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Dentist Office

About Our Practice

Gentle Care.  Clear Communication.  Outstanding Results.

Thank you for your interest in our practice, we look forward to being your partner in oral health.  We pride ourselves on gentle care, clear communication, and outstanding results.  Hopefully, our website can provide a good introductory resource for your pursuit of better health and comfort.  Scheduling an initial consultation will allow us time to gather information about your treatment needs, wants, and options.  We ensure that you will be fully informed about everything from start to finish and we look forward to seeing you!  

Serving the greater Portland area with gum treatment and dental implants since 2011

Using the latest innovations in dentistry, periodontist Dr. Michael Setter has been successfully treating gum disease and placing implants in the Pacific Northwest for since 2008. Passionate about his profession, Dr. Setter is focused on helping patients keep their teeth for the rest of their lives through individualized planning and minimally invasive therapy. He is especially known for his partnership-focused communication and gentle care.



A periodontist is a dental specialist who has pursued additional training in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of periodontal (gum) diseases and in the placement and maintenance of dental implants. Periodontists are experts in the treatment of all forms of periodontal conditions including gingivitis, periodontitis, and gingival recession.  Training requires an additional three years after dental school.  Periodontists may become board-certified through rigorous study and testing against a panel of experts in the field.  Dr. Setter is proud to be among this select group of Diplomates. By choosing a board-certified specialist, you will benefit from the latest procedures and technology for treating periodontal disease and placing dental implants with all options available and customized to your needs.


Our practice has been treating Oregonians since 1968 (started by Dr. Tom Merchant) and has maintained an excellent reputation in the community.  We are proud to be recommended by over 200 dentists and health care providers in the area and their feedback has awarded us a “Top Dentist in Portland” award from Portland Monthly each year since 2012.  We work seamlessly and collaboratively with your dentist to provide the highest level of team dentistry.


Our practice has state-of-the-art equipment to provide quality, comfortable and minimally invasive dental care. Dr. Setter has completed additional training and certification with the Institute for Advanced Laser Dentistry to offer laser-assisted periodontal surgery (LANAP) as an option for treating gum disease.  No cutting or suturing involved! We also offer a surgery-free option in certain cases by using a special endoscope (small camera) that can be used to help remove the bacteria and toxins under the gum line. Our office has successfully helped patients overcome their gum disease with these breakthrough technologies. We also use a special low-radiation CT scanner to capture 3D images of the jaw area for precise planning of dental implant placement. These images allow us to plan the exact location and angle of the implant placement, and to create a surgical guide that the doctor uses on the day of surgery. This makes surgery day a fast and comfortable event, as Dr. Setter can do minimally invasive surgery with pinpoint accuracy and minimal post-operation discomfort.


Our experienced, caring staff will make every effort to ensure high-quality, comfortable treatment from your first visit until your last. Our team knows that dental treatment is associated with fear and anxiety for many patients and every member of our staff has the experience and compassion to help. 


We know that visits to the dentist can be stressful.  Our team prides itself on our ability to make your visit as comfortable as possible.  From simple things like good coffee, blankets, and face towels to more complex anxiety relief, we want to learn how we can create the most relaxed experience for you.  Dr. Setter and his team are certified in nitrous oxide (“laughing gas,”) oral sedation, and IV conscious sedation so that we can provide the full range of safe and comfortable options, catered specifically for you. 

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