You wouldn’t let your car go more than six months without an oil change, so why do so many adults let their oral maintenance go ignored? Preventive dental care is an investment just like anything else, and the healthy, beautiful smile you get in exchange couldn’t be more valuable. But good dental health is about more than brushing, right? Indeed it is. Keep reading to learn everything you need to know about dental hygiene from your family dentist in Oklahoma City, Dr. Michael Kirk.
December 11, 2015
According to the Oral Cancer Foundation, the most effective way to control oral cancer is to diagnose and treat the disease in its earliest stages. This is likely no surprise. At Grand Dental Studio, our dentists and team are dedicated to offering patients superior preventive dentistry. That starts with great at-home hygiene and regular six month visits. When your dentist is familiar with your oral health history as well as family, environmental, and behavioral risk factors, he or she is more likely to diagnose oral cancer before it causes significant damage. Oral cancer symptoms are subtle and often undiagnosed or misdiagnosed by doctors who are less familiar with patients. Maintaining regular preventive dentistry checkups at Grand Dental Studio is one of the best ways to prevent oral cancer and other detrimental dental health concerns.
October 5, 2015
At Grand Dental Studio, Dr. Michael Kirk and Dr. Janice Henry are committed to providing patients like you with Oklahoma’s Best Dental Experience™. That means making sure that from the moment you first call our office, you feel welcome, heard and at ease with our whole team. Because visiting the dentist doesn’t have to be a chore, or something you dread — and we believe it shouldn’t be. Read on to learn how Grand Dental Studio in Oklahoma City is committed to providing you with nothing short of excellence in dentistry.
September 9, 2015
At Grand Dental Studio, our skilled dentists see many patients with minor to severe dental flaws who would like restore or enhance their natural smile, but the thought of enduring complex dental treatments that are uncomfortable at best and painful at worst deters them. As part of our commitment to providing patients the best dental experience in Oklahoma, we recommend considering sedation dentistry to diminish pain and making your dental visit peaceful and productive. Call to schedule a sedation dentistry consultation with your Oklahoma City dentist today.
August 3, 2015
It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Back to school! New notebooks, new pencils and crayons, new school shoes. As you squeeze in the last lazy days of summer—and before the kids are off for another year of learning and growth—be sure to bring your children in to see Dr. Michael Kirk, Dr. Janice Henry and their friendly team of dental hygienists and dental assistants at Grand Dental Studio in Oklahoma City, OK. A dental checkup with the family dentist 73118 residents have come to rely on will ensure that your kids head back to school with smiles that are healthy and happy.
July 22, 2015
The older we get, dental issues can increase or worsen. It’s no secret the mouth loses its strength as the years go by, so it’s vital to be aware of conditions associated with aging that can impact oral health. At Grand Dental Studio, Oklahoma City dentist Dr. Michael Kirk and his caring staff offer dental services specially tailored for senior patients. Maintaining a healthy mouth, teeth and gums, no matter what age, is very important. Our office in Oklahoma City, OK is here to help!
Senior Care: Why?
Did you know only roughly 2% of older Americans have dental insurance? That means 98% of our senior population may be at risk of going without any dental treatment. And the older the person. The more likely they are to need complete care for a multitude of reasons. We can’t let our older citizens’ oral care fall by the wayside. It can be hard for seniors to practice dental hygiene, especially when some can’t brush their teeth or floss because of arthritis. Memory loss can also factor in as well. Over time, there are many changes that occur in the mouth.
It’s these gradual changes that can put a senior’s health at risk. They include:
- Dry Mouth – a result of decreased saliva flow, medicinal effects, or certain diseases.
- Reduced sense of taste – a result of disease, medicines, and denture wear.
- Darker teeth – Smoking and excessive coffee/cola intake can darken enamel.
- Gum disease – as the leading cause of tooth loss, it’s the result of poor dental hygiene, smoking/chewing tobacco, poor eating habits and certain diseases.
- Root decay – Occurs when gum tissues retreat from the tooth.
Your older loved ones will receive fantastic dental care from our staff. A gentle touch is what seniors deserve during their dental care, and that’s where we excel!
