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By Michelle B. Deutch, D.D.S.
July 13, 2020
Category: Oral Health
Tags: dental implants  

A dental implant is an artificial tooth made of a titanium screw, metal post and porcelain crown. A complete tooth replacement, an implant provides amazing biting power, natural aesthetics and bone-building ability. At Dr. Michelle Deutch's office in Overland Park, KS, discover what dental implants could do for you.

Why should you get an implant?

In fact, why replace a missing tooth at all? Frankly, you need every tooth in your mouth. After an extraction, your jaw bone recedes quickly. The University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine reports that without a tooth to stimulate its growth, the alveolar ridge which anchors your teeth begins to shrink.

Tooth replacement with a dental implant avoids this dire consequence of tooth loss. The titanium implant device is inserted into the jaw, actually maintains the thickness and height of the jaw bone. Therefore, your face and smile retain its shape. Dr. Deutch refers the patient to a specialist to place the implant in the bone and Dr. Deutch later restores it.

How does a dental implant maintain your jaw? It does it through the same process which bonds implant to the bone. Known as osseointegration, this natural process is specific to dental implants. Conventional partial or full dentures and fixed bridges don't improve bone quality.

Other things dental implants can do

1. Implants restore biting and chewing efficiency.

2. Remaining natural teeth receive even pressure as you eat with dental implants. (A smile gap shifts food toward remaining teeth, placing undue stresses on their structure.)

3. These artificial teeth require no adhesives, refitting or replacement. Dental implant success and retention rates are as high as 98 percent, reports the American Academy of Implant Dentistry (AAID).

4. One and done is a great way to describe the dental implant treatment. With proper care, dental implants can last for life.

5. Your smile aesthetics will be outstanding with single-tooth implants or implant-supported dentures or bridgework.

Your dental implant consultation

It will show you the full picture. Please contact your dentist, Dr. Michelle Deutch in Overland Park, KS, to learn more: (913) 469-0085.

By Michelle B. Deutch, D.D.S.
May 12, 2020
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Tooth Pain  

Discover the reasons why you may be dealing with a toothache.

It’s amazing how something as small as a tooth can cause so much pain when there is a problem. A toothache can cause you to feel distracted at work, it can make sleeping a challenge and it can make eating nearly impossible. From the office of our Overland Park, KS, dentist Dr. Michelle Deutch, here are the top reasons why you may be experiencing a toothache,

A cavity

By far, this is the most common cause of dental pain. This is because decay will continue to erode the outer layers of your tooth until it’s treated. Plaque is a clear, sticky substance that develops on teeth as a result of consuming sugar and starches. Plaque produces acid, which wears away at enamel, causing holes to develop over time. Of course, with proper brushing and flossing you can reduce plaque buildup.

Gum disease

Gum disease is another common problem that affects millions of Americans. Unfortunately, most people don’t realize they even have gum disease until the more advanced stages. Usually at this point the gums have started to recede, which can expose the roots of your teeth, causing sensitivity and discomfort. This is another reason it’s important to not only maintain good oral hygiene but also to visit our Overland Park, KS, family dentist every six months for checkups.

Cracked tooth

Our teeth take on a lot of pressure and force every time we eat, chew and bite. Everything from injuries to bad bites can cause damage to teeth. If you suddenly notice pain and sensitivity in a tooth there could be a crack or fracture that is exposing the nerves of the tooth. While you may be able to notice a thin line through the tooth, damage isn’t always visible.

Wisdom teeth

If you are in your teens or early twenties then it’s about that time for your third set of molars to start coming in. The problem with these teeth is that they often cause problems and need to be removed. Some wisdom teeth are impacted, which means that they never fully erupt through the gums. As a result, this leaves an opening in the gums where bacteria and food can get trapped. Since impacted wisdom teeth can increase the risk for infection it’s important to get them removed as soon as possible.

We want all of our patients here in Overland Park, KS, to know that our dentist, Dr. Deutch and her team are here to provide you with immediate dental care when you need it. Even during these unprecedented times, we are still offering emergency dental care. If you are dealing with a toothache, broken tooth or other urgent matter please call us at (913) 469-0085.

By Michelle B. Deutch, D.D.S.
April 24, 2020
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Oral Hygiene  

Taking care of your teeth and keeping them healthy is a matter of habit. Proper oral hygiene basics include brushing, flossing, rinsing, and visiting your Overland Park, KS, dentist, Dr. Michelle Deutch regularly. But the question is—are you doing it right? You need to pay attention and do them right if you want to keep those pearly whites healthy and strong for a long time.

So how do you know if you are keeping proper oral hygiene, aside from the basics? If you answered yes to all the questions below, then you are keeping proper oral hygiene habits.

Do You Use Proper Technique When Brushing?

Removing food particles and polishing your teeth requires effort and a good brushing technique. The American Dental Association suggests keeping the brush at a 45-degree angle to your gums for the side and top teeth. The strokes must also be short, without too much effort as you move around your teeth and gums. For your back teeth and the front anterior teeth, the brush must be vertical to remove plaque effectively.

