How Much Is Your Tooth Worth???

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Recently, your Overland Park dentists found out that a tooth belonging to John Lennon was sold at an auction for about $31,200. Now, this is a tooth that is over 40 years old, and has a sizable amount of decay to it!!! How much do you think your tooth, in perfect condition, is worth?

Well, unless you are someone famous, it may not be worth much at all. However, possessing healthy teeth is very invaluable! Not only do you get to have a beautiful smile, but you also look happy, and most of all, you will enjoy eating all the foods that are healthy for you, and improve your overall health.

So, while your perfect teeth are not worth the same as a decayed, 40 plus year old tooth, when it comes to your overall health, they are priceless!!!!

It is not only important to visit your dentist regularly, but possessing a daily oral hygiene regime will also help to promote oral health. Call our office today to schedule your next appointment.

"Straightening Your Teeth With Invisalign!!!"

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Many adults, in the past, were very hesitant to, and even refused, to have their teeth straightened because they did not want to be seen with braces. Of course we all know that, typically, braces are introduced at a younger age. Now, however, many adults have the chance to have their teeth straightened without the unsightly braces, and can feel more confident about themselves while doing so.

Invisalign eliminates the metal brackets and wires that so many people dislike, especially because they are so noticeable. Instead, smooth, clear, custom aligners are used. There is no irritation to the gums and cheeks that is often found with braces. You even get to remove the aligners when you need to eat and brush your teeth - that is something one could only dream of when wearing braces! That is not even the icing on the cake. When you’re wearing Invisalign, no one will ever have to know that you are straightening your teeth!

Maintaining Invisalign is also so much easier than braces. There will be no need  to replace brackets that have fallen off and, also,  there is no need to tighten any wires. In fact, the aligners are replaced approximately every 2 weeks until results are achieved.
A major question that many people have when inquiring about Invisalign is the cost. Many will be surprised to know that the cost of the Invisalign treatment is usually comparable to that of traditional braces. Also, many insurance companies cover Invisalign just as they do the traditional braces. Many doctors also offer flexible payment plans to help their patients achieve their goals of having beautiful healthy smiles.

Your Overland Park Dentist is an Invisalign Preferred Dentist and we are here to answer all of your questions. Please feel free to drop in for a consultation where we will determine whether or not Invisalign will fit your needs, and whether or not you would be a good candidate for Invisalign.



"Restore Your Smile With Dental Implants!!"

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As children, many of us looked forward to losing those baby teeth, as that was a sign of us getting older and becoming big kids. As adults, the thought of losing a tooth is a dreaded one, and one that most of us hope will not happen for many, many years. However, it does happen, and when it does, it affects a person’s ability to eat, hence affecting their nutrition.  It also affects their appearance, speech, and overall self esteem. Fortunately, there are various options available for us to chose from to help restore those beautiful smiles. Here at Overland Park Smiles, one of the options we focus on is the use of dental implants.

In the past, dentures and fixed bridges were mainly use as the methods of tooth/teeth restoration. However, in the past 20 years, dental implants have quickly become choice for most people for the replacement of missing teeth. 

The dental implant is made from a titanium rod which is anchored in the jaw to support restorations that resemble a tooth to replace missing ones. As a result of the the implant being anchored in the jawbone, it helps maintain the integrity of the bone. Another important advantage of the dental implant over a fixed bridge is that the health of the surrounding teeth is not sacrificed.

Your Overland Park Dentist is committed to restoring those healthy beautiful smiles, giving you back your confidence and the ability to smile and eat. Our wonderful staff is here to put you at ease and answer all questions. Please feel free to drop in for a consultation on the best treatment for you.

KöR Whitening - Getting Your Teeth The Whitest They Can Be

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When we think of the perfect smile, we picture a smile that is straight, and white!. Who does not want to have that white, bright smile? At Overland Park Smiles, we are committed to providing the best smiles to our patients, and offer the KöR Whitening System Deep Bleaching System to our patients to help them achieve the smile of their dreams.

Dr. Woltkamp shared his success with using the KöR System on their website recently:


"My name is Dave Woltkamp, and I practice in Overland Park, Kansas. We used to have nothing but grief with our bleaching due to constant sensitivity and frustration with the hit-or-miss success rates. It’s not a great practice builder to charge someone for sometimes good, sometimes okay, and sometimes poor results.

