Your Trusted Downtown Partner in Dental Care

Dental Health Associates - Downtown Clinic, Madison, WI

New Location, Familiar Smiles, and a Warm Welcome to Dr. Brent Killian!

Dr. Brent Killian, Family Dentist Downtown Madison

At Dental Health Associates of Madison, our enduring commitment to your oral health remains unwavering. For years, we’ve taken pride in serving the Madison community at the heart of Downtown Madison, positioned just off the Capitol at the corner of Pickney and Mifflin. Our clinic has been a reliable constant, delivering a spectrum of dental services to our valued patients. Now, with the addition of Dr. Brent Killian to our team, our commitment to your dental health takes on a renewed strength.

What Sets Us Apart

Experienced Team
With over fifteen years of dedicated practice, Dr. Killian has earned recognition as one of Madison Magazine’s top Dentists, showcasing his commitment to excellence in the field.

Community Connection
We cherish the bonds we’ve formed with the Madison community over the years. Your trust motivates us to continually strive for excellence in dental care.

Accessible Location
Positioned at the corner of Pickney and Mifflin, our clinic is conveniently located, ensuring easy access for our patients in downtown Madison.

Your Dental Experience Matters

At Dental Health Associates of Madison, we understand that each patient is unique. Our commitment goes beyond just providing dental services; it’s about creating a positive and comfortable experience for you.

Our team of excellent dental professionals is here to bring out your best smile. If you have any more questions or would like to schedule an appointment, please use our online appointment request form.

Madison’s Premier Dentists: Meet Dental Health Associates’ Award-Winning Team

Dental Health Associates of Madison, Voted Madison's Top Dentists 2023

Top Dentists 2023 - Dental Health Associates

Doctor-owned dentistry provides wrap-around care for patients

As a dentist, how do you ensure your patients get the best care? You buy into the practice, of course! That’s just how Dental Health Associates is structured: as an organization owned by its doctors, the decisions are made in house, with a patient-first mindset.

Decades of Excellence

The organization was started in 1969 and has been providing quality care to Madison and its surrounding communities for more than 50 years. They employ specialists in general dentistry, periodontics, endodontics, and orthodontics. With 30 providers across seven locations, Dental Health Associates (DHA) provides patient access, convenience, and seamless care like no other.

Empowering Dentists

At DHA, the essence of uniqueness lies in the empowerment of its dental professionals. In a refreshing departure from the norm found in larger organizations, the dentists here enjoy a level of autonomy that allows them to make crucial decisions for their patients. Dr. Brian Sweeney, a partner and general dentist, emphasized the significance, stating that being in control of your own practice allows the freedom to build a stronger relationship with patients and staff. It allows you to have the freedom of choice which leads to better care.

Seamless Care

“One of the things that differentiates us is that most of our referrals to specialists are done within the practice, which means that all of that patient information is readily available and there is a direct line of communication between the providers,” Sweeney said. “The patient’s treatment plan is much easier to follow, and oftentimes, providers can communicate about a patient in person. It’s very cohesive for both the staff and the patients.”

Community Commitment

Aside from providing accessible and exceptional care to their patients, DHA takes great pride in actively engaging with and contributing to the communities they serve. The owners and staff believe in the importance of being a visible and caring part of these communities. By being actively involved, they ensure that their presence is felt, and it demonstrates their genuine care and commitment to the well-being of the people they serve. This community-centered approach further strengthens the bond between DHA and the communities they have been serving for over 50 years.

Exceptional Patient Experience

“At Dental Health Associates, patients can anticipate a warm and non-judgmental environment where open communication and patient education are paramount. Our focus on preventive dentistry and modern dentistry reflects our commitment to providing excellent long-term dental care with a conservative approach. We place genuine emphasis on the well-being of our patients, ensuring they never feel pressured. Instead, they experience care, attentiveness, and ease throughout their entire dental journey.”

Our team of excellent dental professionals is here to bring out your best smile. If you have any more questions or would like to schedule an appointment, please use our online appointment request form.

Celebrating Excellence: Our 2023 People’s Choice Award Win

DHA - 2023 People's Choice Winner for Best Dentist

We are excited to share some wonderful news with our cherished community and readers. For yet another year, we’ve been recognized with the esteemed 2023 People’s Choice Award for Best Dental Practice in Madison!

