General Dental Services in Rapid City, SD
Preventive Dental Care
A good offense may be the best defense in sports, but it’s also the best defense against decay and gum disease. Routine brushing and flossing help, but it’s the office visits for preventive care that ensure ongoing oral health. Every six months, or as recommended by Dr. Friedman, you should come in for a thorough dental cleaning and exam. We will help you prevent dental problems and detect any that do occur early enough for swift intervention.
Patients who have a fear of the dentist sometimes require mild to moderate sedation during treatment. We want to do everything we can to make your experience in our office comfortable.
We offer nitrous oxide (laughing gas) for very mild calming. This is easy to administer and is eliminated from the body quickly. Oral conscious sedation through medication relaxes the patient without them losing consciousness. This may be through an anti-anxiety tablet, for example. If you take oral sedation, you will require someone to drive you to and from your appointment. Moderate IV sedation relaxes via an intravenous medication. This type of sedation feels as though you have slept, but it simply alters your consciousness and makes you feel relaxed. Again, you will need a driver if you require IV sedation.
Fillings and Bonding
Dr. Friedman often uses composite fillings that closely resemble the color of your teeth. This material can also be used to correct gaps, chips, or gaps in the teeth. We also use amalgam fillings, made from a variety of materials. These fillings are very long lasting and less expensive than composite fillings.
Bridges & Dentures
Missing teeth must be replaced to eliminate larger dental problems in the future. Bridges close the gap and act like natural teeth. They adhere to the teeth adjacent to the gap with the replacement teeth acting as a “bridge” between them. Dentures also replace missing teeth. Partial dentures replace a section of teeth and full dentures replace all dentition. Both kinds of dentures are removable.
Veneers are thin pieces of porcelain that are applied to the teeth to cover stains, correct misaligned or crooked teeth, or close gaps.
For a tooth that has sustained severe trauma or has extensive decay, a root canal may be needed to remove damaged or infected pulp, disinfect the canals of the tooth, and fill them with antibacterial material. If the remaining tooth requires structure, a dental crown may be applied.
Other Treatments Include but Are Not Limited To:
- Inlays & Onlays
- TMJ evaluation and treatment
- Emergency Dental Care
- And More!