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By TLC Family Dentistry
July 17, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

Despite the American Dental Association's recommendation that adults see a dentist at least once a year, there are a number of factorsdental crowns that prevent many people from making a dental appointment until there is a problem. After anxiety and fear, lack of time and busy schedules are the most common reasons in which adults give for avoiding the dentist. But when serious oral health problems like a cavity, an infection, or breaking or losing a tooth happen, delaying or skipping treatment is not an option. The dentists at TLC Family Dentistry in Lee's Summit, MO, offer same day crowns for dental emergencies, and common cosmetic problems.

Same Day Crowns in Lee's Summit, MO

Crowns and bridgework are one of the most affordable and effective cosmetic and restorative dentistry options available. Whether you are missing a tooth, at risk of losing a tooth because of advanced tooth decay, or need to repair chips, cracks, or even severe staining and discolorations, crowns are one of the best methods to restore and improve your teeth. And now, thanks to technology, walking out of the dentist's office with a new smile is possible in a single visit.

Even simple dental restorations have traditionally required several appointments. The dentist takes an imprint of your teeth and designs a custom crown, which is then sent to a lab for production. Same day crowns are produced onsite with CAD/CAM (Computer-Aided Design/Computer-Aided Manufacturing) technology, which cuts out the need for the lab and allows the dentist to complete the restoration while you wait, no need to find the time to schedule a second or third appointment, and without sacrificing the quality and durability of traditional laboratory produced crowns.

Find a Dentist in Lee's Summit, MO

Same day crowns can save time and your smile. For more information, contact TLC Family Dentistry by calling (816) 537-6161 to schedule an appointment today. Also serving Greenwood, Lake Winnebago, Pleasant Hill, Raymore, Belton, Lone Jack, and Harrisonville, MO.


Children's permanent teeth normally erupt over several years after first forming below the gum line. All their permanent teeth should come in by the time they reach early adolescence.

Unfortunately, this process doesn't always happen as it should. If the erupting teeth become crowded due to a poor bite (malocclusion), teeth still to come in may not have enough room to fully erupt. They become impacted, a condition in which the visible crown remains partially or completely submerged below the gum line.

Impacted teeth create consequences for other teeth and dental health overall. They more readily cause abscesses (a localized infection within the gum tissue) and can damage the roots of nearby teeth. Impacted front canine (eye) teeth can interfere with bite function and their visual absence mars an otherwise attractive smile.

If your child's canine teeth have failed to erupt properly, there is a way to help them fully come in if you act before their mouth structure fully matures. The first step is an orthodontic evaluation of their entire bite. This will determine if there's enough space to move other teeth to make room for the impacted canines.

If so, we would then find the exact position of the impacted teeth using x-rays and possibly cone beam CT scanning for a detailed three-dimensional image. The teeth could be in a variety of positions, such as angled toward the roof of the mouth or cheek or buried high in the jawbone. If the teeth are too far out of position the best course of action may be to remove them and replace them later with a dental implant.

If the impacted teeth, though, are in a feasible position for retrieval, we first expose each tooth through the gums with a minor surgical procedure and bond a small bracket to it. We then attach a small gold chain to the bracket that loops over an orthodontic appliance attached to other teeth. The appliance will exert pressure over several months to pull the tooth into proper position.

If successful, your child will gain the use of these important teeth and a more attractive appearance. But don't delay — this desired outcome will become much harder if not impossible to attain as their teeth and jaws continue to develop.

If you would like more information on treating impacted teeth, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Exposing Impacted Canines.”

By TLC Family Dentistry
July 01, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

Magician Michel Grandinetti can levitate a 500-pound motorcycle, melt into a 7-foot-tall wall of solid steel, and make borrowed rings vanish and reappear baked inside bread. Yet the master illusionist admits to being in awe of the magic that dentists perform when it comes to transforming smiles. In fact, he told an interviewer that it’s “way more important magic than walking through a steel wall because you’re affecting people’s health… people’s confidence, and you’re really allowing people to… feel good about themselves.”

Michael speaks from experience. As a teenager, his own smile was enhanced through orthodontic treatment. Considering the career path he chose for himself — performing for multitudes both live and on TV — he calls wearing an orthodontic device (braces) to align his crooked teeth “life-changing.” He relies on his welcoming, slightly mischievous smile to welcome audiences and make the initial human connection.

