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7301 N Fm 620 Rd Ste 150Austin, TX 78726
This dentist performed unnecessary work, I really wish I would have never stepped foot in this office. He needs more experience. He replaced a filling he said was "old," since then I've had several issues with this tooth. Fast forward two years later, it's now cracked and needs a crown. The …
1500 W 38th St Ste 56Austin, TX 78731
I couldn't disagree more with previous poster (sounds like an honest mistake to me). Dr. Meek is the most competent and honest dentist I have ever had. He actually talked me out of a root canal & crown I was asking for!
4041 Steck AveAustin, TX 78759
I hate needles probably more than anyone else, especially if they are in my mouth. However Dr. Salha worked some kind of magic to where I felt nothing. She explains everything thoroughly. Her whole team is fantastic and make coming to the dentist not that big of a deal.Thank you ladies!
3601 S Congress Ave Ste G100Austin, TX 78704
I have been a patient of Dr. Urban's for about 3 years. She is just wonderful. The office is beautiful and clean. Her staff is also friendly and very good at what they do. I never have to wait in the waiting room long and Dr. Urban has called to check on me after every procedure she has done. I'…
10418 Lake Creek PkwyAustin, TX 78750
Growing up, I had to have a lot of work done on my teeth... fillings, teeth pulled, braces, which made me dread going to the dentist. Dr. Graves and her staff make sure I am comfortable at all times and do an outstanding jog. Dr. Graves keeps up with the latest developments in dentistry, which m…
3704 W Parmer LnAustin, TX 78727
I would just love to say this is one of the best dental offices I have every been to. Dr. T is a great dentist and takes her time and lets you make up your mind on what is best for you once she gives you your options. One of my big heroes in the dental office is a young lady named Rose!!!!!! M…
6700 W Gate Blvd Ste 103Austin, TX 78745
My dentist experience was very similar to a trip to the spa! No kidding. The customer service was excellent, not to mention the fresh-baked cookies and refreshments while I waited a very short time in the waiting room. I was very impressed with the three technicians who worked on my teeth and th…
15401 Nightingale LnAustin, TX 78734
I have been going to Dr. Mannas for 14 years. He is kind and caring as well as a great dentist. His office is relaxing with a view of the tress and sculpture outside while you are in the chair. Love the original artwork. Very friendly atmosphere. His black lab greets you at the door. Love him!!
3801 N Capital Of Texas Hwy Ste J240Austin, TX 78746
Bridgeview is awesome! They have done an excellent job on all my dental work. I recommend them highly
12101 Fm 2244Austin, TX 78738
I went to Dr. Haase for the first time 12/2/15 and again today for work to be done that was found in need of repair from the visit on 12/2/15. I can honestly say that he tops all of the dentists I have been to. I have been especially impressed with his strive for perfection, especially like toda…
12335 Hymeadow Dr Ste 250Austin, TX 78750
One of the best things I have ever done! It has now been about a year since I received my implants and I couldn't be happier with the result. The functionality and comfort are amazing! It's as if I have my own teeth back! I just went back for my annual checkup and everything is progressing as pl…
4106 Marathon BlvdAustin, TX 78756
I have been with Dr. Knight for several years and find her care to be Excellent in all regards. She is careful, meticulous, gentle, and takes her time to make sure I am comfortable. She also cares about the individual she is working with and takes the time to get to know each of her patients p…
4014 Marathon BlvdAustin, TX 78756
Dr. Sefcik has come to our rescue on several occasions, my husband fell and his front tooth was at a 90 degree angle and we though he was going to loose the tooth. Dr. Sefcik not only saved the tooth, but through her methods the tooth fully recovered, nerves and all! On another occasion I was in…
2951 Ranch Road 620 S Ste 175Austin, TX 78738
My visit to Hillside Dentistry was very positive.The staff was quite helpful in working with my busy schedule. I was able to get fitted for my night guard in a short period of time. When I picked up my night guard, Dr. Essig made sure it fit comfortably. I also received a free fitted teeth white…
1209 W 5th St Ste 100Austin, TX 78703
Dr Eggleston and team have been amazing. I have been going to their office for a bit over a year and ach experience has been enjoyable. I had quite a bit of work to be completed and all procedures and costs were always thoroughly explained which put me at ease. I would highly recommend them, awe…
3901 S Lamar Blvd Ste 400Austin, TX 78704
Dr. McGee and his staff are friendly, experienced, and very reassuring. I was a major dentalphobe when I started going there, but after several cleanings and procedures I forgot to be nervous. I've been to a few dentists where you get feng shui, hand massages, elaborate entertainment options, a…
2630 Exposition Blvd Ste G01Austin, TX 78703
Love this office! Granted, I have great teeth and therefore have never had a cavity, so my dental experiences tend to be more enjoyable than average, but they are very friendly here and super efficient. Scheduling is easy, and the location is super convenient for those who work downtown or west …
300 Beardsley Ln Suite 101Austin, TX 78746
After moving to Austin about 12 years ago Glen Wainwright was my first and final choice for dental care. After all that time I am still very happy with all that he has done and the care he and his staff provide - even the few times I needed fillings. Plan to keep going for years to come.
