general dentistry  Missoula, MT

General Dentistry

Helping our patients maintain a healthy mouth and smile is the main goal of general dentistry. We prefer to provide more minor, preventive care than to see patients suffer with more intensive treatments from a problem that was not managed in time. We want to ensure that your oral health is in its optimal state and positively contributing to the health of your entire body. We are here to brighten your smile and pave the way for a brighter life.

Teeth Whitening  Missoula, MT

Teeth Whitening

A common request we receive is how to make a smile whiter and brighter. This is a relatively simple and quick treatment option that can be performed periodically. Certain foods and beverages, such as wine and coffee, stain the teeth and contribute to discoloration. The teeth whitening process provides a solution that lightens the shade of the teeth. Additionally, the process actually rids the teeth of plaque and tartar that tend to lead to dental problems.

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Fillings  Missoula, MT

Silver Amalgam Fillings

When your tooth suffers from a traumatic injury or has a cavity, we may recommend a filling.

Here at Terri L. Kinnee, DDS, we specialize in silver amalgam fillings. You may hear these referred to as “silver fillings” because of their silver coloring, but they are comprised of a combination of metals.

Silver amalgam fillings are made from liquid elemental mercury and a powdered alloy consisting of silver, copper, and tin. Just like other types of fillings, they can be placed in the tooth to fill any cavities or cracks along a tooth’s surface. Silver amalgam fillings are stronger than many other types of fillings and are made to last a lifetime with proper care. Additionally, silver amalgam fillings are one of the least expensive kinds of fillings used by dentists today.

Silver Amalgam fillings are often recommended to repair:

  • Cracked teeth
  • Chipped teeth
  • Cavities
  • Worn down teeth
  • Tooth decay

At Terri L. Kinnee, DDS, we are dedicated to providing best-in-class dental services to ensure your oral hygiene and smile are the best they can be.

For more information on composite fillings or to request an appointment, please don’t hesitate to contact us today at (406) 541-3585.

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Root Canals  Missoula, MT

Non-Surgical Root Canals

Root canals are needed when decay and bacteria spread for too long without treatment. At a certain point, this decay makes it to the pulp inside the tooth. This pulp includes nerves, therefore infection generally causes a lot of pain. Since this is happening on the inside of the tooth, you won’t necessarily see the damage. Instead, you could feel it through pain and notice other signs that include bleeding, swelling and bad breath.

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Extractions  Missoula, MT

Extractions

An extraction is performed to remove a tooth, whether because of disease, crowding, or damage. When extractions are required, the area around the tooth will be numbed and your dentist will remove the tooth. A small amount of bleeding is normal, as your mouth will replace the removed tooth root by forming a blood clot in the area.

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Sealants  Missoula, MT

Sealants

When we apply a dental sealant, we paint a plastic coating on top of your teeth. This makes your teeth smooth getting rid of the rough edges, depressions, and grooves that are commonly found on teeth. It is essentially a protective coating against tooth decay and cavities.

The most common place to paint sealants is on back teeth since they are often irregular. They can also be very hard to reach, even if you brush your teeth regularly. We use it more on children though we do perform sealants on adults too!

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