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1) Do you take my insurance?

Yes we do. We accept all insurance plans. If we are not an in-network provider, we will do all the paperwork for you and file your claim on your behalf.

2) What services do you offer?

All phases of General Dentistry; Fillings, Cleanings, Whitening: In-house immediate and Take home, Crowns, Bridges, Root Canals, Periodontal Therapy (Gum Disease Treatment), Extractions, Implants, Implant Restoration: Crowns, Bridges, Implant supported Partials and Dentures, Elective Cosmetic Dentistry, Same Day Dentistry,Botox,  TMJ appliance therapy and much, much more!

3) Do you do same day crowns?

Yes we do!  Our CERC machine allows us to make crowns the same day. No more messy molds, delays or temporary crowns. Call us today to learn more.

4) What are your hours during the week?

September – May
M 8:00a.m. – 6:00p.m.
T 7:00a.m. – 3:00p.m.
M 8:00a.m. – 6:00p.m.
TH 7:00a.m. – 3:00p.m.
F BY APPOINTMENT ONLY

June-August
M 7:00a.m. – 3:00p.m.
T 7:00a.m. – 3:00p.m.
W 7:00a.m. – 3:00p.m.
TH 7:00a.m. – 3:00p.m.
F BY APPOINTMENT ONLY

5) Do you offer same day dentistry?

Absolutely! We love being able to help our patients save time by not having to take off of work or school multiple times!

6) How do you handle same day emergency phone calls?

For pain, infection or trauma: Call us this morning and we’ll get you in today!

7) During my dental visit, how can you keep me comfortable?

We have Tempur-Pedic® dental chair pads, neck support and knee support for all our dental chairs
We have fluffy, cuddly blankets to keep you warm
We have music and headphones to help mask our dental sounds
We have sunglasses to lessen the glare from our dental light
After your care is finished for the day we offer you a warm towel to refresh your face, and mouth rinse so you may freshen your breath!

8) What is a veneer?

A veneer is a beautiful thin façade of porcelain bonded to the front of your tooth. A veneer is used to cover imperfections in your natural tooth structure. A veneer can correct color, shape or even give you “instant orthodontics”.

9) What is a dental implant?

A dental implant is used to replace single or even multiple missing teeth. It is placed in the jaw bone either when a tooth is removed, or after an extracted tooth site has healed. After healing and restoration, the implant crown now chews and functions like your natural tooth! For multiple missing teeth we offer; fixed implant supported bridges, removable implant supported partials, as well as dentures! Implant supported dentures are a godsend for those who have lost their teeth and have issues with embarrassing, loose, slipping dentures.

10) What is a crown?

A crown is placed on a tooth when too much tooth structure has been lost due to decay, fracture or trauma. A crown, in essence, replaces your enamel on a particular tooth. It can be made out of a mixture of metals, gold and/or tooth colored porcelain to look, chew and function like a natural tooth.

11) What is a bridge?

A fixed bridge replaces a missing tooth by “bridging” the space to give the appearance that the missing tooth is still present. A fixed bridge usually consists of 2 crowns and a “pontic” that are fused together to form a bridge which looks like 3 teeth. The bridge is cemented on teeth that are adjacent to the missing tooth space, giving the function and the appearance that the tooth was never lost!

12) Do you offer dentures and partials?

Do you offer implant retained dentures? Do you offer metal-free partials? Yes! Yes! Yes!  Call to schedule an appointment today so we can help you replace your missing teeth or ill fitting dentures and/or partials.

13) Do you treat children?

Absolutely! We Love Children! What is the best age to bring my child in to see a general dentist? Generally speaking 3 years old is a wonderful time to start great dental habits, even if just to come in for a “happy visit” to introduce your child to the dental office environment.

14) My gums bleed when I brush my teeth. What should I do?

Bleeding gums are not normal. Schedule an appointment today to get established in the dental office and have the doctor evaluate the health of your teeth and gums. I’ve been told I have gum disease. What is it? Gum Disease has been and is known by many names: Pyorrhea, Periodontitis, and in its early form; Gingivitis. In the simplest terms it is infection in the gums and bone which leads to loss of bone and support for your teeth which leads to tooth loss. Can it be cured? Cured? No. Treated and maintained with professional dental intervention and ongoing care? Yes!

15) What kind of teeth whitening do you offer?

We have two forms of whitening we offer our patients. Take home whitening trays with professional strength whitening solution and an in-house option for “Instant” results! Why do you offer two options? No two people are the same. We all have different personalities and different life challenges. The first option is our most affordable. The take home option requires a commitment of putting gel in trays 2 times per day for 30 – 60 minutes each time for the initial two week period. In our office we provide a WONDERFUL affordable offer called “Whitening For Life®”. Patients of record who come in for their dental hygiene visits at their recommended intervals may be eligible for Whitening For Life®. When you sign up, we make custom fitted trays and provide instructions with a two week supply of whitening gel to get started. As long as recommended dental hygiene appointments are kept we provide a FREE tube of gel to you at each dental hygiene cleaning appointment so you may “refresh” and maintain your desired level of whitening for a few days after your dental cleaning. Thus the name; “Whitening for Life®”! The second option is for those of us (and we all know who we are) who don’t have the time or who simply can’t commit to doing something multiple times per day for weeks. Our in-house whitening is WONDERFUL! After a single appointment you will leave with whiter teeth that would have taken two or more weeks otherwise! And as a bonus for our patients of record who complete the in-house whitening and come for their regular dental hygiene appointments in our practice, we INCLUDE our “Whitening For Life®” at no additional charge so you can refresh and maintain your beautiful whitened teeth for just a few days after your dental hygiene cleanings!