A Comfortable Setting
Our office is designed to bring our patients all the comforts of home. Our furniture is super comfortable and relaxing. From the moment you walk in the door, our staff will make you feel at home with friendly service that goes above and beyond anything you expect. A dental appointment can be a nerve-racking experience for some, that’s why we answer all questions and guide everyone through their procedure.
If you thought an appointment couldn’t get any more relaxing, just wait until our Zen Garden spoils your eyes with its ornate beauty. Every patient can enjoy the soothing sights of the lovely garden while they receive treatment. The garden sparkles and changes with the seasons! It truly is a sight to behold. When it comes to pampering our patients, we take the cake. Our mission always has been and always will be to provide general dentistry, cosmetic dentistry, and implant dentistry in a way that we hope changes a patient’s perception of oral healthcare.
Your Family Dentist 73118
If you are searching for the best family dentist, Oklahoma City’s Dr. Kirk is ready to help. Taking special care of our elderly patients is our priority, and you can rest assured your loved one will receive the best treatment available. Speak with our staff in Oklahoma City, OK, and schedule an appointment today. We also proudly serve the surrounding OKC communities of Bethany, Deer Creek, Edmond, Choctaw, the Village, Nichols Hills, Moore, Piedmont and other great towns in and around Oklahoma City.
June 24, 2015
Patients have come to equate Dr. Michael K. Kirk and the Grand Dental Studio with superior dental care in a luxurious, relaxing environment. In Oklahoma City no dental practice offers as much personalized care with the added comforts of our full relaxation menu or a stroll through our Zen garden. Whatever your dental health care goals, isn’t it time you started looking forward to visiting your dentist? At Grand Dental Studio, we think it is. Invisalign clear braces and all our cosmetic dentistry options, offered in our spa like environment will leave you with a picture perfect smile. If you’ve been considering braces but are worried about the esthetics and the hassle, call to schedule an Invisalign consultation today.
Why Dr. Kirk
As a member of the American and Oklahoma Academies of Cosmetic Dentistry, Dr. Kirk is dedicated to learning up-to-date cosmetic dentistry treatments that he can bring home to his OKC patients. Over the past 15 years, Dr. Kirk has been dedicated to continuing education in all facets of dental care and his cosmetic dentistry training and experience is top-tier. If his years of education and experience aren’t enough to convince you, Dr. Kirk also prides himself on building strong relationships with every patient and says the best part of dentistry is getting to know his patients and working with them to achieve their oral health care goals. In his state-of-the-art, relaxing practice, Dr. Kirk offers the best cosmetic dentistry in OKC.
While many people choose to live with crooked teeth thinking the only adverse effect is esthetic, it’s important to note that there are additional health concerns to consider as well. A crooked or misaligned bite places uneven pressure on your teeth and jaw making you more susceptible to damaging the teeth that take extra wear and tear, and an increased potential to develop TMJ disorder. No matter what your age or lifestyle, it is important to have an aligned bite that will help you maintain dental health for life.
Invisalign clear braces offer a teeth straightening option without the hassle of traditional braces. When you want to create a better smile, it seems irrational to make your smile worse before it gets better. Traditional braces are bulky, painful, and a metallic smile doesn’t help anyone to look or feel their best. Traditional braces also limit the types of food you can eat, and require extensive oral hygiene.
Invisalign is a great option if you want to share your best smile from the first day of treatment. The clear, custom alignment trays gently shift your teeth, and no one will even notice. The alignment trays are switched out for new ones every few weeks until your teeth are straight. No orthodontic visits for tightening wires. In addition to fewer dental visits most patients report experiencing less discomfort with Invisalign when compared to traditional braces. Because Invisalign is removable, you don’t have to give up any of your favorite foods while you correct your bite. Simply remove your correcting tray during meals, and replace after.
For More Information
If you’ve considered traditional braces, but don’t want a mouth full of metal Invisalign clear braces may be for you. Our relaxing, spa like office is conveniently located in the heart of Oklahoma City 73118, but you will feel like you just spent a day on the beach. Call to schedule an appointment today. We welcome patients form Oklahoma City and surrounding areas including Midwest City, Deer Creek, Yukon, Edmond, Moore, and Nichols Hills.
