We Care About Your Smile
Welcome to Karas Dental, where you are the heart of our practice. We have three convenient locations in Elroy, Necedah, and Cottage-Grove, Wisconsin, and we would like to invite you to come and join our dental family. Dr. Christopher J. Karas has many years of experience restoring health and beauty to smiles. He uses some of the latest technology, including CEREC® same-day crown technology in our Elroy office and Sinsational Smile 20 minute whitening at all locations to help you achieve your dental goals. Whether you’re looking to brighten your smile, prevent cavities, or replace missing teeth, we can do it all. At Karas Dental, our goal is two-fold: we want to provide you with individualized care so that you receive the best treatment possible, and we strive to emphasize the importance of preventive dental care to your oral health. Each of our treatments is customized and personalized to fit your unique dental needs. As part of each six-month check-up, we will also take the time to help you understand how to prevent future dental problems such as cavities. You can count on us to help you achieve optimal oral health with conservative and personalized care.
Since opening in 2002, Karas Dental has been known for our high-quality, individualized dentistry. If you are looking for an experienced family dentist who will truly take the time to get to know your family’s unique dental needs, please contact Karas Dental today to schedule your consultation and we will have your whole family smiling again in no time!
Our Mission Statement
It is the mission of our office to provide the highest level of dental care for all patients in a professional, caring and comfortable environment. We are committed to listening to our patients concerns, educating them on their oral health, and helping them decide on the best dental treatment for them and their family. Our team of professional, highly educated, honest, compassionate and committed employees, aim to improve patient health, appearance, self-confidence and overall quality of life. We are confident that our services and friendly staff will exceed your expectations and make you feel right at home.
Prevention is the key in dentistry. Many oral health problems can be avoided when good oral health habits are
consistently practiced. Karas Dental and the ADA recommend dental cleanings and oral exams every six months
and x-rays yearly. In addition we recommend sealants and fluoride when necessary. Diagnosing oral health
problems at an early stage can prevent pain, tooth loss and and expensive dental bills.
When you consistently visit the dentist for your professional cleanings and exams and practice good oral hygiene at home, you can be assured that your smile will be healthy and radiant for a lifetime. Good home hygiene practices include brushing twice a day, flossing every day, eating healthy and balanced meals, and limiting your snack consumption between meals.
If you have any questions about preventive dentistry or how to maintain a healthy smile for life, please contact us today. We would love to help you achieve the smile of your dreams through preventive dentistry.
Dental cleanings are an essential part of keeping your mouth and the rest of your body healthy. Many people see
the mouth as separate from the rest of their body but the reality is that it’s all connected. Problems in
your mouth can cause or even act as an indicator of disease in other parts of your body such as heart disease.
There are different types of teeth cleanings, depending on how healthy your gums are. At your initial appointment, our staff will evaluate your overall oral health and recommend appropriate cleaning.
Periodontal (gum) Disease Treatment
Periodontal (gum) disease is a serious disease caused by the accumulation of calculus and plaque. When allowed to advance, periodontal disease won’t only affect your teeth and gums, it can also affect your overall health. Recent research has linked periodontal disease to several serious health disorders, including:
- High blood pressure
- Pregnancy complications
- Heart disease
At Karas Dental in Elroy and Necedah, we provide deep cleanings (scaling and root planing) as well as preventive care to protect you from the dangers of periodontal disease. If you notice gums that bleed, are red, or are swollen, please contact us immediately as these are some of the first signs of periodontal disease. We look forward to providing you with a lifetime of healthy smiles!
Many people mistakenly believe that the only time they need to see the dentist for an oral exam is when they
are in pain or they think that something is wrong. Dentists not only evaluate a patients teeth and gums during
an oral exam but they also look for lumps, swelling, discolorations, ulcerations and screen for oral cancer.
In addition, the dentist will perform an examination of the head, neck and jaw, the tongue and salivary glands.
In many cases dentists can spot early warning signs in the mouth that may indicate disease somewhere else
in the body.
Karas Dental recommends every patient have an oral exam every 6 months.
Fluoride makes tooth enamel more resistant to the acid that causes tooth decay. It can also help repair decay
in its very early stages. Not only is fluoride important during childhood when teeth are still forming but
it has proven benefits for adolescents and adults as well.
Our Registered Dental Hygienists will discuss whether your water is fluoridated and recommend any additional treatments if necessary.
Sometimes when brushing it is difficult for your toothbrush to get in between the small cracks and grooves in
our teeth. Over time decay can develop in these tiny areas. Sealants give your teeth extra protection against
decay and help prevent cavities.
