Sleep Dentistry At Destination Dentistry

Sleep Dentistry At Destination Dentistry

Dental visits can be stressful, and for many people the fear and anxiety associated with the dentist prevents them from getting the care they need. At Destination Dentistry in Custer SD, we want all our patients to get the dental care they need, and provide sedation dentistry for those who need it.

Millions of Americans are coping with dental anxiety, and even dental phobia. In many cases they understand their fears are totally irrational, but are still unable to do much of anything about it. It’s a serious matter, because avoiding the dentist puts their dental health at risk. Brushing and flossing every day is not enough: it’s essential to have teeth and gums examined by dental professionals twice a year.

For many of these patients, sedation dentistry has been the answer. At Destination Dentistry we offer two levels of sedation:

  • Nitrous oxide. Commonly known as laughing gas, nitrous has been used in dentistry with great success for more than one hundred years.
  • Oral conscious sedation. This involves taking a sedative before your appointment. It puts you in a deeply relaxed state. You’ll need a ride to and from our office.

Don’t let dental dread keep you from achieving a perfect smile. Sedation dentistry from Destination Dentistry in Custer SD may be just what you need. We also offer a full range of family dentistry services. Schedule an appointment with us today.

Contact Destination Dentistry:

605-673-2011

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

141 N 5th St
Custer, South Dakota
57730

 

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Preventing Gum Disease At Destination Dentistry

Preventing Gum Disease at Destination DentistryThis message from Destination Dentistry in Custer SD concerns gum disease, one of the leading causes of tooth loss in adult Americans.

Run your tongue along the gumline behind your lower front teeth. Do you feel a ridge? This is probably tartar.

Even if you brush and floss regularly, plaque can gradually accumulate. If not removed, this bacteria-breeding substance hardens into tartar, and can cause the gums to become irritated and swollen. Eventually the gums become detached from the tooth, creating a ‘pocket’. This creates a new space for plaque and tartar to grow. In advanced stages of periodontal disease, the toxins created by the bacteria literally rot the gum, teeth and bone.

At Destination Dentistry we perform thorough dental cleanings, which is the best prevention for gum disease.

Gum disease can be reversed in its early stages. Our goal is to help our patients prevent it. Cleanings include root planing and periodontal scaling. Scaling removes the plaque and calculus above and, especially, below the gumline where your toothbrush cannot reach. Planing smoothes root surfaces so it is more difficult for plaque and tartar to accumulate and grow. It also creates a healthy surface for the gums to reattach to the root if necessary.

At Destination Dentistry in Custer SD we provide gum disease treatment. Other services include family dentistry. Schedule your next appointment with us today.

Contact Destination Dentistry:

605-673-2011

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

141 N 5th St
Custer, South Dakota
57730

 

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Helping Teeth Survive Adolescence

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If you are the parent, you may already have some concerns about your child’s well-being. As teenagers grow into their independence, some make questionable choices when it comes to dental health. That’s why regular checkups at Destination Dentistry in Custer are so important.

You may know teens that skip meals, and others who eat ramen noodles for lunch and dinner. Some seem to spend more hours on Instagram than sleeping. Braces can hinder proper brushing. Eating disorders such as bulimia can quickly erode enamel and impair a smile.

Dental issues manifesting in the adolescent years can influence teeth for life. Let’s discuss some vital dental issues for adolescents.

Wisdom Teeth
The third molars usually come in between late adolescence and the mid-twenties. Common wisdom teeth problems include misalignment, tooth decay, gum disease, and damage to the nearby teeth. It is vital to monitor wisdom teeth.

Eating Disorders
Parents who notice their adolescent abnormally preoccupied with body image and weight loss should be on the lookout for signs of bulimia and anorexia. These serious disorders should not be ignored. Parents are advised to seek treatment immediately if they discover that their teen is binging and purging or intentionally restricting food.

Oral Health and Orthodontia
Braces can make proper brushing problematic. Toothbrushes and flossing devices that squirt water can help adolescents with braces clean their teeth and gums.

Sugar-Heavy Diet
If you visit any high school during lunch hour, you will see that sugar-laden soda, juice, and energy drinks are becoming a beverage staple. While juice is definitely the healthiest choice of the three, heavy juice consumption can impair enamel just as effectively as a can of cola. Water is the best drink for teeth as well as calcium-rich milk, which leads us to our next section.

Inadequate Calcium Intake
Some adolescents who drank milk daily as kids curtail their consumption when they start eating meals away from home. This is unfortunate because calcium is just as indispensable for adolescents as it is for younger children. For strong teeth and bones, encourage your teen to enjoy low-fat dairy products daily.

