Patient Information

At Mill City Dental we want you to have a smile you can feel confident about. Below you will find information that you may find useful for both care in and out of our office. Refer to our Services page to learn more about our professional services and the advanced treatments we provide. Our Patient Gallery has a number of photos showcasing the results of our services. If you have any further questions be sure to check out our FAQ or give a call at 612.377.3740. We hope to see you soon!

Your Office Visit

  • To make an appointment, call us at 612.377.3740 or fill out our appointments form and one of our team members will contact you. We look forward to seeing you soon.

  • When you arrive for your first visit, we will ask you to fill out several forms that will get you acquainted with our office. Please be prepared to complete all insurance and health information forms that will allow us to begin your dental treatment.

    Your initial exam will last approximately one hour:

    • We will examine your teeth and gums, screen you for oral cancer, make X-rays of your teeth as needed and complete a TMJ (temporomandibular or jaw joint) exam.
    • An oral hygienist will provide an evaluation that outlines your existing dental condition and a proposed treatment plan. In most cases, we will perform a teeth cleaning at your first visit.

    Your treatment plan will include a breakdown of all applicable fees, and we will inform you of all costs before treatment is administered.

  • Your treatment plan will include a breakdown of all applicable fees, and we will inform you of all costs before treatment is administered.

    • For your convenience, we accept Visa and MasterCard, as well as offer financing options through CareCredit to help make your treatment more affordable.
    • Charges are payable at the time of treatment. We offer a 5% discount for payment made in cash on the day of service.
    • Please ask a member of our staff to review payment options to accommodate your financial needs.
    • If special payment arrangements are needed, please contact to our office manager/email? prior to receiving service.
    • Additionally, we will submit all insurance claims for you. We will fully attempt to help you receive full insurance benefits; however, you are personally responsible for your account, and we encourage you to contact us if your policy has not paid within 30 days.

General Information

  • Toothache

    Begin by cleaning around the sore tooth meticulously. Using warm salt water, rinse the mouth to displace any food trapped between teeth. UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES should you use aspirin on the aching tooth or on the gums. In the event of facial swelling, apply a cold compress to the area. For temporary pain relief, acetaminophen is recommended. See a dentist as soon as possible.

    Cut or Bitten Tongue, Lip or Cheek

    Ice can be applied to any bruised areas. For bleeding, apply firm (but gentle) pressure with sterile gauze or a clean cloth. If the bleeding does not stop with pressure or continues after 15 minutes, go to an emergency room.

    Broken Braces and Wires

    Remove a broken appliance only if it comes out easily. If it is lodged or painful to remove, cover any protruding edges with wax, cotton balls, gauze or chewing gum. DO NOT REMOVE any wire caught in the gums, cheek or tongue; see a dentist immediately. Emergency attention is usually not required for loose or broken appliances that cause no discomfort.

    Broken Tooth

    Rinse the area with warm water. Put a cold compress over the facial area of the injury. Recover any broken tooth fragments. Because time is essential, see a dentist immediately.

    Knocked Out Permanent Tooth

    Recover the tooth, making sure to hold it by the crown (top) and not the root end. Rinse, but do not clean or handle the tooth more than necessary. Reinsert the tooth in the socket and hold it in place using a clean piece of gauze or cloth. If the tooth cannot be reinserted, carry it in a cup containing milk or water. Because time is essential, see a dentist immediately.

    Possible Broken Jaw

    In the event of jaw injury, tie the mouth closed with a towel, tie or handkerchief. Go immediately to an emergency room.

    Bleeding After a Baby Tooth Falls Out

    Fold a piece of gauze and place it (tightly) over the bleeding area. Have your child bite down on the gauze for 15 minutes; if bleeding continues, see a dentist.

    Cold or Canker Sores

    Over-the-counter medications will usually provide temporary relief. If sores persist, visit your dentist.

  • Why Good Dental Health Is Important

    Innumerable studies and research agree about the importance of starting children early in their lives with good dental hygiene and oral care. According to research, the most common chronic childhood disease in America is tooth decay, affecting 50% of six-year-old children and 80% of 17-year-old children. Early treatment prevents problems affecting a child’s health, well-being, self-image and overall achievement abilities.

    The National Institute of Dental & Craniofacial Research estimates that children will miss 52 million hours of school each year due to oral health problems and about 12.5 million days of restricted activity every year from dental symptoms. Because there is such a significant loss in their academic performance, the Surgeon General has made children’s oral health a priority.

