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.

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Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

141 N 5th St
Custer, South Dakota


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Posted in Beautiful smile, Cosmetic Dentistry

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.

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Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

141 N 5th St
Custer, South Dakota


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What Can The Dentist Do For You?

Teeth may seem like bone, but they are actually living structures. Maintaining your dental health takes work, and the team at Destination Dentistry in Custer SD is here  to help.

Inside the hard exterior of each of your teeth is complex system of tissue. And the teeth themselves are anchored to your jaw by ligaments and a material called cementum.

Because there is so much more than meets the eye, we urge our patients to take good care of their teeth by brushing and flossing twice a day, and by visiting our office twice a year for cleanings and a checkup. Our hygienists will remove any accumulation of plaque and tartar that has built up, and one of our dentists will give your teeth and gums a thorough inspection.

Why do we stress this? Because research has shown there is a connection between the health of your teeth and your overall physical health. In short, a healthy mouth can help you maintain a healthy body.

At Destination Dentistry in Custer SD, your dental health is our top concern. We provide family and cosmetic dentistry. And we love helping kids get started on a lifetime of good dental health with our pediatric dentistry. Schedule an appointment today.

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Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

141 N 5th St
Custer, South Dakota


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New Protein For Dental Implant Patients

Mount Rushmore Dental ImplantsCountless men and women have replaced missing teeth with jaw-bone anchored dental implants. They’ve been hailed as one of the truly great advancements in dentistry, and they’re vailable from Destination Dentistry in Custer SD.

Unlike a dental bridge, an implant consists of a titanium post inserted into the jaw bone. The bone fuses with the post to create a strong base for the natural-looking prosthetic tooth and crown that attaches to the post.

Dental implants are usually the ideal restoration for people who want to replace a missing tooth. There is a problem, however, if the jaw bone is too thin at the implant site.

When a tooth is extracted, the bone loses the blood circulation at the former site of the root. Consequently, bone recession often transpires. If the recession is acute, there is not enough bone to hold the dental implant post.

Bone grafting can augment the bone at the implant site and provide the bone density necessary for a successful implant. This is usually effective, but it does require time for the new bone to be created. A new discovery may provide a quicker solution for regenerating bone.

Researchers at the Georgia Health Sciences University College of Dental Medicine have identified a protein that quickly stimulates the production of new bone. The research team implanted bone morphogenetic protein in test subjects and discovered that more new bone formed within four weeks than with conventional bone grafting.

This protein will require extensive testing before it is available for dental implant patients.

For information about tooth restoration options including dental implants, call Destination Dentistry in Custer SD. We also provide family dentistry.

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Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

141 N 5th St
Custer, South Dakota


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A Guide To Dental X-Rays

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Don’t know a periapical from a bitewing? This blog post from Destination Dentistry in Custer SD takes a look at one of our most important tools for maintaining your dental health: X-rays.

If you have ever stood in a huge camera apparatus and struggled to stay motionless while an automated camera made one slow pass around your head, then you have had a panoramic X-ray taken. These pictures help dentists see everything in one image: the total upper and lower jaw. These are often taken during a patient’s first visit to Destination Dentistry. They are beneficial for analyzing jaw injuries and seeing emerging teeth in children.

Bitewing X-rays help us see what’s going on between teeth—something that is always necessary, but impossible with a visual exam. They also help your us evaluate the jaw bone.

These are similar to bite wings but they can get a more distinct picture of the tooth roots and bone. These are typically used to help diagnose an abscess in the root of a tooth.

Full-Mouth Series
This is a combination of periapical and bitewing X-rays. It gives a highly-detailed picture of all the teeth and surrounding bone structure.

If you are pregnant and need a dental X-ray at Destination Dentistry, it is important to let us know before X-rays are taken. X-rays are not necessarily dangerous for pregnant women, but as a precaution we may postpone them until after delivery.

We hope you have learned a little bit about dental X-rays, one of our indispensable tools at Destination Dentistry in Custer SD. Your dental health is always our top concern. Our services include family and cosmetic dentistry. Make an appointment today.

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Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

141 N 5th St
Custer, South Dakota


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Posted in Dental health, Family Dentistry, Oral Health

Bleeding Gums After Your 6-Month Cleaning?

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Regular dental check-ups and cleanings are essential for ideal dental health. But some dental patients worry because their gums tend to bleed after a cleaning and check, a possible sign of gum disease.

If your gums bleed for a day or two after your appointment, you don’t need to be concerned. But if the bleeding and tenderness last longer, you should return to our office so we can check for signs of gum disease.

Gum disease develops when plaque builds up along the gum line. You might also notice bad breath, painful chewing, and loose teeth.

In its mildest form, gum disease is called gingivitis. Gingivitis is limited to the gums. The good news is that it responds quite well to early treatment. Often, an improved dental health care regimen at home is enough to turn things around.

If left untreated, though, infection can get below the gums and into the bone. This is a much more serious situation. This form of gum disease is called periodontitis. Periodontitis can also respond to treatment, but it takes more intensive effort and there is no time to lose.

If you suspect you have gum disease, call us at Dentistnation Dentistry in Custer SD right away. Our services also include family dentistry. Set up an appointment with us today.

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Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

141 N 5th St
Custer, South Dakota


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Smile Perfection

Custer low cost teeth whiteningAt Destination Dentistry in Custer SD, we are enthusiastic about perfection. We strive to create perfect smiles for each of our cosmetic dentistry patients.

Here are some of the procedures we use in smile makeovers.

Implant Dentistry
Dental implants are the ultimate tooth restoration available in Custer, or anywhere else. A dental implant consists of a metal post that is inserted into your jawbone. The post replaces the root of the missing tooth.

