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Restorative Dental Services

Let us Revitalize Your Smile!

Restorative Dentist MNWe never like to hear or see bad situations happen to a good smile. At Alpine Dentist, our restorative treatments correct imperfections and safeguard the look and health of your teeth. With CEREC technology used for custom-milling porcelain crowns and reconstructions, each patient can rest assured that the results will look and feel natural.

Crowns & Bridges

Crowns and bridges restore structure, strengthen, and return allure to damaged teeth with our custom-fit porcelain crowns. Because of CEREC technology, it lets us mill the porcelain crown in our office for an exact and custom fit with a unmistakable color match. Each crown sits permanently over the damaged tooth for a natural-looking appearance and function.

At Alpine Dentist, we are able to replace a row of missing teeth or a single tooth with a crown and bridge system. A bridge is a set of porcelain false teeth fastened to crowns on either end of the gap left by missing teeth.

Dentures

Full or partial sets of false teeth can help reconstruct your smile and help you speak and chew like you normally would. Our dentures fit comfortably, look and work naturally, and boost your confidence by making you look years younger.

Ask us about the restorative potential of dentures.

Fillings

We only use premium composite resin to fill cavities because they offer long-lasting strength and patient safety over traditional silver, or amalgam fillings.

Because composite resin fillings are not made of metal, we can blend and mix shades so that it closely matches the shade of your tooth making it look natural. Only you and your dentist will know about your fillings. Also, the tooth/composite bond actually supports the left over tooth structure, which helps prevent breakage and insulates against hot and cold temperature changes.
Medium and small composites can last seven to ten years–which is as long as the traditional amalgam fillings. Most of all, composite resins gives us the ability to keep more of your natural tooth structure in place than amalgams. With our conservative approach towards dentistry, we believe that the more natural tooth structure you keep, the better teeth you will likely have for many years to come.

Some patients may experience mild and temporary post-placement sensitivity from composite resin fillings. The only caution we generally tell each patients is that coffee, tea, and other staining foods and beverages may discolor your composite unless you ask to have them coated with a clear plastic sealant.

Implant Restoration

Dental implants are an effective procedure to replace one or many teeth that are missing. Multiple steps are generally involved in placing implants. First, an anchor (titanium screw) is surgically fastened into the jawbone. Then, bone grows around the anchor, keeping it situated in place, and can typically take a few months. After, a post is secured to the anchor. Finally, this post links the anchor to an artificial tooth that replaces the missing tooth.

Inlays & Onlays

Porcelain inlays and onlays repair sections of decay that are too big for a resin filling to work. Inlays reside in the lower area of a tooth’s surface while onlays restore the raised section. With our CEREC system right in the office, we can quickly create and fasten permanent inlays or onlays in just one appointment.

Roots Canals

Root canal treatment commonly involves the removal of the tooth’s pulp (nerve), a tiny threadlike tissue, which was necessary for the tooth to grow. Once this tissue is removed, it is replaced with substances that seal off the root canal from supporting structures. If needed, we refer patients to a qualified endodontist to finish complex root canals.

Extractions

At times it is necessary to remove a tooth from the moth completely. Occasionally a baby tooth has misshapen or are attached to long roots that stop it from falling out as it normally would, and the tooth must be removed to make room for the permanent tooth to break through. Sometimes, a tooth may have so much decay and damage that it puts the teeth surrounding it and jaw at risk of decay. Your dentist may advise the removal and replacement with a bridge or implant. Infection, orthodontic correction, or other complications with a wisdom tooth can also require removal of a tooth.

Once a tooth is extracted, neighboring teeth can shift causing problems with chewing or with your jaw joint function. In order to stay away from these complications, your dentist may advise you to replace the tooth that was removed.

New Reopening Guidelines

Dear Alpine Dental Patient:

We hope this letter finds you and your family in good health. Our community has been through a lot over the last few months, and all of us are looking forward to resuming our normal habits and routines. While many things have changed, one thing has remained the same: our commitment to your safety.

Infection control has always been a top priority for our practice and you may have seen this during your visits to our office. Our infection control processes are made so that when you receive care, it’s both safe and comfortable. We want to tell you about the infection control procedures we follow in our practice to keep patients and staff safe.

Our office follows infection control recommendations made by the American Dental Association (ADA), the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). We follow the activities of these agencies so that we are up- to-date on any new rulings or guidance that may be issued.

You may see some changes when it is time for your next appointment. We made these changes to help protect our patients and staff. For example:

• Our office will communicate with you beforehand to ask some screening questions. You’ll be asked those same questions again when you are in the office.

• We have hand sanitizer that we will ask you to use when you enter the office. You will also find some in the reception area and other places in the office for you to use as needed.

• You may see that our waiting room will no longer offer magazines, children’s toys and so forth, since those items are difficult to clean and disinfect.

• Appointments will be managed to allow for social distancing between patients. That might mean that you’re offered fewer options for scheduling your appointment.

• We will do our best to allow greater time between patients to reduce waiting times for you, as well as to reduce the number of patients in the reception area at any one time.

• We ask that you contact the office once you arrive in the parking lot to let us know that you have arrived. We will then call you when we are ready to seat you.

• Upon arrival we will asking some screening questions and taking your temperature. Anyone with a temp over 99.5 degrees farenheit will be rescheduled.

• We require you to be wearing a mask when you come in for your appointment.

We look forward to seeing you again and are happy to answer any questions you may have about the steps we take to keep our patients and staff safe in our practice. To make an appointment, please call our office at 763-536-1118 or email at patientcare@alpinedentaloffice.com.

Thank you for being our patient. We value your trust and loyalty and look forward to welcoming back our patients, neighbors and friends.

Sincerely,
George Rizkalla, DDS Team

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