Sports Injuries
Athletics benefit adolescents in a number of ways but, unfortunately, also pose a threat to teeth. Make sure your teen wears a protective custom mouthguard when participating in any activity where a mouth injury can occur.

At Destination Dentistry in Custer, we encourage parents to be vigilant about twice-yearly dental exams and cleanings for their teens. Our services include family and cosmetic dentistry. Make an appointment today.

Contact Destination Dentistry:

605-673-2011

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

141 N 5th St
Custer, South Dakota
57730

 

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Posted in Dental health, Family Dentistry, Oral Health

Saliva And Dental Health

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In this post from Destination Dentistry in Custer SD, we discuss the significance of your saliva. Though a lot of people think it’s gross, saliva is important for dental health as well as digestion.

Saliva is mostly water. No surprise there, but a small portion of it is made up of enzymes, antibacterial substances, mucus, and minerals. The optimal pH balance of the mouth is maintained by saliva, and pH balance is a vital factor for preventing cavities.

The minerals in saliva help to maintain the enamel surface of the teeth. Immunoproteins in saliva curb the overgrowth of microbes in the mouth, thereby protecting the gums from gingivitis.

Now that you know how vital saliva is to dental health, you can see why sufficient salivary flow should concern you. For most men and women, everyday chewing is enough to stimulate salivary glands to release saliva. However, dry mouth, also known as xerostomia, is an ailment that should be dealt with quickly before oral health issues take place.

At Destination Dentistry in Custer SD, your dental health is important to us. Our services include family and cosmetic dentistry. We also serve the Rapid City and Hot Springs communities. Call today to schedule your next checkup.

Contact Destination Dentistry:

605-673-2011

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

141 N 5th St
Custer, South Dakota
57730

 

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What’s The Difference Between An Inlay And An Onlay?

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If you have tooth sensitivity or pain when you chew with your back teeth, the surfaces may be damaged. One option from Destinatin Dentistry in Custer SD is an inlay or onlay made of metal, composite resin, or porcelain.

Inlays are very strong and shaped to precisely fit a hole in a damaged tooth. The choice of an inlay or onlay depends on how much decay and tooth loss has transpired.

An inlay resembles a filling and fills a small part of the tooth, while an onlay covers one or more of the cusps on the top of the tooth. In other words, an inlay fills a hole without changing the shape of the tooth, while an onlay builds up the tooth surface to restore its former dimension.

The procedure begins with a thorough evaluation, oral x-ray, and an impression. The damaged area will be removed and then the inlay or onlay will be formed to exactly fit your tooth and bite. While it is being made, your tooth will have a temporary restoration piece to cover and guard the vulnerable area.

Finally, the inlay or onlay will be placed and permanently bonded to the tooth. Since the procedure requires removal of damaged tooth material, restoration fabrication at the lab, and the placement on the tooth, it will take a few appointments to perform the process.

Inlays and onlays guard the tooth from further weakening, provide natural function, and are durable and inconspicuous.

Destination Dentistry is in Custer SD, though we treat patients from Black Hills, Southern Hills, Mount Rushmore, and the surrounding community. Our services include cosmetic and family dentistry. Make your appointment today!

Contact Destination Dentistry:

605-673-2011

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

141 N 5th St
Custer, South Dakota
57730

 

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Posted in Cosmetic Dentistry, Dental health

Danger Zone! 5 Signs Of Gum Disease

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Here is some essential news from Destination Dentistry in Custer SD. Periodontal disease, or gum disease, is a principal cause of tooth loss among adults. There is also evidence that it is associated with heart disease. Fortunately, gum disease is easy to treat when found in the early stages.

What warning signs should you be looking for?

  1. Gums that bleed frequently
  2. Gums that appear tender, swollen, or very red, or gums that have visible pus in between them when they are pushed
  3. Your bite changes or your teeth suddenly don’t seem to fit together
  4. Gums that are pulling away from the teeth
  5. A bad taste in the mouth or chronic bad breath

Good dental hygiene is the best thing you can for to keep your gums healthy. But if you are not removing plaque between your teeth, you’re putting them at risk. Brushing alone, remember, is not enough – make sure you floss daily.

Regular check-ups with Destination Dentistry is another important weapon in the fight against gum disease.

At Destination Dentistry in Custer SD, we offer gum disease treatment, along with family dentistry and many other services. Call our office today to schedule your next cleaning and checkup.

Contact Destination Dentistry:

605-673-2011

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

141 N 5th St
Custer, South Dakota
57730

 

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Children’s Cavities Are Not “Just A Part Of Growing Up”

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This blog post from Destination Dentistry in Custer SD focuses on a preventative treatment often used to help impede the development of cavities in children, and protect their dental health.