This accolade stands as a testament to our enduring commitment to delivering top-tier dental care and the unwavering support we receive from our exceptional staff, devoted patients, and the community we take immense pride in serving.

A Tradition of Excellence

This victory signifies more than just an award; it embodies the trust and faith our community consistently places in us. Our tradition of excellence is a source of immense pride for our entire team.

Over the years, we’ve strived to create a dental practice that not only offers top-quality clinical care but also fosters a warm and welcoming atmosphere where patients feel comfortable. Your dental experience should be as stress-free as possible, and this recognition tells us we’re achieving that goal.

With that being said we want to mention 3 key factors and that ensure that we are the best:

  • Our Exceptional Staff
    Behind our practice’s success lies a team of dedicated professionals. Our staff goes the extra mile every day to ensure our patients receive the best care possible. This award is as much yours as it is ours.
  • Our Wonderful Patients
    Your trust in us is our most prized accomplishment. We understand that dental visits can be intimidating, and your confidence in us motivates us to continuously improve and provide exceptional care.
  • Our Supportive Community
    Madison isn’t just a place; it’s our home. We’re honored to be a part of this vibrant community and are committed to giving back in every possible way.

What’s on the Horizon?

As we bask in the glow of this victory, we also look to the future. We are dedicated to upholding the high standards of care and service that have earned us this award. Furthermore, we will continue to invest in the latest dental technologies and techniques to ensure our patients receive the most advanced and effective care available.

Thank you, Madison

Once again, we want to convey our heartfelt appreciation to our extraordinary staff, patients, and community for propelling us to the pinnacle as the Best Dental Practice in Madison. This achievement would not have been possible without your unwavering support.

Here’s to many more years of serving our community and ensuring that every smile remains healthy and happy.

Say Goodbye to Missing Teeth with Dental Bridges

At Dental Health Associates of Madison, we understand the challenges that come with tooth loss. That’s why we offer dental bridges as a reliable, long lasting, and effective solution to restore your smile.

What is a Dental Bridge?

Dental bridges are custom-made prosthetic devices that are designed to fill the gaps left from missing teeth. They are constructed with two or more crowns, referred to as abutment teeth, which are placed beside the open area to secure the artificial teeth, known as pontics, in place. The result is a seamless and natural-looking restoration that enhances your appearance while also allowing you to chew and speak comfortably.

Why Choose Dental Bridges?

  1. Restore Your Confidence: Our dental bridges are designed to match the color, shape, and size of your natural teeth, ensuring a seamless blend that enhances your smile and boosts your self-esteem.
  2. Improve Functionality:. Dental bridges restore your ability to enjoy a diverse diet and speak clearly, allowing you to live your life without limitations.
  3. Maintain Oral Health: When a tooth is missing, adjacent teeth can shift and cause alignment issues. Dental bridges prevent this by filling the gap and keeping your remaining teeth properly aligned.
  4. Long-lasting Solution: With proper care and regular dental visits, dental bridges can last for many years, providing a durable and reliable tooth replacement option.

Our Approach to Dental Bridges 

At Dental Health Associates of Madison, we understand that each patient has unique needs and concerns. Our team is committed to actively listening, explaining the procedure in detail, and answering questions. We will work closely with you to create a personalized treatment plan addressing your needs. 

Experience the Difference at Dental Health Associates of Madison. 

When you choose our practice for your dental bridge treatment, you can expect the highest level of care and professionalism. We are dedicated to creating a comfortable, non-judgmental, and welcoming environment where your oral health is our top priority. 

Schedule Your Consultation Today. 

Embrace life to the fullest without letting missing teeth hold you back!. Contact Dental Health Associates of Madison today to schedule a consultation with one of our experienced dentists. Together, we will determine if dental bridges are the right solution for you and create a tailored treatment plan to restore your smile.

Request an Appointment and take the first step towards regaining your confidence and enjoying all the benefits dental bridges offer.

Understanding Dental Crowns: Benefits, Procedure, and Types

Understanding Dental Crowns

What is a Dental Crown?

