Whiter Teeth For Custer Smiles

Whiter Teeth for Custer Teeth whitening has become very popular as an easy way to change your smile with little effort and no pain.

Destination Dentistry can help you understand your options for teeth whitening and the results you may expect from various teeth whitening options.

Over the counter whitening systems can give varied results, with many users feeling unhappy or dissatisfied with over-the-counter teeth whitening products.

Your cosmetic dentist can help you whiten your teeth effectively and achieve professional results. If you are ready to try a teeth whitening product, please give us a call at 605-593-9821 to schedule a teeth whitening consultation.

Our knowledgeable staff would love to answer any questions you have about general, cosmetic, restorative, or pediatric dental treatment. Here are some of our services:

sedation dentistry
cosmetic dentistry
TMJ/TMD treatment
teeth whitening

If you are searching for quality, friendly dental care in the Custer area, call us here at Destination Dentistry. We are located in Custer and have been serving the greater Custer area since 1978. We are currently accepting new patients at our comfortable, state-of-the-art dental office. At Destination Dentistry, we are committed to providing superior dental care to our valued patients.

 

Dr. Rebecca Kretschmar

 

Contact Destination Dentistry:

605-593-9821

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

141 N 5th St
Custer, SD
57730

 

Posted in Cosmetic Dentistry, Teeth Whitening

Tooth Restoration: Dental Implants And Dental Bridges

Custer Dental Implants and Dental Bridges When my Custer patients ask me about Custer tooth restoration, I usually tell them about fixed (or ‘traditional’) dental bridges or tooth implants. A dental bridge is an artificial tooth which replaces a missing tooth. The false tooth (called a ‘pontic’) is fused to porcelain crowns on either side of the missing tooth.

Tooth replacement has been a highly requested procedure at my Custer dental practice. Patients from the Southern Hills area and Mount Rushmore area have expressed concern about tooth replacement for many years. Most of my questions in the Custer area have to do with the strength of the tooth replacement and durability.

Dental implants are also popular in Custer. A dental implant consists of a titanium post surgically inserted into the jaw bone to replace the root of the missing tooth. The post integrates with the bone to provide a stable foundation for the replacement tooth.

After it has bonded with the bone (it usually takes three to six months), a smaller post is attached. This post extends above the gum line. The artificial tooth (crown) is then attached. The entire process takes several months, but consistently yields terrific results for Custer tooth restoration patients.

Both South Dakota smile restoration options preserve or restore facial contour and allow you to talk and eat normally. Tooth replacements prevent adjoining teeth from gradually shifting and can help correct bite problems, also.

Tooth implants and dental bridges can replace one or more missing teeth. Many Custer area dental patients have been treated successfully with these tooth restoration alternatives.

Call Destination Dentistry and ask for Dr. Rebecca Kretschmar to schedule an evaluation for South Dakota tooth restoration. You can schedule your tooth restoration by calling us at 605-593-9821.

 

Contact Destination Dentistry:

605-593-9821

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

141 N 5th St
Custer, SD
57730

 

Posted in Dental Implants

The Most Important Procedure For Smile Makeover Patients

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Hello, we are Drs. Dr. Rebecca Kretschmar of Destination Dentistry in Custer. If you want to improve your smile with cosmetic dentistry, visit us for an exam and consultation. We believe that the initial consultation is the most important procedure of a smile makeover. During your no-pressure smile redesign consultation we will highlight the following issues:

Your vision and expectations of how you want your smile to look and feel after the makeover.
The current condition of your oral health.
The characteristics of your teeth and gums that you wish to correct.
The combination of treatments necessary to reach your goal.
A detailed explanation of each procedure such as porcelain veneers, dental crowns, inlays/onlays, gum contouring, crown lengthening, tooth implants, or teeth whitening.
You can see before and after pictures of smile redesign patients.
Your options for how to schedule the makeover process (all at once or over time).
Information about oral conscious sedation.
Answers to all of your questions and concerns.
Cosmetic dentistry prices and financing options.

By listening carefully, communicating clearly, and asking the right questions, I can fully assess the many essential variables unique to your needs. Effective cosmetic dentistry consultations ensure complete patient satisfaction. If this is your first visit to Destination Dentistry, you’ll discover whether you feel comfortable with my Custer practice and the skilled and friendly members of my treatment team. (We are convinced that you will!) Your remarkable smile begins with an exam and consultation at Destination Dentistry; give us a call at 605-593-9821.

