For over 30 years, Dr. James Byrne has provided general dentistry services to patients in Rapid City, SD and surrounding communities. He has lived and practiced in the area since 1987 and opened his dental practice in 1993. No matter what your dental health care needs are, Dr. Byrne and our team are here to help you get on the path to better oral health.
Helping You Gain a Healthier Smile to Last a Lifetime
Our general dentistry services focus on helping you improve your immediate dental health, while preventing issues from developing in the future. We provide you and your loved ones with advanced treatments, state-of-the-art technology, and compassionate care. To ensure you are comfortable throughout your visit, each member of our team takes a gentle approach to treatments. We work with each patient to create customized treatment plans and go out of our way to help them feel welcome and safe in our practice.
Dental Exams and Check-Ups
Regular dental check ups and good at-home dental care are important for keeping your mouth healthy and preventing inflammation, infection, decay, and tooth loss. We recommend patients visit our office for a dental exam every six months. For certain patients, we may suggest more frequent visits, especially if you have a higher frequency of cavities, genetic susceptibility to tooth and root decay, as well as gum disease.
This not only helps us protect you from oral health issues, it will help you evaluate if your at-home dental hygiene habits are working. These visits are important in preventing issues from turning into larger problems with your teeth, gums, and overall health.
For over 150 years, dentists have used amalgam filling material to help restore form, function, and health to teeth. These fillings are made out of a mixture of silver, tin, and copper, as well as a small amount of mercury. This allows the mixture to be manipulated with ease during placement, and then quickly harden after.
There are many benefits to this type of filling. Amalgam fillings can perform better and longer for teeth that are naturally subjected to extensive chewing force, and are also more affordable than tooth-colored composites. To learn what filling type is right for you, please talk to our team during your next visit or give us a call at 605-342-1200.
Sealants are a highly effective treatment which helps protect the biting surfaces of your teeth from bacteria and decay. This simple procedure involves “painting” a tooth-colored acrylic onto the surface of the tooth. This effectively creates a barrier and protects tooth enamel. Sealants are easy to apply, last for several years, and hold up well under the force of normal chewing. Sealants are most effective when applied to newly erupted permanent molars in children.
A tooth extraction may be necessary for a number of reasons. This includes severe decay, advanced gum disease, poor positioning, or irreparable damage to the tooth. Teeth may also be removed in preparation for orthodontic treatments. If you are in need of an extraction, Dr. Byrne and our staff will work with you to make sure you understand the procedure and how to maintain your dental health. We will discuss with you the alternatives to extractions, as well as the potential replacement options for the tooth.
Non-Surgical Root Canal
Well over 14 million root canals are performed each year, making it one of the most common dental procedures performed. A root canal is performed when bacteria-caused decay has reached the pulp or nerve of a tooth and infected it. Our bodies are unable to naturally heal this type of infection, so it is important to have it professionally treated. This not only restores health to your tooth, it prevents the need for dental implants or bridges.
During this procedure, the infected pulp is removed and the canals of the tooth are thoroughly cleaned and then sealed. The tooth is then filled or restored with a dental crown.