Dr. Esther Pedersen, Dr. Sunny Patel, and their staff welcome you! Our patient-centered clinic offers comprehensive dental care for the entire family. At Love to Smile caring for you is our top priority.
We want you to have a healthy mouth and a beautiful smile that can last a lifetime. Dr. Pedersen and Dr. Patel enjoy providing dental care for children, adults, and seniors. We understand the need for consistent care and treat each patient like family.
Our compassionate and professional staff is dedicated to providing the highest level of care possible. Our focus is on providing excellent and effective care that is responsive to the needs of our community.
Call today and let us help you gain the confidence you’ve always wanted when you put your best smile forward. We want you to love to smile!
"This is a great practice. I'm able to get appointments that fit my schedule & there is little or no waiting when you arrive for your appointment. Everyone is friendly & professional."~ Anonymous
"I had to make a last minute reschedule and they were more than willing and able to accommodate me. I always receive the best of treatment during my visits. If you are not going to Dr. Pedersen, then you’re not getting the best care possible!"~ Kevin C.
"Stacy, the recip was AMAZINGLY FRIENDLY. What a great face & voice for your company. The doc Patel & her assistant were also AMAZING."~ Kevin P.
"Always friendly & helpful. When I needed to come in for a lost filling, was able to get in same day. Dr Patel was able to complete the work quickly & I've been pleased with the result."~ Ellen B.
"Love the early appointments before work. Friendly professional staff. Thanks to all."~ Cynthia P.
Dr. Esther Pedersen
Dr. Pedersen earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from the University of Nebraska. She then went on to the University of Nebraska Medical Center, Lincoln, NE, where she graduated with her Doctorate of Dental Surgery. She is Board Certified and a member of the American Dental Association, Kansas Dental Association,the Fifth District Dental Society, Academy of General Dentistry, and the American Orthodontic Society.
In her spare time, Dr. Pedersen enjoys spending time with her three children while biking, swimming, and discovering new adventures in the Kansas City metro area. She is also actively involved with her children's school, sports and musical activities.
Dr. Sunny Patel
Dr. Patel graduated Summa Cum Laude and earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology from Concordia College in Moorhead, MN. He then went on to the University of Nebraska Medical Center, Lincoln, NE, where he finished in the top of his class and graduated with his Doctorate of Dental Surgery with Highest Distinction. He continued his training at University of Missouri Kansas City, where he completed his Advanced Education in General Dentistry residency program. This allowed Dr. Patel to expand his knowledge on Dental Implants, Cosmetic Dentistry, Full Mouth Restorations, and TMJ therapy. He is Board Certified and a member of the American Dental Association, Kansas Dental Association, the Fifth District Dental Society, and the Academy of General Dentistry.
In his spare time, Dr. Patel enjoys spending time discovering new adventures in the Kansas City metro area. He also loves to travel, snowboard, and trying new restaurants.
Debi was born in Mexico, MO and went to high school in Sedalia, MO where she graduated in 1985. She has been a certified dental assistant since 1988. Debi has been living in the Kansas City area since 1992, where she began been working with UMKC School of Dentistry until joining the Love to Smile Team. She has 3 dogs named Chester, Cavity, and eMax. Debi enjoys camping, swimming, working out, cooking with her church, and spending time with family and friends. Debi just recently finished her first triathlon and a couple of 5k walks.
Steffany is a graduate of Pittsburg State University. She lives on a farm south of Kansas City, where her family trains race horses. Steffany enjoys spending time with her husband and two children. When her family is not racing they enjoy going to the lake. Steffany and her husband share the dream of being the next Kentucky Derby winner.
Becky has lived in the Overland Park area since 1980. She was an assistant for 9 years before going back to hygiene school. Becky graduated in 1987. She has 2 sons. Becky loves her career in dentistry because it's always changing, and she enjoys working with great patients!
Vickie is originally from Breckenridge, MN. She graduated from the North Dakota State College of Science with a degree in Dental Hygiene in 1979. Vickie and her husband, Gordon have recently built their retirement home at Sugar Valley Lake. They both love to golf in their free time. Her passion is quilting and gardening when she is not in the dental office. Vickie feels very fortunate to love her profession and the people that she has been serving for the past 33 years.
