Let Your Smile Show Who You Really Are

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Let’s talk about the power of a smile.

A smile communicates your emotions more precisely than words can ever do. The absence of a smile also sends a clear message. But what if you want to smile but the troubles with your teeth prevent you? This is a frustrating condition for many Custer people both young and old.

You may have a warm and engaging personality, but no one can observe that personality without a smile. If you are commonly too embarrassed about your teeth to smile, this post is for you.

Do you ever examine how your close-lipped facial expressions influence other people’s perceptions of you? Do you think it’s possible that your demeanor causes people to get the wrong impression? Perhaps they think you are shy, distant, timid, or unhappy. These adjectives are probably completely off-base – but without a smile, it’s hard to tell. Especially when people meet you for the first time.

Do you think your unsightly smile has affected your career? How about your personal relationships? If you are not happy with the way your teeth look, you have probably considered cosmetic dentistry.

This begs the question: “What has prevented you from seeking a smile makeover?” Is it the cost? Fear that it’s going to be painful? Doubts about whether it will really work? Worry that you will have to take work off for several appointments? Maybe you are just too embarrassed to let anyone look in your mouth.

If you are still reading this post, I suspect you are on the fence regarding this life-changing metamorphosis. You can’t make a wise choice unless you have the important facts, and I want to provide them to you.

Knowledge is power. I invite you to come in for a free, informational smile makeover consultation. I want to communicate with you about all the concerns I mentioned previously and any others you may have. When I perform a smile makeover for someone who has been embarrassed to smile for years, it changes that person’s life. Because of industry-leading procedures, instruments, lab processes, and materials, it’s a great time to be a cosmetic dentist and an even better time to get a smile makeover at Destination Dentistry in Custer.

The key to a cosmetic dental smile makeover that transcends what is technically adequate to the type of stunning smile that is greater than the sum of its parts is the proficiency of the dentist. To reach the level of perfection that you deserve, an accomplished smile makeover dentist must have the capacity to use all these things in combination with rare artistic skill.

Whew! That’s a lot of words. And, as mentioned at the beginning of this post, we know that words cannot convey what a celebrated smile can. Let me show you pictures of Destination Dentistry smile makeover patients. Then you will understand. (After all, a picture is worth – how many words?)

I invite you to call me, Dr. Rebecca Kretschmar, today at 605-593-9821 to talk about:

 

 

Contact Destination Dentistry:

605-593-9821

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

141 N 5th St
Custer, South Dakota
57730

 

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Comprehensive Esthetic Dentistry At Destination Dentistry

Comprehensive Esthetic Dentistry At Destination Dentistry

If you want a movie star smile, Dr. Rebecca Kretschmar at Destination Dentistry can explain cosmetic dental options for achieving the beautiful smile you desire. To book a private consultation for a smile makeover, call 605-593-9821 today.

Dr. Rebecca Kretschmar has helped many people in the 57730 zip code area achieve the smile they have always wanted.

Whether you have damaged teeth, aging enamel, or teeth that need aligning or whitening, Dr. Rebecca Kretschmar can address your problem areas, provide you with an overall esthetic assessment, and discuss your specific concerns.

A smile makeover in Custer typically involves two or more procedures, which may include:

Sometimes the initial examination reveals dental treatments that are necessary to correct other problems involving bite alignment or bone structure issues that, when treated, provide added satisfaction and a natural look to cosmetic procedures.

When Dr. Rebecca Kretschmar redesigns a smile, the teeth are treated as an integral element of the patient’s face. The lips, gums, mouth, facial structure, patient’s age, and coloring are all taken into consideration. This unified approach to cosmetic dentistry has helped Destination Dentistry establish and maintain a stellar reputation in the Custer professional dental community.

 

Contact Destination Dentistry:

605-593-9821

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

141 N 5th St
Custer, SD
57730

 

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Save Money With Dental Implants At Destination Dentistry

Custer Tooth ImplantsQ: For Custer residents: When is the least expensive tooth replacement method really the most expensive?
A: When it ends up costing far more in the long run.

