Traditional Braces Vs. Invisalign


The choice to straighten your teeth can be a difficult one with the variety of options available. Which should you choose? A quick breakdown between the Invisalign and traditional braces can be found below to shed more light on your bright white smile.

  • Traditional braces consist of wires and metallic brackets that are applied to the teeth directly and must be adjusted every month or so by an orthodontist. The brackets are a little more noticeable, and cannot be removed until the end of the process to ensure the best results possible. It can be a little more difficult to eat certain foods like popcorn or brush and floss regularly. The average wear time of braces tends to be longer than Invisalign. Although, tools like the water pik have been created to help with these problems. They can be used to treat more extensive teeth issues and common issues alike.


  • Invisalign plastic trays are made uniquely for each patient. They are clear and transparent, so that they are more inconspicuous. The removeable trays must be worn every day for at least 20 hours a day, but should be taken out every time one eats, drinks, brushes, or flosses their teeth. Patients must get new trays every couple of weeks and meet with their orthodontist every month or so. Invisalign treats the more common teeth problems and the overall time one wears them is often shorter than traditional braces.

The ultimate decision of what to choose relies upon the individual patient and what they discuss with their dentist. We want to see you put your best smile put forward, so if you are considering Invisalign, traditional braces, or just want to know all of your options, schedule a free consultation today with our team at Nicollet Station Dental.

Wisdom Teeth Extraction and Anesthesia Information

What are wisdom teeth?

They are the last of the molars to develop on both sides of the jaw, top and bottom. They usually grow into the mouth around the late teens and twenties.

Why do a lot of people get their wisdom teeth taken out?

They can cause uncomfortable pain and complications if not aligned correctly when they grow in.

How are wisdom teeth removed?

The wisdom teeth are extracted during routine oral surgery performed by your dentist or oral surgeon. Anesthesia or Novocain is given to the patient as a sedative over a period of about one to two hours.

What is the average recovery time from this surgery?

A few days, you’ll know as your swelling and pain level go down.

How does general anesthesia affect the body?

General anesthesia puts the patient “to sleep” because the muscles in the body become extremely relaxed. This means that patients must be monitored closely because they may not have normal control of their bodily mechanisms. Patients may actually be awake and unconscious instead of sleeping.

Why does anesthesia make some people act silly after they wake up?

Everyone reacts differently to anesthesia. The temporary loss of awareness patients experience under general anesthesia causes them to go into a dream-like state of mind, so what is said out loud by the patient after dental surgery varies on a person-to-person basis.

Top 5 Reasons You Should Never Skip Routine Dental Check-ups

  1. This simple preventative measure can make the best of your time and money- As oral problems occur they tend to become more complex and expensive. If you wait too long these issues may require things like surgery in the future. Routine check-ups are a preventative measure that could save you unnecessary pain and money down the road.
  2. Updating records can inform your dentist more than you think- Any changes that have occurred since your last visit will be marked down at the time of your current visit. This will make it easier for the dentist to predict how your oral health may develop and for them to notice any specific changes that might signal a deeper problem.
  3. Plaque, tartar, and cavities can be controlled more effectively-

Plaque has the potential to build up in small areas which can lead to erosion in the teeth. If teeth become too eroded they can develop holes. These holes can then lead to cavities. Regular dental check-ups are more affordable and can stop a small problem before it becomes a large one.

  1. Oral cancer can be detected more easily- Oral cancer can be difficult to detect, but dentists are highly trained to notice potential signs and symptoms of the disease. The risk of developing oral cancer can be significantly diminished through routine dental check-ups because dentists check for this issue at every appointment.
  2. You can be more relaxed about your oral health- Scheduling routine dental check-ups semiannually, ensures that you will be able to trust in your relationship with your dentist, while also giving you the peace of mind to be confident in your oral health.

Nicollet Station Dental is here for you and we want to see your best smile put forward!

BOTOX® Treatment for Chronic Migraine and TMJ Symptoms

Do you experience chronic migraine or pain from TMJ disorder? Have you ever considered BOTOX® as a treatment option? At Nicollet Station Dental our team has extensive knowledge and training of the oral-facial areas and BOTOX® treatment could be the solution to your problem.