Myra was born in Durango, Mexico and is a graduate of Concorde Career College. She loves listening to a variety of music, and spending time with family and friends. She enjoys playing sports, watching movies, and meeting new people. She is always looking for new activities to try.
When a patient’s teeth are extensively decayed or damaged, Dr. Pedersen and Dr. Patel, may suggest multiple aesthetic restorative procedures or prosthetics to restore optimal health and beauty. To properly treat damaged or decayed teeth, trust Love to Smile for full mouth restoration. Full mouth restoration involves non-surgical correction of dentition, bite, and function. Dr. Pedersen and Dr. Patel will thoroughly assess your oral condition, including tooth structure, occlusion, and gums, to determine the extent of damage before recommending specific full mouth rehabilitation procedures.
Dr. Pedersen and Dr. Patel may recommend periodontal therapy to restore gum health, because a strong smile must have a solid foundation. Alignment of the jaws may require TMJ splint therapy to non-surgically correct occlusion issues. Restorations such as fillings, crowns, dental implants, or realignment of teeth with Invisalign orthodontics my be suggested. Cosmetic procedures, such as porcelain veneers, teeth whitening, or a gum lift may also be required for optimal results from full mouth reconstruction. Dr. Pedersen and Dr. Patel provide patients with only the best in dental restorations. Dr. Pedersen and Dr. Patel use state-of-the-art procedures and technology for precise results that, with proper oral hygiene care, should last a lifetime. From crowns to dental implants, Dr. Pedersen and Dr. Patel will recommend only the best and most efficient procedures and remedies for full mouth rehabilitation.
Dr. Pedersen and Dr. Patel use state-of-the-art procedures and technology for precise results that, with proper oral hygiene care, should last a lifetime.
When the gums and bite are corrected, and restorations, prosthetics, and/or cosmetic procedures complete, you will have a fully functional, comfortable, gorgeous smile. Eating and speaking may feel extraordinarily painless with your new, healthy smile. You’ll also experience a giant boost in self-confidence.
You deserve a smile that works well, feels great, and looks spectacular. Call Dr. Pedersen and Dr. Patel to schedule your full mouth reconstruction consultation.
Practicing good oral hygiene means maintaining your smile by visiting the dentist regularly and taking care of your teeth and gums between checkups. Love to Smile wants to make sure that you get the most out of your office visits, and that your teeth stay healthy for life! We’ll work with you to provide complete dental care, and show you how to maintain your smile at home with the right dental products for you and your family.
Dental Cleanings and Regular Checkups
Regular dental checkups are an important part of maintaining your oral health. During your regular checkup, your hygienist and doctor will:
Check for any problems that you may not see or feel
Look for cavities or any other signs of tooth decay
Inspect your teeth and gums for gingivitis and signs of periodontal disease
Perform an exam of all the hard and soft tissues in your mouth as well as an oral cancer screening
Provide a thorough teeth cleaning, rinse, and polish
Use an intraoral camera so you can see your teeth right along with us. Together we will form a treatment plan customized for you.
Visiting Love to Smile every six months gives you the chance to talk with Dr. Pedersen and Dr. Patel. They can answer any questions you may have about your oral health. Checkups are also a great way for you to find out about new treatments that may benefit your smile.
Choosing the Right Dental Products
From toothpaste and mouthwash to toothbrushes and dental floss, it’s important to choose the right products for your smile. Keep in mind that when you’re looking for a new toothpaste or toothbrush be sure to choose one that has been approved by the American Dental Association (ADA). Your dentist can also help by recommending certain dental products for use at home.
Sometimes brushing is not enough, especially when it comes to those hard-to-reach spots in your mouth. It is difficult for your toothbrush to get in between the small cracks and grooves on your teeth. If left alone, those tiny areas can develop tooth decay. Sealants give your teeth extra protection against decay and help prevent cavities.
Dental sealants are a plastic resin that bonds and hardens in the deep grooves on your tooth’s surface. When a tooth is sealed, the tiny grooves become smooth and are less likely to harbor plaque. With sealants, brushing your teeth becomes easier and more effective.
Sealants are typically applied to children’s teeth as a preventive measure after the permanent teeth have erupted as a way to prevent tooth decay. However, adults can also receive sealants on healthy teeth. It is more common to seal permanent teeth rather than baby teeth, but every patient has unique needs, and your dentist will recommend sealants on a case-by-case basis.
