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STAFF PHOTO/C.J. MARSHALL Dr. Chris Kalna, left, and Dr. Steven Krahl prepare to wait on patients at Northern County Dental in Tunkhannock.

From the moment he starts treating his patients, Dr. Steven Krahl works to put their minds at ease.

“I welcome the patients,” he explained. “I try to relieve any stress and make them feel comfortable. And try to get to the business at hand of why they’re here. I realize it’s an anxiety-filled time for them.”

Krahl recently joined Northern County Dental at 30 E. Tioga St. in Tunkhannock. There, he and his colleague Dr. Chris Kalna provide dental care to patients throughout the Wyoming County area.

“We’re well versed in oral surgery,” he explained.

For the past 26 years, Krahl practiced dentistry in Archbald, where he still lives with his wife Holli and their four children.

“The 40-minute drive gives me a chance to unwind,” he said.

Kalna has also been a dentist for more than 25 years.

He and Krahl have experience in all aspects of dentistry, which they use in service to their patients.

“I think this is a great opportunity,” Krahl said about his decision to come to Tunkhannock. “I’m looking forward to serving the needs of the community as best we can.”

Krahl said he’s been interested in dentistry since he was a child. He obtained his degree in dentistry from the University of Pittsburgh.

Although Northern County Dental takes patients of all ages, Krahl’s practice mostly involves adults. The large number of elderly people living in the area often means special challenges must be met to take care of patients’ needs.

“We treat them on an as needed basis,” Krahl explained. “If they need dentures, we’ll take care of that. Or if they have bad teeth that require extraction.”

Another service they offer, he said, is implants to help keep dentures in place. Many people lose bone structure as they grow older, making it more difficult for dentures to remain firmly fixed in place.

“That why, for a lot of people, their bottom dentures are always lose,” Krahl explained.

Implants can often help in such situations, but only if the patient has enough bone structure left in the mouth. Implants make dentures more stable and comfortable.

Providing follow up service is also important at Northern County Dental. Krahl said he typically sees patients the day after treatment, as well as the following day and any day afterward if the need arises.

“They seem to be accepting me,” Krahl said about his new patients. “It’s going very well. They’re pleased to meet me, and I’m pleased to meet them. I’ve found it very accepting of the staff and the community.”

Northern County Dental provides comprehensive dentistry for all ages. For more informationm call 570-836-7050.