Your First Dental Visit in Maple Grove, MN

You’re Welcome Here

When you visit Elm Creek Dental for your first appointment, we want you to feel like an instant member of our office family. Our friendly team will greet you with a smile, and they will assist you with all initial paperwork. Then Dr. Carter will provide you with a complete new patient exam, using the latest technology. This assessment will help him to understand your particular needs and develop a treatment plan just for you.

Your Exam

Dr. Carter uses the latest technology to make your exam efficient, comfortable, and highly accurate. Our advanced tools include:

  • Intraoral camera: This tiny camera is attached to a handheld wand. Despite its small size, the device can project a highly accurate image of individual teeth onto a chairside computer. Using this tool, Dr. Carter can often detect the smallest cracks and the earliest signs of decay.
  • Digital radiography: Digital x-rays, like film x-rays, provide a view of your entire oral structure, as well as individual teeth. However, the advanced computerized images are sharper than film images, and they can be magnified many more times for earlier, more accurate diagnoses.
  • VELscope®: Oral cancer screenings are an important component of our routine exams. Dr. Carter uses the VELscope tool to reveal the smallest lesions that may not be visible to the naked eye.

In addition to the exam, our hygienists will perform a thorough cleaning. For optimal dental health, you should schedule routine cleanings every six months.


At your initial appointment, our office team will also explain your payment options. We accept most major insurance plans, and we also have several flexible financing options. We will assist you in finding a payment schedule that suits your budget.

Schedule an Appointment Today

To speak with Dr. Richard Carter at Elm Creek Dental, or to schedule your next dental appointment, call our Maple Grove, MN, office today at (763) 416-0606. We proudly service the residents of Maple Grove, Brooklyn Park, Rogers, Elk River, Osseo, Otsego, Plymouth, Wayzata, and surrounding communities.