September 8, 2015
If you’ve got a cavity, there’s no way around it — it’s got to be filled. Leaving tooth decay untreated leads to even more serious problems down the road, like root canals or teeth that need to be pulled. There’s no way around it: the simplest way to deal with decay is to face it now, and get a filling.
You don’t have an option in getting a filling, but you do have options in what the filling is made out of. These days, you don’t have to fill your mouth with silver and gold — and we want you to know that you shouldn’t. At Midwest Dental Center, we use composite fillings, also known as tooth-colored fillings, to give you a high-quality fix that looks just like your natural tooth.
September 3, 2015
Maybe you know Dr. Kendrick as your own trusted dentist in Midway City — but did you know he’s an expert in little smiles, too? That’s right. Dr. Kendrick knows how crucial good dental care is for Oklahomans of all ages, and that’s why he begins seeing little patients at the age of two or three, once all of their primary teeth have erupted. That may seem a little young for a trip to the dentist, but tooth decay can begin with your child’s very first tooth.
July 30, 2015
Damaged teeth can be a real drag on your confidence. Nobody in their right mind wants a smile that’s full of teeth that have seen better days. In the past, certain restoration services like crowns, inlays, onlays or dental veneers would require extensive treatment. One procedure after another and excessive waiting time in-between each appointment were the norm. It’s a good thing there are intelligent people working in the dental industry. It’s these people who bring dental technology to the forefront, and the same rings true for the revolutionary CEREC Same Day Crowns system. It’s a state-of-the-art procedure that leaves has you in and out in one visit, and our office in Midwest City, OK houses this fantastic technology. If you’re ready to rid yourself of the pain and discomfort that damaged teeth cause, we’d like you to look into CEREC.
June 30, 2015
Repairing your tooth can be an excruciating experience, but it doesn’t have to become one. Anyone who has spent time sitting in a dental operating chair has probably encountered the same situation: there’s a tooth that has a big cavity or has broken. After examining the tooth, a dentist tells you it has to be repaired. Should a large filling in the tooth or dental crown be placed? The experts at Midwest Dental Center in Midwest City, OK offer restorative dentistry options, including CEREC same-day crowns, that will help restore your mouth to its natural state.
What Is A Dental Crown and Filling?
Before we get into which procedure would fit your situation best, it’s important to understand the differences between the two.
Fillings are dental restorations that sit within the walls of a tooth. A filling will simply fill in a missing portion of a tooth to restore it back to its original shape. The size and shape of the hole that must be filled in will determine the success of the filling. Good example: if a large amount of tooth damage has occurred, it’s easy to understand how the walls of the tooth that will hold the filling in place may be thin and weak. The larger the hole, the less strength the tooth will have.
Whereas a filling sits within the confines of a tooth, a dental crown cups over it. Also, a dental crown is made in a dental laboratory and customized to fit the exact specifications of your mouth. The materials used to create crowns are much stronger and less likely to break than those used to make dental fillings.
Our Restorative Dentistry Services
You can count on Dr. Kendrick and his staff to bring your smile back to its absolute best. Don’t leave a harmed smile untreated – it can compromise your overall oral health. Midwest Dental Center can rejuvenate your look! Our restorative dentistry team is ready to repair your teeth because everyone deserves a healthy mouth.
Our services include:
- Dental implants
- CEREC one-visit crowns
- Tooth fillings
- Crown and bridge therapy
- Root canals
Our team will take swift action to correct anything that is wrong. You can trust Dr. Kendrick to work as hard and diligently as possible to get your mouth the care it deserves.
Schedule an Appointment
Our office in Midwest City, OK is ready to help! Call and schedule an appointment today so we can get to work as soon as possible. We proudly serve the surrounding communities of Oklahoma City, Del City, Choctaw, Spencer and beyond.
May 17, 2015
According to the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC), approximately half of Americans over the age of 30 have some form of gum disease. That’s a staggering 64.7 million men and women with a chronic infection of the gums, a problem that has been linked with a variety of other serious health concerns. At Midwest Dental Center in Midwest City, OK, Dr. Steven Kendrick and his team offer a comprehensive menu of general and preventive dentistry services, including gum disease therapy.
What’s the Link between Gum Health & Overall Wellness?
When your gums are infected, the bacteria that thrive beneath the gum line are capable of spreading throughout the body via the bloodstream. When this occurs, other tissues and organs in your body are put at an increased risk of disease. In fact, multiple studies and extensive research have shown that untreated periodontal disease contributes the following health concerns:
- Coronary artery disease
- Cancers of the blood and pancreas
- Chronic kidney disease
- Malnutrition due to tooth loss and inability to eat a balanced diet
- Rheumatoid arthritis and osteoporosis
- Respiratory diseases, including pneumonia
- Complications in the treatment of diabetes
- Preterm birth and low birth weight in infants whose mothers have gum disease during pregnancy
- Heart attack
- Alzheimer’s disease
Fortunately, gum disease therapy can help to dramatically reduce your chances of developing these and other serious medical concerns. When it comes to gum disease, prevention is always best; if, however, your gums do succumb to infection, our team is here to help.
