Elm Creek Dental
Richard Carter, DDS:
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Elm Creek Dental
Richard Carter, DDS
Maple Grove, MN













A list of major dental treatments which I offer my patients:

Dental cleaning

White fillings


Inlays & onlays


Clear aligners

Porcelain veneers

Teeth whitening

Dentures & partials

Root canal treatment

Tooth extraction

TMJ treatment

Dental implants


Offers Even28 at-home™? No

Offers Even28 at-dentist™? No

Offers Invisalign®? Yes


Monday: 7:00 am to 4:00 pm

Tuesday: 7:00 am to 4:00 pm

Wednesday: 7:00 am to 4:00 pm

Thursday: 7:00 am to 4:00 pm

Friday: 7:00 am to 12:00 pm

Saturday: Closed

Sunday: Closed





Check out what some of our happy patients are saying about us:

Mark G. from Minneapolis, MN (Source: Yelp)


Best dentist I’ve ever been to. I’ve had really bad experiences at dentists in the past. I had really bad baby teeth, so I was at the dentist a lot as a kid. I also apparently have nerves that run close to the surface of my teeth, so almost every time I’ve had something done on my teeth, I felt pain. Dr. Carter and the staff at Elm Creek are top notch, and for the first time in my life, I have had pain free dental visits with a combination of Novocaine and Nitrous. I also now use Nitrous with my cleanings to calm my anxiety about going to the dentist.

Nancy Nissen (Source: Google)


We’re new to the area, and randomly chose Elm Creek Dental. Neither of us looks forward to going to the dentist, but this was almost a pleasant experience! We were treated with kindness and efficiency. The hygienists explained things as they went; Dr. Carter did the same. We will definitely return!

Hal Creten (Source: Facebook)


We have been going to Elm Creek Dental for 17 years! Dr. Carter and his entire staff have always been professional, courteous, and fun. They always take the time to make sure everything is just right. Dr. Carter is so into his craft, continuously learning new treatments and methods and shares his knowledge openly with the staff. It’s great seeing how well the staff work together for their patients. I highly recommend them!

Rich H (Source: Google)


Fantastic Dentist! Wonderful staff! I have been to many dentists in my life and never have I had such a positive, professional, gentle experience! I have double the nerve endings in my body, so I feel pain twice as strongly as others; thus, the need for a lot more anesthetic. Dr. Carter and his staff were so wonderful and gentle, and made sure that my experience was pain-free and that I was comfortable. I highly recommend Dr. Carter and his incredible staff!

Darwin Wilde (Source: Google)


Never enjoy going to the dentist but you guys make it as pleasant as possible. Kind of like a family atmosphere – good rapport between Dr Carter and his support staff – all very professional but sill casual. I think a good place to work if you are willing to work hard and meet his standards and expectations. Never a problem with any procedure in the 15 years i have been a patient..

Miranda Kuschel (Source: Google)


This office has continuously gone above and beyond for my family and I, every single time. I have had a special connection with Dr. Carter since day one, he knows me, cares and genuinely likes to invest in each patient. As far as advanced technology this place has equipment that I have never experienced, nor even knew existed. They are cutting edge and takes the dental process to the next level. Superb service and I will never look to any other office for our dental needs!

Connie Erickson (Source: Google)


Dr. Carter & his staff are so great from the front desk to the hygienists to the dental assistants to Dr. Carter himself. They are all very personable, kind, & down-to-earth. The office is filled with the latest & greatest in technology & everyone is very knowledgeable. I normally see Jill for routine cleaning & she is fantastic! I have complete confidence in the care I receive from all who work at Elm Creek Dental.

Frank Canney (Source: Google)


Elm Creek Dental is one of the finest companies you could wish to visit. They have the most modern equipment, the best trained staff. I myself was recommended nearly 18 years ago and still today I am lucky enough to have them as my Dental choice. You will be treated as family. With the most confidence I recommend Elm Creek Dental.

James Didier (Source: Google)


I’ve been going to Elm Creek for nearly twenty years and I’ve always been happy with the care that I have received there. A couple years ago I had a filling that didn’t feel quite right. Dr. Carter and team saw me on two additional occasions to fix the issue and relieve the sensitivity. I’d recommend them to anyone!

