Our Dental Services in Edina, MN
Our practice can provide a wide range of dental services without having to refer you to other specialties. This flexibility saves you time and keeps your total dental care within one practice. Our emphasis is on complete preventive care for our patients. Total care begins with regular hygiene visits and continued home oral health routines.
Our practice also provides the highest quality services for restoring mouths that have been damaged by dental disease and injury that require cosmetic dentistry. Our primary goal for our patients is to achieve and maintain optimum oral health through advances in techniques, technologies, and by maintaining scheduled dental exams.
Crowns and Bridges
A crown is a custom-made covering that fits over an original tooth that is either decayed, damaged or cracked. Crowns are made of a variety of different materials such as porcelain, ceramic, gold, acrylic resin, or a mix of these materials.
This process generally takes two visits over a two week period. Once the procedure is completed, proper dental hygiene is required to maintain healthy teeth, gums, and crowns.
A bridge is a dental device that fills a space that a tooth previously occupied. A bridge may be necessary to prevent shifting of the teeth that can lead to bite and/or jaw problems or to safeguard the integrity of existing teeth and help maintain a healthy, vibrant smile.
We are proud to provide CEREC 3-D Technology to our patients in need of restorations. The CEREC system has revolutionized the dental field by meeting the needs of our patients in a more convenient manner. Gone are the days where the patient must return for multiple visits to complete a restoration. CEREC technology can design, fabricate, and place a ceramic restoration in just one visit! With this new system, the need for temporaries or impressions has been eliminated.
Through the use of this new technology, we can save more of the healthy tooth structure in our patients while giving them beautiful, tooth-colored restorations that are metal-free and durable.
For information on any of the above dental services, please contact us in Edina, MN at 952-831-1112.
A root canal is a procedure that extracts decayed pulp from the central part of the tooth, reshapes the canal, and replaces it with strengthening filler. A root canal may be necessary due to decay that was left untreated, an abscess, a fractured tooth, or a tooth that was previously injured. A permanent restoration is needed to protect the tooth after a root canal has been completed.
An extraction is the complete removal of a tooth. Extractions are sometimes necessary if a primary tooth is preventing the normal eruption of a permanent tooth, if the tooth has suffered extensive decay or trauma that cannot be repaired. Periodontal disease may require the removal of a tooth if bone or gum loss is severe. Wisdom teeth are many times removed due to lack of space in the jaw.
Begin by cleaning around the sore tooth meticulously. Using warm salt water, rinse the mouth to displace any food trapped between teeth. Under no circumstances should you use aspirin on the aching tooth or on the gum. In the event of facial swelling, apply a cold compress to the area. For temporary pain relief, acetaminophen is recommended. Please contact us for an appointment if the pain persists more than a day.
The grooves and depressions that form on the chewing surface of the back teeth can be extremely difficult to clean of all bacteria and food. As the bacteria reacts with the food, acids form and break down the tooth enamel, causing cavities. Recent studies show that 88% of total cavities in American school children are caused this way.
Tooth sealants protect these susceptible areas by sealing the grooves and depressions, preventing bacteria and food particles from residing in these areas. Sealant material is a resin typically applied to the back teeth; molars and premolar areas prone to cavities. It lasts for several years but need to be checked during regular appointments.
Bonding is a common solution for fixing or repairing chipped or cracked teeth, reducing gaps and spaces between teeth or hiding discoloration on a tooth’s surface. A composite material or resin is bonded to an existing tooth. The shade can be matched to natural teeth and the procedure typically takes less than an hour. Proper care and daily brushing and flossing will help to reduce staining from coffee, tea, and foods.
Oral Cancer Exam
Oral cancer is one of the most under-discussed but prevalent forms of cancer. In fact, the American Cancer Society has released information showing that the occurrences of oral cancers are actually increasing as it its mortality rate.
With proper screening and early diagnosis, the severity of oral cancer drops significantly. But as with most forms of cancer, being able to detect the cancer in an early stage is crucial. We do an oral cancer screening at all hygiene visits and will discuss with you the dangers and warning signs of oral cancer. If you notice a lump, bump or sore that doesn’t heal in your mouth; give our office a call to schedule an appointment.
The “Temporomandibular Joint” more commonly referred to as the “TMJ” or “jaw joint” assists in the basic opening and closing movements of the jaw. Unfortunately, this joint is a common area for recurring pain.
During your hygiene visit, we do a TMJ exam that evaluates the joint tissue in the “hinge” of the jaw. Possible problems include swelling, deterioration of/or damaged joint tissue with cushions the jaw bones during the opening and closing movement of the mouth. If you are experiencing TMJ pain or symptoms, give our office a call and we can recommend treatment for your needs.