Dental sealants are a thin plastic coating that is applied to the chewing surface of the tooth. The sealant bonds to the surface and forms a protective layer over the enamel. With sealants, brushing your teeth becomes easier and more effective.
Who Should Get Sealants?
Children and teenagers are the best candidates for sealants. It is recommended that sealants be applied as soon as the permanent teeth have fully erupted as a preventive measure against tooth decay. Adults without decay or fillings in their molars can also benefit from sealants.
In some cases, dental sealants may also be appropriate for baby teeth, especially when they have deep depressions and grooves. Because baby teeth play such an important role in holding the correct spacing for permanent teeth, it’s important to keep these teeth healthy so they are not lost too early.
Protecting your child’s smile is a high priority for us at Karas Dental in Elroy and Necedah. Our dental team
works hard to ensure that every time your child visits us, she or he feels comfortable and at home. We recommend
that your child have their first dental appointment by the age of 3 or earlier if there is concern. Usually
the first couple of appointments are just a ride in the chair to make the child comfortable.
Dr. Karas and our exceptional team will help them learn how to take care of his or her smile. Your child will learn the importance of:
- Brushing all teeth twice a day
- Flossing every day
- Eating healthy meals
- Limiting snacks between meals
We will teach your child with easy-to-understand terms and friendliness. To schedule a consultation at Karas Dental for your child, we invite you to contact us today. Together we can help your child achieve healthy smiles for a lifetime.
White Resin restorations
White (resin) fillings are an aesthetic option for restoring fractured, decayed, or cracked teeth. Dr. Karas closely matches the color of the white filling to the color of your tooth for the most natural-looking smiles possible. In one short visit at our office in Elroy or Necedah, Dr. Karas will:
- Remove damaged tooth structure
- Clean the healthy tooth
- Place the white filling
- Shape and polish the filling
White fillings are an aesthetically pleasing and conservative alternative to traditional silver fillings. If you would like more information on white fillings, please call Karas Dental today. We look forward to answering your questions!
Same Day CEREC Crowns /All Porcelain Crowns
At Karas Dental, we are proud to provide porcelain, aesthetically pleasing dental crowns to enhance and protect your smile. Designed to look and feel like your natural teeth, all-porcelain crowns will be a beautiful addition to your smile. Dr. Karas may recommend a porcelain crown to:
- Complete a dental implant and replace a missing tooth
- Restore a damaged tooth
- Repair a significantly decayed tooth
- Protect a tooth that has received root canal therapy
- Enhance the aesthetics of your smile
At our Elroy location, we use CEREC technology to provide you with a custom, radiant crown in just one visit! CEREC same-day crowns are durable, beautiful, and completely personalized to your natural tooth. The all-porcelain crowns at our Necedah location can be created and place in two short appointments. Both CEREC same-day crowns and all-porcelain traditional crowns provide beautiful results. To learn more about porcelain crowns and CEREC same-day dentistry, please contact us soon.
Thanks to root canal therapy, Dr. Karas can save some teeth that are significantly decayed or damaged. Unlike an extraction, which requires the complete removal of a tooth, root canal therapy allows you to keep your natural tooth. Dr. Karas can provide root canal therapy for teeth, including molars, which have:
- Decay in the pulp
- Significant injury or trauma
- An abscess or infection
We can complete your root canal therapy in just one or two visits at Karas Dental in Necedah and Elroy. Following the therapy, Dr. Karas will place a custom dental crown over the tooth for additional protection. To learn more about root canal therapy, or to schedule your appointment, please call or visit Karas Dental today.
There are many treatments available for those who would like to replace their missing teeth. Bridges are non-removable appliances used to replace one missing tooth or several teeth in a row. Dr. Karas may recommend a custom dental bridge to:
- Prevent facial sagging
- Restore function to your mouth
- Prevent other teeth from shifting
- Replace an unwanted removable partial denture
- Enhance the function and beauty of your smile
Over the course of a few visits to Karas Dental in Elroy or Necedah, your custom aesthetic bridge will be created and placed. Once complete, no one will ever know you were missing any teeth! For the most stable results, Dr. Karas may recommend attaching the bridge to a dental implant. To learn more about bridges and implant dentistry, give us a call soon!