  • What is BOTOX®?


BOTOX® is a Hyaluronic Dermal Filler used to safely and effectively relax facial muscles to correct existing lines and prevent new wrinkles from forming.


  • What are the benefits of BOTOX® treatment for chronic migraine and TMJ syndrome?


BOTOX®  is an FDA approved preventative measure that can help to minimize the amount of headache/ migraine days one experiences on average. It can also reduce the frequent pain that one experiences as a side effect of TMJ disorder.


  • How and where is BOTOX® treatment administered?


Botox treatments last 15 to 20 minutes.  A trained specialist will inject the BOTOX® through a small needle into areas of the face, head, and neck muscles.


  • Who qualifies for this type of BOTOX® treatment?


If you are someone who is 18 years or older, who also experiences 15 or more days of migraine and/or headaches lasting four or more hours on average BOTOX® could be right for you. If your TMJ symptoms include jaw tension, locking, clicking, and/or popping you could be helped by treatment.

If you are tired of losing meaningful days with family or the ability to complete everyday activities due to pain from chronic migraine and/or TMJ disorder contact us today. If you want more information on how BOTOX® treatment could help you with your symptoms, schedule a free consultation with a Nicollet Station Dental specialist today.

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Diabetes and Your Mouth

Here are a few of the recent statistics on diabetes according to the American Diabetes Association:

  1. Nearly 30 million children and adults in the United States have diabetes.
  1. Another 86 million Americans have prediabetes condition in which blood glucose levels are higher than normal but are not high enough for a diagnosis of diabetes. People with prediabetes are at increased risk for developing type 2 diabetes and for heart disease and stroke.
  1. The American Diabetes Association estimates that the total national cost of diagnosed diabetes in the United States is $245 billion.

Maintining optimal dental wellness and Healthy blood glucose (or blood sugar) control includes steps like following… a balanced meal plan, engaging in an active lifestyle with sufficient physical activity, and taking blood glucose-lowering medications as you need them over the years. You might also need other medications to control your blood pressure and lipids (cholesterol).

  • Control your blood sugar levels. Keep a log of your levels.
  • Use your diabetes-related medications as directed, changing to a healthier diet and even exercising more can help. Good blood sugar control will also help your body fight any bacterial or fungal infections in your mouth and help relieve dry mouth caused by diabetes.
  • Avoid smoking.
  • If you wear any type of denture, clean it each day.
  • Lead a physically active lifestyle
  • Make sure to brush twice a day with a soft brush and floss correctly daily.
  • See your dentist for regular checkups.


Frequently Asked Questions about Diabetes Care:

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As your children get ready for football, baseball, soccer and other spring sports, dentists are urging parents during February’s National Children’s Dental Health Month to purchase mouth guards for their children! Also, it’s important to know what you should do if physical contact cause a child’s tooth to be displaced.

Studies show 13 – 39 percent of dental injuries treated in children occur while playing sports with children ages 7 – 11 most at risk.

The best protection is a properly fitted mouth guard. The Academy of General Dentistry estimates mouth guards prevent more than 200,000 injuries each year. Most are priced at around $8-15 and are available in sporting goods retailers and drug stores. How long a mouth guard lasts depends on use, with most typically wearing out after several months of repeated use.

If, however, your child loses a baby tooth, don’t worry; it was going to fall out eventually. Some bleeding is normal. Simply have your child bite on clean folded gauze or a cloth until the bleeding subsides.

In the event a permanent tooth is displaced, take these steps to save it:

-Locate the tooth immediately and pick it up by the crown, not by the root.

-Gently wash the tooth with water.

-Don’t use soap, scrub the tooth, dry the tooth or wrap tissue or cloth around it.

-If possible, reposition the tooth in the socket immediately by carefully using your fingers to push the tooth back into the socket.

-If it can’t be replaced in the socket, put it in milk or in the mouth (next to the cheek).

-See your dentist as soon as possible, preferably within 30 minutes to an hour of the injury.