We are raising the bar as our practice strives to deliver excellence with every possible service:

cosmetic dentistry
teeth whitening
sedation dentistry
TMJ/TMD treatment

 

Contact Destination Dentistry:

605-593-9821

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

141 N 5th St
Custer, SD
57730

 

Posted in Cosmetic Dentistry

Choosing A Dentist In Custer

Choosing A Dentist In Custer The American Dental Association offers some welcome advice for choosing a dentist in Custer. We have already talked about how word of mouth is an important factor for choosing a dentist. Here are some things you should look for:

Location is always a factor when choosing a dentist in Custer. If you live in the Custer South Dakota area, there are many options, and most Custer locations are not too far out of the way. While location plays an important role in convenience, many people are willing to drive a little farther for a better experience with their Custer dentist.

Relationship is a strong factor. Your Custer dentist should be approachable and should make you feel comfortable when you are in the dentist chair. After all, your Custer dentist will be working very close with you to help you achieve a high level of oral health; you most certainly will want to have a good, professional, comfortable relationship with your Custer dentist and the dental office staff.

Specialty is another important factor in choosing a dentist in Custer. Some dentists specialize in cosmetic dentistry. Others specialize in corrective dentistry such as braces. Depending on your need, you may select a local Custer dentist who can solve your immediate concern. Bear in mind, however, that it is good to have a general dentist who can maintain your dental history and provide general dental care through the years.

We are accepting new patients. Give us a call at 605-593-9821 to schedule a friendly consultation.

-Dr. Rebecca Kretschmar, DDS

 

Contact Destination Dentistry:

605-593-9821

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

141 N 5th St
Custer, SD
57730

 

Posted in Family Dentistry

How Dental Implants Are Changing Dentures

How Dental Implants are Changing Dentures in Custer If you are one of the many Custer denture wearers out there, you know that they are not the ideal solution for missing teeth.

The problems with dentures include slipping, gum irritation, trouble eating and talking, bone loss, and inability to taste food due to a covered palate. Clearly, dentures do not feel and function like natural teeth.

Good oral hygiene and regular dental checkups can help you avoid the need for dentures later in your life, but other factors can make dental replacements an inevitability.

The good news? Modern dental implant technology offers a better tooth restoration solution. If you currently wear traditional dentures and are not happy with them, implant anchored dentures may dramatically change your life. Your chewing ability will be similar to that of natural teeth and you will be able to eat hard foods again.

How about a thick T-bone at your favorite steakhouse? In addition to being able to enjoy your meal, you will avoid the embarrassment of having your dentures rattle around in your mouth in public.

Before you pay for another denture reline, ask your dentist about the possibility of dental implants.

Attention denture wearers: there is life after dentures with tooth implants!

Come see us at Destination Dentistry at 141 N 5th St in Custer, 57730 for more information about dental implants.

 

Contact Destination Dentistry:

605-593-9821

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

141 N 5th St
Custer, SD
57730

 

Posted in Dental Implants

Saving Teeth In Custer

Root Canals in Custer When a tooth is threatened by extreme decay, periodontal disease, or damage from an injury, a skilled Custer dentist or endodontist must make a judgment call concerning the course of treatment. If the pulp of the tooth is infected or inflamed, a root canal is typically the only way to save the tooth.

During a root canal procedure (or endodontic treatment), the soft tissue in the root of the tooth is removed. This tissue contains veins, arteries and lymph vessels. Once the roots are cleaned out and widened, they are filled with a special rubber material.

The root canal is only the first step in the complete tooth restoration. After the root canal, without a crown, the tooth will become dry and brittle. The final steps are the core build-up and crown.

At Destination Dentistry, we fabricate strong, natural-looking crowns that blend perfectly with the surrounding teeth. With proper oral hygiene and regular visits to your dentist, a tooth with a filled root can often function problem-free for the rest of a patient’s life.

Destination Dentistry has been practicing dentistry since 1978. During that time we have seen hundreds of teeth saved by this effective dental procedure. Root canal therapy at Destination Dentistry in Custer has a very high success rate.

Because teeth with infected pulp tissue often cause no symptoms, it is critical to have regular dental examinations. We can determine which (if any) teeth have infected roots. If the infection in the soft pulp tissue is left untreated, it can advance to a point where the tooth cannot be saved.

