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Southside Dental Center

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

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We don't expect you to be an expert on dental care, so we always welcome your questions. When you fully understand what a procedure involves and why it's important, you'll feel more confident about the treatment decisions you make. 

We've shared some of the questions we hear most often, but you most likely have your own. If you don't see the answer you're looking for here, please don't hesitate to give us a call!


Brushing and flossing your teeth at least twice a day have been proven to help prevent cavities and keep gums healthy. Make sure you are using a soft bristle toothbrush or an electric toothbrush and using a gentle brushing motion. Early detection of areas you are missing is also key. Visiting our office for two professional cleanings a year allows us to help you avoid major problems by catching smaller ones first.

Maintaining a consistent cleaning schedule will help minimize the need to make an “emergency” visit due to a large cavity going unnoticed. To schedule an appointment, contact us.

When you arrive at our Monticello office, you’ll be greeted by Sara, our friendly receptionist. You’ll be shown to one of our comfortable treatment rooms where a member of our team will get you settled in.

Dr. Abramowski will take a few minutes to sit down with you to discuss your concerns. You may be coming to us with a problem that needs to be resolved as soon as possible. In that case we’ll take the necessary x-rays, review them with you to identify the problem, and work together to develop a plan for treatment.

If you’re coming in for a routine dental exam and cleaning, we’ll check your teeth to look for any changes since your last visit. Based on our findings, we’ll talk to you about any potential problems we see developing and how we can best address them. Or, better yet, we’ll give you a clean bill of health and send you on your way!

When you visit Southside Dental Center, you can always be assured of receiving compassionate care in a warm and welcoming environment. You are always our most important patient, and when you’re with us, we focus completely on your needs.

Please give us a call if you’d like to learn more about our exceptional dental care!

We deliver the finest care at the most reasonable cost to our patients. Therefore, unless other arrangements have been made in advance, payment is due at the time service is rendered.

For your convenience we accept Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express. We’re also pleased to offer qualified patients CareCredit interest-free financing. With CareCredit you can pay for your treatment in manageable monthly installments. Simply pay the balance within the agreed time period and you won’t be charged any interest!

If you have questions regarding your account, please contact us at (763) 295-5400. Many times a simple telephone call will clear up any misunderstanding.

If you're insured, we will do everything possible to maximize the benefits you're entitled to. Understanding the specifics of your insurance can be a little overwhelming, but we're here to help. We encourage you to call us anytime you have a question about your insurance.

At this time, we work with the following insurance companies. However, this list is always being updated, so please give us a call if you don't see your insurance listed here.

Blue Cross/Blue Shield
Preferred One

Twice daily brushing is good for removing plague and food from certain areas of your teeth. But flossing allows you to get between other areas that brushing may miss. Flossing will also help prevent the formation of tartar, which can cause gum disease, bad breath and the harboring of millions of bacteria.

If you have trouble flossing or are unsure of the proper technique, the team at Southside Dental Center is happy to demonstrate and provide tips to ensure you are keeping everything as clean as possible. Give us a call at (763) 703-2367 to learn more.

Fluoride is a naturally occurring mineral that is found in many types of food and water. Naturally occurring fluoride is found in vegetables like spinach, canned fish and milk. It is also added to your tap water. If you do not have fluoridated tap water, supplements are available as well. Fluoride works to strengthen your tooth enamel and can prevent the development of cavities in both children and adults.

Talk to your hygienist to determine if you are getting enough fluoride in your diet or if additional fluoride treatments would be beneficial. To learn more, call us at (763) 295-5400.

We recommend you bring your child to see us as soon as they start getting their baby teeth but no later than age one. Dr. Abramowski and our team have lots of experience working with very young children to make sure they have a positive experience every time they visit us at our Monticello dental office. Starting your child with a positive view of dentistry is important because it sets the stage for a lifetime of proactive oral health care.

During the first visit, our goal is to meet your child and show them that visiting the dentist will be fun. Kids learn by example and if we can show them that these visits aren’t a big deal, they’ll respond accordingly. We’ll give them a ride in the chair, count their teeth, and show them how to hold a toothbrush properly.

We understand how important it is that we gradually get your child used to being around us in the office environment. Our professional team takes all the time necessary to treat your children with the special attention they need to help them feel safe and secure.

