Why Dental Hygiene?
We recommend you visit our Wichita, KS dentist twice a year for dental hygiene checkups to keep your smile pristine and healthy.
Our Care: During these visits, we’ll check for signs of gum disease, look for symptoms of oral cancer, assess your TMJ health, and identify any signs of teeth grinding. We’ll clean your teeth and gums, removing hardened plaque and tartar from spots you may find difficult to reach. Finally, we will teach you how to brush and floss for optimal oral hygiene.
Why Periodontal Care?
Gum disease is the number one cause of tooth loss among Americans, with common symptoms including bleeding, swollen gums, or bad breath. If you notice any of these symptoms, it is essential not to ignore them.
Our care: Dr. Farmer can treat your gum disease with periodontal therapy, which provides a deep clean below and along the gum line, removing the bacteria that is causing the infection and then smoothing the tooth root so it’s harder for the bacteria to take hold. Plus, we provide you with advice on how to keep your gums and smile healthy.
Why TMJ Therapy?
If you experience migraines, jaw pain, ear pain, neck pain, or shoulder pain, you may be suffering with temporomandibular joint disorder. This relates to issues with the joints in your jaw.
Our care: At our office we use a non-invasive diagnostic aid called joint vibration analysis and jaw tracking to visually see on a computer screen what is going on. We then use a number of modern technologies to prevent jaw pain.
Why Dental Implants? If you need to replace a single missing tooth, a few missing teeth, or all of your teeth, then dental implants could work for you.
Our care: A titanium dental “tooth root” is implanted in the jaw bone and left to heal for a few months. Then we place either a crown, a bridge, or dentures, and you have a complete and functional smile once again. Dental implants help to restore your ability to chew and bite naturally, which encourages healthy nutrition. Dental implants can also improve the look of your smile, giving you increased confidence.
It’s crucial to restore your smile when you’ve lost teeth. Our Wichita, KS dentist offers immediate, conventional, and implant-supported dentures to fit all needs.
Our care: An immediate denture is created prior to the extraction of your teeth, and you then can wear the denture the same day you have teeth removed. A conventional denture is created after teeth are extracted and is designed to fit to your gums. Implant-supported dentures are secured with specially-designed dental implants. You will feel better, look younger, and be able to continue eating and speaking with confidence and comfort when we provide you with a denture or partial.
Why Tooth-Colored Fillings?If a cavity has formed in one of your teeth, we can produce a natural-looking metal-free filling to strengthen your tooth and prevent further decay.
Our care: Tooth-colored fillings, made from composite resin, offer longer-lasting and more aesthetically pleasing protection for decayed teeth. This filling will help to prevent the need for a crown or root canal therapy, both of which can arise if decay continues unchecked. Patients appreciate tooth-colored fillings as an alternative to silver amalgam fillings because no one will ever be able to tell you’ve had a filling placed.
Why Crowns & Bridges? Dental crowns are used when a tooth is heavily damaged but doesn’t need to be extracted. We believe in conserving your natural tooth whenever possible. Bridges consist of one or a few replacement teeth with crowns on either end; this is a viable option when you still have healthy teeth that can support a fixed bridge.
Our care: Porcelain crowns will be shaped at our dental lab to look like natural teeth and are placed over teeth that have been weakened by decay, disease, or injury. The bespoke crown is designed around impressions of your teeth to achieve comfort and function.
Fixed bridges are popular because they don’t require surgery (as would be required with dental implants), but they offer a bit more stability than dentures because they’re anchored in the mouth.