McKnight Signature Dental
Boutique-Style Dentistry in Leawood, KS

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs): Other

How can we help you?

We want you to feel confident in your choice of McKnight Signature Dental for your dentistry. 

If you have specific questions that are not listed here on our FAQ page, we invite you to get in touch. Our knowledgeable and professional team is standing by to make sure you have all of the information necessary for an exceptional visit to our dental office.

You can call us at (913) 948-9710 or reach out to us via email on our contact page.

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Some patients come to us with anxiety related to a previous dental experience that left them feeling fearful or with vivid memories of painful procedures. We take a personal approach to dental care and offer a number of amenities to induce relaxation and promote calm.

The Little Comforts

Our team offers a few additional amenities to make your appointment fly by and feel tranquil. Neck pillows, blankets, and a selection of music all help our patients take their minds off of their treatment. Kick back, relax, and let us take care of you while you are with us.

Dr. Abbie McKnight and Dr. Megan Konz are gentle and have a kind and friendly chairside manner that immediately puts patients at ease and gives them the confidence to proceed with the treatments they need for a healthy smile.

Modern Technology for You

We also feature modern technology, including needless injections for periodontal treatments and digital impressions for your comfort and wellbeing. These small details make dental treatment more relaxing, and dare we say, enjoyable!

Contact our female-operated private dental office located in Leawood, KS to discover the ways that we make dentistry less stressful and gentler for the patients we serve.

Are you unhappy with the color of your teeth? There are options for you! First, we must establish if the stain is intrinsic or extrinsic. Extrinsic stains are easier to remove than intrinsic stains.

Extrinsic stain comes for outside of your body. This is common in avid coffee, tea, and wine drinkers. Common food culprits are popsicles, balsamic vinegar, and tomato sauces. These stains can be resolved through professional whitening. The best time to whiten your teeth is after your teeth are professionally cleaned. Make sure and tell us if your teeth are sensitive. We can help with sensitivity when you decide it is time to whiten your teeth.

Intrinsic stain is difficult to remove. It stems from certain antibiotics during pregnancy or development, trauma, and rare genetic disorders. Whitening is not a viable option in these cases. If you want whiter teeth a skilled cosmetic dentist can improve your smile with veneers or crowns. Veneers and crowns cover your teeth eliminating any internal stain from showing and allowing you to smile confidently.

ICON Procedure

Lastly, there is ICON. ICON is a minimally invasive procedure that allows rehydration of your tooth. White lesions created from braces or fluorosis when young can be corrected by ICON. Depending on how many teeth are affected it takes 30 mins to a couple of hours to complete. 

Daily dental home care consists of 2 responsibilities, brushing and flossing. We ask you to brush twice a day, after breakfast and before bed. For those wearing braces we recommend you brush after lunch as well. Believe it or not, there are right and wrong brushing techniques. In order to properly clean your teeth, tilt the head of your brush 45 degrees towards your gums. In a fluid motion pull the brush back and forth while lifting the toothbrush up and down. Make sure you are using a soft toothbrush. If you need a demonstration, ask your hygienist at your next cleaning appointment. Flossing should occur at least once a day. If food commonly gets stuck, pick up the floss more than once daily. There are other dental aids that keep your teeth clean such as proxy brushes and waterpiks. Ask your hygienist what routine is best for you.

The simple answer is no. We use varnish with kids and patients with high caries risk to help arrest caries development. It coats the teeth leaving them feeling sticky. For four hours after application restricts hot beverages and brushing. We do take precaution if you are pregnant or kids under 1 year old.

You should use whatever works best in your hands. Using a mechanical toothbrush is adequate, but for those that have limited dexterity, we find electric toothbrushes work better. They generate a higher oscillation that our hands cannot produce. Ask your hygienist for their recommendation.

Tooth sensitivity can arise for multiple reasons. The most common reason we see is due to root exposure. Throughout your mouths lifespan, you can lose supporting structures, bone and gums, around your tooth. As your bone and gums recede it exposes the roots of your teeth. Your roots are more porous allowing for sweet and hot/cold sensitivity to reach your nerve easier.

Preventing Teeth Sensitivity

You may be asking now “How can I prevent and treat tooth sensitivity?” First and foremost, regularly visit the dentist. Keep your professional cleanings to ensure healthy support of your teeth. Secondly, if you develop this pain start using a sensi-relief toothpaste. Sometimes applying a coating of fluoride helps clog those pores. Talk to your clinician about what products are best for you. It is important to consult with a dentist to rule out any underlying infection.

Brushing your teeth with the proper technique and for a full two minutes each day helps keep teeth and gums healthy. Flossing will clean in between teeth where your toothbrush cannot reach. 

Even with the most diligent home care, plaque still collects beneath the gumline and on the teeth where bristles and floss cannot reach. Without professional dental cleanings in our Leawood dental office, tartar develops and may cause gum irritation and periodontal disease that puts your overall health at risk.

Dental cleanings and exams are a small investment that pays off year-after-year as you maintain excellent oral health. Our hygienists are gentle and will tailor your dental cleanings to meet your needs as they change over the course of your lifetime. Using a combination of ultrasonic and hand instruments, our hygienists will remove tartar and surface stains for that clean, fresh feeling that only comes from a professional teeth cleaning.

When combined with regular dental exams, your dental cleanings will ensure that any issues are detected early when they are easier more affordable to treat.

If you have been putting off your dental exam and cleaning, our Leawood dentists are here to help you get back on track. 

Not if we have anything to say about it! Many people who are concerned about a painful procedure have had a negative experience in the dental office in the past. 

Both Dr. Abbie McKnight and Dr. Megan Konz are compassionate to the painful experiences our patients have had in the past and aim to provide pain-free dentistry that makes a trip to the dental office something you look forward to instead of something that gives you anxiety.

The most powerful anti-anxiety tool we have is our team. Their gentle and kind natures put even the most fearful patients at ease. 

When patients need some additional assistance, we also offer sedation dentistry in our Leawood dental office. Anxiety can make it difficult to get completely numb and makes dental appointments seem lengthy. Oral sedation induces a relaxed state making dental appointments fly by without stress or fear. Oral sedation requires a full medical history to determine if it is safe for you.

Opting for sedation is also popular among patients with a strong gag reflex or who have difficulty sitting still comfortably.

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