Blog Archive

How to Get the Most out of Your Dental Crown Nov 6th, 2022

Dental crowns are a great way to restore damaged teeth, whether due to decay, aging, breaking, or other issues. You don’t want tooth damage or tooth loss to affect your life for the worse in the future. Crowns provide a sensible and effective solution to these dental problems but they...

Flossing: The Key to Good Dental Hygiene Oct 1st, 2022

You know you’re supposed to brush your teeth twice a day and floss once a day. That’s the standard recommendation from dentists.  You’re probably pretty good about brushing your teeth. But when did you last floss? The answer to that question is not so easy. According to the CDC’s National Health...

A Closer Look at How Dental Implants Work Sep 1st, 2022

Dentures and bridges replace only the crown, the visible portion of your tooth above the gumline. These options must also fasten above the gum line, straining other teeth or leaving you with less-than-secure methods to hold artificial crowns in place.  Normally, your natural teeth stimulate bone tissue in your jaw...

Are These Things Making Your Teeth Lose Their Luster? Aug 1st, 2022

Noticing your teeth aren’t as bright and white as they used to be isn’t something you’re likely to smile about. Over time, teeth can lose luster, and your daily habits may contribute to your less-than-perfect smile. At Silver Lake Dentistry in Raymore, Missouri, Dr. Joshua Whitford and Dr. Jessica Whitford knows what it takes...

What to Expect When Choosing Invisalign® Jul 1st, 2022

Invisalign® gives you a way to straighten your teeth and close gaps without the embarrassment of wearing metal braces. At Silver Lake Dentistry, located in Raymore, Missouri, Dr. Joshua Whitford and Dr. Jessica Whitford have been helping patients get straight, healthy smiles for years. Read on to learn more about what you can expect...

How Smoking Impacts Your Teeth Jun 1st, 2022

Your teeth are vital for eating, allowing you to chew your food. They’re also an important part of your appearance, as your pearly whites are the first thing people notice in your smile. When you smoke, both your smile and ability to eat are affected by long-term tobacco use. At Silver...

Need a Root Canal? Here's What to Expect May 1st, 2022

When you get the bad news that you need a root canal, your first reaction may be to feel anxious. However, you’re not in for a painful experience. Procedures are refined to the point where you’ll feel as little with a root canal as you would from a typical filling.  The...

Adjusting to Life With Dentures Apr 4th, 2022

Though dentistry has come a long way since your grandmother’s teeth in a cup, dental implants aren’t an option for everyone. Dentures remain one of the standard options for people missing anywhere from one to all their teeth in the upper or lower arch. At Silver Lake Dentistry in Raymore,...

5 Reasons Dental Veneers May Be Right for You Mar 1st, 2022

There are certain things we have to live with, but having to display imperfect teeth isn’t one of them. Further, thanks to the numerous dental issues that veneers can fix, they can transform your smile within a few office visits. At Silver Lake Dentistry, in Raymore, Missouri, Dr. Joshua Whitford...

When Are Dental Implants Necessary? Feb 1st, 2022

Anytime you lose a tooth, you jeopardize your oral health. It alters your bite, affects tooth wear, and causes bone loss in your jaw. Options are available to replace teeth, from bridges and crowns if you have one or two teeth missing, to full dentures if you’ve lost all your...

4 Common Myths About Dentures Jan 13th, 2022

There’s always been some misconceptions about dentures, no matter how old you are. Unfortunately, not everyone’s teeth are created equally, and you may find yourself needing dentures sooner rather than later. But with so many misconceptions, how do you know what to believe when it comes to dentures? At Silver...

4 Health Benefits of Straighter Teeth Dec 1st, 2021

Straight, even teeth look great and give a strong first impression whenever you show your smile. But did you know that straighter teeth can also have lasting dental and oral health benefits? At Silver Lake Dentistry of Raymore, Missouri, our expert team helps new and existing patients benefit from orthodontics....

What to Expect from Your Smile Makeover Nov 7th, 2021

Your smile is essential to your first impressions, whether that’s at a job interview, on a first date, or when just meeting with a friend. Don’t feel like you have to avoid photos or cover your mouth when you speak. Get a smile you can’t wait to show off with...

Dental Implants: A Game-Changer in Replacing Missing Teeth Oct 11th, 2021

There are many reasons for missing teeth, but just one replacement option that’s truly a game-changer when it comes to replacing them. Whether you are missing one or multiple teeth, dental implants are your number one choice for filling those gaps in your mouth. No one knows that better than...

Crowns vs. Bridges: How Are They Different? Sep 1st, 2021

If you need to have one or more teeth replaced, you have multiple options for dental restoration. Crowns and bridges are two common approaches, and depending on the situation, one may be more appropriate or desirable than the other.  The team at Silver Lake Dentistry in Raymore, Missouri, can help...

