At Dedicated Dental Solutions, we value our patient relationships, making it our priority to deliver gentle compassionate care. Our staff works hard to make you feel at ease by providing exceptional patient care in a relaxed and comfortable atmosphere. We strive to develop lifelong relationships with our patients by combining the latest dental technology with a professional and compassionate staff. The result is a beautiful, healthy smile that lasts a lifetime.
Not only are we a leading dentist in Rapid City, but we also provide services for your whole family’s dental needs.
A native of Rapid City, Dr. Kirsten Kennedy graduated from St. Thomas More High School, attended SD School of Mines and Technology (degrees in Industrial Engineering and master’s in Biomedical Engineering). She also completed her dental education at the University of MN School of Dentistry.
To further her education, Dr. Kennedy completed a residency in Seattle, WA, receiving expertise in the treatment of patients with special needs, medically complex cases, sedation, and hospital dentistry. The most rewarding component of this experience was addressing, maintaining and caring for the oral health of those undergoing cancer treatment, transplants, and systemic disorders.
Dr. Kennedy has participated in mission trips to Guatemala along with events at home such as Mission of Mercy and Give Kids A Smile. She enjoys hiking, mountain biking, cooking, crafting and spending time with her husband and cat. She is happy to be back in Rapid City and will assure that you have a great experience in our office.
After 33 years in the dental field, I have decided to retire from clinical practice. In the future, I will be spending time with my family and enjoying my 3 beautiful granddaughters.
Your continuing care is important to me. As such, I am thrilled to report that Dr. Kirsten Kennedy, will be taking over for me at the office. Dr. Kennedy graduated from the University of Minnesota and completed a residency program at Swedish Medical Center in Seattle, WA. She joined our practice, Dedicated Dental Solutions, in 2016 and is ready to assist you in maintaining your smile. I personally know she is a caring and honest person, and will continue to provide the same care you have received from me.
I have personally overseen every aspect of this change. The same friendly staff you have come to know is looking forward to seeing you again and providing the same personalized, professional care. Your scheduled appointments will not change. If you have dental insurance it will remain the same. It’s been my pleasure and honor to serve as your dentist over the years. I’m sure Dr. Kennedy will carry on our tradition of quality care and excellent customer service.
Dentistry and your friendship has been such a gift! I count you each a blessing and wish you the best in the future.
D'Jonna Sewell, DDS
Dedicated Dental Solutions
Implants can replace missing teeth in a variety of ways. They can be used to:
Replace One Tooth — When you have one tooth missing, a single implant is inserted into the bone to replace the root part of that tooth; a crown then goes on top to simulate an actual tooth. This treatment choice has the highest success rate, making it the best long-term investment for replacing a single missing tooth. Even if the initial cost is slightly higher than other options, it is the most cost-effective solution over time. An implant will never decay or need root canal treatment and feels just like the tooth that was there.
Replace Multiple Teeth — When you have more than one tooth missing, implants provide an ideal replacement mechanism. You don't even need one implant for every missing tooth. Instead, implant teeth can act as supports for fixed bridgework. For example, if you are missing three teeth in a row, we can place two implants, one on either side of the gap, and a crown in between that has no implant underneath. That way, you won't need to use any of your remaining natural teeth as bridge supports, which could weaken them and make them more susceptible to decay.
Replace All Teeth Permanently — Implants can support an entire arch of upper or lower replacement teeth that are fixed into the mouth and are never removed. Sometimes the new teeth can be supported by as few as 4 implants. It's comparable to the structure of a table, which only needs 4 legs to hold it up. In cases where jawbone density and volume have deteriorated, 5 or 6 implants might be needed to support a row of 10 to 12 teeth. Dental implant replacement teeth protect your jawbone, won't slip, and should last a lifetime.
Support Removable Dentures — Implants can even make removable dentures more comfortable, effective and healthier to wear. Traditional dentures rest on the gums and put pressure on the underlying bone. This accelerates bone loss so that the jaw shrinks and the dentures slip, particularly on the bottom. But today dentists can attach a removable denture onto implants, transferring that pressure into the bone structure rather than the bone surface. This prevents the dentures from slipping while you eat and speak, and preserves the bone directly beneath them.
A filling is a way to restore a tooth damaged by decay back to its normal function and shape. When a dentist gives you a filling, he or she first removes the decayed tooth material, cleans the affected area, and then fills the cleaned out cavity with a filling material. By closing off spaces where bacteria can enter, a filling also helps prevent further decay. Materials used for fillings include porcelain, a composite resin (tooth-colored fillings), and an amalgam (an alloy of mercury, silver, copper, tin and sometimes zinc).
Composite (plastic) resins or tooth-colored fillings, provide good durability and resistance to fracture in small- to mid-size fillings that need to withstand moderate pressure from the constant stress of chewing. They can be used on either front or back teeth. They are a good choice for people who prefer that their fillings look more natural Amalgam (silver) fillings are resistant to wear and relatively inexpensive. However, due to their dark color, they are more noticeable than porcelain or composite restorations and are not usually used in very visible areas, such as front teeth.
Porcelain fillings are called inlays or onlays and are produced to order in a lab and then bonded to the tooth. They can be matched to the color of the tooth and resist staining. A porcelain restoration generally covers most of the tooth. Their cost is similar to gold.
If decay or a fracture has damaged a large portion of the tooth, a crown, or cap, may be recommended. Decay that has reached the nerve may be treated in two ways: through root canal therapy (in which nerve damaged nerve is removed) or through a procedure called pulp capping (which attempts to keep the nerve alive).
Crown: A dental crown is a tooth-shaped "cap" that is placed over a tooth -- to cover the tooth to restore its shape and size, strength, and improve its appearance.
Dental Bridge: Dental bridges literally bridge the gap created by one or more missing teeth.
A bridge is made up of two or more crowns for the teeth on either side of the gap -- these two or more anchoring teeth are called abutment teeth -- and a false tooth/teeth in between. These false teeth are called pontics and can be made from gold, alloys, porcelain, or a combination of these materials. Dental bridges are supported by natural teeth or implants.
Veneers: Dental veneers (sometimes called porcelain veneers or dental porcelain laminates) are thin custom-made shells of tooth-colored materials designed to cover the front surface of teeth to improve your appearance. These shells are bonded to the front of the teeth changing their color, shape, size, or length.