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.

“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.

Restoring Your Confidence With Lumineers, the Cerinate Veneers!!

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Dental veneers are used as a form of cosmetic dentistry to correct tooth enamel that is worn, discolored, chipped or cracked, or uneven tooth spacing. While creating beautiful, bright smiles, they also protect the surface of the already damaged teeth which may eliminate the need for further treatments.


 

Veneers are made with different materials, including composite resin and porcelain. Porcelain veneers has been known to be used for the more serious cases of damaged teeth. Lumineers  is one type of veneers used today. It is made from a patented Cerinate porcelain and has been proven to last up to 16-20 years. The dentist here at Overland Park Smiles is a certified Lumineers dentist in Overland Park and they have the ability to give anyone that beautiful smile.

Lumineers  can be made as thin as a contact lens and are very safe for sensitive patients since there is no drilling and no removal of the tooth structure - there is no pain involved!!

So, come on in and schedule a consultation with Overland Park Smiles, and let us show you how we can improve your smile with Lumineers, the Cerinate Veneers!!

Brushing Your Teeth The Correct Way!

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This ia a wonderful video which explains the basics of proper brushing. While it is important to brush your teeth at least twice a day, it is equally important to brush it correctly.

For questions on your teeth brushing techniques please call you Overland Park Dentist.

Spring Into A New Smile!!!!!!

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Spring is the season of new life, and it is time to bring "new life" to your smiles as well.  Your Overland Park Dentists,  Drs. Willits and Woltkamp, are among the top five percent general practice dentists in the four counties that make up the Kansas City area. and are dedicated to providing the highest quality dental care to their patients. 

Here at Overland Park Smiles, we are committed to providing the necessary services and cosmetic dentistry to help restore and maintain your healthy smiles.These include, among others:

 - Teeth Whitening

 - Veneers / Lumineers

 - Invisalign

 - Dental Implants

 - Metal-free Crowns 

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

Healthy Foods for Healthy Gums!!

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Most of us know that brushing and flossing arean important part of the regime to promoting  and maintaining healthy gums and teeth. However, there are a lot of people who are unaware that there are certain foods that play an important part also. At Overland Park Smiles, we are dedicated to educating our patients about the foods that we eat and vitamins that they contain which are essential for the growth of healthy bones and teeth, and the maintenance of healthy gums. 

Vitamin A is necessary for the maintenance of the structure of the tissues found in the oral cavity. These tissues serve as protective barriers against the microorganisms that cause diseases. Vitamin A can be found in eggs, liver, salmon, cheese and beef. We can also get it from orange-colored vegetables, like carrots and pumpkins, and dark leafy vegetables, like spinach.

Vitamin C is another vitamin that is important in the promotion of healthy gums. Vitamin C helps prevent tissue damage, therefore keeping the gums from breaking down. Some of the foods that Vitamin C can be found in includeciturs fruits, strawberries, apples and mangoes. It can also be found in onions, broccoli and radishes.

Another imprtant vitamin is Vitamin D. This is extremely important in preventing the inflammation of gums, which we know can lead to bleeding gums, and eventually periodontal disease. While we can get Vitamin D from the sun, we can also get it from fortified milk, salmon and sardines.

Making sure that we have healthy gums goes a long way in promoting good overall health. Eating well to help maintain good oral health should bedone by all. If you have any questions about that foods that are helpful, please feel to contact you Overland Park Dentists for more information.

 

ViziLite Plus

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Oral cancer can be a devastating, and even deadly, disease. It can go unnoticed until it has progresses to the later stages. However, if it is caught early, oral cancer is one of the most curable diseases, if detected and diagnosed early. That is why the ViziLite Plus exam was developed. It uses technology that has been proven successful in identifying soft tissue abnormalities in other areas of the body. This is the leading oral cancer screening system which helps in the identification, evalutation and monitoring of abnormal oral lesions which may be suspicious of being precancerous, or cancer.

Overland Park Smiles is one of only two Certified  dental practices in tthe State of Kansas to offer ViziLite Plus technology for early detection of oral cancer. An annual Vizilite Plus exam, in combination with the regular visual examination, provides a comprehensive oral screening procedure for patients at increased risk for cancer. 

With ViziLite Plus, Drs. Willits and Woltkamp are better able to detect early stages of cancer. Please call,email or come into the office to schedule your appointment.