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Preventative Care: Keeping Small Issues from Becoming Costly

August 17, 2021

We know that visiting the dentist’s office is not high on everyone’s list of favorite things to do, but did you know that regular checkups and cleanings can greatly reduce the chance of small issues becoming serious, costly repairs? 

Checkups and cleanings are pain free and easy – we promise! 

During a regular checkup at Port City Dental we cover:  

  • A review of your medical history.
  • A clinical examination of your soft tissue including your gums, throat, the floor of your mouth, palate, cheeks, lymph nodes, and chewing muscles.
  • Your dentist will check for Temporomandibular Joint Disorder. In short, TMD happens when a hinge connecting the upper and lower jaw isn’t working properly and can lead to headaches, a sore jaw, and muscle tightness. If found, your dentist can make adjustments to help fix this. 
  • An assessment of your gum pocket depths. Any increase in gum pocket depths may indicate destructive elements in your gum health. 
  • An assessment of your hard tissue. This includes the teeth and the bone that supports your teeth. Visiting your dentist regularly for cleanings is a huge way you can prevent tooth decay and cavities. 
  • We will also take X-rays, if necessary. We do this to diagnose decay, fractured teeth, infected teeth, cysts in the bone, resorption of teeth and an array of bone and tooth anomalies and diseases. 

Our goal at Port City Dental is to provide quality, gentle care and we tailor each appointment with the patient's comfort in mind. By investing in bi-annual appointments, we can address small issues before they become serious, costly repairs. 

Call 218-728-5095 or complete our contact form to schedule your appointment today!

The Benefits of our Dental Savings Plan

July 9, 2021

Dental care is not only important for your oral health, but also for your entire well being. Whether you are approaching your six-month preventative care appointment or have a toothache, a lack of dental insurance coverage should not stop you from visiting your dentist.

At Port City Dental, we have made dental care easier and stress-free for patients without dental insurance by offering our patients a savings plan.

The Port City Dental Savings Plan includes preventive dental visits plus 15% off other services for one low annual fee. It is an unlimited savings and benefits plan with no insurance claims. Patients are also able to choose their Port City Dental dentist and hygienist at any location for their convenience. Unlike many dental plans, you can use your benefits immediately and enrollment is quick and easy.

Program Benefits

100% Coverage

  • 2 exams per year
  • 2 Professional Cleanings per year OR
  • 2 Periodontal Cleanings per year OR
  • 3 Periodontal Cleanings per year
  • 1 Fluoride treatment

15% off Dental Services

Program Details

2 Preventive Cleanings per year, plus 2 Exams, 1 set of bitewings
Adult $360/year
Child 13 & Under $260/year

2 Periodontal Maintenance Cleanings plus 2 Exams, 1 set of bitewings

3 Periodontal Maintenance Cleanings, plus 2 Exams, 1 set of bitewings

In order to use our savings plan, patients cannot be enrolled in any other dental insurance program and all dental services must be paid at the time they are rendered to be eligible for the 15% discount.

We are excited to be able to offer our patients an easier way to take care of dental costs. To enroll or receive more information, call our office at 218-728-5095.

The Importance of Dental X-Rays

June 4, 2021

It is typical during a regular dental check up and cleaning to have x-rays done. X-rays are used to diagnose decay, fractured teeth, infected teeth, cysts in the bone, resorption of teeth, and an array of bone and tooth anomalies and diseases.

There are several different types of x-rays that may be taken depending on how long it has been since your last visit, if you have been experiencing any pain since your last visit, your age, or if you are a new patient.

The three types of x-rays typically ordered by the doctor at Port City are a full mouth series, panoramic, and bite wings.

A full mouth series is taken for new patients or once every 3-5 years and offers an accurate depiction and potential diagnosis for each tooth in your mouth. They include pictures of the entire tooth - the root included. This allows the dentist to see what’s going on underneath the gumline.

Full mouth series are beneficial for someone who has had a lot of dental work performed for instance, crowns or root canals and fillings, so the dentist can see under the gums in the bone area around the teeth. Dentists can really only see about 40% of the tooth during a clinical exam, so x-rays are a very important component of the exam since it allows us to look for pathology where we can’t visually see it – under your gums and into your bone.

The second type of x-ray is a panoramic x-ray. These are also taken once every 3-5 years or if you are a new patient. Panoramic x-rays monitor growth and development as well as monitoring TMJ (pain in the temporomandibular joint).

During a panoramic x-ray, the machine rotates around your head – allowing the dentist to see the tooth as a whole; jaw joints, sinus cavities, and wisdom teeth if they are erupting and need to be evaluated for removal.

The third type of x-ray is bitewings, which are little films that are placed inside the mouth. These are done at every other regular appointment, so every 12-18 months.

Bite wing x-rays allow us to see in between the teeth, where they touch, and where you as a patient can’t physically see. They are important for detecting cavities early in the disease process. They also evaluate bone levels so your dentist can properly diagnose gingivitis and periodontal disease. They do not however, provide information regarding the roots of the teeth.

X-rays are a great tool since they allow immediate, enhanced viewing of your oral health. Taking them regularly ensures the health and stability of your teeth long-term by catching anything wrong early on, before it turns into a larger issue.