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Expert Dental Treatment in Shakopee, MN

At Arhart Dental, we're proud to provide high-quality dental treatment to families and patients of all ages throughout the Shakopee, MN area. Dr. Arhart and our highly trained team of dental specialists work with every patient closely to design a personalized treatment plan that perfectly fits their needs, and we take a comprehensive approach to helping patients achieve a great smile in the long run. We're proud to provide everything from simple examinations to more in-depth procedures like root canals and dental implants, but without a doubt, the bulk of the treatment we provide is in general dental care. We strive to make treatment as convenient as possible, which is why we offer a variety of services to prevent needing to send you to a specialist.

Dental Examination

During a dental examination, we'll thoroughly examine and evaluate your teeth, gums, and other tissues within your mouth to spot any signs of tooth decay, cavities, gum disease, or any other problems. Depending on what conditions we find, we'll create a treatment recommendation to help you achieve a healthy smile. We'll also provide you with detailed instructions for maintaining oral hygiene, which will help you take good care of your teeth in the future. 

Teeth Cleanings

Routine teeth cleanings are a necessary part of your oral hygiene regimen, and you should schedule a professional cleaning with us at least twice a year. These cleanings are necessary in order to clean the areas of your mouth you can't reach with a toothbrush, as well as to remove hardened plaque and calculus that's difficult to clean with a brush. After cleaning your teeth, we'll treat them with fluoride to fortify them before you leave the office. 

Fillings

Fillings are a common dental procedure used to treat cavities. When giving a filling, we'll carefully remove all of the decayed tooth material, disinfect the area, then replace the lost or decayed tooth structure with a strong, biocompatible filler material. We offer a variety of fillings are out office:

  • Silver Amalgam: While this used to be the most common material for fillings, it's fallen out of use due to the prevalence of tooth-colored alternatives.
  • Gold Fillings: Gold fillings are extremely durable and can last upwards of 15 years, but they're also expensive, as gold is a precious metal. 
  • White Fillings: We can also use composite materials to provide a white filling that's color-matched to blend in with your teeth and provide a complete smile. Composite fillings are also very strong and long-lasting, providing a great overall solution. 

Crowns

Crowns are specially-made coverings that fit over an existing tooth. We'll often use crowns to repair and restore teeth that are damaged from cavities, tooth decay, or trauma. We can make crowns from porcelain, acrylic resin, gold, or any combination of these materials. 

Crowns require us to restructure the tooth being treated, and the process usually goes like this:

  1. We'll first numb the tooth then remove any decay and bacteria in the area.
  2. We'll resculpt the remaining healthy tooth structure to fit the crown.
  3. We'll create an impression of your teeth which will help us sculpt your crown accurately.
  4. We'll fit you with a temporary crown before you leave the office, which you'll wear as your permanent crown is being manufactured.
  5. Once we have your permanent crown ready, you'll come in for a second appointment where we'll remove the temporary crown and attach the permanent one.
  6. After making sure the permanent crown looks right, we'll cement it into place.

Bridges

Bridges are similar to crowns, but they're used to fill a gap in a smile left by a missing tooth. Bridges are useful for aesthetic reasons, to repair problems in the bite, and to make sure the entire smile is strong and secure. We're able to offer a variety of bridges at our office:

  • Fixed Bridges: These are the most common form of bridge, consisting of two adjacent crowns and a bridge attached in the middle.
  • Maryland Bridges: These are similar to fixed bridges, but they use tooth-colored metal bands to hold them in place instead of crowns. These are popular for missing front teeth.
  • Cantilever Bridges: These bridges still use crowns, but both crowns are stacked on the same side of the missing tooth. Cantilever bridges are particularly useful for replacing molars. 

Root Canals

While they may be the most infamous procedure in dentistry, root canals actually cause very little discomfort - and in the long run, they prevent pain rather than cause it. A root canal may be necessary if dental decay penetrates into the dental pulp of a tooth, if a tooth suffers multiple traumas or fractures, or if a tooth has undergone multiple dental procedures.

Tooth Extractions

Generally, we try to avoid extractions and opt for other methods instead. However, sometimes they are necessary:

  • A primary tooth is interfering with a permanent tooth's eruption
  • A tooth has suffered extensive decay or major trauma such that it isn't worth repairing
  • Significant gum disease 
  • An impacted tooth (this is common with wisdom teeth) 

If we do decide an extraction is right for you, we may elect to perform it surgically or non-surgicallly depending on your case. No matter what, we'll use a mild anesthetic to keep you comfortable during the procedure.

Contact Your Shakopee, MN Family Dentist

Thankfully, all of these procedures are routine and easy for us to perform. If you have any questions about these procedures or your dental health in general, we're always happy to speak with you. Feel free to call us at 952-445-3349 with any questions or reach out to us at our contact page, or if you'd like to come in for a checkup, just reach out to us using our easy online form. We can't wait to hear from you!