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In the past, a tooth that became too damaged would have needed to be extracted. This is one of the worst case scenarios, because our natural teeth are valuable and replacing them can be costly, time consuming, and involve a long healing process. Conversely, failing to have these teeth extracted could often lead to serious oral health issues such as misalignment and bacterial infections. Today, you don’t have to feel as apprehensive about a damaged tooth, because the talented dentists at East Ridge Dental may be able to repair these teeth with dental fillings.
Dental fillings are materials used to seal and repair damaged teeth, while reinforcing them to help prevent further injury. Common issues fillings can fix include holes, cracks, and cavities. Cavities are caused by bacteria in the mouth that feed on the sugars found in food and drinks, producing acids that attack the teeth. Cavities are often the most common reason dental patients need fillings.
With dental fillings, our dentists can repair and reinforce a damaged tooth, potentially saving it from extraction. At East Ridge Dental, our dentists offer two kinds of fillings: amalgam (silver) and composite (tooth-colored).
Amalgam or silver dental fillings are made up of a mixture of metals which can include silver, zinc, tin, copper, and mercury. Amalgam fillings have been used to repair damaged teeth for hundreds of years. Your dentist may recommend silver fillings if you want a filling with the following traits:
Composite or tooth-colored dental fillings are made from non-metal materials such as quartz, resin, and porcelain. In recent years, composite fillings have become more preferred among dental patients for a number of reasons, some of which include the following:
Our dentists will work with you to determine which type of filling is right for you based on your unique oral health needs. Regardless of the kind of filling you choose, the installation process is similar for both options.
Before you can undergo treatment with dental fillings, you’ll undergo a consultation with one of the dentists at East Ridge Dental. During your consultation, your dentist will gather information that will allow them to determine if dental fillings are an effective solution for you. They’ll review your medical history, thoroughly examine your mouth, and ask you about your smile goals. They’ll also discuss our available sedation options with you if you need help staying relaxed during your procedure.
If you and your dentist agree that dental fillings are the right solution to your oral health needs, we’ll schedule you for your next appointment.
To prepare your teeth for your dental fillings, we’ll clean them thoroughly so no debris becomes trapped under the filling and potentially cause infection. Next, we’ll apply a local anesthetic so you don’t feel any pain during the procedure. We can also apply your sedative at this time. Once we’re sure you’re comfortable, your dentist will remove any damaged or decayed tooth material to make room for the filling.
In the case of an amalgam dental filling, your dentist will mold your filling into the opening left by the tooth. In the case of a composite dental filling, your dentist will apply the filling in layers, hardening it with a handheld blue light as they go. Once your filling has completely set, you can start enjoying your restored smile.
The exact cost of your dental filling will depend on a number of factors including the materials used, how many fillings you need, and your insurance. Your dentist will give you a more precise breakdown of costs after your insurance. If you’re concerned about payment, East Ridge Dental is happy to help by offering flexible financing options, including third-party financing through CareCredit.
Your comfort is our top priority so we’ll apply a local anesthetic before your dentist begins installing your dental fillings. Once your fillings have been applied, some mild discomfort is normal, but will begin to fade very soon. If you’re experiencing pain that doesn’t go away, please call our Sioux Falls office by dialing (605) 373-0245. We will do everything we can to help alleviate your discomfort and solve any issues you may be having.
The effects of local anesthesia usually wear off after one to three hours. However, the numbness you experience after a dental filling will vary based on a number of factors including your unique physiology and whether or not you underwent sedation. Our dentists recommend that you wait until the numbness has completely passed before eating or drinking anything, especially items that are hot, to avoid injuring your mouth.
Silver fillings are built to last 10 to 15 years and composite fillings are built to last an average of five to 10 years. Your fillings will last for a longer time with proper oral hygiene and regular visits to your dentist for exams.
Thanks to dental fillings, our dentists can help save damaged teeth, potentially preventing infection and the need for extraction. The sooner our dentists can act, the easier treatment will be, so don’t hesitate to call East Ridge Dental’s office by dialing (605) 373-0245. You can also submit one of our contact forms and we’ll return your message as soon as we can. Our experienced dental team is proud to serve patients in Sioux Falls and the surrounding areas including Harrisburg, Brandon, and Renner, SD.
A crown is a permanent covering that is built to fit over an existing tooth damaged by decay or trauma. Damaged or cracked teeth are protected from further harm, and your smile is restored to its full potential. Crowns are made from a variety of different materials. These materials may include porcelain, gold, E.MAX, or Zirconia. East Ridge Dental is proud to offer patients the cutting edge technology of “same day” crowns. East Ridge Dental offers its patients CEREC CAD/CAM Technology, (a system of four-dimensional imaging, and an actual computerized crown mill in office). Dr. Reckling, Dr. Seaborn, and their highly trained assistants can use this system to scan your tooth and mill the crown in the office. This ensures that your crown fits well, looks great, and saves you time away from work or family obligations.
A damaged tooth doesn’t always need to be pulled. Thanks to advancements in dental technology, a tooth damaged by infection, trauma, or decay may still be saved with root canal treatment. The skilled dentists at East Ridge Dental offer this revolutionary process to save your smile and prevent the need for more costly and invasive treatments down the line.
Root canal treatment, also called root canal therapy and endodontics, is a process for completely removing damaged and infected tooth material. Once all the affected material is removed, the tooth is filled with medication and a dental filling, to help prevent future reinfection and hold the tooth’s form. Afterward, your dentist may choose to cover the tooth with a dental crown to further reinforce and restore it to full form and function.
Due to unfortunate stereotypes and rumors about outdated dental practices, certain patients may feel averse to undergoing root canal treatment. However, undergoing root canal treatment when necessary offers significant benefits including:
Root canal treatment is most often performed to address tooth infection. Tooth infection occurs when bacteria from inside your mouth reach the living tissues and nerves inside of your tooth, called the dental pulp. Dental pulp is housed in the pulp chamber, which leads into the root canals where you’ll find the root systems.
Infection usually happens because a cavity has gone untreated for too long. Your dentist may also recommend root canal treatment if your tooth is severely damaged or if you’re dealing with leaking dental fillings. Root canal treatment is most effective when the problem is caught early. Be on the lookout for these common signs which could indicate that you need root canal treatment such as:
If you’re experiencing any of the above symptoms, call East Ridge Dental as soon as possible by dialing (605) 373-0245.
Before you can undergo root canal treatment, you’ll attend an initial consultation with your Sioux Falls dentist. During your consultation, your dentist will evaluate your level of oral health including the extent of any damage, decay, or infection. They’ll also review your medical history, ask you about your smile goals, and offer sedation dentistry if you experience dental anxiety or think you’ll need help relaxing during your procedure. Once your dentist has approved you for root canal treatment, we’ll schedule your next appointment.
We’ll prepare you for the procedure by applying a local anesthetic to the soft tissues around the affected tooth. If you chose to undergo sedation, we’ll apply the nitrous oxide sedation beforehand, so you’ll be relaxed before the injection is even applied. Once we’re sure you’re numb, your dentist will proceed.
Your dentist will use special tools to drill a hole in the top of the tooth. They’ll carefully remove any infected dental pulp, as well as any damaged or decayed tooth material. Once your tooth is completely clean, your dentist will fill the empty root canals and pulp chamber with medication to help eliminate bacteria.
From there, your dentist will add a dental filling to seal the tooth. Depending on your case, your dentist may also recommend installing a dental crown at a later date to better restore the tooth’s form and function.
The exact cost of your root canal treatment will vary based on numerous factors such as the extent of the damage, how many teeth require treatment, and your insurance. We encourage you to call your insurance provider beforehand to confirm with them which costs they can cover. If you need help covering the cost of your root canal treatment, we offer financing options and our in-office Smile Savings Plan to help you afford the best dental care available.
Rest assured that at East Ridge Dental, your comfort and safety are our top priorities. To ensure your root canal treatment is as comfortable as possible, we use anesthetic as necessary and even offer sedation dentistry to patients who need it. That way, your root canal treatment will be painless and proceed smoothly.
