The health of your mouth affects more than the beauty of your smile, and at Premier Dental in Lee’s Summit we believe in practicing a total wellness approach toward your dental care. When damage and decay occur, our restorative options include mercury and metal-free fillings. Our digital x-rays limit your exposure to radiation. Our dental team utilizes innovative diagnostic technology to promote a safer, healthier office environment for everyone.
Ultimately, our holistic methods are designed to enhance your experience from start to finish. With this whole health goal in mind, we believe we can preserve the aesthetics of your smile, help to improve or maintain your health at the highest level, and restore function to your bite.
Fillings are used to replace small to moderate sized areas of teeth that have been damaged due to tooth decay or trauma. “Tooth–colored fillings” are designed to match the color of your natural teeth. These composite resin fillings can be used for the treatment of a new cavity or to replace your old silver, amalgam or dark fillings.
The remaining tooth is actually supported and these fillings preserve more of your natural tooth than the old amalgam fillings. You will be able to maintain or restore the healthy and youthful appearance of your smile with a composite filling, as it treats the cavity and strengthens your tooth.
When trauma affects your teeth, Dr. Caye offers options such as tooth-colored fillings and porcelain inlays and onlays to seamlessly restore their natural appearance. These aesthetic restorations can improve the look and health of your teeth.
A dental inlay is used to replace moderate sized area of teeth that have been damaged due to tooth decay or trauma that are too large to be repaired by fillings.
Dental inlay restorations are fabricated from porcelain and are more durable and esthetically pleasing.
An onlay allows us to restore your tooth without removing any healthy tooth structure.
Just as a dental inlay, onlays are fabricated outside of the mouth and are typically made out of porcelain.
A tooth that is severely broken down, has cracks, or has had a root canal may require a dental crown to reinforce the tooth. Dental crowns will allow your tooth to function normally again without worrying about the tooth cracking.
A dental crown is a type of dental restoration which completely caps or encircles a tooth or dental implant. Dental crowns are often needed when a large cavity threatens the ongoing health of a tooth. Porcelain crowns are often used to improve the strength or appearance of teeth.
Not only is oral health affected when a person loses teeth, so is their self-confidence. Dentures, implants and bridges have the ability to restore the way our patients eat, talk, and smile with confidence. We strive to design these restorations to look, feel and function like natural teeth.
Dental implants offer a permanent replacement for missing teeth and an effective solution that will look and feel as natural as your original teeth.
When a tooth is lost, the bone that used to be supporting it quickly disappears. This leads to shifting teeth, tooth trauma and periodontal disease; aging of facial features and unnatural gums around a future tooth replacement; lack of bone support for future tooth replacement. Dental Implants prevent this bone loss and act as support to replace anything from a single tooth to every tooth!
Implants are different than dentures. We like to explain dental implants as artificial roots that can be permanently placed on the patient’s jaw bone. As the gum tissue and bone grow around the dental implant, they become a permanent anchor. The natural-looking ceramic restorations can be made by Dr. Caye. This gives our patients a natural-looking result that is attractive, yet helps to improve chewing, maintain bone and prevent teeth from changing positions. Dental implants can even prevent future problems with the patient’s bite.
If you are looking for an alternative to dentures, we highly suggest dental implants.
A Dental bridge is a fixed dental restoration used to replace a missing tooth by joining an artificial tooth permanently to adjacent teeth or dental implants.
Types of dental bridges may vary, depending upon how they are fabricated and the way they anchor to the adjacent teeth.
Dentures and partial dentures are removable appliances that replace teeth when implants and bridges are not an option. They can be supported by remaining healthy teeth, implants, or they can replace all teeth. If you’ve lost all of your natural teeth, whether from gum disease, tooth decay or injury, replacing missing teeth will benefit your appearance and your health.
When you lose all of your teeth, facial muscles can sag, making you look older. Dentures make it easier to speak and eat and can help fill out the appearance of your face and profile. Your appearance doesn’t have to change, because dentures can be made to closely resemble your natural teeth or may even improve the look of your smile.