Sealants typically last from three to five years, although it is fairly common to see adults with sealants still intact from childhood. A dental sealant only provides protection when it is fully intact so if your sealants come off, let Dr. Pedersen or Dr. Patel know, and schedule a Consultation for your teeth to be resealed.
Traditional dental restoratives, or fillings, include gold, porcelain, and composite. The strength and durability of traditional dental materials make them useful for situations where restored teeth must withstand extreme forces that result from chewing, such as in the back of the mouth.
Newer dental fillings include ceramic and compounds that mimic the appearance of natural teeth. These compounds, often called composite resins, are usually used on the front teeth where a natural appearance is important, but they can also be used on the back teeth depending on the location and extent of the tooth decay.
What's recommended for me?
Several factors influence the performance, durability, longevity and expense of dental restorations, including:
The components used in the filling material
The amount of tooth structure remaining
Where and how the filling is placed
The chewing load that the tooth will have to bear
The length and number of visits needed to prepare and adjust the restored tooth
Before your treatment begins, Dr. Pedersen and Dr. Patel will discuss with you all of your options and help you choose the best filling for your particular case. In preparation for this discussion it may be helpful to understand the two basic types of dental fillings – direct and indirect.
Direct fillings are fillings placed immediately into a prepared cavity in a single visit. They include glass ionomers and composite (resin) fillings. The dentist prepares the tooth, places the filling, and adjusts it in one appointment.
Indirect fillings generally require two or more visits. They include inlays, onlays, veneers, crowns, and bridges fabricated with gold, base metal alloys, ceramics, or composites. During the first visit, the dentist prepares the tooth and makes an impression of the area to be restored. The dentist then places a temporary covering over the prepared tooth. The impression is sent to a dental laboratory, which creates the dental restoration. At the next appointment, the dentist cements the restoration into the prepared cavity and adjusts it as needed.
Tremendous improvements in Dentistry now provide a simplified, cost effective long-term solution for denture wearers. Decades of University based research and recent advances in the field of Dental Implants now allow for the predictable elimination of most problems associated with dentures and an improved quality of life.
Current advances in Implant Dentistry can now eliminate the chronic looseness and movement of dentures as well as the need for adhesives and denture glues. The other most significant advantages of dental implants include: Preservation of the jaw bone once teeth are lost, elimination of soreness by holding dentures securely in place, the ability to eat any foods and chew with great efficiency as well as providing the confidence and security of dentures not slipping or coming loose while speaking, laughing or yawning in public.
The increased chewing ability and food selection obtained by dentures supported by dental implants has been proven to provide for better nutrition and digestion with decreased health complications. Some dental implants such as the Nobel Biocare Dental Implant System (http://www.nobelsmile.us/en_us/) have been designed to be placed in the jaw in a simplified manner requiring only one minor surgical procedure most often done in a dental office with local (novocaine) numbing. This “1 Stage” procedure also allows for minimal healing time before attachments are placed with no discomfort to connect the overlying denture. The simplification of this process along with the use of new components designed for denture wearers has also reduced cost of this once lengthy and expensive procedure. In addition, the use of our Sirona 3D cone beam system allows us to capture clear, detailed, three-dimensional images that improve our patient education process and make complex dental procedures, like dental implants, more predictable. With this new technology we are able to achieve ideal outcomes while making procedures easier and safer for our patients.
Dental Implant companies such as Nobel Biocare have been providing education and support to dental professionals throughout the world to assure that the long term predictability of these procedures can be available to everyone.
The magnitude of benefits to comfort, health and self-confidence are so well proven and significant that Implant Retained Dentures are becoming the standard of care for anyone Overdenture model2
Lower Denture with Dental Implant Connectors inside to eliminate movement and provide ideal support when eating, speaking, laughing. If you or a family member would benefit from this type of treatment, schedule a free consultation with Dr. Sunny Patel.
You no longer need to hide your smile because of gaps, chips, stains, or misshapen teeth. With veneers, you can easily correct these imperfections to help you have a more confident, beautiful smile. Veneers are natural in appearance and are a perfect option for patients wanting to make minor adjustments to the look and feel of their smile.