Schedule Your Visit Today
Have you noticed any of the telltale signs of gum disease, including sensitivity, gum recession, and bleeding when you brush or floss? If so, there’s never been a better time to schedule an appointment with Dr. Kendrick and his caring, experienced team. Contact us today to learn more about gum disease therapy and how it may reduce your risk of potentially life-threatening health conditions. Our family-friendly dental practice proudly serves patients from throughout Oklahoma City, Midwest City, Del City, Choctaw, and beyond.
April 17, 2015
Persistent tooth pain can greatly impact your daily life, distracting you at work or school and interfering with your normal activities. Severe pain in one or more teeth is often a sign of a root canal infection. This occurs when bacteria gain access to the sensitive inner chambers of your tooth’s root where nerves and blood vessels reside. Fortunately, Dr. Steven Kendrick and his team at Midwest Dental Center provide patients in Midwest City, OK with a full menu of restorative dentistry solutions, including root canal therapy.
Do I Need a Root Canal Treatment?
Only a thorough exam – including digital x-rays – can definitively determine the need for root canal therapy. There are, however, some telltale signs that you can watch out for at home between visits to our office. These include:
- Sensitivity to hot or cold
- Darkening of the tooth
- A recurring pimple on the gum tissue near the affected tooth
- Pain when chewing or when the tooth is tapped
- A throbbing or aching sensation that may grow worse during strenuous activity
If a root canal infection is the cause of your symptoms, Dr. Kendrick and our team will develop a unique treatment plan designed to meet your needs and alleviate your pain. We want you to feel comfortable and informed when it comes to any treatment options we recommend.
Schedule Your Visit Today
Are you suffering daily with tooth pain that doesn’t go away, no matter what you try? Over-the-counter pain medications can only do so much to alleviate the discomfort that accompanies a root canal infection, and failing to treat the problem in a timely manner can lead to even more serious oral health concerns. Contact our office today to schedule your appointment with Dr. Kendrick and our experienced, caring team of oral health professionals. Our practice proudly serves patients from throughout Midwest City, Oklahoma City, Del City, Choctaw, and beyond.
March 17, 2015
As a parent, you do everything can to ensure that your children and happy, safe, and healthy. Why should it be any different when it comes to the health of their teeth and gums? You help them keep up with their brushing and flossing, of course, but there’s more to healthy pearly whites than home hygiene. At Midwest Dental Center in Midwest City, OK, Dr. Steven Kendrick and his team offer a full range of children’s dentistry services to keep your little one’s smile looking and feeling its best.
Pediatric Dentistry Midwest City Parents Can Trust
Pediatric dentistry encompasses everything your child’s teeth and gums need to stay healthy as they grow and change. The American Dental Association and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry agree that children should visit the dentist for the first time by the time they are one year old. Early childhood dentistry sets the stage for a lifetime of good oral health practices.
In order to ensure that your son or daughter gets off on the right track, we offer a comprehensive menu of pediatric dentistry services, including:
- Thorough exams, focusing on proper development and hygiene
- Gentle cleanings
- Fluoride supplements to keep teeth strong
- Dental sealants to keep bacteria away from hard-to-reach spaces
- Metal-free, tooth-colored fillings
- Custom athletic mouthguards for patients who play contact sports
Because we understand that the dentist’s office can prove a scary and unfamiliar place to many children, we work hard to promote a relaxed, comfortable environment where your child can feel safe and positive about the entire experience. We’ll also always keep you informed of the status of your little one’s oral health, so you can feel comfortable in the decisions you make regarding treatment.
Schedule Your Child’s Visit Today
If it has been more than six months since your son or daughter last visited the dentist, there’s never been a better time to schedule an appointment with Dr. Kendrick and his caring, highly trained staff. We will always make sure to take the time to get to know you and your child, ensuring a pleasantly memorable experience at every visit. Contact our office in Midwest City, OK today, and see for yourself what a difference our unique approach can make in your child’s next dental visit. Our family-friendly dental practice proudly welcomes patients from throughout Midwest City and the surrounding areas, including Oklahoma City, Del City, Choctaw, and nearby communities.
Restore Your Smile with Natural Looking Tooth Colored Fillings from Dr. Kendrick in Midwest City, OK
February 17, 2015
How much metal is in your mouth? Dental fillings are necessary to repair cracked, broken, worn down, or decayed teeth. In the past, to treat a damaged tooth or cavity, dentists would remove the decayed area of your tooth and then use amalgam (silver) dental filling to restore the remaining portion. Today however, modern dentists like Dr. Kendrick, utilize healthier and more natural-looking metal-free tooth colored fillings to restore damaged or decaying teeth. If you still have a mouthful of metal, it’s time to upgrade your dental restorations. Make a restorative dentistry appointment with Dr. Kendrick for your new tooth colored fillings today. Midwest Dental Center delivers quality care daily throughout Midwest City, OK, Del City, Oklahoma City, Choctaw, and the surrounding communities.
What Are Tooth Colored Fillings?
