Restorative Dentistry Rebuilds Strong Teeth for Chaska Residents
At White Oak Dental, we will always strive to help you avoid the need for restorative care over the years, but patients can rest assured that Dr. Mark Stapleton’s training and expertise will serve them well should these troubling issues arise. Over the years, our team has handled the treatment of minor cavities, extensive full-mouth rehabilitation cases, and plenty of situations that fall somewhere in between, helping struggling people of all ages regain both strong, capable smiles and a higher quality of life. Please contact our Chaska, MN office today to schedule your first appointment.
Dental Crowns & Bridges
When one or more teeth have suffered significant damage or decay, a custom restoration is often needed to rebuild their natural shape and strength. Dr. Stapleton can design the ideal dental crown and/or bridge to restore your smile to its previous state and enhance its function and appearance.
Instead of traditional amalgam (silver fillings), our team is proud to offer tooth-colored fillings as a much-improved alternative for treating cavities and small cracks and fractures. This restorative solution is composed of composite resin, which offers many shades that can be precisely matched with your natural tooth enamel. Once the material has been sculpted into place by Dr. Stapleton, it’s likely that patients won’t even be able to distinguish it from the rest of their smile.
Tooth-colored fillings are also much more flexible and conservative than their traditional counterparts. Because they form a direct bond to the tooth, our team is able to preserve more healthy dental structure overall, creating stronger, healthier results that will serve patients well over the years. The lack of metals also means that oral sensitivity to significant changes in temperature will be greatly reduced. In addition, the tooth will not look gray due to the show through effect of the darker amalgam. Our goal here in Chaska is to provide satisfying, long-term results that our patients can count on.
Full & Partial Dentures
Dentures have been around for hundreds of years now, providing patients suffering from extensive tooth loss with the reliable and cost-effective replacement they need to eat, speak, and smile confidently once more. At White Oak Dental, we take our time to ensure that your new prosthetic is as customized and comfortable as it can possibly be – we want you to be able to rely on it for years to come.
Dr. Stapleton offers multiple denture options, including full appliances (which are designed to replace an entire arch of teeth, either on the top or the bottom) and partial appliances (which are designed to replace certain missing teeth while leaving the remaining natural teeth in place). Both of these options are removable in nature, which means the denture can be cleaned separately and stored during sleep; many patients prefer this convenience. Alternatively, those in need of greater permanence and stability may want to pursue implant-retained dentures. We will work with you to determine the option that best fits your personal needs and goals.
Root Canal Therapy
Many patients shiver at the mention of “root canal therapy,” but this procedure is actually a highly successful solution to treating advanced tooth infection that may have otherwise resulted in extraction. Dr. Stapleton carefully accesses the inner chamber of the tooth, removing diseased pulp and cleaning the area as thoroughly as possible before sealing it shut. A custom restoration (such as a crown or filling) placed on top helps protect the treated tooth and restores its natural shape as well.
Our goal is to prevent tooth extraction from ever becoming a necessity for patients from Waconia, MN and surrounding areas, but the presence of advanced tooth decay, periodontal disease, or a traumatic injury may require this procedure in the end. We will ensure your comfort throughout every stage of treatment, and Dr. Stapleton will start working with you right away to not only decide on a suitable replacement for the lost tooth/teeth, but also help determine what the underlying cause behind its loss was so that it doesn’t have to be repeated.
Nitrous Oxide Sedation
Also known as “laughing gas,” nitrous oxide is a highly safe sedation method that’s perfect for patients who need a little extra help feeling genuinely relaxed in the treatment chair. It’s administered through a mask that fits over the nose, and within minutes of breathing it in, a calmer, more comfortable atmosphere should fall over you. The biggest benefit of this technique is that the effects also wear off just as quickly as they begin; this means there’s virtually no recovery time needed for busy patients who would prefer to return to work right away after their appointment.