Porcelain dental veneers, or porcelain laminates, are composed of a thin custom-made ceramic tooth-colored material designed to enhance tooth aesthetics or to protect against further tooth damage and decay. Porcelain dental veneers have surged to popularity over the past decade and have become a versatile treatment option for many patients looking to: whiten their teeth, brighten smiles or to mask tooth discoloration. Porcelain dental veneers can also be utilized in cases where there is a need for minor orthodontic work, as long as there isn’t any severe crowding or misalignment prevalent.
Porcelain dental veneers are bonded to cover the front surface of your teeth, altering the: color, shape, size, and length of their appearance – based on what your individual goals are. Porcelain dental veneers can be composed of either porcelain or from resin composite materials. Porcelain veneers are heralded for being able to stand up to nasty tooth-related stains induced by coffee, tea and cigarette smoking as opposed to their resin veneer counterparts. Furthermore, porcelain has been found to closely simulate the light reflecting properties of your own teeth, leaving you with an enhanced, yet natural-appearing smile. To maximize your results, Dr Pedersen and Dr. Patel will discuss the most advantageous treatment plan for you during your personal consultation.
Custom mouth guards are stronger and last longer than store bought guards. They provide more protection and it eliminates the do-it-yourself with boiling water and burning your mouth. Great for athletes of all ages. We have a wide selection of colors to match to any team. We can even add a helmet strap to the guard. We also offer Under Armor Performance Mouthwear. These are the same ones professional athletes are wearing. Protecting your smile is our main concern!
Dr. Pedersen and Dr. Patel will take an impression of your teeth. Come back in 2 days and pick up your custom mouth guard. Only 2 quick and easy appointments!
At Love To Smile Dentistry, we have a tradition of incorporating revolutionary new technology to improve the treatment we provide and enhance the experience of our patients. In keeping with this progressive philosophy, we are extremely excited to introduce the Orthophos XG3D cone beam system from Sirona Dental. The cone beam system allows us to capture clear, detailed, three-dimensional images that improve our patient education process and make complex dental procedures, like dental implants, more predictable. With this new technology we are able to achieve ideal outcomes while making procedures easier and safer for our patients.
How does XG3D work?
The Orthophos XG3D system uses a rotating scanner to collect 3D data. It can be used with patients of many different needs, and the entire scan takes only 14 seconds to complete. What’s more, because it relies on digital imaging, the XG3D system emits markedly less radiation than a traditional X-ray machine, ensuring the safety of all our patients.
Dr. Patel and Dr. Pedersen will analyze your scan and discuss with you the findings. The images can be viewed and manipulated on a large screen to help you understand your health and possible treatment options, as the diagnostic capabilities far exceed that of 2D imaging. The images can be enlarged, rotated, and highlighted as necessary. With the help of XG3D and other technology, you can leave our dental office with a clear understanding of your health and potential ways we can help you.
Here are some of the main ways in which XG3D CT scans are used in our office:
View exact orientation and position of each tooth.
View impacted teeth.
Diagnose tumors and disease in the early stages.
Determine where nerves are located.
Plan the complete implant surgical procedure in advance, from start to finish.
Virtual placement of implants using advanced software.
Assess the quality of the jawbone where the implant will be placed.
Pinpoint the most effective placement for implants, including the angle of best fit.
Precisely decide on the appropriate size and type of implants.
If you are a candidate for dental implants, Dr. Patel and Dr. Pedersen can actually pre-plan your surgery using our Galaxis software, ensuring ideal placement using a highly precise surgical guide. The XG3D system allows us to incorporate detailed data, so your new tooth can be designed before the implant is even placed! This helps create a predictable guided surgery, whether in our office or with the help of one of our great specialists. Because the planning takes place virtually and well before the surgery, your procedure can be simplified and your recovery minimized greatly.
The XG3D is one more way that we at Love To Smile Dentistry can make a complex procedure understandable and predictable. As a result, our patients can look forward to more reliable care, fewer complications, and more confidence in the results.
