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Dental Health Center Now Offering Dental Implants

Marshall, MN, August 22, 2013. Remember when you used to look forward to losing a tooth?  The tooth fairy would come and leave a special prize under your pillow and you couldn’t wait until morning to see what was there!  Losing a tooth as an adult is quite different.  A new tooth isn’t waiting to move down in its place and you are left with a hole in what was once your beautiful smile.
 
Dental Implants have “closed the gap” created by missing teeth and have restored healthy smiles across the world!  Dr. Venkatraman Duraiappa from the Dental Health Center has made restoring smiles his passion and is now offering dental implants right in his office.  “Almost anyone who has lost a tooth is a candidate for dental implants,” states Duraiappa.  “When teeth are missing, often times there isn’t enough structure to support a denture or a bridge and so an implant becomes a very successful option.”
 
Dental Implants can be done right in the office at Dental Health Center and is a three to six month process depending if the tooth needs to be extracted or is already missing.  If more bone structure is needed to support the implant, Dr. Duraiappa can also perform bone grafting before the implant is placed.
 
“With the advancements in dental technology, dental implants look so good after they are placed that most people would not be able to tell the difference between the implant tooth and the natural tooth right next to it,” Duraiappa said.
 
Dental Health Center also offers affordable payment plan options for patients fearing the high cost of this specialized treatment. “Our hope is to make it possible for everyone to leave our office with a happy and healthy looking smile,” said Duraiappa.
 
If you would like more information about dental implants, call our office at 507-532-2233 to schedule an appointment today.  You can also visit our website at www.marshallmndentist.com where you can read more about implants and watch an educational video about the implant process.
 
Dental Health Center is conveniently located at 304 W. Lyon Street in down town Marshall, MN.  At Dental Health Center, we care about your smile!
 
About Dental Health Center
 
Dental Health Center is a family-oriented dentistry practice. With a focus on preventive and restorative care, our goal is to help patients of all ages enjoy a lifetime of healthy and attractive smiles. We specialize in preventative, restorative, cosmetic, sedation and waterlase dentistry to include crowns, implants, bridges, dentures, veneers, professional tooth whitening and much more.


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Don’t Skip the Fluoride
 
When you get your teeth cleaned every six months, do you also make sure to get your fluoride treatment?  Fluoride is an important part of dental hygiene; it hardens your enamel so it’s harder for bacteria in your mouth to form cavities.
 
At our office, we use a fluoride varnish that gets brushed on your teeth.  The varnish uses your saliva to get in-between the cracks of your teeth and acts as a barrier to help prevent cavities for six months or longer.  Fluoride helps to restore the hardness of your teeth and prevents them from going back to the unprotected state that they were in before your treatment.  So don’t think of fluoride as something that is just good for one day, it has lasting benefits for both adults and children and is much less expensive than cavities that may form if your teeth are left unprotected.
 
Fluoride is especially important if you are considered to be at risk for decay.  People included in the risk category are those with decay at each dental visit, periodontal infection, recession of the gum lines and those that drink sugary drinks such as pop and juice.  Patients who do not practice good home care such as brushing twice a day and flossing at least once at night should also consider fluoride.
 
I often get asked, “Can I eat and drink anything I want after fluoride?”   The answer is yes and no.  You can eat and drink right after fluoride treatments;  you just need to make sure that you avoid hot liquids like soup, coffee or hot cocoa and stay away from crunchy foods like nuts, chips, and taco shells that might scrape off the fluoride.   The “optimal” fluoride treatment is left on for 4-6 hours and so if you have a cleaning appointment that is later in the day, I even recommend that patients skip brushing that night so the fluoride has more time to work on your teeth.  So kids, it’s the one night that it’s ok to not brush your teeth!
 
It’s also important to think about fluoride in-between your dental cleanings.  City water contains fluoride; just don’t let it replace the treatment we can give you in the office.  You should also use toothpaste that contains fluoride and make sure that when you are done brushing your teeth that you don’t rinse your mouth out with water.  Leaving the toothpaste on your teeth after brushing is like giving yourself a mini fluoride treatment.  If you live on a farm and your water comes from a well, you might want to consider purchasing fluorinated water or getting prescription fluoride drops that can be added to your water to help protect your teeth.  ACT also makes a fluoride rinse that can be used daily and it comes in many different flavors for adults and kids.
 
If you find that you or your children continue to get cavities when they come in for dental check-ups, you may want to consider fluoride treatments.  If you are getting fluoride and you are still having problems with decay, try some of my other suggestions like drops or rinse between your visits to help protect your teeth from bacteria and to help you stay cavity free!
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Sedation Dentistry
 
Do you get nervous when you think about going to the dentist?  I am excited to announce that our office is now offering Sedation Dentistry services.
 
Many people think that sedation means being “put to sleep” but that’s not the case; it means being in a “relaxed” state. With sedation, you will be partially awake during your procedure and will be able to respond to my verbal directions, and in most cases you will not remember what happened.
 
There are quite a few different types of sedation available.  The most commonly used form of sedation in a dentist office is Nitrous or “laughing gas”.  When requested, Nitrous gas is administered during your dental procedure to help you relax. You will seem to drift in and out of consciousness and when the procedure is done you will leave on your own without any noticeable side effects.  You will most likely remember what happened during your visit, but our hope is to relax you enough to get you through the procedure.  We do not charge for Nitrous at our office, so if you have mild dental anxiety, make sure you ask for Nitrous at your next appointment.
 
