Woodbury Dental Care
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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

How can we help you?

We believe it's important to keep our patients informed about their dental needs and help them play a more active role in their oral health care. Our amazing dental team is knowledgeable and always more than happy to answer your questions about our services, how to keep your teeth and gums healthy, or anything else that's on your mind.

Below are some commonly-asked questions, and we welcome you to contact our Woodbury, MN, dental office if you have any of your own.


Our digital dental x-rays are very safe because they expose our patients to as much as 80 percent less radiation than film x-rays. They are also an invaluable diagnostic tool our dentists use to see areas of your teeth and gums they can’t see with a visual exam, such as cavities inside teeth or between teeth and hidden gum disease.

Dental X-Rays and Preventive Dentistry

Dental x-rays allow us to see these issues in their early stages and treat them as soon as possible. And that’s the goal of prevention—to promptly treat small issues before they worsen and threaten your oral health. When we do, we can help you avoid dental pain and more complex or costly dental procedures in the future.

Also, many patients don’t realize that they are exposed to radiation every time they step outdoors, in the soil, rocks, and atmosphere. The level of radiation to which you are exposed with a dental x-ray is highly controlled, and the benefits to your oral health far outweigh the minimal risks. 

What We Look for with Dental X-Rays

Some issues that our dental team looks for on x-rays are: 

  • Cavities inside and between teeth
  • Tooth decay under existing fillings
  • Jawbone loss
  • Position and condition of teeth
  • Impacted wisdom teeth
  • Root canal abscesses and infections

At Woodbury Dental Care, we only take dental x-rays as needed. If an x-ray is necessary, our team will tell you why, what they can learn, and how it will benefit you.

Call Us to Schedule a Dental Exam

If you have questions about the safety of digital x-rays or would like to schedule your next checkup, please call our Woodbury, MN, dental office so that we can help you.

Woodbury Dental Care accepts dental insurance where you are allowed to choose your dentist. We are in-network with Delta Premier, Health Partners, and Cigna Dental.

We File Your Insurance on Your Behalf

As a courtesy to our patients, we submit all insurance claims, even if they are out of network. However, we aren’t involved with how your insurance handles your claim, the determination they make, and what benefits they pay. Our experienced dental team will do their best to provide an accurate estimate of what your portion of treatment costs, but we cannot guarantee how much your insurance will ultimately pay.

We will file your claim electronically so that your insurance has your claim in hand within days of treatment. Your insurance company is required by law to pay claims within 30 days of receipt. However, if they have not paid after 60 days, you are responsible for the remaining balance.

Enjoy Savings with Our Membership Club

If you are uninsured, we offer our Woodbury Dental Care Private Plan, a savings plan that offers discounts on services and free preventive care and periodontal maintenance.

There are different memberships to fit your needs, including individual and family plans. You join by paying an annual fee and then receive benefits for the next 12 months.

Call Us with Your Dental Insurance Questions

If you have questions about your specific insurance plan or would like to schedule an appointment, please call our Woodbury, MN, dental office at (651) 739-7910.

Your comfort and feelings of safety and well-being are extremely important to us and contribute to a more positive dental experience. Our dental team is very caring and understands that many patients don’t like visiting the dentist because of anxiety or a negative experience in the past.

Comfortable Dentistry in Woodbury, MN

You can be confident that, at Woodbury Dental Care, we will do everything to ensure that you are comfortable. We have helped many nervous patients get past their nervous feelings to become confident about dental visits.

If you have a dental procedure planned, we will first explain what’s involved so that you know what you can expect. We always numb the area we’re treating with a strong local anesthetic first to ensure that the tooth is numb and you won’t feel anything. For further relaxation, we also offer nitrous oxide or “laughing gas” that helps soothe your anxious feelings and allows you to calmly drift through your appointment.

Comfort Amenities

Our caring dental team will offer you a neck pillow and blanket and help you get settled in one of our comfortable ergonomic dental chairs. We also offer headphones and TVs in our treatment rooms to help you take your mind off what's happening around you. After treatment, we'll offer you a warm towel to freshen up.

Schedule Your Next Dental Checkup 

Woodbury Dental Care has been part of our community for over 30 years, and our patients know they can count on us for high-quality, comfortable dentistry. If you have questions or would like to schedule an appointment, please call us, and we will be happy to assist you.