After a few months, it meshes with your jawbone to provide the stability and integrity of a natural tooth. A base and beautiful crown is permanently attached to the post. For most patients with missing teeth, it is the preferred restoration. Implants can also be used to attach dentures and partial dentures for industry-leading no-slip implant/denture combos.

Dental Crowns
A mainstay of cosmetic dentistry, dental crowns are more beautiful than ever. New fabrication technologies and materials have improved the aesthetics and stability of this restorative option.

A veneer is a more conservative treatment than a full crown. This is a good choice for those whose teeth are structurally sound but have unsightly issues such as discoloration, chips, cracks, or imperfect shape.

Inlays and onlays (indirect fillings) are designed and created using dental CAD/CAM software. These fillings are strong, attractive, and precisely fitted to the cavity.

Tooth Whitening
Teeth bleaching is the crowning touch for a stunning smile. (It’s the only thing you need if you are a fortunate man or woman with perfectly-shaped and aligned teeth.) No one in has to live with dull or stained teeth.

Call Destination Dentistry in Custer SD today for a cosmetic dentistry consultation. We also offer family dentistry.

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Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

141 N 5th St
Custer, South Dakota


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Our Dental Team Takes Care Of You

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At Destination Dentistry in Custer SD, each member of our team helps us operate smoothly and provide excellent dental health care to our patients. This post will focus on the duties of a dental assistant.

You may think of the dental assistant as: “The one who suctions my mouth while the dentist is working on me,” or “The one who puts the bib around my neck,” and you are correct. However, his/her knowledge of patient care and dental lab procedures is more extensive than you might realize.

Dental assistants are important members of our team, and we don’t take them for granted. They help us during all dental procedures, including basic oral examinations, tooth prep, and cavity filling, as well as lengthy smile makeovers involving multiple procedures. Our assistants also work with our dental hygienists during dental cleanings and patient instruction.

When a dental patient arrives for an appointment, the dental assistant has already been preparing for the specific treatment. Before he/she is escorted to a chair in one of our comfortable patient rooms, the assistant has made sure the room is ready.

Dental assistants may also prepare tray setups, make impressions for restorations, schedule appointments, take x-rays, and maintain patient records. They must have an astute eye for detail and a first-rate memory as they organize and stock the many different dental supplies in a typical office.

At Destination Dentistry in Custer SD, dental assistants play a critical role in maintaining the dental health of our patients. We offer family and cosmetic dentistry. Schedule an appointment with us today.

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Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

141 N 5th St
Custer, South Dakota


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5 Simple Ways To Avoid A Cracked Tooth

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Cracked teeth can be painful, unattractive, and costly to repair. In this post from Destination Dentistry in Custer SD, we present an easy-to-follow list of tips to keep your teeth whole and your dental health strong.

1. We have to state the obvious: don’t chew on hard things. Mind-blowing, right? People should steer clear of ice, hard candies, hard nuts, popcorn, and beef jerky. Also be careful with pitted fruits—that peach may be soft but if you bite hard into the stone, you could damage a tooth.

2. It is critical to protect your teeth while engaging in any physical activity where your mouth can be hit. If you enjoy pick-up basketball games, indoor soccer leagues, rec center flag football, and many other activities, you should be using a well-fitting mouth protector.

3. Don’t use your teeth as a tool. Use scissors to open a string cheese or rip the price tag off a new piece of clothing with your teeth. Use a nutcracker for nuts. A quality dental crown can cost hundreds of dollars.

4. Most people know that grinding your teeth is detrimental, but did you know that it can lead to a cracked tooth? If you know or suspect that you are a tooth grinder, speak with your dentist so you can address the problem with stress reduction techniques and/or a mouth guard. Chronic head or jaw pain can be caused by teeth grinding.

5. Lastly, make sure that you visit us regularly for check-ups and cleanings. We can alert you to conditions that might predispose you to cracked teeth, such as having an uneven chewing surface or brittle teeth. Your dentist may also discover tiny cracks you aren’t aware of. These cracks can then be repaired before further damage or decay occurs.

If you already have a cracked tooth, never fear! Treatment is available for cracks small and large. Call Destination Dentistry in Custer SD. We provide restorative dentistry and emergency dental care, and are committed to the dental health of each of our patients. Schedule an appointment today.

Contact Destination Dentistry:


Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

141 N 5th St
Custer, South Dakota


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Posted in Dental health, Family Dentistry, Oral Health

3 Smart Smile Solutions

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In this blog post from Destination Dentistry in Custer SD, we focus on three innovative procedures used in cosmetic dentistry smile makeovers.

1. Dental Implants
Dental implants are altering the face of dentistry. For most patients, a dental implant is the ideal solution for a missing tooth. A dental implant is a metal (usually titanium) rod implanted into the bone to replace the missing root of a tooth that has been extracted. The crown and supporting structure are securely attached to the post.

When the final crown is affixed, the dental implant is indistinguishable from a natural tooth. Dental implants have many vital advantages over dental bridges.

2. Clear Braces
Clear braces allow you to straighten your teeth discreetly because it is nearly impossible to see them while they are being worn. They can be removed at mealtime, and when you brush your teeth. We offer clear braces from Invisalign.

3. White Fillings
If you had tooth decay in the past, you may have old amalgam fillings. White fillings match your surrounding teeth, dramatically enhancing your smile without crowns.

Destination Dentistry in Custer SD provides a full range of cosmetic dentistry services. Schedule an appointment with us today.

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Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

141 N 5th St
Custer, South Dakota


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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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