Leawood General Dentistry

General and Preventative Dentistry For Your Family

At Schutte and McKnight, we stress preventive care to deter dental problems and maintain optimal oral wellbeing. Our experienced general dentists want your smile to last a lifetime, so they offer comprehensive therapies for strong, healthy mouths.

Checkups are crucial to maximize smiles and minimize damage caused by tooth decay and gum disease. If you suffer from bruxism (teeth grinding) or TMJ disorder, our dentists offer specially made oral appliances that alleviate discomfort and restore optimal function. We protect the smiles of our athletic patients with custom-fitted mouthguards that defend against sports-related oral injuries. Caring for your smile is what we do best!

Dental Sealants for Cavity Protection

Many people have deep pits and grooves in their teeth where bacteria and food particles can hide and cause decay. Children with poor brushing habits may also develop decay on hard-to-reach molars. For situations like these, dental sealants offer a means of protecting molar and premolar chewing surfaces from decay. Recognized by the American Dental Association as a key means of cavity prevention, dental sealants are simply a thin plastic film that can be applied teeth.

First, we identify and fill any spots of decay, then prepare your teeth with a cleaning and etching solution. After about 15 seconds, we thoroughly rinse the solution, dry the surface, coat your teeth with the sealant, and harden it with a curing light. The entire procedure is fast, easy, and comfortable. It takes about 10 to 45 minutes, depending on the number of teeth to seal.

Dental sealants create an impenetrable physical barrier for small food particles and cavity-causing bacteria, making them highly effective in preventing tooth surface decay and the resulting cavities. Dental sealants can last up to ten years. Most insurance companies only cover sealant procedures at a minimal level, but the good news is that insurance companies seem to be recognizing this technique's value as a preventive measure that will help reduce future dental costs and more aggressive treatments. Ask us about dental sealants for you and your kids today!

Athletic Mouthguards

Exercise is an important part of a healthy lifestyle. But did you know that almost 40% of all athletic injuries involve the face? Drs. McKnight and Konz preserve smiles with custom-fitted mouthguards that protect against sports-related oral injury.

A mouthguard is a customized oral tray made of easy-to-clean acrylic. It covers teeth to defend your smile, lips, tongue, face, and jaw. Your dentist will take an impression of your teeth to ensure optimal fit and comfort. The ADA recommends mouthguards for a variety of activities, including running, tennis, cycling, and skiing. Your smile is important. A mouthguard can keep it strong, healthy, and intact!

A healthy smile is integral to a healthy sense of well-being. Call Schutte & McKnight Dentistry today to reserve an appointment with Dr. McKnight or Dr. Konz. We’re proud to provide patient-centered general, cosmetic, and restorative dentistry to patients from Leawood, Prairie Village, Overland Park, Kansas City, MO and surrounding areas.