You should wait until any anesthetic or sedative has completely worn off before attempting to eat or drink anything, especially if it’s hot. If your mouth is still numb, you risk unknowingly hurting yourself. Your dentist can give you a more accurate estimate of how long it will take for your pain medication to wear off and what to avoid in the meantime.
Diet is critical to your healing process after root canal treatment. Generally, for at least one week after your procedure, you’ll need to avoid the following:
Your dentist will give you more specific instructions on which foods and drinks to avoid for what amount of time once your treatment is complete.
With root canal treatment, our skilled Sioux Falls dentists can help you solve problems caused by damage and infection without resorting to extraction. That way, you can enjoy your natural smile and prevent the need for more costly and invasive procedures down the line.
If you think you require root canal treatment, or to learn more about the procedure, call East Ridge Dental by dialing (605) 373-0245. You can also schedule an appointment online and one of our friendly team members will get back to you shortly. We look forward to helping you enjoy a healthy, beautiful smile for many years to come.
Tooth extraction is a measure that many patients would rather avoid. However, in the right circumstances, extraction can help protect your oral health. Our Sioux Falls tooth extraction dentists provide quick, painless tooth extractions services.
Tooth extraction refers to the professional process of safely removing teeth from their sockets. There are two kinds of extractions our Sioux Falls dentists can perform; non-surgical extraction and surgical extraction. A non-surgical or simple extraction involves loosening the tooth, then gently removing the tooth from the gums with forceps. A simple extraction is most commonly used for teeth that have fully erupted or are completely visible above the gum line.
A surgical extraction involves making small incisions in the gums to expose every part of the tooth, so it can be completely removed. A surgical extraction is usually required for an impacted tooth.
An impacted tooth is not fully erupted due to a lack of space in the mouth or other complications. It may be blocked by bone, tissue, or even another tooth. This is most often the case for wisdom teeth issues, which we refer out to an oral surgeon for removal if needed.
It’s normal to feel apprehensive about the thought of losing an adult tooth. What’s important to remember for the sake of your oral health is that sometimes a tooth is better off gone. Keeping teeth that are impacted or too damaged to repair increases your risk of:
Rest assured that our Sioux Falls tooth extraction dentists only want the best for you and your smile. They’ll explore other options and only go forward with extraction if the tooth is unsalvageable.
Before your dentist decides to do a tooth extraction, they’ll have you attend an initial consultation. Your initial consultation will consist of a thorough exam, likely including X-rays, to determine the state of your oral health. They’ll also review your medical history with you and ask you about your smile goals.
You can use this time to ask any questions or concerns. For example, if you’re feeling nervous about the prospect of tooth removal, your dentist can offer sedation dentistry options that you can take advantage of during your procedure.
If you’ve been approved for tooth extraction, your dentist will start cleaning and disinfecting the extraction site. If you opt for sedation, we’ll apply it at this time. Then, we’ll numb the area around the affected tooth using a local anesthetic. Your dentist will ensure you’re completely numb to any pain before proceeding.
For a non-surgical extraction, the affected tooth will be loosened first. Then, it will be gently removed from the socket, usually with a tool called a dental elevator or lifter.
For a surgical extraction, an incision will be made into the gum tissue where the rest of the tooth is likely to be located. The gum tissue will then be peeled back to expose the tooth. Your dentist may have to remove some of the bone to reach the entirety of the tooth.
Once every piece of the tooth has been removed, your dentist will take the time to remove any damaged or infected tissue. Then, they’ll disinfect any openings and seal them with sutures.
After tooth extraction, you’ll need to take special care to ensure proper healing. Your East Ridge dentist will provide specific rules for tooth extraction aftercare, which will likely include the following:
The exact cost of your tooth extraction will depend on numerous factors including which teeth need an extraction, how many teeth need an extraction, the kind of extraction required, and your insurance. We encourage you to call your insurance provider beforehand to confirm with them which costs they can cover.
For patients who need additional help covering the cost of dental extraction, we can offer flexible financing options, including third-party financing through CareCredit. We also provide an in-office savings plan to help you save more.
Your tooth extraction won’t be painful because we apply local anesthetic during your extraction procedure. We can also offer sedation dentistry options to help you be more comfortable and resistant to pain. For about three days after your tooth extraction, some mild pain or discomfort is normal. Your dentist will prescribe medication to help you control it.
On average, it can take anywhere from 20 to 40 minutes to extract a tooth. The exact length of time will vary from patient to patient. It generally takes longer to perform a surgical extraction than a non-surgical extraction. Additionally, the more teeth need to be extracted, the longer extraction will take. Your dentist will give you a more accurate time estimate during your initial consultation.
We understand that your teeth are valuable, but a tooth that’s not keeping you healthy is a tooth that might have to go. Our dentists can painlessly remove unsalvageable problem teeth to help protect your oral health. East Ridge Dental offers tooth extraction services to patients in Sioux Falls and surrounding areas such as Harrisburg, Brandon, and Renner, SD.
Learn more about the potential benefits of tooth extraction by dialing (605) 373-0245. You can also schedule an appointment by clicking the button at the bottom of the page, and one of our friendly team members will get back to you shortly.
Your teeth are some of your best assets — helping you communicate, laugh and smile, and eat your favorite foods. Unfortunately, edentulism, or tooth loss, is very common. Losing even one adult tooth can be devastating to your oral health and to your self-confidence. Fortunately, advances in modern dentistry have made restoring these teeth easier than ever. For patients who want a fast, stable restoration, our Sioux Falls dentists offer dental bridges.
Dental bridges are fixed prosthetic devices designed to restore the functionality and beauty of your smile. A dental bridge is made of two parts, the row of false teeth called pontics and the tooth-shaped caps on either end of the pontics called dental crowns. The crowns are affixed to the healthy teeth adjacent to the gap left after tooth loss. The pontics are held in place by the crowns, ‘bridging the gap’ left by missing teeth.
Before having a dental bridge installed, your East Ridge Dentist will have you undergo an initial consultation. This consultation will consist of a thorough exam including X-rays. Your dentist will also review your medical history, ask about your smile goals, and discuss your other options. If you have any questions about the procedure, now is a good time. Your dentist can offer sedation dentistry options for the procedure if you’re feeling nervous, scheduled for a long procedure, or resistant to local anesthetic.
If you’ve been approved for dental bridges, we’ll apply a local anesthetic to the soft tissues around the two healthy teeth on either side of space left by the missing teeth. We’ll remove some of the enamel from these teeth to shape them to fit the crowns. Once your teeth are shaped, we take images and X-rays of your smile. These will serve as the blueprints for your new dental bridge.
Before placing your dental bridge we’ll show it to you to make sure it’s to your liking. Once you’ve approved your restoration, your East Ridge Dentist will check the fit before fixing it in place with Dental grade adhesive. Once your restoration is in place, smile and enjoy!
The exact cost of your dental bridge will depend on numerous factors. Common factors that influence costs include the materials used, how many teeth need to be replaced, and your insurance. We encourage you to talk to your dentist about costs and to contact your insurance provider beforehand to ask them which costs they can cover.
The standard dental bridge is designed to last 15 years but may last as long as 30 years. The longevity of your dental bridge depends on the materials used to make the bridge and how well you care for your bridge and your oral health. To get the most out of your dental bridge, be sure to brush twice a day, floss once a day (preferably before bedtime), rinse between meals, and visit your dentist at least once every six months for exams.
Whether or not dental bridges or dental implants are best for you will depend on your specific case. In some cases, patients who don’t qualify for dental implants will benefit from a dental bridge, because it stays securely in place without surgery and lasts longer than partial dentures. Your dentists will talk to you about your options for smile restoration during your initial consultation.
If your dental bridge falls out or breaks, do not attempt to fix or reattach it yourself. Doing so can cause damage to your restoration or your smile. Instead, contact your dentist as soon as possible and schedule an appointment. They can fix it or recommend replacements as needed and give you advice on what to do until your appointment.