Your child’s first visit to the dentist is a big step in their young lives. Please contact our Monticello dental office and we’ll be happy to arrange a visit so you can get to know Dr. Abramowski and our caring team.

Make it a fun activity! Brushing and flossing is a lifelong habit that should be started very early in your child’s life. Be enthusiastic and brush your teeth with them to give them encouragement. Your children want to be like you and will mimic your excellent habits. 

Modern digital radiographs (x-rays), like the ones performed at Southside Dental Center, are one of the lowest radiation dosages performed. As modern technology continues to advance, the radiation levels will continue to decrease. To learn more about our technology and how they aid in your dental care, contact us

Crowns & Bridges

Once the root canal treatment has been completed, the tooth is in a weakened state. Unprotected teeth with completed root canal treatments are much more likely to fracture, potentially causing the loss of a tooth. A crown is used to cover the tooth and prevent the tooth from breaking. 

Dental Implants

Having implants placed to help hold a denture or partial can be truly life changing! No longer would you have to worry about them slipping or falling out of your mouth accidentally. Implants snap into your dentures and make it much more comfortable to eat all of your favorite food again! If you are tired of taking your dentures out at night, there is even an option of making your dentures a permanent part of your smile, no more taking them in an out! If you are considering adding implants to help with your loose dentures, contact the dental team at Southside Dental Center right away!

Implants look and feel like regular teeth, and you care for them like regular teeth too! Proper brushing and flossing will keep the implant clean and healthy for a long time. The team at Southside Dental Center will always take the time to show you the proper way to care for your implant and make sure all of your questions are answered.

Once the tooth is out, the process of getting an implant can be completed in as little as a few months, although the average is about 6 months to allow for proper bone healing. Each case is different, and the staff at Southside Dental Center have the training and expertise to explain the best treatment timeline for your case. If you are interested in replacing teeth with implants, please contact us today!

The decision between a dental implant and a traditional bridge to replace a missing tooth can be a tough one. The strength of the surrounding teeth, amount of bone and several other factors all come into play when you are deciding. Although the decision ultimately comes down to your choice, the team at Southside Dental Center are happy to sit down with you and discuss all of the pros and cons of each option. If you are looking to replacing a missing tooth, make sure to schedule a time with the team at Southside Dental Center today to discuss all of your options.

It can be very difficult to deal with missing teeth. Chewing is tougher, smiling can be embarrassing and even talking will be different. Dental implants are a permanent solution to replace almost any missing teeth in the mouth. Unlike partials or dentures, they never come out. Unlike traditional bridges, no cutting is needed to the surrounding teeth. Implants are a long lasting option that will allow you to smile, chew and talk like normal again! If you have any questions about dental implants and your tooth replacement options, please schedule a consult with the team at Southside Dental Center today!

No! The best part of having dental implants is how naturally they replace your missing teeth. Once completed, you brush, floss and eat normally with your implant. No one will be able to tell the difference between the replaced tooth and your natural teeth! If you are interested in replacing a missing tooth with dental implants, call today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Abramowski!

There are a variety of factors that come into play when considering options for tooth replacement. Everyone has unique needs, and you can be confident that we’ll help you find the solution that fits your oral health needs, lifestyle, and budget.

Dental implants have become the preferred method for replacing teeth for a number of reasons. Unlike bridges or dentures that simply fill the empty space, dental implants actually become part of your jaw structure. When the dental implant process is finished, you will be left with a fully functioning tooth replacement complete with an artificial root and natural-looking dental restoration.

However, dental implants aren’t right for everyone. If this is the case, we can create a durable fixed bridge that will fill the empty space and restore function. If you’re missing a few or all of your teeth, we can discuss the possibility of full or partial dentures. Many denture wearers complain about movement of their dentures. If this is a concern for you, we also have the option of adding some implants to hold your denture securely in place.

The best way to find out what tooth replacement choice is right for you is to call our office and make an appointment for a consultation. There’s a lot to consider, and Dr. Abramowski will take the time to answer your questions and discuss all your options.


Whether or not you have had braces earlier in your life, your teeth continue to move throughout your life. Many adults want straighter teeth but don’t want to deal with the appearance of traditional braces. At Southside Dental Center, we offer Invisalign, an alternative option for changing your smile. Invisalign is a series of clear retainers that allow your teeth to straighten and align the same way as traditional braces, but are invisible! If you are interested in changing your smile, schedule a time to talk to Dr. Abramowski about your Invisalign options.

