distinctive dental care

Offering exceptional family dentistry in Bloomington, MN.

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Offering exceptional family dentistry in Bloomington, MN.

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Dentistry in Bloomington MN

We offer the highest standard of personalized dental care in Bloomington, MN. State-of-the-art technology and personalized dental care are the hallmarks of Distinctive Dental Care, offering exceptional family dentistry in Bloomington, MN. The practice also focuses on education, making sure patients know and understand exactly what's going on in their mouth.

My Promise:

I love what I do and I believe in treating my patients as a whole, not the individual ailing parts. Informed consent is by far the most important part of my treatment planning. The patient who walks into my office should know about his/her treatment in detail and why the treatment is performed.

To dispel the myth that dentistry is the most dreadful experience, I make it a point to give the utmost importance to patient's comfort and make the dental visit as pleasant as possible with the help of great caring staff.

Each time I receive a referral by my patients, I am reminded of my promise and why I uphold it.

- Dr. Haseen Syed Owner/Dentist & Adjunct Faculty

About Our Dental Clinic in Bloomington MN

Distinctive Dental Care is a family owned dental clinic in Bloomington MN. For us, patients come first and their complete oral health is of utmost priority.

When it comes to health care, the atmosphere too plays a vital role. We have a friendly staff, a clean facility and excellent customer service.


Our philosophy stems from a belief system rooted in patient education.


Hard and Soft tissue surgeries, placed 20 plus implants and performed implant supported dentures.


Dr. Syed has over 15 years of extensive general dentistry experience, varying from pediatric dentistry, oral cancer surgeries and general dentistry.


Laser cavity cutting, soft tissue surgeries, and laser assisted cleaning.

2014 Best Employer:

Recognized as a best employer in Bloomington, MN with ethnically diverse staff. It is a reflection of the diverse community where we are located.

Latest Technology:

We use EHR which increases efficiency and quality outcomes while also allowing timely access to the patients information.

Our Distinctive Dental Care Team

A company is only as strong as the team behind it. We have a team of well experienced dental professionals who make sure to give each patient equal priority and attention while treatment. Meet our team and find out why we're passionate about what we do.

Haseen Syed

Adjunct Faculty University of Minnesota

"Congratulations to Dr. Haseen Syed for completing her studies and becoming fully certified in Dental Implants, Bloomington MN. Our office is now offering this service and would be happy to schedule a complimentary consultation to see if this procedure would be beneficial to you in creating your best smile.”

Our Services

The four most important factors in preventing dental disease are:

1. Brushing and Flossing (Hygiene)
2. Balanced Diet
3. Applying Sealants
4. Fluoride

Fluoride is a key part of the dental health equation. Fluoride has greatly impacted the public in helping to reduce the formation of cavities and subsequently helping people to retain more of their teeth for a longer time.

An integral part of maintaining your teeth for life is the removal of plaque and tarter on a regular basis. The frequency of your visits is based upon your individual needs and oral health. During your visit at our dental clinic in Edina, Bloomington MN, we will update your medical history, perform an oral cancer screening exam, check your teeth for cavities, review oral hygiene instructions, and monitor your periodontal (gum) condition. Fluoride treatments and sealants are recommended for children and for adults when appropriate. Fluoride acts on teeth in two ways:

1. It helps teeth already in the mouth by strengthening tooth structure and limiting bacterial growth. Fluoride is incorporated into the developing teeth to make them less prone to decay.

2. Fluoride is found in toothpaste, rinses and gels, and when applied at the dental office. Fluoride is added to town water supplies and in prescription tablets to help developing teeth. Fluoride tablets are only prescribed by the pediatrician or dentist when the child is not receiving any other ingested fluoride. If too much fluoride is taken internally is can cause the permanent teeth to have a mottled appearance. This is also the reason why only a small amount of toothpaste should be used when brushing children's teeth. With the lose dose of fluoride added to the water supply, the teeth get the maximum benefit with the lowest (almost negligible) chance of altering the appearance of the teeth. 