A dental crown is a prosthetic restoration that covers and protects a damaged or weakened tooth. It is custom-made to match the size, shape, and color of your natural teeth, providing strength, durability, and aesthetic improvement. Dental crowns can restore the function and appearance of a tooth while preserving its remaining structure.

 When is a Dental Crown Needed?

  • Tooth Decay: Crowns are used when a tooth has extensive decay that cannot be repaired with a filling.
  • Fractured or Broken Teeth: Teeth that are cracked, chipped, or broken can be restored with crowns.
  • Root Canal Treatment: After a root canal, a crown is often placed to protect the treated tooth.
  • Large Fillings: When a large filling compromises the structural integrity of the tooth, a crown can provide reinforcement.
  • Cosmetic Enhancement: Crowns can be used to improve the appearance of misshapen, discolored, or severely stained teeth.

The Dental Crown Procedure:

  1. Evaluation: Your dentist will examine your tooth, take X-rays, and discuss treatment options with you.
  2. Tooth Preparation: The tooth receiving the crown will be reshaped to accommodate the crown’s thickness.
  3. Impression: An impression of your tooth will be taken to create a precise mold for the dental laboratory.
  4. Temporary Crown: While your permanent crown is being fabricated, a temporary crown will be placed to protect the tooth.
  5. Crown Placement: Once the permanent crown is ready, your dentist will remove the temporary crown and bond the permanent one in place using dental cement.
  6. Adjustment and Polishing: The crown will be checked for proper fit, bite, and appearance. Adjustments may be made, and the crown will be polished for a natural finish.




Types of Dental Crowns:

  • Porcelain-Fused-to-Metal (PFM): These crowns have a metal substructure for strength with a porcelain exterior for a natural appearance.
  • All-Ceramic or All-Porcelain: These crowns offer excellent aesthetics, mimicking the translucency and color of natural teeth.
  • Metal Crowns: Made of alloys like gold or base metals, they are known for their durability and strength.
  • Zirconia Crowns: These crowns are made of a strong ceramic material, providing both strength and esthetics.

Caring for Your Dental Crown:

– Practice good oral hygiene by brushing your teeth twice a day and flossing daily.

– Avoid chewing hard or sticky foods that may damage the crown.

– Schedule regular dental check-ups to ensure the crown’s stability and overall oral health.

– Wear a nightguard if you grind or clench your teeth to protect the crown from excessive force.

Benefits of Dental Crowns:

  • Tooth Protection: Crowns provide a protective layer over damaged or weakened teeth, preventing further decay, fractures, or wear.
  • Improved Functionality: Dental crowns restore the shape, size, and strength of damaged teeth, allowing for better chewing, biting, and overall oral function.
  • Aesthetic Enhancement: Crowns are custom-made to match the color and shape of your natural teeth, improving the appearance of discolored, misshapen, or poorly aligned teeth.
  • Durability: With proper care, dental crowns can last for many years, providing long-term functionality and aesthetics.
  • Versatility: Crowns can be used to address various dental issues, including tooth decay, cracks, fractures, large fillings, root canal-treated teeth, and cosmetic enhancements.
  • Stain Resistance: Depending on the material used, dental crowns can be highly resistant to staining, maintaining their color and brightness over time.

Risks and Considerations of Dental Crowns:

  • Sensitivity: Some individuals may experience temporary sensitivity to hot or cold temperatures after crown placement. This usually subsides on its own but can be managed with desensitizing toothpaste or dental treatments.
  • Allergic Reactions: In rare cases, individuals may have an allergic reaction to the materials used in the crown, such as metals or dental ceramics. It is essential to discuss any known allergies with your dentist.
  • Tooth Sensitivity or Nerve Damage: Preparing the tooth for a crown may involve removing a portion of the tooth’s structure, which can result in temporary or, in rare cases, persistent tooth sensitivity. In rare instances, nerve damage may occur during the preparation process.
  • Tooth Decay: While dental crowns protect the underlying tooth, proper oral hygiene is crucial to prevent decay at the crown’s margin or in the surrounding teeth.
  • Crown Failure or Damage: Although rare, dental crowns can fracture, chip, or become loose over time. This is more likely to happen with excessive force, grinding, or biting on hard objects.
  • Adjacent Tissue Irritation: In some cases, the gum tissue around the crown may become irritated or inflamed. Maintaining good oral hygiene and regular dental check-ups can help prevent or address such issues.