Complete Dentures and Partials
Complete dentures and partials are removable appliances designed to replace your missing teeth. Complete dentures are for individuals with no natural teeth remaining while partials are for those who still have a few of their natural teeth. Dentures and partials can be used to:
- Enhance the function of your mouth
- Aesthetically replace your missing teeth
- Restore your facial volume
- Improve the beauty of your smile
Dentures require just a few visits to our office in Elroy or Necedah. When your denture is in place, you can enjoy eating, speaking, and living life normally once again. If you would like to learn more about dentures, or if you would like to schedule a consultation with Dr. Karas, please call Karas Dental today
Dental implants are one of the most effective and secure options available for replacing missing teeth in modern dentistry. Dental implants replace both the root and crown of a missing tooth, while traditional tooth replacement options only replace the crown. Dr. Karas works closely with specialists in the area to complete your dental implant and replace your missing teeth. Dr. Karas will attach the dental implant restoration to the implant placed by the specialist. Depending on the number of missing teeth, your implant restoration could be a:
- Partial denture
- Complete denture
Dental implants typically require several months and multiple appointments to complete, but they are an investment worth making. When complete, the function, health, and beauty of your smile will be restored and you can have the smile of your dreams. Call our office in Elroy or Necedah today if you are interested in learning more about implant dentistry. We will be happy to let you know if implants are right for you!
Natural teeth are ideal for biting, chewing and maintaining mouth and jawbone structure, which is why at Karas
Dental, our first priority is to help restore, save and repair your natural teeth. However, sometimes a tooth
extraction is unavoidable.
The dentist at your local Karas Dental practicewill make sure you’re comfortable before, during, and after your extraction procedure. This includes walking you through every step of the tooth extraction, as well as the use of local anesthetics.
Mouth and Night Guards
Karas Dental can prescribe night guards for patients with temporomandibular joints (TMJ) pain, who grind their teeth or who snore. Your dentist will determine the best mouth guard for your situation.
Karas Dental can also fabricate athletic mouth guards for patients involved in sporting activities. These guards can be made in various colors and can even have their team names written on them.
Nitrous oxide, or laughing gas, is an effective and safe method of sedation dentistry. The effects of nitrous
oxide wear off shortly after your treatment, which means that if you choose nitrous oxide to help you relax
during your visit, you will be able to drive safely home. Nitrous oxide is a great option for individuals
A need for extensive treatment
Fear or anxiety of visiting the dentist
Difficulty sitting still for a long time
With nitrous oxide, you can always have a relaxing and enjoyable visit. Nitrous oxide is also ideal for children who are a little nervous about visiting the dentist. For more information nitrous oxide or any of our services, please call or visit Karas Dental in Elroy or Necedah today.
All Porcelain Veneers
All-porcelain veneers help us completely makeover your smile. A porcelain veneer is a thin, tooth-colored shell that Dr. Karas will attach to the tooth’s surface. Customized just for you, your porcelain veneers can:
- Hide tooth stains and discolorations
- Close spaces between the teeth
- Correct uneven, crooked, or misshapen teeth
- Repair cracked or chipped teeth
- Improve your smile and overall appearance
Porcelain veneers can be placed in just two simple visits to Karas Dental in Necedah or Elroy. When complete, you’ll be amazed at the results! We invite you to contact Karas Dental today to learn more about porcelain veneers, cosmetic dentistry, and how they can enhance your smile
Whitening your teeth is a great way to completely rejuvenate your smile and overall appearance. At Karas Dental,
we understand that everyone has different needs and therefore offer several teeth whitening systems. Whether
you want your teeth whitened in the office, or if you prefer to whiten them at home we have a system that
is right for you.
Our in-office Sinsational Smile® whitening, provides amazing whitening technology that requires just 30 minutes of your time and the results can last up to six months.
If time is an issue, our customized whitening trays or Opalescence® at home systems may be the best option for you.
No matter what system you choose all of them can reduce the appearance of stains caused by:
- The natural aging process
- Food and drink
- Certain medications
- Tobacco use
We invite you to call Karas Dental today to discuss what option may be best for you.
TMJ (temporomandibular joint) disorders affect the joint, bone, and ligaments that connect the lower jaw and the skull. There are many symptoms associated with TMJ disorders, including:
- Jaw soreness or pain
- Changes to the bite
- Clicking/popping when opening or closing the mouth
- Frequent tension headaches or migraines
- A “locked” jaw
Thanks to modern advances in dentistry and healthcare, the pain associated with TMJ disorders can be effectively
reduced. If you suffer from any of the above symptoms of TMJ disorder, please contact Karas Dental in Elroy
or Necedah today to schedule your consultation with Dr. Karas. Together we can help you achieve a comfortable
and well-functioning life and smile once again
It is important that if you contact our office immediately if you experience any kind of dental injury, lose a filling or a crown or experience any kind of dental pain, inflammation or swelling. Our office will make every effort to see emergencies on the same day.