Sealants are highly effective in preventing decay on the biting surfaces of your chewing teeth. Permanent molars usually have much deeper grooves than on primary molars. These deep grooves usually end up in microscopic fissures that cannot be properly cleaned.Sealants are a flowable composite material, similar to the material used for white or bonded fillings. This material fills in these grooves to keep out the bacteria that causes tooth decay.

Some examples of dental emergencies are evulsed teeth, extruded teeth, broken teeth, a bitten tongue or lip, objects that are caught in the teeth, toothaches, and possible broken jaw.

Knocked out teeth (evulsed teeth :- If your tooth is knocked out you should carefully rinse the tooth with water. You should attempt to place the tooth back in its socket and secure it with a set wrap. If you cannot place the tooth back in its socket, put it in a glass with either saliva or milk. Then you should contact your dentist immediately.

Extruded teeth :- If your tooth is pushed out of place you should reposition it to its normal alignment using very light finger pressure. You should hold the tooth in place with a moist gauze or tissue. Make sure that a dentist sees you within a half an hour.

Biting tongue or lip :- To treat a bitten tongue or lip you should gently clean the area with a cloth and apply cold compresses to reduce swelling. If the bleeding continues, go to the hospital emergency room.

Objects caught in teeth :- If you have an object caught between your teeth you should try to remove it with dental floss gently. Sometimes it helps to double up the floss. Do not attempt to remove the object with a sharp or pointed device. If you still cannot remove the object, see your dentist.

Toothache :-When you have a toothache, you should clean your mouth by rinsing with warm water and remove any food that is trapped between teeth by flossing. Do not apply aspirin on the aching tooth or gum tissues. See your dentist as soon as possible.

Broken jaw :- If there is a possibility that you have a broken jaw, you should not move the jaw. Tie a towel around the jaw and over the top of the jaw to secure it. Apply cold compresses to reduce the swelling. Go see your dentist or go to the emergency room immediately.

Broken Teeth :- A minor fracture is considered to be a tooth broken in the hard outer enamel part only. Your dentist can smooth a minor fracture with a sandpaper disc or just leave it alone. You can also restore the tooth with a composite restoration (bonding). A moderate fracture is considered to be damage to the enamel, dentin, and / or pulp of the tooth. A moderate fracture can be restored with a full permanent crown if the pulp is not permanently damaged. Sometimes an onlay or bonding will be appropriate too. Occasionally a root canal treatment (endontics) may be required. A severe fracture is considered to be a traumatized tooth with little chance of recovery.

At Distinctive Dental, we are excited to introduce a diagnostic tool that will help us detect cavities on the surfaces of teeth that previously were undetectable. DiagnodentTMhelps detect cavities at the earliest possible stage, so much more conservative treatment can be performed. This instrument allows us to be more accurate, with less guesswork. Measurements from the DiagnodentTM will help us determine if certain suspected areas on the teeth are decay and treat them with conservative fillings, or to monitor them over time and treat them with preventive therapies like fluoride and/or sealants.

How It Works :-
The DiagnodentTM uses a laser to help detect structural changes in teeth. It actually measures the fluorescence of the different layers of the tooth structures. As the laser light is shined into the tooth, the special two way handpiece allows the unit to measure the reflected light energy.

Clean, healthy tooth exhibits little or no fluorescence, resulting in low readings on the units display.

Cavities, however, do exhibit fluorescence when the laser shines on them. This results in a higher reading on the machine as well as an audio signal.

Why this makes a difference :-
With today's widespread use of fluoride and improved oral hygiene, the nature of cavities has changed. Harder and therefore more resistant enamel can many times conceal sub-surface decay, especially if the decay starts in deep pits and fissures that standard dental instruments cannot get into. The manual probing the dentist does is often ineffective at detecting decay. Even routine cavity detecting x-rays can sometimes miss detecting a cavity in the early stages. This is why the DiagnodentTM can be so important to help detect early lesions.

