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Family Dental Group was founded in 1983 by Dr. Doug Hadnot and Dr. Jackie Jones.
Family Dental Group was originally at the other end of the Southgate Mall by J.C. Penny’s.
Family Dental Group’s original location became a hockey store after we moved.
Family Dental Group’s current location was KB Toys before we moved in.
Family Dental Group is independent and locally owned.
Family Dental Group does not do cost shifting. All our patients are charged the same fees.
Family Dental Group offers a 5% discount for cash or check payments that do not involve insurance billing.
Family Dental Group moved to their current location in 2008.
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.
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.
Dr. Dusseau is an Army Combat veteran.
Dr. Norris is a graduate of the Harvard School of Dental Medicine.
Dr. Hyvonen is a Montana native from Charlo.
Dr. Diggs graduated cum laude with an undergraduate degree in Biology from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul Minnesota.
Dr. Norris graduated summa cum laude with and undergraduate degree in Molecular Biology from the University of New Hampshire.
Lisa has been a dental hygienist at Family Dental Group since 2004.
Danesa has a BS in Dental Hygiene from the University of Minnesota. She graduated in 2004.
Dr. Hyvonen was a bartender at Mr. C’s Hideaway before she went to Dental School.
Dr. Dusseau went to Airborne School when she was in the Army. Her husband pinned her jump wings on her.
Dr. Dusseau provided dental care for Iraqi prisoners after the Gulf War.
Our assistant Rita has been with us longer than anyone. She joined us in 2001.
If you're not sure if a dental problem is an emergency, we offer this advice: If it hurts, it's an emergency. This is because even injuries that seem small can affect the living tissues inside the teeth. Quick response to a dental problem improves the odds of saving injured or damaged teeth.
Any obvious damage to a tooth should be treated as soon as possible. Chips or fractures can affect the living tissue inside the tooth, causing more problems in the future. We can prevent the damage from getting worse with early treatment.
The same is true of a lost filling or crown. Even if you don't have symptoms, the tooth has lost its support and it could easily become damaged. Pieces could break off or crumble, and you would need more extensive treatment. Often times a lost filling or a crown coming off is due to tooth decay. If you see us right away, there's a good chance we will be able to repair the damage more easily.
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As with any trauma to the mouth, you should consult with us immediately to determine if treatment is required. We will examine the area and take necessary x-rays.
If you are in pain from a broken, cracked or chipped tooth, you may want to take an over-the-counter anti-inflammatory pain reliever such as Advil or aspirin. If possible, keep any part of the tooth that has broken off and bring it with you to your appointment. Avoid chewing on the injured tooth and avoid extreme temperatures.
If there is no pain and the chip is small, it's up to you to decide if, when and how the tooth should be repaired. Depending on the size of the chip, it can be smoothed or cosmetically corrected. Ask us to explain the options available to you. If a filling or artificial tooth becomes chipped, it should be replaced. Cracked or broken teeth should be repaired as soon as possible to prevent further damage. Keep in mind that cracks are not always visible, even on x-rays. Symptoms may involve pain while chewing and sensitivity to cold and possibly hot foods and liquids as well as air, which may over time, become more pronounced.
Depending on the severity of the fractured part of the tooth, there are several treatment options. If the fractured portion is not large a composite resin (tooth colored) filling can be placed to restore the tooth’s shape and function. A larger fracture that exposes the nerve inside the tooth may require endodontic treatment (root canal) to prevent pain or future infection. After the endodontic treatment the tooth can be restored.
If the whole tooth including the root is knocked out, this is a true dental emergency. Follow the directions below and get treatment as soon as possible!
To improve the chances of the tooth being saved please do the following:
Sometimes a tooth is knocked loose or comes partway out of its socket because of an injury. We call this an extruded tooth. If the tooth is not broken, and the nerve and blood vessels are still attached, the tooth may be saved. To save the tooth, you need to contact us right away. Leave the tooth in your mouth even though it is partially out of the socket. Take an over-the-counter pain reliever and apply a cold pack to relieve pain until you reach our office.
Sometimes fillings or crowns fall out. In some cases, a filling or crown may become loose because there is decay underneath it. The decay destroys part of the tooth, so it no longer has a tight hold on the crown or filling. These situations are rarely an emergency but getting dental treatment soon will prevent further damage and cost to restore the tooth. However, it can be painful because the exposed tooth tissue is often sensitive to temperature, pressure or air. If you lose a crown, put it in a safe place and make an appointment to see us as soon as possible.
Don't wait too long. Be sure to bring the crown to your dental appointment. What is left of the tooth will not be as strong as your crown. It could be damaged more without the crown to protect it. Also, when a crown is missing for a long time, your teeth may move into the space where the crown was. If this happens your crown may no longer fit.
Any injury to the gums or teeth can be very painful. At other times, you may have dental pain and not know why. For example, sudden pain may be caused by pieces of food that come in contact with a decayed area of the tooth. Food, heat or cold may create pressure near the nerve and cause pain. The nerve inside the tooth also may be exposed if you lose a filling or crown.
Pain that gets worse over time can also be caused by food that's stuck between your tooth and gum. If you don't brush and floss well, the bits of food remain. Bacteria multiply in this area, and an infection of the tooth and gum may develop. This type of infection is called a periodontal abscess. An abscess can be at the root end of the tooth (in bone). This type of abscess is normally from the nerve inside the tooth. An abscess can be a serious health problem if it is not treated. If swelling inside or outside of the mouth is occurring, you need to seek help immediately either through our office or your medical doctor.
Call us to make an appointment (406) 541-2886 so that we can evaluate the cause of your pain and get you back to health quickly.
Trauma to the lips, tongue and inside of the mouth is quite common. The soft flesh of the lips and their exposed location make them vulnerable to injury. Any cut inside the mouth usually bleeds heavily because of the rich supply of blood to the area.
Many lip and tongue injuries occur during sports activities. They often can be prevented through the use of a mouth guard. We can create a professional, custom fit mouth guard for you. Contact our office for more information.
At home, you can clean injured skin surfaces with mild soapy water and a soft, clean cloth. To clean cuts inside the mouth, rinse with salt water or a hydrogen peroxide solution (one part hydrogen peroxide and one part water). Be sure not to swallow this peroxide rinse. However, do not be concerned if it foams. This is what the rinse normally does when it contacts mouth tissue.
If your lip is swollen or bruised, apply a cold compress. If there is bleeding, apply pressure with a clean cloth for at least 5 minutes. Using ice can help limit swelling, bleeding and discomfort. Wrap crushed ice in clean gauze or a clean piece of cloth and hold it on the affected area.
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What is it? Your pizza arrives, you're hungry and it smells good. You take out the first piece, take a big bite..... And burn the roof of your mouth. Now you have pizza palate!
Other hot foods can also burn the roof of your mouth. These types of burns have come to be called "pizza palate" because they are most commonly caused by pizza.
These burns are usually minor and heal within a few days. Warm salt water rinses after meals will help keep the area clean. To make the rinse, dissolve 1/8 tsp of salt in 8 ounces of water.
Our office provides smile makeovers to achieve the beautiful, natural look you seek. We can reshape your natural teeth to make them straighter or more youthful in appearance. Our offices make it convenient to those living in or near Missoula to receive great dental care!
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