A trip to the dentist isn’t just about cleaning your teeth and checking for cavities. Today, dentistry includes a number of advanced procedures to help you maintain good oral health and improve your smile. Gardner Dentists always aims to stay at the forefront of the latest in techniques and technology, so you can reach your smile goals. Dr. Haworth, Dr. Markway and the rest of the team have completed hundreds of continuing education hours in an effort to offer you best-in-class dental care. We specialize in several advanced procedures, so you don’t have to worry about finding another dental professional or driving to another location.
Without a doubt, keeping your own natural teeth is the healthiest option for your oral health and your general health. There are instances, however, when a tooth simply must be extracted. Sometimes, tooth extraction is required because of advanced decay that cannot be arrested with any other restorative treatment. Other times, teeth are extracted, or pulled, to avoid over-crowding when other permanent teeth are erupting or in preparation for orthodontic treatment. Whatever the reason, you can be sure the professionals at Gardner Dentists have carefully considered all the options before making the recommendation to extract one of your precious teeth.
Teeth that almost always necessitate extraction are wisdom teeth. Also known as third molars, your wisdom teeth are the last to erupt from the gums. If there isn’t enough room for these teeth in your mouth, or if they are impacted (which means they have not normally erupted through your gums), then they can become painful or cause serious damage to your other teeth or your bite. For this reason, wisdom teeth extraction may be particularly necessary for teens who have recently completed orthodontic treatment. In these case, Dr. Haworth and Dr. Markway strongly encourage you to schedule an appointment to have your wisdom teeth removed. Generally speaking, we can extract your wisdom teeth relatively quickly and thanks to modern anesthesia, relatively pain free, too.
Studies show that more than one quarter of adults will lose all of their teeth by the age of 74. Tooth loss may result from gum disease, tooth decay, a failed root canal or traumatic injury. Regardless of the reason, dentures can replace missing teeth and create an attractive smile for those people who have lost all of their natural teeth. While dentures are critical for chewing the foods you love and speaking with confidence, they also support facial muscles which in turn eliminates the facial sagging that is present when teeth are absent. (When facial sagging is present, it makes you appear older). Besides the functional benefits of dentures, the esthetic benefit of properly supported facial muscles results in a more youthful appearance.
Fortunately, the dentures of today are not the same dentures that your grandparents wore. Gardner Dentists works in conjunction with a highly reputable dental lab to create dentures that are comfortable, functional and truly lifelike. Designed to fit more snugly over your gums, they fit more securely and look natural. Dr. Haworth and Dr. Markway would be happy to answer any questions you might have about today’s dentures.
Did you know that 69 percent of adults between the ages of 35 and 44 have lost at least one tooth because of an injury, root canal failure, periodontitis (gum disease) or severe tooth decay? And just one missing tooth—to say nothing of having several missing teeth—can lead to a number of oral health problems: rotating or shifting teeth, bite problems and TMJ disorder to name a few. Then there is the concern about how a missing tooth looks when you smile and the troubles that only one missing tooth might cause when it comes to eating and speaking. Obviously, replacing a missing teeth is a necessity.
A partial denture is supported by a metal framework that attaches to your natural teeth. Dr. Haworth and Dr. Markway work closely with our reputable dental laboratory to ensure that your partial sits comfortably in your mouth and looks like your natural teeth in both color and shape.
If you have been contending with the difficulties of having one or more missing teeth, talk to the team at Gardner Dentists. A partial denture may be the solution you need to restore your smile as well as your outlook.
Sleep Apnea Therapy
Deep, peaceful sleep is so important to daily life and overall health. However, if you or the person next to you snores at night, then you may not be getting the sleep your body needs. Furthermore, that snoring may be a sign of a more serious ailment. Sleep apnea is a chronic condition that is marked by brief but repeated interruptions in breathing. The most common form is obstructive sleep apnea.
When you sleep, the soft tissue in your throat including your tongue relax and may fall back to block your airway. Consequently, there is snoring and periodic halts to breathing. And while people who snore may not realize they’ve stopped breathing, their brains know it and wake the body in order to restart breathing. This can happen dozens of times each night, adding up to hours of lost sleep and possibly causing other health complications.
If a sleep specialist or your physician has diagnosed you with sleep apnea, then Gardner Dentists can prescribe a custom-fitted oral appliance that will adjust your lower jaw for better breathing. Made of thermoplastic, the appliance is comfortable and minimally obtrusive in your mouth. Worn consistently, you and the person one pillow over will once again enjoy a restful night of sleep.
If fear and anxiety are keeping you from the dental health you deserve, please call our office to learn more about sedation dentistry. The dentists and staff at Gardner Dentists are here to help. Conveniently located east of Moonlight Road off 56 Highway at 115 N. Moonlight Rd. Gardner KS, Gardner Dentists provides comprehensive dental care for the communities of Gardner, Olathe, Spring Hill, Paola, Baldwin, Ottawa, Lenexa, Lawrence and Overland Park, Kansas.
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