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Dr.Hassell is only in the office two half days a month. He really has almost retired.When he was actively practicing he was one of the nicest Dentist!
Let me start off by saying that I feel like I have been assaulted verbally. This needs to get your attention. Everything was going fine with the staff, very nice. But then George Daszko came in to finalize my routine visit. This guy literally berated me. He didn't like my flossing-numbers so he said my flossing was "like I took a shower once a year". But that's polite compared to what he does later. He asked when my last cleaning was but answered his own question by saying "what's it been, like 3 years?". And it gets crazier. He doesn't like when customers don't fully understand how LHI and the Army Reserve dental, and civilian dental programs work. I told him the Army Reserves covers me for my dental exams and checkups and procedures and all that important stuff. Which I was mistaken, apparently. Here's where it gets out of control. He starts in on me, SCOLDING me saying "I don't HAVE see you. I don't HAVE to even talk to you. I don't HAVE to give you any brochures. All I'm required to do is verify that you are deployable. That's it!". I don't even know what else to say about this matter. Something was not right with this man's morning but never ever take it out on a customer. Y'all can now make an informed decision when looking for dental care. If you want to be treated like a decent human being, do not, DO NOT go to see George Daszko at the Artful Dentist.
Charged 1000 in fees that were never mentioned until after the fact. They were not documented or authorized. Multiple unexplained other charges, among those s $299 fee for an after hours apt that did not take place and was never mentioned. Told me I needed a dental implant when that was not necessary. Refused to anwser my questions about charges ect. Worst experience with any business, much less a healthcare provider, I've ever had.
I've been going to formerly Dr Tate (retired) and now Dr Fairchild for 17 years with my children and they came highly recommended through my friend I would highly recommend to any parent or family in Austin surrounding area - nothing but excellent service friendly extremely knowledgeable and professionalism from day one with my children - highly recommend !! You will not be disappointed My children always ove going there !
I don't like how they wouldn't honor the $100 off deal they have for new clients for my teeth whitening. The deal said for "any dental service". The small lady said she "wouldnt allow it" to get approved. Why offer it if they are not going to honor it? Just because my wife is already a patient? I'm still a new patient to your business and could gladly go some where else. Also, the small lady wouldnt sell me another teeth whitening kit to take home. She just said no in a firm tone and didnt explain why. The doctor is really nice tho and thorough with his work. Explains things really well but i think the front dest needs lots of work.
My college son went here, was told he had 11 cavities and they would fix them for 3600. I thought this was odd since he has always gone to the dentist. He came home and went to his regular dentist and had 1 cavity.
Not much room for improvement from my perspective. Since this was my first visit and treatment for crowns and buildup with Dr. Hulse, time will determine the end result. The staff, atmosphere, and technology were all top notch. Most comfortable and competent experience ever.
First of all, I haven't been to the dentist in 4 years and I was nervous to see a new dentist. From the first call to the office, they were very welcoming and I felt that they truly cared about me and my dental needs. Dr. Scarborough was amazing. She was extremely informative and I felt that nervousness go away. Margaret, my hygienist, was excellent! I could keep going on and on........ This is a TOP NOTCH Office and I'd recommend it to all of my friends, family and co-workers.Thank you for a PHENOMENAL Experience!!!!
I highly recommend these guys to anyone who's looking to correct their smile. Everyone there made sure I was comfortable and they were able to work with my hectic schedule. Thank you guys again for the hard work you do. My wife is extremely pleased with the results.
The dentist is great!! I'm always very apprehensive about dental appointments and she made me feel comfortable.
The human mouth is a complex biological system, and no two individuals have the same oral care needs. Here are some of the more common dentists people seek out to improve their oral health:
These dentists generally serve as the primary provider of dental care. If you need your teeth cleaned, crowns and bridges placed or any number of cosmetic procedures, book an appointment with a general dentist. Though not as common, these dentists will also provide more specialized services, including some forms of oral surgery - chief among them root canals and restorative care - fitting patients with a mouthguard and counseling people on how to stop smoking and what constitutes proper nutrition.