Your smile doesn’t have to suffer the negative effects of tooth loss anymore. With a simple bridge, you can eat, speak, and smile the way you used to, without breaking the bank or undergoing extensive healing periods.
Learn more about the benefits of dental bridges by calling East Ridge Dental at (605) 373-0245. You can also schedule an appointment by clicking the button at the bottom of the page and one of our friendly team members will get back to you shortly. Our East Ridge Dentists provide dental bridges to patients from Sioux Falls and surrounding areas such as Harrisburg, Brandon, and Renner, SD.
Missing teeth can harm your self-confidence and overall oral health. But thanks to advances in dental technology, dentures and partials can quickly and affordably restore your smile. At East Ridge Dental, our Sioux Falls Restorative dentists offer a range of options for dentures and partials to help you regain your smile and your confidence.
Dentures and partials, and are removable dental prosthetics designed to replace missing teeth. Dentures, also referred to as complete dentures, are typically used when all of the teeth in a patient’s mouth are missing. Partials or partial dentures are used when some natural teeth remain. While dentures remain in place with the help of suction or adhesive, partials stay in place by hooking onto the healthy teeth adjacent to the gap.
At East Ridge Dental, we work closely with each patient to create a personalized treatment plan for dentures or partials. Here are the general steps involved in the process:
During your initial consultation, our experienced Sioux Falls dentist will discuss your specific dental needs, treatment goals, and the different denture and partial denture options available to you. Your consultation is an excellent opportunity to ask any questions and address any concerns you may have.
To create your custom dentures or partials, we’ll take detailed measurements and images of your mouth and teeth. These measurements and images are then used to design dentures or partials that fit your mouth and match the color of any natural remaining teeth.
If necessary, we may need to extract any remaining teeth before fitting you with dentures. In the case of partials, they’ll fit comfortably in your mouth without any extractions needed.
Once your custom dentures or partials are ready, we’ll fit them into your mouth and make any necessary adjustments to ensure a comfortable fit. We’ll also provide you with detailed instructions on how to care for your new dentures or partials to ensure they last as long as possible.
Proper care is essential to ensure the longevity and effectiveness of your dentures or partials. Your dentist will give you some specific instructions, but here are some common tips for keeping dentures and partials clean and well-maintained:
Dentures and partials take a little getting used to, but most patients can eat and speak normally after a brief adjustment period. If you’re experiencing problems that don’t seem to resolve, it may point to a problem with the fit of your full or partial dentures. See your dentist as soon as possible so they can help.
On average, dentures and partials can last for seven to ten years with proper care and maintenance. Over time, they may need to be adjusted or replaced as your mouth changes due to factors such as loss of jawbone density.
We strongly recommend removing your dentures or partials at night to give your mouth a break and allow your gums to rest. Sleeping with your dentures in can deprive your gums of saliva and lead to irritation and infection.
Yes, dentures and partials can often be repaired if they are damaged. It’s important to bring them to a dentist as soon as possible if they are broken or damaged in any way, as delaying repairs could lead to further damage and a more costly repair in the future.
If you’re missing teeth and looking for a solution to restore your smile, dentures and partials may be the right choice for you. At East Ridge Dental in Sioux Falls, our experienced team can guide you through the entire process of getting dentures or partials, from the consultation to the final fitting.
Contact us today to schedule a consultation and learn more about our denture solutions. You can reach us at (605) 373-0245 or schedule your appointment by clicking the button at the bottom of the page. We serve new and returning patients from Sioux Falls and surrounding areas such as Harrisburg, Brandon, or Renner, SD. Let us help you restore your smile and improve your oral health with our quality denture options.
Dental issues can make life difficult, especially when it comes to eating and speaking. Traditional dentures have been a popular solution for missing teeth, but they come with their own set of problems. Denture wearers often complain of discomfort, slippage, and difficulty eating. Luckily, there is a better solution — implant-supported dentures.
At East Ridge Dental, our Sioux Falls, SD, implant dentists are skilled at restoring your smile with this innovative solution. Implant-supported dentures are the perfect choice for patients who want a secure and comfortable fit.
Implant-supported dentures are a type of denture that use dental implants to stay anchored to a patient’s jaw. Dental implants are titanium posts surgically placed into the jawbone. Once the implants are in place, they fuse with the bone over time, creating a strong foundation for the dentures. There are three types of implant-supported dentures.
Bar-retained implant-supported dentures are also known as “overdentures.” They consist of a thin metal bar attached to the implants that run along the gum line. The denture then clips onto the bar for a secure fit.
Ball-retained implant-supported dentures, also known as “stud-attachment dentures,” have ball-shaped attachments on the implants that fit into sockets on the denture. The denture snaps onto the implants for a secure fit.
Screw-retained implant-supported dentures use screws that attach the dentures directly to the implants. This type of denture is the most permanent and stable.
Implant-supported dentures offer several benefits over traditional dentures, including:
Implant-supported dentures are a great option for many people, but they may not be right for everyone. Here are some factors to consider:
The process of getting implant-supported dentures typically takes several appointments over several months. Here’s what you can expect:
Before getting your new fixed dentures, we’ll have you attend an initial consultation. During your consultation, your East Ridge implant dentist will examine your mouth and take X-rays to determine if you’re a good candidate for implant-supported dentures. Your consultation is a great time to ask any questions or voice any concerns you may have.
If you’ve been approved for implant-supported dentures, we’ll take images and impressions of your mouth and any remaining teeth. These will serve as the blueprints for your implants and your denture restoration if you need new appliances.
Before implant placement, we’ll apply a local anesthetic so you’re numb to any pain. We can also provide sedation dentistry options for patients who need extra help staying pain-free or still. Once you’re numb, your East Ridge implant dentist will make small incisions into the gums where the implants will be placed.
Then, they’ll insert the implants into your jawbone through the incisions. You may need to wait several months for the implants to fuse with the bone, a process called osseointegration.
Once the implants have fused with the bone, your dentist will place abutments on top of the implants. These pieces attach your denture to the implant.
Your dentist will take impressions of your mouth and create a custom denture that fits over the abutments. Over a series of follow-up exams, they’ll check your denture fit and make any necessary adjustments.
Implant-supported dentures require daily care to maintain their longevity and comfort. Here are some tips for caring for your implant-supported dentures:
The lifespan of implant-supported dentures can vary depending on factors such as the patient’s oral hygiene habits, the quality of the materials used, and the placement of the implants. With proper care, implant-supported dentures can last up to 20 years to a lifetime. However, the restoration itself will likely need to be replaced every 10 years due to normal wear and tear.
Yes, implant-supported dentures are typically more expensive than traditional dentures. However, they offer many benefits that can make them worth the investment. The stability and longevity of fixed dentures often exceed the cost of replacing dentures and dealing with the problems they can cause.
The implant placement procedure is done while the patient is under local anesthesia, so you shouldn’t feel any pain. After the procedure, you may experience some swelling and discomfort, but this can be managed with over-the-counter pain medication.
In most cases, placing implant-supported dentures are considered a restorative dental procedure and may be partially covered by dental insurance. However, coverage can vary depending on the specific insurance plan and the patient’s individual needs. It’s important to check with your insurance provider to understand your coverage options and any out-of-pocket costs that may be associated with the procedure.
Implant-supported dentures are a modern and effective solution for people who are missing teeth. At East Ridge Dental in Sioux Falls, SD, our implant dentists are committed to helping you restore your smile and improve your quality of life. If you’re tired of traditional dentures that slip or click, consider implant-supported dentures as an alternative.
Schedule a consultation at our Sioux Falls dental office by dialing (605) 373-0245 to learn more about the comfort and versatility of fixed denture solutions. We serve new and returning patients from Sioux Falls and surrounding areas such as Harrisburg, Brandon, or Renner, SD.
Your smile plays a huge role in your social interactions and self-esteem. However, if your teeth aren’t looking their best, it may cause people to assume you don’t take care of yourself or your appearance.