May 7, 2015
Taking care of your family isn’t only a matter of doing a lot, it also requires thought and planning. What’s for dinner tonight? To answer this question, you have to think about what to serve and what to buy at the grocery store. Your son has softball practice tomorrow after school. Better make sure his uniform is clean. This weekend is your daughter’s birthday. Are the plans set and the party favors ready? Just thinking about all there is to do can be tiring!
One thing you don’t have to think about is your family’s dental health. Just schedule an appointment with Dr. Michael K. Kirk or Dr. Janice Henry at Grand Dental Studio—the family dentist Oklahoma City, OK, turns to for a comprehensive menu of general dentistry services—and we’ll take it from there. From exams and cleanings to TMJ therapy and gum disease therapy, we have the treatment that you or a family member need to enjoy a smile that is healthy and attractive.
Exams and Cleanings
The cornerstone of family dentistry is a dental checkup. In keeping with the recommendation of the American Dental Association, Dr. Kirk encourages his patients to schedule checkups every six months. At these regular visits, Dr. Kirk and his staff of dental hygienists and assistants will clean your teeth and carefully check for any signs of tooth decay. When necessary, we’ll take digital x-rays to find decay that may be hiding in between teeth or just below the surface. In addition, we’ll evaluate the health of your gums and other soft tissue. We’ll conduct an oral cancer screening and check for symptoms of temporomandibular (TMJ) disorder.
Of course, if a problem is discovered, then family dentist Dr. Kirk will want to treat as soon as possible. For example, a small cavity can be repaired with a tooth-colored filling—a much more practical and less expensive option than allowing decay to spread and necessitate more extensive treatment. Likewise, if a tooth is cracked, we can preserve the tooth with a dental crown that is both strong and natural-looking.
Fluoride Treatment and Dental Sealants
For the youngest members of your family, Dr. Kirk will likely recommend a fluoride treatment and dental sealants. Children sometimes have trouble adequately brushing and flossing, so these treatments can be helpful.
Fluoride is a mineral that has been proven to strengthen teeth’s enamel, the first line of defense in the battle against tooth decay. At Grand Dental Studio, we offer fluoride rinses in a number of tasty flavors. With one quick swish around the mouth, your kids’ teeth will have a better chance of staying healthy.
Dental sealants form a protective barrier between teeth and decay-causing bacteria. Food particles and debris can easily hide in deeply grooved and pitted molars. Sealants start out as a liquid that is applied to your children’s back teeth and then dried with a curing light. Once hardened, dental sealants form a solid shield against cavities.
Call Our Office Today
Schedule an appointment with the family dentist Oklahoma City, OK, depends on for complete and professional family dentistry services. Grand Dental Studio proudly serves patients from the surrounding communities of Midwest City, Deer Creek, Yukon, Edmond, Moore, Nichols Hills, and other neighboring areas.
April 7, 2015
Research studies have proven that there is an undeniable link between your oral health and your overall health. The same bacteria that can damage your teeth and gums are able to migrate to other parts of the body, possibly causing health problems that include cardiovascular disease, diabetes, orthopedic implant failure, and pneumonia and kidney disease. Yet, recent statistics show that only some 50 percent of Oklahomans visit the dentist regularly. At Grand Dental Studio in Oklahoma City, OK, we want all Oklahomans to visit the dentist. With this in mind, Dr. Michael Kirk and his staff are offering a FREE First Visit.
At your Grand Dental Studio FREE First Visit, Dr. Kirk, his dental hygienists and dental assistants will, of course, thoroughly clean your teeth and remove any plaque buildup, which is the precursor to periodontal disease. In the early stage, periodontal disease is known as gingivitis, the commonly recognized symptom of which is gum bleeding when you brush or floss your teeth. As the disease advances to become periodontitis, symptoms may include swollen gums, bad breath and loose teeth. You can avoid this condition with the Grand Dental Studio FREE First Visit.