Cosmetic Dentistry

Cosmetic dentistry at Woodbury Dental Care includes aesthetic crowns, fillings, veneers, Invisalign, and teeth whitening to improve your smile’s appearance.

Our dentists understand that our smiles are on display everywhere these days. Whether it’s social media, selfies, or video calls, there’s no hiding cosmetic dental flaws, so ensuring that you always look put together and confident is crucial.

How We Can Improve Your Smile

Big confident smiles attract the best kind of attention, and they start when we correct aesthetic issues like

  • Crooked or crowded teeth
  • Broken, cracked, or chipped teeth
  • Gapped or unevenly spaced teeth
  • Tooth shape or size differences
  • Poorly shaped teeth
  • Stained, discolored, or yellow teeth

If you feel self-conscious about one or more of these flaws bothers you, our cosmetic dentists would love to work with you! Drs. Michael Pelke, Emily Wernberg, Stephanie Wenzel, and David Augustson are committed to helping our patients achieve excellent oral health and understand the power of an attractive, confident smile.

Your Personalized Smile Treatment Plan

We want every person who walks through our doors to have the smile they want. Because you have unique wants, needs, and desires, our dentists will work closely with you to develop a treatment plan to meet them. They will examine your smile, discuss your expectations, and recommend the appropriate treatment to resolve the issues that bother you.

Schedule a Cosmetic Dentistry Appointment

Our cosmetic dentists in Woodbury, MN, would love to meet with you to see how we can help you love your smile. Please call us at (651) 739-7910 to schedule an appointment so we can get started.

Emergency Dental Care

There are all sorts of dental emergencies, from an excruciating toothache to a lost crown or root canal infection. At Woodbury Dental Care, our experienced dentists have the expertise and skill to treat all of them comfortably and efficiently.

Emergency Dental Treatment in Woodbury, MN

Some of the common dental emergencies we treat are:

  • Toothaches
  • Broken teeth
  • Gum inflammation
  • Jaw pain or swelling
  • Dental trauma
  • Lost tooth fillings
  • Lost dental crowns

If you experience any of these situations, call us as soon as possible. We always leave time in our daily schedule, so we can prioritize treatment for patients who are in pain or in imminent danger of losing a tooth.

When you call, a knowledgeable team member will ask about your symptoms to evaluate your needs. They will schedule an appointment based on your needs and provide instructions for handling your emergency until you get to our office. 

We’re Here When You Need Us

Our extended office hours are designed with the needs of our busy patients in mind. Woodbury Dental Care opens at 7 AM on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Fridays, and we stay until 6 PM on Tuesdays.

With these hours, there’s a good chance we can see you when you need us. If it's outside our regular hours, please call our office and listen for prompts to reach an emergency dentist.

Call for Emergency Dentistry in Woodbury, MN

If you need an emergency dentist, please don’t hesitate to call us at (651) 739-7910 so we can help you as soon as possible.

General Dentistry

We love welcoming children of all ages to Woodbury Dental Care! It’s truly a pleasure for us to play a part in helping them have positive experiences that set the stage for a lifetime of excellent oral health. 

We Welcome Children of All Ages!

Our dentists like to see toddlers within six months of getting their first baby tooth or by age one at the latest. Many of us have kids of our own and love getting them excited about taking care of their oral health from an early age. Helping children avoid cavities and gum disease early on also positively impacts their long-term oral health and self-confidence.

We will gently guide your child through the different stages of their dental development and answer all your important questions. Our dental team is very knowledgeable and offers helpful tips for oral hygiene and nutrition so you can help them develop positive habits at home. 

Children’s Exams and Cleanings

Preventive dental exams and cleanings every six months are important for adults but especially crucial for children’s developing smiles. We offer dental sealants and fluoride applications to protect small smiles against cavities.

If we need to fill a tooth or perform other treatments, you can count on us to provide gentle, compassionate care, so your child feels safe and secure with us. 

Is It Time for Your Child’s First Dental Visit?

If your one-year-old is ready for their first dental visit, we would love to welcome them to our Woodbury, MN, dental office! Please call us at (651) 739-7910 to schedule an appointment.


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