16) Does your office have nitrous oxide (laughing gas) available?

I’m very nervous to go to the dentist. How can N2O help me? Yes we do! Nitrous Oxide is a gas you breathe in while in the dental chair. It is an affordable way to help overcome dental anxiety to assist you in getting the dental treatment you need!

17) I have chronic bad breath. How can you help me?

Chronic bad breath has several different causes. We will evaluate your teeth and gums and discuss any medical conditions and medications you may be taking to find the best course of action to take for you.

18) What does cosmetic dentistry mean?

Cosmetic dentistry is elective. It is taking action towards achieving beauty, self improvement and boosting self esteem! It is improving upon what nature, genetics and life circumstances has given you so you receive the smile you have always dreamed of!

19) My jaw joints (TMJs) hurt when opening and closing my mouth. What do I do?

Contact our office immediately! There is no need to continue in pain! If the jaw joint (Temporomandibular Joint: TMJ) deteriorates, it only gets worse and more damage occurs. We have GREAT success stories utilizing removable appliance therapy called F.A.C.T. This is NOT a bite guard or night guard, both of which are “crutches”. This is actual treatment and therapy. We have had a dad who couldn’t even read bedtime stories to his children because of the pain in his jaws. Within a 24 hour period he was experiencing such an improvement, he was able to read his child to sleep for the first time in months! Should you expect that same immediate result? We cannot make that claim but, every person that we have treated has improved greatly!

20) Is there a dental treatment available for migraine headaches?

Contact our office immediately! There is no need to continue in pain! Patients who thought they were experiencing migraine headaches have found out that it was really the deterioration of their TMJ reducing the blood supply to their brain causing their headaches. If the jaw joint (Temporomandibular Joint: TMJ) deteriorates it only gets worse and more damage occurs.

Questions You Should Be Asking

Questions you should be asking your dentist.

1) Do your doctors complete a lot of cosmetic dentistry?

Yes we do!

2) How experienced are your doctors and staff? How long have your doctor's been practicing dentistry?

Dr. Bridenstine and Dr. Boldry have decades of experience. Dr. Bridenstine graduated dental school in 1987 and Dr. Boldry received her specialty license in 1991. Some of our front desk administrators, assistants and team have been in dentistry since 1983 and others are newer to their craft. Our more experienced team members love to mentor our newer team members. We believe in being empathic, listening fully and having a passion for serving others.

3) I'm very nervous and afraid to go to the dentist. How can you help me?

We offer anti-anxiety nitrous oxide (laughing gas) and 2 forms of sedation; oral conscious sedation and IV sedation. All three help remove the layer of fear and anxiety to help you get the dentistry you want and need.

4) I don't like the sound of the dental drill. How can you help me?

We offer music and headphones to our patients to help mask the dental sounds.

5) My lower denture is always loose. Relines don't help. What can I do?

Is there a solution to my problem? Yes! We can help you! Implant supported dentures are the solution! They keep dentures secure by snapping into the implants help you feel more confident!

6) I had a root canal done on one of my molars. The dentist said I need a crown on that tooth. Why?

When a root canal is done to relieve pain and save a tooth from extraction, there is no longer moisture entering the tooth to keep it supple. A crown on a root canal tooth is like a big hug that protects a tooth from fracturing vertically. A tooth with a vertical root fracture is no longer salvageable and the tooth must be extracted.

7) I need a lot of dental work done. Does your office have payment plans?

Yes we do!

8) How long does it take to get into your office when making an appointment?

We can usually get a New Patient Introductory visit scheduled within a week, often much sooner. If you are an existing patient, we will do our best to get you in as soon as possible.

9) I need my teeth cleaned. How soon can I get in for an appointment?

Depending upon your flexibility, sometimes the same day but certainly within a week.

10) I just got promoted at work. My front teeth are a mess. How can you help me with getting a new smile?

Schedule an appointment and discuss your concerns with one of our wonderful dentists. There are multiple options depending upon your circumstances. Options include: Veneers, Whitening, Cosmetic fillings, and All porcelain tooth colored crowns

11) I’ve recently encountered some life changes and I'm looking for a cosmetic upgrade for my smile. Can you help me?

Absolutely! We have many options! Call for an appointment today!

12) My youngest child just left the house for college. After 30 years of putting my family first, it's now my turn to get the smile I've always wanted. I deserve it! How can you help me get my new smile and at the same time fit it all within my monthly budget?

Schedule an appointment and discuss your concerns with one of our wonderful dentists. There are multiple options depending upon your circumstances. Options include: Veneers, Whitening, Cosmetic fillings, and All porcelain tooth colored crowns. We also offer Care Credit financing so you can make affordable monthly payments. We even offer 6-12 month interest deferred options for qualifying amounts. We have other options available as well. Call today to schedule a time for your FREE comprehensive exam and x-rays (panoramic + 4 cavity detection x-rays) appointment and we can discuss all of the options available to you!

13) I’ve recently encountered some life changes and I'm looking for a cosmetic upgrade for my smile. Can you help me?

Absolutely! We have many options! Call for an appointment today!

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