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By Knutson Family Dentistry
December 07, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Dental Veneers  

How dental veneers from your dentists in Vermillion, South Dakota, can rejuvenate your smile

If your smile needs a little help to look its best, you need to discover the benefits of dental veneers. Veneers can help reduce the signs of aging upon your teeth through increasing your smile's brightness and masking any damages acquired throughout the years. Read below to learn more and contact Drs. Matthew and Richard Knutson at Knutson Family Dentistry in Vermillion, South Dakota to personally inquire about treatment!

More About Veneers

Dental veneers are thin laminates of porcelain which are cemented on to the front surfaces of your teeth. They offer many benefits, including hiding both minor and major aesthetic issues such as tooth wear, cracks, fracture lines, heavy stains and discolorations, broken teeth, and enamel defects.

When you choose dental veneers, these are just some of the many benefits you will enjoy:

  • A brilliant, white smile that won’t fade with time, as porcelain resists staining
  • Perfectly shaped, perfectly contoured teeth, making you want to smile again
  • A celebrity-perfect smile that people will remember

Consider dental implants if you need to look your best for a special event like a reunion or a wedding. They are also a great way to impress others at an important job interview, after all, nothing says success like a great smile!

Veneers can also mask the look of overlapped teeth and small gaps between teeth. During a consultation, our dentists will evaluate your smile to determine whether the alignment issues can be hidden with veneers or if you should choose conventional orthodontic treatment for a straight smile.

When you choose dental veneers, you have chosen one of the most conservative dental treatments available. To place them, your dentist only needs to remove a little tooth structure—just enough to accommodate the thickness of the veneers.

Interested? Give Us a Call!

Discover the benefits of dental implants by calling Drs. Matthew and Richard Knutson at Knutson Family Dentistry in Vermillion, South Dakota. Don’t wait! Enjoy the smile you deserve by calling (605) 857-8008 today!

By Knutson Family Dentistry
October 01, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

Cavities are a pain, but dental fillings make it all better.

Finding out you have a cavity is never fun, but our Vermillion, SD, general dentists Dr. Richard Knutson and Dr. Matthew Knutson are here to tell you what will happen next to fix the problem and to restore the tooth. After all, a cavity will continue to get worse if it isn’t treated.Bright White Smile Coming in for those routine checkups can help us spot cavities early on when they are much easier to treat. Here are the benefits of getting a tooth-colored filling.

It’s Quick

The process of getting a tooth-colored filling is easy and painless. If you have a cavity it takes anywhere from 45 minutes to one hour to remove the decay and fill it with a resin filling. Before our Vermillion, SD, dentist even begins, a numbing anesthetic will be applied to the area. In about 10 to 15 minutes the area will be completely numb and we’ll be able to start treating the tooth.

Once we have removed the decayed enamel we will clean the tooth and then apply the tooth-colored resin into the cavity. We will shape the resin and harden it into place with a dental light.

It’s Aesthetically Pleasing

While dental fillings can be made from different materials, we often use composite resin because it actually blends right in with the rest of the tooth so no one will even see it. The color of the resin is even matched to the color of the tooth so that it blends seamlessly when applied. So, go ahead and flash that smile; no one will know that you have a dental filling.

They are Durable

If you maintain good oral hygiene there is no reason that a tooth-colored filling won’t for years. Make sure that you are brushing twice a day, flossing daily and visiting your Vermillion, SD, family dentist every six months for cleanings. Avoid chewing ice or biting your nails, which can chip your filling.

When was the last time you had a routine dental cleaning? If you don’t remember your last checkup then chances are good it’s time to schedule one. You should be coming in every six months for cleanings. Call Knutson Family Dentistry in Vermillion, SD, today to schedule your next appointment.

By Knutson Family Dentistry
July 25, 2018
Category: Oral Health
Tags: dental cleanings  

Dental CleaningWhat's one of life's highest priorities? Well, it's health, of course, including the well-being of your teeth and gums. At Knutson Family Dentistry in Vermillion, SD, professional dental cleanings help preserve your oral health. Dr. Richard Knutson and Dr. Matthew Knutson see this prophylactic service as one of the best things you can do for yourself and for your family.

Why are dental cleanings important?

When your dental hygienist cleans your teeth, she removes toxic substances called plaque and tartar. These biofilms form from leftover food particles caught between your teeth and under your gums. Even the most diligent of home brushers and flossers cannot remove them all, and consequently, bacteria grows, decaying teeth and irritating gums.

The Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta states that nearly one-third of American adults have untreated cavities. Further, the CDC maintains that the number could decrease significantly with more dental care--specifically, exams and cleanings every six months.

Finally, what happens in your mouth affects your systemic health. Plaque and tartar irritate and degrade gum tissue, causing a worrisome problem called periodontitis. Even in its least severe form (gingivitis), periodontitis is linked to diseases and conditions such as diabetes, stroke, heart attack, arthritis, and more, says the American Dental Association (ADA). That's why the ADA wants you to see your dentist in Vermillion every six months for an examination and professional dental cleaning. Prevention really is the best cure.

