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.(more…)
James J. Kalina DDS Blog
June 17, 2021
November 20, 2020
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.(more…)
October 20, 2020
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.(more…)
May 29, 2020
Well-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.
February 25, 2020
If 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.
January 23, 2020
Porcelain 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.
December 20, 2019
If 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 23, 2019
Your 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.
October 11, 2019
If 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.
September 18, 2019
Dental 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.