When you have healthy remaining teeth, Dr. Caye may suggest a partial denture to close the gaps in your smile. Partials contain as many prosthetic teeth as necessary to fill in the spaces left by missing teeth. Partial Dentures fit with existing teeth like a puzzle and can be secured to hidden clasps or dental implants and, unlike a bridge, they are removable.
Removable partial dentures can be used to replace one tooth or several missing teeth with natural-looking results. These custom restorations are made with the highest-quality materials and attention to detail to create a natural look and ensure a comfortable fit.
We treat all of our denture patients like Smile Makeover patients because we are restoring a patient’s smile. Because of this, we make a fantastic set of cosmetic dentures for our patients.
Full dentures are complete rows of prosthetic teeth for both your upper and lower jaw, affixed to gum-colored bases. Patients typically use natural suction or adhesives to keep their dentures in place; however, sometimes lower dentures can slip. If you wear dentures for a long time, your gum ridges can wear down, which also increases slippage. Another way you can effectively keep your dentures in place is through implant-supported dentures.
You still need to practice good dental hygiene, brush your gums, tongue and roof of your mouth every morning with a soft-bristled brush before you insert your dentures to help remove plaque, stimulate circulation in your tissues and keep them from staining.
Continue to schedule regular dental appointments and checkups. And if you have any questions about your dentures, or if they become damaged or stop fitting well, contact our office so we can help.
When you are in need of urgent dental care, you can count on Dr. Caye and his team at Premier Dental to deliver the high-quality treatment you need right away. Urgent root canals and other dental emergencies require timely care in order to alleviate pain and address problematic damage or infection.
Severe pain, tooth damage, and broken or malfunctioning dental work can be incredibly uncomfortable and have a significant effect on your ability to function. Some dental concerns can even increase risks to your overall health. When a dental emergency arises, swift, effective treatment is the key to restoring dental health, comfort, and confidence.
Dental emergencies may include:
If you need emergency dental treatment, call Premier Dental at 816-600-6330 as soon as possible to schedule an appointment. We will do our very best to accommodate you and get you the prompt treatment necessary to address your concerns and help you feel better.
If you have lost a tooth or are in pain, click here for the American Dental Association’s guidelines to save your tooth.
Endodontics (root canal therapy) is a dental procedure used to repair and save a tooth that is badly decayed or has become infected.
Root canal treatment is performed when the nerve of the tooth becomes infected or the pulp becomes damaged. During the procedure, the nerve and pulp is removed and the inside of the tooth is cleaned and sealed to prevent further decay. Once this is accomplished, a dental crown is placed on top of the tooth to fully restore its natural structure, function, and appearance.
In severe cases, the infection can cause an abscess (infection) at the base of the tooth’s root. Untreated infection can lead to serious overall health risks and should be addressed as soon as possible.
You may experience the following symptoms (or possibly none at all) when you are in need of a root canal:
Root canal procedures have the unfortunate reputation of being uncomfortable. Actually, this procedure is no more painful than having a cavity filled. The discomfort experienced in the time leading up to a root canal is the painful part, not the root canal procedure itself.
We can remove wisdom teeth before or after they have erupted; however, to reduce pain and the risk of infection from impacted wisdom teeth, we normally recommend early extractions.
Implants can give you a reliable, natural-feeling option for replacing lost teeth. A dental implant is an artificial tooth root that is surgically placed into your jaw to hold an implant to attach a replacement tooth or bridge. Dental implants may be an option for people who have lost a tooth or teeth due to an injury or periodontal disease. The surgery and restorative treatment can be completed in our office. Depending on the type of implant chosen and your specific condition, Dr. Caye will customize a treatment plan based on your specific needs.
Premier Dental features the latest technology in order to deliver the highest-quality dentistry in Lee’s Summit. CEREC CAD/CAM (computer aided design/computer aided manufacturing) is the most versatile tool in our office and its primary advantage is that we can fix broken down teeth in a single visit. This eliminates the need for messy impressions and waiting two weeks or more while wearing a temporary crown. Read more about CEREC one-day crowns here.