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Our team of dental specialists and staff strive to improve the overall health of our patients by focusing on preventing, diagnosing and treating conditions associated with your teeth and gums. Please use our dental library to learn more about dental problems and treatments available. If you have questions or need to schedule an appointment, contact us.

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Knutson Family Dentistry
...We want to make sure your teeth stay healthy, function well and look great! Below are a few of the many services we offer:   Comprehensive Dental Exams Professional Cleanings Periodontal (Gum) Disease Therapy Restoration of Dental Implants Fluoride Treatments Sealants Laser Cavity Detection Tooth Colored Fillings Amalgam Fillings Porcelain Veneers Porcelain Crowns Gold Crowns Bridges Root Canals CEREC Same-Day Crowns Oral Cancer Screenings Orthodontic treatment (Invisalign) Removable Dentures TMJ/TMD Treatment Tooth Extractions BOTOX Take-Home Bleaching Trays ZOOM! In-House Whitening Patient-Controlled Heated Chairs Patient-Controlled Massage Chairs Emergency Dental Treatment We can treat a variety of traumatic dental injuries, including teeth that have been chipped, moved, or knocked out entirely...

CEREC (Same Day Crowns)
...One breakthrough instrument, called CEREC, allows dentists to quickly restore damaged teeth with natural-colored ceramic fillings, saving patients time and inconvenience...

General Dentist
...General dentists are highly educated and trained in multiple facets of dentistry, providing a variety of different services for you and your family including: Crowns and bridges Dentures Dental implants Gum disease (Periodontal) treatment Orthodontics Root canal therapy Teeth cleanings Bonding Dental fillings General dentists who do not perform a certain treatment will provide you with a specialist referral...

Dental Cleanings
... This is also true of cavities and broken fillings, which, if left untreated can result in root canals, gum surgery and removal of teeth...

Dental Cleanings with Regular Checkups Ensure Optimal Oral Health
... This is also true of cavities and broken fillings, which, if left untreated can result in root canals, gum surgery and removal of teeth...

Dental Services Our Dentists Offer
...Some restorative dentistry options include: Tooth-colored fillings Inlays/onlays Dental bridges Porcelain crowns Dentures Orthodontics Everyone from children to adults with crooked or misaligned teeth can benefit from orthodontic treatment...

Promotions & Events
... By appointment only:  Call 605-857-8241 Free cleanings, exams, fillings and other same-day treatments to veterans, active duty military service members and first responders...

How Your Cosmetic Dentist Can Help You
... 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...

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

Which Cosmetic Dentistry Procedure Is Right for You?
...The most common benefits and uses for cosmetic dentistry procedures include: Whitening and brightening stained and discolored teeth Closing mild to moderate gaps and spacing Fixing chips and cracks Changing the size, shape, and color of unattractive or damaged teeth Replacing missing teeth Fixing a "gummy" smile   Cosmetic Dentistry Treatment and Procedures Cosmetic dentistry procedure includes: Professional teeth whitening Porcelain Crowns Porcelain dental veneers Tooth-colored fillings Dental implants Cosmetic bonding   Find the Best Cosmetic Dentist in Vermillion, SD To learn more about various cosmetic dentistry procedures and to find the best option for you, contact Knutson Family Dentistry by calling 605-857-8008 to schedule an appointment with one of our dentists today...

How Porcelain Crowns Can Help Your Smile
...Some of the ways porcelain crowns can help your smile include: Protecting weak or damaged teeth Restoring normal tooth functioning Concealing cosmetic imperfections Holding bridgework securely in place Preventing loose fillings from falling out Replacing missing teeth when placed over a dental implant There are many ways in which porcelain crowns can help your smile...

Bulimia Nervosa
...  Other problems, such as poorly fitting fillings and braces, are another byproduct of such eating disorders...

Plaque
...  Ironically, the areas surrounding restored portions of teeth (where fillings, or amalgams have been placed) are particularly vulnerable to decay and are a breeding ground for bacteria...

Periodontal Exams
... During your periodontal examination, your dentist will check: For any lumps or abnormal areas in the mouth Whether any of your teeth are missing or loose The color, texture, size and shape of your gums Whether you have fillings, crowns, bridges, dentures or implants How much plaque is on your teeth The depth of the space between your tooth and gum Gingivitis is the first stage of periodontal disease that causes inflammation of the gums...

What is Tooth Decay?
... Plaque also can attack fillings and other restorations in your mouth, which can lead to more costly treatment down the road...

Extractions
General Procedure When restoration procedures such as root canal therapy, crowns, or fillings are not enough to save a tooth, it may need to be pulled, or extracted...

Veneers
... Porcelain veneers can mask undesirable defects, such as teeth stained by tetracycline, by an injury, or as a result of a root-canal procedure, and are ideal for masking discolored fillings in front teeth...

Teeth Whitening
...These products also are not as effective on pitted or badly discolored teeth, or on restorations such as crowns, bridges, bonding and tooth-colored fillings (porcelain veneers or dental bonding may be more appropriate in this case)...

Old and Unsightly Fillings
Newer kinds of fillings made from composite resins and porcelain can restore unsightly fillings; many people are surprised how natural these kinds of filling materials can make a tooth once covered by the old-fashioned silver amalgams...

Introduction
Does mercury in the silver fillings in your mouth pose any long-term health risks...

Fillings
Frequently asked questions: dental fillings Are dental amalgams safe...

Anesthesia
...Such medications block the nerves from transmitting signals and are used for more major types of procedures, such as fillings and root canals...

Air Abrasion
...Although air abrasion is not suitable for work on crowns and bridges, it is often used for bonding procedures, and on tooth restorations involving composite, or tooth-colored fillings...

Glossary
... Composite filling - Tooth colored restorations, also known as resin fillings...

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