1325 Hover St. #103, Longmont, CO 80501
Meet the Dentists
Robert J Ahern, DDS, PC
Dr. Robert Ahern grew up in Omaha, Nebraska. He attended the University of Nebraska for undergrad where he received his degree in Biology. He then attended the University of Nebraska College of Dentistry where he graduated in 1990. After briefly working in Omaha, he decided to move to Colorado in 1992. There he opened Longmont Dental Associates with a focus on thorough care for the patient and providing them with all of their options. Dr. Ahern has been married to his wife for 28 years and has two sons. One is working on his masters program at Nebraska and the other is a dental student at UNLV. Dr. Ahern enjoys hunting, golfing, and exercising. A big Husker fan, he enjoys watching college football. He also enjoys giving back to the community and teaching to those interested in the field of dentistry.
Lucas Van Wie, DDS
Dr. Lucas Van Wie was raised in Grand Island, NE where he attended Grand Island Senior High School. He furthered his education at the University of Nebraska Lincoln earning a degree in business administration while also focusing on dentistry. He then attended the University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Dentistry earning his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree in May, 2022. Following graduation, Dr. Van Wie moved to Longmont, CO and began his dental career at Longmont Dental Associates with Dr. Robert Ahern. Outside of the office, Dr. Van Wie appreciates spending time in the outdoors with his beloved black lab, Kobe. He enjoys fly fishing in the warmer months and hunting and skiing in the colder months. Dr. Van Wie is excited to begin his career in Longmont and looks forward to getting involved and giving back to the community. He believes in providing patients with high quality, comprehensive care by utilizing cutting edge technology and staying up to date with the latest and greatest that dentistry has to offer.
Our mission at Longmont Dental Associates is to meet the needs of our patients and maximize their oral health for a lifetime of bright smiles. We utilize cutting edge technology to improve both the patient experience and the clinical outcome. At the core of our methodology is the patient-provider relationship. We work with our patients while we develop their treatment plans, educating them on the various options available to them so, together, we can agree on the best path forward.
Whether you’re coming in for your semi-annual cleaning or time-sensitive care, visiting the dentist does not have to be an unpleasant experience. Our team’s priority is providing you a warm and welcoming environment with best-in-class professionalism. We want you to have a smile that makes you happy and feel confident.
Latest Office News
The New X-ray Machine
August 31st, 2021
We recently upgraded our x-ray machine to ensure you continue to receive the best dental care at Longmont Dental Associates. The new CBCT Cone Beam x-ray machine is a state-of-the-art machine that takes panoramic x-rays and 3D x-rays of the entire mouth and the surrounding bone structure. This technology allows us to better identify abnormalities that could impact your dental health, especially issues that are deep in the bone.
New Associate in Our Office
October 1st, 2022
We would like to welcome our newest associate Dr. Van Wie! A Nebraska native, he is excited to join and become involved in his new community. Read his personal bio here in the Meet us page.
Dental Hygiene is Important
Regular teeth cleanings are a staple of dental care. Dental Hygienists specialize in preventative oral health care. They thoroughly clean a patient’s gums (periodontium) around the teeth, and they can offer helpful information on how to properly take care of your teeth at home. Routine cleanings along with proper oral home care can prevent gum disease. The initial signs of gum disease include swollen gums that bleed due to chronic bacteria and plaque. If gum disease is left untreated, it can lead to bone loss and potentially tooth loss. According to the American Dental Association (ADA) about 3 in 4 adults over 35 have some form of gum disease. It is one of the major causes of tooth loss in the US.
Your periodontal (gum) health can impact your overall health. Gum disease has been shown to be linked with ailments such as heart disease, stroke, diabetes, pre-term births, osteoporosis, and upper respiratory infections. With proper and routine oral care, you can significantly reduce your risk of these potentially serious problems. Additionally, a healthy mouth can improve your appearance and confidence.