The most common crown restoration placed by most general dentists today utilizes a metal lining covered with porcelain. These types of restorations are not as natural in appearance because light is not able to pass through porcelain-metal crowns as it does with a natural tooth, resulting in an opaque or flat looking tooth. Often times these types of traditional crowns leave a dark or gray line next to the gum-line. Dr. Pedersen and Dr. Patel are proud to offer a natural looking alternative-all-ceramic, non-metal crown! With these newer restorations you will notice the “life-like” appearance that mimics natural teeth and does not produce the black gum line so common with so many porcelain-metal crowns.
Although there are several types of crowns, porcelain (tooth colored crown) are the most popular. They are highly durable and will last many years, but like most dental restorations, they will eventually need to be replaced. Porcelain crowns are made to match the shape, size, and color of your teeth giving you a natural, long-lasting beautiful smile.
If you’re self-conscious about your smile due to cracked, broken, decayed or worn teeth, crowns can bring back your healthy, natural-looking smile. A filling can restore a small defect in a tooth, but a crown is the most durable way to restore a tooth with extensive damage for the long term.
Dentistry is all about smiles, and having a confident, healthy, beautiful smile is important for patients wearing dentures. Love to Smile provides personalized denture services that meet the needs and comfort levels of our patients. All of our patients are unique and we create one-of-a-kind dentures that feel good and look natural.
Dentures are natural-looking replacement teeth that are removable. There are two types of dentures: full and partial.
Full dentures are given to patients when all of the natural teeth have been removed. Conventional full dentures are placed after the gum tissue has healed, which can take several months. Immediate full dentures are placed immediately after the teeth have been removed and may require frequent adjustments during the first couple of months of use.
Partial dentures are attached to a metal frame that is connected to your natural teeth and are used to fill in where permanent teeth have been removed. Partial dentures are considered a removable alternative to bridges.
Dentures can even be attached to implants. This allows them to stay in and function better.
Dentures are not for everyone. If you’re interested in learning more about dentures and want to know if they are the right choice for you, please schedule a Consultation. Our team will be happy to answer any questions you might have, and can determine the best course of treatment for your ongoing dental health.
If by chance your dentures do break, please contact Love to Smile and schedule a Consultation as soon as possible. Broken dentures that don’t fit properly can cause irritation to your gums and mouth. Also, remember to continue scheduling regular dental checkups every six months to make sure that your smile stays healthy for many years to come.
Dental implants are designed to provide a foundation for replacement teeth that look, feel, and function like natural teeth. The implants themselves are tiny titanium posts that are placed into the jawbone where teeth are missing. The bone bonds with the titanium, creating a strong foundation for artificial teeth. In addition, implants can help preserve facial structure, preventing the bone deterioration that occurs when teeth are missing. The person who has lost teeth regains the ability to eat virtually anything and can smile with confidence, knowing that teeth appear natural and that facial contours will be preserved. We can even use implants to help hold in a loose denture.
Implants can improve your appearance, confidence, and freedom
Since dental implants look and feel like natural teeth, they naturally enhance your appearance. More importantly, the securely attached implant gives you the confidence of eating what you like, speaking easily and clearly, and freedom from embarrassment. And, by following a regular routine of careful oral hygiene and regular checkups, your implants can last for many years. Dr. Patel exclusively uses Nobel Biocare implants, due to their high quality and success. Call us today for a consultation and we can let you know if you are a good candidate for implants.
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In the past, if you had a tooth with a diseased nerve, you’d probably lose that tooth. Today, with a special dental procedure called root canal treatment, your tooth can be saved. Root canals are relatively simple procedures, with little or no discomfort, involving one to three office visits. Best of all, having a root canal when necessary can save your tooth and your smile!
Inside each tooth is the pulp and the nerve. The nerve is the vestige of the tissue that originally formed the tooth. The pulp is a collection of blood vessels that helps to build the surrounding tooth. The pulp can become infected due to trauma, deep decay, cracks and chips. When a tooth is cracked or has a deep cavity, bacteria can enter the pulp tissue and germs can cause an infection inside the tooth. If left untreated, an abscess may form. If the infected tissue is not removed, pain and swelling can result. This can not only injure your jawbones, but is detrimental to your overall health as well. Without the proper treatment, your tooth may have to be removed.
Teeth that require root canal therapy are not always painful. However, signs you may need a root canal include severe toothache, pain upon chewing or application of pressure, prolonged sensitivity or pain to hot and cold temperatures, a dark discoloration of the tooth, and swelling and tenderness in the nearby gums. If you experience any of these symptoms, contact Dr. Pedersen and Dr. Patel.
