Our Philosophy

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Family Dental Group was founded in 1983 by Dr. Doug Hadnot and Dr. Jackie Jones.

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Family Dental Group was originally at the other end of the Southgate Mall by J.C. Penny’s.

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Family Dental Group’s original location became a hockey store after we moved.

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Family Dental Group’s current location was KB Toys before we moved in.

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Family Dental Group is independent and locally owned.

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Family Dental Group does not do cost shifting. All our patients are charged the same fees.

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Family Dental Group offers a 5% discount for cash or check payments that do not involve insurance billing.

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Family Dental Group moved to their current location in 2008.

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Dr. Dusseau purchased Family Dental Group in 1999 from Dr. Doug Hadnot. Dr. Hadnot continued working here for 6 years and still comes to our Parties.

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Dr. Dusseau was selected by the Department of Defense for the Space Program. Unfortunately, no mission specialists were funded by N.A.S.A that year.

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Dr. Dusseau is an Army Combat veteran.

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Dr. Norris is a graduate of the Harvard School of Dental Medicine.

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Dr. Hyvonen is a Montana native from Charlo.

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Dr. Diggs graduated cum laude with an undergraduate degree in Biology from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul Minnesota.

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Dr. Norris graduated summa cum laude with and undergraduate degree in Molecular Biology from the University of New Hampshire.

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Lisa has been a dental hygienist at Family Dental Group since 2004.

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Danesa has a BS in Dental Hygiene from the University of Minnesota. She graduated in 2004.

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Dr. Hyvonen was a bartender at Mr. C’s Hideaway before she went to Dental School.

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Dr. Dusseau went to Airborne School when she was in the Army. Her husband pinned her jump wings on her.

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Dr. Dusseau provided dental care for Iraqi prisoners after the Gulf War.

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Our assistant Rita has been with us longer than anyone. She joined us in 2001.

Our Co-Diagnosis Philosophy

At Family Dental Group, our patients are at the center of everything we do, which includes the kind of technology we have chosen to use here in our clinic. A lot of our most advanced technology is invisible to you, our patient. We understand that you may not care what kind of servers we run our systems on or how we capture digital radiography, you just want to see what the doctor is seeing and have our team help you understand what you are looking at.

“Co-diagnosis” is simply sharing clear images of your own teeth, x-rays, and/or periodontal charting to allow you to see as much as the dentist sees. Co-diagnosis is also, more importantly, giving you the means to ask questions and share concerns so you can fully understand everything you are seeing, as well as feel the treatment plan is the right one for you. It’s quite empowering when you don’t have to take everything on faith! Here at Family Dental Group, we help provide the best information for you to make good decisions; ultimately, you are the one in control of your dental care. We encourage you to come co-diagnose with us, after all, you are at the center of everything we do.

Digital Panoramic X-Rays

At Family Dental Group we have digital panoramic radiographs. This type of radiograph allows patients to see a complete detailed image of the entire mouth including the teeth, jaw (upper and lower), sinuses, and temporomandibular joint (TMJ). This radiograph is very important for children and young adults to visualize unerupted teeth.

Digital X-Rays

Our office uses the latest in digital x-ray technology. Digital x-rays offer a detailed image of your entire mouth and also offer up to 80% less radiation than traditional film x-rays.

X-rays play an invaluable role in the diagnosis of dental problems, as well as provide a clear picture for a dentist to accurately diagnose and provide the necessary treatment.

We place a small sensor in your mouth. The sensor is connected to a computer by a thin wire. Next, an x-ray beam is sent through your teeth and into the sensor, which records the image of your teeth and sends it to the computer. The sensor can then be repositioned to image other sections of your teeth.

The digital dental x-ray system is more sensitive than dental x-ray film systems, so your exposure to x-rays is cut by as much as 90 percent. The large and color-enhanced images let you see what your dentist sees, so it's easier for you to understand how your dentist will treat your teeth. Your dental checkups take less time, and it's fun to watch this system work! Most patients are amazed.

Intra-Oral Camera

We provide our patients with an intra-oral video examination. This allows both the dentist and the patient to see the condition of the mouth at the same time. The patient and the dentist can then discuss treatment options together.