What is a Prosthodontist?
A prosthodontist is a dental specialist who has completed 4 years of dental school and an additional 3-4 years of advanced training in a Prosthodontic Graduate Program that has been accredited by the American Dental Association. This advanced training includes: restoration of the severely deteriorated dentition, restoration of jaws with severe bone loss, replacement of missing teeth, restoration of dental implants, and treatment of many other dental conditions that  result from disease, injury or severe wear. Prosthodontists are the experts in providing optimal oral health in BOTH function and appearance.

Do I need to be referred to your office to get an appointment?
While most of our patients are referred by other dentists and specialists, you can make an appointment for yourself without a dentist’s referral. Many of our patients are referred to us by family members and friends who have been patients of ours and are pleased with the results of their prosthodontic treatment.

I have dental insurance- how does that work?
While Dr. Hecker does not participate in insurance, we are happy to submit your dental claims for you. We ask that you pay us at the time of services, we submit the claim and the insurance company will forward the check directly to you for any benefits that you may have.

My dental condition is the result of a medical illness or accident- will my medical insurance cover the dental work?
In most situations, medical insurance does not cover dental procedures. In very rare situations, such as congenital anomalies (cleft lip and palate), there are some medical insurance companies that will cover dental procedures. We will submit a prior authorization on your behalf, so that you will know what is or is not covered in advance. We ask that you pay us at the time of services, we submit the claim and the insurance company will forward the check directly to you.

I have Medicare- can I see Dr. Hecker?
Yes.Medicare does not offer dental benefits. This means there is no coverage for dentures, partial dentures, crowns, bridges or dental implants under the Medicare plans. However, there are some medical conditions such as resection of the jaw due to oral cancer that will require a prosthodontic procedure that is covered by Medicare.
Dr. Hecker is an ‘Opt-Out Provider’ which means that you can see Dr. Hecker if you choose to pay out of pocket. In this situation, neither you nor Dr. Hecker can submit a claim to Medicare. If you need to have the procedure covered by Medicare, then you will be required to see a Medicare provider.

I am interested in having Dental Implants- where do I start?
Generally, the prosthodontist is both the “engine” and the “caboose” of the train that drives treatment. The prosthodontist will see you first (engine) to establish exactly what type of dental implant treatment is best for you. Then, the prosthodontist will refer you to an oral surgeon or peridontist for surgical placement of the dental implants. Then, after the appropriate amount of healing time, the prosthodontist will restore the dental implants (caboose). Sometimes, dental implant treatment requires that you wear temporary restorations (denture, partial denture or crowns) during the healing time. The prosthodontist will make these temporary prostheses so that you will not have to go without teeth while waiting for the final restorations.


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7770 Dell Road, #170
Chanhassen, MN 55317
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Oakridge Professional Building
625 East Nicollet Blvd. #202
Burnsville, MN 55337
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