Remake Your Smile With Bonding And Shaping

Remake Your Custer Smile With Bonding And Shaping

Hello Custer friends of Destination Dentistry! When you think about getting into shape, your teeth are probably not the first body parts that come to mind. But your Custer dentist may be able to improve your smile with bonding and enamel shaping, and you won’t even have to join a gym!

I’m Dr. Rebecca Kretschmar, an experienced Custer dentist, and today on my dental blog I want to explain a little more about these relatively conservative cosmetic dentistry procedures that can improve your smile without major remodeling.

Bonding is a great way to improve the appearance of teeth that are cracked, stained, broken, chipped, or have large spaces between them. When teeth are bonded, your Custer dentist applies tooth-colored materials, and “bonds” them to the tooth surface.

Usually used in conjunction with bonding, enamel shaping is the process of modifying teeth by contouring or removing enamel. Something my Black Hills, Southern Hills, and Mount Rushmore patients love about enamel shaping is that it’s quick, painless, and the often dramatic results are immediate.

If you are looking for quality, affordable Custer dental care, give us a call at 605-593-9821. Our knowledgeable dental team would be happy to answer any questions you have about any of our cosmetic dentistry procedures such as veneers and tooth whitening. We would love to explain the latest advances in cosmetic dentistry, TMJ/TMD treatment, and teeth whitening and let you see our gallery of before and after photos of smile makeovers.

If it has been a while since you have treated your teeth to a deep cleaning, call today to book an appointment with the most gentle yet thorough dental hygienists in Custer!

 

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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Beware Of An Acidic Diet

Custer enamel erosion Most Custer residents don’t often think of a tooth as a body part that fluctuates in strength. Our teeth seem to have a steady hardness and dependably grind food whenever we need them. However, teeth are dynamic organisms with chemical processes that occur continually.

The protective enamel that covers the softer interior is made of minerals. Enamel demineralizes (loses some of its density) when coming in contact with acids. Saliva can dilute and neutralize acid so the tooth can remineralize (re-harden). This process isn’t instantaneous, however. While the enamel is soft, the tooth is vulnerable to losing a microscopic outer layer of enamel. If the erosion continues, the much softer dentin is exposed. Eventually, the tooth may need to be extracted.

At Destination Dentistry, we are noticing an increase in cases of serious acid erosion. It is apparent that the typical Custer diet is becoming more acidic.

The list of acidic foods may surprise you. They include eggs, gravy, asparagus, chicken, cottage cheese, honey, fish, ham, butter, sour cream, aged cheese, and yogurt with active cultures. Generally, food with a high sugar or artificial sweetener content are highly acidic.

Now let’s talk about drinks. You probably already know that soda pop and wine are not good for your teeth. Custer teens that sip soda all day can have acid erosion while their young teeth should be at their strongest. In addition to soda, energy drinks are very popular in South Dakota and Custer cosmetic dentists are noticing the effects on their dental patients’ tooth enamel.

If you drink soda or energy drinks often, you may want to drink water or chew sugarless gum after downing a can. Stimulating saliva production can speed up the remineralization process.

If your teeth have become more sensitive in general, or in response to hot or cold foods or beverages, you may have acid erosion. To schedule an examination with Destination Dentistry, call 605-593-9821 today.

We are a full-service dental office with hundreds of satisfied patients in Custer, Black Hills and Southern Hills We are located at 141 N 5th St in Custer. We are working to raise awareness of the oral health dangers of acid erosion. We hope you have benefited from this Destination Dentistry blog article and look forward to your visit.

 

Contact Destination Dentistry:

605-593-9821

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

141 N 5th St
Custer, South Dakota
57730

 

Posted in Oral Health

Find A Few Minutes To Floss

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One common excuse often given by people who don’t floss is that the practice is difficult to fit into their daily schedule. If you’ve found this to be true, and feel like you are too busy to floss, here are some suggestions for when to fit this essential dental health habit into your day.