SK H (Source: Google)


Let me preface this by saying I have a serious fear when it comes to going to the dentist. But my hygienist, Mary, has almost gotten me over that. She is amazingly good at what she does and keeps it as quick and painless as possible. Plus I love the fact that Dr. Carter keeps up to date on technology – they have a fabulous computer software to show you exactly what your teeth look like, history of your visits, etc. (Yep, I’m a computer nerd and I’m impressed.) I will probably never look forward to going to the dentist, but every time I come out of Elm Creek Dental I think “that wasn’t too bad” — which is HUGE for me! =)

Dawn R (Source: Google)


I was on the “once a decade” plan but after meeting Jackie and Dr. Carter I’m a regular every 6 month person with them now. Jackie was awesome during that first cleaning taking extra care to make it as pleasant as possible. The high tech stuff is really amazing. I love the full color image documentation of my teeth and gums when necessary and it is visible right there on a big screen at the foot of your chair! This works well as Dr. Carter is very hands on and likes to teach. I also like scheduling my next appt right while I am sitting in the chair! The massage chair in the lobby is nice and so is the coffee machine which also makes hot tea, hot cider and hot chocolate. I like them so well that I have changed my husband and son over to seeing them as well.

Dylan Benoit (Source: Google)


The staff at Elm Creek Dental is extremely caring about the well being of their patients and greatly exceeded my expectations when I had an old implant break. They worked diligently and quickly to help get a temporary in and get the real implant made. I was a new patient to Elm Creek Dental and after seeing how much they care, I will be using them for all my dental needs.

Charles Gannon Scudder (Source: Google)


I usually don’t write reviews but had to for Elm Creek Dental. I was experiencing very bad pain and was in between jobs so my family and I had to change dentists. I called ECD because of the reviews and mentioned my pain – they got me in the next morning. Dr. Carter performed a root canal on me that needed to be done ASAP. It was my first ever root canal, but it was a breeze. I didn’t experience any pain or discomfort. He also personally called me later that day to check on me. Extremely happy with this place!

Pierre Klee (Source: Google)


I have had a lot of dental work done and I will say without hesitation, this is the BEST team I have ever had to work on my teeth. They explained everything to me, cost and options, and made sure I was as comfortable as possible throughout the procedure. Very professional and very friendly!! Highly recommended!!!!!

Theresa Schwegman (Source: Google)


My 14 year old Daughter and I are both very nervous about getting Novacaine The staff there was absolutely terrific taking the time to use a Topical numbing agent and slowly giving the Novacaine shot so you don’t even feel it!! They really taking the time to explain everything they are doing and make you feel comfortable. I would highly recommend Elm Creek Dental

Lindsey Hammer (Source: Google)


I have horrible teeth and have been to many dentists that make me feel uncomfortable and leave me with no hope. Dr. Carter is so great, he’s great at explaining exactly what i should be doing to take better care of my mouth/gums/teeth etc. They are very accomodating for emergency issues, unlike many dentists i’ve been to. AND they have the most high-tech gadgets and tools I’ve seen. it’s nice to know i am getting the best possible care!!! I am very impressed going there! Found my new dentist-home. 🙂

Brenda Weaver (Source: Google)


Jill cleaned my teeth today and she did a wonderful job. She offered good advice as well. She is a very pleasant person and fun to visit with. Going to the dentist is not my favorite thing to do but everyone there makes the experience just great. Dr. Carter always makes me feel at ease and always explains everything.

Maria Z (Source: Google)


I absolutely hate the dentist but the lovely lady working with me let me know what was next & why. She did an amazing job explaining the procedures to me & made me feel like I was in good hands. She answered all my questions & The doctor was also very kind & funny. I will be referring friends & family to come here!

Jenn K. from Saint Michael, MN (Source: Yelp)


I just love this place (and I’m not a big fan of dentist) from beginning to end I am treated with dignity and respect. They are gentle and make you feel comfortable. Mary is my favorite Dental hygienist but I’m sure they are all amazing. She was the first person to ever tell Me I should be using a special toothpaste for my crowns/bridges so I don’t scratch them! Thank you!! This week I ran into a dental Emergency… their office was booked but Dr carter gladly took me either on his lunch break or after hours to help address problem area. Thanks for not letting me suffer all weekend!!!

Dian Johnson (Source: Google)


On a busy emergency type Monday, Dr. Carter and all Dental Hygienists’ worked together as a team and efficiently took care of all of us. I had a permanent crown within a 2 hr timeframe and they took care of the regularly scheduled patients too. Amazing how this place rocks! They use state of the art technology. The entire office is professional, caring/kind, and best of all, the pricing is very fair. I have high regard for Dr Carter and team. They are gentle, reassuring, and compassionate. It’s been twelve hrs and I have no pain. =)

Ann Chatfield Gunn-Smith (Source: Facebook)


My husband and I have been patients of this clinic for at least ten years. Dr. Carter and all the staff have been excellent. I have had some unusual health issues that mean I need some accommodations to receive my dental care. The entire team has worked with me to make it as comfortable as possible. I also love the location. I highly recommend this practice.