Dental sealants are a thin coat of clear resin that is applied to the biting surfaces of teeth, usually the rear molars. The back teeth are more prone to cavities because is difficult to reach them with a tooth brush and the surfaces contain pits and grooves that easily trap bacteria. It is hard for many adults to clean their back molars and almost impossible for young children.

Dental sealants fill in the pits and grooves on the rear molars to create a smooth surface. We most often recommend sealants for children’s permanent back teeth, though sometimes they are used for adults, too.

Parents may not realize how quickly a cavity can form in a young child’s mouth. Many kids that we see develop cavities even before they start kindergarten!

It is vital that our local parents start regular dental visits early for their toddlers and young children. The American Dental Association advises that a child’s initial dental exam take place soon after the first tooth erupts, but no later than the toddler’s first birthday.

Dental sealants protect teeth that have no decay (primary prevention) and also prevent further decay progression in teeth that show very early signs of disease (secondary prevention).

At Destination Dentistry, the dental health of our patients is always the top priority. We offer family and cosmetic dentistry. Schedule an appointment today.

Contact Destination Dentistry:

605-673-2011

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

141 N 5th St
Custer, South Dakota
57730

 

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Posted in Dental health, Family Dentistry

Adequate Results vs. Incredible Results

Custer Teeth BleachingIn this blog post from Destination Dentistry in Custer SD, we’re going to talk a little about cosmetic dentistry and what it can do for your smile. Teeth whitening, crowns, porcelain veneers, and dental bonding are some of the common treatments used in cosmetic dentistry.

In many cases, general dentists achieve good results. However, there is a difference between adequate results and amazing results. Cosmetic dentists have the skills and experience to create absolutely smiles.

You have probably seen pleasing front teeth crowns performed by a general dentist. They are often perfectly shaped, correctly aligned and pleasingly white. But have you ever seen front teeth crowns executed by a true artist? The color, translucency, and texture take the crowns to the ultimate level of breathtaking beauty.

At Destination Dentistry in Custer SD, we provide cosmetic dentistry that delivers. Other services include family dentistry. Schedule an appointment with us today.

Contact Destination Dentistry:

605-673-2011

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

141 N 5th St
Custer, South Dakota
57730

 

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A Wise Investment That Pays Off Every Day

You may not sport a sparkling 3-carat diamond on your finger or zip around town in a shiny Ferrari, but you can flash a celebrity-caliber smile. Cosmetic dentistry from Destination Dentistry in Custer SD is an investment in you. And it pays off every single day.

When you ask us about cosmetic dentistry, you’ll get reliable advice because we’ve transformed hundreds of smiles and know what is involved with each particular procedure. If you live in the Custer area and have questions about cosmetic dentistry, please give our office a call.

You can look at before and after pictures of some of our valued patients and hear about their smile makeover success stories. We can discuss the cost of cosmetic dentistry and create a customized treatment plan.

In addition to cosmetic dentistry, Destination Dentistry in Custer SD offers family dentistry and a full range of professional services. Schedule your next appointment today.

Contact Destination Dentistry:

605-673-2011

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

141 N 5th St
Custer, South Dakota
57730

 

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Five Facts About Enamel Erosion

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This blog post from Destination Dentistry in Custer SD focuses on enamel, and its role in your dental health.

Our teeth work hard and are constantly under assault. It’s no wonder that nature encases them with an armor of enamel—the hardest substance in the body. Unfortunately, enamel erosion is extremely pervasive, though largely preventable.

Enamel’s chief enemies are acidic foods and beverages. Other factors that can weaken enamel or wear it away are some medications, teeth grinding, acid reflux, gastrointestinal ailments, chewing ice or other hard substances, and eating disorders.

At Destination Dentistry, we educate our patients about how to keep their enamel strong and halt future erosion if some has already developed.

Here are five quick facts about enamel erosion:

  1. Enamel is unlike many other tissues in the body; once it has been eroded, it can’t be regenerated.
  2. According to the NIH, 41% of adolescents already have enamel erosion. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11132512
  3. Too-forceful brushing can impair enamel.
  4. Diet sodas, sports drinks, and energy drinks are just as dangerous as sugared sodas.
  5. Dry mouth can weaken enamel because it results in less saliva which helps keep enamel healthy and strong.

If you have already experienced enamel erosion, it’s vital to halt it. There are several dental procedures that can protect the teeth that have been compromised.

At Destination Dentistry in Custer SD, the dental health of our patients is our top priority. Our services include family and cosmetic dentistry. Schedule your next cleaning and checkup with us today.

Contact Destination Dentistry:

605-673-2011

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

141 N 5th St
Custer, South Dakota
57730

 

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