Our Plymouth Dental Team
Our Plymouth Family Dentist is here to make your family feel comfortable.
We know that dentist-appointment-date circled on the calendar isn’t something most people look forward to. But here, you’ll always be greeted with a smile. We truly enjoy what we do. We’re people people who love helping patients of all ages achieve beautiful smiles.
Meet Plymouth dentist Dr. Geisler
You're here because you need a dentist, so I'll start there. I have been practicing dentistry for sixteen years. The most recent eight years practicing dentistry have been here at Life Smiles in Plymouth, MN, which I started from scratch in the spring of 2010. My office is not a part of a chain of dental offices, but is an independent dental practice. I am proud to be a female dentist running my own practice and as a woman, I absolutely love working with families and kids. I work hard to keep up to date on the latest advances in family, cosmetic and restorative dentistry. I believe in using the latest technologies to provide quality, comfortable experiences.
I am a Minnesotan and I earned my bachelor's degree from North Dakota State University, where I also played volleyball for four years. I earned my dental degree from the University of Minnesota. I give back with dentistry by volunteering locally and abroad.
I've been married to my husband for twenty years. We now have two beautiful daughters and a ten year old, white golden doodle. I love to grow flowers, travel and take walks. I love to bake and try to find time to read. My goal, as your family dentist, is to make you feel completely at ease. You will find no down talking or lectures from me. You will receive just clear, caring advice. I would welcome the privilege of beginning a new partnership in support of your health.
Christy, RDH, BS
A caring touch and a fun personality is what patients notice about me. Being a registered dental hygienist, my favorite part of my day is educating my patients on their oral health. I have been a hygienist for nine years and received my Bachelor of Science degree at the University of Minnesota. I love to travel and play with my two kids. My husband and I love Hawaii and watching our kids play sports. Every workday, I have fun with my patients, finding the bright side of every person I meet.
My name is Kristin and I have worked as a licensed and certified dental assistant since 2006. When not at work I love to fish (not ice fishing) and travel whenever I get the chance. I am excited to be a member of the Life Smiles family and look forward to getting to know our patients!
Leslie, Patient Coordinator
People around me have always noted my positive attitude. When not helping people at Life Smiles, you can find me with my family. My favorite vacation is anywhere tropical and I love listening to live Blues. I have a little Pomeranian who loves to cuddle.
I am proud to be on the team at Life Smiles. I love coming to work with wonderful people, meeting new patients everyday and helping them feel more confident about their smiles. I just love my dog and would adopt one hundred more if I could. On weekends, I can be found on the lake and also on my motorcycle.
Carin, patient Coordinator
Most of my colleagues refer to me as a dental wiz, but what I really love is bringing laughter and fun to our team. I love to answer the phone with a smile you can hear. When I’m not at Life Smiles, I love to be with my granddaughter, spoiling her silly! My new grandson is full of energy so the two of them keep me very busy. In the summer I enjoy riding my motorcycle on the weekends with my husband.
As a dental hygienist and the newest member of the team, I feel lucky to be in a practice that uses advanced technology. My favorite part of dentistry is building relationships with my patients. When not at work, I am with my two children at their sporting events. You could also find me relaxing at the cabin or walking my terrier.
Medical and Dental Missions Trip in Honduras
A report from my trip to Honduras
I recently returned from two Medical and Dental mission trips in 2016, in Honduras and the Domincan Republic, and I thought you may like to know more. For the first trip to Honduras, our team was from all over the United States, some do trips four times a year but the majority had never done a mission before. We served the poor by providing cleanings, fillings and extractions. All 26 team members had two fifty pound checked bags to bring the medications, instruments, chairs, supplies and dental chairs. Because there were so many people to treat, I could only do one filling each, even though every single Honduran had extensive dental decay. Nearly everyone asked me to fix one of their top central incisors, so they could smile. Never before have I met such a thankful group of people and received lots of hugs even when I was sweaty and stinky. The medical team treated everything from an infant’s rash to depression and diabetes. Vitamins and acetaminophen were gladly accepted by the people we served as they do not have the money to buy it for themselves. Our ability to diagnose many medical problems were limited as was our ability to treat chronic conditions.