Sometimes, it can take multiple restorative and cosmetic treatments to bring your smile up to standard. However, if you don’t have the time for multiple treatments, the dentists at East Ridge Dental offer porcelain dental veneers as a one treatment solution to multiple cosmetic problems.
Porcelain veneers are thin, tooth-shaped shells that our dentists apply to the fronts of your teeth. Once they’re in place, porcelain veneers immediately improve your smile by providing you with the appearance of straight, evenly spaced white teeth. All it takes for your cosmetic dentist to install your veneers is the painless removal of a minimal amount of enamel (less than the width of a fingernail) before they’re bonded to your natural teeth.
Conceals Cosmetic Flaws – Porcelain veneers conceal cosmetic flaws in your smile including:
Replace Lost Enamel – Porcelain veneers can help replace missing enamel, helping to combat issues such as staining and dental sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures.
Immediate Improvement – As soon as your veneers are placed, they instantly improve the look of your smile by providing them with a natural-looking appearance.
One Solution for Multiple Issues – Porcelain veneers offer a singular solution for completely transforming your smile.
Improves Teeth That Don’t Respond To Whitening – If you have teeth that won’t respond to whitening, porcelain veneers can conceal them to improve their appearance.
Before you can be approved for porcelain veneers, you’ll need to attend an initial consultation with one of our Sioux Falls cosmetic dentists. During your visit, your dentist will evaluate your oral health, review your medical history, and ask you about your smile goals to determine if this treatment is right for you. If you experience dental anxiety, we also offer sedation dentistry to help you feel relaxed during your procedure.
Once it’s been decided that porcelain veneers are right for you, your cosmetic dentist will take digital images and impressions of your teeth using the iTero® ElementTM Intraoral Scanner. These will serve as the blueprints for your custom-made porcelain dental veneers. Then, we’ll help you choose the right shade of porcelain so that it can match the rest of your natural smile for a flawless look. You’ll return to have your porcelain dental veneers installed once they’re ready.
We’ll prepare you for porcelain veneers by thoroughly cleaning your teeth beforehand. Then, your Sioux Falls dentist will remove a minimal amount of enamel from the front of your teeth. This will provide a flat, even surface, that will help your porcelain veneers look natural once they’ve been applied. The enamel removal stage is usually painless, but we can provide anesthetic and sedation if you’re especially sensitive or feeling nervous.
Once your teeth are prepared, your East Ridge dentist will show you your new porcelain dental veneers to make sure they’re to your liking. If your new veneers are to your liking, your dentist will check their fit. Finally, they’ll install your porcelain dental veneers by bonding them to the front surfaces of your teeth with dental grade adhesive. From there, you can immediately start enjoying a better smile.
The best part about porcelain veneers is that you can maintain them just like your natural teeth. To get the most out of your dental veneers, our Sioux Falls dentists recommend the following:
Porcelain veneers are built to last 10 to 15 years. However, they may last upwards of 20 to 30 years with proper oral hygiene and regular dental exams with your Sioux Falls dentist. If you want to get the most out of your veneers, be sure to continue to maintain a proper oral hygiene regimen and visit East Ridge Dental at least once every six months so we can help you maintain your porcelain dental veneers.
The exact cost of your porcelain dental veneers will vary based on numerous factors including how many you need and your insurance. The dentists and staff at East Ridge Dental encourage you to call your provider beforehand to confirm with them which costs they can cover. If your insurance won’t cover the costs, we can help alleviate your financial burden by offering flexible financing options, including third-party financing through CareCredit. We also feature our in-house Smile Savings Plan, allowing you to save 15 percent on veneers.
No, porcelain dental veneers don’t damage your teeth. As long as you see qualified dentists like those found at East Ridge Dental, your veneers won’t damage your smile. In fact, when placed correctly, veneers offer more protection, helping to prevent staining and sensitivity to certain temperatures.
Porcelain veneers are made to last, but they can break due to factors like trauma and a lack of proper care. If one of your porcelain dental veneers breaks, don’t try to reapply it yourself. Instead, collect the pieces and contact East Ridge Dental as soon as possible by dialing (605) 373-0245 and schedule an appointment. Our Sioux Falls dentists will either repair the veneer and reattach it, or recommend replacement options.
If you’re looking for a quick method for smile enhancement, then porcelain dental veneers may be the solution for you. Using porcelain dental veneers, our East Ridge dentists can quickly transform the appearance of your smile without numerous treatments.
If you’re interested in learning more about porcelain veneers or you want to schedule an appointment at our Sioux Falls office, contact us by dialing (605) 373-0245. You can also schedule an appointment online and one of our friendly team members will get back to you shortly. Our experienced cosmetic dentists can offer porcelain veneers to patients from Sioux Falls and surrounding areas Harrisburg, Brandon, and Renner, SD.
A sparkling-white smile helps bring confidence and an inviting look to your smile. According to the University of West Alabama, when you’re confident in your smile and smile often, it can boost your self-esteem, enhance your social interactions, relieve stress, and improve immune system function. To achieve a smile you’re confident in enough to show off often, you may feel tempted by the availability and affordability of store-bought whitening kits. However, the one-size-fits-all approach of these kits often makes them a poor decision.
If you’re looking for teeth whitening that’s both safe and effective, look no further than East Ridge Dental in Sioux Falls, SD. Our cosmetic dentists offer ZOOM! teeth whitening, an effective in-office and at-home whitening system that offers safe treatment and predictably brilliant results.
ZOOM! teeth whitening is an LED-assisted whitening system developed by Phillips. LED technology, paired with a powerful whitening gel allows you to enjoy a smile that’s up to eight shades whiter after one appointment. Our cosmetic dentists also provide custom-made whitening trays with ZOOM! whitening gel so you can continue the process at home for more lasting results.
Safe – ZOOM! teeth whitening is overseen by our professional cosmetic dentists and before you’re approved for teeth whitening with ZOOM!, they’ll thoroughly examine your mouth to evaluate your oral health. This will help them make sure your teeth are healthy enough for whitening. Additionally, the professional oversight from your cosmetic dentist will help prevent enamel damage from accidental overuse.
Effective – ZOOM! teeth whitening offers reliably brilliant results. Your cosmetic dentist will make sure your smile will respond to whitening, ask you about your goals beforehand, and oversee the process. That way, you can rest assured that you’ll get the kind of results you’ll want.
Superior Whitening – ZOOM! teeth whitening offers superior results over store bought options. In just one appointment, ZOOM! teeth whitening can make your smile up to eight shades whiter. We’ll also give you custom-made whitening trays to take home so you can continue the process for even better whitening and touch ups as needed.
Fast Working – In-Office ZOOM! teeth whitening takes less than one hour!
Reduced Gum Irritation & Dental Sensitivity – Our take-home whitening trays are fitted to your unique dental profile, preventing the gel from touching your gums and irritating them. Your cosmetic dentist will also use the right concentration of whitening gel during in-office whitening and prescribe the right concentration for you to use with your take-home trays. That way, you can avoid excessive dental sensitivity as well.
Longer Lasting Results – The results of professional ZOOM! teeth whitening can last for years with proper oral hygiene and regular dental exams as opposed to over-the-counter kits.
Before you’re approved for ZOOM! teeth whitening, your cosmetic dentist will have you attend an initial consultation. During your initial consultation, your dentist will thoroughly examine your mouth to evaluate your oral health. They’ll also review your medical history and ask you about your smile goals. This is the perfect time to bring up any questions you may have.
Once your cosmetic dentist has decided ZOOM! teeth whitening will be both safe and effective for you, we’ll take impressions of your teeth. These will be used to design your take-home whitening trays as part of the ZOOM! teeth whitening process.
To whiten your teeth at our Sioux Falls office, we’ll clean them first to ensure the gel sticks properly. Then, we’ll use methods such as plastic barriers and vitamin e-oil to protect your lips, tongue, and gums. The plastic barriers will help expose all of your teeth for easier whitening. An eye shield may be provided to protect your sight from the LED rays.
