Like other cancer screenings, the one for oral cancer is intended to detect early warning signs before a patient begins to exhibit symptoms. This is particularly important with oral cancer. Firstly, both oral and throat cancer are often curable when they are found early and treated quickly. Secondly, the five-year survival rate for people diagnosed with this disease is only slightly more than 64 percent. Therefore, early detection is critical in order begin treatment before cancer has a chance to metastasize to lymph nodes in the neck. That’s why your dentist in Lenexa takes the time at each dental checkup to conduct a screening for oral cancer.
Dr. James Craig Blog
March 2, 2018
February 5, 2018
February is National Children’s Dental Health Month. Every year, the American Dental Association chooses a theme for this worthwhile campaign. This year the theme is, “Brush your teeth with fluoride toothpaste and clean between your teeth for a healthy smile.” That’s exactly what you and your children need to do at home to maintain healthy teeth and gums. But let’s talk about your children’s oral health and what happens when they have an appointment with the dentist in Lenexa. Like brushing and flossing, regular dental checkups are very important.
January 2, 2018
In recent years, a variety of reports have been published warning that fluoride is a neurotoxin and can lead to lower IQ scores in children. Dr. Craig, your family dentist in Lenexa, cautions that this information should be taken with a grain of salt, as the saying goes. The truth is that fluoride—in the right amount—plays an important role in preventing tooth decay and maintaining good oral health.
December 17, 2017
Can you believe 2018 is just around the corner? Where did the last 12 months go? Well, we can’t exactly answer that question for you, but we can help you get ready for the New Year with a smile that is healthy and bright. As a matter of fact, now is a great time to make sure you and the family are up to date on dental cleanings and any necessary restorative work. Why? Because this is when you need to maximize your dental insurance benefits and see the dentist in Lenexa.
August 29, 2017
The word “denture” often calls to mind an elderly person with a sunken in face, oversized and obviously false teeth, and a lifetime of eating mush. When properly crafted, dentures can look, feel, and function just like healthy, natural teeth. Restorative dentistry services like partial and full dentures are essential to ensure you’ll be able to complete the simplest daily tasks following even the most advanced tooth loss. Replacing missing teeth makes it easier for you to speak, chew, laugh, and smile with confidence in any social or professional situation.
July 1, 2017
If you have made the decision to invest in your oral health and quality of life with dental implants in Lenexa, that’s great! You are choosing the most successful and predictable form of tooth replacement. You will regain a complete smile with a solution that closely looks and functions like natural teeth. However, unlike other prosthetics, it does involve a multi-phased treatment process that requires a lifelong commitment. We understand that you have plenty of questions about the procedure. As your dentist, Dr. James S. Craig has the answers you need to put your mind at ease.
June 28, 2017
If you are looking for the very best dentist in Lenexa, KS, you may feel overwhelmed with a number of options. It’s great that there are so many dentists providing care for our region, but it’s also difficult to narrow down the list — unless you know what you are looking for. Dr. James S. Craig and our team offer something a little different from what you will find in other dental practices: high-quality dentistry with a focus on patient care.
May 31, 2017
Recently, we realized that we may have been neglecting to do something. It’s not anything that has to do with our excellent care — rather, we maybe haven’t been giving credit where credit is due. The fact is we simply couldn’t provide superior dental care in Lenexa without the other dental specialists we work with. There are many outstanding specialty practices in our area that we are grateful for. There is more to delivery of great care other than clinical excellence, and we appreciate our partner specialists because they treat our patients as we would wish to be treated. That’s how we view our philosophy of treatment.
May 15, 2017
Do you have several missing, cracked or failing teeth? Are multiple crowns, fillings and cosmetic defects detracting from the appearance of your smile and from your self-confidence? Is your dental bite misaligned, causing painful jaw joint dysfunction or teeth grinding issues? You may be a candidate for full mouth reconstruction by your dentist in Lenexa, Dr. James Craig. Much more than a simple smile makeover, full mouth reconstruction restores how your smile looks, feels and functions. According to the American College of Prosthodontists, these procedures are planned and accomplished comprehensively, optimizing your total oral health, function and smile aesthetics.
April 22, 2017
How can you prevent and treat gum disease in Lenexa? The American Dental Association recommends daily flossing and twice-daily brushing. However, if periodontal disease already has begun its harmful progression, your dentist in Lenexa, Dr. James S. Craig, will assist you in controlling this harmful oral health condition so your teeth and your overall well-being benefit.