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August 15, 2017

Dental Checkups for Kids and Teens

If your kids have started school, or about to, and you neglected, or just plain forgot about dental checkups for your kids, call Dr. David Schaefer and schedule a dental exam for your children and your teens. Regular dental checkups, Dr. Schaefer recommends twice a year for healthy children and teens will help prevent tooth decay and gum disease. Scheduling regular checkups can also help Dr. Schaefer keep any eye on your kids and teens bite. If a problem is detected, your kids or teens may be referred to an orthodontist for a further evaluation.

According to the American Dental Association, regular dental checkups for kids and teens can also detect any other oral abnormities. If you follow the Schaefer Dental Blog, you will know that oral cancer can be caught and even cured if detected early on.During the checkup, your kids and teens teeth and gums will be checked for tooth decay and gum disease. If gum disease is present, Schaefer Dental may recommend root planing and scaling. If cavities are present, a simple filling may be all that is needed, however, if the cavity is too deep and has damaged the pulp root canal therapy may be necessary. Scheduling twice-yearly dental appointments with Schaefer Dental can help prevent tooth decay, gingivitis, and the more serious periodontal disease.

If your child or teen has been complaining about oral pain, but is cavity and gum disease free, it may have something to do with his or her bite. Dr. Schaefer and his team will be able to determine if your children or teens require orthodontic treatment.

Scheduling regular dental appointments with Schaefer Dental is a necessary part of life, and if you haven’t made your checkups, call or click. Schaefer Dental can determine if your kids and teens have dental problems and get them back on the road to healthy teeth and gums.

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May 15, 2017

Root Canal Therapy is it Necessary?

Root canal therapy may be necessary if you have been ignoring that small toothache. Unfortunately, tooth decay will not go away, and if you have cavities, you could be asking for problems.

According to Dr. David Schaefer, root canal therapy removes the dead nerves and tissue. Called, pulp, those nerves and tissue are what tells you that you have tooth decay. However, not all cavities will present themselves, making it nearly impossible to detect the need for root canal therapy. Only a dentist can determine if therapy is necessary.

Endodontic treatment is necessary if the pulp in your tooth becomes inflamed or infected. There are a variety of issues that could cause the problem, including chips or cracks in a tooth or teeth, repeated dental procedures, large cavities, and teeth that are deeply decayed.

Avoiding root canal treatment could cause infection and even an abscess. If left untreated an abscess could cause serious problems and even death.

The Treatment

If Dr. Schaefer recommends root canal therapy, the infected nerves and tissue will be removed using special instruments to thoroughly clean the area. After the inside has been cleaned, the tooth roots will be disinfected and cleaned before filling and sealing. In some cases, a dental crown may be recommended to strengthen the damaged tooth.

Front teeth have one root canal while your back teeth have multiple root canals. Root canal therapy usually requires between one and three visits dependent on which tooth requires the treatment. If you have curved roots or more canals, you may need additional dental appointments to complete your root canal therapy.

A healthy mouth starts with regular dental checkups, and if you have been skipping your dental visits because of a nagging toothache, it is time to call or click and schedule an appointment with Dr. David Schaefer.

Don’t risk infection or a dangerous abscess, call or click and schedule a comprehensive dental examination with Dr. Schaefer today.

January 15, 2017

Precise Laser Dentistry Independence, MO

Laser dentistry in Independence, MO could be the answer if you have been avoiding the dentist because of the drill. Laser dentistry is the painless way to repair cavities and even help with gingivitis.

Dr. David A. Schaefer in Independence, MO is trained to provide you with a painless dental solution that offers patients less pain and can even help reduce post procedural infections.

Cosmetic Dentistry

Laser dentistry in Independence, MO is used for gum treatments, and if your gums are too long, and your dentist has suggested surgery, talk to Dr. Schaefer about laser dentistry for your gums. With laser dentistry, the procedure is quick and efficient as it pinpoints the incision, and best of all, your gums are less susceptible to infection as the area is cauterized during the procedure. There is also evidence that laser dentistry offers patients a shorter recovery time.

Restorative Dentistry

Because laser dentistry in Independence, MO is so powerful, Dr. Schaefer uses it to get rid of tooth decay for both dental fillings and root canal therapy. Dental lasers are able to penetrate the enamel successfully while cleaning out the bacteria. That means no more drilling, which can be uncomfortable to say the least.

Gum Disease Therapy

Laser dentistry is so precise, that Dr. Schaefer uses it for gum disease therapy. The diseased tissue can be cut away with laser dentistry getting rid of the bacteria in the periodontal pockets. Laser dentistry in Independence, MO is usually reserved for patients who have progressed to the more serious periodontal disease. If you have gingivitis, Dr. Schaefer may recommend root planing and scaling for healing.