Next, we’ll apply the whitening gel to all of your teeth and expose the gel to LED rays for fifteen minutes at a time. We’ll remove and reapply the gel up to three times in fifteen minute intervals, checking with you to see when we achieve your desired shade. Once your in-office ZOOM! teeth whitening session is complete, you’ll be able to start immediately enjoying a new smile.
To use your at-home ZOOM! teeth whitening trays, clean your teeth beforehand so the gel has a clean surface to stick to. Then, apply the proper amount of whitening gel to the bottom of the entire tray. Apply the trays to the proper rows of teeth and let them sit for the prescribed amount of time.
You can do other things while your whitening gel is working. Remove your trays after the appropriate amount of time has passed and clean your teeth to reveal a whiter smile.
One of the major advantages of ZOOM! teeth whitening is that the process is overseen by trained dental professionals who understand your unique oral health needs and know exactly how to use the ZOOM! whitening system. Your cosmetic dentist will make sure your whitening procedure is both safe and effective by understanding your level of oral health, protecting your gums and mouth from the gel, and ensuring the gel isn’t too strong or overapplied. They’ll also give you precise instructions on how to use your at-home whitening trays and prescribe the right concentration of whitening gel.
Most insurance companies won’t cover ZOOM! teeth whitening because it’s a purely cosmetic procedure. However, we encourage you to contact your dental insurance provider beforehand to ask them which costs they cover, just in case they do cover some or all of the procedure. If you need help covering the cost of your ZOOM! whitening treatment, we proudly offer affordable financing options, including third-party financing through CareCredit.
The effects of ZOOM! teeth whitening can last for years, especially with proper oral hygiene and regular dental exams at East Ridge Dental. We also provide whitening trays you can use at home to touch up your treatment as needed. If you want to get the most out of your treatment, we recommend the following:
ZOOM! teeth whitening is a painless procedure that shouldn’t hurt at all. For patients with pre-existing dental sensitivity, our cosmetic dentists can apply anesthetic or sedation dentistry. That way, your ZOOM! teeth whitening treatment is pain-free and comfortable.
If you’re ready to enjoy the benefits of a beautiful smile but need help effectively achieving the set of pearly whites you’ve always dreamed of, East Ridge Dental is here to help. We proudly offer ZOOM! teeth whitening to patients from Sioux Falls and surrounding areas such as Harrisburg, Brandon, and Renner, SD.
Contact our Sioux Falls office by dialing (605) 373-0245 to learn more about ZOOM teeth whitening or fill out our contact form and one of our team members will get back to you shortly. We look forward to enhancing your smile with ZOOM! teeth whitening.
A dental prophylaxis is a cleaning procedure performed to thoroughly clean the teeth. Prophylaxis is an important dental treatment for halting the progression of periodontal disease and gingivitis. Periodontal disease and gingivitis occur when bacteria from plaque colonize on the gingival (gum) tissue, either above or below the gum line. These bacteria colonies cause serious inflammation and irritation which in turn produce a chronic inflammatory response in the body. As a result, the body begins to systematically destroy gum and bone tissue, making the teeth shift, become unstable, or completely fall out. The pockets between the gums and teeth become deeper and house more bacteria which may travel via the bloodstream and infect other parts of the body. Prophylaxis is an excellent procedure to help keep the oral cavity in good health and halt the progression of gum disease.
Digital radiography allows us to use digital sensors to capture images of your teeth and surrounding structures such and your roots, bone, joints and certain abnormalities that don’t present themselves clinically. They are time-efficient and allow us to visually share the information we find with the patient. The different types of x-rays we take include:
Sealants are most commonly used on the permanent teeth of children, as they are more prone to having cavities. However, sealants can also be effective in the prevention of decay in adults. Many adults who are at high risk for developing caries (cavities) due to chronic dry mouth (a very common side effect of numerous medications), are good candidates for sealants. Sealants consist of a transparent coating that is applied in the grooves of the biting surface on the back teeth. This coating helps to protect the tooth from bacteria and plaque that lead to tooth decay.
What oral disease is highly common, easy to miss, sometimes painless, and also poses a great risk to your oral health? Periodontal disease, also known as gum disease affects a significant number of individuals, often without them even realizing it. In this helpful guide, the Sioux Falls, SD dentists at East Ridge Dental will explain periodontal disease including its signs and symptoms, and discuss how it impacts both your oral and overall health.
Periodontal disease is a chronic inflammatory condition that affects the gums and supporting structures of the teeth. It progresses in stages, each with its distinct characteristics and potential consequences. Understanding these stages is crucial to recognizing the condition’s onset and seeking timely treatment.
Gingivitis marks the earliest stage of periodontal disease. It is characterized by inflammation of the gum tissues surrounding the teeth. The common culprits behind this stage are bacterial plaque and poor oral hygiene. If not addressed promptly, gingivitis can progress to more severe forms of gum disease.
As periodontal disease advances, it enters the stage of early periodontitis. At this point, the infection spreads beneath the gum line, affecting the bone and connective tissues that support the teeth. Signs of early periodontitis may include gum recession, increased sensitivity, persistent bad breath, and the formation of deep pockets between the gums and teeth.
Moderate periodontitis is a critical stage where the damage becomes more pronounced. The infection progresses further, leading to a significant loss of bone and connective tissues. Individuals with moderate periodontitis may experience loose teeth, changes in bite alignment, increased tooth sensitivity, and further gum recession.
At the advanced stage of periodontal disease, significant damage has occurred, leaving teeth highly compromised. Tooth mobility and tooth loss are common symptoms. Other potential consequences include changes in facial structure, difficulty chewing, chronic pain, and a negative impact on overall health.
Periodontal disease can have various underlying causes, beyond just plaque buildup. Understanding these factors can help you take proactive steps in preventing gum disease. Here are some common causes:
The primary cause of gum disease is the accumulation of plaque and tartar on the teeth and gum line. Plaque is a sticky film of bacteria that forms constantly, and if not properly removed, it hardens into tartar, leading to gum inflammation.
Some individuals may be genetically predisposed to developing gum disease. Certain genetic variations can make them more susceptible to the condition, even with excellent oral hygiene practices.
Smoking or using tobacco products significantly increases the risk of gum disease. Tobacco weakens the immune system, impairs blood flow to the gums, and hinders the healing process, making smokers more prone to periodontal issues.
Inadequate oral hygiene habits, such as infrequent brushing, inconsistent flossing, and neglecting regular dental check-ups, contribute to the development of gum disease. These practices allow plaque and bacteria to accumulate and thrive.
Hormonal fluctuations in women, such as during puberty, pregnancy, and menopause, can make the gums more susceptible to inflammation and increase the risk of gum disease.
Certain systemic conditions, such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and immune disorders, can compromise gum health and make individuals more vulnerable to periodontal disease.
Some medications, such as certain anticonvulsants, immunosuppressants, and oral contraceptives, may have side effects that impact gum health and increase the risk of gum disease.
A diet lacking essential nutrients, particularly vitamin C, can weaken the immune system and hinder the body’s ability to fight off infections, including gum disease.
Understanding these causes can help you identify potential risk factors and take appropriate measures to maintain healthy gums. Practicing good oral hygiene, avoiding tobacco use, and visiting your dentist regularly are essential steps in preventing periodontal disease.
Early detection of periodontal disease is crucial for effective treatment and preventing further complications. By recognizing the signs and symptoms, you can take prompt action and seek professional dental care. Here are some common indications of periodontal disease:
Remember, even if you experience only one or two of these symptoms, it is essential to consult your East Ridge dentist for a thorough evaluation and appropriate treatment.
Untreated gum disease can have significant consequences for your oral health and overall well-being. Some of the possible consequences of untreated gum disease include:
Advanced periodontal disease can lead to a condition known as bone resorption. This means the bone supporting and anchoring the teeth starts to deteriorate and diminish in volume. As a result, the teeth lose their stable foundation, become loose, and are at a higher risk of eventual tooth loss.