Is it time for an intensive dental exam? Call our office at 605-593-9821.

 

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

Don’t Let Stress Hurt Your Smile

Don't Take Stress Out On Your Teeth Custer Here at Destination Dentistry, we have noticed more and more patients with stress-related dental issues. Custer men and women may not think about it, but stress can do a number on your oral health.

Mouth sores, clenching and grinding, periodontal disease, and poor oral hygiene can all be exacerbated by stress.

Those who have difficulty managing stress need to realize that it can increase the risk of getting mouth sores such as canker and cold sores. Most canker sores only last 7-10 days, but for relief from the irritation, we recommend our patients pick up an over-the-counter topical anesthetic at any Black Hills, Southern Hills, or Mount Rushmore drug store.

Clenching and grinding the teeth is common for stressed-out Custer residents, and often it’s done unconsciously. Here at Destination Dentistry our knowledgeable staff can determine if a night guard or other dental appliance is appropriate to reduce grinding.

Periodontal disease, also known as gum disease, is exacerbated by stress because stress can result in an increase in dental plaque.

And Custer dental patients may find that when they are under stress it is more common to neglect their oral hygiene habits. Many people in the Black Hills, Southern Hills, and Mount Rushmore areas find that they eat more sugary snacks when they’re under stress.

If you’re concerned about the effect stress can have on your teeth, schedule an appointment at Destination Dentistry today. We offer sedation dentistry, tooth-colored fillings, cosmetic dentistry, and TMJ/TMD treatment. We hope to hear from you soon!

 

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

5 Smile Makeover Questions For Custer Smiles

Smile Makeover In Custer

If you are considering a multi-procedure smile makeover or extensive restorative dental work, here are four considerations:

All At Once Or Over Time?
At Destination Dentistry, our Custer smile makeover patients can often receive several (or all) procedures in one visit. It all depends on the specific procedures necessary to achieve your perfect smile. We develop a unique treatment plan for each patient after an extensive consultation and examination.

Oral Sedation?
Many Black Hills and Southern Hills cosmetic dental patients benefit from sedation or ‘sleep’ dentistry. Conscious sedation is especially helpful for procedures such as multiple wisdom teeth extractions and dental implant placement.

Cost?
We know that cosmetic dentistry is a substantial investment for most Custer dental patients. Some procedures are covered by dental plans, so if you have dental insurance, be sure to find out exactly what is covered. Many Custer residents use flex spending accounts for dental work and reap the tax advantages. Call us at 605-593-9821 to discuss dental financing options in Custer.

Healing Time?
With the latest materials and cosmetic dental techniques, healing times are often minimal. However, some treatments such as bone grafting, soft tissue grafting, root canals, and dental implants often require a short healing period. Consider how the timing of your dental visits and the necessary healing periods will affect your job and family responsibilities.

Aesthetic Results?
At Destination Dentistry in Custer our patients experience terrific results when doing smile transformations in phases, however, porcelain restorations are best fabricated in the same “batch” for the most precise color matching.

Call Destination Dentistry today at 605-593-9821 to schedule a no-pressure cosmetic dental consultation.

 

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

3 Tips To Make Brushing In Custer Count

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Many of our patients walk in for CEREC Same Day Porcelain Crowns, family dentistry, or cosmetic dentistry. Many for routine checkups and cleanings. Most really want to know if they are brushing properly. Having patients come for treatment and leave with questions answered – from which toothpaste to buy to proper tools and techniques – is our business. At Destination Dentistry we are all about educating our patients. Sometimes life is as easy as 1-2-3.

1 Soft Bristle Toothbrush
Gentle brushing will accomplish the same results as hard bristle brushing without the abrasive damage to gums and gum line. There is never a good reason to use hard or medium bristle toothbrushes. Better yet, wet the soft bristle toothbrush to be sure the bristles are pliable before brushing.

2 Minutes of Brushing and Flossing
Split the mouth into fourths and spend a good 30 seconds in each quarter. Hit the chewing surfaces, the inside surfaces, the outside surfaces and gently massage the gums. Be sure to address the far side of the back tooth that is never visible but can collect food and allow decay to begin. Take two minutes to floss after brushing in the evening to remove any remnants the toothbrush couldn’t coax out and to clean any beginning buildup. You have approximately 32 teeth and 32 gaps to floss clean. Two minutes should do the trick, but adding an extra minute for good measure can’t hurt.

