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By Knutson Family Dentistry
February 08, 2021
Category: Oral Health
Tags: dental visits   Dentist  

How your general dentist in Vermillion, SD, can keep your smile healthy.

It’s easy to procrastinate and delay your dental care, but it’s the wrong thing to do. That’s because dental problems can get away from you. A small, easily treatable dental issue can become a major dental problem. It’s important to recognize when you need to see a dentist.

Drs. Matthew and Richard Knutson, and Dr. Brandon Jensen of Knutson Family Dentistry in Vermillion, SD, offer full-service dentistry to keep your smile healthy.

Let’s take a look at 5 signs it’s time to see a dentist:

  1. You can’t remember when you last visited your dentist. If you can’t remember when you last had a dental appointment, chances are it’s been too long. It’s time to come back in for a dental exam and x-rays at least.
  2. Your gums bleed a little when you brush, floss, or eat. Bleeding is an early sign of gum disease, and if it goes untreated, gum disease can become periodontal disease and you can lose teeth. It’s time for a professional dental cleaning.
  3. You frequently experience tooth pain. Dental pain could be a sign of tooth decay, which should be treated as soon as possible. Untreated tooth decay can turn into the need for a root canal.
  4. You have lost teeth. If you are living with an incomplete smile, it affects your chewing ability, your self-esteem, and your self-confidence. Your dentist can offer a wide variety of tooth replacement options, so you can get your smile back.
  5. You want to improve your smile. Dentistry isn’t just about fillings. Cosmetic dentistry can make your smile more beautiful. Your dentist can introduce you to a wide variety of services, including teeth whitening, bonding, and veneers, to give you a smile you will love to show off.

To protect your smile, it’s time to see your dentist. To find out more about how your dentist can help you keep a healthy smile, call Drs. Matthew and Richard Knutson, and Dr. Brandon Jensen of Knutson Family Dentistry in Vermillion, SD, at (605) 857-8008. Call today.

By Knutson Family Dentistry
December 31, 2020
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Crowns   Same Day Crowns  

Now it’s possible to get a dental crown in one visit to our Vermillion, SD, dental practice.

You didn’t read that wrong. You absolutely can have a dental crown made and placed in the very same day when you turn to our Vermillion, SD, family dentists Drs. Matthew & Richard Knutson and Dr. Brandon Jensen. CEREC, which stands for chairside economical restoration of esthetic ceramic, is a unique and state-of-the-art technology that allows our dental team to be able to create and place permanent crowns in one easy appointment. Here are just some of the top benefits of getting same day crowns,

No more temporary crowns!

Traditional dental crowns require us to send impressions of your smile to an outside dental lab, where it can take up to four weeks to make your crown. Thanks to CEREC technology, we can remove the middleman and simply bring all this technology in-house so our dental team can now make your crowns, veneers and onlays/inlays. Since we can make and place your CEREC crown in just one appointment, you no longer need to wear a flimsy, awkward temporary crown for weeks.

Bye, bye messy impressions

Another benefit to having this incredible technology is that we can also capture amazingly precise measurements of your teeth using digital technology rather than those messy impressions that you may remember from the past. Traditional impressions can be uncomfortable, but CEREC crowns are ideal for all patients, even those with sensitive gag reflexes.

Save yourself time

The goal of our dental team is to make sure that you get the dental care you need as quickly and efficiently as possible. That means keeping up with the latest technology, which provides us with more effective solutions to your dental problems. Plus, we know you’re busy and don’t have time to keep coming back into our office every week just to get a crown. Luckily, CEREC technology significantly cuts down your treatment plan and allows you to get back to your daily routine even faster.

Save a damaged tooth

The purpose of a dental crown is to cover and protect a weak or damaged tooth. The crown will restore strength and durability back into the tooth. Same day crowns ensure that our Vermillion, SD, dentists are able to provide you with a strong, high-quality dental crown that is built to last up to 15 years with the proper care. When you are dealing with a damaged tooth it’s comforting to know that you can fix this dental problem in just one visit at our dentist’s office.