Whether you want a major change in your smile or just a minor tweak, Invisalign is a great tool for anyone looking to improve their smile. Almost all adults and teenagers are candidates for Invisalign treatment. Stop in and talk to Dr. Abramowski about whether Invisalign treatment is right for you!

Depending on your goals, straightening your teeth no longer means months of traditional braces. Invisalign offers a variety of clear options that can straighten your teeth in far less time than you thought possible! Schedule a time today to talk to Dr. Abramowski about your Invisalign options.

The process of straightening your teeth is far more significant than simply improving their appearance. Straight teeth function better and are much less likely to chip, break or wear down. Straighter teeth are also much easier to keep clean and you’ll be less likely to have food get stuck between them. If you want to learn more about your options for straighter and stronger teeth and a longer lasting smile, schedule a time to visit Dr. Abramowski and review all of your options!

Periodontal Treatment

Periodontal disease is a serious dental issue affecting over 47% of adults in the US. Periodontal disease has been linked to the increased likelihood of developing diabetes and heart disease. To ensure you are not one of that 47%, the most important thing you can do is maintain proper home care by brushing at least twice a day and flossing at least once a day. Seeing a dental professional for regular cleanings will also help prevent periodontal disease and will ensure it is caught early, if it progresses to that disease stage. Smoking, diabetes and family genetics also increase the likelihood of developing periodontal disease. Having any of these risk factors makes it even more important for you to maintain good home care and schedule regular dental checkups. If you have any questions about your gum health, the knowledgeable staff of Southside Dental Center is here to help you!

Periodontal disease is the loss of the bone and gingiva that surround your teeth. This loss of bone can eventually lead to tooth loss, sensitivity or abscesses. Smoking, diabetes, family genetics and inadequate home care can all lead to an increased likelihood of developing gum disease. If you have any of these risk factors, make sure to maintain proper home care and schedule regular visits with a dental professional.

Throughout the day, plaque and bacteria build up on and between your teeth. This buildup can cause irritation of your gums. Bleeding gums are not normal and can be a sign of gum disease. If you have any concerns about the health of your gums, make sure to schedule a time to talk with one of our hygienists so you can review all of your risk factors.

Porcelain Veneers

Your smile is one of the first things people notice about you. If you feel yours isn’t making a great first impression, we have the solution you need! Dr. Abramowski and our team love helping our patients achieve the smile of their dreams. At Southside Dental Center, we offer a wide variety of services to help you regain a smile you love showing off.

If you have chipped teeth or need a few cavities filled, our natural-looking tooth-colored fillings may be all you need to regain your beautiful smile. For more complicated esthetic problems, porcelain veneers or even dental crowns may be a more appropriate solution.

Are you an adult who’s bothered by crooked or crowded teeth? If so, you probably dread the thought of spending years in uncomfortable traditional braces. We’re pleased to offer Invisalign clear braces that quickly and discreetly move your teeth into alignment.

Sometimes all you need to achieve a stunning smile transformation is a simple professional teeth whitening treatment. For your convenience, we’re pleased to offer several whitening options to fit your busy lifestyle.

Whatever your cosmetic concern, please give us a call. We’ll spend time learning about your goals for a beautiful smile. Dr. Abramowski will review with you all the treatment options available and suggest the one he thinks is most appropriate for all your needs.

Root Canals

Once the root canal treatment has been completed, the tooth is in a weakened state. Unprotected teeth with completed root canal treatments are much more likely to fracture, potentially causing the loss of a tooth. A crown is used to cover the tooth and prevent the tooth from breaking. 

A tooth has three layers: the outer enamel, the middle dentin and the inner nerve or “pulp.” When a tooth breaks or a cavity gets too big, it gets close to the nerve of the tooth. If the nerve becomes infected or dies, the tooth will start to become painful.

In a root canal procedure, the doctor carefully cleans out the infection and dead pulp. The doctor then fills in the area with a special plastic to prevent the infection from returning.

If you are having any discomfort or think you may need a root canal please call our staff at Southside Dental and schedule an appointment today! (763) 295-5400.



Teeth Whitening

You can find entire shelves of over-the-counter whitening options at many stores. Unfortunately, most nonprescription whitening products are simply not concentrated enough to make a significant change to your smile. Dr. Abramowski and the team at Southside Dental Center have a variety of options to help you whiten your smile.

