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Most people find the more informed they are about their dental treatments, the more comfortable they become. Learn more (below) about some of the most common procedures and treatments done at Crow River Dental.


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Dr. Greg and staff,


The words "thank you" do not adequately express the gratitude and appreciation I feel for all you have done for me. It has changed my life and made my dream come true. I smile so much more and no longer feel the need to talk with my hand over my mouth. All of this because of the generosity shown by you. I will never forget what you have done for me, I am reminded every time I smile!.


– Gracemary W.





Dr. Glavan,


I have never liked going to the dentist since I was a small child. However, going to Crow River Dental with the wonderful staff who care, who take time to answer questions and a dentist who cares, has up to date dental technology in providing dental care, and does a terrific job in providing dental services. I have nothing but good things to say about Dr. Glavan and his entire dental staff. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend Dr. Glavan. Thank you Dr. Glavan for your excellent dental care and services you provide. We appreciate you care and services. Crow River Dental is wonderful.


– Mary H.






Was very nice to meet all of you. It was my first visit and one of the Best cleanings I've had in some time. And such a great welcoming group. I also have to THANK YOU for the emergency service you gave my son-in-law, Marcus, later that evening. Little did I know when I left the office you would be helping him so soon! Great service!


– Lane




Dear Greg and team at CRD,


I do not have words to appreciate your kind treatment for accommodating me in your schedule at really short notice. I apologize for inconvenience it may cause to you guys, but I can not trust any other dental care facility, out in Boston, MA. While moved from MN to MA due to work reasons I did not think much about it, but visiting a couple dental care facilities made it very prominent that they were out solely as a business entity and believed in more patients meant more income to them, personal/human care was not the priority in those dental care facilities. That is the reason I prefer to fly out to MN, and see you guys knowing that I do not have to re-visit your clinic for same problem. My visits to MN is based on flights availability at a reasonable price, that is why it is hard for me to schedule an appointment to see Dr. Greg.

I sincerely appreciate Crow River Dental Facility team for their efforts to accommodate me in their busy schedule, ensure the required attention is given to the problem and above all their friendly attitude from detal treatment to suggesting/taking care of insurance issues.


– Abu T.






"The best dentist in east-central Minnesota."


– Janet K., Cokato



There are many different types of fillings available, and we will help you decide which type is best for you, depending on the location and condition of the tooth, the cost and your insurance coverage. For most patients, we use silver amalgam or composite fillings.


Silver amalgam fillings are made from a mixture of silver, tin, zinc, copper and mercury. These fillings are widely used because of their low cost, strength and durability, typically lasting as long as 25 years.


Composite fillings are also very popular because they are made of a tooth-colored material, making them less noticeable. Composite fillings are made of a soft resin/plastic material, and we use a bright blue curing light to harden the filling, bonding it to the tooth.



Both children and adults can benefit from the protection dental sealants can provide. By creating a barrier between food particles and plaque and those hard to reach grooves in your teeth, dental sealants help protect your teeth's enamel.


Made from a tooth-colored acrylic material, sealants are painted onto the surface of your teeth, and last several years before reapplication is needed.



Dentures allow people who have lost some or all of their teeth regain confidence in their smile.


While full dentures replace all of a patient's teeth and provide support for their cheeks and lips, partial dentures replace only the missing teeth, keeping the remaining teeth from shifting or becoming crooked.


Designed with comfort, stability and durability in mind, dentures are made of plastic or porcelain. Regular dental examinations are still important for denture wearers because over time, dentures wear and need to be replaced or re-lined.


To read more tips on how to care for your new dentures, click here.


Your Immediate Denture information sheet can be found here.



A dental bridge is used to replace missing teeth. The device attaches artificial teeth to adjacent natural teeth, helping to maintain proper tooth alignment and aide in speaking and chewing.


While bridges are visually appealing, there are many health-related reasons bridges are important as well. Missing teeth cause stress on the gums, which could lead to harmful disorders like gum disease and speech disorders.


Attaching a bridge is very precise work and usually takes two dental appointments, starting with taking impressions of your teeth and sending them to a lab for the bridge to be constructed.


Dental Implants

Dental implants are like artificial tooth roots. They are titanium posts surgically placed into the jawbone where teeth are missing, providing a foundation for artificial replacement teeth.


Once the bone bonds with the titanium, the artificial teeth can be placed over the posts. The process may take as long as 12 months, but the end result is implants that look, feel and function like natural teeth.


Dental implants are a good alternative for people with generally good oral health and have lost their teeth due to an accident.



Crowns are a long-lasting option used to repair severe dental problems. Crowns are made of high-grade porcelain and and with proper care, can last a lifetime.


Fitting a crown requires at least two visits to our office, first removing decay, then shaping the tooth and fitting it with a temporary crown. On the second visit, the temporary crown is removed and the final crown is cemented into place.



We'll try everything possible to save a tooth, but in some instances, including severe damage, decay or disease, extraction is the only option.


During an extraction, your tooth, jawbone and surrounding gums will be numbed so you only feel pressure throughout the procedure. Following the extraction, there will be a hole where your tooth once was and it will require some extra care, but after only a couple of weeks, the area will feel much better.


To read more tips on how to care for your mouth after an extraction, click here.


Root Canals

Inside each tooth is a nerve that provides nutrients and feeling to the tooth. When that nerve gets diseased or injured, it must be removed via a procedure called a root canal in order to save the tooth and prevent the need for a bridge or dental implant.


Symptoms of infection include swelling of the tooth, sensitivity to temperature or pain in the tooth and gums. During a root canal, the damaged nerve is removed, the root canal is cleaned out and the tooth is sealed off to protect it from further infection.


Learn about alternative options to root canal treatment, click here.


Instructions for our Root Canal patients can be found here.


Periodontal Procedures

Periodontal diseases are infections of the gums, which gradually destroy the support of your teeth. We perform many periodontal treatments and surgeries in our clinic, including gingivectomies, clinical crown lengthening and root planing.


Plaque is a primary cause of gum disease and other periodontal conditions. Daily brushing and flossing is considered the best way to prevent these issues.