Wood Park Dental
Dr. Jon Skare

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

How can we help you?

Achieving and maintaining excellent oral health isn’t difficult, but it is a team effort. You do your part at home with consistent brushing and flossing, a healthy diet, and dental exams and cleanings twice a year.

At Wood Park Dental, we back up your efforts by providing personalized dentistry customized for your needs. We appreciate your questions because it helps us understand what your concerns are and how we can best help you address them.

If you ever have a question, please don’t hesitate to contact us. A friendly, knowledgeable member of our dental team is always available to take your call and find the answers you need.

Here are a few questions our patients ask most often. If you have others you don’t see here, please call us at (952) 431-5088 or send us an email using our convenient online contact form.

Other

Your insurance is a benefit, and the team at Wood Park Dental will do all that we can to maximize it. But we don’t want your insurance company to dictate the most appropriate care for you. Our goal is to provide the safest, highest quality standard of care, and that may mean recommending a dental service not covered by your insurance. Sometimes we have to do what is right for you and not let the insurance company stand between you and the appropriate dental care.

We can assure you that we are here to make the recommendations that support your excellent oral health. You are part of the decision-making process every step of the way. If we feel that we can provide the best patient care by providing a procedure that’s outside of what your insurance company dictates, we’ll tell you exactly why. Of course, the final decision is always yours, and we will support you in it.

Currently, we work with the following dental insurances at our Eagan, MN dental office:

  • Aetna
  • BCBS
  • Cigna
  • Delta Dental
  • GEHA
  • Guardian
  • Health Partners
  • MetLife
  • Premier Dental Group
  • United Concordia

We also accept CareCredit, which is an interest-free third-party financing option. You can use it as a credit card for healthcare expenses like dental, vision, dermatology, and more. If you’re interested, ask a member of our dental team who will be happy to help you.

Please call Wood Park Dental in 55122 if you have any questions about dental insurance. We’re here to find the answers you need!

CEREC Same-Visit Dental Crowns, Veneers, Inlays, and Onlays

If Dr. Skare told you that you need a dental crown or filling, it’s in your best interest not to delay treatment. Your tooth is already decayed or damaged in some way, and waiting can result in further breakage or fracturing. If the damage leaves the tooth exposed, you also run the risk of developing a cavity in addition to any existing dental damage.

Placing dental crowns and fillings at our Eagan, MN dental office is a straightforward process that Dr. Skare performs every day. If you have fillings, you know that we can easily complete the process in one appointment. But many patients are surprised to learn that we can customize dental crowns, bridges, inlays, and onlays during a single appointment using state-of-the-art CEREC technology.

Whether you’re getting a CEREC dental crown or filling, we’ll make sure your mouth is numb before we begin. You won’t feel anything other than some slight pressure, so you don’t have to worry that you’ll be uncomfortable. Our dental team makes your comfort a priority in every way, and if there’s anything we can do to improve your experience, please don’t hesitate to let us know.

If you want to repair a decayed, damaged, or broken tooth in Eagan, MN, please call us so we can schedule a dental appointment to get started.

Dentistry is ever-evolving, and someday dental restorations like crowns and fillings that last forever might be a reality. Even though we’re not there yet, Dr. Skare designs and fabricates durable dental crowns and fillings at our Eagan, MN dental practice that stand up beautifully to routine wear and tear.

With meticulous dental care, dental fillings last at least five years and dental crowns can last as many as 15 years, and sometimes even longer. The longevity of any dental restoration, however, depends on how well you take care of your teeth.

While your dental crown itself won’t get a cavity, the tooth beneath it can. This puts your oral health and your dental restoration at risk. Brushing twice a day and flossing once are essential, as are routine dental appointments for exams and teeth cleanings. Teeth grinding or bruxism also puts excessive force on your dental restorations, but we can customize a night guard that protects your dental work while you sleep.

