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Dr. William Ledford

Dentistry
Kansas City, MO
30 years experience male

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Kansas City, MO

Address

1236 w 103rd, Kansas City, MO
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Dentistry

Languages spoken

English

Doctor Q&A

63 Answers
40 Agrees
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A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Ledford
Dentistry 30 years experience
Gum diease: Unless you have an open wound it is most likely gum diease. People with gum disease will sometimes wake up with blood on their pillow from their saliv... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Ledford
Dentistry 30 years experience
No: A perio probe is inserted gently around the tooth to check the health of the area.
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Ledford
Dentistry 30 years experience
Yes: If you have a sinus infection it can make your teeth fell as if they need root canals. You need to have teeth checked to make sure there is no problem... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Ledford
Dentistry 30 years experience
Yes: Everything you eat and drink can stain teeth. It will be necessary to touch up your whitening ocassionaly.
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Ledford
Dentistry 30 years experience
Yes: Composite fillings stain very little. Composite fillings can stain over the years but no more than your regular teeth.
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Ledford
Dentistry 30 years experience
See your dentist: Once a tooth has caries or decay it will continue to grow until the tooth is fixed by a dentist. You can stop caries before they start by brushing and... Read More
A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. William Ledford
Dentistry 30 years experience
Possible dry socket: Ripping the stitches could be sore but should not be extreme pain. You need to see your dentist and make sure you don't have a dry socket. A dry socke... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Ledford
Dentistry 30 years experience
24 hrs: After a 24 hour period you can drink alcohol.
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Ledford
Dentistry 30 years experience
Dont worry: A good dental cleaning will get off any surface stains that have developed. If you are looking to whiten your teeth, right after you get your braces o... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Ledford
Dentistry 30 years experience
Chlorohexadine rinse: A rinse will just tret the surface of the problem. You need to see your dentist to discover the source of the problem.
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Ledford
Dentistry 30 years experience
Possibly: Your wisdom teeth could be the problem but it could be a number of other things also. The only way to tell is to have a dental exam.
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Ledford
Dentistry 30 years experience
Not always: I have a few patients that do work without anesthetic. The majority of patients do not want to feel the dental procedure so they elect to have anesthe... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Ledford
Dentistry 30 years experience
Yes: Gum disease is assymptomatic until the very late stages. The pain only begins when there are major problems. Better to get it taken care of in the ear... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Ledford
Dentistry 30 years experience
Advil (ibuprofen): Until you can see a dentist the best over the counter pain med is ibuprofen.
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Ledford
Dentistry 30 years experience
Yes in some cases: If you have an abscessed tooth the penicillin will help the pain. It will not cure the problem though. If it is an abcessed tooth you will need root c... Read More
A 60-year-old female asked:
Dr. William Ledford
Dentistry 30 years experience
Yes: The biotine line of products are great for dry math.
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Ledford
Dentistry 30 years experience
You can: Unless you are having general anesthetic, there is no reason you can't eat or drink. General anesthetic is usually used by oral surgeons for extractio... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Ledford
Dentistry 30 years experience
Get to your dentist: If it is not chipped or broken it can be rebonded.
A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Ledford
Dentistry 30 years experience
No: If thumb sucking is stopped before permanent teeth start to erupt it will not have major effect.
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Ledford
Dentistry 30 years experience
Yes: Dental xrays have very low radiation.
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Ledford
Dentistry 30 years experience
Yes: Wisdom teeth can erupt anytime from the age of 15 into your 20's. If you are having pain or swelling you should see your dentist.
A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. William Ledford
Dentistry 30 years experience
Very possible: You need to return to oral surgeon immediately to HAV area checked for complications.
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Ledford
Dentistry 30 years experience
No: Many dentists do extractions. Some dentists refer out all there extractions to an oral surgeon. You usually need a referral to an oral surgeon.
A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. William Ledford
Dentistry 30 years experience
Ibuprofen: It is not good to combine medications. I would recommend 800 mg of ibuprofen.
A 36-year-old female asked:
Dr. William Ledford
Dentistry 30 years experience
See your dentist: Sometimes childrens teeth are crowded and they try to come in behind. Some other baby teeth may have to be removed to allow first few permanent teeth ... Read More
A 46-year-old female asked:
Dr. William Ledford
Dentistry 30 years experience
Yes: Slight pain is normal. If you are having sever pain you need to return to dentist to make sure you dont HAV a dry socket.
A 17-year-old female asked:
