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Family Dentist in Chanhassen, MN


At Chanhassen Dental, our team offers professional, reliable, and family-friendly dental care in Chanhassen, MN. Our dentists, along with our caring staff, provide each patient with care specific to their individual needs. We are dedicated to providing you and your family the general and cosmetic dental care you need to achieve excellent oral health.

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Appointments

At Chanhassen Dental we value our patients time. When you make an appointment at our office, that time is exclusively reserved for you. If, for some reason you cannot make your appointment, please contact us as soon as possible so that we can reschedule your appointment and offer your time slot to another patient.

Pre Med

If you have artificial joints (Hip, Knee replacement, etc.) or a heart condition please let us know if you need to take an antibiotic for your dental work, we can help remind you when confirming your dental appointments.

Payment Information

We accept cash, personal checks, American Express, Discover, MasterCard, and Visa. We appreciate your full payment, or down payment at the time of services rendered.

Dental Health Insurance

We are happy to file your insurance claims on your behalf, and you will find that we are in network with several dental insurance plans. We understand that dental benefits can be confusing, so our front desk team members are here to help you navigate and maximize your benefits so you can get the treatment you need.

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Patient Forms

We understand that our patients have busy schedules! That is why we offer online patient forms. If you are a new patient to our office please click on New Patient Electronic Registration to fill out your information online, or New Patient Registration Form to print a paper form to fill out. Please bring your insurance card, and forms with you to your first dental appointment at Chanhassen Dental. If you would like us to request records from another office, please click on the Dental Record Release Form. Feel free to email this form to our office (office@chanhassendental.com). We will be happy to contact your previous office for you.
If you are a current patient to our office and would like access to your future appointments, treatment plans, and information on recent visits please click on Patient Account Access to register and access this information. Thank you, we look forward to seeing you!

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How can we help you?

It Hurts When I Bite Down

lf you are experiencing pain or discomfort when eating foods or just biting down, we are here to help you. There are two types of pain you may be experiencing. One is a dull ache, the other is a sharp,
shooting pain.
A dull ache is usually less problematic but may take longer to resolve. Teeth are surrounded by ligaments that attach to the jaw bone. When these ligaments become inflamed, we feel a dull ache.
Inflammation may arise from biting down on something hard, such as ice or a piece of bone, or it may be from clenching or grinding your teeth. If you bit down on something hard, the dull ache will usually resolve on its own after a week or two.
If you feel soreness in your jaw muscles, have headaches in your temple region, sore neck or shoulder muscles you may be clenching or grinding your teeth. This is a very common issue many people
experience and deal with throughout their life. Stress, good or bad, often induces clenching or grinding. When the stressful period is over, the clenching or grinding may stop. However, many people continue to clench or grind their teeth. If this is the case, a nightguard can be made to protect your teeth from fracturing and to relax your jaw muscles. We have several options available to protect your teeth from further damage.
If it feels like a lightning bolt just struck your tooth when you bite down, you may have cracked tooth syndrome. This is a common problem many people experience when they have teeth with older fillings. Over time stress cracks form in our teeth from the normal chewing forces and from the expansion and contraction of older silver fillings. When the stress cracks have gone through the tooth, a sharp pain starts to occur when biting down. Once we have tested and diagnosed the tooth in question, a crown will likely be recommended to correct the problem. Crowns cover and redirect the chewing force away from the crack, thus eliminating the pain.
If you are experiencing either of these types of pain when you bite down, please call our office at 952-934-3383 to schedule an appointment. We will do everything possible to get you in the day you call to diagnose the problem and prescribe a solution.

Why should I go to the dentist regularly?

Your dental health is like taking care of a vehicle. Regular oil changes and maintenance helps keep the car running at peak performance for many years to come. However, not keeping up on maintenance can lead to costly repairs down the road.

Typically we hear patients say, “If it doesn’t hurt, I don’t need treatment,” but many dental issues don’t have symptoms until they’ve reached advanced and more costly stages of the disease process. Regular cleanings and examinations can keep your teeth healthy and strong throughout your life.

How can I get my kids to brush their teeth?

It’s imperative to teach children that brushing their teeth is important to their overall health. In order to do that, you have to make brushing their teeth fun. Parents need to be enthusiastic about their own teeth because children emulate what their parents do.

Why does the dentist take x-rays?

Many diseases of teeth and soft tissue surrounding the tooth are under the surface to where a dentist examination can’t see without the use of X-ray. Some of these issues include, infections in the bone, gum disease, abscesses and cysts, and some types of tumors. Finding these issues in early stages can save time, money, and unnecessary discomfort. We’re happy to answer any additional questions or concerns you might have with X-ray procedures.

What is fluoride and why is it important to dental health?

Fluoride helps your tooth enamel become more resistant to acid from the plaque in your mouth. This plaque bacteria is a major contributor to tooth decay. Luckily, many city water systems include fluoride so just by drinking tap water, you’ll receive the mineral. It’s also found in apples, skim milk, lettuce, and brewed tea.

How long will the results of teeth whitening last?

Teeth whitening is an investment, and the duration of the effects depend on a few factors. For instance, if you smoke, drink red wine or coffee, or eat other acidic foods, your teeth will begin to yellow more quickly. Generally, teeth whitening can last up to a few years, but re-applications can be made to combat natural fading.

I have dentures. Is it necessary for me to still see my dentist?

There is much more to dentistry than just checking teeth. Patients who wear dentures don’t need to worry about tooth decay and the pain associated with that, but they have a different set of warning signs and issues to watch out for. We recommend yearly checkups for our dental patients to check the fit of their dentures or for any mouth sores. During these exams we can also check for oral cancer and perform a neck exam to make sure the fit is ideal and comfortable.

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