    Parents are key to ensuring their children practice good dental hygiene. Parents must introduce proper oral care early in a child's life—as early as infancy. The American Dental Hygiene Association states that a good oral hygiene routine for children includes:

    • Thoroughly cleaning your infant’s gums after each feeding with a water-soaked infant cloth. This stimulates the gum tissue and removes food.
    • Gently brushing your baby’s erupted teeth with a small, soft-bristled toothbrush and using a pea-sized amount of fluoridated toothpaste.
    • Teach your child at age 2 or 3 about proper brushing techniques.
    • Continue to teach your child brushing and gentle flossing (up to 7 or 8 years old).
    • Schedule regular visits with a dentist to check for cavities in the primary teeth and for possible developmental problems.
    • Encourage your child to discuss any fears they may have about oral health visits. Do not mention words like “pain” or “hurt,” since this may instill the possibility of pain in the child’s thought process.
    • Determine if the water supply that serves your home is fluoridated. If not, discussing supplement options with your dentist or hygienist.
    • Ask your hygienist or dentist about sealant applications to protect the chewing surfaces of your child’s teeth. Also ask bottle tooth decay, which occurs when teeth are frequently exposed to sugared liquids.
  • Brushing

    Use a toothbrush with soft bristles and a small strip of fluoride toothpaste. When you brush your teeth, move the brush in small circular motions to reach food particles that may be under your gumline. Hold the toothbrush at an angle and brush slowly and carefully, covering all areas between teeth and the surface of each tooth. It will take you several minutes to thoroughly brush your teeth. Brush up on the lower teeth, down on the upper teeth and the outside, inside and chewing surface of all of your front and back teeth. Brush your tongue and the roof of your mouth before you rinse. Brush your teeth four times daily to avoid the accumulation of food particles and plaque:

    • In the morning after breakfast
    • After lunch or right after school
    • After dinner
    • At bedtime

    As soon as the bristles start to wear down or fray, replace your toothbrush with a new one. Do not swallow any toothpaste; rinse your mouth thoroughly with water after you finish brushing. It is important to carefully floss and brush daily for optimal oral hygiene.

    Flossing

    For areas between the teeth that a toothbrush can’t reach, dental floss is used to remove food particles and plaque. Dental floss is a thin thread of waxed nylon that is used to reach below the gum line and clean between teeth. It is very important to floss between your teeth every day.

    Pull a small length of floss from the dispenser. Wrap the ends of the floss tightly around your middle fingers. Guide the floss between all teeth to the gumline, pulling out any food particles or plaque. Unwrap clean floss from around your fingers as you go, so that you have used the floss from beginning to end when you finish. Floss behind all of your back teeth.

    Floss at night to make sure your teeth are squeaky clean before you go to bed. When you first begin flossing, your gums may bleed a little. If the bleeding does not go away after the first few times, let your hygienist or dentist know at your next appointment.

  • Tooth Decay Prevention

    Tooth decay is a progressive disease resulting in the interaction of bacteria that naturally occur on the teeth and sugars in the everyday diet. Sugar causes a reaction in the bacteria, causing it to produce acids that break down the mineral in teeth, forming a cavity. Dentists remove the decay and fill the tooth using a variety of fillings, restoring the tooth to a healthy state. Nerve damage can result from severe decay and may require a crown (a crown is like a large filling that can cap a tooth, making it stronger or covering it). Avoiding unnecessary decay simply requires strict adherence to a dental hygiene regimen: brushing four times and flossing twice a day, regular dental checkups, diet control and fluoride treatment. Practicing good hygiene avoids unhealthy teeth and costly treatment.

    Sealants

    The grooves and depressions that form the chewing surfaces of the back teeth are extremely difficult (if not impossible) to clean of bacteria and food. As the bacteria reacts with the food, acids form and break down the tooth enamel, causing cavities. Recent studies indicate that 88 percent of total cavities in American school children are caused this way. Tooth sealants protect these susceptible areas by sealing the grooves and depressions, preventing bacteria and food particles from residing in these areas. Sealant material is a resin typically applied to the back teeth, molars and premolars and areas prone to cavities. It lasts for several years but needs to be checked during regular appointments.

    Fluoride

    Fluoride is a substance that helps teeth become stronger and resistant to decay. Regularly drinking water treated with fluoride and brushing and flossing regularly ensures significantly lower cavities. Dentists can evaluate the level of fluoride in a primary drinking water source and recommend fluoride supplements (usually in tablets or drops), if necessary.

    Thumb Sucking

    Sucking is a natural reflex that relaxes and comforts babies and toddlers. Children usually cease thumb sucking when the permanent front teeth are ready to erupt. Typically, children stop between the ages of 2 and 4 years. Thumb sucking that persists beyond the eruption of primary teeth can cause improper growth of the mouth and misalignment of the teeth. If you notice prolonged and/or vigorous thumb sucking behavior in your child, talk to your dentist.
    Here are some ways to help your child outgrow thumb sucking:

    • Don’t scold a child when they exhibit thumb-sucking behavior; instead, praise them when they don’t thumb suck.
    • Focus on eliminating the cause of anxiety—thumb sucking is a comfort device that helps children cope with stress or discomfort.
    • Praise them when they refrain from the habit during difficult periods.
    • Place a bandage on the thumb or a sock on their hand at night.