To become an endodontist means undergoing an additional two years of training beyond dental school. As a result, these specialized dentists perform more specific procedures beyond general teeth cleaning and repair work. While a dentist may perform a handful of root canal treatments in a week, an endodontist may end up working on 20 or more in the same timespan. Your average endodontist also repairs teeth damaged by trauma and performs endodontic retreatments, which is repeat root canal procedure. Their added training also means that the endodontist is much more adept at utilizing complex dental equipment - especially ultrasonic instruments or microscopes. Most of that equipment is used to improve the health of teeth that are affected by disease and even congenital deformities.
Proper oral care starts when you're young, and that's why pediatric dentists are so important. These dentists treat people under the age of 13, though there are exceptions based on a child's unique dental background. Pediatric dentists face unique challenges, because they must treat newly teething babies and children losing their primary teeth.
Though cleanings are an integral part of their job, pediatric dentists are mostly concerned with planning ahead. That means working to ensure the child has straight teeth and correcting an improper bite. However, they also help address more child-specific conditions of thumb sucking and an over-reliance on pacifiers. As a result, pediatric dentists usually require an additional two-year residency working with infants and children.
Pathology refers to the study of disease, specifically as it presents in tissue. Oral pathologists, then, are responsible for studying the diseases that affect the tissue of the mouth and other surrounding muscle groups. These experts are considered to be true specialists, having focused their work on very niche areas of both dentistry and pathology. Though oral pathology is rather specialized, it's a vital component of the oral health industry. By analyzing tissue taken from biopsies, oral pathologists can help diagnose and eventually treat a number of oral diseases, including leukoplakia, cementoma and squamous cell carcinoma, among others.
Similar to the endodontist, periodontists receive several additional years of training beyond dental school. However, whereas endodontists study advanced treatments, periodontists generally have a very specific field of interest. Your average periodontist focuses less on cleanings and more on diagnosing and treating gingivitis, periodontitis, which is an untreated form of the aforementioned ailment, and other periodontal diseases. Periodontists treat patients with more complicated oral care backgrounds, those people who require root planing - where dentists clean any infected surfaces - and root debridement, or the removal of dead tissue. Periodontists are especially concerned with proper gum health, including painful recession and teeth alignment.
Most of the aforementioned dentists are concerned with the health and well-being of a patient's teeth. While that is important to cosmetic dentists, they specialize in a number of different treatments meant to enhance the look or aesthetic of your teeth. To begin the average appointment, cosmetic dentists will examine your teeth for any imperfections or irregularities, and then suggest ways to make your teeth more white or properly aligned. The most popular such treatments are bleaching - where special chemicals are used to whiten your teeth - placing veneers or caps to alter the appearance of teeth, and bonding, where dentists fill unappealing gaps with structural replacement material.
Orthodontists are responsible for treating most dental irregularities, which includes everything from misaligned jaws - like an under or overbite - to overcrowding teeth and even certain cosmetic issues. Following dental school, the would-be orthodontist then has another three years of schooling, most of which is clinical experience in an orthodontic residency program. To properly diagnose and treat most dentofacial issues, the orthodontist relies on a collection of corrective gear. That includes braces, retainers and various facemask configurations. Though orthodontists work with people of all ages, the bulk of patients are young children and teens.
Similar to the field of orthodontics, the average prosthodontist receives an additional three years of training following dental school. And though prosthodontics is something of a cosmetic field like orthodontics, it's primarily concerned with replacing missing teeth. Prosthodontists have a number of teeth-replacing procedures to implement, including filling veneers, onlays and inlays, bridges, crowns and complete or partial dentures. Beyond their work in implant dentistry, these experts treat a number of other mouth-related ailments, namely snoring, post-cancer jaw reconstruction, traumatic injuries and pain related to lock jaw and other temporomandibular joint disorders.
Oral and Maxillofacial Radiologist
Similar to endodontists, these specialists - one of nine such unique fields recognized by the American Dental Association - utilize machinery to treat and diagnose patients. Specifically, these dentists make use of radiographic imaging to treat those diseases and ailments that impact the teeth, mouth and the maxillofacial region, which consists of the face and jaw. While X-rays are a popular option, OMRs also rely on plain and computed tomography, MRIs, ultrasounds and other forms of digital imaging. OMRs are among the first adaptors of new technology, using innovations in the field of imaging to find increasingly effective ways at understanding the impact of oral disease and what that means to patients.