Worried About Your Dentist Appointment? Here Are Some Ways You Can Cope With Dental Anxiety Aug 18th, 2021

Around one in five people say they’re afraid of going to the dentist. This can be due to hearing stories about poor dental experiences, a fear of needles or dental tools, or a general phobia about having your teeth worked on. Whatever the cause, being nervous about going to the...

Don't Ignore the Pain: Dental Fillings Can Save Your Teeth Jul 6th, 2021

We know cavities aren’t fun. But ignoring your tooth pain is not the solution. You could develop serious tooth decay that can lead to tooth loss, and even the loss of your jawbone. Infection in your teeth can spread to your gums and even enter your bloodstream, triggering clots that...

Reasons You Shouldn't Worry About Your Root Canal Jun 3rd, 2021

For many people, the words “root canal” are synonymous with pain, even when they’re not sure why. Estimates suggest that about one-quarter of all people have anxiety or even phobia about dental visits. Those nervous about facing root canal therapy are likely more common.  It’s okay to feel nervous about...

Am I a Candidate for Veneers? May 4th, 2021

If smile flaws prevent you from flashing you’re pearly whites, dental veneers could be the answer you’ve been looking for. Veneers are thin shells made of porcelain or resin composite that are permanently affixed to the front of teeth.  At Silver Lake Dentistry in Raymore, Missouri, Dr. Joshua Whitford and...

The Importance of Replacing a Missing Tooth Apr 1st, 2021

As a child, losing a tooth was something you looked forward to. It meant you were going to get a little gift from the Tooth Fairy. It also meant your adult teeth were on their way to fill in the missing spot. But as an adult, losing a tooth doesn’t...

Why More Teens Are Opting for Invisalign® Mar 7th, 2021

Your teenage years are some of the most awkward and self-conscious years of your life. They’re also a time when many kids need orthodontia. In the past, you had to put up with a mouth full of wires, metal brackets, and rubber bands for a few years. Those were painful,...

Pros And Cons Of Dentures: How To Know If They Are Right For You Feb 1st, 2021

Missing teeth can create some uncomfortable and unhappy changes in your life. After all, who wants to smile when you have missing teeth? Fortunately, you have choices to restore your smile. One of the most common ways is with the help of dentures. While they have been around for a...

5 Signs You Might Need a Root Canal Jan 1st, 2021

Tooth pain can stop you in your tracks — you can’t eat, you can’t drink, you can’t sleep. Many things can cause pain in your mouth, and the treatments are just as varied, but if you have a tooth that is severely infected or dying, a root canal may be...

Maintaining a Youthful Face and Other Benefits of Dental Implants Dec 1st, 2020

Only about 48% of women and men in the US still have all their teeth at the age of 64 years. If you’re unfortunate enough to have lost a tooth or teeth to decay, injury, or disease, replacing them with dental implants not only restores your appearance but also helps...

What Causes Cavities? Nov 11th, 2020

Cavities are a big problem in the United States. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), nearly 46% of kids between the ages of 2-19 have cavities, and 13% of them are untreated. Things just get worse as they grow up: More than 91% of adults over...

5 Reasons Patients Love Invisalign® and So Will You Oct 1st, 2020

Wanting a beautiful smile you feel confident sharing with the world is something many people desire. However, being genetically gifted with that naturally dazzling smile isn’t always in the cards. Thanks to the most advanced orthodontic treatment available today, the Invisalign® clear aligning system can deliver what genetics didn’t give...

Are You Experiencing a Dental Emergency? Here Is What You Need to Know Sep 2nd, 2020

A knocked-out, or avulsed, tooth is an obvious and common dental emergency. More than 5 million teeth are knocked out every year. But knocking out a tooth isn’t the only type of dental emergency.  Here at Silver Lake Dentistry in Raymore, Montana, our gifted dentists, Josh Whitford, DDS, and Jessica...

Teeth Whitening is the Quickest Way to Look Years Younger Aug 13th, 2020

Your smile is the first part of yourself you present to the world, whether at work, at home, or on the social scene. That's why you take such good care of your dental health. But did you know teeth whitening can also create a more youthful appearance, making you seem...

Dental Implants: All Your Questions Answered Jul 16th, 2020

Although modern dental implants have existed for over 50 years, they’ve recently become the gold standard for replacing missing teeth. This rise in popularity is partially because of how similar they look and feel to your natural teeth. Today’s modern dentistry practices can help ensure your dental implants are comfortable...

Why You Should Never Ignore a Missing Tooth Jun 12th, 2020

Lots of people lose teeth. We all start out with 32, but by the time we’re 50 years old, statistics show there’s a good chance we’ll have only 20. Age, illness, injury, and infection all take their toll on your teeth. If you’ve lost one or two over the years...