Dental Checkups for Chaska, MN

The general dentist in Chaska families trust is at Chaska Dental Center.

Dr. Thomas J. Meschke and Dr. Aaron B. Swingdorf recommend you come into our office at least twice each year for a routine checkup. Patients of all ages benefit from these preventive appointments, during which we will check for the early warning signs of issues like gum disease, tooth decay, and even oral cancer. Keep reading to find out why regular preventive care is so important for healthy smiles, then request an appointment with your general dentist in Chaska today!

What Happens During a Routine Checkup?

The particulars of a routine checkup vary based on each patient’s age and unique needs, but the goal remains the same: prevention and early detection.

Adult checkups focus on the health of your teeth and gums. The risk for gum disease rises over age 35. Your dentist will inspect your soft tissues for oral cancer, periodontal disease, and other oral health hazards. We will also look at each tooth in your mouth to assess problems like tooth decay or cracks, as well as old dental work. Sometimes old dental work wears out and needs to be replaced. We replace metal fillings, inlays, onlays, and crowns with tooth-colored alternatives.

A child’s checkup includes looking for cavities, assessing how their permanent teeth are coming in, and evaluating whether or not early intervention orthodontics are necessary. Some issues, like overbite and underbite, are most successfully corrected at a young age. Your children’s dentist in Chaska may also recommend dental sealants or a topical fluoride treatment for added cavity prevention.

How DIAGNOdent Improves Our Care

We use DIAGNOdent laser cavity detection to find cavities in the earliest stages, even before they can be seen with the naked eye (or sometimes even on a regular X-ray). Early detection allows us to provide the most conservative treatment, which saves you time, expense, and possible discomfort later on!

With DIAGNOdent, we can get a digital reading on the strength of your tooth enamel -- which indicates the presence and potential for cavities. Teeth with higher readings should be filled.

By examining your teeth and gums every six months, we can reduce your potential for large dental problems. For instance, a small cavity left untreated can grow to destroy an entire tooth and spread to surrounding teeth. A cracked tooth can cause pain or break off and create additional problems. Advanced gum disease is the primary cause of tooth loss for American adults, and oral cancer causes more than 7,500 deaths each year. Caught and treated early, however, these diseases can be controlled.

When Should Children Visit the Dentist?

Children as young as two should visit the dentist, and by age four or five, a child should attend regular checkups. Even before it’s time for your child’s own appointment, you can feel free to bring them into the office when you come in. It’s never too early to start getting them acclimated to the sights, sounds, and friendly faces of Chaska Dental Center!

Visit Your Family Dentist in Chaska!

When was your last visit to Chaska Dental Center? If you’re letting your regular preventive care slide, it’s time to schedule an appointment. Request an appointment online today!

I brought my daughter, 10 years old, to the clinic yesterday. Was blown away by how east to work with all of the staff. Wendy at the front desk was wonderfully warm and inviting. The hygienist we had, Erin, was wonderful with my daughter. She was very engaging. We had Dr. Swingdorf as our dentist and he was amazing. Talked to my daughter instead of to me, which I LOVE! He addressed all of our concerns and was very approachable. Would recommend them to anyone looking for an outstanding dental clinic!

I want to state how fortunate I am - and I am certain everyone else of Dr. Meschke's patients - to have such an outstanding and most capable person as Dr. Tom Meschke as our dentist. I am certain Dr. Meschke has to be one of the very best dentists in the entire state of Minnesota. He is personable with his patients, he is genuinely interested in correcting and resolving your dental issue. I know he has made a big difference in my dental health from where I started with him about 20 years ago to where I am today which is in positive dental health. There are many good dentists in Minnesota, I am certain, but I do not believe that Dr. Meshke could be ranked below any of them. He is truly the best! - Steve W.

Fantastic dental experience! The office staff have always treated me with respect and care. Dr. Swingdorf is the best dentist I've ever seen. Highly recommend! - Ross N.

Really enjoy coming in, the doctors and the entire staff are more engaged and concerned which makes the atmosphere much more friendly and less transactional. The atmosphere was only one facet that made the experience great, I went for a basic appointment but it felt tailored to my needs more so that with other dentists I've gone to. Would definitely recommend to friends and family - Christopher S.

Life changer for me! I had missing teeth and bone loss for years and Dr. Meschke came up with a plan for implants. I can chew with the right side of my mouth again for the first time in over 10 years! Our family of 9 is lucky to have him for a dentist. Professional, Innovative, Caring, & Affordable. Thanks Dr. Meschke!!! - Scott F.

Dr. Swingdorf, I wanted to thank you and Linda and the rest of Chaska Dental's staff for all your courtesy and care to make sure my dental and overall health continue to be excellent. - Camille

Thank you Dr. Swingdorf for your time and attention when I came in for my 6 month check up. I very much appreciate all you do for my and the health of my dental care. I cannot thank you enough!

The receptionists are helpful and courteous, the hygienists are patient, gentle, knowledgeable and very nice. We've been coming here for years and have no intentions on going anywhere else.

One too many kernels of Kettle Korn at the Twins game this past weekend. I called CDC first thing Monday morning and was in the chair for molar restoration within a half hour. Now that's accommodation. Thank you! Go TWINS!

As much as it is contradictory to say; You make dentist visits/work enjoyable! Thanks again and...I always refer my friends your way for a great dentist!

Tom, Thank you so much for your honesty & integrity. I had no idea of your warranty or even that this tooth had been worked on before or when. This will not go unnoticed in the community. I've already told several people of your honesty and quality of work & will continue to do so. - Luke

Dear Tom, Thank you for your care and concern for me - I appreciate your professional pride in your excellent work - even when you make a patient wait. Thank goodness you did have new caps made. I LOVE MY NEW TEETH. Best wishes to you and your family - you are special. XOXO-Susan

The dental care from Dr. Meschke and his staff is the best I've received in my adult years. They are professional, thorough, and make the experience something to look forward to (which is a hard thing to do, given that it's dental work and generally, not an enjoyable experience).
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Just a note to say a sincere Thank You for the beautiful work you did on my front tooth, the "prettiest" tooth in my mouth. Yes, Betty, my sister-in-law was informed. I'll show it off Saturday at a wedding shower!
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