The more recent trip to the Domican Republic was just as amazing. Our mostly "seasoned" team served in four different prisons in one week. We were blessed that the hurricane that passed by did not negatively impact our ability to serve. Many people I know have been there on vacation, but few actually see the poverty and conditions that exist. I was nervous because I didn't know what to expect and had to continually trust in the Lord for my strength and safety. The prisoners were grateful, they are people like you and me. Humbling is the word I used to describe how I felt during and after the trip. Serving "the least of these" brings me back to the heart of being human and strips away my ego.
You all know me as your dentist, but I’d like to share more about me. I love my husband and two girls. I love my friends and extended family. I also love dentistry and my patients in my practice. But, the most important relationship in my life is with Jesus Christ. Because of this, my life is focused on loving Him and loving others. I had great joy when a great number of Honduran and Dominican people were shared with the Good News and accepted Him as Lord and Savior. When I asked if I could pray for each person, everyone said yes, regardless of their faith. Also, care was given to everyone, regardless of where they put their faith.
The fillings I did there will someday fail, but I wish to have an eternal impact. In this day and age, discussing personal faith is frowned upon and uncomfortable for many. But just like a parent brags about their child because of their love, I want to share my "why" with you. The sliding gallery above, is some photos taken during the first trip.
Krista Geisler, DDS
Plymouth Dentist With Advanced Technology
New technology for patients of all ages.
We work hard to make sure you feel comfortable. One way we achieve this is through the power of technology. From state-of-the-art devices that improve your care, to added luxuries you’d find at home, you’ll enjoy a relaxing experience and quality service.
Laser dentistry allows Dr. Geisler to do more comfortable procedures, with better healing results. Dr. Geisler uses the LightScalpel Co2 laser for soft tissue procedures. Common procedures that are performed are frenectomies (aka frenulectomy) for infants, children and adults. Releasing tongue ties and lip ties is important for many reasons. The following are some but not all of the benefits: improved nursing, improved speech, swallowing, and oral/facial growth and development, preventing orthodontic and recession problems. Also common uses of soft tissue lasers are gingival recontouring, fibroma removals, treatment of herpes lesions (cold sores) and canker sores. Do you have a tooth that is super sensitive to touch or cold? A simple treatment with the laser can reduce the pain in your sensitive teeth. We also are able to serve our patients with a second laser, known as a low level laser therapy (also known as a cold laser, photobiostimulation, photobiomodulation, PBM or LLLT) at the 808 nm wavelength. It looks more like a flashlight than anything else and it you cannot even feel it. This laser wavelength reduces chance of post treatment discomfort in your gums, teeth, in extraction sites. Prior to commencing treatment for head and neck cancer, the new standard of care is using laser therapy to prevent a painful and common side effect. Oral mucositis results in ulcers in the mouth and on lips which makes drinking and eating very difficult. Even if therapy didn't start prior to oncology treatment, this laser treatment can speed healing and reduce pain. In addition, using a laser can improve your numbing experience by accelerating both the anesthetics onset and disappearance. This laser can even treat sore TMJ muscles, allowing your body to heal itself. Using a laser usually reduces the need for pain medication after involved treatments. For people with sensitive gag reflexes, a laser can be used to reduce gagging. Dr. Geisler has successfully completed Standard Proficiency Dental Laser Certification through the ALD and also the Advanced Laser Certification for the Gemini soft tissue laser.
Digital scanners capture a 3D image of your teeth, so traditional impressions don't need to be taken. Accuracy of the dental restoration is improved, as is the speed of which your crowns return from the lab. Clear aligners for invisable orthodontics is much easier to start without the need to for impression trays. Patients love it because they don't have to have goopy material in their mouths for a few minutes. Seeing your mouth in color and in three dimensions on a computer screen is also very interesting, showing people things they would otherwise not be able to appreciate. Dr. Geisler uses a 3Shape Trios scanner, the fastest and most accurate scanner for dentists.
Invisalign and Clear Aligners
Invisalign and Clear Correct are technologies that are offered by Life Smiles. This system uses clear aligners to adjust teeth without the need for metal braces. Clear aligners are perfect for those who do not want traditional wires and brackets. The aligners are easy to remove for eating, drinking and brushing. Ask Dr. Geisler if you could benefit from Invisalign.
Compounded Topical mouthwash
For patients who have sensitive gums or a gag reflex, we offer a mouthwash that numbs your soft tissues. It is very easy to use, a 30 second swish immediately prior to treatment and you are numb. Numbness without a needle, what could be better? The anesthetic wears off after about one half hour. This is special because most practices do not offer it, and it is specially created for Life Smiles by a pharmacy.
