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By Michelle B. Deutch, D.D.S.
August 31, 2021
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Gingivitis  

We all look at our teeth and mouth daily. Because we see ourselves so often, it can be challenging to recognize the warning signs of gingivitis. Dr. Michelle Deutch, the dentist in Overland Park, KS, helps treat gingivitis for our community members.

Understanding Gingivitis

Gingivitis is a repeated inflammation of the gums. It's characterized by red, swollen, and bleeding gums. Gingivitis can be caused by plaque buildup or genetic factors, but it's most often due to abundant bacteria in the mouth that can worsen with age.

What Happens if You Ignore Gingivitis?

In the beginning, your gums will get sorer, redder, and more inflamed. People with advanced cases of gingivitis may have trouble chewing scratchy foods or drinking hot and cold beverages. Their gums will look like billowed areas of flesh that overhang the individual teeth. At this point, the person has usually had an extraordinarily foul or metallic breath for quite some time. If left untreated long enough, harmful bacteria seeps into the jaws, the bones, and enters other parts of the body, causing other illnesses.

How to Prevent and Get Rid of Gingivitis

Even if you just notice a slight redness here or there or tiny amounts of blood when flossing or brushing, it's time to start actively removing the causes of the inflammation and get rid of it. First, begin brushing with a soft-bristled toothbrush and flossing again every day. Use mouthwash every time you brush until some of the redness starts to go away, then use mouthwash only morning and night. If you catch things early enough, this approach will usually stop gingivitis in its tracks.

If your gingivitis is more severe, you'll want to do the above things and make an appointment with Dr. Michelle Deutch, your dentist in Overland Park, KS. Dr. Deutch can remove up to two years of plaque buildup without surgery or painful laser dental procedures. She will also recommend further steps to help reverse the course of gingivitis.

We know there are many reasons why you might avoid coming to the dentist, but the solutions for gingivitis might be less complicated than feared. If you're suffering from any form of dental issues, including gingivitis, call Dr. Michelle Deutch, your dentist in Overland Park, KS, at (913) 469-0085 today for an appointment!

By Michelle B. Deutch, D.D.S.
June 30, 2021
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: Dental Crowns  

Dealing with a broken tooth? Don’t worry; we’ve got you covered!

Your Overland Park, KS, dentist Dr. Michelle Deutch can easily restore weak, damaged, or misshapen teeth with the help of a dental crown, a tooth-shaped cap that covers and protects the tooth.

What are dental crowns?

Dental crowns are hollow tooth-like caps, often made from porcelain, that go over the top part of your tooth to cover and protect severely damaged teeth.

Why do I need a dental crown?

If your tooth has sustained severe damage from injury, infection, or decay, then you may need a dental crown to preserve the natural tooth and prevent further complications. If you need to undergo root canal therapy, a crown is often placed after treatment. In cases where there are severe discolorations or a misshapen tooth, our dental team may also recommend placing a dental crown over the tooth to improve the overall shape, size, and color.

What are the advantages of wearing a dental crown?

Dental crowns are designed to look just like a real tooth. Therefore, we can create a crown that will not only function like a regular tooth but will also look just like the rest of your natural smile.

Dental crowns are also the best way to preserve the integrity of your natural tooth and to improve function. By fitting your tooth with a crown you prevent further damage and the possibility of requiring tooth extraction.

How long does a dental crown last?

Dental crowns are durable and the majority of them will last for 15 to 20 years with the proper care. Here at our Overland Park, KS, practice, we offer strong, long-lasting dental crowns made from porcelain, which also mimics the look of real tooth enamel.

From dental crowns and restorative dentistry to orthodontic treatment and preventive care, our Overland Park, KS, dentist Dr. Deutch offers a full range of dental services to meet your family’s needs. Think you need a dental crown? Then call our practice today at (913) 469-0085 to schedule an evaluation.

By Michelle B. Deutch, D.D.S.
March 31, 2021
Category: Oral Health
Tags: dental implants  

Looking to replace missing teeth? You may want to consider dental implants.

If you’ve dealt with tooth loss, we know that nothing is more important than getting your smile back on track. While your Overland Park, KS, dentist Dr. Michelle Deutch offers many options, dental implants are one of the most popular tooth replacements these days. That’s because dental implants offer some pretty unique benefits that make them stand apart from other restorations.

They Feel Like Real Teeth

You need your teeth to be able to smile, talk, chew, bite, and enjoy a lot of life’s little pleasures. Of course, losing a tooth may make it difficult to speak properly or eat certain foods. A dental implant works and feels just like a real tooth so you can have restored function in a way that blends right in with the rest of your smile.

They Can Replace Any and All Teeth

In the past, the number of teeth you had missing played a role in which type of tooth replacement option you could get. In fact, it was often limiting. Not anymore. A dental implant can support everything from a single crown to a bridge and even a full set of dentures. So no matter if you are missing one, several, or all of your teeth, you could be an ideal candidate for dental implants.

