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Education is the best way to empower yourself to make the best possible decisions for your smile. At Advanced Dental Professionals, we make educating our patients a priority so that we can help them prevent dental issues. Located in Rapid City, SD, we work with families and patients of all ages throughout the surrounding areas.

Are you accepting new patients?

Yes, we are welcoming new patients to our dental family! Call us at 605-343-5415 to learn more about how to become a new patient and to schedule an appointment.

What is the purpose of fluoride?

Fluoride helps strengthen tooth enamel and protects it from the acid that comes from plaque, bacteria, and sugars, thus helping prevent decay.

What is periodontal disease?

Periodontitis is the advanced stage of gum disease, which involves loss of gum tissue and surrounding bone structure and potentially tooth loss. The best way to prevent periodontitis is to address the early stage of periodontal disease, gingivitis, as soon as possible.

How do I know if I am brushing and flossing correctly?

Using correct techniques when brushing and flossing is essential for maintaining your dental and oral health. During your routine cleanings, we are able to provide you with instructions on best practices to keep those pearly whites healthy.

When is the best time for a child to start seeing a dentist?

We suggest first bringing a child to the dentist at age one, because early detection of dental problems is the best way to prevent future issues. We offer complimentary Happy Visits for toddlers to get them used to our office and introduce them to our team so they can have a happy, positive dental experience!

What is the difference between an amalgam and a composite filling?

The most obvious difference is the color: amalgam is your traditional silver filling while composite fillings are tooth-colored. Amalgam is more long-lasting but is more noticeable in the smile and contains small levels of mercury that the FDA has deemed safe for adults and children six and older. If you need a filling, we will discuss your options with you.

FAQ, Rapid City, SD

Are you accepting new patients?

Yes, we are welcoming new patients to our dental family! Call us at 605-343-5415 to learn more about how to become a new patient and to schedule an appointment.

When is the best time for a child to start seeing a dentist?

We suggest first bringing a child to the dentist at age one, because early detection of dental problems is the best way to prevent future issues. We offer complimentary Happy Visits for toddlers to get them used to our office and introduce them to our team so they can have a happy, positive dental experience!

What is periodontal disease?

Periodontitis is the advanced stage of gum disease, which involves loss of gum tissue and surrounding bone structure and potentially tooth loss. The best way to prevent periodontitis is to address the early stage of periodontal disease, gingivitis, as soon as possible.

How do I know if I am brushing and flossing correctly?

Using correct techniques when brushing and flossing is essential for maintaining your dental and oral health. During your routine cleanings, we are able to provide you with instructions on best practices to keep those pearly whites healthy.

What is the purpose of fluoride?

Fluoride helps strengthen tooth enamel and protects it from the acid that comes from plaque, bacteria, and sugars, thus helping prevent decay.

What is the difference between an amalgam and a composite filling?

The most obvious difference is the color: amalgam is your traditional silver filling while composite fillings are tooth-colored. Amalgam is more long-lasting but is more noticeable in the smile and contains small levels of mercury that the FDA has deemed safe for adults and children six and older. If you need a filling, we will discuss your options with you.

For more information about our office, or to schedule an appointment, contact us today at 605-343-5415. We look forward to working with you and your family!

Advanced Dental Professionals

333 West Blvd #300a
Rapid City, SD 57701

Contact

Phone: 605-343-5415
Fax: 605-718-8536
Email: advdentalpro@rushmore.com

Hours

Every Other Monday 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Tuesday 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Wednesday 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Thursday 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Every Other Friday 8:00 AM – 3:00 PM