Beyond this thorough cleaning and evaluation of the health of your gums, at your Free First Visit we will carefully examine each of your teeth for any signs of tooth decay. If found, then Dr. Kirk will likely recommend a tooth-colored filling to repair the tooth and maintain your white smile. Without treatment, a small cavity can grow and necessitate a more complex—and more expensive—therapy, such as root canal, a porcelain onlay or crown for more extensive decay, or even tooth extraction. Unfortunately, a small cavity left untreated can destroy an entire tooth and spread to surrounding teeth.
Likewise, a cracked tooth can cause pain or break off and create additional problems. Your FREE First Visit also includes x-rays, so we will be able to detect any hidden spots of decay or infection below the gum line that would otherwise be unapparent to the naked eye.
Your Partners in Dental Health
At your FREE First Visit, we’ll also help your take better care of your teeth at home by showing you how to properly brush and floss in order for your hygiene routine to have the most beneficial results. For example, did you know that you should be using a soft toothbrush when you brush your teeth and that a thorough brushing lasts at least two full minutes? If you have any questions for us about your oral health, we’ll be glad to answer them at your Grand Dental Studio FREE First Visit.
Schedule an Appointment Today
To schedule your FREE First Visit, call the office of Grand Dental Studio in Oklahoma City, OK. Dr. Kirk and his gentle hygienists are waiting to treat you and your family to our professional and compassionate care. We proudly serve patients from the surrounding communities of Midwest City, Deer Creek, Yukon, Edmond, Moore, Nichols Hills, and other neighboring areas.
March 2, 2015
Teeth are meant to last a lifetime. However, for many of us, this just isn’t possible. Problems with gum disease, decay, and injury can all lead to adult tooth loss. But this doesn’t mean you have to give up on having a full and healthy smile. By replacing missing teeth with new dental implants from the Grand Dental Studio, you can improve your overall appearance and preserve your long term health. Schedule your personalized dental implants consultation appointment with Dr. Kirk today. Grand Dental Studio is the premier implant dentistry of Oklahoma City, now proudly renewing smiles daily throughout OKC, Midwest City, Deer Creek, Yukon, Edmond, Moore, Nichols Hills, and the surrounding communities.
How Do Dental Implants Work?
Dental implants are actually small metal posts that can be surgically positioned in the jawbone beneath your gums. Once in place, they can be used to securely mount replacement teeth like dental crowns or dentures. Because dental implants can fully fuse with your jawbone, they provide permanent and stable support for artificial teeth.
Why Choose Dental Implants Instead of Other Restorative Methods?
Dentures and dental bridges mounted to dental implants won’t slip or shift and can improve both eating and speaking abilities. Dental implant secured tooth replacements also feel more natural than conventional dental bridges and dentures. For many patients, traditional bridges and dentures are simply not comfortable enough for daily support, and often cause soreness and gagging. Traditional bridges must be attached to healthy teeth on either side of the space left by a missing tooth. With dental implants no adjacent teeth are reduced or made vulnerable to hold your new tooth in place. Additionally, dental implants are the only restorative option which can stop tooth loss related bone loss and preserve your youthful facial features.
Two Types of Dental Implants
There are two main types of dental implants, full sized and mini implants. For patients who lack the minimum bone density requirements to receive full dental implants, mini dental implants are a great alternative.
- Full Dental Implants are surgically implanted directly into the jawbone. Once the surrounding gum tissue has healed, a secondary surgery is needed to connect an abutment post before an artificial tooth replacement can be attached.
- Mini Dental Implants consist of a metal frame that is fitted onto the jawbone just below the gum tissue. As the gums heal, the frame fuses to the jawbone. Abutment posts, which are already attached to the frame, protrude through the gums so that artificial teeth can then be mounted.
For many patients, tooth loss creates problem after problem after problem. However, many of these problems can be resolved with new dental implants. New dental implants will allow you to look and feel better, regain confidence, and improve your overall quality of life. Schedule a dental implants consultation appointment with Dr. Kirk today to get started. Grand Dental Studio is the leading Oklahoma City implant dentistry, now delivering quality care daily throughout OKC, Midwest City, Deer Creek, Yukon, Edmond, Moore, Nichols Hills, and neighboring areas.