General Services

About General Services

At Loftus Dental, we offer general dental care as well as cosmetic, restorative and cosmetic dentistry designed to help you maintain or improve your smile. Our services include:

Preventative Dentistry

Loftus Dental has dental clinics in Rapid City and Sturgis, specializing in preventative, cosmetic, and restorative dental care. We serve patients of all ages, and use state-of-the art dental technology designed to serve you faster and better.

If you would like to learn more about our products and services, contact us today for a consultation.

In Rapid City:
4004 Jackson Blvd.
Rapid City, SD 57702
605-341-4521

In Sturgis:
866 Lazelle St.
Sturgis, SD 57785
605-347-8880

You can also use the “Contact Us” page to arrange an appointment. We look forward to seeing you!

Preventative Dentistry

Have you heard the expression, “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure”? When it comes to dentistry, this means simply that if you look after your teeth, chances are you’ll never need to have a filling, or a root canal. With modern dentistry, many people will never experience the problems that their parents and grandparents dealt with, like pain due to decay

At Loftus Dental, we’re firm believers in preventative dentistry, and we’d far rather see you for a cleaning or a fluoride treatment than for an invasive treatment. Our preventative treatments include:

  • Regular examinations and cleanings
  • Digital x-rays
  • Sealants
  • Fluoride treatments
  • Patient education

You can also do a lot at home that will improve your dental health, like brushing and flossing regularly. If you take care of your teeth, you can prevent tooth decay. With regular checkups at Loftus Dental, you can have a beautiful smile that will last the rest of your life.

Cleanings

Preventative Dentistry

If you think that brushing and flossing is all that you need to do to maintain good oral health and prevent cavities, you’re wrong. Of course brushing and flossing are important, but you should also have a professional cleaning twice a year.

Professional cleaning removes tartar, plaque and stains that can damage your gums and teeth, in addition to making your mouth feel fresh and your teeth look whiter. Regular, at-home cleaning is important. But, by itself, it will never remove the contaminants and harmful build-up that can accumulate in your mouth.

Professional cleanings are done using ultrasonic equipment along with manual scalers, and are amazingly effective in getting rid of decay-causing substances. A professional cleaning can benefit anyone, but is particularly important for people who smoke, or drink a lot of coffee or tea.

Don’t you want to look and feel great? A professional cleaning not only improves your appearance, it reduces the chance of decay. It’s an important component in your overall dental health, so don’t forget to book your cleaning twice a year!

Oral Exams

Seeing your dentist twice annually for an oral examination is every bit as important as having regular medical checkups. It’s your best defense against tooth decay because your dentist can identify problems very early on. A cavity in its early stages isn’t much more than a sticky area on your tooth – you won’t even notice it, but your dentist will.

In addition to catching tooth decay before it becomes a major problem, your dentist can also identify conditions like gingivitis (gum disease) in its early stages, and recognize the preliminary stages of oral cancer (which is highly survivable if it’s caught early).

Regular oral exams are a vital part of your dental care, and in some instances, can even save your life! To book an exam, call our Rapid City location at 605-341-4521, or our Sturgis location at 605-347-8880.

Amalgam Free Fillings

Preventative Dentistry - Fillings

If you’ve ever watched a parent or grandparent laugh out loud, you’ve probably seen a lot of metal in their smile. That’s because, not all that long ago, tooth decay wasn’t as easily prevented as it is now. When fillings were needed, they were made from a combination of different metals known as amalgam.

There were two things wrong with amalgam fillings. First, they didn’t look very good, and second, they often didn’t last all that long because they didn’t bond well to a person’s natural teeth. Today, amalgam-free fillings virtually eliminate both problems. They bond very well, and they’re practically indistinguishable from your natural teeth.

Perhaps you just need a small filling, or you may have a damaged tooth that needs restoration. Either way, amalgam free fillings are the perfect solution. Not only are they easily created by your dentist, they feel totally natural and are easily maintained. All you need to do in order to take care of your amalgam fillings is brush and floss regularly, and make sure you see your dentist for regular checkups.

Bonding

Imagine trying to stifle a laugh or a smile. It’s not easy, is it? Maybe you’ve done just that, because you’re embarrassed by decayed, discolored, or damaged teeth.