Thanks to laser dentistry in Independence, MO, you don’t have to avoid the dentist. Call or click and schedule a no obligation laser dentistry consultation with Dr. Schaefer today and have the smile you deserve tomorrow. Call or click now.

June 15, 2016

What You May Not Know about your Teeth

When it comes to teeth and gums, most people are aware that practicing good oral hygiene habits, including brushing twice, flossing once each day, a good healthy diet and regular checkups with your dentist are imperative, but according to Colgate there are a few things that you may not know about your teeth and gums.

  • Kid’s teeth are soft until around the age of 10.
  • A tooth that already has a crown can still have a cavity.
  • Your gum tissue is just as important as teeth.
  • Some prescription and over the counter drugs can increase the risk of cavities.
  • Some water filters that are used at home or the office will remove fluoride.
  • Most bottled water does not contain fluoride.
  • More than 19 percent of children between 2 and 19 have untreated cavities.
  • Allergies can cause tooth clenching or grinding.
  • Dried fruit and sticky candy are just as bad for your teeth.
  • Tooth enamel will not repair itself, although the cementum and dentin, the substances that surround your teeth might.
  • Your mouth harbors 300 different types of bacteria.
  • Chewing sugarless gum after you eat can help you remove food particles. Of course, you still need to brush, but if you can’t do so right away after a meal, sugarless gum will help keep your teeth clean.
  • Cavities don’t always cause pain until they have hit the nerve and the root in your tooth. Schedule regular checkups to prevent dental caries or detect them early enough to prevent large fillings or root canals.
  • Bone recession can cause tooth loss even without any decay present.
  • A recent study at Harvard University stimulated tooth growth in rats and human dental tissue using low-powered lasers to activate stem cells.

If you would like more information regarding your teeth and gums, or would like to schedule an appointment with your dentist for a checkup,

November 15, 2015

What you Eat can Affect your Teeth

During the holidays most people aren’t too concerned about their waistline and will pretty much eat what they like when they like, however, what you eat during the holidays, and any other time of the year for that matter, really can affect your oral health.

The majority of people are aware that brushing twice and flossing once each day along with regular checkups with your dentist can go along way when it comes to keeping your teeth and gums healthy, but so can the foods you eat. Watching what you put in your mouth really can help prevent dental caries and gum disease.

If you are a workout fanatic, but are also a fan of sports drinks and energy drinks, you may want to take a step back as energy and sports drinks are loaded with sugar. Add acid to the mix and the enamel on your teeth is eroding before your eyes. Even if you opt for a sugar free sports or energy drink, you are still dealing with acid. Instead of using this as an excuse to stop working out, opt for water instead. Carry a bottle of water with you to the gym and in a few weeks, you won’t be missing those sugary energy and sports drinks.

When it comes to snacking, most people recommend fruits and vegetables. However, munch on dried fruit and you could be putting your teeth at risk. Dried fruit is full of sugar and because it’s so sticky will get caught in between your teeth. Dried fruit will also stick to the fissures and grooves in your molars. If you enjoy dried fruit, make sure that you rinse after you enjoy.

Although everything in moderation really is the key when it comes to a healthy diet, it is important that you rinse after eating starchy foods. That pretzel that you had after lunch has mostly likely converted to sugar and bacteria happily wearing away the enamel on your teeth. Bread, potato chips, fries, and pretzels will stick to your teeth. Rinse as quickly as possible to help prevent tooth decay.

If you are unsure about your diet, call or click and schedule an appointment with your dentist who can help you choose a healthy diet that is good for your body as well as your teeth and gums.

September 15, 2015

Dental Checkups are Important

If you haven’t been to the dentist in quite some time, you should consider scheduling an appointment with your dentist who can determine if you still have a healthy smile.

According to Oral B, you should have your teeth examined every six months. Even more so if you have a disease such as diabetes that could cause gum disease or excessive dental caries.

Regular professional teeth cleaning and thorough checkups will make sure that your teeth and gums are healthy.

Recent research has indicated that there could be a relationship between gingivitis or periodontal disease and heart disease, diabetes and other systemic diseases. Your dentist explains that it may have something to do with bacteria leaving your gums and flowing into your blood stream.

Health issues aside, regular checkups with your dentist will help you keep your teeth. If you have issues with chips in your teeth or leaking fillings, something more evil could be lurking below those seemingly innocent cracks. Most people have no idea that fillings can be hiding more tooth decay.

When you schedule an appointment with your dentist, he or she will also give you an oral cancer screening. During your oral cancer screening, your tongue, the roof of your mouth and your neck will be checked for signs of anything abnormal. If your dentist detects something that is just not right, you may be referred to a specialist for further investigation. If your dentist has discovered a lump or spot, a biopsy may be necessary.