Many Custer dentistry patients who lose a tooth do not understand the importance of replacing it with a dental implant. They wrongly believe that one missing tooth is not a significant problem. In fact, some Southern Hills people who have an abscessed tooth extracted are so glad the pain is gone that they forget that the extraction is not the solution. When a tooth is lost, the risk of losing the adjacent teeth increases dramatically.

Dr. David Scharf, a Board Certified Periodontist and Dental Implant Surgeon and a Clinical Assistant Professor at New York University College of Dentistry says:

“Many times consumers will choose to replace a missing tooth with a removable partial denture because it is the least expensive option. In the long run however, removable partial dentures may be more costly due the loss of adjacent teeth and the need for future replacements. Many people opt to replace teeth with dental implants because they do not compromise the survival of the adjacent teeth.”

Dr. Scharf notes…

“With the price of gasoline and food soaring people try to cut back wherever they can. Unfortunately choosing the least expensive options for tooth replacement can have some very costly ramifications down the road.”

If you are missing a tooth, you may still be able to save the adjacent teeth if receive an implant soon. An implant bonds with the jaw bone and helps maintain its stability.

To schedule a dental implant consultation, call Destination Dentistry in Custer at 605-593-9821. In addition to cosmetic dentistry, we provide comprehensive general dentistry for families in the Custer, South Dakota area.

 

Contact Destination Dentistry:

605-593-9821

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

141 N 5th St
Custer, SD
57730

 

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Can You Handle A Dental Emergency?

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At Destination Dentistry, we hope you never experience a serious dental emergency. It’s important, however, to know what to do in such a situation. Here is a quiz on dental emergencies and less urgent oral issues.

1. One of the wires on your braces breaks. What do you do?

a. Cut off the loose piece.
b. Put a piece of orthodontic wax on the end if it is irritating your tongue or gums. Schedule an appointment with your orthodontist to have it fixed.
c. If the wire has cut your gums, rinse with a solution of salt and water.

Both b and c are correct. If you don’t have a piece of orthodontic wax, you can use a cotton ball to cover the sharp end. If you cut off the loose end of the wire, you risk swallowing it.

2. Your five year-old falls off his bike, hits his face on the sidewalk, and knocks out one of his front teeth. What do you do before driving immediately to the nearest Black Hills dental office or Custer ER?

a. Put the tooth back in the socket.
b. If the tooth is dirty, scrub it with a brush.
c. Put the tooth in milk.

The answer depends on whether it is a permanent tooth or a baby tooth. If a permanent tooth is knocked out, it may be successfully re-implanted if done quickly. Make sure you only hold the tooth by the crown, never touch the root. If the tooth is dirty, rinse it gently with water being cautious not to brush off any tissue attached. It is best to reinsert the tooth into the socket. This may not be possible with younger children. Because it is essential to keep the tooth from drying out on your way to your Black Hills dentist or nearest Custer area emergency room, you can put the tooth in a cup of milk. Baby teeth should not be reinserted because it can potentially damage the emerging tooth.

3. You lose a filling and the tooth starts hurting. After
scheduling an appointment with your Custer  dentist, what do you do in the meantime?

a. Save the filling.
b. Take an OTC pain reliever.
c. Put an aspirin on the tooth.

Both a and b are correct. Though your Custer dentist probably can’t use the same filling to repair the problem, it may reveal important information about the cause of the separation. Never put an aspirin on a tooth because the acid in it could irritate your gums.

4. One of your teeth suddenly darkens. What are the possible causes?

a. The nerve inside the tooth is damaged.
b. It is side effect of a medication you are taking.
c. Gum disease.
d. An infection.

The answer is all of the above.

For any dental emergency or other oral condition, call an urgent dental care office or Destination Dentistry in Custer. We have been providing quality dental care for Custer residents since 1978. If you add our address and phone number (605-593-9821) to your phone contacts right now, you won’t have to search for it in the case of an emergency. When trying to save a knocked-out tooth, every minute counts.