Additional benefits

Besides removing harmful plaque and tartar, your dental hygienist performs several important services such as:

  • Counting your teeth, noting their alignment and any defects or possible health issues
  • Checking for oral cancer (a visual and tactile exam which your dentist will repeat with your dental examination)
  • Taking digital X-rays when needed
  • Looking for signs of periodontal disease (gum pockets which measure deeper than three millimeters are diagnostic for gum disease)
  • Flossing and polishing your teeth
  • Showing you ways to improve your home care

You'll enjoy your cleaning

Is that really possible? Well, at Knutson Family Dentistry it is possible because our dentists, hygienists, assistants, and office staff are the best anywhere. They're highly skilled and have created a truly patient-centered environment that's comfortable and welcoming no matter what kind of dental care you need. In fact, even the treatment chairs provide heat and massage so you have a relaxed experience.

Call Knutson Family Dentistry today to speak to a team member and arrange your semi-annual cleaning and check-up in Vermillion, SD. Phone (605) 857-8008.

By Knutson Family Dentistry
May 22, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: root canal  

Root canals aren't just designed to save a tooth from extraction; they also relieve pain and stop infection in its tracks. By removing theTooth pain inside of teeth that have been exposed to damage or decay, Dr. Matthew Knutson, Dr. Richard Knutson, and Dr. Troy Larsen, your general dentists in Vermillion, SD, are helping you maintain good dental and physical health. If you've been having some dental problems but aren't sure if it warrants a trip to the dentist, here are some signs that can help you make a decision.

Pain and sensitivity

The earliest indication that a tooth may be in trouble, to both you and your Vermillion general dentists, is a long-lasting tingling feeling after you drink or eat something hot or cold. Some patients even report feeling this sensitivity after brushing or even inhaling cold air outdoors. The reason for this uncomfortable sensation is due to the nerves underneath the weakened enamel being exposed to stimuli that they're normally insulated against. Breakage in a tooth can also produce a classic toothache, most often when you're chewing or biting down. Functional teeth keep the nerves inside them protected from what's happening around them, but a cracked tooth shifts unnaturally when it comes into contact with another tooth, pressing against the inner tissues and causing considerable pain.

Abscess

If the infection inside your tooth goes untreated, it will attempt to "escape" its confines by creating an abscess. These pockets of infection, made up of dead white blood cells and toxins, may develop in the jawbone at the tip of the tooth's root, or you may notice a blister-like spot that's formed on your gums near the affected tooth. You may have the associated pain and sensitivity mentioned above, as well as a fever. Development of an abscess is a sure sign that you need to contact your Vermillion, SD, general dentist immediately.

To schedule an appointment at Knutson Family Dentistry in Vermillion, SD, contact our office today!

By Knutson Family Dentistry
April 04, 2018
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Oral Hygiene  

Caring for your smile is almost sure to be part of your daily routine. However, some oral hygiene routines may just not be enough to keeporal hygiene teeth decay and gum disease in check. A strong daily oral care routine will keep plaque and decay at bay for years to come. Does your daily dental care stand up to the test? Find out what you should do to effectively maintain your smile with Dr. Matthew Knutson, Dr. Richard Knutson, and Dr. Troy Larsen at Knutson Family Dentistry in Vermillion, SD.

What can I do daily to maintain my smile? 
According to the American Dental Association, every person, no matter their risk for teeth decay or gum disease, age, or any other factors, should brush their teeth at least twice a day and floss between each tooth and behind the back of the last molars at least once. Additional recommendations by the ADA state that patients should see their dentist at least twice a year for routine dental examinations and cleanings.

How do regular dental examinations and cleanings benefit my teeth? 
These regular biannual visits will ensure that your dentist finds and treats minor conditions like cavities early, while they still require only minimally invasive techniques. If left untreated, decay may require a root canal or other more complex methods. Additionally, biannual cleanings remove all instances of plaque and tartar from the teeth, ensuring that you have a clean slate to continue keeping plaque off the teeth to prevent decay in the future. Cleanings are especially important since tartar, the substance plaque eventually hardens into, can only be removed with a professional cleaning.

Keeping Good Oral Hygiene Habits in Vermillion, SD
You can keep your teeth healthy and clean in just minutes each day. A small sacrifice of five minutes in the morning and evening can save your teeth from serious dental problems. Coupled with regular visits to your dentist, you can keep teeth decay and gum disease at bay for a lifetime.

For more information on good oral hygiene habits or regular dental examinations and cleanings, please contact Dr. Matthew Knutson, Dr. Richard Knutson, and Dr. Troy Larsen at Knutson Family Dentistry in Vermillion, SD. Call (605)-857-8008 to strengthen your fight against teeth decay and gum disease today!





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