Taking Care of Your Sick Kids and Their Teeth


Did you know when your little ones are under the weather, helping them take care of their teeth can will make them feel better sooner?

Nurse those little ones back to health while helping them care for their teeth by doing this!

Their Teeth Need Nursing Too!

Have your kids drink plenty of water when they are sick. If they drink something like fruit juice or a sports drink, it’s best to have them rinse thoroughly with water after so the sugars in those other drinks don’t sit on their teeth all day.

A big one is to give your kids a new toothbrush after they shake off and are out of the woods with what is ailing them.

Help them set a routine for good dental habits when they are sick:

Keep some floss by their bed – that way if they don’t want to crawl out of bed to make it to the bathroom for floss, it’s already there in short reach.

Giving a little reminder to brush their teeth when they are able to make it to the bathroom – Get all the ‘must do’s’ knocked out in one trip.

Now, let’s talk about… vomit. Yeah, it’s gross, but here a good tip to follow when your kids throw up. Rinse their mouth with water, waiting at least 1 hour before brushing their teeth. Vomit contains stomach acids. Brushing your kids’ teeth after they throw up is not a good idea. It will scratch tooth enamel. Instead, have them rinse their mouth with some water or a fluoridated mouthwash. The mouthwash will help them get the taste out of their mouth and clear out the germs and bacteria there. Then, after an hour, they can brush their teeth.

 Keep the Kids Healthy

It’s horrible to see our kids sick. Here are some things you can do to ensure their illness goes away faster.

Aside from the obvious – (taking them to the doctor to determine what’s ailing them),

Plenty of rest is a top priority. Most will want to sleep or rest, but when some want to stay up and watch movies or play video games, talk with their buddies on the phone, etc. – nix all of that. Encourage them to sleep, take it easy and stay unplugged. They can catch up with the BFF’s after the flu flies the coup!

Drink plenty of fluids! Keep ‘em hydrated and make sure the vitamins they need to keep the old immune system fueled for fighting off that bug!

Have them wash their hands often!

 It’s no fun being sick! Follow these suggestions and you will help your children kick that bug quicker all while keeping them thinking (and maintaining) good dental health.

Dental Abscess: What is it and How do I Get it Treated?


Okay, first the facts!

Gingival, Periodontal and Periapical  – No these aren’t the names of any Roman Gladiators, they are the three types of dental abscesses.

Symptoms of dental abscesses include pain, a bad taste in the mouth and fever

Dental abscesses are caused by a bacterial infection

If the symptoms of a dental abscess appear, the individual should visit a dentist immediately

Treatment for an abscess may involve root canal surgery

If a dental abscess recurs after treatment, the tooth may be extracted

To minimize pain, it is best to avoid cold drinks and food and use a softer brush

If untreated, an abscess can lead to worse conditions such as cysts or maxillary sinusitis.


Symptoms of a dental abscess.

Symptoms of an abscess in your tooth or gum may include:

An intense, throbbing pain in the affected tooth or gum that may come on suddenly and gets gradually worse

Pain that spreads to your ear, jaw and neck on the same side as the affected tooth or gum

Pain that’s worse when lying down, which may disturb your sleep

Redness and swelling in your face

A tender, discoloured and/or loose tooth

Shiny, red and swollen gums

Sensitivity to hot or cold food and drink

Bad breath and/or an unpleasant taste in your mouth


What to do if you have a dental abscess?

You should see a dentist as soon as possible if you think you have a dental abscess. Avoid visiting your GP, as there is little they can do to help.


Treatments for a dental abscess

Dental abscesses are treated by removing the source of the infection and draining away the pus.

Depending on the location of the abscess and how severe the infection is, possible treatments include:

Removing the affected tooth (extraction) – this may be necessary if root canal treatment isn’t possible

Root canal treatment – a procedure to remove the abscess from the root of an affected tooth before filling and sealing it

Incision and drainage – where a small cut (incision) is made in the gum to drain the abscess (this is usually only a temporary solution and further treatment may be needed)


Bottom line – Call your dentist at any early stages of pain or discomfort.