Paj Vaj (Source: Google)


My family and I have gone to Elm Creek Dental for over 10 years and we love Dr. Carter and all his staff. They are so friendly and know what they are doing. The staff knows how to entertain my little one and every steps are explained when a procedure is needed to be done. The place is kept clean and COVID procedures are followed. Even though I am an hour away now, I still drive the long distance for services because we cannot find anyone else like Dr. Carter and his staff. I highly recommend Elm Creek Dental

Cindy Swanson (Source: Google)


Dr. Carter and the staff are a great team. They do a very thorough job and they are very kind. They are very intelligent people who are very passionate about helping people. Their dentistry changed my life because not only do my teeth look great, I can actually eat without difficulty for a long time. I got kicked in the face by a horse a while back, and a lot of my teeth got damaged. Dr. Carter made it possible for me to get a temporary retainer with teeth attached to it, which saved my dignity and self-esteem. After doing a few bone graphs I got a bridge and a number of implants. I was impressed with his patience, intelligent, kindness and passion. Cynthia Swanson

Salliesue H (Source: Google)


Place was great!! Really clean, amazing atmosphere, and great staff! I have a pervious injury that makes it difficult to find a dentist who listens and care enough to be patient & gentle with me. I’ve tried going to other before I found this one and I didn’t finish my visit I got up and walk out. Definitely recommend this place!!

Melanie Rust (Source: Google)


Great people! Excellent work! Dr. Carter fixed my chipped tooth so I wouldn’t have to come back another day. So convenient to get my work and cleaning done on the same day. Kelsey was really gentle my sensitive teeth and fun to chat with (even though I bit her finger as I didn’t know she was putting it in my mouth at the moment). Can’t say enough good about everyone here! I’ve been going for over 15 years and hope I never have to go anywhere else.

Gertrude Olatuyi (Source: Google)


Awesome staff, all the treatments I need were explained well. The ambience was also great – never been to a dental office where TV distracts me as work is being done so based on this and other observations it seems to me that they care about the patients comfort! Much better compared to my last dentist. It was just my first visit. Hopefully my returns are the same but I would definitely recommend this place. Relocating to Indiana – feeling sad that I have to stop coming to this place. Best dental office in town in my opinion.

Brenda Howe (Source: Google)


Dr. Carter and his team are fantastic! Our family has been with Elm Creek Dental for 15+ years and I can’t imagine going anywhere else. Everything from routine cleanings, cosmetic work and serious dental emergencies handled with skill and compassion. If you have dental anxiety (I do) this is the place you want to be. I actually look forward to my dental visits, it feels like I’m catching up with friends when I’m there!

Joseph Bohlke (Source: Google)


First time visit and great experience, if there is such a thing in dentistry = great hygienist (Mary, thank you) and dentist, Dr Carter. They were very positive, personable and not pushy. They were also on top of their game with the latest knowledge and technology. I rarely post anything on the web/social media, but I definitely recommend Elm Creek Dental!

Sir Bika (Source: Google)


We took our 3 year old daughter there today and she got a filing done. The entire staff at Elm Creek Dental made her feel comfortable right from the time we entered the lobby and she was a bit nervous at first. They walked her through each step of the process and showed her the tools and sounds that she would hear and all went so well that we also had a cleaning done in the same visit. I personally have been going to Dr. Carter’s office for many years and always look forward to my visits. I trust them completely and its nice to see that my kid feels the same way too. Thank you for all that you guys do for us! -Ajay

Mark Geerdes (Source: Google)


Best dentist I’ve ever been to. I’ve had really bad experiences at dentists in the past. I had really bad baby teeth, so I was at the dentist a lot as a kid. I also apparently have nerves that run close to the surface of my teeth, so almost every time I’ve had something done on my teeth, I felt pain. Dr. Carter and the staff at Elm Creek are top notch, and for the first time in my life, I have had pain free dental visits with a combination of Novocaine and Nitrous. I also now use Nitrous with my cleanings to calm my anxiety about going to the dentist.

James Holmes, Jr. (Source: Google)


I had a tooth crown break during after hours, and was trying to figure out what to do late in the day with short term notice. I called Dr Carter on his cell phone, he instructed me to send a smart phone photo of the broken tooth. He gave me great short term advice, then worked me into his schedule the next morning. His service was over and above the call of duty. His staff also was friendly and professional, Vicky had my insurance estimates in no time flat. His professionalism is top notch! If anyone asks me what denist to see? I will endorse Elm Creek Dental without hesitation.

Stacy Herron (Source: Google)


Mary is the best dental hygienist ever! I love Elm Creek Dental. I have a phobia about going to the dentist and they do everything possible to make it the best experience. They are knowledgeable and up to date in the latest medical and dental procedures. My entire family goes to Elm Creek. Best place in the Twin Cities!