1629 Poyntz Ave
Manhattan, KS 66502
712 6th Street
Clay Center, KS 67432
If your oral health is not properly taken care of, your overall health could be at risk. Eric J. Wisdom D.D.S., P.A. is prepared to educate you and your family the proper oral care techniques to take care of your teeth. It's never too early to start dental check-ups and we start with children as early as age 3.
First Visit – We take a complete dental and medical history as well as a saliva test to determine levels of cavity causing bacteria. You will have an examination and x-rays as required. We need to know of any and all allergies, concerns about anesthesia, tooth sensitivity and recurring symptoms of tooth or jaw pain. When you return for your next visit, we will then discuss your diagnosis and our recommendations for the most effective treatment.
We use the latest equipment in dental imaging with the Cone Beam Technology/3D digital radiographs.
Pediatric Dentistry – We begin seeing our littlest patients as young as age 3.
Dental Cleaning – This is where prevention all begins. Having your teeth cleaned twice a year not only rids the teeth of tarter but keeps your gums healthy.
Periodontics – This is the specialty of dentistry which studies supporting structures of teeth, gum diseases and conditions that affect them. It is a deeper level of care of patient’s gum/tissue our hygienist can perform.
Sealants – These are a thin, clear or white coating applied to the biting surfaces of back teeth to protect the deep grooves where cavities often begin. It is less expensive than a filling!
Fillings – These consist of either an amalgam (silver) filling or a resin (tooth colored) filling. If a cavity is not filled when the decay is detected, the cavity can not only get larger but can travel into the nerve of the tooth resulting in a possible abscess and then needing a root canal, then a crown OR extraction (removal) of the tooth.
Crowns and Bridges – A crown is a cover (similar to a thimble) placed over a weakened, broken and largely decayed or root canaled tooth. Often crowns are necessary when a large filling has deteriorated. They are usually made out of porcelain or metal alloys, strengthen and protect your teeth. They are durable and require the same care as your natural teeth do.
A bridge is similar to a crown. However, it is used to replace a missing tooth by joining an artificial tooth permanently to adjacent teeth.
Bonding and Veneers – Bonding is a dental procedure used with a resin (tooth colored material) that improves the overall appearance of teeth.
Veneers are a cosmetic type of dentistry which enhances the beauty of a perfect smile. Veneers are a thin material placed over a tooth either to improve or protect the damaged surface of a tooth. Veneers are less evasive compared to a crown.
Whitening – You can do this at home with professional strength solution and custom made whitening trays. OR you can choose the Supreme Professional Crest Whitening Strips.
Prosthetics – such as Dentures and Partials
Implants – These are a “root” device, usually made of titanium and used to support crowns/bridge work that resemble a tooth/group of teeth to replace missing ones.
Orthodontics – Adult and Pediatric
TMJ – Temporomandibular Disorder, more commonly known as TMJ. This term is used to describe a jaw joint disorder and the muscles that control the joints. The head, neck and facial pain associated with TMD problems often masquerade as a multitude of other conditions. Muscles are attached to the bones and joints which allow our jaw joints to move up and down and side to side. One in every four Americans suffer from one or more of these symptoms:
Pain behind ears
Unexplained tooth pain
Click, pop or grating sounds in jaw joints
Limited mouth opening
Neck pain or stiffness
Earaches, stuffiness or ringing ears
The primary problem can be in the jaw joints, muscles, or a combination. Because symptoms are hidden, people bounce from doctor to doctor in search for answers for pain relief. Many people never think to go to their dentist.
Causes: Trauma (whiplash), blow to the face, arthritis or posture. TMD can also be related to one’s bite. When one of these causes is prolonged, the body starts to compensate in other areas: neck, throat, upper back, arms and pelvis. Stress, tension and muscles spasms.
Treatment: Answer our questionnaire when filling out your patient information for us to determine what is right for you. Some treatments consist of a mouth splint or in a more advanced case, permanent correction with shaping of teeth, orthodontics or a permanent appliance.
Snoring – This can be a warning sign that normal breathing is not taking place during sleep. There are many conditions causing one to snore, but the most serious is a disorder called “sleep apnea”. The ability to maintain regular breathing during sleep is impossible. As a result, they do not receive oxygen their body needs to rejuvenate from proper, restful sleep. This can strain the cardiovascular system. If left untreated, the risk of a heart attack or stroke is increased.
Treatment: A conservative approach is to have a dental appliance made to wear during sleep which gently moved the lower jaw forward causing a positive change in tongue position.
Upper Airway Obstruction Treatment – When an oral evaluation reveals an airway restriction due to chronically enlarged tonsils, an enlarged tongue or soft palate abnormality, a dental appliance can be a successful treatment. To increase breathing potential, sometimes orthodontics can be performed to make additional room for the tongue and widen the arch. An appliance worn during sleep prevents the airway from collapsing by creating extra space.
Since our office treats TMD, we are well aware of the jaw position when making the device.
The cost is inexpensive, it is non-invasive, easily accepted by patients and symptoms can be reversible.