Dental Services

5930 Roe Avenue Ste 200, Mission, KS 66205  913.432.8700 
Hours of Operation: M-W 7am-4pm, Th 9am-Noon, Fri 7am-3pm 

When it comes to dental services in Mission, KS, there’s no one more qualified or experienced than Dr. Shortell and Dr. Schowengerdt. Our dental services are second to none. Our goal is to make you feel comfortable in the chair and we do our best to achieve that goal.  

If you have a cavity in a tooth or broken fillings or if your teeth are full of mercury or amalgam fillings you may want to ask your dentist about changing to composite dental fillings. Mercury fillings or amalgam fillings can easily be removed and replaced with far more attractive colored fillings. Research shows that composite fillings actually strengthen your tooth and further protect it from decay.  

Root Canals-
A root canal is a dental procedure where the bacterial infection within the tooth is removed and the surrounding tissue around the tooth's root is no longer inflamed. To complete the root canal treatment, a dentist will fill the previously infected tooth and seal off its interior. By sealing off the tooth, it is less likely that the bacteria will re-form and inflame the surrounding tissue.  

Porcelain Crowns- 
A dental crown, also known as a cap, is a tooth-shaped covering that is placed over a tooth that has been badly decayed or damaged. Dental crowns are generally used when the damage or decay is so extensive that filling materials cannot make the tooth strong enough. In addition, dental crowns can be used to hold a dental bridge in place or to cover discolored 
or misshaped teeth.  

Dr. Shortell and staff are firm supporters of saving all your natural teeth. There is however things that can cause the loss of your teeth like developing an abscess, infection, or lack of dental hygiene. When it becomes necessary to lose a tooth, rest assured that Dr. Shortell will provide you with the most comprehensive patient care accompanied by advice on replacement and care until the final stages of the procedures. 

Dentists with an eye for detail and arrangements with good dental laboratories to install bridges are most successful in making bridges that fit correctly. In cases where the false crown of the bridge does not completely seal over the natural tooth structure, decay can set in under the bridge that can undermine the stationary prosthesis.  

Dental Implants- 
Implants are essential in keeping your smile original and appealing. The procedure is done in a couple of steps, well after the loss of the original tooth of course.  

The first thing to remember is an implant becomes a permanent part of your teeth as it is set in the jawbone. The end result is a long lasting extension that eliminates the need for a bridge and is much stronger.  

Cosmetic Dentistry- 
Porcelain veneers are simply a thin shell of porcelain, custom fitted and chemically bonded to each tooth. Porcelain veneers can cover up unsightly chips and cracks, as well as misshapen and crooked teeth. Porcelain veneers look completely natural and are virtually impossible to distinguish.  

Bonding is an alternative to braces or removing a tooth because

of chips cracks or similar problems. It has never been easier to address the embarrassing problems that unfortunately occur during the most inopportune times.  

Gum Treatments- 
Routine trips to your dentist and cleanings twice a year can definitely be effective in the prevention of gum disease. There are early warning signs that can pin point the beginning of this problem.  

Signs include redness and swollen gums, bleeding while brushing or flossing, gums that pull away from teeth, loose or separating teeth, persistent bad breath, or change in the way teeth fit together when the patient bites.  

Teeth Whitening-
Custom Whitening Trays

On-the-Go Take Home Trays
Opalescence 1-Hour BOOST

To help you get a more beautiful smile, Invisalign uses a series of clear, removable aligners to gradually move your teeth. You wear a set of aligners for about two weeks, removing them only to eat, drink, brush and floss. As you replace each set of aligners with the next in the series, your teeth will gradually move until they reach the position your doctor has prescribed for you. The average treatment time is about a year.