 

Contact Destination Dentistry:

605-593-9821

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

141 N 5th St
Custer, SD
57730

 

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When It’s Better Not To Brush

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Though thin and partially translucent, tooth enamel is the hardest substance in the body and has the important job of shielding teeth from constant use and the continual assault of chemicals in food and drink. Enamel also protects tooth nerves from hot and cold food and beverages. That’s why enamel loss often causes tooth sensitivity.

Cuts heal. Bruises fade. Broken bones mend. The body’s ability to heal itself is truly amazing. But tooth enamel is different. When it’s gone, it’s gone.

The team at Destination Dentistry encourages our patients to protect their tooth enamel for a lifetime of dental health.

This may seem counterintuitive, but sometimes it is better NOT to brush immediately after eating. Specifically, after eating acidic items. The acid weakens the enamel which can be further weakened by brushing. Waiting 60 minutes will allow the acid to dilute. Rinsing immediately after eating acidic foods is beneficial, however, because it washes away some food particles and speeds up the dilution of the acid.

Some people don’t realize that dry mouth can cause or exacerbate enamel erosion. The calcium and phosphate in saliva guards your enamel. When there is little saliva, the enamel is left unguarded. Chewing stimulates saliva production but constant snacking is not the answer for dry mouth. Chewing sugar-free gum and sipping water regularly can stimulate saliva production between meals without increasing the risk of or upping your calorie intake.

Moreover, tooth grinding wears enamel away. If you are one of the many Custer residents who grinds their teeth at night, it’s essential to get a mouthguard immediately. People who grind their teeth are at a high risk for enamel erosion and the tooth decay that can follow. Athletes should also preserve their teeth on the playing field with a mouthguard. For more details, communicate with Dr. Rebecca Kretschmar at Destination Dentistry about custom mouthguards.

If you sip soda, tea, or coffee all day, we suggest you switch to water to halt any enamel erosion that has already taken place. It may be a hard change to make – but if you are successful – your teeth will thank you for it.

Using teeth as tools can damage enamel, as well. Take a moment to fetch scissors before tearing a package or ripping duct tape with your teeth. Do you really want to take a chance on chipping a tooth just to open a package of lunchmeat?

Chewing ice and hard candy can also damage enamel. If you simply must have sugar, soft candy is best as long as it is not left to sit on teeth for long period of time. If your molars are packed with gummy candy, it can result in cavities which erode enamel just as efficiently as chipping it with hard candy. Many of the old-school hard candies we enjoyed as kids now come in soft versions. Enjoy them sparingly because constant sugar is bad for teeth. Period.

If you have already experienced enamel erosion or other dental troubles, Dr. Rebecca Kretschmar can help you guard what is left. To schedule a thorough examination, contact Destination Dentistry in Custer at 605-593-9821!

 

Contact Destination Dentistry for:

cosmetic dentistry
teeth whitening
sedation dentistry
TMJ/TMD treatment
tooth-colored fillings

605-593-9821

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

141 N 5th St
Custer, South Dakota
57730

 

Posted in Family Dentistry

Pamper Yourself With Professional Teeth Whitening

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Do you ever treat yourself to a few hours of pampering and leave feeling relaxed and refreshed? Perhaps you get a massage or have dinner at a nice Custer restaurant. Have you ever thought about getting your teeth whitened? You get to relax in a comfy chair and enjoy a bright smile when you leave. Our extraordinary dental practice in Custer has a warm, friendly, and relaxing atmosphere.

The proven teeth whitening system used in our practice has been thoroughly tested for safety and effectiveness. We brighten smiles every day and have hundreds of satisfied cosmetic dental patients.

If you are in need of cosmetic dentistry to remedy some problems with your smile, we can also help you with that at Destination Dentistry in Custer. We have beautified countless Custer area smiles using a variety of common and not-so-common cosmetic dental procedures.

Ask us about invisible braces, crown lengthening treatment, tooth-colored fillings, porcelain veneers and tooth implants. To schedule a teeth whitening or cosmetic dental consultation, call Destination Dentistry at 605-593-9821. We are extraordinary dental practice serving the greater Custer area from our well-appointed facility.

cosmetic dentistry
teeth whitening
sedation dentistry
TMJ/TMD treatment
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You deserve to be pampered! Experience a comfortable, relaxing dental visit and receive top quality dental care at Destination Dentistry.

