in Rapid City, SD
The staff at Dakota Family Dental is dedicated to providing all patients with the highest level of dental care in Rapid City, SD. Our goal is to provide you and your family with quality dental health care, and make sure you are well-informed and knowledgeable about your oral health. Dr. Friedman believes in involving each patient in their treatment plan, which helps patients understand their treatment options and the risks and benefits.
Our focus on a medical model and use of science-based dentistry helps us assess the risks and provide services that prevent dental diseases and problems before they occur. We are dedicated to helping every member of your family achieve and maintain great dental health.
Dakota Family Dental provides dental services including:
A typical dental exam involves assessing the health of your teeth and mouth, and checking for gum disease, oral cancer and cavities. During a bi-annual exam is the chance for you to raise any concerns with your dental hygienist or dentist, and receive recommendations on how to improve your dental health.
Regular cleanings are recommended bi-annually for most healthy patients. This includes removing plaque, stains, tartar or calculus, and then polishing and flossing the teeth.
Composite Fillings and Bonding
Composite fillings can help you achieve a more natural looking smile, while also adding protection against broken teeth in the future. The composite material we use provides a tooth-colored filling that has improved stability, strength, and color. We carefully match the material to your existing tooth structure. Bonding also enhances the aesthetics of your smile. It can be used to correct gaps or cracks in teeth, to cover up stains, discolored teeth, or as a filling after a cavity have been removed.
This type of filling has been used for more than 150 years to fill cavities caused by tooth decay. Amalgam fillings are longer lasting and less expensive than composite fillings. Dental amalgam is a mixture of different metals. Dental amalgam is about 50% elemental mercury by weight, and are commonly known as “silver fillings” because of their silver-like appearance. The elemental mercury's chemical properties are what bind together the powdered alloy. Although mercury is a component of amalgam, there are no health effects. The American Dental Association and Federal Drug Administration have both stated that amalgam is safe and an effective material for fillings.
If your tooth has been fractured, damaged or is in an advanced stage of tooth decay, a dental crown may be necessary. This is especially true if your tooth cannot be repaired with bonding material. Like a filling, a crown will restore aesthetics and function to your tooth, as well as additional protection from future harm. A dental crown can be made from several materials, and the material used depends on the area of your mouth being restored.
If you have lost teeth due to gum disease, injury, or decay, bridgework can be utilized. Leaving a missing or injured tooth unfixed can lead to larger dental health problems. It can look unsightly, cause your teeth to shift, and result in discomfort and pain. A dental bridge closes gaps in your mouth and acts just like your natural teeth. A bridge is permanently cemented into your mouth and helps your remaining teeth maintain natural positioning.
Complete or Partial Dentures
Dentures may be a good option if you are missing teeth and want to restore a natural looking, healthy smile. Complete dentures are used on patients who are missing all of their teeth, whereas partial dentures are available to patients who still retain some of their natural teeth. Dentures restore function, beauty, and health to a patient's smile. Better yet, they are custom-made to fit comfortably and snugly within your mouth, and help restore the ability to eat and speak. Properly placed dentures also help prevent facial sagging.
When permanent teeth are significantly damaged, extracting the compromised teeth can, in some cases, help you return to optimal oral health. After discussing your various treatment options with you and deciding on an extraction, your dentist will perform your treatment in the comfort of our office. Your treatment will be:
- Completed in one visit
Following the extraction, it is important to replace the tooth to prevent problems with the surrounding teeth. You can discuss your tooth replacement options with your dentist during your initial consultation.
This type of restorative procedure is used on teeth that are too damaged for a filling, but are not damaged enough for a dental crown. An inlay fills space at the center of a tooth's surface, in between the cusps, or rounded edges. It helps to repair the chewing surface of a tooth, are more durable than a filling, and improve tooth aesthetics and health.
Dental onlays are often referred to as “partial crowns” because they cover the entire biting surface of a tooth. Like dental inlays, onlays are used on teeth that are too damaged to be repaired with fillings, but intact enough where it does not need a full dental crown or cap.
Veneers are custom-made porcelain or ceramic laminates that are applied directly to patient's teeth. This procedure is almost undetectable when applied to a tooth because veneers take on the natural color of your teeth. If you are looking to correct misaligned or crooked teeth, porcelain veneers are a good option. Porcelain veneers are also an excellent choice if you are looking to close gaps between teeth and want an option that is resistant to discoloration from dental bleaching.
