Dental Health Partners

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

How can we help you?

At Dental Health Partners, we pride ourselves on educating our patients about dental care so you can be an active participant in your own oral health care.

As a patient, you have a right to be informed about your treatment. We make every effort to explain a procedure in enough detail for you to understand why it's important and how it can benefit your oral health.

But you may still have questions, and we've shared a few of those we hear most frequently. We're always here for you, so if you still need more information, please don't hesitate to contact our office.

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We’re always pleased to welcome your referrals; in fact, the biggest compliment our team can receive is a referral from one of our satisfied patients!

We're happy to make time to see a friend or relative you think we can help. At Dental Health Partners, there's always room for another smiling face! Our team looks forward to the opportunity to treat your family and friends with the same excellent care and compassion we extend to you. 

Encourage your friends and family to contact our office and schedule their appointment today!

Dentists recommend an exam every 6 months. In this exam, the teeth are evaluated. Also, the surrounding soft tissues are examined. This includes gums, salivary glands, lymph nodes and thyroid.

Man holding face in tooth pain | Dental Emergencies Mitchell SDAt Dental Health Partners, we know that dental emergencies in Mitchell, SD can be upsetting and often painful. We make every effort to provide patients with emergency dental care within 24 hours.

Dental emergencies include broken and chipped teeth, emergency root canals, swelling of the gums, mouth, or face. If you are experiencing tooth pain, experienced trauma to the mouth, or are unsure if you are in a true dental emergency, do not hesitate to contact Dental Health Partners for emergency dental care. 

Contact Our Emergency Dentist in Mitchell, SD

Please contact our dentist office and we’ll help you get the relief you need. Our office can be reached at (605) 996-1316. 

The team at Dental Health Partners takes infection control very seriously. Your health and safety are our highest priorities, and our state-of-the-art sterilization practices are just one more example of our team’s dedication to your total well-being.

Sterilization Procedures  

sterilization at dental health partners in mitchell, sdWe have specific sterilization procedures in place, and we go through multiple steps to ensure that the dental environment where you receive your care is as clean as possible. After treatment, we wash all used instruments to clean and disinfect them.

The instruments are then inspected one more time and sealed in a special bag. Next, they’re placed in an autoclave, a machine that is designed to kill all bacteria that may still be present. We then take the sterilized instruments back to the treatment rooms for use. Our team also disinfects our treatment rooms on a regular basis with disinfecting wipes and sprays that kill all surface bacteria. Our office meets all ADA, CDC, and OSHA regulations.

Your Comfort and Confidence is Our Priority

We always want you to feel comfortable when visiting our Mitchell dental office for treatment. Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions or concerns about our sterilization practices. We’ll be happy to explain the procedure to you to put your mind at ease.

We are committed to doing everything we can to help you receive the maximum insurance benefits you’re entitled to. As a courtesy to our patients, we are happy to help you file your insurance claim forms.

Dental benefits are not determined by your dentist but by your employer. Insurance was never meant to pay 100% of the cost of your treatment.

Benefits May Vary

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Insurance benefits are often difficult to understand because they can vary significantly from policy to policy. It’s your responsibility to pay any amount not covered by your benefits. If you have insurance, we ask that you bring your insurance booklet with you to your first dental appointment so we can refer to it for details.

We Accept Many Forms of Payment

Payment is expected on the day services are provided. Our front desk team will be happy to discuss all options with you. We accept cash, check, Visa, MasterCard, Discover, Citi Health, and CareCredit payments. Contact our office today to discuss your payment options. 

There are many causes for teeth to be sensitive, but the most frequent reason is root exposure caused by gum recession. When gums pull away, or recede from the tooth surface, the tooth's root is exposed in the mouth. This part of the tooth is more porous and softer than the enamel of the tooth. Desensitizers can be placed on these areas to alleviate sensitivity, and daily use of a sensitivity toothpaste at home are most beneficial. Additionally, gum graft procedures can eliminate sensitivity. 

We've Upgraded Our Technology

At Dental Health Partners, we have upgraded from the traditional x-ray sensors you have probably used in the past. The picture below shows two sensors; the black sensor is the one we use. It has rounded corners and is smaller than tradition x-ray sensors.

Xray Sensor Dental Health Partners in Mitchell, SD

The gold sensor is the traditional size of x-ray sensors. It has 90-degree corners, which tend to poke patients and are uncomfortable. We try to make going to the dentist more pleasant, and we tend to get complements from patients who really like these new, more comfortable, black sensors. 

