We are a family practice that tries to maintain a low key comfortable atmosphere, while at the same time offering “State of the Art” practical care. In our dentistry office, we are highly trained to perform your smile makeover procedures. By using a combination of the procedures described below, we can transform a smile from the most unattractive to the most beautiful, natural smile possible.
Patients come to our office to take advantage of the experience and artistic expertise offered by Dr. Scott Erler, DDS. The first step in a smile makeover is the examination appointment. Here we listen to the patient describe exactly what they desire, so that we can create a plan to meet those specific needs. We use a variety of diagnostic aids to accomplish the ultimate smile makeover. We use high resolution cameras (50X visibility) for all diagnostic exams, state if the art, low exposure digital x-rays and models so that we can communicate clearly with the patient to create the desired smile. Our patients are well informed of their dental issues and treatment options prior to care.
We are proud to refer to some of the top oral specialists and dental laboratories in the state.
We welcome you and hope you will become part of our dental family.
Dr. Scott Erler has had a Family Dental Practice in Missoula since 1976. He graduated from the University of Minnesota with his Bachelor of Science and Doctor of Dental Surgery in 1974. Prior to practicing in Missoula, Scott served as a Captain in the United States Air Force Dental Corp stationed at Holloman AFB in Alamogordo, New Mexico from 1974-1976.
Dr. Erler has served in many offices for the Montana Dental Association and was twice appointed to the Montana State Board of Dentistry from 1990-1996, by Gov. Stan Stephens. Scott was the Board Chairman in 1995. During his tenure, Dr. Erler also served as a Western Regional Board Examiner, testing dental candidates throughout the west. He is currently a member of the Academy of General Dentistry.
In his spare time, Scott, his wife Cindy and son Austin enjoy the beauty of Montana, skiing, elk hunting, and camping with an occasional Scuba trip to the warm country.
Dr. Candace Gama has been practicing family dentistry in Missoula since 2004. She was born and raised in LaCrosse, Wisconsin growing up with the mighty Mississippi in her back yard. She graduated from Marquette University School of Dentistry with a Doctor of Dental Surgery. She moved out to Montana to settle in and raise her family in a beautiful city like the one she grew up in.
In her spare time, Dr. Gama likes to spend time outside with her family and pets hiking around the trails in Missoula or swimming. She also enjoys biking now that no one in the family has training wheels anymore. Dr. Gama also feels strongly about participating in her children's school as a volunteer and enjoys doing demonstrations for classes on children's dental health.
Tonya has joined our team in April 2015. She handles all the billing and financial aspects of the practice. With her vast knowledge in dentistry she will be able to help answer your questions. Tonya was a dental assistant for 7 years before venturing to the front office. Originally, she was from a small town in Wyoming. She moved to Montana 10 years ago and just recently moved to Missoula. In Tonya’s spare time, she and her husband are busy with their son and daughter. She enjoys the outdoors and just hanging out at home with the family. She also likes to cook and bake new dishes.
Tracy Hull is a native Montanan, born and raised in Missoula. She graduated from the dental hygiene program at Pierce College, near Tacoma, Washington in 1993. She recently completed a program to add a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Oral Health Promotion. Tracy has provided dental hygiene in both periodontal and in general dental practices for the past 22 years. She is active in the Montana Dental Hygiene Association serving as Missoula Component Trustee and Continuing Education Chair for several seasons. In 2014, she served as President for the Montana Dental Hygiene Association.
She is very involved in the community where she operates a food bank associated with the Montana Food Bank Network and the church that she attends in East-Missoula. In her free-time, you will find her camping with family, spending weekends around any body of water and long walks with her dog, ‘Trixie’.
Racheal grew up in Great Falls MT where she began her dental assisting career back in 2008. She strives to make your dental experience as smooth as enamel! She is also very passionate about educating patients on maintaining a healthy smile.
She moved to the Missoula area with her husband Eli in 2014 to begin their new adventure with starting a family. Today she is a very busy mama of 1 ½ year old twin boys. She spends her time away from the office with her family exploring everything anew. She also likes to enjoy the outdoors and crafty activities when time rarely allows.
Megan is a Missoula native and graduated from Big Sky High School. In 1999, she received her dental assistant training certificate in Colorado Springs, Colorado. She also lived on the east coast before returning to Missoula in 2008.
Megan joined our team December of 2015. Quality care is very important to her. She also loves the variety of tasks that dental assisting has to offer.
In her spare time she enjoys spending time with friends and family. She also loves to explore her home state as much as she can.