InvisalignTM takes a modern approach to straightening teeth, using a custom-made series of aligners created for you and only you. These aligner trays are made of smooth, comfortable and virtually invisible plastic that you wear over your teeth. Wearing the aligners will gradually and gently shift your teeth into place, based on the exact movements your dentist or orthodontist plans out for you. There are no metal brackets to attach and no wires to tighten. You just pop in a new set of aligners approximately every two weeks, until your treatment is complete. You will achieve a great smile with little interference in your daily life The best part about the whole process is that most people won’t even know you are straightening your teeth.

CDR is a computerized imaging system, which has completely revolutionized dental radiography. CDR provides us with a filmless X-Ray system that reduces patient radiation exposure by 90% provides instant results and enhances our diagnostic abilities. The digital radiographs can be displayed, stored, printed, and sent anywhere via modem.

CDR produces images that can be enhanced with a zoom capability, contrast enhancement (positive to negative), exact measurements, change of colors and more which made this radiographic system rated better than film.

We now know that oral cancer claims one life every hour 
in the U.S. --- more than the number of lives lost to skin cancer, cervical cancer 
or Hodgkin’s disease, and it is of great concern.

Because early detection is the key to successful outcomes, our practice has incorporated ViziLiteTM, a new, FDA-cleared medical technology for screening of oral cancer, into the standard of care of the practice, to ensure that you receive the most comprehensive oral cancer screening possible.

ViziLiteTM is a simple, painless and non-invasive technology that improves the doctor’s ability to visualize, evaluate and monitor suspicious areas at their earliest stages, before they can progress to something far more serious, and potentially life-threatening. ViziLiteTM helps the doctor see what he/she can’t see with the unaided eye.

On the patient’s first visit, and at every annual check-up, we will be performing a ViziLiteTM oral cancer screening. (A brochure is available for you at the office).

How VizLite Plus Works :-
ViziLitePlus with TBlue630 is an oral lesion identification and marking system and is used as an adjunct to your conventional visual examination. It is comprised of a chemiluminescent light source (ViziLiteTM) to improve the identification of lesions and a blue phenothiazine dye to mark those lesions identified by ViziLite.TM ViziLitePlus with TBlue630 is designed to be used in a patient population at increased risk for oral cancer.

ViziLiteTM Oral Lesion Identification System :-
In clinical trials involving 13,000 female patients, abnormal squamous epitheliumthe cervical complex appears acetowhite. after rinsing with a dilute acetic acid solution. Similarly in the oral cavity, after rinsing with a dilute acetic acid solution, abnormal squamous epithelium tissue appear acetowhite when viewed under ViziLite's diffuse low-energy wavelength light. Normal epithelium will absorb the light and appear dark. ViziLiteTM can assist a dentist or hygienist in identifying an abnormality.

We are proud to say our office uses the latest in technology, such as the BIOLASETM Water Laser. You’re probably thinking… laser? What are they going to do in my mouth with a laser! Let us explain. 

Among the 157,000 dentists in the U.S., the American Dental Association estimates about 3.5 percent use surgical lasers. Lasers can ablate or remove small to medium-sized cavities and contour bone; sterilize and enlarge root canals, remove canker sores and lesions — in many cases with no anesthetic, no drilling or cutting and little blood loss or swelling. Laser devices work by creating a focused beam of light that produces heat at a certain wavelength. Different laser wavelengths react uniquely with different kinds of materials.

The Waterlase uses a unique wavelength and a patented combination of laser energy, water and air that makes a rat-a-tat-tat popping sound. The action of the Waterlase on hard tissue — using energized water molecules to cut — is "like taking little stones and throwing them on the surface to chip away. The laser hand piece never touches the surface during a hard-tissue procedure such as removing a cavity.

The laser also causes a temporary analgesic effect on the tooth, which makes the Waterlase. On soft tissue, the laser uses only heat to cut and the water to cool as the tip gently touches the tissue. The heat causes bleeding to stop and blood to clot. It is used it on adults for crown lengthening. That's when the tooth breaks off too far below the gum line. The laser reduces the level of bone and gum to expose more of the tooth's top, called the crown. It's a lot less invasive than traditional periodontal surgery.