X-Ray Sensors in Dental Health Partners in Mitchell, SD

Take Children's X-rays Sooner

Also, since children better tolerate our digital sensors, we can take cavity-detecting x-rays sooner. Previously, we wouldn't have been able to take x-rays because of the discomfort of traditional sensors. Now we can find the cavities sooner when they are smaller and easier to address, rather than waiting until the cavity is bigger and close to the new tooth. 

 

 

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Dental emergencies in Mitchell, SD that occur during regular office hours can be taken care of by calling our dentist office at (605) 996-1316.

After-hours emergencies can be handled by contacting the Avera Queen of Peace Hospital Emergency Room at (605) 995-2000.

X-rays help the doctor examine the teeth for decays (cavities) and also help them look at bone levels around the teeth. Without x-rays, doctors are unable to thoroughly exama person's teeth. X-rays also allow the doctor to see if infections are present caused by teeth.

Dental Implants

If you’re considering a dental implant, it’s a good idea to have an understanding of its parts and how they work together.

 

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Photo #1: The photo to the left shows the entire implant assembled, including the implant, post and crown.

Photo #2: The photo on the right shows the individual pieces and parts that make an implant work.

 

 

 

In Photo #2, starting from bottom to top, the blue portion is the implant. It is made of a titanium alloy and is the same material that orthopedic surgeons have used for decades to replace knees, hips, and shoulders. It is very biologically friendly and there has never been a case of allergy associated with titanium. This is the part of the implant that is placed in the bone or – as we often describe it – “below ground.”

The silver piece is known as the post, or the abutment. This is the piece that transitions through the gum tissue. About half of the post is below ground in the implant and above ground to hook to the crown. This post can be made of different types of materials depending on the application. The most common are titanium alloy, gold alloy, and ceramic.

The last piece is the crown. This component is above ground and functions in exactly the same way as a crown on a natural tooth.

Dental Implants vs. Bridge

Photos #3, #4, #5: In the three photos that follow, you will get an idea of the difference between a dental implant and a bridge.

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In the first photograph, you’ll notice that on both sides of the model, the third tooth from the back is missing. On the left side of the model, you can see that an implant has been placed and the post is visible. The right side of the model is prepared for a bridge.

On the bridge side of the model, you will see that the teeth in front and behind the missing tooth have had structure removed to prepare them for a bridge. In the center photo, you can see how a bridge uses the two adjacent teeth to hold the replacement tooth. These adjacent teeth are reduced down to accommodate the bridge. The third photo shows the dental implant and the single crown that will be attached to it.

This is just one of the advantages of using implants in place of bridges – an implant will fill the empty space without disturbing the neighboring teeth. Basically an implant is a one-tooth solution to a one-tooth problem while a bridge is a three-tooth solution to a one-tooth problem.

Also, the implant will never get a cavity and will never need a root canal. It is made of metal and ceramic, so decay will never be a problem again. Bridges, however, can still get cavities on the supporting teeth.

Full & Partial Dentures

Overdentures in Mitchell SDDentures Held in Place by Dental Implants

In some cases, a patient will need over dentures – dentures that are held in place by dental implants.

One way for dentures to be held in place is the use of implants. In these cases, we will insert four implants into the bottom jaw that have small ball posts at the end. These ball posts (ball abutments) hook to the denture with o-rings. While the dentures can be taken in and out by the patient for daily cleaning, the ball posts hold the denture in place very well.

Results May Vary Between Top and Bottom

It is common for patients to have greater success with their top denture than their bottom denture. The top denture has more surface area, like the palate, overdentures from a different anglethat creates suction and stability, which holds everything in place better.

With lower dentures, the tongue is present so there is a tremendous loss of surface area for the denture to adhere to. This in turn decreases the dentures' suction and stability.

Additionally, the movement of the tongue often pops the bottom denture up. With implants placed on the bottom, the patient will not have to worry about their denture moving around when they talk and eat.

Low Long-Term Maintenance

Another benefit of overdentures is its low long-term maintenance. The o-rings need to be replaced every 6 to 12 months, which can be done either in-office or at home by the patient. The replacement of these O-rings is included in the cost of treatment and is essential in our commitment to ensuring our patients have perfectly fitting dentures.  If you have any more questions regarding dentures, contact our Mitchell SD dentist office today!

Invisalign

Invisalign clear braces are an excellent solution for adults who want to correct minor smile misalignments like crooked or crowded teeth.

Using impressions taken of your teeth, the Invisalign lab creates a series of custom aligners designed to address your specific alignment problems. 

