Located in Mound and Chaska, our offices have our offices have been serving people of all ages for over a decade. With our long-standing experience, we understand that a trip to the dentist can be intimidating, but it doesn’t have to be! To make your visit as stress-free as possible, we offer compassionate care because we love to see you smile!
Education: We will pass our knowledge on to you so that you can make a well-informed decision for your specific needs. This take-home information includes preventative hygiene methods that will keep you smiling for years to come.
Empowerment: It is important to us to give our patients the confidence they need to maintain their daily routines for a healthy mind and body. Keeping a schedule with our dental office is a solid way to stop a problem before it happens!
Convenience: We accept many forms of insurance and offer payment plans to give you affordable options for your care. With early-morning scheduling, you can get back to your busy day without any hiccups.
We want to invite you into our comfortable, relaxed space for optimal care because it is our priority to help you feel safe and comfortable enough to stick to your maintenance schedule. Our experienced physicians and staff will work with you on your individual needs, so you know that you’re in good hands!
By maintaining a schedule with our dentists for cleanings and check-ups, you are setting yourself up for dental success. Prevention and early detection can stop a problem while it’s small, saving you time and money on more extensive treatments such as root canals or tooth extractions.
From my very 1st visit, Dr Stephanie Miner and staff were so friendly and helpful with answering every question I had and totally made me feel at ease. I would highly recommend them to everyone I know!
- Diane N.
Your first appointment with us includes a comprehensive evaluation of your current oral health. This means that we will often do:
From this, our doctor will create a treatment plan that addresses your specific needs. Our goal is to identify any possible risks to your health and manage them.
We will also provide a standard cleaning, which is the process of removing any plaque or tartar buildup in addition to polishing your teeth. If we discover anything urgent such as a dental disease or broken tooth, we will do everything in our power to resolve it right away. Your health and well-being are our utmost priority!
That yellow build-up on your teeth is known as plaque. It contains bacteria that feed on the food and drinks that you consume throughout the day, and that bacteria will also attack your teeth and gums. The damage they do can be permanent, which is why daily at-home care is so important.
If plaque is allowed to sit on your teeth and gums for over 24 hours, it begins to harden into what is known as tartar. Tartar then bonds strongly to the tooth’s enamel and a member of our staff will need to remove it. There is a greater risk for tartar if you have braces, dry mouth, crowded teeth, or if you smoke.
Plaque and tartar will eventually eat away the tooth’s enamel and create a cavity. Cavities are one of the most common issues that affect people of all ages.
They can create bad breath, bleeding gums, swelling, toothaches, or tooth sensitivity. Dental checkups at West Lakes Dentistry can catch them before it becomes serious. If left untreated, cavities will turn into more serious issues that require a root canal or removal of the tooth entirely.
Depending on the severity of the cavity, our doctor will clean away the bacteria and fill the cavity. Fillings can be made from composite resin, silver amalgam, or gold. These days, technology allows us to perfectly match the tone of your tooth, leaving no visible filling behind.
This condition is most commonly caused by the buildup of plaque and tartar which then attacks the gumline. Irritation, inflammation, and bleeding are all signs of periodontal disease. Gum disease can be caused by a bacterial, viral, or fungal infection. Even foreign bodies such as dentures may lead to gum line lesions.
Prevention is key, and here’s what you can do at home to help:
Tooth and jaw pain can range from just an annoyance to excruciatingly painful. There are several causes for such pain, all with available treatment methods:
Tooth Damage: Teeth that are chipped or broken, and damaged fillings, crowns, or bridges.
Tooth Decay: Cavities, abscesses, and periodontal disease are the most common cause of toothaches.
Gum Disease: Redness and swelling of the gums can also contribute to tooth pain.
There are even non-dental causes of toothaches!
Whatever the cause of your toothache, our dentists will get to the bottom of it and provide the right treatment to get your tooth feeling better than ever!
The most common types of mouth sores are canker sores, cold sores, cuts or burns, or even allergies. They often clear up on their own within 1 to 2 weeks. However, more serious causes could be linked to cancer or celiac disease and should be seen by a dental professional.
To mitigate discomfort and help the healing process you should:
Our dentists may prescribe pain medication, anti-inflammatories, or a steroid gel. If the mouth sores are caused by a viral, bacterial, or fungal infection, we will provide you with the appropriate prescription to treat them.
Regular, 6-month checkups and cleanings can prevent more serious conditions from happening. However, if you experience any of the following common ailments, you should seek dental consultation. Our staff can assist you with any questions you may have.
To keep your teeth happy and healthy, you should practice good oral hygiene daily.
Helmets: High-impact sports such as skating, hockey, biking, or football pose a great risk to your head and mouth. A correctly fitted helmet will significantly reduce your chance of a serious injury.
Mouth Guards: The safest piece of equipment you can use for your teeth is a mouth guard. We recommend choosing our custom-made sports mouthguards to protect your smile! We offer discounted student prices, so be sure to check these out!
People of all ages should see a dental professional! For children, the recommended age is 12 months or 6 months after their first tooth appears. Their first exam will cover your child’s overall health, growth, and development to make sure they’re on the right track.
Persistent bad breath, known as halitosis, may be a warning sign of gum disease or even more serious illnesses including gastric reflux, kidney or liver disease, and even diabetes.
You should be visiting our office during your pregnancy. Hormone changes in the body can greatly affect your oral health with a greater risk of tooth decay and a common condition known as “pregnancy gingivitis.” This is an inflammation of the gums that causes swelling and tenderness.
We understand that a trip to the dentist isn’t always thrilling, but we make it our mission to ensure a warm, welcoming environment that offers a unique experience to each of our patients. A beverage counter, children’s play area, and free wifi are just a few of the amenities we offer when you visit us.
Our services include:
If you have any questions or would like to schedule an appointment at one of our offices, give us a call today! As we like to say; Be happy, be healthy, be you!