General Dentistry – Mankato, MN
The Foundation of a Healthy Smile
By providing general dentistry, we help protect and preserve teeth so they can last a lifetime. Most people do not know that cavities and tooth loss do not have to be a part of life. When you visit the dentist for regular appointments, you are proactively maintaining your current and future dental health.
As a dedicated general dentist in Mankato, Dr. Kalina regularly updates his continuing education so he can offer advanced services. Did you know we can also help with snoring and headaches? Sleep apnea therapy and nightguards for bruxism are offered as part of our general dentistry services. Read more about our general dentistry services below.
We are happy to care for the oral health of everyone in your household, from Grandma and Grandpa to small children. Dr. Kalina's calm demeaner and gentle approach makes him a favorite among young ones. We can see your child as early as age one, and regular checkups and cleanings can begin around age three. With our welcoming atmosphere and gentle touch, we strive to make dental visits pleasant and rewarding for every member of your family!
Oral Cancer Screenings
Tens of thousands of people in the United States are diagnosed with oral cancer each year. Many of them have never even touched a cigarette. They may not even realize they are at risk until the disease has progressed to the point where it is life-threatening. That is why we routinely include an oral cancer screening as part of regular checkups. We look for any signs of cancer, and if we notice any cause for concern, we can help you arrange for further testing.
Everyone should visit a dentist at regularly for a professional cleaning. During these appointments, one of our skilled dental hygienists will remove harmful bacterial deposits from your teeth. They will also inspect your mouth for any signs of gum disease or other issues. They will assist you in finding the best tools and techniques to help you keep your teeth clean at home. Additionally, they may offer you personalized coaching, which might include dietary counseling or information about tobacco cessation tools.
Gum disease is one of the most common oral health problems. In fact, it is responsible for nearly 70 percent of all lost teeth. Often described as “the hidden disease”, you may not have any real signs or symptoms until the advanced stages. Not only is it deadly for your teeth, but it can also be detrimental to your overall health. Because it is an inflammatory disease, it has been implicated in such conditions as diabetes, heart disease, and stroke. Some studies suggest correlations to certain cancers and Alzheimer’s disease. Dr. Kalina and his team help patients gain control of the disease through periodontal therapy, which removes the toxic bacteria from root surfaces and helps to reduce the destructive inflammation.
Snore Guards/Sleep Apnea Therapy
In many cases, snoring is more than a mere nuisance. It is a sign of obstructive sleep apnea, a disorder that causes pauses in breathing throughout the night. Sleep apnea may cause daytime fatigue, mood problems, and many other symptoms. Dr. Kalina may be able to address such issues with a custom oral appliance. An appliance gently repositions the jaw at night to stop snoring and facilitate unhindered breathing. This treatment is a popular alternative to CPAP therapy.
Teeth Grinding/Bruxism Therapy
Bruxism is the habitual, involuntary grinding of the teeth that occurs during sleep and sometimes during the day. It can wear down tooth enamel, lead to headaches, and contribute to TMD. For many patients, the solution to bruxism is as simple as the use of a custom orthotic appliance. Such an appliance, which resembles a mouthguard worn for sports, creates a barrier between the upper and lower teeth at night and thus prevents them from harming one another.
Do you have questions about our general dentistry services, or are you ready to schedule an appointment? Contact our team today. We look forward to serving you.