Anthony Skinner, D.D.S.
Nicholas P. Lowe, D.D.S.
Shahir Malek, B.D.S., M.S.D.
Donald Lareau, D.D.S., M.S.
Katherine Smith, D.D.S., M.S.
(952) 935-9009 Saint Louis Park, MN Request An Appointment

Dear Patients,

We hope this letter finds you and your family in good health. We are excited to announce, given executive order 20-51 by Governor Walz, we will be resuming elective dental treatment in our clinic on May 11, 2020. Our community has been through a lot over the last few months, and all of us are looking forward to resuming our normal habits and routines. While many things have changed, one thing has remained the same: our commitment to your safety.

Infection control has always been a top priority for Twin Cities Periodontics as you may have seen during your visits to our office. Our infection control processes have been established to provide your care in both a safe and comfortable manner. Infection control recommendations made by the American Dental Association (ADA), the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) are strictly followed. We also monitor the activities of these agencies so that we are up-to-date on any new rulings or guidance that may be issued. We do this to make sure that our infection control procedures are current and adhere to each agencies’ recommendations.

While we are excited to reopen our doors, there are strict guidelines we must follow for the foreseeable future. You will notice some of these changes when it is time for your next appointment. We made these changes to help protect our patients and staff. For example:

  • Our office will communicate with you beforehand to ask some screening questions. You’ll be asked those same questions again when you are in the office.
  • We are asking all patients to call our clinic upon arrival. We will then instruct you of when it is best to enter the clinic. We will do our best to allow greater time between patients to reduce waiting times for you, as well as to reduce the number of patients in the reception area at any one time.
  • Please wear a mask into the clinic if possible. If you do not have a mask, we will provide one for you.
  • Upon entering the clinic we will be doing additional screening, including taking a temperature and asking further questions.
  • Hand sanitizer will be plentiful throughout our office. We encourage you to use regularly.
  • You may see that our waiting room will no longer offer magazines, coffee, or water since those items are difficult to clean and disinfect.
  • Appointments will be managed to allow for social distancing between patients. That might mean that existing appointments need to be altered or you are offered fewer options for scheduling appointments.
  • Some appointments may be different than usual, particularly dental cleanings. In an effort to minimize dental aerosol, cleanings will be limited to the use of hand scalers. The ultrasonic or Cavitron device will be of limited use or not used at all. We are also unable to polish teeth at the end of the cleaning. Doctor exams will also be limited to those who are experiencing active dental concerns.
  • Due to social distancing, we ask you to avoid bringing family or escorts with you to your appointments unless absolutely necessary. If others do accompany you to your appointment, we ask they wait in their vehicle for the appointment to be complete. Those undergoing sedation will be brought out to their escort through the door on the east side of our building. This way, their driver will not need to enter the clinic. There will be reserved parking there for this purpose.

We truly appreciate your patience and understanding throughout this extraordinary time. We look forward to seeing you again and are happy to answer any questions you may have about the steps we take to keep you, and every patient, safe in our practice.

Thank you for being our patient. We value your trust and loyalty and look forward to welcoming back our patients, neighbors and friends.

Sincerely,

The Team at Twin Cities Periodontics

Welcome

Our goal is to provide you with the highest quality of periodontal and dental implant care in a comfortable, safe and caring manner. We utilize the latest techniques and medications to ensure your comfort.

Attending to your concerns and questions is our number one priority. On your first visit to our office, we will give you a complete examination and then explain everything. We recommend only the most proven techniques. If there are several options for care, the benefits of each will be discussed. All of our doctors attend many hours of continuing education to provide you with the highest standard periodontal and dental implant therapy. We work hard to ensure you will receive the best result. You can depend on us.

If You've Been Referred

patientregistrationIf you have been referred to our office by your general dentist, it is very likely that your periodontal infection has progressed beyond the mild stage. Periodontal disease is responsible for over 75% of all adult tooth loss in the United States.

Please call us at (952) 935-9009 at your earliest convenience.

Dental Implants

If you are considering a dental implant you are in good hands. We have been placing dental implants for more than 20 years and are among the top providers of dental implants in the Twin Cities area.

 

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Patient Reviews

certifiedThe surgery (including shots) was painless.

Dr. Skinner and staff are great. The surgery (including shots) was painless. My gums look great – I haven’t had any pain or complications. I plan to come back to get my other gum grafting done.

certifiedI was actually looking forward for each and every visit 

I also want to add a few comments about my visits to your clinic. Your support staff from Chris in the lobby to the assistants dealing with me were the best I have ever experienced. I was actually looking forward for each and every visit. Thanks to all of them for treating me like a human being. And to you Dr. Skinner, thank you for treating me as a person and expressing interest in my interests. Your professionalism never threatened or intimidated me, but rather gave me trust and confidence in your ability to help me with my problem. I wish all dentists could be like you.

certifiedYou really affected my life.

I can’t tell you how indebted I feel. You really affected my life. I have great input for your skill and patient concern.


Thank you for all of the good care you have given me.

 

certifiedDr. Skinner helped prevent critical health problems.

Dr. Skinner is a special periodontist. He successfully treated my gums and participated in a tooth implant. Not only he was very skilled and professional but he took the time to look at the whole patient and not just the present problem.

That second look made a crucial difference to me. During my first surgery he noted my irregular breathing pattern and suggested that I should be tested for sleep apnea. I was tested and have been using a C-Pac Machine for a year and now have deep, restful sleep. With a history of heart disease in my family that was a very good recommendation.

When I had my implant procedure, Dr. Skinner noticed that there were white flecks on my x-rays. After determining that it was plaque, he called me in Florida to recommend that I have my carotid arteries checked. My ultrasound indicated that I had a 90% blockage in my right artery & the doctor scheduled me for surgery the next week. I had no symptoms and could have easily suffered a stroke.

Both times Dr. Skinner helped prevent critical health problems. As a healthy woman in my 60’s I had no idea that there were underlying issues. I am incredibly thankful to him for my well-being.

 

certifiedI highly recommend them for any procedure at anytime.

I recently had three teeth (gums) repaired with excellent results!! A lot of tissue was cut and moved for this procedure without any problems. It was painless. Drs. Lowe and staff employees were friendly, patient and truly cared for me. I would think they treat all their patients this way.

I highly recommend them for any procedure at anytime. In fact I have two other recessed teeth/gums I may have done now rather than later. Even my dental clinic commented on such a good job done and were impressed.

 

certifiedDr. Malek is an excellent doctor.

Dr. Malek is an excellent doctor. He is skilled, compassionate and professional. I have complete confidence in his care. And welcome my return visits.

I feel confident in the dental services rendered today.

The team of Dr. Malek and dental assistant Stacy was very thorough and caring. The three hour appointment was relatively comfortable. I feel confident in the dental services rendered today, and will return on a regular basis.

certifiedI had the best dental experience.

I had the best dental experience. You didn’t rush me and you took the time to explain all I needed to stay healthy.

Thank you so much.

certified

This procedure will have better long term result as the adjoining teeth will not be impacted as they would with a bridge.

I recently had a dental implant at Twin Cities Periodontics – this was a new dental experience for me. I’ve had the usual apprehensions & concerns.

The procedure was painless as was the aftercare of implant site.

This procedure will have better long term result as the adjoining teeth will not be impacted as they would with a bridge.

You will be given the choice of medication (a pill) which helps you to completely relax & sleep through the procedure – I took the pill and slept through the complete implant – no after effects – it was great.