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I’m an Adult – Do I Need My Wisdom Teeth Removed

Ok, you’ve made it past the teen years with your wisdom teeth intact and you’re wondering how much longer they will remain in your mouth. This is a good question to ask your dentist.

Most will tell you that if the teeth do come, and there is plenty of room in your mouth for them, then there’s no reason to perform an extraction. You can still practice good oral hygiene with wisdom teeth as long as there’s enough space in the mouth.

However, if the dentist feels the wisdom teeth are posing a threat to your dental health by creating an area that is difficult to brush and keep clean, they will recommend getting the teeth removed, even if you’re much older than the typical wisdom tooth removal patient.

Some people don’t have to ever worry about wisdom tooth removal, because they don’t have any. Just as a small number of people grow an extra set of teeth, a small number do not have wisdom teeth and never have to deal with the question of whether to have them pulled.

But what about if they are impacted? An impacted wisdom tooth is one that can’t fully grow in because it is running into some type of barrier, usually another tooth. They can be caused by the size of the jaw or the orientation of the tooth in the gum, before it grows in. Impacted teeth are very common and happen in the majority of people whose wisdom teeth grow in.

Impacted teeth can be painful and can also result in other unpleasant side effects, including:



-Bleeding of the tissue around the tooth

-Bad breath

Impacted teeth cannot grow in properly, and so dentists will recommend their removal in most cases.

10 Things You Didn’t Know About Your Teeth

  1. Your teeth are unlike anyone elses.

Just like fingerprints: They are all you! Did you know dental records are sometimes used to identify human remains? Even identical twins do not have identical teeth.

  1. The icebergs in your mouth.

Just about one third of each tooth resides under your gums. Healthy, happy gums healthy are just as important as your teeth. It’s good to check your gums to make sure they appear pink in color, and firm to the touch.

  1. There are 32 Choppers in there!

Counting from your front teeth to the back, you’ll count eight incisors (your front teeth), four canine teeth, eight premolars, and 12 molars.

  1. The hardest part of your body is not your biceps – it’s your enamel!

You enamel – the outermost layer of your teeth, is like a hard shell, protecting the rest of the tooth. Enamel is mostly made of calcium and phosphate, like your bones, but is stronger because of the specific proteins and crystallites that form it.

  1. Enamel isn’t indestructible.

The enamel protecting your teeth is TOUGH, but it can chip or crack, and is still susceptible to decay. Sugars and acids, like in soft drinks, join forces with with bacteria in your mouth and attack your enamel…  And THAT is the start of tooth decay. Soft drinks can do some major damage if you drink them often, or sip on them throughout the day.

  1. If you see yellow, you are seeing decay.

No, not just a coffee stain. Enamel contributes to your teeth’s white appearance. When it decays, your teeth may start to turn yellow. If you are feeling any tooth pain, decaying enamel could also be to blame as well.

  1. Enamel doesn’t grow, but dentin does!

The layer that lies beneath the enamel is called dentin. It’s also harder than your bones. The small channels and passageways in dentin transmit nerve signals and nutrition through the tooth. The three types of dentin are: primary, secondary, and reparative. Dentin continues to grow and change throughout your life where enamel stays the same.

  1. Three hundred type of bacteria are living in your mouth.

There are up of 200 to 300 different species of bacteria contained in plaque. Streptococcus mutans, (the big trouble maker for poor tooth health), converts sugar and other carbohydrates into the acids that eat away at your teeth.

  1. Enemy Number 1 – Plaque!

White, sticky and constantly growing. If you don’t get rid of plaque by regularly brushing and flossing, it will harden and develop into tartar. Brush and floss those teeth at least twice daily and make sure you see your dentist for regular cleanings.

  1. You are a saliva machine!

Your body produces about a quart of saliva every day! That’s about 10,000 gallons over a lifetime. Saliva is integral in helping your overall health. It makes food easier to swallow and contains enzymes to jumpstart digestion. Saliva washes away lingering food particles on your teeth, and contains calcium and phosphate – that neutralizes the acids in plaque that cause damage and decay.

So now you know 10 more things about your teeth! If you have any additional questions about healthy teeth and gum maintenance, contact us here at Nicollet Station Dental!

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