When you come to our dental practice for the first time, we think you’ll be amazed. Not just because of our unique dental facility in the heart of St. Paul with state-of-the-art equipment. Not just because our patients are seen right away and have virtually no wait time. It’s because of our doctors and our exceptional team who are committed to providing comfortable, gentle dentistry in an atmosphere that will make you feel pampered.
Please enjoy our comfort amenities while we provide you with a smile that will last a lifetime:
- Nitrous oxide is available if needed
- Headphones are available if you want to listen to any music or podcasts
- Sunglasses are available if you have light sensitivity
- Blankets available if you tend to get chilly
- Comfortable chairs in every room to help you relax at your appointment
A standard of excellence in personalized dental care enables us to provide the quality dental services our patients deserve. We provide comprehensive treatment planning and use restorative and cosmetic dentistry to achieve your optimal dental health. Should a dental emergency occur, our doctors will make every effort to see and care for you as soon as possible.
Education & Prevention
As a practice, we are true believers that preventive care and education are the keys to optimal dental health. We strive to provide “dental health care” vs. “disease care”. That’s why we focus on thorough exams – checking the overall health of your teeth and gums, performing oral cancer exams, and taking x-rays when necessary. We also know that routine cleanings, flossing, sealants, and fluoride are all helpful in preventing dental disease. Not only are we focused on the beauty of your smile, we’re also concerned about your health. A review of your medical history can help us stay informed of your overall health, any new medications, and any illnesses that may impact your dental health.
Infection control in our St. Paul dental office is also very important to us. To protect our patients and ourselves, we strictly maintain sterilization and cross contamination processes using standards recommended by the American Dental Association (ADA), the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), and the Center for Disease Control (CDC).
Training & Expertise
As your dental health professionals, we want you to be confident knowing that we are a team of highly trained and skilled clinicians. We pride ourselves in providing the care you need to keep your smile healthy. To give you the best possible service and results, we are committed to continual education and learning. We attend dental lectures, meetings, and dental conventions to stay informed of new techniques, the latest products, and the newest equipment that a modern dental office can utilize to provide state-of-the-art dental care. Also, being members of various professional dental associations helps us to stay abreast of the changes and recommendations for our profession.
A Positive Experience
Building a foundation of trust by treating our patients as special individuals is vital to our success. We understand how uneasy some patients may feel about their dental visits, and how we can make a difference in providing a relaxing and positive experience. Our entire team is dedicated to providing you with excellent, personalized care and service to make your visits as comfortable and pleasant as possible.
Meet the Doctors
Skill and compassion go hand in hand when providing exceptional patient care. As your dental professionals, we stay up to date on the latest advancements in dentistry in order to provide the most current treatment options for our patients. As doctors, we recognize that our patients are unique individuals who have placed a great deal of trust in us and our team. That is just one reason why we value each and every patient relationship.
We appreciate the time you’ve taken to visit our website and find out more about our St. Paul dental practice, our team, and the many dental services we can provide to help you achieve optimum oral health.
Dr. Scott Lingle
Dr. Lingle likes being with people, and dentistry allows him to share his friendly nature with patients. In turn, patients appreciate his communication skills, which are evident throughout the entire practice. He believes dentists should always call their patients after surgery to see how they are doing, a practice that all of the doctors follow at St. Paul Dental Center.
Dr. Lingle has been a dentist for more than twenty-five years. After graduating Magna cum Laude from the University of Minnesota, Duluth, with a Bachelor’s of Arts degree and a Bachelor’s of Science degree, he received his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis. He has been in private general practice since 1979 and has been a prosthetics clinic instructor at the University of Minnesota.
Continuing Education and Honors
A strong believer in continuing his education after dental school, Dr. Lingle regularly takes continuing education courses to stay on the cutting edge of dentistry. He has a Fellowship from the Misch Implant Institute, the International Congress of Oral Implantology, and the American College of Dentists. He is a member of the Pierre Fauchard Honor Academy and has been named in the Marquis Who’s Who Young Leaders in America. Dr. Lingle received the Outstanding Service Award from the Minnesota Dental Association.
Dr. Lingle is an avid participant in organized dentistry, holding several memberships in dental organizations, including the American Dental Association, the St. Paul District Dental Society, the Minnesota Dental Association, and the International Congress of Oral Implantology. He also was past president of the Minnesota Dental Association. Because Dr. Lingle can walk to the Capitol from his office in the heart of St. Paul, he is often called to testify at the legislature on healthcare issues, such as access for the underserved and taxes that affect patients.
Dr. Lingle lectures regularly on implant dentistry to other dentists locally and around the country at a variety of meetings, including the World Dental Congress, the American Dental Association Annual session, the Star of the North Meeting, and the Academy of General Dentistry. He is also launching personal support seminars for referring doctors in the St. Paul area, teaching them about new implant systems in a study club format.