Do you have questions about getting same day crowns from our Vermillion, SD, dental team? Want to know whether CEREC crowns or restorations are right for you? If so, call Knutson Family Dentistry today at (605) 857-8008 to schedule a consultation.

By Knutson Family Dentistry
November 24, 2020
Category: Oral Health
Tags: General Dentist  

We all need a general dentist. They are our primary dental care providers. At Knutson Family Dentistry, you have three general dentists to choose from Drs. Matthew Knutson, Richard Knutson, and Brandon Jensen. So, why do you need a general dentist? This dentist diagnoses, treats and manages all your needs, like gum care, root canals, fillings, crowns, veneers, and bridges. Your Vermillion, SD, can even refer you to a specialist if need be.

General Dentist Services

  • Oral Cancer Screenings: Your dentist examines the inside of your mouth for red or white patches and/or mouth sores. The dentist uses gloved hands to feel the tissue in your mouth to check for abnormalities.
  • Orthodontic treatment (Invisalign): Many adults need braces but would like to straighten their teeth discreetly. Invisalign realigns crooked teeth to improve your smile and prevent food from getting stuck in hard-to-clean areas.
  • Restoration of Dental Implants: A dental implant replaces missing tooth roots and reinforces the jawbone. Sometimes, like any natural tooth or oral appliance, the crown of the dental implant may be damaged. At Vermillion, your general dentist can fix this issue.
  • Fluoride Treatments: Fluoride helps protect teeth against cavities getting bigger or manifesting at all. Fluoride, a naturally occurring mineral, can be applied as a gel, foam, or varnish on teeth. People can also take fluoride supplements if that works better for them.
  • Sealants: This is a great preventative measure for children. Your general dentist applies a layer of sealant on your child's teeth to create a barrier between your teeth and food to protect teeth from cavities.

Need a consultation?

If you'd like to learn more about what your general dentist can do for you, don't hesitate to call Knutson Family Dentistry at (605) 857-8008. Drs. Matthew Knutson, Richard Knutson, and Brandon Jensen of Vermillion, SD, will be happy to help.

By Knutson Family Dentistry
August 20, 2020
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: sealants  

Dental cavities are a common condition that affects adults and children alike. If left untreated, they can result in infections, pain, and negatively impact your regular oral functions. Aside from a great oral care routine, a healthy diet, and routine dental visits, one of the most effective ways to prevent the development of cavities is through the use of dental sealants.

Here at Knutson Family Dentistry in Vermillion, SD, our general dentists, Dr. Matthew Knutson, Dr. Richard Knutson, and Dr. Brandon Jensen, frequently use dental sealants for protecting our patients’ teeth regardless of their age.

What Exactly are Dental Sealants?

Dental sealants are basically ultra-slim plastic coatings that are specifically made to protect your teeth’s chewing surface. They are often painted on the molars and premolars. The sealant will immediately adhere to the grooves and depressions on the top surfaces of your teeth, creating a shield that keeps cavities away. Since the chewing surfaces of your teeth have nooks and crevices, brushing and flossing can only go as far as effectively cleaning the smooth surfaces of your teeth.

What Benefits Do Dental Sealants Offer?

Besides the fact that they can prevent the development of tooth decay, they can also help you with the following:

  • Save money. Treatment for tooth decay could be costly, depending on its severity. Getting dental sealants is much more affordable than having to undergo reparative treatments in the future.
  • Improvements to your oral health. Tooth decay alone can cause serious oral health complications but dental sealants can effectively help uphold the health of your teeth and gums.
  • Save time. Sealants require only a single dental visit. Without them, you may develop tooth decay, which could then lead to serious oral health issues.

How is Dental Sealant Applied?

