Hello Friends,

During our current National Emergency concerning the COVID-19 virus, we would like to assure you that at the office of Premier Dental in Lee’s Summit, your health, safety and well-being is our highest priority.

Dr. Caye is available for Emergency Dental Appointments. Please call 816-600-6330.

You can feel safe knowing that all our clinical areas are, and always have been, treated with standards that far exceed all state and federal guidelines. Our team is highly trained annually, using guidelines set forth by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). Our training, coupled with our commitment to the highest standards of care, will see us through this unusual time calmly and successfully.

In addition, you can feel confident that we are taking the following precautionary measures in the common areas:

  • We will be increasing the frequency of disinfecting all door handles, reception area surfaces, furniture, credit card terminals, restrooms and more.
  • We have removed all shared magazines and newspapers.
  • Remember, all New Patient Forms are available on our website to print & complete at home, before your appointment.
  • All non-essential items at the check-out desks such as pens, business cards and candies will be removed from the counter and still available by request.

We are counting on you to help us get through this as well. If you are experiencing flu-like symptoms, or if you, or someone you have been in contact with, have traveled out of the country in the last 21 days, please call our office at 816-600-6330 to discuss rescheduling your appointment. (There will NOT be appointment cancellation charges at this time.)

Please know that we are closely monitoring the evolving situation and are following all CDC and ADA guidelines.

Additional COVID-19 Resources:

CDC Guidelines: Coronavirus (COVID-19)

American Dental Association Infection Control: COVID-10

American Heart Association: Coronavirus and Heart Health | (COVID-19) Resources 

According to the American Diabetes Association, People with Diabetes face a higher risk for complications … here’s what you need to know

 

What is a Dental Emergency?

Emergency dental appointments are identified as anything that requires immediate dental care. Whether it is to stop incessant bleeding, save a tooth, treat a dire infection, or decrease severe discomfort, urgent care is needed.

Some of the most common dental emergencies are pain resulting from inflammation and broken teeth.

Whatever the cause of acute oral discomfort you are experiencing in the Lee’s Summit area, emergency dental appointments are available at Premier Dental. If you are experiencing pain or you are uncertain whether your situation requires immediate attention or not, consider the information below to help you choose to correct course of action.

Emergencies stem from a variety of causes and dental professionals can provide the necessary care. Receiving an assessment and subsequent treatment for the diagnosis is crucial to your recovery.

 

Do I need to be seen for a Dental Emergency?

Below are several types of dental emergencies that we suggest you seek immediate emergency dental treatment:

Gum Abscess

A gum abscess is a very uncomfortable oral condition that arises from an infection. This disease occurs when food becomes lodged between the tooth and gum. If a gum abscess is left untreated, it can exacerbate the situation and impact other significant parts of the body such as the brain, connective tissues, muscles, and nerves.

 

Swelling & Bleeding

Swelling and persistent bleeding are other emergencies. These symptoms are typically indicative of gum disease. Improper hygiene and the buildup of plaque bacteria can lead to inflammation and uncontrollable bleeding. If you have been diagnosed with gum disease but have put off treatment, you will begin to notice the deterioration of the gums and bones that hold your teeth. Eventually, tooth loss is the result.

 

Broken Tooth

A broken, chipped, or fractured tooth can occur for a number of reasons. Clenching and grinding teeth can be a leading factor. However, generally, it is trauma to the mouth that causes most instances of damage. Immediate attention should be sought in order to treat any injuries. If pain and continuous bleeding result from fractured teeth, go to your emergency dentist so that they can repair the affected teeth. If fractured teeth are not fixed, they can become infected, and disease may spread to the head, neck, and other parts of the body.

 

Toothache

In some instances, a toothache causing significant pain and discomfort may be a reason to see a dental emergency. An infection in the tooth’s nerve is commonly the cause of a toothache. Should you be suffering from severe tooth pain accompanied by fever, swelling, tooth sensitivity to temperature changes, and other symptoms, it is an oral emergency. Leaving the toothache alone can result in more pain, as the infection spreads and leads to further complications such as tooth loss.

 

Premier Dental Provides Emergency Dental Care

Premier Dental offers many emergency dental services. Should you be experiencing severe, pain, swelling, tooth loss, or any other conditions that require urgent care, contact our office in Lee’s Summit immediately. Our team of experts will work swiftly and meticulously to alleviate pain and solve the issue. Contact us to receive reliable emergency dental care.

Related Article: Dr. Stephan Caye, DDS: Your Local Dentist in Lee’s Summit

Dr. Caye at Premier Dental will do his best to accommodate you with a same day appointment.  Please call our office at 816-600-6330 and follow the prompts. Your call will be redirected to our emergency dental care line so we can connect with you quickly.

Fast thinking and swift action can mean the difference between saving a tooth and losing it. Premier Dental has the tools and the experience to get you out of pain and back to your daily activities quickly. Remember, delaying treatment for a dental emergency may increase the risk of permanent damage resulting in more extensive and costly dental treatments in the future.

 

Thank you for your understanding and support during this time. Please be assured that we are here for you, and we welcome all communications.

Stay healthy and keep Smiling!
Stephan Caye, DDS & Team

816-600-6330

 

 

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Are you ready to straighten your smile? Do you have an overbite or underbite? Would you like to fix the space between your teeth or are they too crowded? ClearCorrect clear aligners could be a perfect fit!