A beautiful smile is definitely an asset regardless of whether you’re performing for thousands, passing another individual on a sidewalk or even, research suggests, interviewing for a job. Like Michael, however, some of us need a little help creating ours. If something about your teeth or gums is making you self-conscious and preventing you from smiling as broadly as you could be, we have plenty of solutions up our sleeve. Some of the most popular include:

  • Tooth Whitening. Professional whitening in the dental office achieves faster results than doing it yourself at home, but either approach can noticeably brighten your smile.
  • Bonding. A tooth-colored composite resin can be bonded to a tooth to replace missing tooth structure, such a chip.
  • Veneers. This is a hard, thin shell of tooth-colored material bonded to the front surface of a tooth to change its color, shape, size and/or length; mask dental imperfections like stains, cracks, or chips, and compensating for excessive gum tissue.
  • Crowns. Sometimes too much of a tooth is lost due to decay or trauma to support a veneer. Instead, capping it with a natural-looking porcelain crown can achieve the same types of improvements. A crown covers the entire tooth replacing more of its natural structure than a veneer does.

If you would like more information about ways in which you can transform your smile, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about the techniques mentioned above by reading the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Teeth Whitening,” “Repairing Chipped Teeth,” and “Porcelain Crowns & Veneers.”

By TLC Family Dentistry
June 16, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: lump  

Biting the inside of your cheek is high on the list of minor but painfully irritating occurrences like paper cuts or tongue scalding from hot coffee. A mouth bite, though, has an additional tormenting feature — there's a good chance you'll bite the same spot again.

This kind of repeated mouth injury results in an enlargement of the soft tissue that has been traumatized. They're often diagnosed and referred to as a traumatic fibroma. When you bite your cheek, lips or tongue, you create a small wound that usually heals quickly. This healing process, though, can be interrupted if you bite the area again, which can then cause excess scar tissue to form.

The fibrous scar tissue, made up of a protein called collagen, is similar to a callous. You can often feel it with your tongue — a knot of tough skin that protrudes from the otherwise flat cheek wall. Because of this prominence, it tends to get in the “line of fire” during eating or biting, so you'll bite it again — and again. If this cycle continues, then even a more prominent scar tissue forms that you're more likely to bite again.

The wound will heal most of the time, unless you continually bite it. If it becomes a nagging problem, we can surgically remove the lump. After numbing the area with local anesthesia, we'll either use a laser or scalpel to remove it. The area is easy to fix and will flatten out the cheek surface. The entire procedure takes fifteen minutes or less and in a few days to a week you won't even notice it had been there.

While the vast majority of these lesions are harmless, it's still standard protocol to biopsy the removed tissue: a pathologist examines it under a microscope for cancer cells. This is a routine part of any medical practice and not a cause for alarm.

If you've had a lump for awhile that you always seem to be biting, see us for an examination. With a simple procedure, we may be able to remove that irritation once and for all.

If you would like more information on treating mouth lumps and other sores, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Common Lumps and Bumps in the Mouth.”

By TLC Family Dentistry
June 05, 2017
Category: Oral Health

How your dentists in Lee’s Summit can save your smiledental visits

A dental problem can begin without you even feeling it. Many dental problems have no identifiable symptoms and no pain; that means only a dental examination and x-rays can determine if your mouth is healthy. That’s why regular dental visits are so important.

When you visit the dentist regularly, small dental issues can be identified before they become large dental problems. Your dentists Dr. Jamie Thurman-Taylor and Dr. Garret Guthrie at TLC Family Dentistry in Lee’s Summit, MO, want to share the facts about why you need to visit the dentist regularly.

When you protect your smile, you are also protecting your overall health. Your dentists at TLC Family Dentistry use innovative, state-of-the-art diagnostic tools including to ensure your dental issues have been identified.

They also perform a comprehensive screening for oral cancer, which could save your life. Oral cancer can be deadly, and soft tissue lesions may be difficult for you to see, and easy to ignore.

You should plan on visiting your dentist for an examination and x-rays at least yearly, more often if you have chronic dental conditions. You should also schedule a professional dental cleaning at least every six months, more often if you have a chronic gum condition.

By scheduling regular dental visits, you can avoid bad outcomes like these:

  • Tooth decay resulting in the need for a crown, root canal or tooth loss
  • Gum disease resulting in periodontal disease and tooth loss
  • Tooth loss resulting in the need for expensive tooth replacement

Regular dental visits are an important part of your healthcare routine. They can also save you money, time and needless dental pain. To schedule your regular dental visit call your dentists at TLC Family Dentistry in Lee’s Summit, MO and serving Greenwood, MO, Lake Winnebago, MO, Pleasant Hill, MO, Raymore, MO, Belton, MO, Lone Jack, MO, and Harrisonville, MO. Get started protecting your dental health and your smile by calling today!

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