Getting a filling or dental crown in Eagan, MN is an investment in your oral health, and protecting them is just good common sense. Brush and floss diligently at home, and don’t hesitate to ask our dental hygiene team for helpful tips. Scheduling dental exams and cleanings at least twice a year helps maintain excellent oral health and allows Dr. Skare to check your restorations to make sure they’re in good condition.

Nothing lasts forever, and that includes dental crowns and tooth fillings. But we can help you protect your oral health so your dental restoration will provide you years of service.

Please call Wood Park Dental in 55122 to schedule your next dental exam and teeth cleaning.

At Wood Park Dental, we love seeing how advancing dental technology is continually improving. Changing and improving your smile is a significant investment, so it makes sense that patients in Eagan, MN want to research and determine what the right solutions for their smile flaws might be. 

CEREC dental crowns revolutionize how dentists across America look at dental crowns. There are multiple advantages to this dental procedure, which explains why it is a popular and standard dental procedure. 

What Are CEREC Crowns in Eagan, MN? 

CEREC dental crowns repair and restore weakened or damaged teeth. They are hand-crafted from high-quality and durable ceramic dental material. CEREC dental crowns are generally more durable and more reliable than traditional tooth crowns.

CEREC stands for Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics. This means that CEREC dental crowns are fashioned from the best in ceramic material and look incredibly natural. 

CEREC dental crowns in Eagan, MN have many benefits, including:

  • Quicker than traditional dentures, they can often be completed in one dental visit and usually do not require a follow-up visit
  • They are often made the same day
  • CEREC dental crowns are a permanent dental restoration
  • CEREC crowns typically last many years, especially if maintained well
  • Protecting your damaged tooth with durable CEREC crowns can save you money and time in the long run
  • Because CEREC crowns use digital imaging to create a 3-D impression of your tooth, which allows your dentist at Wood Park Dental to be incredibly precise 

Take Advantage of the Benefits of Modern Dental Technology

Dr. Jon Skare and his wonderful dental team are excited about using advanced dental technology to make their patient's lives easier. Call us today at Wood Park Dental in Eagan, MN to schedule your CEREC appointment with us. 

When you get a dental crown or filling at Wood Park Dental in Eagan, MN, we need to remove the decayed or fractured tooth structure first. Dr. Skare cleans away the decay and fills the space with filling material. Depending on how deep the decay is, this process may cause trauma to the nerve that results in sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures.

Dental Filling Shades | Dentist Eagan MNDental Fillings in Eagan, MN

The hard outer layers of a healthy tooth protect the nerve from exposure. However, a deep dental filling that gets close to the nerve endings can lead to irritation and sensitivity. The nerve heals over several days or weeks, and as it does, the sensitivity should go away. In fact, once the nerve heals, you shouldn’t notice any difference between a filled or crowned tooth and your other teeth.

In some cases, tooth sensitivity after dental work may be related to your dental bite. After Dr. Skare places a crown or filling on a tooth, he checks to make sure you’re biting down evenly on both sides. It’s also common to experience some sensitivity when you bite down on new dental work, but this should correct itself within a few weeks.

Some sensitivity is normal and should resolve itself. But if you’re experiencing severe sensitivity or have other concerns, call our Eagan, MN dental office and let us know what’s going on. We don’t want you to be uncomfortable, and the solution may be as easy as smoothing out a high spot on your dental restoration.

Cosmetic Dentistry

You take care of your smile, brushing and flossing twice daily and visiting your dentist regularly. Yet, you are unhappy with the appearance of your teeth. This is common, but we can help! And we have treatments to fit most budgets.

At Wood Park Dental, we offer a variety of cosmetic dental services to help you realize your best smile.

Cosmetic Dentistry in Eagan, MN Close up of a bright, straight smile | Cosmetic Dentist Eagan MN

Our cosmetic dentistry options in Eagan include:

  • Professional teeth whitening
  • Porcelain veneers
  • Tooth-colored restorations
  • Bonding
  • Same-day crowns

Your cosmetic dentist in Eagan, MN understands that your smile makes the first impression. And a smile that you’re happy with helps you feel confident.

