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By Knutson Family Dentistry
May 17, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

Are you ready to find out the many ways we can bolster your oral health?dental procedures

Even if your smile isn’t exactly your ideal smile, this doesn’t mean that it’s impossible to achieve great oral health and a stunning smile to boot. Our Vermillion, SD, general dentists Drs. Richard and Matthew Knutson, and Dr. Troy Larsen offer a number of ways to promote better oral health while also improving on the smile you already have.

Preventive Dentistry

Preventing decay, gum disease and other dental issues are far easier and less expensive than just dealing with the issue when it happens. This is why it’s important to visit our Vermillion, SD, dentists every six months. When you come in every six months we will thoroughly deep clean your teeth and gums to remove plaque and tartar buildup. Once a year, x-rays will also be performed to check for decay between teeth and to monitor the health of your jawbone for any changes.

We also offer dental sealants to our children and teens to protect against decay. These sealants are placed over molars, as back teeth are often more challenging to keep clean because of all the ridges found on the chewing surfaces. Fluoride treatment can also help restrengthen enamel and protect against cavities.

Cosmetic Dentistry

If you hate that small chip in the front of your teeth or you want a whiter smile, there are many reasons to consider getting cosmetic dentistry. We offer a full range of services to cater to everyone, whether you want to make minor tweaks or get a full-on makeover. Some cosmetic options we offer include:

  • Dental bonding
  • Tooth reshaping
  • Teeth whitening
  • Dental veneers
  • Dental implants

Restorative Dentistry

Sometimes damage to your smile goes beyond the purely cosmetic. In this case, restorative dentistry is required to make the necessary repairs to protect the tooth from further damage in the future. Some restorative dentistry options include:

  • Tooth-colored fillings
  • Inlays/onlays
  • Dental bridges
  • Porcelain crowns
  • Dentures


Everyone from children to adults with crooked or misaligned teeth can benefit from orthodontic treatment. From traditional metal braces to ceramic brackets and wires to completely invisible aligner systems, we have it all so that you get the straighter smile you want on your own terms.

Knutson Family Dentistry in Vermillion, SD, is ready to help you achieve that perfect smile. Call us now to find out what we can do for you.

By Knutson Family Dentistry
March 24, 2017
Category: Oral Health

How your dentists in Vermillion can improve your smilerestorative dentistry

Dental problems can be annoying and sometimes even painful. That’s why you need the services of a great dentist. You want a dentist that offers a full range of services to help you with most dental problems. Your dentists at Knutson Family Dentistry in Vermillion, SD, want to help you and your smile.

They offer comprehensive dental services to help you maintain your best smile. Consider:

A dental filling if you have a decayed or damaged tooth. You can choose from many different materials depending on your needs, including tooth-colored (composite) or glass ionomer.

A dental crown if you don’t have enough tooth structure left for a filling. Crowns are placed on teeth to strengthen them against further breakage and are a great choice for teeth that have had a root canal, or are badly decayed or damaged. You can choose from porcelain-fused-to-metal or full porcelain for your crown.

Dental implants if you are missing a single or multiple teeth. Dental implants are the most natural-looking tooth replacement available and you clean them with normal brushing and flossing. They are stable, permanent and never move. They can be placed during a simple in-office procedure and then after they have healed, they are permanently capped with beautiful implant crowns.

Professional teeth whitening if you want to whiten your smile up to 8 shades whiter; the results can last up to an astounding 5 years, far longer than with over-the-counter whitening treatments. You can choose from a speedy in-office whitening treatment that takes about an hour, or a convenient take-home whitening kit with everything you need to whiten your teeth in the privacy of your home.

These are just a few of the restorative dental treatments available at Knutson Family Dentistry. For a complete list of treatments available, please visit the services page on the website at

If you need the services of an outstanding, caring dentist, it’s time to call your dentists at Knutson Family Dentistry in Vermillion, SD. Don’t put up with annoying, painful dental problems. Save your smile by calling today!

By Knutson Family Dentistry
January 31, 2017
Category: Oral Health

Can a simple procedure like cosmetic bonding finally improve the appearance of your smile?dental bonding

Do you hate that small chip in your front tooth? Or do you wish you could close up that small gap between your teeth? Perhaps you have a small discoloration that teeth whitening won’t be able to treat. If you are dealing with minor issues that affect the appearance of your smile but not how it functions, then our Vermillion, SD, general dentists, Drs. Richard and Matthew Knutson, may be able to recommend cosmetic bonding for tackling your more subtle dental problems.

What is cosmetic bonding?

During this simple, non-invasive procedure our Vermillion cosmetic dentist will place a moldable resin over one or more teeth to mask small aesthetic flaws. This resin is the same resin used to fill a cavity. Of course, since there is no decay present and the sole purpose of this bonding treatment is for cosmetic rather than restorative enhancement, we won’t need to administer anesthesia or use a dental drill like we would if you were getting a dental filling.

When is cosmetic bonding used?

