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By Knutson Family Dentistry
August 25, 2021
Category: Dental Procedures

Same-day crowns strengthen and restore damaged teeth without the wait. Traditional dental crowns require a second appointment several weeks later once the crowns have been made in a dental lab. Same-day crowns are designed and fabricated right in the dentist’s office so you can enjoy your new smile right away. In Vermillion, SD, same-day crowns are available at Knutson Family Dentistry, where Dr. Matthew Knutson, Dr. Richard Knutson, and Dr. Brandon Jensen can restore your smile in one day.

CEREC Technology

Dental crowns are hollow tooth-like caps placed over damaged teeth to make them stronger, restore biting and chewing functions, and protect against further damage. Crowns completely encase the natural tooth inside and become the tooth’s new exterior.

Traditionally, dental crowns are created in a separate dental lab. The process typically takes several weeks as a physical impression of the patient’s teeth first must be sent to the lab. Then the lab uses the impression to create custom dental crowns. Once the crowns are ready, they still need to be sent back to the dentist’s office.

CEREC technology makes it possible to design and fabricate custom crowns right in the dentist’s office so patients can enjoy their new smile the same day. CEREC, which stands for Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics, utilizes CAD and CAM technology to both design and create custom crowns in the office.

A CAD, computer-aided design, program is used to generate a digital 3D model of the teeth. CAM, computer-aided manufacturing, technology then uses the digital model to fabricate custom crowns in a milling machine on the spot. It only takes a few minutes for the crowns to be made. They can be placed as soon as they are finished.

Advantages of Same-Day Crowns

There are several advantages to strengthening and restoring your smile with same-day crowns at our Vermillion, SD, dental office. The main benefit is that your crowns can be made and placed in one day without waiting several weeks.

Another advantage of same-day crowns is the use of CAD technology to generate a digital impression of the teeth. This eliminates the need to create a physical mold, which is both messy and potentially uncomfortable for patients with a sensitive gag reflex.

Same-day crowns can renew your smile without the wait. For same-day crowns in Vermillion, SD, schedule an appointment with Dr. Matthew Knutson, Dr. Richard Knutson, and Dr. Jensen by calling Knutson Family Dentistry at 605-857-8008.

By Knutson Family Dentistry
August 24, 2021
Category: Oral Health

Everyone knows that a big part of a proper dental hygiene routine is brushing and flossing your teeth daily, but another important part of keeping your smile healthy is with dental cleanings. At your regular dental checkups, Dr. Matthew Knutson, Dr. Richard Knutson, and Dr. Brandon Jensen, your general dentists in Vermillion, SD, at Knutson Family Dentistry will perform a dental cleaning and explain why cleanings are so important to your smile health.

Why Dental Cleanings Are Important

When you take care of your teeth at home, you’re removing plaque and tartar buildup that can cause decay to set into your smile. However, there are spots that plaque can buildup in that are only accessible with specialty tools that your general dentist in Vermillion, SD, uses. When you regularly visit your dentist, they’ll be able to use this time to remove any plaque or tartar that you may have missed or were not able to reach which will help keep your smile strong and free of decay and disease.

During a dental cleaning, your dentist will first scrape the tartar from your teeth, completely cleaning them. They will then polish your teeth, giving you a dazzling smile. They will also use this time to check for any signs of dental problems that could cause further issues with your smile. We will let you know if there are any spots that need more work in the future while you’re cleaning at home.

Having regular dental cleanings and check-ups can help reduce your need for expensive and time-consuming dental procedures that could be prevented with the proper care. When dental diseases are caught at an early stage, they’re easier to treat, giving you a better chance to keep your smile strong and healthy.

Schedule Your Dental Cleaning Today!

Keep your smile healthy by being consistent with dental cleanings! Contact Dr. Matthew Knutson, Dr. Richard Knutson, and Dr. Jensen, your general dentists in Vermillion, SD, today to schedule an appointment for your next dental cleaning. Call Knutson Family Dentistry at 605-857-8008 now.