What is Invisalign Made of?

Invisalign clear aligners are made of smooth, FDA-approved plastic material that won’t irritate the sensitive tissue in your mouth. During the course of your treatment, these aligners will gradually move your teeth closer to the desired position.

How Does Invisalign Work Day-to-Day?

You'll wear your aligners throughout the day, taking them out for eating or drinking. You'll visit our Mitchell dental office every six weeks or so for a checkup and new aligners. Because Invisalign aligners are clear and match the shape of your teeth, most people will never notice you're wearing them. Please take a look at the pictures below to see what we mean!

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Model without Invisalign
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Model with Invisalign

Regular and Deep Teeth Cleanings

Dentists recommend an exam every 6 months. In this exam, the teeth are evaluated. Also, the surrounding soft tissues are examined. This includes gums, salivary glands, lymph nodes and thyroid.

If you have healthy gums,  a person should have a dental cleaning and exam every 6 months. If a person has periodontal disease, he/she should have a cleaning every 3-4 months, but have an exam every 6 months.

There are many causes for teeth to be sensitive, but the most frequent reason is root exposure caused by gum recession. When gums pull away, or recede from the tooth surface, the tooth's root is exposed in the mouth. This part of the tooth is more porous and softer than the enamel of the tooth. Desensitizers can be placed on these areas to alleviate sensitivity, and daily use of a sensitivity toothpaste at home are most beneficial. Additionally, gum graft procedures can eliminate sensitivity. 

X-rays help the doctor examine the teeth for decays (cavities) and also help them look at bone levels around the teeth. Without x-rays, doctors are unable to thoroughly exama person's teeth. X-rays also allow the doctor to see if infections are present caused by teeth.

Restorative Dentistry

Man holding face in tooth pain | Dental Emergencies Mitchell SDAt Dental Health Partners, we know that dental emergencies in Mitchell, SD can be upsetting and often painful. We make every effort to provide patients with emergency dental care within 24 hours.

Dental emergencies include broken and chipped teeth, emergency root canals, swelling of the gums, mouth, or face. If you are experiencing tooth pain, experienced trauma to the mouth, or are unsure if you are in a true dental emergency, do not hesitate to contact Dental Health Partners for emergency dental care. 

Contact Our Emergency Dentist in Mitchell, SD

Please contact our dentist office and we’ll help you get the relief you need. Our office can be reached at (605) 996-1316. 

We've Upgraded Our Technology

At Dental Health Partners, we have upgraded from the traditional x-ray sensors you have probably used in the past. The picture below shows two sensors; the black sensor is the one we use. It has rounded corners and is smaller than tradition x-ray sensors.

Xray Sensor Dental Health Partners in Mitchell, SD

The gold sensor is the traditional size of x-ray sensors. It has 90-degree corners, which tend to poke patients and are uncomfortable. We try to make going to the dentist more pleasant, and we tend to get complements from patients who really like these new, more comfortable, black sensors. 

X-Ray Sensors in Dental Health Partners in Mitchell, SD

Take Children's X-rays Sooner

Also, since children better tolerate our digital sensors, we can take cavity-detecting x-rays sooner. Previously, we wouldn't have been able to take x-rays because of the discomfort of traditional sensors. Now we can find the cavities sooner when they are smaller and easier to address, rather than waiting until the cavity is bigger and close to the new tooth. 

 

 

The photos below illustrate the difference in crown margins, where one is open and the other is closed. When a margin is open, the crown will fail in only a few short years. It will fail because bacteria can creep under the crown and cause a cavity.

These cavities move very fast as one cannot brush and remove the bacteria that exist under the crown. At Dental Health Partners, we ensure all of our crown margins are closed, as noted in the closed margin photo. We ensure this with a special fit checker and x-rays.

When the margins are fully closed, a patient can predictably get 20 years of service from a crown. Our goal is to see crowns we place today be healthy and functioning when we retire in 20 years. We will better achieve this goal with ensuring all margins are 100% closed.

Closed Margin / FULLY Seated

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Open Margin / NOT seated

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Tissue Grafting

There are many causes for teeth to be sensitive, but the most frequent reason is root exposure caused by gum recession. When gums pull away, or recede from the tooth surface, the tooth's root is exposed in the mouth. This part of the tooth is more porous and softer than the enamel of the tooth. Desensitizers can be placed on these areas to alleviate sensitivity, and daily use of a sensitivity toothpaste at home are most beneficial. Additionally, gum graft procedures can eliminate sensitivity. 

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