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Mercury Free Fillings

Mercury makes up 50% of a silver filling. There is silver in a silver filling but only about 35%. The mercury that is present in filling does release mercury vapor when it’s brushed, chewed on or heated up by hot food and drink. Mercury filling particles that go into our waste lines are filtered out by a special trap that we installed into the line. We did this because the EPA has determined that amalgam/mercury fillings are harmful to the environment and should not mix with our sewer water.

We offer a number of mercury free options to our patients. The most popular is a BPA free composite resin. Composite or resin fillings are done directly just like a a silver filling and have been shown to last about as long ( even longer with good technique). They are white so they blend in with the surrounding tooth color and are barely noticeable. They are bonded to the tooth structure and have a similar expansion/contraction rate to teeth. The Mercury in silver feelings causes excessive expansion and contraction often leading to fractured teeth. We also occasionally recommend a glass ionomer because it can be kinder to the tooth’s pulp and works better at or below the gum line. The other popular option for patients who want to be metal free is porcelain. Porcelain is a very strong option and is the most attractive. Porcelain restorations can not be made directly in the mouth so they do require a bit more precision work either with our in office CAD/CAM equipment or from a dental lab.

Gold is still the gold standard but has it’s obvious challenges in terms of aesthetics and it isn’t metal free.

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Sydney Evans
Sydney Evans
Caring, compassionate dentistry. I am confident that Designer Dentistry and Smiles is always aware of and involved in the newest dental advancements — every time I visit it seems like they have a new machine, technique, or treatment option for their patients. Their space is relaxing and the massage chairs help ease visit tension and anxiety. I can trust that DDS has the best possible machinery, tools, advice, and treatments for my dental concerns.
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Jan 27, 2022
Kelly Mitchell
Kelly Mitchell
What a great experience on 41st st! I had to bring my little boy with me while I got my teeth cleaned and the DDS team welcomed him with smiles and entertained him during my appointment. My hygienist was so knowledgeable, patient, gentle and kind. 10/10 recommend to family and friends!
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Feb 23, 2022
Abbie Hotz
Abbie Hotz
Everyone was so friendly! JoAnn was so kind and actually took the time to explain everything to me. And I’ve never had a dentist spend so much time talking with me about my concerns.
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Apr 25, 2022
Gracie Rozeboom
Gracie Rozeboom
Dr. Z does incredible work. I came in as a new patient today to fix a chipped tooth. Dr. Z exceeded my expectations and gave me my beautiful smile back. Now I can’t stop smiling! 😁The staff is great and they care about you!
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Feb 28, 2022
Teri Everson
Teri Everson
I have been going to designer dentistry for about five years and have had nothing but great experiences there. I will be losing my dental insurance at the end of the month and I was in today for a cleaning. They found some thing that needed to be fixed and rather than make an appointment after my insurance was gone they fit me in the same day. They are also pain-free. Would highly recommend them to everyone.
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Mar 17, 2022

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Our practice accepts most major insurance plans. Our team is knowledgeable about dental insurance, too, so we're happy to file and track your claims for you to ensure that you're getting the most out of your benefits. We just ask that you bring your insurance card to each appointment, so we can make sure your information is as up-to-date as possible.

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Designer Dentistry & Smiles

6100 W. 41st St. Sioux Falls, SD 57106

Monday - 9AM-5:30PM
Tuesday - 7:30AM-4:30PM
Wednesday - 7:30AM-4PM
Thursday - 7:30AM-4PM
Friday To Sunday - Closed