Wouldn’t you love to have your smile back and never have to cover your mouth with your hand again? Just let the joy out! It’s not only possible, it’s easy and not all that expensive with a process called dental bonding.

Bonding is a procedure in which your teeth are coated with a resinous material that is very much like natural enamel. The bonding compound can be colored to match the rest of your teeth, so unless you decide to say “Hey, look, I just had bonding done on my teeth,” no one will ever know the difference.

Bonding is a pain-free procedure that is done under local anesthesia. The bonding material is applied and then cured using a special light. Bonding takes only about a half hour for each tooth, and you can eat or drink as you normally would immediately following the procedure. Then, all you need to do is brush and floss regularly, and you can expect that your bonding treatments will last a long time.

Inlays/Onlays

Inlays and onlays are specially-made fillings, created from dental porcelain. They are bonded to your natural teeth and indistinguishable from them. Unless you want to tell people about your dental work, no one will ever know that you have had this type of restoration.

If your teeth are damaged, but your enamel is generally good, you will likely be a candidate for this type of treatment. Your restored teeth will look natural and be prevented from further damage.

So, what’s the difference between an inlay and an onlay? An inlay is bonded to the middle of your tooth. If the biting surface has been damaged, then the bonding is done to the outer surface, and is called an onlay.

With modern dentistry, you can have your inlays and onlays placed in no more than two visits. The procedure involves an assessment and removing the damaged areas. Then, an impression is taken of your tooth and sent to a lab were the inlay or onlay is created. Once your inlay or onlay is fitted, it is attached to your tooth. A little polishing, and you have a permanent restoration that will last a long time.

Root Canal

You’ve heard the expression, “I’d rather have a root canal than [insert horrible experience].” But what’s so scary about a root canal? Nothing, really. So, what is it? Just another fairly routine procedure that your dentist can do to help ensure your oral health.

A root canal is a dental procedure that’s done when the nerve of the tooth is so damaged by decay or infection that in order to save the tooth, the pulp has to be removed and the canals filled with a synthetic material. It’s a way of saving the tooth instead of extracting it.

If you’ve experienced pain in a tooth or discomfort when you chew or bite, but there doesn’t seem to be any other damage to the tooth, you may need a root canal. The need for a root canal can also be diagnosed by your dentist during the course of regular checkups – not all teeth that need a root canal actually cause pain.

A root canal has a really bad reputation. Most people think it’s painful. But with modern dental techniques, it’s very rare to experience any pain during the procedure. And afterward, any discomfort can usually be eased with over-the-counter analgesics.

Sedation Dentistry

Despite the fact that modern dentistry is essentially painless, there are people who fear dental treatment in general, and dentists in particular. If the mere thought of having your teeth filled, or even cleaned, paralyzes you with fear, you may be a candidate for sedation dentistry. Sometimes, it’s the only alternative to not having dental treatment.

Sedation dentistry is simply the use of a medication that helps people relax while they’re having dental work. In most cases, this doesn’t involve general anesthesia, which would put you to sleep. The preferred procedure is known as “conscious sedation.” You won’t be asleep, just very relaxed, and you might not even remember the procedure once it’s finished.

The usual means of sedation is nitrous oxide. You breathe it in through a mask, and the dentist controls how much sedation you get. Oral sedation is also sometimes used by means of Halcion. It’s similar to Valium, and it will make you sleepy although you’ll remain awake. The amount administered will depend on your level of discomfort.

If you’re extremely dental-phobic, sedation dentistry can be a means of ensuring that you get the dental care you need.

Testimonials

  • Loftus Dental met all my expectations! The staff are really friendly, courteous, understanding, attentive, patient and treat you like family (that's what I got used to at my ex-hometown). I am very impressed with customer service. I would recommend Loftus Dental to all my family and friends.

    Olya P.
  • Thank you Dr. Jeff, Gena and Emily for your caring and professional treatment. After two procedures in two days I even received a phone call from Dr. Jeff to check on me! After 32 years I have finally found a dentist and staff I am comfortable with and trust. Highly recommended!

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