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By Knutson Family Dentistry
September 15, 2017
Category: Oral Health
Tags: dental cleanings  

To better prevent cavities and gum disease, don’t neglect your regular dental cleanings. They are an important aspect of maintaining good dental crownsoral health and can help with maintaining better overall health, as well. At Knutson Family Dentistry, Dr. Richard Knutson, Dr. Matthew Knutson and Dr. Troy Larsen provide preventive services in Vermillion, SD.

Better Oral Health

Even when you maintain good oral hygiene habits at home, regular dental cleanings make it possible to achieve a more thorough cleaning of the teeth and gums. For instance, tartar buildup is not something that can be cleaned away through regular brushing and flossing at home. It is only possible to completely remove tartar buildup through a professional dental cleaning at your Vermillion dentist’s office. Removing tartar buildup keeps teeth and gums healthy and prevents the development of gum disease and other oral health problems.

Early Detection of Other Diseases

Not only do regular dental cleanings improve oral health, they also make it possible to detect the early warning signs of other diseases within the body. The symptoms of some illnesses and diseases can be observed in the mouth. For example, bone loss in the jaw area is an indication of osteoporosis. Nighttime reflux disease and oral cancer also display symptoms in the mouth. Regular dental checkups with cleanings allow the dentist an opportunity to spot these symptoms for early detection of other diseases.

Don’t neglect your regular dental cleanings. They are vital to maintaining good oral health and can contribute to better overall health. Further, regular dental cleanings and visits give your dentist a chance to spot early warning signs of other health problems. To schedule your next dental cleaning in Vermillion with either of the two Dr. Knutsons or Dr. Larsen, contact Knutson Family Dentistry at (605) 857-8008.

By Knutson Family Dentistry
July 27, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: cosmetic dentistry  

Hair dye, makeup, wrinkle treatment: these are all common cosmetic ways to improve the way we look. But have you thought about the cosmetic dentistryappearance of your smile? Time, bad habits or genetics can make our teeth look less than beautiful, but at Knutson Family Dentistry in Vermillion, SD, these issues can be improved or completely repaired. Two of the best cosmetic treatments that Dr. Matthew Knutson, Dr. Richard Knutson and Dr. Troy Larson offer are teeth whitening and veneers, which are discussed here.


It's been said that today's smile has two colors: white or not. Needless to say, a white smile gives other people the most favorable impression and offers you the most confidence about your appearance. That's why whitening from your Vermillion cosmetic dentist is one of the best ways you can give dull and discolored teeth a makeover: it's cost-effective, easy, and very impressive, often taking your teeth up to eight shades whiter than before. While over-the-counter whitening products contain the same ingredients as those we use at Knutson Family Dentistry, we use professional-strength whitening gel, which yields quicker and longer-lasting results. And when your whitening treatment is done in a dental office, you'll know you're getting the safest and most accurate experience.


Cosmetic dental flaws aren't always a singular problem; many people have several issues that they'd like to fix. Veneers from the best cosmetic dentist in Vermillion correct a myriad of dental problems: alignment issues like gaps or overlaps, teeth that are too small or short, permanent staining, and more. That's because veneers actually hide these flaws behind a section of tooth-shaped porcelain. This cosmetic treatment, the preferred method of smile makeovers by Hollywood's finest, is guaranteed to give you a complete smile makeover.

We offer a host of other cosmetic dental options at Knutson Family Dentistry. To learn more about the best cosmetic treatment for your unique situation, contact our office in Vermillion, SD, for an appointment today!

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.

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