Oral Sedation
 
Oral sedation involves taking a pill about an hour before your dental procedure so that the medication has time to start working.  The amount of medication administered in oral sedation is significantly higher compared to using Nitrous and so it should be used for patients with a higher degree of dental anxiety.  The downfalls to Nitrous and pill sedation are that it takes time before the medication starts to work in your body and it doesn’t always work on certain people based on their level of anxiety.
 
IV Sedation
 
Dr. Venkatraman Duraiappa
If you have a high level of anxiety or medical condition that makes dental procedures difficult, IV sedation may be the best option for you.  IV sedation has a much higher success rate compared to nitrous and pill sedation. This is because the amount of medication administered to you during the procedure can be changed through your IV.  I have invested in state of the art equipment to closely monitor IV sedation patients.  During the procedure you are connected to an EKG machine so that I can monitor your heart rhythm as well as the amount of oxygen in your blood.  Should we see any signs of distress we can quickly stop the sedation procedure, so you can be assured that your safety is our number one concern.
 
Who can benefit from Sedation?
 •High fear and anxiety for dental treatment
 •Traumatic dental experiences
 •Limited time to complete dental care
 •Inability to control movements due to conditions like Parkinson’s Disease or Cerebral Palsy
 •A bad gag reflex
 •Difficulty getting numb
 •Complex dental problems
 •Very sensitive teeth
 
If you would like more information about sedation, call my office at 507-532-2233 to schedule a free sedation consultation so that we can discuss options that would work best for you and
 start enjoying anxiety free dental care!
 
At the Dental Health Center, we care about your smile!
 
~ Dr. D
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Teeth Get High-Tech Treatment with WaterLase Dentistry
 
Marshall, MN (July 19, 2013) – Say goodbye to the nerve-wracking whir and vibration of the dental drill. Marshall dentist Dr. Venkatraman Duraiappa at the Dental Health Center has become the latest dental professional to adopt WaterLase Dentistry from BIOLASE Technology, with the WaterLase iPlus™ laser dental system. The WaterLase laser is a high-tech tool that improves patient comfort, reduces anxiety, and in many cases can means no shot, no drill and no pain.
 
“No one likes the drill. People tense up the minute they hear it. WaterLase Dentistry is a major advance, both in terms of patient comfort and clinical results,” Dr. Duraiappa said. “Our goal is always to provide the most comfortable experience and the best dentistry for our patients, and making things easier on the patient is a big bonus.”
 
Drills, needles and numb lips can prevent people from taking a positive, proactive approach to oral health. WaterLase Dentistry changes the dynamic. Patients experience WaterLase Dentistry as more comfortable, convenient and less invasive. “As a WaterLase Dentist, I feel like I connect better with my patients in a positive, consultative atmosphere, leaving dread and fear in the past,” explains Dr. Duraiappa.
 
The WaterLase laser system combines laser energy and a gentle spray of water to gently cut teeth, gums and even bone without heat, vibration or pressure – all of the things that make the drill hurt. The only sound that patients hear is a gentle popping noise, removing much of the anxiety from the experience of being in the dentist’s chair.
 
The WaterLase system’s laser handpiece never touches the tooth as it removes dental decay, eliminating the grinding and heat associated with the drill, along with the pain triggered by nerves reacting to heat and vibration. The laser also helps preserve teeth by eliminating vibrations that can create microscopic cracks and fissures in the surrounding healthy tooth surface.
 
In procedures such as gum surgery, the WaterLase system uses only the energy of the laser to cut and water to cool as the tip gently touches the tissue. In most cases the laser eliminates bleeding.
 
For most patients, a WaterLase dentistry treatment is painless, and no injection of anesthetic is needed. That means there is less chance of walking out of the office with a numb lip. “Not relying on pain killers in turn means we can fix several cavities anywhere in the mouth in a single visit, reducing the number of appointments you need,” explained Dr. Duraiappa so it’s a lot more convenient for patients.”
 
“Technology is transforming dentistry. Eventually, every dentist will use a laser,” said Dr. Duraiappa, “but we are leading the way by offering WaterLase Dentistry to our patients today.”
 
WaterLase lasers are completely safe and have been approved by the US FDA for preparing cavities for filling, root canals, bone surgery and a variety of other procedures, and are now used by thousands of dental professionals throughout the U.S. A list of dentists who use the system can be found at www.WaterLase.com.
 
For more information, call our office at 507-532-2233.  At Dental Health Center, we care about your smile!
 
About Dental Health Center
 
Dental Health Center is a family-oriented dentistry practice. With a focus on preventive and restorative care, our goal is to help patients of all ages enjoy a lifetime of healthy and attractive smiles. We specialize in preventative, restorative, cosmetic, sedation and waterlase dentistry to include crowns, implants, bridges, dentures, veneers, professional tooth whitening and much more.
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Looking for an alternative to metal braces? ClearCorrect invisible braces are the clear and simple way to straighten your teeth so you can show off your smile! No wires. No brackets. Just clear, convenient comfort—every reason to smile.
 
With ClearCorrect, your dentist or orthodontist can straighten your teeth using a series of clear, custom, removable aligners. Each aligner moves your teeth just a little bit at a time until you eventually get straight teeth. 

Read more: http://www.marshallmndentist.com/dental-services/clear-correct-invisible-braces/
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