Remember, every case is unique, and your dentist will recommend the most suitable type of crown for your specific needs. If you have any questions or concerns, consult with your dentist, who will guide you through the process of getting a dental crown and help you achieve a healthy and confident smile.



Understanding Oral Cancer: Risks, Symptoms, and Prevention

Dental Patient and Dentist screening for Oral Cancer

Oral Cancer Awareness Day: Raising Awareness to Prevent and Detect Oral Cancer

Oral cancer is a potentially life-threatening disease that affects millions of people worldwide. It can occur in any part of the mouth or throat, including the lips, tongue, gums, and tonsils. Early detection of oral cancer is crucial for successful treatment and better patient outcomes. In light of this, dental organizations around the world observe Oral Cancer Awareness Day to raise awareness of this disease, its risk factors, and the importance of regular screening.

What is Oral Cancer?

Oral cancer is an abnormal growth of cells in the oral cavity or throat. It can manifest as a sore, lump, or discolored area in the mouth or throat. Oral cancer can spread to other parts of the body, including nearby lymph nodes, lungs, and liver, if not detected and treated early.

Risk Factors for Oral Cancer

Certain factors increase the risk of developing oral cancer, including:

  • Tobacco use: Smoking or using smokeless tobacco products like snuff, chewing tobacco, or dip.
  • Heavy alcohol consumption: Drinking excessive amounts of alcohol regularly.
  • Human Papillomavirus (HPV): A sexually transmitted infection that can cause oral cancer.
  • Sun exposure: Prolonged exposure to the sun can increase the risk of lip cancer.
  • Age: People over 45 are more likely to develop oral cancer.
  • Genetics: A family history of oral cancer or genetic syndromes like Fanconi anemia or dyskeratosis congenita can increase the risk of developing oral cancer.

Symptoms of Oral Cancer

Oral cancer may not always present symptoms in its early stages. However, as it progresses, symptoms may include:

  • A sore or ulcer in the mouth or on the lips that does not heal.
  • A lump or thickened area in the cheek, tongue, or throat.
  • Difficulty swallowing or chewing.
  • Persistent sore throat or hoarseness.
  • Unexplained bleeding in the mouth.
  • Numbness in the mouth or lips.
  • Loose teeth or dentures that no longer fit properly.

Oral Cancer Screening

Regular screening for oral cancer is an essential part of oral health care. During a screening, a dental professional will examine the mouth, tongue, and throat for any signs of abnormal growth or discoloration. They may also feel for lumps or enlarged lymph nodes in the neck. If oral cancer is suspected, the dentist may refer the patient to a specialist for further evaluation and treatment.

Prevention of Oral Cancer

Oral cancer is preventable in many cases. Here are some steps that individuals can take to reduce their risk:

  • Quit smoking or using smokeless tobacco products.
  • Drink alcohol in moderation or not at all.
  • Practice safe sex and get vaccinated against HPV.
  • Wear protective clothing and sunscreen when spending time in the sun.
  • Eat a healthy diet rich in fruits and vegetables.
  • Visit the dentist regularly for oral cancer screenings and dental cleanings.


Oral Cancer Awareness Day is an opportunity to educate the public about oral cancer, its risk factors, and the importance of early detection. Dental organizations play a vital role in raising awareness and encouraging individuals to take steps to prevent oral cancer. By working together, we can help reduce the incidence of oral cancer and improve patient outcomes.

Getting Started with Dental Implants

Getting Started with Dental Implants

Dental implants are an effective solution for those who have damaged or lost one or more teeth due to injury, disease, or other causes. They provide a secure, long-term solution for restoring your smile and improving the overall health of your mouth.

When considering dental implants, there are many questions to ask yourself and your dentist or periodontist. 

Here are some frequently asked questions about dental implants that may help you in making an informed decision:

What is the difference between dental implants and dentures?

Dental implants: A permanent solution for missing teeth, made from titanium and fused with the jawbone. They do not require removing or replacing like dentures and can last a lifetime if properly cared for. 

