Our focus is to create the most relaxing dental experience possible in
Chaska, MN from infants to adults.
When it comes to family dentistry, our special approach has helped many
children through their first dental visit and many adults overcome their
fear of dentistry. We want all of our patients to have positive experiences
at every visit.
Families and people of all ages enjoy our flexible scheduling, evening
hours, and being able to schedule multiple family members at the same time.
Our highly skilled hygienists and doctors spend the time with you to understand
your dental needs and concerns and help you achieve your individualized
dental health goals. At each continuing care appointment, the hygienist
and doctor will update your medical and health history, answer any questions
you may have, do an oral cancer screening, gingival (gum) health evaluation,
determine if you have any cavities or other dental problems along with
risk factors and discuss a dental disease prevention and treatment plan
with you that is tailored to your specific needs.
To help us maintain your good oral health or diagnose and treat dental
disease, we use only the latest technology. Some of the technology we
are using includes:
Reduce your radiation exposure by up to 80%. Digital also allows us to
enlarge or magnify your x-rays, change the brightness or contrast, and
put them on a flatscreen tv in the treatment room for you to see what
we are seeing. When you are looking at the x-rays along with the hygienist
or dentist, it can help you to understand any problems we see and allows
us to explain treatment options so you are more involved in your care.
Digital also allows us to electronically transfer images to specialists,
should the need arise.
Diagnodent Cavity Detecting Laser:
It can be difficult to detect early cavities, especially ones that are
deep in the grooves on the biting surfaces of the back teeth. Sometimes
it can be difficult to decipher between stains and cavities. Conventional
detection methods typically involved the use of an explorer (a sharp instrument)
to poke the teeth. The diagnodent allows us to detect early cavities without
poking the teeth.
Ultrasonic Teeth Cleaning:
For patients with heavy calculus build up or patients who do not like their
teeth scraped with instruments during cleanings, they can choose to have
their teeth cleaned ultrasonically. The tip of the ultrasonic is held
against the tooth, and with very fine vibrations and a water lavage, the
calculus loosens and is rinsed away.
A picture is worth a thousand words. This tiny camera magnifies what
the dentist is seeing by up to 150x. The dentist can take pictures of
your teeth to show you what they are seeing. The pictures can then be
viewed by you and the doctor together in the treatment room . This is
very helpful to document oral lesions or to take pictures of teeth with
cracks or other problems you may not be able to see or feel.
5% Sodium Fluoride and Tricalcium Phosphate that delivers both Fluoride
and Calcium to the teeth over an extended period of time. Our office uses
a white fluoride varnish that is painted on the teeth in a matter of seconds.
The varnish hardens on the teeth as soon as it contacts saliva and allows
a high concentration of fluoride to be in contact with the tooth enamel
for an extended period of time (typically 1 to 7 days). This is a much
longer exposure compared to other high-dose topical fluorides such as
gels or foams, which is typically 10 to 15 minutes.
(Skold-Larsson, Modeer, Twetman, 2000: ten Cate, Featherstone, 1991). Patients
no longer need to sit with a fluoride tray in their mouth (which can be
difficult for young children) and best of all, patients can eat and drink
right after the fluoride treatment. The only special instructions are
to avoid brushing for 4 hours after the application.
Our office advocates the placement of sealants primarily for the permanent
1st and 2nd molars around the age of 6 for the 1st molars and age 12 for
the 2nd molars. Sealants will occasionally be recommended for baby teeth,
permanent premolars, or 3rd molars (wisdom teeth) if the patient has a
very high cavity risk or other special circumstance. Placement of sealants
typically only requires a 15-30 minute appointment with the doctor.
We are continually monitoring and updating our technology to bring the
most contemporary dentistry to you and your family so you can receive
the best care possible.