What Causes Sensitive Teeth?

February 15, 2017

There are many potential causes for tooth sensitivity

You drink a cup of hot tea or eat a dish of ice cream, and suddenly, a tooth hurts–really hurts. Most of us experience sensitive teeth occasionally, and it’s often nothing serious. Other times, it indicates an oral health problem. James J. Kalina DDS in Mankato tells patients about tooth sensitivity and how to know it needs treatment from your dentist.


Tooth-colored Fillings in Mankato Restore Seamlessly

November 17, 2016

Metal fillings aren’t very attractive. Dr. James J. Kalina  places tooth-colored fillings in Mankato to beautifully restore decayed teeth.

Even in the best of circumstances, dental cavities happen. A chipped tooth decays. Enamel wears thin, and bacteria works its way into tooth structure. Plaque accumulates in the deep grooves of a back tooth.

Fortunately, restorative dentistry has used amalgam fillings for generations to save teeth from further decay and to restore proper bite and tooth function. However, both dentists and their patients have desired a filling material that matches tooth color and requires less removal of healthy tooth structure in order to place a restoration.


Dr. Kalina, A Mankato Dentist You Can Trust

February 15, 2016

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Straightening Teeth: How Old Is Too Old?

October 3, 2015

woman using invisalign for teeth straighteningMost of us associate “braces” and orthodontics with teenagers. But the truth is you are never too old!  Patients in their 70’s and 80’s have seen the benefits of straighter teeth and a corrected bite.

Do You Have Dry Mouth? Ask your Dentist, Mankato

July 21, 2015

  • Dry, chapped lips
  • Mouth feels dry or sticky
  • Difficulty chewing, swallowing, speaking
  • Burning sensation in mouth or throat
  • Tongue dry, red, cracked, or bumpy
  • Mouth sores
  • Waking up at night with dry mouth
  • Bad breath
  • Dental decay


Woman stick ones tongue out

Dry Mouth – also called Xerostomia – is a common problem and can have a serious impact on quality of life. Dry Mouth occurs when salivary glands stop producing adequate amounts of saliva. The dry, sticky sensation can make it difficult to chew, swallow, or speak. It can also lead to detrimental health effects. Saliva helps moisten food to aid in swallowing and is the first phase in the process of food digestion. It also is essential in keeping our mouths healthy. Saliva helps protect teeth by buffering the acids and sugars that lead to tooth decay. It also helps prevent oral infections and gum disease by moderating bacterial growth.  Without adequate amounts of saliva, we risk poor nutrition, severe dental decay, and debilitating oral infections. (more…)