family Dentistry in Paola, KS is here to explain why this reasoning could be dangerous for your oral health.

Why should I floss?

It may seem hard to believe, but some experts will tell you that flossing could even be more important to your smile than brushing. How? Flossing removes plaque and bacteria from between teeth to make it easier for the toothbrush and fluoridated toothpaste to get in between those nooks and crannies that were once covered with buildup. If plaque is left to sit between teeth and along the gumline, it will turn into tartar.

What is tartar?

Tartar is hardened plaque that you won’t be able to floss or brush away. The only person with the proper dental tools to remove tartar from your teeth is our Paola, KS, general dentist during your six-month routine cleanings. Tartar isn’t something to ignore. Tartar can irritate gums and lead to inflammation, decay, gum disease and even tooth loss.

How often should I floss?

Ideally, you should floss at least once a day. In the very beginning, it may feel a bit foreign to you to floss. It may take longer to get a grasp for the technique and how to effectively clean your teeth. If you have questions, don’t hesitate to ask us. Of course, the more often you floss the easier and faster it will get.

While you can floss any time of the day or night, it’s not a bad idea to floss at the end of the evening right before you brush your teeth. By flossing before you brush you can dislodge and remove plaque and food so the toothpaste can get into these gaps easily for a more thorough clean. Of course, flossing more than once a day is never a bad idea.

Do you have questions about flossing techniques? Are you dealing with dental pain? Need a preventive checkup? Dr. Sanders at Sanders Family Dentistry in Paola, KS, has you covered. Call us today.

By Sanders Family Dentistry
February 13, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

Your Paola dentist can tell you how these popular dental restorations offer many ways to revive a damaged crowns, dental bridges

No one wants to deal with damaged or missing teeth, but unfortunately, you may be faced with just this issue. Fortunately, Dr. Ryan Sanders at Sanders Family Dentistry in Paola, KS, is here to the rescue. Find out the purpose behind crowns and bridges and when they may be the appropriate treatment option for you.

What is the purpose of dental crowns?

A dental crown, or cap, is designed to protect a tooth that has been damaged, decayed, broken or fractured. A tooth that has undergone root canal treatment will also require a dental crown, in many instances. This hollowed-out tooth-shaped restoration is designed to completely cover a tooth to restore strength and resilience. A crown may also be used to hide aesthetic flaws like misshapen or discolored teeth.

There are many different kinds of materials that can be used to make a dental crown. In most cases, porcelain or ceramic resin tend to be most popular because they are tooth-colored. Of course, metal crowns are stronger than porcelain and are often used on back teeth.

What is the purpose of a dental bridge?

Since a gap left over by a missing tooth can cause the rest of your teeth to shift out of place a dental bridge is a great way to prevent this and to replace one or more missing teeth in a row. This often fixed restoration is supported by two dental crowns on both ends, which are placed over prepared natural teeth and then connected to the false teeth in the middle.

Just like with dental crowns, there are many different materials that can be used to create your dental bridge. Of course, porcelain and ceramic can be used to match the rest of your smile, making this a popular option for many of our patients. The type of material that is ultimately right for your restoration will depend on the location of the missing teeth, cosmetic factors and pricing.

Do you have questions about getting dental crowns and bridges? Do you want to find out if your smile could benefit from one of these restorations? Then it’s time you called Sanders Family Dentistry in Paola, KS today to learn more.

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