 

Contact Destination Dentistry:

605-593-9821

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

141 N 5th St
Custer, South Dakota
57730

 

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Getting Ready For A Dental Implant In Custer, South Dakota

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Drs. Dan Custis and Rebecca Kretschmar at Destination Dentistry in Custer, South Dakota believes every patient deserves a stunning smile whether it takes cosmetic dentistry, teeth whitening, or sedation dentistry.

Today’s post will address the preparation needed for dental implants. Consider calling 605-593-9821 today for your own personal consultation and to receive one-on-one information specific to your needs.

Getting ready for a tooth implant includes understanding what it is, whether you are a candidate, how to prepare for the surgery, precautions to take throughout the healing process and what to expect once the implant is complete.

What is a dental implant?
Simply stated, a dental implant is a permanent post fused to the jawbone with attached abutment and artificial tooth. A tooth implant can also support a dental bridge or denture.

Who can benefit from dental implants?
Ideal candidates for dental implants include patients with missing teeth, dentures, or bridges who have healthy oral tissue, adequate bone structure, and proper health for bone healing. Our patients in come from all backgrounds and have a wide range of dental problems. For many, dental implants are a terrific solution.

What preparation is needed?

An initial visit Destination Dentistry 141 N 5th St, Custer, South Dakota 57730 is the first step. For this evaluation be sure to bring pertinent medical information, current medication list, and questions you have about the process. Dental implants take multiple visits and the process is different for each person so be sure you understand all the critical details. If we determine that you don’t have enough bone structure at the implant site, bone grafting may be necessary.

How do I ensure successful healing?
Avoid drugs or medications not approved by your dental caregiver. Eat soft foods for a while to give your mouth time to heal between surgeries. Keep the mouth cleaned properly around site. Follow the instructions given at each visit. Stay healthy by eating a nutritious diet and getting proper rest. Avoid smoking or other tobacco products.

How do I care for dental implants?

Caring for implants is not much different than caring for natural teeth. Be sure to avoid damaging, dangerous habits such as chewing hard items (ice or candy), and seek treatment for teeth grinding if it is a problem for you. See your dentist regularly. Keep the implants and gum tissue around the implants clean just as you (hopefully) do with your natural teeth.

The complete process can take months from consultation to complete healing and placement of the abutment and artificial tooth. At your initial consultation, we can discuss the cost of dental implants and think about financing options.

Visit http://www.destinationdentistry.net/about-destination-dentistry/ for more specifics about our practice and services including Invisalign braces, porcelain veneers, and teeth whitening.

A Healthier Whiter Smile

 

Contact Destination Dentistry:

605-593-9821

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

141 N 5th St
Custer, South Dakota
57730

 

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4 Smile Boosters

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Hi, we are Drs. Dan Custis and Rebecca Kretschmar. Our dental practice, Destination Dentistry, has been serving the Custer, South Dakota area since 1978. Today in our Custer dental blog, I would like to highlight four ways you can improve your smile.

1. Teeth Whitening is quick and non-invasive. External tooth whitening occurs when teeth whitening agents bleach the teeth directly. This can be done in your home or in the office of your dentist.

2. Dental Implants are another common procedure that many Custer residents seek. A dental implant is secured into the jawbone to replace the roots of a lost tooth. A crown is then attached to the implant to replace the missing tooth. Along with improving appearance and restoring tooth function, the dental implant does double-duty by helping to preserve bone support.

3. Dental Bonding can be done with various materials such as porcelains and composite resins. With recent advances in cosmetic dental care, these materials can more precisely replicate natural tooth structure and natural appearance. This procedure is commonly used to repair chipped or cracked teeth.

4. Periodontal Plastic Surgery is a fantastic solution for gum recession and cosmetic irregularities. Gum tissue is removed or added to give the appropriate framework to the teeth.