It all starts with a consultation in our dental office. Your dentist examines your teeth and gums—takes x-rays if there are no relevant films are on file—and talks to you about your smile goals. Together, you will decide if specific options address your smile desires as well.

If cosmetic dentistry is deemed a safe option for you, your dentist schedules your cosmetic work. And we will keep you comfortable through these treatments and procedures.

Schedule A Cosmetic Consultation in 55122

If you would like to schedule a smile consultation in our Eagan, MN dental office, contact a friendly team member today to get started.

Dental Crowns and Bridges

If Dr. Skare told you that you need a dental crown or filling, it’s in your best interest not to delay treatment. Your tooth is already decayed or damaged in some way, and waiting can result in further breakage or fracturing. If the damage leaves the tooth exposed, you also run the risk of developing a cavity in addition to any existing dental damage.

Placing dental crowns and fillings at our Eagan, MN dental office is a straightforward process that Dr. Skare performs every day. If you have fillings, you know that we can easily complete the process in one appointment. But many patients are surprised to learn that we can customize dental crowns, bridges, inlays, and onlays during a single appointment using state-of-the-art CEREC technology.

Whether you’re getting a CEREC dental crown or filling, we’ll make sure your mouth is numb before we begin. You won’t feel anything other than some slight pressure, so you don’t have to worry that you’ll be uncomfortable. Our dental team makes your comfort a priority in every way, and if there’s anything we can do to improve your experience, please don’t hesitate to let us know.

If you want to repair a decayed, damaged, or broken tooth in Eagan, MN, please call us so we can schedule a dental appointment to get started.

Dentistry is ever-evolving, and someday dental restorations like crowns and fillings that last forever might be a reality. Even though we’re not there yet, Dr. Skare designs and fabricates durable dental crowns and fillings at our Eagan, MN dental practice that stand up beautifully to routine wear and tear.

With meticulous dental care, dental fillings last at least five years and dental crowns can last as many as 15 years, and sometimes even longer. The longevity of any dental restoration, however, depends on how well you take care of your teeth.

While your dental crown itself won’t get a cavity, the tooth beneath it can. This puts your oral health and your dental restoration at risk. Brushing twice a day and flossing once are essential, as are routine dental appointments for exams and teeth cleanings. Teeth grinding or bruxism also puts excessive force on your dental restorations, but we can customize a night guard that protects your dental work while you sleep.

Getting a filling or dental crown in Eagan, MN is an investment in your oral health, and protecting them is just good common sense. Brush and floss diligently at home, and don’t hesitate to ask our dental hygiene team for helpful tips. Scheduling dental exams and cleanings at least twice a year helps maintain excellent oral health and allows Dr. Skare to check your restorations to make sure they’re in good condition.

Nothing lasts forever, and that includes dental crowns and tooth fillings. But we can help you protect your oral health so your dental restoration will provide you years of service.

Please call Wood Park Dental in 55122 to schedule your next dental exam and teeth cleaning.

When you get a dental crown or filling at Wood Park Dental in Eagan, MN, we need to remove the decayed or fractured tooth structure first. Dr. Skare cleans away the decay and fills the space with filling material. Depending on how deep the decay is, this process may cause trauma to the nerve that results in sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures.

Dental Filling Shades | Dentist Eagan MNDental Fillings in Eagan, MN

The hard outer layers of a healthy tooth protect the nerve from exposure. However, a deep dental filling that gets close to the nerve endings can lead to irritation and sensitivity. The nerve heals over several days or weeks, and as it does, the sensitivity should go away. In fact, once the nerve heals, you shouldn’t notice any difference between a filled or crowned tooth and your other teeth.

In some cases, tooth sensitivity after dental work may be related to your dental bite. After Dr. Skare places a crown or filling on a tooth, he checks to make sure you’re biting down evenly on both sides. It’s also common to experience some sensitivity when you bite down on new dental work, but this should correct itself within a few weeks.