Root canal treatment involves one to three visits. During treatment, Dr. Pedersen, Dr. Patel, or an endodontist (a dentist who specializes in problems with the nerves of the teeth) removes the infected tissue. Next, the tissue will be removed and the interior of the tooth will be cleaned and sealed. Finally, the tooth is filled with a dental composite. If your tooth had extensive decay, your doctor may suggest placing a crown to strengthen and protect the tooth from breaking. As long as you continue to care for your teeth and gums with regular brushing, flossing, and checkups, your restored tooth can last a lifetime.
Improving the health of your teeth and gums is as important as improving the look of your teeth by straightening them. Crooked teeth and a bad bite can contribute to gum and bone loss, tooth decay, abnormal wear of tooth and enamel and surfaces, even headaches, and sometime jaw and joint (TMJ / TMD) pain.
Good News! The new techniques and appliances we use for straightening teeth greatly reduce discomfort levels, decrease the frequency of visits, shorten the time in treatment and may allow you to choose from several options. Your options for a beautiful smile and good dental health make a difference in your well-being and self-confidence. While braces for teens are more common, adults can benefit just as much from orthodontic treatment, as it’s never too late to improve your smile. Braces may include metal braces, clear braces, Invisalign and Accelerated Invisalign using Propel.
During your complimentary initial examination, we will be able to determine the best possible approach for straightening your teeth for your individual needs. During this initial examination, we can outline the treatment plan, time of treatment expected and the approximate cost.
A large percentage of our patients are adults, and they agree that it’s never too late to improve their greatest asset – their smile
Call 913.491.1200 and contact us for your complimentary initial exam and get started today.
In keeping with our tradition of being the Midwest leaders in technology, Love To Smile is proud to offer Accelerated Invisalign to our patients. Propel Orthodontics will allow us to complete your Invisalign case in half the time of traditional cases! Ask us about this amazing option that only costs an average of $20 more per month.
Your smile is important. It’s one of the first things you notice when you meet someone. A whiter, brighter smile is beautiful – it can help you feel better about yourself and make a memorable impression.
Your lifestyle and the aging process can stain and darken your teeth. Many things we do on a regular basis can contribute to stained teeth, such as drinking coffee, tea, cola and red wine or smoking.
Whitening can get your smile looking its best. Non-professional procedures and clinically unproven teeth whitening tips can often lead to unsatisfactory results, you should look for a whitening procedure that is:
Fast and convenient
Proven to be safe and effective
Performed by a Dental Professional
There are many products and techniques available for patients who want to achieve a whiter smile, and with so many options available, it can be difficult to choose the method that is right for you. The best way to begin any teeth whitening regimen is to schedule a Consultation and talk to Dr. Pedersen and Dr. Patel about the differences between in office professional whitening and at home whitening. We currently offer Zoom! Chairside Whitening, Venus In-office Whitening, and at home bleaching trays. We will provide you with the best treatment for your needs; and don’t worry, we won’t let you end up like Ross Geller from Friends!
The cost of your treatment will vary depending on your individual needs and treatment plan. We will discuss with you the cost of your treatment and each of your available payment plan options before you begin, so you can make the best choice for you, your smile, and your family.
Payments can be made by cash, check, most major credit cards. We can arrange to accept payments through third party financial institution such as Care Credit. Our dental care team is always available to outline basic, comprehensive and specialty needs for our patients and a “game plan” to help make it happen.
Our office staff is always available to help you with insurance claims and paperwork. We’ll work with your insurance provider to make sure that your coverage meets your needs and your budget.
Please let us know if you have any questions about your insurance coverage or ideas about how we can make your entire dental experience a pleasant one.
Dr. Pedersen and Dr. Patel are Preferred Providers for the following dental insurance companies:
Delta Dental Premier
Dental Health Alliance which includes Aetna Life, Assurant, United Concordia, and more
Connection Dental which includes United Healthcare, Principal, Aetna, GEHA, and more
Phone: (913) 491-1200
10925 Antioch Rd. Ste. 201
Overland Park, KS 66210 Peculiar
Phone: (816) 620-2022
215 N. Main St
Peculiar, MO 64078