James J. Kalina DDS Blog

Do Dental Implants Set Off Metal Detectors?

June 17, 2021

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Man walking into scanner, wondering, “Will dental implants set off metal detectors?”

With COVID-19 dwindling and the summer season underway, millions of people have plans to travel sometime within the next few months. Are you among them? If your future involves getting on an airplane, it is understandable if you are a little nervous about going through airport security, especially if you have dental implants. Will your dental implants set off the metal detectors? In most cases, the answer is no.


Understanding Dental Insurance: In-Network vs Out of Network Coverage

November 20, 2020

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Patient looking to use insurance at high-quality dentist in Mankato

If you have a PPO dental insurance plan, you are free to visit any virtually any dentist or dental specialist and still use your benefits. However, you may find that your insurance company urges you to visit “in-network” dentists. What exactly does that mean, and does it really matter if you visit an in-network or out of network care provider? A high-quality dentist in Mankato is here to answer these important questions.


Enjoy Seasonal Treats without Ruining Your Teeth

October 20, 2020

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Slice of pecan pie, a popular holiday food

The last few months of the year can rightly be called “comfort food season.” Whether you are warming up on a cold morning with an eggnog latte, reaching for the candy jar at the office, or baking mouthwatering pies at home, there are countless opportunities to indulge in holiday foods. Unfortunately, many seasonal treats are bad for teeth. A dentist in Mankato is here to discuss some tips to help you protect your smile throughout this festive season.


Dental Implants Improve Your Smile And Your Health

May 29, 2020

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confident woman with dental implants biting into appleWell-designed dental implant restorations look beautiful. In fact, they are as close to your natural dentition as is available in dentistry today.  If you have lost one or more teeth, dental implants in Mankato can certainly help you to regain an attractive, confident smile. But did you know that this treatment offers far more than enhanced facial aesthetics? In this article, we will discuss ways in which dental implants can benefit your health and overall quality of life.


Tips to Help You Find a New Dentist in 2020

February 25, 2020

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woman looking at dental info on mobile phoneIf it has been a while since you visited a dental professional, you recently moved to the area, or for some other reason, you are looking for a new dentist in Mankato, you have an important task in front of you. There are numerous factors that you should consider when you are looking to establish a relationship with a local oral healthcare provider. But how can you start your search, and how can you know if a particular dentist is right for you? In this blog post, we discuss these important questions.


Can I Still Get Cavities if I Have Porcelain Veneers?

January 23, 2020

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dental exam close-upPorcelain veneers in Mankato are a remarkable cosmetic treatment. They can transform the teeth by disguising many flaws, such as cracks, chips, discoloration, and more. The porcelain is also very durable; it is even invulnerable to cavities. But does that mean that the teeth beneath the veneers will always remain healthy and decay-free? Not necessarily. In this article, we discuss why teeth under veneers are still susceptible to cavities and how you can protect them.


Dental Implants or Crowns: How Best to Replace Your Missing Teeth

December 20, 2019

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a woman pointing to her smile while holding a mold of teeth and a dental implantIf you are missing a tooth and are looking for the right solution to restore your smile, you have a few choices, two of which are dental implants in Mankato or crowns. While a thorough examination by your dentist is required before moving forward with any type of restorative dentistry, it is important that you weigh your options before seeking treatment. Take some time to learn the difference between implants and crowns. As a result, you will become more well-informed on which method of treatment might be best for you.


November Is TMJ Awareness Month — Take Care of Your Jaw!

November 23, 2019

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woman with jaw acheYour jaw plays an important role in chewing, speaking, and singing. Many people take this little member of their body for granted — until it starts to ache. If you are experiencing persistent pain in your jaw, it is possible that you have TMJ dysfunction (sometimes referred to as TMD). Because November is TMJ Awareness month, we are taking this opportunity to discuss what TMD is, how you can recognize it, and how your dentist may be able to help you find relief through TMJ treatment in Mankato.


Direct Bonding VS Porcelain Veneers: Which to Choose?

October 11, 2019

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Porcelain VeneersIf you want to improve some of the imperfections in your smile, there are several cosmetic dentistry options available. If you want to improve the shape, color and overall style of your teeth, your choices will likely come down to porcelain veneers or direct bonding. Both have their benefits, but which is best for you? Here is what you need to consider when comparing direct bonding VS porcelain veneers in Mankato.


4 Tips to Reduce the Risk of Dental Implant Infections

September 18, 2019

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dental checkupDental implants in Mankato have an extremely high success rate — but that does not mean they are risk-free. In rare cases, an infection called peri-implantitis develops. Bacteria invades the tissue around the implants and eats away at the gums and bone much the same way it does with a natural tooth. If the infection gets bad enough, it could cause the dental implants to fail altogether. How can you reduce the risk that your dental implants will suffer from such a fate? Here are some simple tips to help you out.


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