Dr. William Ledford
Dentistry 30 years experience
No: When food is soft on your teeth that is called plaque. Plaque can be removed by brushing and flossing. After 24-48 hours it hardens and becomes tartar... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Ledford
Dentistry 30 years experience
24-36 hours: It usually takes about a day before you get relief. Antibiotic does not cure problem it just relieves the symptomd.
A 19-year-old male asked:
Dr. William Ledford
Dentistry 30 years experience
Yes: Teeth tend to become darker after root canal therapy. In most cases this is treated with a crown, but sometimes in the anterior it can be bleached.
A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. William Ledford
Dentistry 30 years experience
Not unusual gor gag : It is not unusual to gag when brushing back of tongue. The bleedin is probably from your gum tissue. See your dentist to make sure you do not have gum... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Ledford
Dentistry 30 years experience
Two times per year: Twice a year is a minimum. Many people need to bee seen 3 or 4 times a year due to gum disease.
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Ledford
Dentistry 30 years experience
Whitening : Brushing alone is not enough to whiten your teeth. Even if you are using whitening toothpaste. If you want a whiter smile the best results will come f... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Ledford
Dentistry 30 years experience
Dental whitening: See your dentist to make sure there is no issue then they will be able to help you in whitening your teeth.
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Ledford
Dentistry 30 years experience
Brushing should not : Youare either brushing way too hard or you have gum disease. The best way to find out is to visit your dentist.
A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. William Ledford
Dentistry 30 years experience
Gum Issues: Bleeding upon brushing is not normal. It is a sign of gigivitis or possibly gum disease. You should see a dentist as soon as possible. It is much easi... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Ledford
Dentistry 30 years experience
Yes: Hot foods can burn your gums and tounge. The damage is not permanent it will heal just like any other burn.
A 62-year-old male asked:
Dr. William Ledford
Dentistry 30 years experience
7-10 years: There are many factors that influence the life of a crown. How well you take care of it is probably the most important. A porcelain crown can break ju... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Ledford
Dentistry 30 years experience
Yes: Eating healthy is important but does nothing to protect your teeth from decay and gum disease.
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Ledford
Dentistry 30 years experience
2-5 hours: Typically 2-3 hours on the upper and 3-5 hours on the lower.
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Ledford
Dentistry 30 years experience
Another tooth: A tooth socket after extraction can be painful but not cold sensetive. If you are having cold sensitivity it has to be another tooth.
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Ledford
Dentistry 30 years experience
Different tooth : A tooth that has had a root canal cannot feel hot or cold. It has to be from a different tooth. A root canal can fail but temperature sensitivity is n... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Ledford
Dentistry 30 years experience
No: Gum disease can start at anytime. Usually we see it beginning in early adulthood.You need to see your dentist for proper diagnosis.
A 20-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Ledford
Dentistry 30 years experience
No: Usually bleeding is a signof gum disease. The only other cause could be you are flossing to hard.
A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. William Ledford
Dentistry 30 years experience
Dont Worry: Some children get baby teeth in later than others. This may be the case when it is time for her permanent teeth also. This will not cause any problems... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Ledford
Dentistry 30 years experience
Cavities: Interproximal are cavities between the teeth. These are usually caused by lack of flossing.
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Ledford
Dentistry 30 years experience
Yes: Pain is sometimes referred to another tooth. Sometimes from top to bottom, but never from left to right.
A 62-year-old male asked:
Dr. William Ledford
Dentistry 30 years experience
No: A crown is performed under local anesthetic like any other dental procedure. It will tke longer than getting a filling but there should be no pain.
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Ledford
Dentistry 30 years experience
Very: This will prevent her from having pain. The baby teeth are very important in maintaining space for the permanent teeth. Some of those teeth will be p... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Ledford
Dentistry 30 years experience
Brush and floss: Brushing and flossing will control the tartar build up. You will not get it all and that is why you need to see your dentist for cleaning.
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Ledford
Dentistry 30 years experience
Immediately : If nothing is wrong under crown it can be recemented. If left off too long the teeth can shift and the crown may no longer fit.

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Mar 30, 2015
Dr. Ledford is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Ledford is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
HealthTap member
Thanks for your quick reply! Thanks I did hblem with it stop bleeding so I may have that and infection
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful! I'll switch to ibuprofin then. Thanks so much!
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Thank you, your answer or tip was very helpful! Thanks so much

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

UMKC Dental School
Graduated 1992MD
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