If you experience habitual teeth grinding or bruxism, you should consider treatment. Not only can excessive teeth grinding cause damage to your tooth enamel, it can cause headaches, jaw, and neck pain. This is because bruxism exerts excessive force on your teeth and jaw joints.
A night guard not only helps relieve the headaches and pain associated with teeth grinding, it provides a customized solution to protect your teeth from the negative effects of bruxism. Your dentist makes an impression of your teeth, which is then used to create a molded mouth guard that provides you with the most comfort and protection.
The effects of smoking, coffee, tea, and other causes of teeth discoloration will slowly disappear after you begin a teeth whitening treatment. If you would like to see if you're a candidate for teeth whitening, we invite you to schedule a consultation with Dakota Family Dental today. We can help you bring out a more radiant, white smile.
If a tooth has been affected by severe trauma, or if an infection has reached the pulp (the living tissue inside the tooth) of the tooth, a root canal may be needed. In order to save the tooth, the pulp, bacteria, nerves, and any decay is removed and the resulting space is then filled with special medicated dental materials to restore the tooth to its full function. A root canal saves the tooth from dying and can prevent more costly problems down the line. After a root canal has been completed, a crown is usually the final treatment to cover the tooth and keep it protected.
The temporomandibular joint is found on either side of your jaw, and holds the upper and lower jaws together. Those who experience difficulty moving their jaws and pain in these joints may suffer from a TMJ disorder. TMJ disorders can lead to a number of other issues including: ear, tooth, and jaw joint pain. A number of factors can contribute to TMJ disorders as well. This includes misaligned bites, teeth grinding, and joint dislocation.
If you are suffering from a TMJ disorder, we will work with you to find the treatment option that is right for you. This may include creating a custom-fit oral appliance, practicing relaxation techniques, physical therapy, or surgery in some cases.
Nitrous Oxide (Laughing Gas)
This is a safe, effective treatment offered to patients who have a fear of the dentist. Nitrous oxide is a blend of oxygen and nitrous oxide, and has a calming effect on the patient. The gas is absorbed by the body when inhaled, and at the end of the procedure, breathing 100% oxygen eliminates the nitrous oxide from the body within a matter of a few minutes.
Minimal Sedation with Prescription Medications
This type of sedation is used as a way of relaxing a patient without them losing consciousness. This type of treatment is recommended for patients with mild to moderate anxiety. Oral conscious sedation allows the hours to pass as if they are minutes, and patients can still respond to touch and speech during their treatment time. Most commonly, an anti-anxiety pill is taken the night before and in the hours before a dental appointment to help calm a patient's anxiety and allow them to receive treatment without fear. With this type of sedation you will require an escort to drive you to and from your appointment.
Moderate IV Sedation
Moderate IV Sedation greatly reduces the perception of pain, memory, and anxiety levels in patients. This is because it puts patients in an altered state of consciousness, where they become disassociated with their surroundings. Most patients having moderate sedation “think” they have been asleep because they cannot remember anything that went on from the time sedation starts to the time they left the office. With this type of sedation you will require an escort to drive you to and from your appointment.
Snoring & Sleep Apnea Appliances
Having your dentist fit you with a custom-made oral appliance can provide you with an effective treatment for snoring or obstructive sleep apnea. Worn like a mouth guard or retainer, an oral appliance supports your jaw and helps you maintain an open upper airway. This treatment can improve your sleep and restore your energy. We will work with you to determine if a custom-fit oral appliance is the right treatment option for your snoring or sleep apnea.
Emergency Dental Care
Dental emergencies can be very frightening and often painful. Prompt treatment is generally required to alleviate pain and ensure the patient's oral and overall health. If you're dealing with a dental emergency, call us immediately at 605-343-0711 and we will schedule you in as soon as possible.
For Reliable Dental Care in Rapid City, SD Choose Dakota Family Dental
Dakota Family Dental provides a range of oral health and dental care services in Rapid City, SD. We are proud to serve patients of all ages. Our team of dentists, dental hygienists, dental assistants, and support staff is dedicated to helping every member of your family gain healthy smiles for life. We focus on providing compassionate, preventative dental care that helps reduce the need for more extensive and involved treatment later on.
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