About Sandcreek Family Dentistry
Healthy smiles for healthy families start with professional family dentistry. At Sand Creek Dental, your bright, healthy smile is our top priority. Of course, you'll only smile if you're as happy with our service as you are with our dental treatment. That's why we take the time to listen to your needs and concerns. Not only do we listen to your concerns, but we use gentle, efficient cleaning techniques.
Matt Calkins DDS
Dr. Calkins is a native of Utah and graduated from Creighton School of Dentistry in Omaha, Nebraska. His wife Kandace was born and raised in Savage, MT on a family farm. He has enjoyed being able to practice dentistry in Glendive and has grown a real love for the town and its people.
He loves spending time with his wife and two little boys, including going on hikes in Makoshika and riding bikes around Glendive. In his free time Dr. Calkins enjoys weight lifting, snowboarding, watching movies and playing tennis. As a dentist, his main focus is helping patients feel comfortable and allowing them to choose the type of dentistry to best fits their needs.
David Steffen - Office Manager
David was born and raised in Eastern Montana on a family farm south of Savage. He graduated from Savage High School and received his secondary education from BYU-Idaho in Business Administration. David enjoys working with people.
He enjoys camping and going to Yellowstone National Park, collecting trains and restoring cars. He is married to a wonderful supportive wife and they have two amazing children.
Robin Trangmoe - Dental Assistant
Robin and her husband Jim and raise their four children in Glendive, MT. They have been blessed with nine wonderful grandchildren so far. They are 3rd generation farmer/ranchers. When Robin is not working in dentistry, she can be found doing a lot of chores and helping out on their family farm/ranch located southwest of Glendive. Robin and her husband raise registered Angus cattle, sheep, corn, alfalfa and soy beans.
Robin's experiences in the dental field have provided her with a very interesting and fulfilling career. She has been a dental assistant for 25 years — first in orthodontic, then general dentistry. To Robin, it is very rewarding to be able to educate and assist patients with their dental needs. Together with Dr. Coburn & Dr. Calkins, she feels that there is a great team at Sandcreek Family Dentistry.
Linda Hepperle - Dental Assistant
Linda was raised in Baker, MT. Her husband's job eventually moved their family of three to Dickinson, ND in 2007, and then to Glendive, MT in 2011. She began working in the dental field full and part-time from 1980 to 1997. She then became a licensed insurance agent and worked in the insurance industry for 12 years.
Upon moving to Glendive, Linda once again had an opportunity to become involved in the field of dentistry at Sandcreek Family Dentistry. She enjoys her co-workers, patients, and the challenges her job offers. In Linda's spare time, she and her husband enjoy camping and fishing with their children and nine grandchildren.
Ashley Kimball - Dental Assistant
Ashley was raised in Glendive and completed two years at Dawson Community College. She moved to Bismarck after graduation for a change of pace. Ashley worked in a dental office there as a dental assistant for a little over two years. After eight years of living in Bismarck and loving every minute of it, Ashley made the decision to move back home. She got engaged shortly after moving back and has a September 2015 wedding planned.
She loves spending time with her family and friends and feels lucky enough to have the majority of both her and her fiance's family here in town. She feels that it really has been good being back home; working at Sandcreek Family Dentistry has been a wonderful and rewarding experience for Ashley. She truly enjoys being a dental assistant and meeting new people every day.
Rhonda Appel - Receptionist & Scheduler
Rhonda is a Glendive native, born and raised. She has been married to her husband for 34 years, has two grown children, and three beautiful grandchildren.
Rhonda has worked in the dental field for 32 years, all of them in this same office! She started assisting and moved from there to the front office. Her favorite part of her job is the people she has met and the friendships she has made with her patients and co-workers.
Devon Morrison - Dental Assistant
She grew up in Gillette, WY and graduated high school in Terry, MT. She then continued her education at Williston State College and Rocky Mountain School of Massage.
She now lives on a small farm between Fallon and Glendive. Some of her hobbies include quilting, boating, camping and fishing at Fort Peck. She is naturally a people person and very cheery.