A tooth colored filling is made of naturally colored composite plastic and glass. Tooth colored fillings are placed in layers and are instantly cemented with special curing lights, and then gently polished to prevent staining and wear.
Why Are Tooth Colored Fillings Becoming So Popular?
Tooth colored fillings are becoming the preferred restorative material of both dentists and patients for several reasons, including:
- Esthetics: Metal or silver fillings stand out from your natural tooth enamel and can cause cosmetic concerns.
- Less Invasive: Metal fillings require the destruction of more of your natural tooth structure, where as tooth colored fillings leave more of your healthy tooth structure in place.
- Discoloration: Metal fillings can turn your remaining tooth structure grey.
- Fracturing: Metal dental fillings expand and contract more than tooth colored composite material which leads to a higher incidence of cracks and fractures over time.
- Long Term Health: In addition to patients who experience allergic reactions to metals, recent studies have raised health concerns over the long term effects of amalgam material in patients. Dental amalgam is made up of about 50% mercury, a known toxin. Prolonged mercury exposure has been associated with brain and central nervous system diseases and other serious medical conditions.
For over 150 years dentists relied upon dental amalgam exclusively. They believed metal restorations created “stronger teeth.” However, metal actually contributes to further tooth damage by allowing additional decay and fracturing to occur. Tooth colored fillings have the ability to closely mimic your natural teeth in both form and function. They also bond with your natural tooth material to support the remaining structure and prevent breakage and structural changes. Replace your old metal fillings to improve and protect your dental and overall health today. Make an appointment with Dr. Kendrick for new tooth colored fillings. Midwest Dental Center is the leading restorative dentistry of Midwest City, OK, Del City, Oklahoma City, Choctaw, and the neighboring communities.
January 17, 2015
Do you need a smile overhaul? When it comes to dental care, nobody’s perfect. Despite our best intentions, sometimes dental decay and gum disease can damage our healthy teeth and gums. That’s why Dr. Kendrick offers preventative and restorative dental care. Restorative dentistry gives us a “second chance” to take care of our natural teeth and preserve our smiles. Midwest Dental Center offers a comprehensive selection of restorative treatments to get you smiling again. Make your restorative dentistry appointment with Dr. Kendrick today to renew the natural beauty and function of your teeth. Midwest Dental Center is trusted by families throughout Midwest City, OK, Del City, Oklahoma City, Choctaw, and the surrounding communities.
What Is Restorative Dentistry?
Restorative dentistry describes any procedure or treatment to repair broken, infected, or otherwise damaged teeth, gums, and tissue.
What Are Your Restorative Dentistry Options?
- Dental Implants: Dental implants are fast becoming the preferred choice for patients with missing teeth. Implants are permanently placed in the jaw to prevent painful and embarrassing shifting of tooth restorations.
- CEREC One-visit Crowns: CEREC crowns can be designed, fabricated, and permanently placed in just one short visit thanks to new digital technologies.
- Fillings: Metal or tooth-colored dental fillings can restore teeth that have been damaged by cavities or dental injury.
- Crown and Bridge Therapy: When one of your teeth becomes severely damaged or decayed, a dental crown can act as a protective cover, strengthening the tooth for normal functioning and preventing further deterioration. For multiple missing teeth, dental bridges can literally “bridge the gap” over your remaining teeth.
- Root Canals: Infected and inflamed tissue in the tooth pulp (inner tooth) can cause severe pain and discomfort, eventually leading to tooth extraction. Root canal therapy can safely and effectively remove infected tissues and restore the tooth to normal functioning.
Remember it’s never too late to transform your smile with quality restorative dental treatment. Make an appointment with Dr. Kendrick for the restorative dental care you need today. Midwest Dental Center provides comprehensive restorative dentistry services to patients of all ages throughout Midwest City, OK, Del City, Oklahoma City, Choctaw, and nearby areas.
January 3, 2015
Welcome to the brand-new website of Dr. Steven Kendrick and his dedicated dental team! Here, we’re going to share with you more information about the wide variety of services and treatments we can offer patients in and around the Midwest City area, from simple, thorough general dentistry care to more complex restorative procedures for smiles suffering from damage or decay. Here at Midwest Dental Center, we don’t just want to treat your teeth and send you off – we want to create a connection with you that we hope will last for years to come. With the help of our advanced technology, cozy comforts, and friendly, welcoming staff, we hope to give you something to smile about every time you leave our office!
We’re proud of all the amenities and skill we can offer you once you become our patient, and we hope it shows. Learn more about our state-of-the-art office here; you can even take a tour of it here! Additionally, we welcome you to familiarize yourself with Dr. Kendrick’s education background and his various accomplishments here, as well as the rest of our wonderful team. We want you to feel happy and comfortable with us, after all! If you’re interested in seeing some of the smiles we’ve transformed with the help of thorough, personalized dental care, feel free to visit our smile gallery as well.
Please contact us at Midwest Dental Center if you have any questions about our variety of services, or if you’re ready to go ahead and schedule an appointment. We’re happy to welcome patients from Midwest City, Oklahoma City, Del City, and beyond!