Maintaining good oral health begins with the preventative service we offer, such as teeth cleaning, VisiLite® oral cancer screening, and sealants.
It is recommended by both the American Dental Association and the Academy of General Dentistry that children be seen within 6 months of their first tooth or by 12 months of age. We provide a safe and non threatening environment for a first dental visit.
Patients see one of our two highly qualified hygienists for a polish of teeth, removal of buildup and stains. An oral cancer exam is done and any issues with the teeth and gums are addressed alongside Dr. Van Guilder.
This is for patients with periodontal disease, also known as a ‘deep cleaning’.
We recommend fluoride treatment for all patients, children and adults alike, who are at a moderate to high risk of cavities. We place fluoride varnish, which is more effective and stays on the teeth longer than the more traditional foam in tray method. This varnish method also makes it possible for you to eat and drink immediately after application.
A brilliant new approach to discovering caries and cracks is a compact, portable cavity detection device that uses patented transillumination technology to support the identification of cavities in teeth, around existing fillings and cracks. Dr. Van Guilder will use this camera during exams along side of radiographs to get a better diagnosis of all conditions present in the teeth.
We offer the most cutting edge technology to remove cavity from teeth. The laser uses energized water to remove the cavity without the need to get numb, which provides for faster and more comfortable appointments for fillings. The laser is also more gentle and conservative on teeth than the traditional drill so your teeth will also be happier. There are many other procedures that we use the laser for and it all helps us accomplish better dentistry for you. Patients have noted that having cavities done using laser dentistry is comfortable and they love leaving the office without feeling numb. The laser can be used on all ages of patients and is safe for everyone.
We coordinate with oral surgeons and periodontists in our area to provide full implant services for our patients. Dakota Family Dentistry’s role is restoring the placed implant with a natural looking crown, bridge or denture that provides full function and esthetics to the patient.
Bridges replace the missing tooth or teeth a with porcelain ‘tooth’ that is attached to the teeth on either side of the space. It is like having 3 crowns stuck together. Bridges can look very natural and can be done in all porcelain or porcelain fused to metal.
A partial denture can replace multiple missing teeth at one time. Utilizing existing stable teeth, a partial is a very good economic option for multiple tooth replacement.
Sealants are resins that fill in the grooves of the permanent teeth to help prevent cavities. They are usually done once the permanent molars erupt, around age 6 and 12. The sealants that we place on teeth are touched up for life as needed.
We utilize a digital x-ray machine that uses less radiation and can be seen by the patient on a monitor in real time for a better understanding of their overall oral health.
This is in addition to our standard visual oral cancer exam. A rinse flags cells that are abnormal when viewed under a special light. It is recommended for those at risk for oral cancer such as those with a history of cancer, a family history of oral cancer, those who smoke or drink heavily, and those with HPV.