Frequently Asked Questions

  • The American Dental Association (ADA) guidelines recommend visiting a dentist at least twice a year for a checkup and professional cleaning. Our office also recommends a minimum of two visits per year.

  • A staff member will compile your medical and dental history during your first visit. We will then examine your teeth and gums, screen for oral cancer, make X-rays of your teeth (as needed) and complete a TMJ (temporomandibular or jaw joint) exam.

    After we review your dental profile, we will discuss a diagnosis with you. If treatment, such as a root canal (endodontics), braces (orthodontics) or oral surgery is needed, we may treat you in our office or refer you to a specialist. We will discuss your options for treatment and fee payment, and help you determine the best plan to fit your needs.

    During regular follow-up visits, we will examine your teeth and gums, screen you for oral cancer, clean your teeth and make plans for treatment, as needed. We will discuss any pain or problems you may be experiencing and answer any questions you may have.

    Painless dentistry is a means of ensuring your total experience in our office is as stress-free and pain-free as possible. We will discuss treatment options that may require no local anesthetic and whenever possible, alleviate pain by the means most comfortable to you.

  • Painless dentistry is a means of ensuring your visit is as stress-free and pain-free as possible. We will discuss treatment options that alleviate pain by whatever means are the most comfortable for you.

  • Please call our office if you feel you have a dental emergency at (612) 377-3740. We will be glad to work you into our schedule, if you have a dental emergency during regular business hours. After hours, over the weekend and during holidays, please call our office for the doctor's emergency contact number.

  • Yes. We accept many types of dental insurance and will process your claim for you upon receipt of your co-payment. We offer a low-interest rate payment plan and also accept most major credit cards, including MasterCard and Visa.

  • There are several methods available for bleaching the teeth: in office, overnight or daily.

    • Brite Smile bleaching is done in our office. One session generally lasts one and a half to two hours, and you can read or relax during the treatment.
    • For overnight bleaching, we make an impression of your teeth and create a mouthguard that fits your bite.
    • Each day you will need to fill the mouthguard with a small amount of bleaching gel and wear it overnight or for a few hours during the day.
    • The overnight bleaching process takes approximately two weeks to accomplish satisfactory results.

    Other over-the-counter daily bleaching products are available. Remember, it is important to use any bleaching product only under the supervision of a dentist.

    To achieve the whitening results you desire, the ADA recommends that you seek the professional advice of a dentist, including examination and diagnosis of the cause of tooth discoloration, before you begin any bleaching program.

  • Porcelain veneers are designed to look like your natural teeth and are individually and permanently attached to the fronts of your existing teeth. Bonding utilizes a composite plastic material to fill in areas of your teeth and correct chipping and shape problems. Both porcelain veneers and bonding are color-matched to your other teeth.