Doctor Christopher J. Karas earned his bachelor’s degree in chemistry from the University of Wisconsin – Oshkosh and his Doctorate of Dental Surgery degree from the Indiana University Dental School. He has been the owner of Karas Dental in Elroy since 2004. Four years later, he expanded his practice and purchased our office in Necedah, Wisconsin. Dr. Karas is accomplished in all procedures of general dentistry, and he is currently working towards a degree that will make him a specialist in cosmetic dentistry. The artist in Dr. Karas makes him an excellent cosmetic and restorative dentist. Professionally, Dr. Karas is a member of the American Dental Association and the Wisconsin Dental Association. When not at work, you will find him spending time with his two daughters, biking, swimming, running, or supporting one of his favorite Wisconsin sports teams.
Dr. Wayne E. Myhre
o Born and raised in Hillsboro, WI
o Attended Hillsboro Schools graduating in 1972 from HHS as Salutatorian
o Under Graduate/Pre-Dental Education at UW-La Crosse 1972-1975
o Dental Education and D.D.S. degree from Marquette University School of Dentistry 1975-1979
o Started and operated a solo dental practice in Hillsboro from 1979-2017 38 years
o Sold and integrated/merged practice with Karas Dental May 1, 2017
o Began working for Karas Dental May 8, 2017
o Career long member of the Wisconsin Dental Association, American Dental Association and corresponding local Dental Societies/Affiliates
o Served 8 years as a Dental Officer in the Army National Guard. Two more years in the Inactive Ready Reserve
o Enjoy practicing dentistry and interacting with patients to help them realize their dental health goals and objectives.
o Appreciate working for Karas Dental, the opportunity to work with excellent staff, and continue my career w/o the burdens and responsibilities of being the practice owner
o Married to my wife Judy for 36+ years, three children, 8 grandchildren
o Enjoy attending UW Badger Athletic events as a season football and basketball ticket owner
o Enjoy riding my Harley Davidson motorcycle and golfing whenever possible
Laura Office Manager
Laura has been working in the Elroy office since October 2015,and is really enjoying working with the staff and helping the day to day operations. Laura has a bachelor’s degree in Management and Communications and 14 years of scheduling and insurance billing experience. Hobbies/interests include spending time with family, participating in triathlons, and coaching swimming.
Dianne Treatment and Insurance Coordinator
Dianne has worked in the dental field for over 39 years. Prior to joining Karas Dental in 2002, Dianne was the insurance/treatment coordinator for Dr. Basharian.She enjoys working with such educated and caring people who all try their best to please our patients. In addition, Dianne loves seeing her patients get their dental work done and their happiness with the work we’ve done. As one of our treatment coordinators, she works closely with our patients to help them throughout the financial process so they can achieve the affordable and healthy smile that they deserve.
Dianne is a graduate of Royall High School. She and her husband, Gordon, are the proud parents of 25-year-old twins, Adam and Ashley and grandma to Jack who was born in 2015. When not at work, you may find Dianne working in her garden and flowerbeds or volunteering at her church.
Edna Treatment and Insurance Coordinator
Edna joined the Karas Dental team in February of 2014. She was born in Rochester, Mn where she grew up on a farm outside of St. Charles. She is the youngest of 8 children. She is married to Todd and has two son’s Jeff and Eric, step-daughter’s Kaysie, Sophie and granddaughter Paislee Jane. She also has two dogs Rubie and Hunter.
Edna has worked in the dental field for over 15 years where she loves working with people. In her spare time she enjoy’s being with family and friends. She also loves to travel, ride on the Harley or go ATVing with friends.
Deb Registered Dental Hygienist
One of the longstanding staff members, Deb has worked as a dental hygienist at our practice since 1993. She enjoys working with the members of the Karas Dental team and sharing close relationships with them. “Together our team provides the best possible treatment for each and every patient.” Deb’s spare time is spent with her daughters, Danielle and Taylor.
Cindy Registered Dental Hygienist
Cindy graduated from the MATC Madison Dental Assisting Program in 2000 and five years later from the Dental Hygiene Program. In June of 2005 she joined the Karas Dental staff. She loves her job as a hygienist and feels that it shows in how she treats her patients. Cindy strives hard to make patients feel comfortable and really enjoys working in a small community where the patients feel like family. Cindy is married to Kirk. Her hobbies include gardening, camping, kayaking and running.
Amber Dental Assistant
Hi my name is Amber. I studied at Western Technical College as a Dental Assistant in La Crosse, WI. I love meeting new people and enjoy working at Karas Dental. My boyfriend Dominic and I enjoy canoeing, fishing, and spending time with our family and friends together.