Soft Tissue Laser
We use laser dentistry in our practice for soft tissue procedures. The lasers used are narrow beams of light energy that can penetrate the tissue, producing the ability to vaporize, remove, or shape soft tissues such as the gums, cheeks, and tongue.
Lasers can control the amount of bleeding during treatment and can sometimes remove gum tissue without causing bleeding. In laser dentistry, there may also be less swelling and pain following surgery as the laser can seal blood vessels and nerve endings.
We offer one of the latest technological advances in dentistry with digital radiography, also known as digital x-rays. A sensor is placed in the mouth and a computer generates an image in 30 seconds. These x-rays can be enhanced on the computer and enlarged. Not only are they friendly to the environment, they are much safer than traditional x-rays. Digital radiographs reduce a patient’s radiation exposure by 90%.
Early Dental Care
Normally, the first tooth erupts between ages 6 to 12 months. Gums are sore, tender, and sometimes irritable until the age of 3. Rubbing sore gums gently with a clean finger, the back of a cold spoon, or a cold, wet cloth helps soothe the gums. Teething rings work well, but avoid teething biscuits—they contain sugar that is not good for baby teeth.
While your baby is teething, it is important to monitor the teeth for signs of baby bottle decay. Examine the teeth, especially on the inside or the tongue side, every two weeks for dull spots (whiter than the tooth surface) or lines. A bottle containing anything other than water and left in an infant’s mouth while sleeping can cause decay. This happens because sugar in the liquid mixes with bacteria in dental plaque, forming acids that attack the tooth enamel. Each time a child drinks liquids containing sugar, acids attack the teeth for about 20 minutes. When awake, saliva carries away the liquid. During sleep, the saliva flow significantly decreases and liquids pool around the child’s teeth for long periods, covering the teeth in acids.
Infant’s New Teeth
The primary, or “baby,” teeth play a crucial role in dental development. Without them, a child cannot chew food properly and has difficulty speaking clearly. Primary teeth are vital to development of the jaws and for guiding the permanent (secondary) teeth into place when they replace the primary teeth around age 6.
Since primary teeth guide the permanent teeth into place, infants with missing primary teeth or infants who prematurely lose primary teeth may require a space maintainer, a device used to hold the natural space open. Without a maintainer, the teeth can tilt toward the empty space and cause permanent teeth to come in crooked. Missing teeth should always be mentioned to your family dentist. The way your child cares for his/her primary teeth plays a critical role in how he/she treats the permanent teeth. Children and adults are equally susceptible to plaque and gum problems—hence, the need for regular care and dental check-ups.
A Child’s First Dental Visit
A child’s first dental visit should be scheduled around his/her first birthday. The most important part of the visit is getting to know and becoming comfortable with a doctor and his staff. A pleasant first visit builds trust and helps put the child at ease during future dental visits. If possible, allow the child to sit in a parent’s lap in the exam room. Children should be encouraged to discuss any fears or anxiety they feel.
Why Primary Teeth Are Important
Primary teeth are important for several reasons. Good teeth allow a child to eat and maintain good nutrition. Healthy teeth allow for clear pronunciation and speech habits. The self-image that healthy teeth give a child is immeasurable. Primary teeth also guide eruption of the permanent teeth.
Good Diet and Healthy Teeth
The teeth, bones, and soft tissue of the mouth require a healthy, well-balanced diet. A variety of foods from the five food groups helps minimize (and avoid) cavities and other dental problems. Most snacks that children eat cause cavities, so children should only receive healthy foods like vegetables, low-fat yogurt, and cheeses, which promote strong teeth.
Infant Tooth Eruption
A child’s teeth actually start forming before birth. As early as 4 months of age, the primary or “baby” teeth push through the gums—the lower central incisors are first, then the upper central incisors. The remainder of the 20 primary teeth typically erupt by age 3, but the place and order varies.
Permanent teeth begin eruption around age 6, starting with the first molars and lower central incisors. This process continues until around age 21. Adults have 28 secondary (permanent) teeth—32 including the third molars (wisdom teeth).
Preventing Baby Bottle Tooth Decay
Tooth decay in infants can be minimized or totally prevented by not allowing sleeping infants to breast or bottle-feed. Infants that need a bottle to comfortably fall asleep should be given a water-filled bottle or a pacifier. Our office is dedicated to fighting baby bottle tooth decay. Let us know if you notice any signs of decay or anything unusual in your child’s mouth.