Some sensitivity is normal and should resolve itself. But if you’re experiencing severe sensitivity or have other concerns, call our Eagan, MN dental office and let us know what’s going on. We don’t want you to be uncomfortable, and the solution may be as easy as smoothing out a high spot on your dental restoration.

Dental Implants

Graphic of dental implant on bottom teeth | Dental Implants Eagan MNWhen performed by a trained and experienced dentist like Dr. Jon Skare at Wood Park Dental in in Eagan, MN, getting dental implants does not hurt. You may experience some soreness in the days following your procedure, but most patients report little to no discomfort. Many say that it's far more comfortable than having a tooth pulled.

Procedure for Dental Implants in Eagan, MN 

Before we begin, we’ll numb the area so you don’t feel anything. Most patients don’t need sedation, but if you’re feeling anxious, Dr. Skare may be able to prescribe a sedative to help you relax.

Pre-planning placement of your dental implant using 3-D cone beam technology tells Dr. Skare exactly where and how to position your implant. The process is easy and efficient because there’s no guesswork, and we can ensure the best possible outcome.

After dental implant placement at Wood Park Dental, many of our patients return to work with no lingering discomfort. If you have sedation, however, you will need someone to drive you to and from your appointment, and you should plan to take it easy for the rest of the day.

If you’re looking for an experienced dental implants dentist in Eagan, MN, please call Wood Park Dental and schedule an appointment with at our 55122 office to get started.

Digital X-Rays

At Wood Park Dental in 55122, your safety matters to us, and we understand that you want to minimize your exposure to radiation. For this reason, we utilize digital dental x-rays that produce significantly less radiation than film x-rays used in the past. Some estimates say this technology can minimize your exposure by as much as 80 percent.

While we take all your concerns to heart, we want you to understand how invaluable dental x-rays are and why we recommend them. Most dental issues begin inside your teeth or under your gums where we can’t see them during a visual exam. We wouldn’t be doing our job as dentists if we didn’t take x-rays to diagnose problems accurately and provide the safest, most appropriate dental treatment.

Digital x-rays can also help you save money on dental costs. Using digital imaging lets us see deep inside your tooth and detect even the tiniest cavities. Filling a cavity when it’s small is much easier and less expensive than waiting until it spreads and requires a dental crown or root canal to fix.

Contact Our Eagan Dentist Office Today!

If you ever have concerns about the safety of x-rays, please don’t hesitate to let us know. Dr. Skare will explain why he recommends a particular dental x-ray and how it will benefit your oral health.

Please call us if to schedule if it’s time for your next dental exam and cleaning at our Eagan, MN dental office.

Emergency Dentistry

Our Eagan, MN dentist never wants a patient to suffer alone through a painful dental emergency, compromising their oral health in the meantime.

At Wood Park Dental, we work hard to treat dental emergencies as soon as possible, offering same-day treatment during office hours. The goal is always to restore your comfort and make sure your oral health is not in jeopardy.

Dental emergencies may include but are not limited to:

  • Toothache
  • Jaw pain and swelling
  • Blister on the gum
  • Broken tooth or restoration
  • Tooth or restoration knocked out or loosened
  • Soft tissue trauma

Of course, there can be other dental emergencies. If ever you’re in doubt, contact a member of our team for an assessment. We can also provide tips to help you avoid future dental emergencies:

  • Brush and floss at least two times every day.
  • Visit your dentist regularly for dental exams and teeth cleanings
  • If you wear a nightguard for bruxism, make sure not to skip any nights
  • If you play sports, don’t forget your mouthguard
  • Always contact your dentist in Eagan if you notice oral health changes like tooth sensitivity

Contact Us for Dental Emergencies in Eagan

If you have a dental emergency, or if you’re unsure, contact Wood Park Dental in Eagan, MN. If you have not been to the dentist in a while, schedule your exam and teeth cleaning today.