Dentures: Removable prosthetics that replace multiple missing teeth; however, they must be taken out at night and require ongoing maintenance and replacement.

What are the benefits of dental implants?

Dental implants provide many advantages over traditional dentures. They are designed to look and feel like natural teeth, meaning they blend in with your existing teeth and can be cared for just like natural teeth.

Dental implants are small, titanium posts that mimic the root structure of natural teeth. Unlike removable dentures, they don’t require adhesives or special cleaning agents to stay firmly in place.

Are you a good candidate for dental implants?

Most people with missing teeth due to injury, disease, or other causes are good candidates for dental implants. However, you should consult with your dentist and periodontist to determine if you are an ideal candidate. Generally speaking, suitable candidates must have healthy gums and adequate bone in the jaw where the implant will be placed. If these conditions are not met, you may still be a candidate for an implant, but additional treatments or procedures may be necessary before implant placement.

What is involved in the dental implant process?

The dental implant process typically involves several visits to your dentist and periodontist over several months. First, your dentist will refer you to a periodontist, and from there, you will meet with them to discuss treatment plan options and determine the next steps. 

The process generally goes like this…

  1. A referral from a general dentist or endodontist.
  2. The periodontist extracts the tooth.
  3. You let the area heal – I think it’s a few months.
  4. The periodontist places the implant and abutment.
  5. Three months later, your general dentist can place the crown.

If it has been determined that an implant is the best course of action, you will schedule your next visit. If your tooth hasn’t been removed or is still in place, your dentist or periodontist will extract the tooth.

During subsequent visits, your implant will be placed into the jawbone, and an abutment (which connects the implant to the replacement tooth or bridge) will be attached. After your implant has fully integrated with the bone and surrounding tissues, a crown or bridge will be added to restore your smile.

What is the cost of dental implants?

The cost of dental implants will vary depending on several factors, including your case’s complexity and how many teeth need to be replaced. Generally, a single implant can range from $4,000 – $6,500 per tooth, while multiple implants and crowns can range up to $30,000. Be sure to speak with your periodontist or financial coordinator about the specific costs associated with your case.

Will my insurance cover dental implants?

Some insurance providers may cover a portion of the cost, while others may not offer any coverage at all. Before beginning treatment, we recommend you check with your insurance company about out-of-network coverage. Your financial coordinator at the periodontal office can also recommend financing options if needed.

Dental Implant Specialists Near You

Dental implants offer numerous benefits, including improved oral health, increased comfort when eating and speaking, better facial volume, and greater self-confidence. If you’ve been considering dental implants but weren’t sure how to get started, now is the time to take action!

Contact Dental Health Associates today to learn how dental implants can help restore your smile and improve your oral health. We look forward to helping you achieve the best results possible.

Protect Your Teeth While Playing Sports

Protect your teeth mouth guards

There are few things more exciting than watching your child play sports. But as a parent, you must ensure your child is protected from dental injuries. Here are some tips to help you keep their smile safe.

Wear a mouth guard when playing contact sports.

Playing contact sports can be a great way to get physical exercise and enjoy some friendly competition, but it is important to bear in mind the potential for injury. The best way to protect yourself is by wearing a mouth guard. Not only do mouth guards shield your mouth from being directly impacted by another player or object, but they can also reduce the severity of injuries by cushioning any blows and absorbing energy before it reaches your jaw. Luckily, mouthguards come in all shapes and sizes, so you can find the perfect fit no matter what sport you play. With a mouth guard firmly in place, you will have less to worry about while playing contact sports and more time to focus on having fun!

Wear a helmet to protect your teeth.

Did you know that wearing a helmet not only protects your head, but it is also a powerful way to safeguard your teeth? Even if you think the risk of damaging your teeth is low, it’s always better to be safe than sorry. So, the next time you go on an adventure, don’t forget to wear a helmet.

Preparing for dental emergencies.

Be prepared for any dental emergency with the proper protection! Wearing a mouth guard and helmet when playing sports can help secure your teeth from injury, but what else do you need to know? Our emergency dental care services are here to provide all your needs if an unexpected incident should occur. From broken molars or chipped tooth enamel – we are here to give support whenever those pearly whites take a hit.

Thanks for reading, and we hope this information was helpful!