Breann Cullinan - Dental Hygienist
Breann was born and raised in Glendive. She graduated in 2010 from Sheridan College with an Associate of Science in Dental Hygiene, along with her Bachelor's of Science in Dental Hygiene from the University of Wyoming. Upon graduation, Breann worked in Miles City for about two years in a general practice. She has worked at Sandcreek Family Dentistry for three years, and she truly enjoys being back in her hometown, providing dental care to the community.
Breann and her husband have one son, with another child on the way. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, crafting, and camping. As a hygienist, she looks forward to meeting each of her patients and hopes to make your dental experience a positive, educational visit!
Brook Ceane - Dental Hygenist
Brook was raised in Bozeman, MT. She attended Montana State University for two years before moving to Albuquerque, New Mexico. She resided there for five years and graduated with a Bachelor's of Dental Hygiene from the University of New Mexico. Brook returned to Bozeman in 2006, where she met her husband. They were married in 2009. They moved to Glendive in January 2014, at which time she started working at Sandcreek Family Dentistry. Brook has been a dental hygienist for nine years, and her favorite part of the job is the interaction with patients, and helping them understand the importance of their oral health.
Brook finds it a rewarding career for herself, and she is happy to have found an office that supports its employees in providing the best care they can for their patients. She has enjoyed her first year in Eastern Montana. She appreciates the friendly, close-knit environment this community has to offer, and she continues to meet new people and make great friends. Brook and her husband are excited to be welcoming a baby girl to their family in July. They love the outdoors, especially the summer months. Brook's hobbies include hiking, camping, gardening and skiing.
X-rays are a primary tool for early identification of dental problems. Detecting issues with x-rays before they become problematic can save you money in the long run. Early detection can help prevent the need for more extensive, expensive procedures or surgeries. X-rays are primarily used to detect:
At Sandcreek Family Dentistry, we use digital x-rays, which have several advantages over traditional film based x-rays. Digital x-rays allow us to take x-rays with 1/5 of the radiation that you would receive from traditional dental x-rays. The worry of exposure to excess radiation is eliminated.
Large on-screen x-rays make patient communication more effective. The immediate observation of the images on the screen allows us to discuss your dental health quickly and accurately.
Digital radiography has greatly enhanced the practice of dentistry. It allows the patient and the doctor to see images of the teeth in higher resolution on a large format for easier detection of problems, all while decreasing the radiation exposure to the patient. The process we use further defines the radiograph, resulting in clinically meaningful images that are sharp, detailed and rich in contrast.
Images are available instantly after exposure, eliminating the wait and effort spent developing and mounting x-rays. If an image needs to be retaken, it can be done immediately. Digital format also allows us to send and receive your images electronically, allowing for a faster consultation with your dentist.
X-rays give us a clear view of what we can't see such as decay between the teeth. An intraoral camera gives the patient a view of what the dentist sees. An intraoral camera is a device that is about the size of a toothbrush. Broken fillings, fractured teeth, decay, or any other dental problem can be viewed so that we can discuss with you any treatment needed. With a clear understanding of your dental needs we can decide together what the best treatment is for you.
We use ultrasonic scalers for most adult dental cleanings. These devices use ultrasonic vibrations to help break down the plaque and calculus on the teeth that cause gingivitis and periodontal disease. The ultrasonic cleaners create microscopic bubbles that implode on the surface of the tooth, killing microbes and removing plaque and tartar in the process. Our instruments use a thin tip to better navigate in the periodontal pockets to help maintain optimal gingival health.
The procedure uses water and/or an antimicrobial liquid called chlorhexadine. It can remove tartar buildup in hard-to-reach areas, with no damage to the tooth enamel. Manual scaling often uses pressure for cleaning, while the vibration produced by the scaling tip of an ultrasonic scaler is barely perceptible. This makes ultrasonic cleaning suitable to those with sensitive teeth. The cleaning process is faster than manual scaling, making your visit more comfortable.
After your teeth have been cleaned with the ultrasonic cleaner, they will be hand scaled to check for any residual deposits and then polished.