Dr. Lingle is involved in several community organizations, including Century College, the White Bear Lake United Methodist Church, and the St. Paul Union Gospel Mission. He has been a volunteer dentist for Give Kids A Smile. For two years, he was chairman of this group, which provides 6,000 children with free dental care every year.
Dr. Lingle has been married to Anne Lingle since 1975. Together they have two daughters, Courtney and Brittney. He was a Mahtomedi Community Ed girls’ softball coach for seven years. His interests include skiing, golf, bicycling, in-line skating, hunting, woodworking, and canoeing. He regularly rollerblades in the Northshore Inline Skate Marathon, the largest in-line skating marathon in the United States, held in Duluth every September.
Joseph Trowbridge, DDS
Dr. Trowbridge has a Bachelor’s of Science degree in biology from the University of Minnesota in Duluth and a Doctor of Dental Surgery from the University of Minnesota. He worked as a biochemist for two years and found that he liked the science behind dentistry. Although his career as a biochemist was rewarding, he felt the need to work with people and decided that dentistry was the perfect combination of using science and helping people.
Continuing Education and Honors
Dr. Trowbridge regularly attends continuing education to further his knowledge base and stay at the top of his field in dentistry. He has accreditation with the state board for conscious sedation, he is a fellow in the International Congress of Oral Implantology, and has completed coursework of advanced prosthetic reconstruction through the Dawson Academy. Dr. Trowbridge is also the recipient of the GILL award for excellence in prosthodontics.
Dr. Trowbridge is an avid participant in organized dentistry, holding several memberships in dental organizations, including the American Dental Association, the St. Paul District Dental Society, the Minnesota Dental Association, and the International Congress of Oral Implantology. Dr. Trowbridge has also served as a delegate for the St. Paul District for three years.
Dr. Trowbridge lectures regularly on implant dentistry locally, including the Star of the North Convention through the Minnesota Dental Association. He is also part of launching a support program for referring doctors around the state, teaching them about bone grafting and implant restorations.
Dr. Trowbridge is involved with many community organizations, including Community of Hope Church in Rosemount, union gospel mission, Donated Dental Services and the nation wide Give Kids a Smile program.
He was born and raised in the Twin Cities in a family of five children. He is married to Amy and together they have two children, Isaac and Nora. His hobbies include golfing, skiing, hockey and playing with his children.
Ryan Sass, DDS
“Measure twice, cut once” is a woodworking motto Dr. Ryan Sass takes to heart. He believes in proper diagnosis, planning, and patient education before proceeding with any treatment. He understands that dentistry can be confusing and he always wants to be sure everyone has the same expectations before anyone gets a numb lip.
After graduating from Henry Sibley in Mendota Heights Dr. Sass headed north to the University of Minnesota Duluth. While studying Cellular and Molecular Biology he was honored with the Mowbry Scholarship for academics before graduating Cum Laude with his Bachelors of Science degree. He then studied dentistry at the University of Minnesota where in his final year he was selected to study alongside prosthodontic residents. When receiving his Doctor of Dental Surgery Dr. Sass was recognized among his peers and received Distinction Honors.
In the years since his graduation he has gained a Fellowship in Implant Dentistry and has completed more than three times the number of educational credits needed to maintain his license. He strives to stay up to date with current treatment to best serve his patients.
Dr. Sass is active in his community and has volunteered with many organizations including Second Harvest Heartland, Ronald McDonald House, and the Union Gospel Mission. He also gives back by donating his time to Give Kids a Smile, a day where children receive free dental care.
Dr. Sass resides in Eagan but is active around the state and enjoys traveling. He is an avid cyclist, fisherman, Minnesota sports fan, and enjoys being active outdoors. In his downtime, he likes to recharge his batteries by trying new restaurants and taprooms around the Twin Cities.
Meet the Team
At the core of our dental practice is a friendly team of professionals that are dedicated to your utmost comfort and optimal oral health. We view each patient as a unique individual, and tailor each treatment to your specific needs. As part of our commitment to providing close, personalized attention to every patient, we want to encourage patient communication. Please know that we are here to provide outstanding patient care, and that we value the trust you have placed in us.
Office Manager – Mary Jo
If patients have questions or concerns, they usually turn to Mary Jo. She helps with financial arrangements, schedules appointments, manages the facility, and supervises the team.
Receptionist – Jenny
Often the first face you’ll see at St. Paul Dental Center, Jenny handles phone calls, sets up appointments, and welcomes you to the office.
Business Assistant – Alicia
Alicia handles all the insurance questions, comments and concerns, schedules appointments, and helps with financial arrangements. She’s your advocate to help you get the maximum insurance benefits from your insurance companies.
Dental Assistants – Alison, Anastasiya, and Sara
With training in restorative, cosmetic, and surgical care, our dental assistants are always available to answer your questions about dental treatment.
Hygienists – Chris, Jessica, Sarah
Chris, Jessica, and Sarah perform preventive care and advanced periodontal therapy. Concerned about your oral health, they individualize treatment by personalizing and customizing hygiene care.