As the bone supporting the teeth weakens due to gum disease, the teeth can become increasingly mobile or loose. Without timely intervention, this can eventually lead to tooth loss. Losing teeth not only affects your smile’s appearance but also impacts your ability to chew and speak properly.
Gum disease can cause the gums to recede, exposing the sensitive tooth roots. This not only leads to increased tooth sensitivity but also makes the teeth more susceptible to decay and other dental problems.
Untreated gum disease provides a breeding ground for harmful bacteria. These bacteria can cause oral infections, leading to the formation of painful abscesses. Oral infections can be challenging to treat and may require invasive procedures, such as root canal therapy or tooth extraction.
Periodontal disease may increase the risk of cardiovascular problems, such as heart attacks and strokes. It can also complicate the management of diabetes, as high blood sugar levels can worsen gum disease and vice versa. Furthermore, gum infections can potentially travel through the bloodstream and contribute to respiratory infections or pose risks during pregnancy.
For reasons such as these, it’s essential to recognize the signs of gum disease early on and seek professional treatments such as periodontal maintenance and scaling and root planing. Taking action as soon as the disease is detected helps to prevent these potential consequences and protect your oral and overall health.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), nearly half of adults aged 30 and older in the United States have some form of gum disease.
Yes, adopting a proactive approach to oral hygiene can significantly reduce the risk of developing gum disease. Regular brushing, flossing, and routine dental check-ups are essential. Additionally, avoiding tobacco use, maintaining a healthy diet, and managing stress contribute to gum health.
While gum disease is a chronic condition, early stages, such as gingivitis, can be reversed with proper treatment and improved oral hygiene practices. However, advanced stages of periodontal disease can’t be reversed and may require more extensive interventions to manage the condition effectively.
The bacteria responsible for gum disease can be transmitted through saliva, such as when sharing utensils, kissing, or engaging in intimate contact. This means if someone with gum disease has poor oral hygiene habits, their bacteria-rich saliva can potentially contribute to an increased risk of gum disease in others. It is crucial to maintain good oral hygiene practices, including regular brushing, flossing, and dental check-ups, to minimize the risk of gum disease transmission.
Periodontal disease is a serious threat to your oral health and overall well-being. Recognizing the stages and signs of this condition is crucial for timely intervention and effective treatment. At East Ridge Dental in Sioux Falls, SD, we prioritize preventive care and offer comprehensive periodontal evaluations to help you achieve optimal oral health and guide you through the stages of periodontal disease.
Remember, early detection and treatment are key to preventing further complications and preserving your beautiful smile. So, don’t wait! Take the necessary steps to protect your oral health and schedule your appointment with East Ridge Dental by dialing (605) 373-0245. East Ridge Dental proudly serves new and returning patients from Sioux Falls and surrounding areas such as Harrisburg, Brandon, or Renner, SD.
Periodontal treatments depend on the type of the disease and how severe it is. The first step in treating the disease usually involves a special deep cleaning called “scaling and root planing”. During this treatment, plaque and tartar are removed out of the periodontal pockets and the root surfaces are smoothed (or “planed”) to allow the gum tissue to heal and reattach to the teeth. This treatment may be done over several visits, depending on your needs.
Once periodontal disease is brought under control with treatment, it is very important that you get dental care on a regular basis. Periodontal maintenance involves a cleaning that is deeper than a normal cleaning. Because plaque is a sticky film of bacteria that is always forming on your teeth, if it stays on the teeth, it can harden into a rough surface called calculus (tartar). This can only be removed by having a professional cleaning. Patients that have periodontal disease may require more frequent cleanings due to the pockets and other effects of the disease making it hard to keep your teeth clean. With regular maintenance appointments, the plaque bacteria are reduced and this allows the infection to get better, pockets to shrink and the gums to become healthier.
It’s likely that your teeth didn’t grow perfectly straight and that’s perfectly normal. However, too much malocclusion (also known as dental misalignment) can make it much harder to care for your smile. Misaligned teeth are more vulnerable to inflammation, infection, further misalignment, decay, and other oral health issues.
For reasons such as these, orthodontic treatment may be a necessity, but who’s eager to endure the discomfort, glaring appearance, and long treatment times that come with traditional metal braces? Fortunately for patients in need of orthodontic treatment, the cosmetic dentists at East Ridge Dental can offer an alternative with Invisalign orthodontics.
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Invisalign is an orthodontic treatment system that makes use of clear aligner trays instead of intrusive metal brackets and wires. Made with patented SmartTrack® material, these clear aligners are strong enough to reposition your teeth over time. However, unlike traditional metal braces, Invisalign aligner trays come with the convenience of being almost completely transparent and easy to put on and take off on your own.
Versatile Treatment: Invisalign orthodontics can be used to treat many of the same misalignment issues as traditional braces including:
Comfortable: Patented SmartTrack material is comfortable and easy to wear for hours on end. Most of the time you won’t even realize that you’re wearing your aligners.
Removable: Being able to remove your aligner trays allows you to easily clean them, store them, and eat what you want.
Quick: The average length of treatment time with Invisalign clear aligners is six months to one year, half the average time of traditional metal braces.
Convenient: Since your Invisalign aligner trays are easily removable and don’t have any metal brackets or wires for your Invisalign provider to adjust, this cuts down on the number of dental visits necessary to keep your treatment on track.
It’s common for patients to ask, “Which is better, Invisalign or braces?” While Invisalign offers unparalleled comfort and fast, discreet treatment, it may not be the right option for you. You may prefer or benefit more from metal braces if:
Your Invisalign provider will discuss all of your options with you during your initial consultation, and give you their opinion on which treatment they think is best.
Before your Invisalign dentist approves you for treatment, they’ll have you attend an initial consultation. During this visit, your dentist will thoroughly examine your mouth to evaluate your oral health. They’ll also review your medical history and ask you about your smile goals. This is the perfect time to bring up any questions you may have.
If you’re approved for Invisalign orthodontics, then we’ll take digital images and impressions of your teeth. These will be sent to an offsite Invisalign-owned laboratory and used as the blueprints for your aligner trays. You’ll return to our Sioux Falls dental office when your Invisalign trays are ready.
When you return for your Invisalign orthodontic treatment trays, your cosmetic dentist will check to see if they fit. Putting them on will be a simple matter of gently popping them over your teeth. If your aligner trays fit the way they should, your Invisalign provider will send you home with your first couple sets so you can begin your journey to a straighter smile.
In order for your Invisalign orthodontic treatment to be effective, you’ll need to wear each set of aligner trays for a minimum of 22 hours a day. On average, each set of trays will be worn for two to four weeks, until you’ve worn each set in the series in the proper order. By the time you’re finished wearing all of them, your Invisalign treatment should be complete.
The only time it’s necessary to remove your aligners is when you eat, drink fluids other than cool water, and practice your oral hygiene habits. Be sure to store your Invisalign trays in a clean, easy to remember place like their carrying case, so you can put them back in as soon as you can.
Depending on your case, Invisalign treatment may not be where your journey to a straighter smile ends. To help prevent orthodontic relapse, your Invisalign provider may provide retainers, such as the Vivera™ retainer at a later date.
Orthodontic relapse occurs because the ligaments that hold your teeth remember their original positions and need time to get used to their new ones. Wearing your retainers after Invisalign treatment for the amount of time prescribed by your Invisalign provider will help your teeth permanently adjust to their new places. It also helps prevent the need for orthodontic retreatment at a later date.
The exact cost of your Invisalign orthodontic treatment will depend on many factors including the severity of your misalignment, how many Invisalign trays you require, and your insurance. Your Invisalign provider and the rest of the staff at East Ridge Dental strongly encourage you to contact your insurance provider beforehand to get a better understanding of your coverage.
We’re eager to see all of our patients enjoy straighter, healthier smiles, so we can help alleviate some of the cost of your Invisalign treatment by offering flexible financing options. We also proudly offer our Smile Savings Plan, an in-office subscription that gives patients a more convenient way to afford their dental care.