Are You Brushing Enough?

Do you spend at least two minutes every time you brush? According to the ADA, this is the amount of time you need to spend with every brushing activity to clean your entire mouth including your tongue.

Are You Flossing Properly?

Just like brushing, there is a proper way to floss to prevent damaging your gum line. The floss must be kept tight against your tooth to effectively break plaque and massage the gum just the right way to keep it in great shape. Likewise, there should be at least two inches of floss between your fingers for a better grip.

Do You Visit Your Dentist?

The ADA advises visits to your dentist in Overland Park, KS, at least twice a year. This helps you keep your oral hygiene in tiptop shape and allows your dentist to spot potential diseases while they are at an early and treatable stage.

Do You Drink Enough Water?

Water is the best beverage for optimum overall health. Ideally, you must drink water after eating meals to wash out food debris caught between your teeth. If you love acidic and sweet foods, the more you need water to protect your teeth from cavity-causing bacteria.

Do You Eat Crunchy Vegetables and Fruits?

Having these types of food in your diet provides our bodies with fiber. For oral health, it helps the mouth produce more saliva that will clean out the bacteria living in our mouths. Chewing crunchy vegetables and fruits at an early age likewise helps to strengthen the teeth, massage the gums, and strengthens the jaw.

For Dental Emergencies and Proper Oral Care Advice, Contact Us

We hope to see our patients soon. We are currently handling dental emergencies as needed. If you are suffering from a dental emergency, call (913) 469-0085 to arrange an appointment with our dentist, Dr. Michelle Deutch in Overland Park, KS.

By Michelle B. Deutch, D.D.S.
February 20, 2020
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: Dental Crowns  

Many dental problems occur due to decay and dental injuries. These days, there is a myriad of dental treatments, such as dental crowns, for improving your smile and restoring your damaged teeth. Crowns are used by Dr. Michelle Deutch, our dentist here in our Overland Park, KS, office to effectively restore the function and appearance of your damaged teeth.

How Do Crowns Work?

If you have a tooth with significant damage, a dental crown could be used for restoring its function, shape, and look. A dental crown, also known as a cap, is a synthetic tooth utilized for covering a decayed or damaged tooth. It is likewise capable of protecting the tooth from further damage and for concealing misshapen or stained teeth. Once a tooth has been treated with a dental crown, it will work and look just like a real tooth.

How Are Dental Crowns Fitted?

Your dentist then prepares the tooth that requires a crown to ensure that it will fit perfectly and takes an impression of the tooth. This impression will be utilized for fabricating your custom-made dental crown. Your crown can be made of porcelain, composite materials, or porcelain and metal. Your dentist in Overland Park, KS, will determine the best material depending on the location of your damaged tooth.

Until you get your custom-made crown, a temporary crown will be placed over your tooth. The main purpose of this crown is to safeguard your tooth until the permanent crown can be applied.

In general, dentists follow the steps above for a dental crown procedure. However, you may need to undergo some extra treatments before getting a crown. For instance, you may require a root canal, buildup, or gum treatment if your tooth has severe decay.

Ready to Fix Your Damaged Teeth?

Arrange a consultation with our dentist, Dr. Michelle Deutch, here at our Overland Park, KS, office. Call (913) 469-0085 for more information.

By Michelle B. Deutch, D.D.S.
December 26, 2019
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: dental implants  

How dental implants from your dentist in Overland Park, Kansas can rebuild your smile.

If your self-esteem and self-confidence are suffering because of missing teeth, or you are having trouble chewing your food, it’s time to restore your smile with dental implants. Dental implants are an excellent choice to restore your smile. Dr. Michelle B. Deutch in Overland Park, Kansas offers dental implants to rebuild your smile and give you the smile you deserve.

Dental implants work just like natural teeth. The dental implant screw is placed in your jaw during a simple in-office procedure. Over time, your bone fills in around the implant screw, locking it in place. The dental implant screw will function as the “root” of your missing tooth.

Dental implants look just like natural teeth too. The dental implant crown is made of materials that are light-reflective and look just like natural tooth enamel. It is placed over the screw after the implant area has healed.

Dental implants have become a popular option to replace missing teeth. You can replace a single missing tooth or multiple missing teeth. You can also replace an entire arch of missing teeth with an implant-supported denture which is fitted in place over the supportive dental implants.

When you choose dental implants to restore your smile, you will enjoy:

  • Natural beauty, because dental implants are virtually indistinguishable from natural teeth
  • Stability, because dental implants are surrounded by bone and won't move around
  • Great oral health, because you brush and floss dental implants just like natural teeth

You will also be one of the many people who enjoy the success of dental implants. They boast a success rate of over 95 percent, according to the American Academy of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons.

You deserve to have your smile back, and now you can, thanks to dental implants! To find out more about how dental implants can restore your smile, call Dr. Michelle B. Deutch in Overland Park, Kansas today.

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