In 15 minutes, the laser can remove the decay and prepare the surface of the tooth for a filling with no stinging needle and no whining drill, only the whoosh of water and a sound like popcorn popping.

Planning to get dental implants?
Here’s what you should know!

What is a dental implant?

Dental implant in simple terms is an artificial substitute to the root over which a crown (prosthesis) can be fixed. It is made up of a bio-compatible material (titanium, alloy, ceramic, etc.) and is available in different shapes, sizes and surface textures. Sometime the surface of an implant is treated with substances (e.g. hydroxyapatite) to enhance positive interaction between implant surface and the bone.


What are the pros and cons?

The biggest advantage of dental implant is long term fixed replacement of missing teeth without cutting adjacent teeth (done for fixed bridges or FPD). Dental implants can restore oral health, form and function of the dentition, improve esthetics.

However, implants have a slightly higher risk of treatment failure as compared to conventional procedures (FPD) although the success of the implants has been reported to be more than 90% in scientific literature. Common post-operative complications may occur such as infection, implant loosening and nerve injury. Cost factor is also a concern as the treatment can be expensive; depending on individual situations.

When you should consider getting dental implants?

Implants can be placed any time after tooth loss depending upon other factors; however, the best time for placing a dental implant is first six months after losing the teeth. If an individual is going for extraction by the dentist then the planning should be done from first appointment to achieve atraumatic extraction and preserve the bone to make the recipient site ideal for the dental implant.

Is everyone a candidate for a dental implant?

No, the patient selection is the foremost and an important step in implant planning. Smokers, tobacco chewers, poor oral hygiene, old age groups, patients with systemic conditions such as diabetes are at higher risk for implant failure. Thorough medical history, dental examination and radiographs to assess bone quality and position of anatomic structures is mandatory prior to implant placement.

Myths on implants busted

One implant for one tooth!

It’s not true. The cases where multiple teeth need to be replaced in a row, then a dentist can plan prosthesis over less number of implants to reduce overall treatment cost. Recently several articles have demonstrated great success of full mouth dentures over just four implants in each jaw (All on four concepts).

Implant surgery hurts!

Implant surgery is a simple multi-step procedure (sometime can be done single stage) and is done as routine dental procedure. The dentist can achieve pain control with local anesthetic and the implant process is very much equivalent to wisdom tooth removal in terms of pain, time and complications. Routine antibiotics and pain killers (analgesics) are advised after the surgery for less than or a week.

Once fixed, implants do not need any care

FALSE! This is a common myth associated with dental implants. Good oral hygiene, adequate control of systemic conditions like diabetes, cessation of debilitating habits is essential for long term implant success. The patient should undergo dental checkup and professional care at least once in a year to avoid bone loss and implant failure.

Information retrieved from: Dr. Ravi Sharma. October 29, 2013.

Dental insurance plans can vary widely; however, we want to help our patient understand their plans by providing the following information.

1. Employer based Dental Coverage: (Example: Delta, BC/BS)

"Usual, Customary, and Reasonable" Dental Coverage (UCR) programs usually allow patients to go to the dentist of their choice. These plans pay a set percentage of the dentist's fee or the plan administrator's "reasonable" or "customary" fee limit, whichever is less. These limits are the result of a contract between the plan purchaser and the third-party payer. Although these limits are called "customary," they may or may not accurately reflect the fees that area dentists charge.

Your dentist may not "participate" in the network for your dental plan. If your dentist does, he or she will submit your claim. If not, you may be responsible for paying your dentist and submitting your claim to Delta Dental or another insurance carrier.

Dental benefits are calculated within a "benefit period", which is typically for one year but not always a calendar year. Check your benefits information so that you know when you might be approaching your deductible payments or plan maximums.


Most dental plans have an annual dollar maximum. This is the maximum dollar amount a dental plan will pay toward the cost of dental care within a specific benefit period (usually January through December). The patient is personally responsible for paying costs above the annual maximum. Average dollar amounts are between $1,000 and $2,000 per year. Consult your plan booklet for specific information about your plan.