This is a great treatment option for anyone who is looking to fix a chipped, fractured or discolored tooth. It may also be used to lengthen a tooth that has been worn down and fill small gaps between teeth. Cosmetic bonding is also ideal for anyone looking to make subtle changes to the color, size or shape of one or more teeth. It’s important to keep in mind that because dental bonding is a non-invasive approach to changing your smile it won’t be able to fix more severe imperfections like large gaps between teeth or malformations.

How is dental bonding applied to teeth?

Once we determine that you are the ideal candidate for this cosmetic treatment we will apply this putty-like tooth-colored resin over the area or areas of the tooth that you want to correct. We will then begin to contour and shape the resin until we have the perfect look. Once the resin has been perfectly molded we will then harden it with a laser. With one final polish, your new tooth is good as new!

Does cosmetic bonding sound like exactly what you’ve been looking for in Vermillion, SD? If so, trust your smile to the experts at Knutson Family Dentistry to get the smile you’ve always wanted with cosmetic dentistry.

By Knutson Family Dentistry
November 29, 2016
Tags: Crowns  

If your child has a damaged or decayed tooth, you may think that, since the baby tooth will fall out on its own anyway, it is better to simply extract the tooth. However, keeping baby teeth in place until they fall out naturally is important to the mouth’s growth and development. Dental crowns help preserve the tooth’s structure and prevent extraction. Learn more about dental crowns for your child with Knutson Family Dentistry.

What is a dental crown? 
A dental crown protects and stabilizes a tooth. Most dental cases which require a crown include a severely decayed, broken, or an otherwise compromised tooth. Crowns are commonly used after root canal therapy to protect the tooth’s large filling. Made from porcelain, dental crowns fit over the top of and around the sides of a tooth, encompassing it completely.

Should my child get dental crowns? 
Crowns can greatly benefit children’s “baby” teeth. These teeth act as a placeholder for the permanent teeth which will eventually grow in. Baby teeth also ensure children chew their food properly, learn to speak correctly and guide the permanent teeth into place, once they begin growing in. If your child has a damaged tooth, a dental crown can preserve the tooth’s natural structure, allowing these important processes to take place naturally.

Same Day Crowns
Traditional dental crowns require the help of a dental laboratory who designs and creates the crown itself. The process usually takes around two weeks and requires a second dental appointment to place the final crown. However, same day crowns allow your dentist to skip the laboratory step altogether. This saves patients time, laboratory fees and extra dental appointments.

Your dentist will use specialized technology to take a 3D model of your mouth which transfers to a computer software program. The program allows your dentist to create the design of the crown, then send the design to a machine which carves the crown out of a block of ceramic. Same day crowns only take a few minutes to design and create.

For more information on pediatric crowns, please contact Dr. Richard Knutson and Dr. Matthew Knutson at Knutson Family Dentistry. Call (605) 857-8008 to schedule your child’s appointment for dental crowns today!

By Knutson Family Dentistry
October 10, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental cleanings  

What your dentists want you to know about professional dental cleanings

Regular brushing and flossing are a necessary part of good oral health, but sometimes it isn't enough to keep your teeth, supporting dental cleaningbone and gums healthy; you need professional teeth cleanings to ensure you maintain excellent oral health. If you haven’t visited the dentist in a long time, you may be wondering if dental cleanings are that important. Your dentists at Knutson Family Dentistry want to share their knowledge and expertise with you regarding dental cleanings.

The goal of professional dental cleanings is to promote oral health by removing soft deposits, known as plaque, and hard deposits, known as calculus. Dr. Matt or Dr. Richard will do a comprehensive dental examination including x-rays, and measurements of any bone or soft tissue loss around your teeth.

If you have gum inflammation, with no evident loss of bone or soft tissue, chances are good that you will just need a regular cleaning, usually performed every 6 months. Dr. Matt, Dr. Richard or one of the hygienists will perform scaling, a technique using hand instruments and ultrasonic devices to remove soft and hard deposits, both above and below the gumline. The final step is using a high-speed handpiece to polish your teeth and give you a sparkling, clean smile.

If you do have some soft tissue and bone loss around your teeth, Dr. Matt or Dr. Richard may recommend supportive periodontal therapy, also called root planing. This procedure is a bit more intensive and often requires more than one appointment. Root planing can be performed with or without local anesthetic, depending on your wishes.

During root planing, either the doctor or hygienist will use instruments, sometimes with longer blades, to reach deeper areas around your teeth. Ultrasonic technology is often used also to flush out infected areas. The roots of your teeth are cleaned of all deposits and the root surface is smoothed.

If you undergo supportive periodontal therapy, Dr. Matt and Dr. Richard will recommend maintenance appointments every 3 to 4 months to keep your teeth, supportive bone and gums healthy.

Don’t try to take care of your oral health by yourself. You need the help of experts in professional dental cleaning and periodontal therapy. For more information on dental cleanings and periodontal services, call your dentists at Knutson Family Dentistry. Protect your smile and call today!

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