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Our Distinguished Dental Specialists

A smile is a curve that sets everything straight!

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Dr. Mark F. Saladin D.M.D.

In Practice Since:


Southern Illinois University, School of Dentistry,

Missouri State University, B.S. Biology

Professional Affiliations:

American Dental Association, Missouri Dental Association, SWMO Dental Society, Academy of General Dentistry, International Dental Implant Association, Missouri Dental Board; Past President, Carthage Rotary Club; Past President


Hunting, fly fishing, farming, outdoor activities

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Dr. Rachel N. Persson D.D.S.

In Practice Since:


University of Nebraska Medical Center

Professional Affiliations:

American Dental Association and Missouri Dental Association


Reading, painting, being outdoors, cooking and baking

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Dr. Louis M. Drackert D.D.S.

In Practice Since:


UMKC, School of Dentistry,

Missouri State University, B.S. Cell and Molecular Biology

Professional Affiliations:

American Dental Association, Missouri Dental Association, SWMO Dental Society, American Orthodontic Society, Academy of General Dentistry, Carthage Rotary Club; Past President, Carthage Young Life


Fishing, duck hunting, Royals baseball and Chiefs football

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Our Services and Specialities

Begin and end your day with a smile!

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Dental Implants

A dental implant is an artificial tooth root that is placed into your jaw to hold a replacement tooth or bridge. Dental implants may be an option for people who have lost a tooth or teeth due to periodontal disease, an injury, or some other reason.

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Braces are devices used in orthodontics that align and straighten teeth and help to position them with regard to a person’s bite, while also working to improve dental health. They are often used to correct underbites, as well as malocclusions, overbites, open bites, deep bites, cross bites, crooked teeth, and various other flaws of the teeth and jaw. Braces can be either cosmetic or structural. Dental braces are often used in conjunction with other orthodontic appliances to help widen the palate or jaw.

At Cornerstone Family Dental we offer traditional stainless steal braces (wires, bands, brackets) as well as Invisalign treatment options.

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Teeth Whitening

Tooth whitening lightens teeth and helps to remove stains and discoloration. Whitening is among the most popular cosmetic dental procedures because it can greatly improve how your teeth look.

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Porcelain Veneers

Dental veneers (sometimes called porcelain veneers) 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.

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Crowns & Bridges

Both crowns and most bridges are fixed prosthetic devices. Unlike removable devices such as dentures, which you can take out and clean daily, crowns and bridges are cemented onto existing teeth or implants, and can only be removed by a dentist. A crown is used to entirely cover or “cap†a damaged tooth.

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Itero Digital Impressions

The iTero scanner allows your dentist to take a digital impression—a highly accurate, digital 3D image of the individual characteristics of your tooth surfaces and gum tissue. The iTero scanner is all about keeping you comfortable while delivering precise imagery, without the putty-filled impression tray that makes you gag!

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Partials & Dentures

A denture is a removable replacement for missing teeth and surrounding tissues. Two types of dentures are available ” complete and partial dentures. Complete dentures are used when all the teeth are missing, while partial dentures are used when some natural teeth remain.Partial dentures are used when one or more natural teeth remain in the upper or lower jaw.

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Root Canals

During root canal or endodontic treatment, the inflamed or infected pulp is removed and the inside of the tooth is carefully cleaned and disinfected, then filled and sealed with a rubber-like material called gutta-percha. Afterwards, the tooth is restored with a crown.

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Professional teeth cleaning by a certified dental hygienist aims to remove plaque, tarter and stains that have accumulated on the teeth. The professional cleaning of teeth is a crucial part of good oral hygiene and is needed periodically to maintain the health of your teeth and gums.

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Children’s Dentistry

In order to prevent dental problems, your child should see a dentist when the first tooth appears, or no later than his/her first birthday.

Primary, or “baby,†teeth are important for many reasons. Not only do they help children speak clearly and chew naturally, they also aid in forming a path that permanent teeth can follow when they are ready to erupt.

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Nitrous Oxide

Nitrous oxide is a safe and effective sedative agent that is mixed with oxygen and inhaled through a small mask that fits over your nose to help you relax. Nitrous oxide is sometimes called “laughing gas” or “happy gas”

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Digital X-rays

Digital x-rays have many advantages over regular (plain film) x-rays including:

  • Immediate viewing of the imaged area with significantly less radiation exposure for the patient.
  • Better visualization of the area due to your doctor being able to digitally enhance the image on the computer screen.
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Oral Cameras

Sometimes it is difficult for patients to fully understand the condition of their teeth in the same way the dentist does “ using an intraoral camera is a state of the art dental technical device that really helps you see for yourself exactly what is happening in your mouth.