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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
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
January 22, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: cosmetic dentistry  

Cosmetics and dentistry--what do the two have in common? Well, your cosmetic dentist in Vermillion, SD helps you maintain your best cosmetic dentistrysmile in terms of health, function and appearance. From covering flaws and improving tooth color to re-aligning crooked teeth, the experts at Knutson Family Dentistry provide it all in a modern, friendly and comfortable atmosphere. Why not bring your aesthetic smile goals to Dr. Richard Knutson, Dr. Matthew Knutson and Dr. Troy Larsen and see how great your teeth can look?

Changing a smile

Even healthy teeth can look less than attractive. Spaces, stains, cracks and more mar personal appearance and of course, your self-confidence. The American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD) says that your smile becomes you. In other words, the way your smile looks affects the image you project to the people around you. In fact, AACD research shows that people with outstanding smiles achieve more professionally and interpersonally.

What cosmetic dentistry does

Cosmetic dentistry at its best provides an individualized plan aimed at improving smile aesthetics. At Knutson Family Dentistry in Vermillion, the doctors and their dedicated team offer outstanding preventive and restorative care, knowing that healthy teeth and gums are the only foundation for an exceptional smile.

Once that healthy baseline is established, your dentist addresses what you perceive as your smile defects--be it color, excess gum tissue, ugly metal fillings, spacing issues and more. Then, you and he devise the steps toward achieving your aesthetic goals.

Smile makeovers can be simple. Perhaps you need a chip repaired or your teeth whitened. Or, with extensive defects, your cosmetic dentist can deliver the most intricate of smile makeovers, including tooth replacement and orthodontic correction. Rest assured that your needs have top priority at Knutson Family Dentistry.

Here are just some of the precise aesthetic services available for you at Knutson Family Dentistry:

  • CEREC same-day porcelain crowns, milled right in the office in about an hour
  • Professional teeth whitening for removal of stubborn stains
  • Porcelain veneers which disguise the frontside of teeth marred with chips and cracks
  • Restoration of dental implants, today's best tooth replacement option
  • Invisalign clear aligners for discreet orthodontic correction
  • Tooth-colored fillings which seamlessly repair decay
  • Lifelike dentures and fixed bridgework for extensive tooth replacement

Get your best smile

Avail yourself of the experience and artistic skill of the best cosmetic dentistry team in Vermillion, SD. Contact Knutson Family Dentistry for your personal consultation. You can love your smile and be proud to show it off. Call today: (605) 857-8008.

By Knutson Family Dentistry
November 08, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

Getting your new dental restoration is as simple as coming into our office only once.dental crowns

When it comes to getting traditional dental crowns most people realize that it takes time. We know that people lead busy lives and so the idea of coming into our office multiple times can be a bit challenging when you have to shift your schedule around; fortunately, our Vermillion, SD, dentist Dr. Richard Knutson, Dr. Matthew Knutson and Dr. Troy Larsen offer a fast and reliable way to get your dental crown in about one hour.

No, you didn’t read that wrong. It is possible to get a new dental crown, veneers or inlay/onlay (a special type of dental filling) in just one visit. When you come into our office our Vermillion, SD, general dentist will examine your mouth to make sure that your damaged tooth is just right for same day crowns.

From there, we will need to take impressions of the tooth to measure it so that we can create a restoration that offers the perfect fit. When it comes to getting traditional crowns, we would have to apply a mold over the tooth and surrounding gums and let it harden to create a replica of your mouth from which to create a dental crown. Now, with our CAD/CAM technology, it is possible to take images of your tooth in just a matter of moments without having to use messy molds to do it.

Once the images are captured with a small handheld camera, they are uploaded onto our computer and made into 3D renderings. These images will help us create your crown right here in our office while you wait. Once our CAD software has designed the crown based on the measurements we have collected, we will need to choose the proper shade of porcelain from which to create your crown.

We will match the porcelain block as closely as possible to the shade of your teeth. Then we will place the block into the milling station where it will chisel out your new restoration. Then all we have to do is place the crown, check the fitting and then cement it permanently into place. That’s all there is to it!

As you can imagine, getting same day crowns offers a host of benefits. You’ll get a restoration that looks just like a natural tooth, you won’t have to come back multiple times for treatment and you can get your permanent restoration while you wait so you don’t even have to worry about wearing a temporary crown.

Do you have questions about getting same day crowns in Vermillion, SD? Want to find out if this restoration is the right option for improving the health and appearance of your tooth? Then call Knutson Family Dentistry today!