The application of a dental sealant is an easy and painless procedure. Dental sealant application typically entails the following steps:

  • The surfaces of the teeth that require sealant are cleaned thoroughly.
  • Every tooth will be dried and then cotton will be placed around them to retain their dryness.
  • An acidic solution is then applied to roughen the teeth’s chewing surfaces so that the sealant bonds with them well.
  • After a few minutes, your teeth will be rinsed and then dried again.
  • The sealant will then be applied to the teeth and a curing light might be utilized to cure the dental sealant.

How Long Do Dental Sealants Last?

They could safeguard your teeth from cavities for up to a year. However, they still require evaluation for wearing or chipping during your routine visits to your general dentist in Vermillion, SD. Your dentist will replace your sealants if needed.

Interested in Dental Sealants? Call Us

Book an appointment with your general dentist here at Knutson Family Dentistry in Vermillion, SD, Dr. Matthew Knutson, Dr. Richard Knutson, or Dr. Brandon Jensen, by dialing (605) 857-8008.

By Knutson Family Dentistry
May 26, 2020
Category: Oral Health

When it comes to teeth whitening, there’s no single shade that would be applicable for all. Why? Put simply, the natural whiteness of our teeth differs even in the slightest light. This is why it is always good to make sure that teeth whitening is done by a professional to ensure everything blends in perfectly well.

Here at Knutson Family Dentistry in Vermillion, SD, one of our cosmetics dentists, Dr. Matthew Knutson, Dr. Richard Knutson, or Dr. Brandon Jensen, can assess your needs and recommend the best whitening treatment plan for you. But what should you do to maintain your white smile after you undergo treatment? Here are some no-nonsense guidelines.

Essential Oral Hygiene Habits

Professionally done teeth whitening is not an assurance that your teeth will not become discolored or stained. You still need to take care of it using sensible and effective basic oral hygiene practices, including:

  • Brushing and Flossing: The foundation of every oral hygiene routine, brushing should be completed twice a day for two minutes using a soft-bristled brush, and flossing should be performed at least once a day.
  • Rinsing with Mouthwash: Aside from keeping your breath smelling fresher for longer, fluoride mouthwashes help protect teeth enamel. Rinse for 30 to 60 seconds after brushing and flossing.
  • Sensible Eating: If you eat too many sweetened foods and drinks, you are increasing your risk of accumulating plaque. Opt for crunchy fruits and vegetables to improve saliva flow and protect your teeth and gums. Additionally, make sure to drink water as much as possible.

Dealing With Stubborn Stains

Sometimes, we cannot help but consume foods and drinks that eventually leave stubborn stains and discolor your teeth. This is where help from the best cosmetic dentist in Vermillion, SD, will come into play. Depending on your specific requirements, your dentist may suggest the following treatments:

  • Teeth Whitening: If you’ve had one before, you know it doesn’t last forever. Chemicals from medicines can stain your teeth just as bad as coffee or tea. Have your dentist do a teeth whitening for faster and longer-lasting results.
  • Dental Bonding: This is another cosmetic solution that your dentist can do for you especially if you have stained, cracked, broken, or chipped teeth. This is a great way to maintain the whiteness of your teeth and also ensure that the gaps of your teeth are covered.
  • Dental Veneers: This option may be recommended by your dentist if your natural teeth have become permanently stained. It could likewise correct slightly crooked and poorly-shaped teeth.
  • Dental Crowns: These cover the entire tooth to give it that normal color, shape, and appearance. Aside from maintaining the whiteness of your smile, they can also help protect weak or broken teeth.

Need More Details on Teeth Whitening Treatments? Call The Best Cosmetic Dentists in Vermillion, SD

You can reach Knutson Family Dentistry by calling (605)-857-8008 to schedule an appointment with one of the best cosmetic dentists in Vermillion, SD, Dr. Matthew Knutson, Dr. Richard Knutson, or Dr. Brandon Jensen.

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