A few colleagues talked me out of doing one-visit bleaching. I started using KöR Whitening by Dr. Rod Kurthy and have had awesome results! Now I’m getting amazing results every single time! I’ve even bleached some who could never fully bleach before because of sensitivity. Our team is just as excited about the results as our patients are!

The photos here are of a 57-year-old longtime patient of ours. We’ve watched her children grow up as patients, too.


She had a combination of tetracycline staining and fluorosis - white hypocalcified spots, and brown blotches on #s 8, 9 & 11. For years, she told us that she was very unhappy with her smile, and we always told her that there was nothing we could do other than veneers.

Several months ago, she brought in her daughter’s wedding pictures and commented how she never smiled in photographs because she was embarrassed. I told her about KöR Whitening, and she agreed to give it a try.

We took her from a mottled C3 tetracycline/fluorosis stain right to a bleaching shade 020, which is three shades lighter than a B-1. She recently told all of us that she is a “much happier person” now, and that she smiles a lot. She is such a nice lady; it’s great to realize that her smile can now match her personality.

I have absolute confidence in KöR Whitening. Since this case, we’ve now been doing many, many KöR Whitening cases, and we are always amazed at the consistent results. Those colleagues who talked me out of the one-visit bleaching systems were absolutely correct. The uncertainty of whitening results, along with sensitivity, are things of the past for us. KöR Whitening has made dentistry much more fun for my staff and myself. It feels great to change someone’s life!"


If you would like to learn more about the KöR Whitening System, call our office at Overland Park Smiles today at (913) 851-8400, and schedule your consultation to get you started on having that beautiful, white smile of your dreams.

Using Your Dental Benefits Before The End Of The Year

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With the end of the year approaching, if you need to make a visit to your dentist, and you have dental insurance, it is important that you not put it off. Taking advantage of your dental coverage before the year ends is practical, because you get immediate dental benefits, but also, you get to save money.

With most dental insurance companies, you are given a set amount of money that can be use every year. While you are not mandated to use your yearly maximum, if you do not use the money that year, it does not roll over, and anything unused is lost.

Deductibles can increase from year to year, and this means that your copay will be higher. It is best to get the dental services that you need while you can which will make your out-of-pocket expenses more affordable than it will be if your copay was to increase.

It is important to get treated immediately when it comes to dental work. Cavities left untreated can lead to severe headaches and infections if not tented to right away. Gum diseases can quickly spread to other parts of the mouth and can cause serious health problems that can affect your entire body.

By using all of your yearly dental benefits, you are ensuring that your oral health is being maintained by doing everything you can to keep it clean and free from infections and possible viruses. With regular visits to your dentists you learn of the ways you can improve your oral health. Overall, having regular dental visits will help decrease the need for emergency procedures that could end up being very expensive.


Overland Park Smiles - Continuing to provide the best dental service to our patients

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Year after year Drs.Willits and Woltkamp receive awards from Kansas City area publications. 
KC TOP DENTIST 435 MagazineThe most recent award is Dr. Woltkamp's inclusion in 
435 Magazine's TOP DENTISTS 2013.

Click here to see our virtual wall of awards! 

Our office at 12870 Metcalf represents many years of planning to implement the best technology available in modern dentistry.  We are proud and excited to care for our patients in such a wonderful facility.


Receding Gums

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Receding gums is a vanity issue to most people. They worry about what their smiles are going to look like, and how others will look at them. However, it becomes much more than that when the causes and possible outcomes are brought to light; it can be a serious health risk.

Causes of receding gums
In many cases, receding gums, also known as gingival recession, refers to the exposure of the roots of the teeth due to the loss of gum tissue. The most common cause for the loss of gum tissue, is gum disease , or periodontitis. This begins when plaque, formed by bacteria,  accumulates on teeth and gums. When plaque is not removed daily, it produces toxins that irritate the gums. Eventually, these toxins destroy the tissues of the gums, causing them to separate from the teeth (recede) and form spaces called pockets. 

Progression of receding gums
The loss of gum tissue is more common in adults, but often begin the early stages as teenagers. 

Healthy gums are usually pink, tight to the teeth, and has a scalloped or curved appearance. The early stages of problem is characterized by red or swollen gums that are tender and bleed easily when brushed. At this point, it is reversible and can be detected by your dentist during regular checkups. As the disease progresses, it can destroy the bone and soft tissue supporting the teeth. The teeth may become loose and have to be removed by a dentist. When the disease get to the advanced stage of peridontitis, there is usually a sever case of bad breath, inflammation of the gums which may contain pus, and the teeth get so lose that they fall out. 

