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2001 West 45th Street, Sioux Falls, SD 57105


Our patients know our dentists and staff always have something good to say about dental care. Check out our blog and see what we’re talking about today.

Meet Melanie – Business Assistant

Being born and raised here in Sioux Falls, I’ve appreciated the down to earth, caring society we live in.  I personally became interested in dentistry as I was growing up, as I had numerous dental concerns at quite a young age.  My permanent teeth wouldn’t come in on their own, thus my baby teeth wouldn’t come out on their own. And when, or if my permanent teeth came in, they were certainly not in the right spot!  Due to this and my jaws not matching, I was in the dentist or orthodont...


Meet our staff!

Here at Family Dental Center, we pride ourselves with the service provided by each and every one of our staff!  We look forward to getting to know each of our patients on both a professional and personal level.  Now, we want to do the same for you.  We are excited to share that we are starting weekly blogs so you can get to know each of our staff members!  If you haven’t had the opportunity to meet them personally, please be sure to say hello to them the next time you visit our office! ...


Understanding Insurance

We, at Family Dental Center, understand that insurance can be confusing. That is why we are here to help! Here are some common terms you may hear when dealing with your insurance. MAXIMUM: This is the maximum your dental insurance plan will pay for your dental services within your contract year. Your maximum starts over on your anniversary date, which is important to know as this can vary among plans. USUAL, CUSTOMARY, and REASONABLE: This is what the insurance company sets as the amount t...


Thank you, Dr. Jones, for your 33 years of service!

The following letter was sent to Dr. Jones' patients earlier this month: Hello friends, We write to you today with heavy, yet grateful, hearts on behalf of Dr. Jones and the entire Family Dental Center team. As a valued patient of Dr. Jones, we wanted you to be the first to know that he has been diagnosed with a life-changing illness, which has caused him to take an early retirement that is effective immediately. As most of you know, Dr. Jones, along with Dr. Colbert, founded the practice i...


Welcome, Dr. Lee Gertsen!

Hello, patients and friends of Family Dental Center! Thanks for welcoming me to your "family"! I am excited to join the team of dentists here and get to know you soon. A little bit about myself: I was born and raised in Watertown, SD.  Much of my youth was spent playing sports, camping, hunting & fishing with my family. My mother, Connie, is a speech pathologist and my father, Greg, is a dentist (I guess it runs in the family). I have one older sister, Kay, who lives in Milwaukee with h...


What is involved in an oral cancer exam?

Dentists see many patients a day, and at each appointment, they have a direct view of the head and neck areas. Often not noticed by patients, dentists are examining these areas for possible signs of oral cancer. But, many patients may wonder “is it really necessary for me?” Time and time again, patients will ask me what I’m doing. So, let me give you a little background information as to why we screen for oral cancer, and how we do it. According to the Oral Cancer Foundation, approximat...


Mini Implants vs. Traditional Implants

Mini Dental Implants: A mini dental implant is a narrow bodied titanium implant that is placed in the mouth to act as an artificial root. They are most commonly used to stabilize a denture and will give a person the ability to laugh, talk and eat without worries of their denture moving, pinching or even worse... falling out! At Family Dental Center, mini implants are typically placed in a one-step procedure, and have the advantages of a short healing time and are less costly than the traditiona...


Dental Sealants: What are they and why are they needed?

Has your dentist ever recommended dental sealants to you or your child? Most parents have heard of dental sealants, but many may not know their purpose. This preventative treatment option has been around for decades, and has been shown to be very safe and effective. Dental sealants are a material barrier typically placed in the pits and grooves of the chewing surfaces of back permanent teeth.  This material stays put and effectively blocks the bacteria from getting in to the pits and grooves...


Fun Facts About Teeth

Did you know that your teeth were intended to last a lifetime? Here are some fun facts about teeth that you might find interesting. According to the American Academy of Periodontology, 50 percent of people say that a smile is the first feature they notice about someone. Read on if you have ever wondered how many teeth you should have and what teeth are made out of. Fun facts about teeth #1- How many teeth does an average person have? An average person has 32 teeth. That number includes 4 wisdo...