There are a lot of dentists in the Twin Cities, MN, so why should you choose Mark W. Wilhelm, DMD, MSD? Dr. Wilhelm prides himself on treating his patients with a level of care and expertise that is hard to match. As a prosthodontist, Dr. Wilhelm can take your care to a level well beyond that of a general dentist. Here are a few of the reasons we should be your choice for needed cosmetic, restorative, and implant dental care.Read Transcript
The cone beam scanner essentially is—we can't work without it. I've used cone beam, or actually CT technology for almost 30 years. In the old days, I used to have to send patients to a hospital setting, but they were right across the street. Then in, I don't know, 10 years ago thereabouts, I bought my first cone beam machine, and then I'm able to really accurately see what's going on in the patient’s jaws before I even treat the patient so that we're able to get a more accurate diagnosis. Then the patients really enjoy seeing that aspect of the technology, because it's a relationship business so I share with them the treatment planning aspect, if they're interested, of course.
Then, I guess they kind of like that. Other than that, I mean, technology is here for us to use. There's a lot of digital methods that we incorporate today in fabricating restorations. Patients are kind of interested in that, and I think I just explain things really well. I mean, not everyone wants to know, but if people are interested, I like to explain things. It's just part of that relationship building thing, so that they feel they're a part of the process and then in the end, they have ownership in it.
Dental technology is a big part of why we are able to offer such effective and efficient treatment for our patients. From the digital X-rays that give us a better picture of what is going on inside your mouth, to our ability to make combo-treatment face masks for sleep apnea treatment (we’re the only provider in the state that offers this), we use dental technology to give you the highest level of dental care we can. That doesn’t mean we’ll substitute new but unproven dental techniques for trusted techniques. Everything we do has a proven track record of effectiveness. Your dental care is not an area where we will take chances with unreliable treatments.
Sedation and Patient Comfort
Keeping you comfortable and relaxed during your time with us is a priority for Dr. Wilhelm and his staff. To help you relax, we offer pillows and blankets. We also have movies and music to help you zone out and unwind during your treatment. For those who need a little help getting comfortable, we offer two levels of dental sedation. Oral sedation for those who need a little more than what local anesthetic or Novacaine can provide, and IV conscious sedation for patients who need to have the treatment done but don’t want to know what’s going on. Whatever you need to get the treatment done without pain or fear, we can help.
Excellence in Diagnostics and TreatmentRead Transcript
The basis for what I do is evaluating risk, and if we want to look at the cause of a problem—I mean, people will come in with—in my case, they have major problems, so I want to look at—rather than jump into treatment solutions, I want to look at the cause. Once I can get somebody to understand the cause of their problem, they can understand, perhaps, different options for treatment, because the treatment options that are available are confusing: there are many.
I have to get to know the person personally really well, and then find out what their mouth has, as far as risk. Risk would mean something that needs immediate care, and there might be aspects of their oral health that don't need any care. We don't need to fix things that are not broken. We're just going to focus on the things that are really at risk of having future problems.
My philosophy is that in the end, while things may cost more in the beginning, it'll last longer in the end so that somebody would spend less money over time, which is value. I think patients get great value in having the treatment done here. Being a consumer myself, we all shop for things. Some things I may want to get just bare bones, basic, cheap, and I can offer some of those services to people because that's really all they might need; that’s what's best for them at the moment. And then sometimes, we want something. We know we're going to spend some money, and I don't mind spending a little extra money if I know it's going to last.
Then you're comfortable, and then it ought to last. We also stand by what we do so that if anybody has issues, they come back, there's no questions asked, we just go ahead and fix it. Sometimes I will redo work because it's faster and easier to just fix it and redo it than it is to try to describe what's wrong with it when really it needs to be fixed anyway.
The only way we can treat you effectively is if we diagnose you correctly, and our efficiency is determined by doing that quickly. We here at Mark W. Wilhelm, DMD, MSD, take pride in making sure that you are diagnosed correctly the first time. Your time is valuable, and the last thing we want to do is waste your time and money treating problems that don’t exist. You can trust that Dr. Wilhelm will not “sell” you dental care or recommend anything you don’t need. If you have been referred to our specialty practice, Dr. Wilhelm will work with your general dentist to provide you with the best care possible.