Full & Partial Dentures

If you’ve decided to replace missing teeth, congratulations. Not only are you upping your self-esteem and encouraging a more diverse diet, but you are also contributing to improved oral health.

Dentures have a proud tradition of restoring smiles and bite function, and your dentist in Eagan, MN has served many satisfied patients with this prosthetic.

In our 55122 dental office, we offer full and partial dentures. We also work with those new to tooth replacement and those who are looking to switch to a better fitting and a better-looking appliance.

Our partial dentures work with partial tooth loss—meaning prosthetic teeth situated on an appliance to Sets of full and partial dentures in 55122 MNfill in for what is missing. Partial dentures depend on healthy, remaining teeth and clips for stability.

Our full dentures fill in for complete tooth loss, relying on suction, gravity, and the natural ridges of your jaw for anchoring.

At Wood Park Dental, we customize your dentures to fit your mouth, and our dentist makes all final adjustments to ensure that your prosthetic fits and complements your mouth and your face. We want your tooth replacement to function as it should, but we also want you to have a beautiful smile that you can be proud of.

Contact Wood Park Dental for Dentures in 55122

Reach out to our Eagan, MN dentist office today to schedule your denture consultation, and ask our dentist about implant-supported dentures!

At Wood Park Dental, we customize your dentures and partial dentures to fit the contours of your gums, but over time your jawbone will recede, leaving you with slippage or a denture that doesn’t fit as snug as it used to. You will find yourself applying adhesives throughout the day, or scheduling relines with your dentist in Eagan, MN. This is probably the most common reason to replace your denture.

Of course, there are other reasons to consider replacement as well.

If you feel that your current denture does not look natural or it doesn’t function as it should, you might consider an upgrade to our quality dentures in Eagan. You want a denture that looks natural and works with your diet—or you want the freedom to chew a variety of foods and look good doing it!

If your denture has broken or cracked and you’ve had it repaired, you should consider a replacement if the break recurs, especially if the denture is older and showing signs of wear. You don’t want the significant break to come during a family dinner or at work.

Are You Looking for Dentures in 55122?

Schedule your consultation at Wood Park Dental for a quality replacement denture today, and remember to talk to our dentist about implant-supported dentures as well—same great look but with added stability.

General Dentistry

Cavities, or tooth decay, happen when your enamel wears down, and bacteria are allowed to enter the inner tooth and infect the nerves and pulp.

Plaque build-up and certain (sugary and starchy) foods are the biggest culprits in eating your sensitive enamel, exposing the tooth to decay. Once the enamel wears thin, bacteria can easily infiltrate and create chaos and cavities. 

Signs of Cavities That Are Easy to SpotWoman smiling during dental exam in 55122 | Dental Cleanings Eagan MN

We always love seeing and getting to know our patients, but the main reason we ask to see them every six months or sooner is so we can detect cavities during a routine exam. We may need to use digital x-rays to look for hard-to-see cavities and diagnose tooth decay.

Cavities can form anywhere, no matter where the tooth is in your mouth. 

Look for the following signs to determine if you might have tooth decay:

  • Unusual stains or discoloration on your tooth
  • Sudden sensitivity to hot or cold foods or beverages
  • Swollen or bleeding gums
  • Sensitivity to sugary food or sodas
  • Tooth pain
  • Holes in the tooth
  • Consistent bad breath
  • Unpleasant taste in the mouth

The truth is, many oral health problems don't present any symptoms at all. The only way Eagan, MN patients can truly feel secure knowing their oral health is excellent is by attending regular dental cleanings and exams in Eagan, MN.

Schedule Your Dental Cleaning in Eagan, MN!

Whether it's been a while since your last appointment or you have a dental problem you're worried about, we are here for you at your family dentist office in 55122. Contact Wood Park Dental today to schedule your next exam and dental cleaning!

At Wood Park Dental, we know our Eagan parents are eager to develop a healthy oral routine for their little ones.  