Taking proper care of your Invisalign aligner trays is essential to keeping your treatment on track. To care for your aligner trays, your Invisalign provider recommends following these instructions:
In the first few days of wearing each set of Invisalign aligner trays, you may feel some mild discomfort. That’s usually just a sign of the treatment maneuvering your teeth into their proper places. If the feeling is unbearable or isn’t going away, it may point to a problem. In that case, you should contact East Ridge Dental by dialing (605) 373-0245. Your Invisalign provider will diagnose any problems and can provide solutions like new aligner trays.
Invisalign coverage will vary from provider to provider. Some insurance providers may consider Invisalign orthodontics purely cosmetic and refuse to cover it, others may cover a portion or even all of the costs.
You should always contact your insurance provider beforehand and ask them which costs they can help you cover. We’ll also work with you to help you afford the best orthodontic treatment for your unique dental needs. East Ridge Dental offers financing options and an in-office savings plan you may be able to take advantage of.
Thanks to the benefits of advanced Invisalign orthodontics, patients can get the straight, healthy smiles they’ve always wanted. If you’d like to enjoy the benefits of orthodontic treatment with Invisalign, then contact East Ridge Dental by dialing (605) 373-0245 and schedule an appointment with one of our Invisalign providers.
You can also fill out our contact form and one of our friendly team members will be happy to help you. Our cosmetic dentists offer Invisalign to patients from Sioux Falls and surrounding areas such as Harrisburg, Brandon, and Renner, SD.
We Are a Digital Impression Practice Proud Owners of an iTero® ElementTM Intraoral Scanner
The iTero Element Scanner is a state-of-the-art digital impression system
that eliminates the need for messy putty in your mouth. With our iTero
Element Scanner, we can digitally capture a detailed 3D model of your
teeth and gums. Not only is this process far more comfortable than the
old putty based impressions, but it’s faster and can offer a superior
CariVu™ by DEXIS™
CariVu™ – Caries Detection Device
DEXIS™ CariVu™ is a compact, portable caries (cavity) detection device that uses patented transillumination technology to support the identification of tooth decay without the use of traditional X-ray.
What makes CariVu unique?
East Ridge Dental can utilize Intraoral Camera technology that helps enhance your understanding of your diagnosis. We can show you images of your dentition at a greater resolution, and exactly what our doctors and hygienists are seeing.
What is an Intraoral Camera?
An Intraoral Camera is a very small camera – in some cases, just a few millimeters long. An Intraoral Camera allows our practitioners to view clear, and precise images of your mouth, teeth, and gums. This allows us to accurately make a diagnosis. With clear, defined, enlarged images, you see details that may be missed by standard mirror examinations. These images are available for our patients to see in high definition on the television screen right in the patient exam room at the time of service.
Intraoral cameras also enable our practice to save your images in our office computer to provide a permanent record of treatments. These images can be printed for you, other specialists, and your lab or insurance companies.
Nitrous Oxide is a sweet-smelling, non-irritating, colorless gas which you can breathe.
Nitrous oxide/oxygen sedation has been the primary means of sedation in dentistry for many years. Nitrous oxide is safe, the patient receives 50-70% oxygen with no less than 30% nitrous oxide.
The patient can breathe on their own and remain in control of all bodily functions.
The patient may experience mild amnesia and may fall asleep, not remembering all of what happened during their appointment.
THERE ARE MANY ADVANTAGES TO USING NITROUS OXIDE
Reasons to not use Nitrous Oxide
You should not utilize Nitrous Oxide if you have been diagnosed with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) or if you are currently pregnant. Though there are no other major contraindications to using nitrous oxide, you may not want to use it if you have emphysema, exotic chest problems, M.S., a cold or other difficulty with breathing.
You may want to ask your dentist for a “5-minute trial” to see how you feel with this type of sedation method before proceeding.
You should not utilize Nitrous Oxide if you have been diagnosed with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Though there are no other major contraindications to using nitrous oxide, you may not want to use it if you have emphysema, exotic chest problems, M.S., cold or other difficulties with breathing.
You may want to ask your dentist for a “5-minute trial” to see how you feel with this type of sedation method before proceeding.
Some snoring and occasional restlessness is normal. What isn’t normal is constant tossing and turning, waking up gasping for air, and days where you and your loved ones suffer sleep deprivation due to consistent nighttime disruptions. Snoring and sleep apnea are common issues that can range from moderate to severe, possibly causing a wide range of problems for you and those around you.
Unfortunately, issues caused by snoring and sleep apnea tend to get worse the longer they go untreated, why is why prompt treatment is vital. If you’re dealing with problems caused by snoring and sleep apnea, the sleep dentists at East Ridge Dental Care can help by offering effective treatment.
Snoring is a sound created by the vibration of soft tissues in your mouth and throat. When these tissues loosen, it causes the airway to narrow and forces air through the smaller opening. This causes the tissues to flutter, creating sound vibrations in the throat that result in snoring. When the snoring is so loud that it can be heard through walls, it’s referred to as heroic snoring.
Snoring can happen for various reasons, some of which include:
Sleep apnea is a disorder that causes your body to stop breathing while you sleep. The lack of oxygen jolts you awake, although you may not remember waking up. The process repeats multiple times, consistently disrupting your sleep cycles and lowering your sleep quality.
There are three types of sleep apnea:
While sleep apnea has similar causes to that of snoring, there are additional reasons you may develop the disorder including:
The most common symptom of sleep apnea is loud snoring, which can make it hard to differentiate between the two.
Other common symptoms include:
If you’re experiencing any of the symptoms mentioned above, please contact our Sioux Falls office by calling (605) 373-0245 to make an appointment with our sleep dentists.
Sleep apnea is about more than losing sleep. Untreated sleep apnea can lead to serious physical health issues such as:
Sleep apnea affects your mental health as well, resulting in symptoms such as:
The decreased cognitive function people with sleep apnea may experience increases the chances of accidents. It’s been proven that people who suffer from obstructive sleep apnea inadvertently cause thousands of traffic fatalities every year.
Sleep disturbances caused by snoring and sleep apnea such as loud noises, tossing and turning, and waking up gasping, can deprive your bed partners of the sleep they need. If your partner is sleep deprived, it can put a strain on the relationship and separation becomes more likely.
Additionally, if your sleep disturbances are especially loud, as they tend to be with heroic snoring, then sleep deprivation may extend to other members of your household. This can mean even further tension in your home as more people struggle to get the quality sleep they need.
For reasons such as the ones listed above, it’s vital to seek out effective treatment for snoring and sleep apnea. The sleep dentists at East Ridge Dental can recommend you to a specialist who can get you diagnosed and afterwards, we can offer effective treatment based on your unique needs.
CPAP or continuous positive airway pressure is the first treatment recommended for snoring and sleep apnea. CPAP is a machine that continuously delivers air pressure into your airway through a mask. You wear the mask while you sleep so the air pressure can open your airway, allowing you to breathe easier and helping to alleviate symptoms of snoring and sleep apnea.
While CPAP can be highly effective, many patients find the treatment uncomfortable and disruptive. Patients may end up taking off their mask while they sleep, or simply stop wearing it because of the noise. If you find CPAP to be too disruptive, we offer an alternative.
Oral appliance therapy is a custom-made mouthpiece you wear while you sleep. The mouthpiece repositions your jaw, preventing the soft tissues in your mouth and throat from collapsing into the back of your throat. This helps your airways stay open, so you can breathe properly, preventing symptoms of snoring and sleep apnea.
Patients tend to prefer oral appliance therapy because the device is quiet, discreet, and comfortable. Oral appliance therapy can help you sleep in comfortable positions and doesn’t make any noises that may disturb you or your partners. Additionally, your oral appliance will be small enough to easily take anywhere you go, so you never have to miss out on your treatment.