Compounded Topical Anesthetic
Dr. Geisler wants her patients to have the most comfortable numbing experience you've had. We numb you, before we numb you. She has a specially created numbing gel, that sits on your tissues for a minute prior to using the wand (see below). This gel is much stronger than the gel that the vast majority of dentists use, and it creates a much more comfortable injection. In fact, many people ask after the injection what Dr. Geisler was just doing, because they did not feel anything!
Onset by Onpharma raises the pH of local anesthetic resulting in a six thousand fold increase in the amount of anesthetic that can cross the nerve membrane at the time of injection. This means pain free injections for our patients. It also lets the numbness occur much more quickly so there is less waiting in the chair.
Also called The Wand®, Computerized Anesthesia is a new technology that increases comfort during and after numbing. In fact, you may not sense your tooth has been numbed at all. And many patients walk away without that annoying lip and tongue tingling.
If you don't like the numb feeling after a procedure, Dr. Geisler offers a medication that reverses the numbing effect of anesthetic. For adults, you can go to a work meeting immediately after appointment without that drooling feeling. It might just save you or your child from biting your tongue and lip.
Digital radiographs are better than the old fashioned kind for a few reasons. 1) It’s an easier process with less radiation. 2) No waiting for film to develop. 3) You get crystal-clear, high-def images right on your monitor.
What about the way your smile looks from the outside? We take digital pictures of your smile during each visit so we can monitor your oral health. It’s an extra step to ensure your smile stays healthy for years to come.
Each patient room has an HDTV, complete with cable. So the kids can watch cartoons, mom can see her home and garden shows, and dad can catch the game—all while we work on improving your smile. You can also check out your dental films and see live video of your teeth.
Bose® Noise Canceling Headphones
No more grinding, sucking and scraping sounds. Noise cancelling headphones let you listen to your TV show or rock out or relax to your favorite tunes. Sit back, relax, and leave the noisy stuff to us.
Live video of your teeth. How cool is that? Our intraoral cameras provide an outstanding outlook of your overall oral health (say that five times fast). Plus, during exams, we can look at your teeth together, so you can actually see what we’re talking about.
If you ever need a filling, crown or chip repair, our digital dental spectrophotometer (yes, it’s as cool as it sounds) allows us to match the color of the repair material to the natural color of your teeth, giving you a healthy, consistent smile.
An isovac is a suctioning device. The advantage of using it is four-fold. Appointments can take up to 1/3 less time because it improves our efficiency. It prevents tastes from going near your tongue and prevents saliva from contaminating a tooth we restoring (creating more consistently longer-lasting restorations). What is most important to many is that it removes mercury vapor from the immediate air around your mouth when a metal filling is removed.
Patient Education Videos
Many find it helpful to watch a video that clarifies oral conditions and dental procedures. Dr. Geisler is involved in a continuing education group, called a Spear Study Club. One benefit of being a member is access videos to help patients understand what we are talking about. The video below is an example of the types of videos that are helpful for education.
Tools, tips and toys to make caring for your smile easier.
We could just say, “see ya in six months” after each visit. But that’s not really our style. The links on this page provide useful information about maintaining a healthy smile 365 days a year. You’ll also find activities and games for the kids, coupons, links to our social sites and more.
Link to dental coloring pages for kids Link to App to help kids time their brushing American Academy of Pediatric Recommendations Dental Tips for Parents What is Scaling and Root Planing? Understanding Tooth Wear video Do I need my wisdom teeth removed? Video link
Kids don't come with instructions. Let us help you with some dental tips for parents.
Some good advice for things to do prior to your child's first dental visit:
- Make the appointment early in the day
- Practice with your child sitting knee to knee at home
- Bring along a favorite blanket or toy
- Avoid scary words
- Read a book about going to the dentist
- Be a good role model, your children watch what you do and listen to what you sayKids, You Could Be The Next Winner of the No Cavity Club!
Help your Kids Brush and Floss each day. We want them to be the newest member of our NO Cavity Club. Each month we put all of our patients name in a jar and select one winner from that month who had no cavities. The winner gets an awesome prize. Fun and rewarding that's what a clean smile should be!