October 29, 2015
If your smile has been damaged by age, neglect or an accident, there’s one thing for sure — you owe it to yourself to get it fixed. But you don’t want to spend all your time in the dental chair, or having to take lots of time off work to complete a lengthy procedure. At Midwest Dental Center, we don’t want that for you, either. That’s why we’re proud to offer our neighbors in Midwest City CEREC one day crowns — for a new, improved smile in just one visit to Dr. Steven Kendrick!
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.
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.
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.