Don’t wait until you have a toothache, bleeding gums or a lost filling before you schedule an appointment as being proactive about your oral health is imperative if you want to keep your teeth and gums healthy.

Call and schedule an appointment with your dentist today for a thorough dental exam, and don’t forget to ask about an oral cancer screening during your check up as well. Call or click today.

August 15, 2015

Ignoring that Toothache Could Cause Problems

If you have been dealing with a nagging pain that comes and goes it’s time to schedule an appointment with your dentist who can determine what may be causing it.

One of the biggest questions that dentists often deal with is toothaches that come and go as they please. Dentists have often seen patients who had a toothache on Monday, but by the time they sat in the dental chair on Wednesday, the pain was gone.

The Mayo Clinic explains that a toothache can be dull and chronic or sharp and sudden, but there seems to be hundreds of cases that can be quite puzzling. The erratic symptoms may have something to do with your own body’s healing power, but dentists can also misdiagnose a condition that is totally unrelated. If that occurs the patient may have to deal with an unnecessary root canal or even an extraction.

If you have a toothache that seems to disappear only to reappear a month or two later, it is important that you see both your doctor and dentist. Your dentist explains that a toothache that comes and goes could be a sign that you have angina, an inner ear infection, or a sinus infection. If your doctor gives you the all clear, it could be a cracked tooth.

A cracked tooth that is on the inside is quite difficult to diagnose, as it will not always show up on your x-rays. From the onset, your cracked tooth will start with an acute and sharp pain as the cracks can irritate the pulp that is inside of your tooth. Over time your pulp will being to degenerate causing sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures. If the crack in your tooth goes untreated, it may begin to ache on its own without any stimuli such as temperature changes, biting or chewing. However, that chronic pain could suddenly disappear depending on how your pulp reacted to the crack in your tooth. The pulp may die or heal itself within a couple of months, but in most cases, the pain will usually recur. If you do not see your dentist, you may have to deal with an abscess that will most certainly result in a root canal.

Toothaches should never be ignored, and if you are dealing with the mysterious disappearing kind, schedule an appointment with your dentist today.

June 15, 2015

Pulp Disease is More Serious than You Think

Pulp Disease is a serious condition that needs to be taken care of by your dentist as soon as possible. If you suffer from poor oral health, it could lead to pulp disease that may require a root canal or even tooth removal.

Web MD explains that poor oral hygiene is the number one contributor to tooth pain, tooth decay and other tooth and gum conditions. Without good oral hygiene, habits that include brushing twice and flossing once each day, plaque, that sticky film that comes from food particles and other debris, could begin to develop. Plaque will cause dental caries and gum disease.

If cavities are left untreated, the tooth decay can affect the pulp, or center of your tooth. Tooth pulp contains blood vessels, nerves and tissue and if infected will eventually result in pulp disease. If you do not schedule an appointment with your dentist for pulp disease, you could eventually suffer from tooth loss.

According to your dentist you may be suffering from pulp disease if you have any of the symptoms below, which could vary in intensity, however, if the nerves inside your tooth have already died, you may not have any symptoms at all. Symptoms include,

  • Tooth or teeth pain when eating or drinking something cold, hot, or sweet
  • Intense and sudden mouth pain
  • Mouth infections

If you have not seen your dentist for quite some time, it is a good idea to schedule an appointment with your dentist who can give you a clean bill of health when it comes to pulp disease.

There are several types of pulp disease,

  • Reversible Pulpitis
  • Irreversible Pulp Disease
  • Dental Pulp Calcification
  • Dental Pulp Exposure

A mild inflammation, also known as reversible pulpitis can be offset with good oral hygiene; however, a filling may be necessary.

Severe inflammation is a sign of irreversible pulpitis and usually needs a root canal. If a root canal is unsuccessful, tooth removal may be necessary.

Dental nerve compression causes dental pulp calcification. Also called dental pulp stones, root canals are usually the only treatment for this type of pulp disease.

If you have damaged the external covering of your tooth because of a crack or cavity, the pulp may be exposed to bacteria and food particles. A trip to the dentist is imperative to avoid a serious infection.

Although some pulp disease is caused by trauma or injury because of a broken tooth, the majority of pulp disease is normally caused by poor oral hygiene. If you see your dentist regularly, eat a healthy diet rich in fruits and veggies and brush and floss regularly, you may be able to avoid pulp disease all together.

3904 South Lynn Court, Independence, MO 64055 USA
David A. Schaefer, DDS Independence MO dentist (816) 252-0055