Our children's dentists in Eagan, MN, Dr. Jon Skare and Dr. Marcia Kangas, understand how important it is to prevent a dental issue rather than treat it. Together, we can keep your son's or daughter's smile healthy and free from disease or infection.

Children's Dentistry in Eagan Helps Prevent Bad Habits

Routine dental cleanings:Childrens dentistry patient smiling in a park near Eagan MN

Nothing can beat how good a dental cleaning can keep your child's mouth clean and free of harmful bacteria. During each dental appointment, we can demonstrate proper brushing and flossing techniques. 

Tooth-colored fillings:

Safe, non-toxic dental fillings are used to fill cavities and withstand the pressure of biting and chewing. We match the shade of your child's tooth so they can blend in seamlessly. 

Dental sealants:

Our children's dentists near 55122 use dental sealants to cover pitted and grooved surfaces of your son's or daughter's teeth to keep bacteria and acids away. 

Fluoride Treatments:

Fluoride treatments can help prevent decay and cavities, and it prevents the loss of minerals from the enamel of your child's teeth. 

Preventive Dentistry in 55122 Is the Best Measure

Many of our children's dentistry treatments allow us to prevent scary dental emergencies or significant dental issues. We collaborate with parents to make sure all our children are safe and healthy. Contact our dentist office in Eagan, MN to schedule a children's dentistry exam and cleaning! 

When you get a dental crown or filling at Wood Park Dental in Eagan, MN, we need to remove the decayed or fractured tooth structure first. Dr. Skare cleans away the decay and fills the space with filling material. Depending on how deep the decay is, this process may cause trauma to the nerve that results in sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures.

Dental Filling Shades | Dentist Eagan MNDental Fillings in Eagan, MN

The hard outer layers of a healthy tooth protect the nerve from exposure. However, a deep dental filling that gets close to the nerve endings can lead to irritation and sensitivity. The nerve heals over several days or weeks, and as it does, the sensitivity should go away. In fact, once the nerve heals, you shouldn’t notice any difference between a filled or crowned tooth and your other teeth.

In some cases, tooth sensitivity after dental work may be related to your dental bite. After Dr. Skare places a crown or filling on a tooth, he checks to make sure you’re biting down evenly on both sides. It’s also common to experience some sensitivity when you bite down on new dental work, but this should correct itself within a few weeks.

Some sensitivity is normal and should resolve itself. But if you’re experiencing severe sensitivity or have other concerns, call our Eagan, MN dental office and let us know what’s going on. We don’t want you to be uncomfortable, and the solution may be as easy as smoothing out a high spot on your dental restoration.

Sedation Dentistry

Woman Covering Mouth | Dental Anxiety Treatment Eagan MNHave you ever needed dental treatment, such as a root canal or cavity filling, but felt too anxious to go to the dentist and get the work done? If so, you could benefit from sedation dentistry in Eagan, MN

“Sedation dentistry” is our way of saying that we offer medical options to make your trips to the dentist easier. Our sedation dentistry helps you relax and feel calm during your dental procedures so you can get the treatment you need without having to worry about your fears getting in the way. 

Types of Sedation Dentistry in Eagan, MN 

When you visit us at Wood Park Dental, you can choose between two different types of sedation dentistry: oral sedation via a pill, or nitrous oxide.

Nitrous oxide, or “laughing gas,” is the type of sedation dentistry most people are more familiar with. Laughing gas is odorless and colorless, and our sedation dentist in Eagan, MN administers it right before your dental procedure. The gas helps you feel light and relaxed, and it brings a sense of euphoria and even tingling to your body.

Oral sedation involves you taking a prescription pill that helps you feel sleepy, groggy, and peaceful so you can sit through your dental treatment without any problems.

Neither version of our sedation dentistry will put you fully to sleep. Still, both will help you feel mentally far away from anything that’s happening in the dental chair so that you can avoid needless anxiety and worry. While the effects of laughing gas wear off immediately, oral sedatives will stay in your system for several hours—which means you’ll need a ride home from the dentist, and you should take the rest of the day off.

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