Most whitening toothpastes work by including mild abrasives in their paste. This paste removes some stains on the surface of the teeth but unfortunately, not all of them. These abrasives can also cause tooth root sensitivity. Make sure to talk to the team at Southside Dental Center about safe whitening options that won’t damage the sensitive surfaces of your teeth.

Most adults can benefit from some form of teeth whitening treatment. Any natural teeth can be whitened by a variety of methods. It is important to remember that crowns, fillings and dentures will not whiten, however. If you have any questions about teeth whitening, make sure to ask the team at Southside Dental Center which treatment will work best for you!

Almost everyone wants a brighter, whiter smile! But how do you go about getting one? It all starts with a good dental cleaning and proper home care. Stains from coffee, wine, tea and other foods can darken your smile over time. It is important to brush and floss those stains off regularly at home, as well as have a hygienist remove the tougher stains during your cleaning appointments. To further whiten your teeth, there are a variety of whitening options offered by the team at Southside Dental Center. Ranging from easy-to-use kits to custom bleaching trays, there are several great options, depending on your goals. Be sure to ask about your choices during your next visit!

Tooth Extraction

Having implants placed to help hold a denture or partial can be truly life changing! No longer would you have to worry about them slipping or falling out of your mouth accidentally. Implants snap into your dentures and make it much more comfortable to eat all of your favorite food again! If you are tired of taking your dentures out at night, there is even an option of making your dentures a permanent part of your smile, no more taking them in an out! If you are considering adding implants to help with your loose dentures, contact the dental team at Southside Dental Center right away!

A toothache that won’t go away is telling you that something serious is developing and needs to be addressed as soon as possible. As you probably know, toothaches never just go away by themselves. If you want to avoid continued discomfort and the potential for more serious problems, please call us right away.

We don’t want you to suffer any longer than necessary so we always leave time in our day for our patients who need immediate relief. Please call our office and we’ll make arrangements to see you as soon as possible, usually the same day.

At Southside Dental Center, we’re here to help you when a problem arises, but we’d obviously prefer that you never reach that point. We are firmly committed to ensuring that you always enjoy the best possible health. The way we do this is by strongly encouraging you to stay current with your basic dental care. Schedule appointments in advance for exams and cleanings, then do your best to keep the appointment.

Not everyone loves dental visits. The one appointment you miss, however, may be the one where we might have found a potential problem developing. Identifying and correcting these problems as soon as possible can go a long way toward preventing you from ever developing a toothache

Tooth-Colored Fillings

“Silver”, or amalgam, fillings have been used in dentistry for a very long time. Numerous studies have shown that they are both safe and long-lasting restorations, when placed properly. If you have any concerns about your treatment options, Dr. Abramowski and the team at Southside Dental Center are happy to answer your questions.

Sensitive fillings can cause levels of discomfort ranging from mildly annoying to downright painful. A wide range of causes can make a tooth become sensitive. If the tooth had recent dental work performed on it, it may be sensitive while the nerve calms down from the work. This may take a few days, or sometimes even a few weeks. If the tooth has an existing filling or crown and suddenly becomes sensitive, it may be a sign that something is wrong with the tooth. It is always best to contact your dentist as soon as possible when a tooth starts to bother you. Dr. Abramowski and the team at Southside Dental Center will take the time to sit down and discuss your situation and all of your options.

“Silver”, or amalgam, fillings have been placed by dentists throughout the world for a long, long time. Many patients have silver fillings that have been in their mouth since they were young children! Dr. Abramowski does not recommend removing an amalgam restoration as long as the restoration remains strong and is not causing any problems. If a restoration begins to wear or chip, or if the patient wants to improve the look of their teeth, Dr. Abramowski may recommend replacing the failing amalgam with a white filling or another restorative option. If you have any questions about your silver fillings, make sure to ask Dr. Abramowski or the team at Southside Dental Center about all your options.

Tooth-colored fillings are excellent options for teeth in either the front or back of the mouth. Unlike silver fillings, tooth-colored fillings blend in with the other teeth and are almost invisible. Whether used for the repair of a chipped tooth in the front of your mouth or a cavity in a molar, Dr. Abramowski can restore your smile with a beautiful tooth-colored restoration!

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