3 Times a Day
Brushing after every meal should remain the goal. This is difficult for many who are not home for the midday meal. To achieve extraordinary dental hygiene, brushing is priority one. There are as many toothpaste choices out there as you have teeth; without consistent brushing and flossing, those teeth are facing sure destruction. Don’t misunderstand, toothpaste is essential. Toothpaste acts as the vehicle that collects the debris, keeps the bristles pliable, fluoridates the mouth, freshens the breath and a myriad of other side jobs. But after every meal, gently removing food debris prevents breakdown on precious tooth surfaces. Even if you don’t use toothpaste after lunch, a quick brush can keep your teeth free of buildup.

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Visit 141 N 5th St in Custer, South Dakota 57730
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Here at Destination Dentistry we understand that nature has dealt crooked teeth, sensitive teeth, and weak teeth to many patients throughout the Mount Rushmore, Black Hills, and Southern Hills communities. When you schedule an appointment, you will be advised on ways to fix your smile.

We provide our patients with the following services and many more: TMJ/TMD treatment, teeth whitening, tooth-colored fillings, cosmetic dentistry, and sedation dentistry. Schedule a consultation at our office at 141 N 5th St in Custer, South Dakota 57730 to ask about Invisalign braces, dental implants, veneers, teeth whitening, white fillings or the cost of dental procedures. We are passionate about providing answers. Call 605-593-9821 today.

 

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

Are You Getting Your Dose Of D?

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Most Custer people know that vitamin D is important for healthy teeth and bones, but many of us fail to get adequate amounts. Today’s article is a friendly reminder to our patients – especially expectant mothers – about the importance of vitamin D.

Here is a sampling of vitamin D findings from around the web:

“Several recent reports demonstrate a significant association between periodontal health and the intake of vitamin D.” 1

“Researchers who took a second look at a series of clinical trials conducted on 2,000 children in several countries between the 1920s and 1980s determined vitamin D — which we often garner from sunlight — was associated with around a 50 percent reduction in the incidence of tooth decay.”2

“Inadequate vitamin D levels in pregnant women may be associated with dental caries in their children during the first year of life.”3

“The sun is an excellent source of vitamin D, but it is hard to quantify how much vitamin D you get from time in the sun and the risk of skin cancer may outweigh the benefits. Food first, says Baylor College of Medicine dietitian Keli Hawthorne. “Supplements can fill in the gaps but it is always better to try to meet your nutritional needs with foods that contain fiber, phytonutrients, and so much more,” Unless you enjoy a diet that includes fatty fish or fish liver oils, it may be hard to get enough vitamin D naturally without eating fortified foods or taking a supplement. “The major dietary source of vitamin D comes from fortified diary, along with some yogurts and cereals,” Hawthorne says. Mushrooms, eggs, cheese, and beef liver contain small amounts.” 4

We are Destination Dentistry in Custer. We encourage all of our patients to practice preventative medicine by eating a healthy diet complete with all vital nutrients. At Destination Dentistry, we offer the full complement of dental services in our well-appointed office. Ask us about cosmetic dentistry, TMJ/TMD treatment, or tooth-colored fillings.

We are currently accepting new patients at Destination Dentistry. Our friendly team of dental professionals would love to serve your family with all of their dental needs. You can schedule an appointment by calling 605-593-9821.

1 SH Stein, DA Tipton, “Vitamin D and its impact on oral health–an update., Spring 2011, PubMed.gov NIH,” http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21748977, accessed on June 23, 2014
2 1University of Washington, “Vitamin D linked to lower rates of tooth decay,” ScienceDaily, November 27, 2012, www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/11/121127130321.htm, accessed on June 23, 2014
3 “Maternal Vitamin D Levels and Early Childhood Caries May be Linked, Researchers Find,”Journal of the American Dental Association, June 1, 2014, http://jada.info/content/145/6/526.3.full, accessed on June 23, 2014
4 “Are You Getting Enough Vitamin D?,” WebMD, 2011, http://www.webmd.com/food-recipes/guide/are-you-getting-enough-vitamin-d?page=2, accessed on June 23, 2014

 

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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At Destination Dentistry, we offer a wide variety of dental services, including cosmetic and family dentistry, as well as sedation dentistry and TMJ treatment. Call us today to schedule an appointment if you are in Custer or Black Hills area.
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