Most dental plans have a specific dollar deductible. It works like your car insurance. During a benefit period, you personally will have to satisfy a portion of your dental bill before your benefit plan will contribute to your cost of dental treatment. Your plan information will describe how your deductible works. Plans do vary on this point. For instance, some dental plans will apply the deductible to diagnostic or preventive treatments, and others will not.


Many insurance plans have a coinsurance provision. That means the benefit plan pays a predetermined percentage of the cost of your treatment, and you are responsible for paying the balance. What you pay is called the coinsurance, and it is part of your out-of-pocket cost. It is paid even after a deductible is reached.

2. Table or Schedule of Allowance Dental programs (Ex: Humana, Careington)

Table or Schedule of Allowance programs determine a list of covered benefits with assigned dollar amount. That dollar amount represents just how much the plan will pay for those services that are covered, regardless of the fee charged by the dentist. The difference between the allowed charge and the dentist's fee is billed to the patient.

3. State Based Dental Insurance (Ex: UCare, Medica/MHCP)

Contact the MN Department of Human Services to see if you qualify for state assisted dental insurance. If you qualify for coverage:

You may need to pay:
   (1) A monthly premium
   (2) Copays for certain services
   (3) Part of your income towards your health care costs.
How much you pay depends on the program you qualify for, your household size, income, age, pregnancy status, and if you are blind or have a disability. For example, pregnant women and children usually do not pay anything.

With both MHCP and UCare the patient will NOT pay any copays at the dental office. In general, benefits will include 2 dental cleanings and one set of x-rays per year. Also, fillings are a covered benefit and anterior root canals. Partials and Dentures are covered on an individual basis. A patient pre-authorization will be sent for authorization. Crowns are not a covered benefit for 21+ patients.

4. Fee for Service is simply a collection of the fee directly from the patient. No claims, no insurance restrictions. We have several financing options for Fee for Service patients:

   (A) CareCredit
   (B) Lending Club
   (C) CAPS discount plan
   (D) Cash/Check/Credit Card

Please contact our office for more information.


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Resin Filing

A procedure to change the color of the teeth or reshaping disfigured teeth.

Decalcification Spots

A procedure to remove white spot lesions may be caused by improper oral hygiene, soda or orthodontic procedures.

Frenectomy Procedure

Frenulectomy (Frenectomy) is the surgical removal or release of mucosal and muscle elements of the frenum. If not corrected it can interfere with proper oral development or treatment.

Pediatric Spot

One of our youngest patients

Complete Dentures

Complete dentures can be either "conventional" or "immediate." Conventional Dentures are made after the teeth have been removed and the gum tissue has begun to heal. A conventional denture is ready for placement in the mouth 8 to 12 weeks after the teeth have been removed. Immediate Dentures are made before the teeth are removed. Once made, the teeth are extracted and the Denture is placed at the same appointment.

Partial Dentures

Partial dentures usually consist of replacement teeth attached to a pink or gum-colored plastic base, which is sometimes connected by metal framework that holds the denture in place. Partial dentures are used when two or more natural teeth remain in the upper or lower jaw.

Chipped Front Teeth

Chipped Front Teeth can be fixed by bonding. (Depending on the damage) Bonding is a simple procedure that typically does not require numbing the tooth. To bond a tooth, the dentist first etches its surface with a liquid or gel to roughen it and make the bonding material adhere to it. Next, the dentist applies an adhesive material to the tooth, followed by the bonding material. After shaping the bonding material to look like a natural tooth, the dentist uses an ultraviolet light to harden the material.


A Dental crown is a tooth-shaped “cap” that is placed over a tooth to restore its shape, size, strength and improve its appearance. The crown, when cemented into place, fully encases the old tooth from the gum-line and above.



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Distinctive Dental Care
8900 Penn Ave S., Suite 202
Bloomington, MN

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Main Office Number: 952-888-1861

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