By Knutson Family Dentistry
May 10, 2021
Category: Oral Health
Tags: dental implants   Dentures  

Don't worry if you are missing teeth. You have many tooth replacement options to complete your smile. If you have gaps in your teeth, the skilled Vermillion, SD, general dentists of Knutson Family Dentistry can help. We offer dental implants and dentures to keep you smiling.

Why You Should Replace Missing Teeth

Missing teeth affect the look of your smile, but they can also affect your oral and general health too. Missing teeth can affect the way you speak and eat, causing you difficulty and embarrassment. They can even affect your ability to digest food if it's not broken up by chewing properly.

When it comes to your looks, a gap in your smile can cause your remaining teeth to shift into the space causing bite problems or undoing past orthodontic work. You will also experience sagging of the facial muscles because they are no longer fully supported by the teeth, making you look older. Bone loss is another side effect of tooth loss because the jaw bone will not be stimulated by the roots of your teeth.

Tooth Replacement Options from Your Vermillion, SD, General Dentists

Dental implants are the closest tooth replacement to your natural teeth. They are made up of a titanium post that is implanted into the jawbone and fuses with it as it heals. They will stay in place permanently and can last a lifetime. This treatment has the added benefit of stimulating the jaw bone so it won't lose any bone density. Implants are the perfect choice for replacing one or multiple missing teeth. You can even use multiple dental implants to support other treatments like bridges or implant-supported dentures.

Implant-supported dentures are affixed to 6 or 8 strategically placed dental implants making them a permanent tooth replacement solution. They are a great option if you are missing all of your teeth or an entire arch. You could also opt for traditional dentures, which are removable prosthetic teeth. You can get full or partial dentures depending on your needs. They are a faster solution for your missing teeth because they require no recovery time the way implants do. Dentures are also perfect for patients who are not good candidates for dental implants.

Contact Us

If you are ready to book an appointment with your Vermillion, SD, general dentists of Knutson Family Dentistry, call us at 605-857-8008 today. We can help you decide on the best tooth replacement option to restore your smile.

By Knutson Family Dentistry
April 23, 2021
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental cleanings  

Cleanings offered at the Vermillion, SD, dental office of Dr. Matthew Knutson, Dr. Richard Knutson, and Dr. Brandon Jensen of Knutson Family Dentistry, are essential for a healthy smile. Do you know how often you should get cleanings?

Why are dental cleanings important?

Cleanings remove plaque and tartar from your teeth. Plaque is a sticky, transparent film that constantly coats your teeth in bacteria. The combination of plaque and sugar and carbohydrates in food creates acids that are so strong that they can eat through tooth enamel and cause cavities.

Brushing your teeth helps keep plaque under control. Unfortunately, it's not so easy to remove every speck of plaque if it builds up in out-the-way places. When plaque remains on your teeth too long, it eventually transforms into a hard deposit called tartar.

Gray/brown tartar often appears at the bottoms of teeth or in between teeth. The deposit is so hard that it won't budge when you brush or floss. Tartar can irritate your gums, increasing your risk of gum disease.

Your dental hygienist has special tools that make it easy to remove both plaque and tartar from your teeth. When you visit the dental office regularly, you'll reduce your risk of cavities and gum disease.

When should I make dental cleaning appointments?

Cleanings should be scheduled at least every six months to reduce plaque and tartar buildup. Keep in mind that this is a general recommendation and might not be the best schedule for you.

If plaque tends to build upon your teeth fairly quickly, your Vermillion dentist may recommend scheduling cleanings every three or four months instead of twice a year. During your checkup, your dentist will recommend the ideal cleaning interval for you.

In between cleanings, good oral hygiene can help you reduce plaque and tartar buildup. Brush for at least two minutes in the morning and evening and floss once a day. Flossing is a particularly important step as it removes plaque between teeth.

Protect your smile with regular dental cleanings! Call your dentists in Vermillion, SD, Dr. Matthew Knutson, Dr. Richard Knutson, and Dr. Brandon Jensen of Knutson Family Dentistry, at (605) 857-8008 to schedule your appointment.

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.

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