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802 Center Avenue West
Dilworth, MN 56529

General, Family, & Cosmetic Dentistry

Your smile is important to us. Your smile influences overall health and wellness while showing your individuality. Our doctors can help you maintain and enjoy a strong and healthy smile that functions comfortably and looks amazing.

We use digital X-rays that emit about 80% less radiation than traditional radiography. We also offer nitrous oxide (laughing gas) upon request. Our team can help you create an oral health routine that will maintain your smile for many years.

Here is a list of services we offer:

Our doctors encourage proactive dental care by recommending all patients schedule six-month exams and cleanings. These preventive visits allow early diagnosis of small oral health problems, so they can be treated sooner rather than later.

At your checkup, we will take the necessary digital X-rays. Digital X-rays immediately provide detailed images, viewable on a computer screen. They show pictures of the teeth, bone and surrounding tissues. They will help our doctors diagnose decay, infection and periodontal disease. We may also take digital photos with our intraoral camera. Our doctors will do an oral cancer screening and look for anything that looks suspicious. An assessment of your gum tissue will tell us if you suffer from periodontal disease. This condition often goes untreated, but is proven to increase a person’s risk for many health problems including heart attack, stroke, diabetes complications, and low-weight births. Our hygienist will recommend prompt and effective treatment if you suffer from periodontal disease. It is a disease that can be controlled with proper treatment.

Many people will develop tooth decay or experience a chipped or broken tooth at some point in life. If left untreated, a small cavity or chip can grow to cause major damage, which may require further treatment. Following through with recommended treatment now can save you from pain and expense in the future.

Our doctors offer Amalgam (silver) or Composite (tooth colored) fillings. Amalgam fillings have been a safe restorative option used for over 150 years due to low cost, ease of application, strength and durability. Composite fillings have been used and proven to be durable for over 30 years. They also can match the color of your tooth to make them appear more natural.

Some dental problems may require more than a filling. In some cases, a dental crown or cap is required to protect and strengthen tooth structure in a way that cannot be restored by a filling.

A crown usually requires two visits. The first appointment will include preparation of the tooth and taking several impressions that will be used to create your custom crown. A mold will be used to create a temporary crown which will stay on your tooth until your new crown is fabricated. Once the permanent crown is finished at the dental lab, you will return for a second office visit so our doctors can place your final restoration.

Reasons for crowns:

  • Large fillings
  • Fractured filling or teeth
  • Teeth that have previous root canal therapy
  • Cosmetic enhancement
  • Cracked tooth syndrome

Missing teeth can cause more problems than you might think. Your mouth is designed to function as a working system so if one tooth is lost, remaining teeth must compensate. They could shift out of position causing misalignment of the bite, which may lead to joint pain and teeth grinding, as well as other cosmetic concerns. It has been proven that if a tooth is not replaced, more teeth are likely to be lost. Overall, this could affect oral function and appearance.

Our doctors offer many options for tooth replacement. They will recommend the best option for your case.

  • Bridgework – A crown-and-bridge system replaces one tooth or a few teeth in a row. A bridge is a solid piece made of crowns which replace your missing teeth by being cemented onto your adjacent healthy teeth.
  • Partial Dentures – A removable partial denture replaces multiple missing teeth in either the upper or lower arch. The reason this type of prosthesis is referred to as a removable partial denture is because the patient can remove and re-insert it when required without professional help.
  • Full Dentures – Dentures replace all teeth on the upper or lower arch. They are secured by natural suction or denture adhesive. For the most functional denture, Our doctors recommend implant retention. Dental Implants are small posts placed into the bone so the denture can be fitted with snaps to attach to the implant posts.

Implants are a new and innovative way to replace one or more missing teeth. Since our doctors are general dentists, they partner with specialists for all dental implant cases. Dental implants are small, titanium posts placed into the jaw. The procedure requires a brief oral surgery visit, which is performed by a local specialist. Once the posts are in place, bone tissue naturally integrates with them to form a solid anchor just like a natural tooth’s root. After the implant post has healed and firmly integrated with the bone, our doctors will make individual crowns, a bridge or a denture to attach to your implant posts.

Dental implants work well for people who have good oral health and sufficient bone density. Because missing teeth promote bone degeneration, some patients need bone grafting before implant surgery. Our doctors will assess your case and consult with your oral surgeon or periodontist to plan treatment. Together, they will present you with your options and explain the procedure.

What happens at the first dental visit?

At the first visit, our team hopes to make your child comfortable at our office. The first thing we’ll do is give your child a ride in the chair and take extra time to explain each step. Your child will have a cleaning, exam, and the appropriate x-rays for their age. We will make your child comfortable and most importantly, we’ll make it fun!!

After their first visit, your child will receive a token to select their own special prize from our treasure tower! We want to make the dental office a fun and exciting place for kids to come!

What is the “No Cavity Club”?

Kids between the ages of 2 and 16 who are cavity free after their visit are automatically entered to win. The drawing is held once a month and the winner is sent a No Cavity Club Certificate and a gift card!

Most children have a full set of 20 primary teeth by the time they are 3 years old. A child’s first dental visit is recommended at age 3. At age 6, when children typically begin to lose their primary teeth, a panoramic x-ray is recommended to check the development of permanent teeth. The first permanent molars usually erupt between ages 5 and 6. To help prevent decay, dental sealants are placed on all newly erupted and cavity free permanent teeth as your child grows. Six month cleanings and fluoride treatments are highly encouraged. Family members can also help out by enforcing good homecare with regular brushing and flossing.