They Are Easy to Care for

Another benefit to turning to our Overland Park, KS, practice for dental implants is that they are one of the easiest restorations to care for. In fact, you can treat them just like you would your natural teeth. They don’t require special cleaning products or solutions. All you have to do is brush twice a day and floss daily and continue to visit your dentist every six months for checkups. Dental implants are amazingly low maintenance.

They Last Forever

Since the implant is a small biocompatible post that fuses together with the jawbone, this restoration is designed to last a very long time. An implant is made from titanium, which is what NASA uses to craft their space shuttles, so it’s unbelievably strong. Plus, the implant becomes a permanent part of the jawbone which means that it's permanently in place. As long as you maintain good oral hygiene, this implant should support your smile for the rest of your life.

Visit MBD Dental in Overland Park, KS, for dental implants and a wide range of restorative dentistry services. If you’re ready to sit down with Dr. Deutch to find out if you’re a candidate for implants, call us today at (913) 469-0085.

By Michelle B. Deutch, D.D.S.
December 30, 2020
Tags: Teeth Whitening  

First impressions are important, especially when you're interviewing for a job or meeting new people at a social event. So what should you do if your teeth are stained? Consider teeth whitening services at an Overland Park dentist. Dr. Michelle Deutch and her experienced staff can help you achieve whiter teeth and a beautiful smile. Keep reading to learn more about teeth whitening and how it can improve your appearance.

What is Teeth Whitening?

Teeth whitening is a simple procedure performed at the dentist's office. The dentist uses a special bleaching agent to whiten your teeth. While you can always try over-the-counter teeth whitening products from your local pharmacy, you'll get better results if you let a dentist whiten your teeth.

When you go to the dentist's office for this type of service, it is fast and effective. In fact, professional teeth whitening usually takes between 60 to 90 minutes. You enter the dentist's office with stained teeth and leave with noticeably whiter teeth when the procedure is complete.

What are the Benefits of Teeth Whitening?

A professional teeth whitening procedure at an Overland Park dentist's office immediately improves your appearance. Since your smile is one of the first things people notice about you, it makes you appear more attractive to others. Whiter teeth boost your self-confidence as well as your self-esteem. Your improved appearance may even help you get hired for a new job or win a promotion at work.

How Does the Dentist Whiten Your Teeth?

Your dentist places a protective gel on your gums. He or she may also place a rubber shield on your gums to protect them from the bleaching agent. Next, your dentist applies the bleach to your teeth. These bleaching agents contain hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide. They work by breaking the stains into tiny pieces. As a result, your teeth appear noticeably whiter.

Schedule an Appointment

Are you ready to have brighter, more beautiful teeth? It's possible if you schedule an appointment for teeth whitening services at an Overland Park dentist's office. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Michelle Deutch. She can help you decide if teeth whitening is right for you. Give us a call at 913-469-0085 to schedule your appointment today.

By Michelle B. Deutch, D.D.S.
December 14, 2020

How Invisalign from your dentist in Overland Park, Kansas can improve your smile

How much do you know about Invisalign orthodontic treatment? Did you know that it is one of the most popular ways to straighten your smile? Dr. Michelle B. Deutch in Overland Park, Kansas offers Invisalign treatment to improve your smile.

So, what happens during Invisalign treatment? Invisalign works completely differently than conventional brackets and wires because it doesn’t use brackets and wires. There are no braces with Invisalign.

Invisalign is a system of clear plastic aligners. You receive your first set of aligners, which you wear for a two week period. Then you move on to a new set of aligners, which you also wear for two weeks.

You continue moving on to a new set of aligners every two weeks as your teeth gradually and comfortably move into the proper position. You will visit your dentist every few weeks to monitor your progress. The average completion time for Invisalign is nine to fifteen months.

When you choose Invisalign to straighten your smile, the aligners offer many important benefits, including:

  • Virtually invisible treatment, because the aligners are clear plastic, so they are very discreet
  • Comfortable treatment, because the aligners are smooth plastic, with no sharp parts to irritate your soft tissue
  • Convenient treatment, because you can remove the aligners to eat the foods you love, without worry
  • Healthy treatment, because you can remove the aligners to brush and floss your teeth normally, so it’s easy to keep your smile healthy

Invisalign works differently than conventional braces, but you get the same outstanding results, a straight smile. That makes Invisalign the perfect choice to correct:

  • An overbite or underbite
  • A crossbite or open bite
  • Crowded, rotated teeth
  • Gaps between your teeth

If you want a straight smile, there is no better choice than Invisalign! To find out more about how Invisalign can improve your smile, call Dr. Michelle B. Deutch in Overland Park, Kansas at 913-469-0085. Call now, and start working on your straight, beautiful smile today!

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