  • The most common time is right before bed, but make sure you aren’t too tired to do a good job.
  • Right when you wake up is also an option, but if food is left between teeth all night, it can bring about plaque.
  • Try just after lunch, before you go back to work.
  • Floss while you are in the car sitting in traffic. It’s easier one-handed with the pre-strung floss pics. (You might get some strange looks from other drivers, but it’s worth it.)
  • Keep some floss in your gym bag so you can floss after you exercise.
  • While you’re watching the nightly news.

I hope this gives you some beneficial ideas to help you make flossing part of your daily routine. Flossing is important for anyone in Custer who wants to have a healthy smile.

If you want to improve your smile, look into cosmetic dentistry procedures such as porcelain veneers, invisible braces, teeth whitening, or dental implants.

We are Drs. Dan Custis and Rebecca Kretschmar. Helping our dental patients establish good habits is important, as well as helping them realize the smile they want with cosmetic dentistry procedures such as veneers, teeth whitening, and complete smile redesigns.

We are currently accepting new patients, so give us a call at 605-593-9821 to make an appointment!

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

 

Posted in Oral Health

Healthy Living Starts With A Smile

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What comes to mind when you hear the term “healthy living?” A dinner plate with a grilled chicken breast and carrot sticks? The sound of your feet rhythmically hitting the ground on your favorite jogging pathway? A cholesterol test indicating that your arteries are in top shape? If you pictured a white, healthy smile or a dental x-ray showing no cavities, we salute you.

At Destination Dentistry, we encourage everyone with a smile (that includes you!) to include oral health in your definition of “healthy living.”

When done properly and consistently, brushing and flossing are a vital component of everyday oral hygiene. Brushing should be done at least twice a day. We recommend a soft bristled toothbrush to guard your gums. Brush your teeth in small, circular motions for 2-3 minutes and make certain you reach all the surfaces.

Flossing should be done once a day and is necessary for reaching the areas where a toothbrush cannot. A wide variety of floss can be found at Custer stores, so experiment until find one you like.

We are Drs. Dan Custis and Rebecca Kretschmar of Destination Dentistry. As healthcare providers, we are devoted to helping each of my patients benefit from oral health and avoid tooth problems that can compromise their all-around health.

And just as some healthcare providers offer cosmetic procedures, we also deliver services that improve the esthetics of your smile. Ask us about porcelain veneers, dental implants, invisible braces, white fillings, inlays/onlays and same-day teeth whitening. For more information, call Destination Dentistry today at 605-593-9821 or visit http://www.destinationdentistry.net/about-destination-dentistry/.

 

Contact Destination Dentistry:

605-593-9821

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

141 N 5th St
Custer, South Dakota
57730

 

Posted in Family Dentistry

Teeth: What Have They Done For You Lately?

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Welcome to the Custer dental blog! Today we are going to explore the secret life of our teeth.

The shape of each tooth gives a clue to what it does. The incisors, or your front teeth, are sharp. They need to be because their job is to cut food and their curvature helps move food inside the mouth.

Behind the incisors, you find the canine teeth. Their roots go far into the jaw bone because they are designed to hold onto food and tear through it.

Premolars, found just behind the canines, are flat on the surface. This allows them to crush your food as you chew. And, finally, in the very back are the molars. They are large and have nice, flat chewing surfaces that help them to grind food down into smaller, more digestible pieces.

We are Drs. Dan Custis and Rebecca Kretschmar,
knowledgeable Custer dentists. We hope you’ve enjoyed learning a little more about the different teeth in your mouth.

If you are in the Black Hills, Southern Hills, or Mount Rushmore area and would like to make an appointment at Destination Dentistry, please give us a call at 605-593-9821. We can schedule an appointment and tell you about cosmetic dentistry procedures such as porcelain veneers and teeth whitening.

If you’ve ever been interested in a smile makeover, we would love to discuss the possibilities. I want my Custer dental patients to have healthy mouths and beautiful smiles. At Destination Dentistry, we offer comprehensive dental services including: sedation dentistry, tooth-colored fillings, and cosmetic dentistry.

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

 

Posted in Family Dentistry

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

 

Posted in Cosmetic Dentistry

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

 

Posted in Cosmetic Dentistry

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

 

Posted in Dental Implants

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

 

Posted in Emergency Dentistry

When It’s Better Not To Brush

enamel erosion Custer

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

 

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