Snoring is a common sign of sleep apnea, but it doesn’t always mean you have that particular sleep disorder. Our Sioux Falls dentists help you figure out if your snoring is a symptom of sleep apnea by recommending you to a sleep specialist for a sleep study. During a sleep study, a machine will record your vitals while you sleep and the data will later be analyzed.
Chronic loud snoring and sleep apnea are conditions that aren’t likely to go away on their own. This is especially true for sleep apnea, because it causes a cycle of worsening symptoms like obesity, that worsen the disorder.
The best way to treat loud snoring and sleep apnea is to seek professional treatment. If you’re dealing with loud snoring and/or possible signs of sleep apnea, please contact our Sioux Falls office by dialing (605) 373-0245.
While professional treatment is the best way to treat snoring or sleep apnea, there are some steps you can take at home that may be able to help you better control your symptoms.
Our sleep dentists recommend trying the following methods to help control snoring and sleep apnea at home:
Sleep apnea on its own isn’t usually life-threatening. However, untreated sleep apnea can often lead to serious health issues, which can lower your quality of life and your life expectancy. That’s why it’s important to seek effective treatment for sleep apnea as soon as possible.
Snoring and sleep apnea can do serious damage to your health, your quality of life, and even your relationships. Our skilled sleep dentists offer treatment for both conditions to patients from Sioux Falls and surrounding areas such as Harrisburg, Brandon, and Renner, SD.
If you’re looking for effective treatment for snoring and sleep apnea, so you can enjoy lasting relief, then contact East Ridge Dental by dialing (605) 373-0245. You can also schedule an appointment by clicking the button at the bottom of the page and one of our friendly team members will get back to you shortly.
When many people hear the words “cosmetic dentistry,” images of Hollywood stars and models come to mind. Often, it is believed that cosmetic dentistry is only for a select few, and its only purpose is to look better. The truth is that cosmetic dentistry is an important area of dentistry that provides benefits to all types and all ages of people. The benefits go deeper than mere appearance. In fact, cosmetic dentistry can have a genuine effect on your self-confidence and overall health. Restorative dental procedures and cosmetic dentistry not only make your smile white and bright, they include other practices that repair damage and decay that can lead to significant issues with your teeth and your general health. Advances in technology, better-trained dentists, and new materials have made cosmetic dentistry services available to anyone. East Ridge Dental is proud to offer cosmetic dentistry and has the experience and the tools to provide you with best-in-class cosmetic dentistry services of all kinds. Below are some of the most common cosmetic dentistry services we provide.
Even the best preventative care cannot always eliminate the possibility that damage or tooth decay may occur. Younger adults and children are more likely to develop dental caries (i.e. cavities) or suffer oral trauma from sports and activities. Older adults face concerns of tooth wear, tooth decay, periodontal disease, and other serious health concerns. East Ridge Dental specializes in restorative dental services for every member of your family. We can help with tooth-colored fillings, same day crowns, bridges, and dentures. We are passionate about providing comprehensive restorative services so that whatever your needs may be, we have you covered. Some of the most common restorative services are listed below.
East Ridge Dental takes pride in our dentistry, and we strive to keep costs as reasonable as possible. Our financial policy is payment is due at the time of service, unless other arrangements have been previously made.
We accept the following forms of payment:
Insurance: We will file your insurance for you when provided with the insurance information and we will help maximize your benefits to the best of our ability.
At East Ridge Dental, we believe in a patient-centered approach to quality, affordable dentistry. Our business office works with patients to help them make the financial arrangements necessary to invest in the health of their smile.
Our “Smile Savings Plan” is not dental insurance… It’s better! This is an annual reduced-fee savings plan for individuals and families who value their dental health. There are no waiting periods, no deductibles, and no yearly maximums. Plan members enjoy the benefits of the plan immediately upon registration and payment. Our “Smile Savings Plan” is administered by our office independently, meaning we do not use a third-party administrator. We handle everything for you, so you will always have a personal contact for plan questions and information.
Our patient’s dental health is our number one priority, and unfortunately, with dental insurance limitations we are starting to see shrinking benefits, excessive pre-authorization requirements, and decreased reimbursement in all areas, causing more treatment denials. With our “Smile Savings Plan,” you will receive twice-yearly cleanings and exams, necessary x-rays, and more. These regular check-ups will give us the opportunity to address any concerns early on, resulting in less complex and less expensive treatment.
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Caring for a Bridge (Traditional)
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At East Ridge Dental, we understand how important your smile is to you. There are many restorations available, but only dental implants can restore and maintain your smile for life. Dental implants are the gold standard in smile restoration, offering a permanent solution to missing teeth. Our Sioux Falls implant dentists invite you to learn more about the benefits of dental implants and how they can help you regain your confidence and oral health.
Dental implants are artificial tooth roots surgically placed into the jawbone. They provide a permanent foundation for replacement teeth, such as crowns, bridges, or dentures. Implants are made of biocompatible materials, such as titanium, that fuse with the jawbone over time, creating a stable and durable base for replacement teeth.
There are different types of dental implants, including:
Singular implants replace one missing tooth. A dental crown is attached to the implant, creating a natural-looking replacement tooth.
Implant-supported dentures replace multiple missing teeth or a full arch of teeth. The denture is attached to multiple implants, creating a stable and secure fit.
Implant-supported bridges replace multiple missing teeth adjacent to each other. The bridge is attached to two or more implants, creating a stable and natural-looking replacement for missing teeth.
Dental implants offer several benefits over other tooth replacement options, such as dentures or bridges. Some of the benefits include:
At East Ridge Dental, we offer a comprehensive dental implant process that includes:
During your initial consultation, your Sioux Falls implant dentist will evaluate your oral health and determine if dental implants are the right option for you. We’ll also discuss the different types of dental implants and answer any questions you may have. If you’re feeling nervous about the prospect of implant placement, sedation dentistry is available to help you feel calm and relaxed during the procedure.
If dental implants are the right option for you, we’ll take images and impressions of your mouth to design custom implants that fit your unique needs.
Before installing your dental implants, extraction may be necessary for certain teeth. If you’re lacking jawbone density or gum tissue mass, supplemental procedures like bone grafting and gum grafting can help restore missing tissue before your implants are placed.
Your implant dentist will make incisions in the gums to access the jawbone. Once the preparation is complete, we’ll surgically place the implants into your jawbone. The implants will fuse with the bone in a process called osseointegration, creating a stable and permanent foundation for your replacement teeth.
To get the most out of your new custom-made implant restorations, be sure to follow these steps and any steps given to you by your implant dentist.
By following these care tips and maintaining good oral hygiene, you can help ensure the long-term success of your dental implants. At East Ridge Dental, we’re here to support you every step of the way and provide any additional guidance or recommendations you may need.
The dental implant process is typically done under local anesthesia, so you shouldn’t feel any pain during the procedure. Some discomfort and swelling may occur afterward, but these symptoms can be managed with over-the-counter pain medication.
Dental implants are designed to last a lifetime with proper care and maintenance. Regular dental visits, good oral hygiene, and avoiding bad habits, such as smoking, can help ensure the longevity of your implants.
Dental insurance coverage for implants varies by provider and policy. Our team at East Ridge Dental can help you understand your insurance coverage and financing options for dental implants.
Patients with gum disease may still be eligible for dental implants, but it will depend on the severity of their condition. Our team will evaluate your oral health and determine the best course of treatment for you. In some cases, treatment for gum disease may be necessary before proceeding with dental implant placement.
At East Ridge Dental, we’re committed to helping our patients achieve healthy, beautiful smiles. If you’re considering dental implants in Sioux Falls, SD, or the surrounding areas such as Harrisburg, Brandon, or Renner, SD, we invite you to contact us today to schedule a consultation.
Our team of experienced implant dentists will work with you to design a custom treatment plan that meets your unique needs and goals. You can call us at (605) 373-0245 or click the button at the bottom of the page to schedule your appointment. Trust East Ridge Dental for all your dental implant needs in Sioux Falls and beyond!
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