We are your local Forest Lake MN Dentist – we are happy to serve our community for over 20 years!
Our Qualified Dentists
We offer a number of general and specialized dentistry options to suit all ages and needs:
- Family & General Dentistry
- Cleanings & Prevention
- Dental Exams
- Cosmetic Dentistry
- Periodontal Disease
- Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery
- Invisalign® & Braces
- Dental Implants
- Professional Teeth Whitening
- Root Canal Therapy
- Healthy Smile Program
- Laser Dentistry
Frequently Asked Questions
How Often Should I Have a Dental Exam and Cleaning?
You should get your teeth cleaned at least twice a year, though your Forest Lake MN dentist or dental hygienist may recommend more frequent visits.
Regular dental exams and cleaning visits are essential in preventing dental problems and maintaining the health of your teeth and gums. At these visits, your teeth are cleaned and checked for cavities. Additionally, your dentist will check for signs of oral cancer, inflammation or infection, dry mouth, gum disease, tooth decay or erosion of surfaces. These include:
- Medical history review:Knowing the status of any current medical conditions, new medications, and illnesses will help us better understand your overall health and dental needs.
- Examination of diagnostic x-rays (radiographs): X-rays are essential for detecting decay, tumors, cysts, and bone loss. They also help determine the position of teeth and roots.
- Oral cancer screening: Check the face, neck, lips, tongue, throat, tissues, and gums for any signs of oral cancer.
- Gum disease evaluation: Check the gums and bone around the teeth for any signs of periodontal disease.
- Examination of tooth decay: All your tooth surfaces will be checked for decay using special dental instruments.
- Examination of existing restorations: Check current fillings, crowns, etc.
- Removal of calculus (tartar): Plaque is a substance that builds up on the surface of your teeth. Calculus is hardened plaque that has been left on the tooth for some time and is now firmly attached to the tooth surface. Calculus forms above and below the gum line, and can only be removed with special dental instruments.
- Removal of plaque: Plaque is a sticky, almost invisible film that forms on your teeth. It’s a colony of living bacteria and food debris. The bacteria produce toxins that inflame the gums. This inflammation is the start of periodontal disease!
- Teeth polishing: Removes stain and plaque that is not otherwise removed during toothbrushing and scaling.
- Oral hygiene recommendations: Reinforce proper dental hygiene by recommending oral hygiene aids, like electric toothbrushes, special cleaning aids, fluoride treatments, etc.
- Review dietary habits: Your eating habits play a very important role in your dental health.
As you can see, a good dental exam and cleaning involves quite a lot more than just checking for cavities and polishing your teeth. We are committed to providing you with the best possible care, so we recommend that you schedule regular check-ups and cleanings.
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What Are Porcelain Veneers and How Can They Improve My Smile?
Porcelain veneers are thin shells of tooth-shaped porcelain that are individually crafted to cover the fronts of teeth. They are very durable, stain-resistant and popular among those seeking to restore or enhance the beauty of their smile.
Veneers may be used to restore or correct the following dental conditions:
- Severely discolored or stained teeth
- Unwanted or uneven spaces
- Worn or chipped teeth
- Slight tooth crowding
- Misshapen teeth
- Teeth that are too small or large
Getting veneers usually requires two visits. The first visit is to take an impression of your teeth, which is sent to a dental laboratory where each veneer is custom-made (for shape, color and fit) for your individual smile.
With little or no anesthesia, a dentist will lightly buff and shape the front surface of your teeth to allow for the small thickness of veneers. The veneers are carefully fitted onto your teeth and bonded with special bonding cements, then hardened with a specialized light.
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