Providing Quality Dental Services to Grand Forks, ND
Caring for You and Your Family’s Smile
Your smile is one of the first things people see when they meet you. Together, we can make it a smile you are proud of and will last a lifetime! Badger Dental group offers a range of dental services in Grand Forks, ND to help correct your teeth, prevent decay, or relieve pain. Learn more about our dental services and make an appointment with one of our specialists today.
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Preventive care and education is the most valuable treatment we can offer our patients. Preventive dental care is essential – no matter how young or old you are. It doesn’t have to be complicated as long as you practice good oral hygiene and see the dentist regularly. Here are a few simple ways that you can prevent the build-up of plaque and cavities.
Brush your teeth
Brush your teeth every morning and evening. We recommend using a soft-bristled toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste. We want to make sure any food particles and plaque don’t linger on the surface or in the cracks of your teeth. It’s important to brush your tongue as well since minuscule build-up can happen there, too!
Floss your teeth
If you want to impress your dentist, floss every day. Not only will it make your regular checkups less invasive, but it will keep any decay that gets trapped between your teeth to a minimum and help to keep the cavities down, if not inexistent. As a bonus, use mouthwash occasionally to kill any germs and make your mouth minty fresh!
Eat a balanced diet
A balanced diet consists of raw vegetables, fruit, and calcium-rich products like plain yogurt and cheese. As you can expect, try to avoid sugary foods and drinks since they can be harsh on your teeth.
Make regular dentist appointments
Schedule regular checkups with your dentist every six months for a professional teeth cleaning. It’s best to make your next appointment each time you visit the dentist so years don’t pass without a cleaning.
Dental sealants are a plastic coating that protects your teeth where decay often begins – usually in the back of the mouth where chewing is most common. Sealants are beneficial for people of all ages. Ask us about them next time you schedule a visit.
Wear mouthguards when playing sports
If you play sports (especially hockey, soccer, football, etc.), be sure to ask your dentist about special mouthguards designed to protect your teeth. It’s a much better alternative than asking your dentist about implants!
If it’s been six months since your last dental checkup, then it’s time to contact our practice and schedule your next appointment!
Protect Your Teeth With Dental Sealants
Sealants provide extra protection from decay and cavities. They are a layer that covers the hard-to-reach spots and small cracks that your toothbrush may not reach.
What are dental sealants?
Dental sealants are exactly what they sound like – seals on your teeth. More specifically, they are plastic resins that fit into all the grooves on your teeth. Once it hardens, it becomes smooth. Brushing becomes easier and there’s less opportunity for plaque to accumulate if the cracks are sealed.
Who are good candidates for sealants?
Most often, children receive sealants once all their permanent teeth come in to help deter tooth decay from happening. Adults can receive sealants as well if they didn’t get them when they were younger and they still have healthy teeth.
How long do sealants last?
It’s not uncommon for a dentist to see an adult with their childhood sealants still in place, but typically they should last anywhere from three to five years. Once your sealants come off, schedule an appointment with your dentist to have your teeth resealed.
We provide a wide range of cosmetic dentistry such as teeth whitening, veneers, and tooth-colored fillings. Cosmetic dentistry is the art and science of enhancing a person’s smile. It is also one of the fastest-growing areas in dentistry. Cosmetic dental techniques have advanced dramatically over the last decade. With the improvement of materials like porcelain, composite resin fillings have a more life-like appearance.
Cosmetic Dentistry encompasses a wide range of procedures, including whitening, veneers, tooth-colored fillings, CEREC© restoration, crowns, bridges and implants, and Invisalign® orthodontics.
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There are many methods of teeth whitening available, from bleaching strips you can buy at the drug store, to the in-office, full mouth bleaching done in some dental offices.
The most popular and highly successful method is “at-home bleaching.” After a custom-fitted tray is made for you, you have the option of bleaching at home whenever it is convenient for you. Results are usually seen after the first application. Maximum results generally occur when the process is continued for 10-14 days. Touch-ups may be needed for one to two days, once or twice a year, depending on your usage of substances like coffee, tea, red wine, and tobacco.
Unlike a crown, which covers the entire tooth, a veneer is a thin covering that is placed over the front (visible) part of the tooth. This ceramic or laminate veneer is a popular treatment option for several reasons. Veneers generally are placed on upper front teeth that are severely discolored, poorly shaped, or slightly crooked. Veneers may be used to lighten front teeth that are naturally yellow or have a gray cast or line.
Advances in modern dental materials offer new ways to create more pleasing, natural-looking smiles. The materials in tooth-colored fillings, such as ceramic and plastic compounds mimic the appearance of natural teeth. Many dentists, like Dr. Badger and Dr.Korsmo, choose to use composite filling vs. amalgam (silver) filling. Composite fillings are a mixture of acrylic resin and finely ground glasslike particles that produce a tooth-colored restoration.
Composite fillings provide good durability and resistance to fracture and usually require less tooth structure to be removed by the dentist. The end result, of course, is that you do not see the filling.
CEREC® is a machine dentists use to manufacture tooth restorations, like crowns (caps) and veneers. It stands for Chairside Economical Restorations of Esthetic Ceramic.
Chairside means the dentist can provide the treatment (crown, veneer, etc.) in one patient visit and Ceramic refers to the final product – a non-metallic restoration that is bonded to the existing or remaining tooth structure. As such, CEREC® restorations are extremely durable and natural-looking.
Invisalign® is the “clear way” to straighten teeth, gradually moving your teeth through a series of custom-made, removable, nearly invisible aligners.
What are the benefits over traditional braces?
- You can brush and floss normally, which can help prevent tooth decay and gum disease.
- You can eat what you want because you remove your aligners when you eat.
- There is no metal to irritate your mouth and gums.
- There are no lost braces, broken wires, or allergies to metals.
- And…you can hardly tell you are wearing them because of the clean snug fit!
In today’s world of high-tech dentistry you, the patient, have many choices available to you. Explore and question your doctor regarding the many options you have to achieve the smile you desire.
Implant Restoration Dentistry
There is no need to panic if an accident causes you to lose a tooth or two, or if a disease has wreaked havoc on your smile. Although we prefer to have our own teeth, Implant Restoration Dentistry makes it possible to restore your teeth and your confidence.
According to the American Dental Association, more and more patients are choosing implant restoration dentistry each year. The cylinder-shaped implants are made with material that is similar to what the human body is naturally made of. Through surgery with an oral surgeon, the implants are placed as anchors in the jaw that will hold your new teeth. The restorative dentist works together with the oral surgeon to ensure the success of the implant and restoration fitted to sit over the implant.
Who is a candidate for dental implants?
Candidates for dental implants generally are in good overall health. The health of your gums, surrounding teeth, and jawbone are more important than your age when it comes to dental implant candidacy. It is worth noting that you will probably need to spend a little extra time brushing and cleaning around the implant to prevent infection.
People with diabetes, leukemia, and other chronic illnesses are at increased risk for issues post-surgery. Also, the use of tobacco can make the bone and tissues around the implant weaker and leave your gums more susceptible to gum disease.
Implant restoration dentistry may be the best option for you!
TMJ/TMD Evaluation & Treatment
If you feel like your jaw is locked, you have a hard time biting, you hear popping sounds when you bite or you have head or neck pain, you might be suffering from temporomandibular joint (TMJ) syndrome. Your TMJ connects your lower jaw to the temporal bone located under your ear. When it becomes irritated, it can be very uncomfortable. The best time to treat TMJ is when it is caught early on so treatment can begin immediately. The longer you wait, the worse it will get, so seek a dentist as soon as you feel discomfort.