Gone are the days when you had to endure metal braces for several years to make these smile corrections.

ClearCorrect, a clear aligner system used to straighten teeth as an alternative to traditional braces, with a series of clear, custom-made, removable aligners that gradually move teeth a little bit at a time to eventually correct the teeth.

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We’re SMILING because February is National Childrens Dental Health Month and we LOVE our Little Patients!! When you have small kiddos, like we do, it can be overwhelming to make sure you’re doing “all the things” to keep these tiny humans healthy and happy! To take some of the guess work out of this subject, we’re going to focus this blog on some questions about childrens dental health that we, as dental professionals AND parents, can answer.

First, let’s explain what National Childrens Dental Health Month is … it was introduced in the month of February by the American Dental Association as an observance to bring together thousands of dedicated dental professionals, healthcare providers, and educators to promote the benefits of good oral health to children, their parents, caregivers, teachers and many others.

For us, it’s a great opportunity to promote the benefits of childrens dental health, because developing healthy dental habits at an early age, including brushing and scheduling regular dental visits, helps children get a good start on a lifetime of healthy teeth and gums.

We want our patients to have beautiful, healthy smiles and we love to help educate families about their dental health, so let’s get started!

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cosmetic-dentistry

Dentistry has traditionally focused on oral hygiene and preventing, diagnosing and treating oral disease. However, dentists who are highly skilled at cosmetic dentistry procedures give their patients additional options to improve the appearance of their teeth, smile and mouth. In other words, restorative dentistry, also referred to as general and/or family dentistry practices address dental problems that require necessary treatment; whereas cosmetic dentistry provides elective – or desired – treatments and services.

 

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Do you have a toothache, but are a little unsettled at the thought of needing root canal therapy? We can get your questions answered and put you at ease. These are some of the questions we’ve gotten from our patients: What is a root canal? Can I avoid getting a root canal? What are the symptoms? And … will it hurt? (more…)

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Losing teeth can be frustrating and upsetting. Thankfully, there are two wonderful options that can bring your smile, and your dental health, all together and looking beautiful. These options are dentures and dental implants, but what’s the difference between the two? Let’s dive into what you need to know to make the best decision for yourself: Dentures vs Dental Implants.

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Eating Disorders Can Cause Dental Problems

The body is all interconnected. When something is wrong in one area, other areas can also be greatly affected. Eating disorders are an example of this phenomenon within the body.

Related Article: Oral Health Problems and Overall Health: How Connected Are They?

When you experience an eating disorder, other parts of your body, such as your teeth and gums, may be affected in a way you never thought possible. For example, eating behaviors can affect your oral health in many ways, such as:

  • Dry mouth
  • Tooth decay
  • Soft palate damage
  • Tissue/enamel loss
  • Redness and cuts inside the mouth
  • Discoloration
  • And more

See more information HERE regarding signs, symptoms, side effects and dental problems caused by bulimia from EatingDisorderHope.com.

Related Article: Tooth Decay: Don’t Be A Statistic 

Your Dentist Can Help

According to Eating Disorder Hope, “dentists are recognized as being some of the first health care professionals to whom a previously undiagnosed eating disorder patient (EDP) may present.”

Read more on the resources provided by Eating Disorder Hope HERE.

Dentists can be essential in identifying the first signs of an eating disorder. Without identifying dental issues, someone could live with an eating disorder for years without any help. If your dentist asks you about your signs or symptoms, consider being honest and open with them to take the first step toward recovery and improved oral health.

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The internet tells us a lot of things. Most of us probably hop on social media every day and we see friends and family share stories, recipes, photos, and more. However, you can’t always believe what you see on the internet. Thankfully, the same cannot be said about CEREC same day crowns, also known as CEREC crowns.

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It’s a busy time of year. Our stomachs are already grumbling in anticipation of roasted turkey and pumpkin pie. Our minds are busy thinking about Christmas presents and holiday breaks from the workroom. In the hustle and bustle of everyday life, it’s easy to forget to take care of ourselves and instead get lost in the busyness of it all. However, no matter how busy we may be, it’s so vital to keep up with our oral health and hygiene. No one wants to worry about a cavity or a filling around the holidays, and that’s why it’s crucial to check in with your dentist before the end of the year.

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‘Tis the Season to Use It OR Lose It

Walk into almost any store in the next few days and you’ll see a slew of Christmas decorations. While some of us may be surprised to see aisles full of blow-up Santa’s and sparkling Rudolph’s, the truth is, the end of the year is approaching quickly and is a busy time. Our schedules often fill up with family events, holiday parties, and to-do lists, so it can be easy to forget about scheduling our dental appointments. It’s important to make the most out of your dental benefits before the end of the year because any remaining benefits will not rollover into the next year.

Find out more about How Dental Insurance Works.

Maximize your Dental Insurance Plan… Here’s How:

  • Know your dental insurance plan benefits. When you know what your deductible and maximum limits are, you’ll know how to plan out your treatments. It’s helpful to talk with your insurance company to know what treatments are covered and at what percentage. Then, you won’t be surprised with a higher dental bill than anticipated and can plan for any treatments that aren’t fully covered.

 

  • Preventative services are so important! Cleanings and other preventative services are often free with any dental insurance plan. So, not only are you getting services for free, you’re avoiding more expensive services in the future by keeping your oral health in top notch condition!

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