We are a family-oriented general dentistry practice in Fosston, MN. Below you will find a list of the dental services offered in our office. We are currently accepting new patients and as a new patient, one can expect the first appointment to be an initial comprehensive oral evaluation, which includes X-rays, oral cancer screening, and periodontal scoring. Contact us to schedule an appointment.
Routine Cleanings & Exams
Routine cleanings are recommended every six months. These checkups give you the chance to talk with your doctor and receive answers for any questions or concerns you may have about your oral health services.
Dental X-rays are a useful diagnostic tool which help your dentist detect damage and disease not visible during a regular dental exam.
Tooth-colored & Silver Fillings
Composite resins, or tooth-colored fillings, are a mixture of glass or quartz filler that provide good durability and resistance to fracture in small- to mid-size fillings that need to withstand moderate pressure from chewing. They can be used on either front or back teeth.
Dental amalgam, sometimes described as “silver-colored” fillings, is made from a combination of metals that include mercury, silver, tin, and copper. Dental amalgam has been used for generations by dentists. Amalgam is very durable and more affordable than tooth-colored or gold fillings; however tooth-colored materials are more natural looking.
Root Canals & Extractions
If you have a severely damaged, decaying tooth or a serious tooth infection (abscess), your dentist may recommend a root canal treatment. Root canals are used to repair and save your tooth instead of removing it.
An extraction means to have a tooth removed, usually because of disease, trauma or crowding.
Full and Partial Dentures
Dentures are removable appliances that can replace missing teeth and help restore your smile. If you’ve lost all of your natural teeth, whether from gum disease, tooth decay or injury, replacing missing teeth will benefit your appearance and your health. That’s because dentures make it easier to eat and speak better than you could without teeth—things that people often take for granted.
Tooth-colored & Gold Crowns
A crown can help strengthen a tooth with a large filling when there isn’t enough tooth remaining to hold the filling. Crowns can also be used to attach bridges, protect a weak tooth from breaking or restore one that’s already broken. A crown is a good way to cover teeth that are discolored or badly shaped. It’s also used to cover a dental implant.
Periodontal (gum) Treatment
Gum disease is an infection of the tissues that surround and support your teeth. It is a major cause of tooth loss in adults. Because gum disease is usually painless, you may not know you have it. Also referred to as periodontal disease, gum disease is caused by plaque, the sticky film of bacteria that is constantly forming on our teeth.
Braces and orthodontic treatment services are used to correct “bad bites,” or malocclusion (teeth that are crowded or crooked). In some cases your teeth may be straight, but your upper and lower jaws may not meet properly. These jaw or tooth alignment problems may be inherited or could result from injury, early or late tooth loss, or thumbsucking.
If you have an abnormal bite your dentist may recommend braces or another orthodontic treatment to straighten out your smile. Correcting the problem can create a nice-looking smile, but more importantly, orthodontic treatment results in a healthier mouth. Not correcting an abnormal bite could result in further oral health problems.
Veneers are thin, custom-made shells crafted of tooth-colored materials designed to cover the front side of teeth. They are an option for correcting stained, chipped, decayed or crooked teeth. Veneers are made by a dental technician, usually in a dental lab, working from a model provided by your dentist. Placing veneers is usually an irreversible process, because it’s necessary to remove a small amount of enamel from your tooth to accommodate the shell. Your dentist may recommend that you avoid some foods and beverages that may stain or discolor your veneers such as coffee, tea or red wine before this service. Sometimes a veneer might chip or fracture. But for many people the results are more than worth it.
Source for services descriptions: American Dental Association – MouthHealthy Oral Health.The Mouthhealthy.org website offers a variety of dental resources, including information on topics such as: Nutrition, baby teeth, sensitive teeth, dentures, root canals, wisdom teeth, baby bottle tooth decay, gum disease, the use of antibiotics before certain dental procedures, and more!