Dangers of receding gums
While the most obvious danger of having receding gums is the eventual loss of teeth, there are many more serious health risks that can be associated with this.  Receding gums is known as the “Silent Killer” because is the gateway of serious afflictions, such as periodontal disease which has been proven to be linked to much more serious conditions. Among these are heart disease, heart attack, stroke, respiratory disease, diabetes, and even  premature and underweight babies. Taking care of receding gums, and getting treatment in the early stages is extremely  important in helping to maintain the overall health of your body.
Treating receding gums
It has been said that the best treatment to any condition is prevention. However, many are not aware of  the risks of receding gums, until they are already affected. Regular dental checkups help with early detection, and further recession can be preventeed by regular flossing and brushing. However, it may be too far gone where this will help. Depending on the stage of the disease, gum recession can be treated by  surgically moving healthy gum tissue to the areas where the gum has receded. This procedure is usually done in the dental office with local anesthetic.

Your Overland Park Dentists  is dedicated to providing the best dental care. Fell free to drop in at office to discuss further treatment options that may be available for you.

Spring New Life Into Your Smile!

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Since spring is the season of new life, it may be time to bring "new life" to your smiles as well.  Your Overland Park Dentists,  Drs. Willits and Woltkamp, are committed to providing the necessary services and cosmetic dentistry to help restore and maintain your healthy smiles. At Overland Park Smiles, we offer Conservative Refurbishing or a Complete Makeover of your smile. We also provide a FREE Consultation for Cosmetic Dentistry, Veneers and Lumineers. 

Call the office today to make your appointment today. We will be happy to address any questions or concerns you may have.


“Do You Have Dental Phobia? Sedation Dentistry Might Be For You”

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For millions of people, the thought of going to the dentist and undergoing any dental procedure is a harrowing one. Some had  traumatic experiences as children, others may have suffered  painful procedures as adults. Whatever their experience may have been, these people are now risking their dental care, and overall health, by refusing to go to the dentist. That’s where sedation dentistry comes in.

Sedation dentistry eliminate the pains and anxieties associated with most dental procedures by putting the patient at ease with the use a various methods of sedation. The sedation dentists are trained in these methods of administering medicine to calm their patients. Sedation Dentist Dr Woltkamp, is one of these dentists whose main goal is to provide a comfortable, anxiety free experience for our clients.

Here at Overland Park Smiles, we are committed to giving our patients the best dental experience they’ve ever had. Some popular sedation method used are oral sedation, IV sedation and inhalant sedation. With oral sedation, the patients are administered oral medications from the group of drugs which have a sedative, and sometimes, amnesic, affect on most people. These are known as Benzodiazapines. These are usually easy to swallow and administer and tend to work well for most people.

Inhalant sedation involves the use of Nitrous Oxide and Oxygen, and this method is actually the most frequent used method of sedation. This method has a more rapid onset of sedation and there are very few side effects. It also have a faster recovery time, unlike the oral medication.

IV, or intravaneous, sedation is often used for long procedures, or when there are multiple procedures to be done at once. The drugs are introduced directly into the blood during the dental procedure.

The method of sedation chosen will of course depend on the patient’s anxiety level, and/or the type of procedure to be done. Dr Woltkamp will work with the patient to achieve the best results.


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The new year is here, and many people will be putting off the dental care they need because of the financial obligation involved. Most do not have insurance to cover most dental procedures and are faced with out-of-pocket expenses that are just too much for them. 

CareCredit may be the answer for many people. It is a personal line of credit to be used solely for healthcare services. CareCredit offers various monthly plans where the user will have a certain length of time to pay for their procedure, instead of having to come up with the full payment at the time of treatment

However, it must be noted that CareCredit is not for everyone. It is a credit card, and its approval is based on past credit history from the applicant(s). Many doctors offer CareCredit to their patients because they want to continue to offer the best care necessary. Your Overland Park Dentists offer CareCredit as one of their finance options as they are very sensitive to the fact that in today's changing economy, many people have differnet financial obligations and being unable to pay for treatment in full will deter many from getting the necessary care required.

Come or call us to discuss all financial options whcih may be available to you!!!!