I hope this post has helped you to get better acquainted with some highly effective cosmetic dentistry treatments. A combination of procedures can be used to give Custer dental patients a complete smile redesign.

To schedule an appointment at Destination Dentistry, give us a call at 605-593-9821.

We offer the following services:

restorative dentistry
porcelain veneers
dental implants
Invisalign
TMJ treatment

The following website was used as source material for this blog:
http://www.aacd.com/index.php?module=cms&page=586, accessed on June 12, 2013

 

Contact Destination Dentistry:

605-593-9821

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

141 N 5th St
Custer, SD
57730

 

Posted in Cosmetic Dentistry

6 Reasons To Ditch Your Dentures For Dental Implants

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For thousands of years, dentures have been allowing people to chew foods harder than mashed bananas and flash some teeth when they smile. However, Custer denture wearers know how unstable, irritating, embarrassing, and inconvenient they can be.

Today, Custer dental patients with missing teeth are fortunate to have a tooth replacement choice that is far better than both traditional dentures and dental bridges. A tooth implant provides the total package, so to speak. An implant replaces the visible part of the tooth and – this is key – also the root.

The dental implant process works like this: A super-strong titanium post is anchored directly into the jawbone. An abutment is then attached to the post. Finally, a crown or denture is attached to the abutment. Tooth implants provide the following benefits:

Stability – Implants don’t move around in your mouth.  This permits normal chewing, swallowing, and speech.
Bone Retention – The post prevents the bone loss that almost always occurs after a tooth is extracted
Dental implants prevent jaw muscle dysfunction that can occur when remaining teeth are forced to compensate for missing teeth
Tooth implants eliminate gum irritation caused by dentures
No need for denture relines
No denture adhesive needed (Remember, they are anchored in your jawbone just like natural teeth!)

Custer dental implant patients with one or two missing teeth can replace each missing tooth with a permanent implant. Custer dental patients with significant tooth loss are usually best served with an implant-anchored denture.

If you want more information about tooth implant costs in Custer or cosmetic dental financing, call Destination Dentistry at 605-593-9821. Destination Dentistry is a full-service general and cosmetic dental practice dedicated to preventative dental care.

We offer the following services:

restorative dentistry
porcelain veneers
dental implants
Invisalign
TMJ treatment

A Healthier Whiter Smile

 

Contact Destination Dentistry:

605-593-9821

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

141 N 5th St
Custer, South Dakota
57730

 

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Custer’s Noteworthy Dental Experience

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Here at Destination Dentistry we see patients for anything from fillings to CEREC Same Day Porcelain Crowns to cleaning requests. Having your teeth cleaned can be just as important as addressing cavities and taking care of CEREC Same Day Porcelain Crowns needs. We treat every patient like a celebrity to be valued for just being themselves and doing their best with oral hygiene.

Well versed in cosmetic dentistry, teeth whitening, sedation dentistry, TMJ/TMD treatment, tooth-colored fillings, and all things dental we’ll answer your questions about veneers, bridges, crowns, braces, and anything else you want to throw at us. Please visit our website http://www.destinationdentistry.net/about-destination-dentistry/ to learn more.

Our dental practice address is 141 N 5th St, Custer, South Dakota 57730. Near enough to make the drive from Black Hills or even Custer. We are easy to reach and are convinced you won’t regret your visit.

Our outstanding staff work very hard to preserve our reputation as world class, clean and friendly, untarnished and distinctive. We don’t just walk away after our procedure is carried out. We follow through with special instructions, follow up appointments and careful monitoring. Your experience deserves to be pleasant.

Botched cosmetic dentistry or CEREC Same Day Porcelain Crowns could be painful or harmful and preventing complications is a top priority. Hopefully this blog influences your choice in which Custer, South Dakota dental practice to contact at 605-593-9821. We know you won’t regret it.

We offer the following services:

restorative dentistry
porcelain veneers
dental implants
Invisalign
TMJ treatment

Contact Destination Dentistry:

605-593-9821

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

141 N 5th St
Custer, SD
57730

 

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