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon
Your primary dentist may refer you to an oral and maxillofacial surgeon if you experience facial pain, or if he or she suspects you have some variety of oral cancer. OMSs are also your primary source when planning most oral surgeries, like tooth extractions, cyst repairs and removals, and dental implants. However, an OMS can also treat a number of other ailments and diseases related to the maxillofacial region. For instance, malformations in your facial bones can cause sleep apnea, and an OMS can perform corrective surgery that removes or shapes bone. Many of these experts are also involved with more cosmetic procedures, performing or assisting with facial implants and rhinoplasty, in which the nose bone is modified.
Dental Public Health Clinics
These clinics are available in most cities across the U.S., and they're meant to offer affordable health care to many low-income families and individuals. Though it differs depending on the specific clinic, the average clinic offers only the most essential oral care services, including X-rays, teeth cleaning, basic root canals and repairs, and tooth extractions. The fees an individual pays depend on a number of different factors, and most clinics have a sliding-fee that is determined equally by income and family size.
There are several different kinds of dentists, each one with his or her own specialty. However, there are a core group of ailments all dentists treat. Conditions include:
Tooth Decay: When your teeth fall out or begin to disintegrate in your mouth, improper brushing is often to blame. Certain infections also cause tooth loss or decay. One of the most affective ways to prevent tooth decay is with regular brushing and flossing right at home.
Bad Breath: As your teeth fall out or you don't brush properly, your gums and teeth begin to break down and cause foul odors. Other causes of bad breath include gum disease and oral infections. As with tooth decay, brushing and flossing are vital, as is regular tongue scraping and the use of mouthwash.
Teeth Sensitivity: Some people are born with teeth that are naturally sensitive to cold. A lack of brushing can also comprise your teeth's natural protection. The best method to help protect otherwise sensitive teeth is to use specialized toothpaste geared toward people with worn or damaged teeth.
Dry Mouth: Certain medications will cause your salivary glands to stop producing spit. This in turn can harm the structure of your teeth and gums. There are several at-home measures you can take to combat dry mouth. These include regular hydration, chewing sugar-free gum, which also hydrates your mouth, and avoiding mouthwash with alcohol in it, which dries out your entire mouth.
Teeth Grinding: For many people, grinding their teeth - also known as bruxism - is a subconscious behavior, usually the result of stress. It can eventually damage your teeth. The only way to treat your grinding habit is to meet with an endodontist, who will fit you with with a bite plate to mitigate the damage to your teeth.
Mouth Sores: Also called canker sores, these painful bumps are the result of irritation to the soft tissue of your mouth. These sores can make brushing almost impossible. There are a number of different causes for sores, including anemia or a vitamin B-12 deficiency. As a result, your primary physician will have to examine the bump, find its root cause and then help develop a specific treatment plan, including the use of corticosteroids to reduce inflammation or antimicrobial mouthwash.
Discoloration: Yellow teeth are the result of a number of bad habits, mainly smoking, drinking too much coffee and improper nutrition. Proper brushing can usually prevent discolored teeth before they happen. However, if your teeth become worse, many dentists will treat with a whitening procedure.
Proper oral care begins at home. The following are a few preventative measures you can take to keep your teeth and gums healthy. They just may reduce your time spent in your dentist's chair.
Remember Your Angles
When brushing your teeth, always place the brush at a 45-degree angle. That way, you're able to hit every surface of each tooth.
Don't Forget the Tongue
Within your mouth, your tongue is the largest source of bacteria. Be sure to brush it front to back and don't forget the sides.
Brushing alone isn't enough to keep your mouth healthy, and that's why flossing is so important. Each time you floss, be sure to have at least 18 inches of floss available, which is what you should go through if you use proper technique. For optimal control, hold the floss between your thumbs and forefingers.
Watch What You Eat
Sugar, alcohol and coffee all contain phosphorus. While some can prove beneficial, too much of this chemical can eat away at your teeth and gums.
Keep in Mind the Mouthwash
Though not a requirement, mouthwash can be helpful if used to supplement proper brushing and flossing. Most mouthwash brands contain chlorine dioxide, a chemical that targets the majority of oral bacterial strains. However, don't overuse mouthwash, as it can cause a number of ailments.
Proper oral care is an integral component of your greater well-being, which highlights why having the right dentist is of the utmost importance. Consider the following as you make an effort to find a dentist who will fit your unique medical history:
Find a Recommendation
It's important to use a dentist whom you feel comfortable with. Because that's difficult to achieve by simply choosing names out of a phone book, you should always seek out a recommendation. Whether it's a friend, family member or co-worker, this individual can offer intimate details about a dentist's demeanor, operating style and approach to patient care. Be sure to always ask plenty of questions.
Vet Your Dentist
Once you get a recommendation from a friend, don't simply book your first cleaning right away. Instead, meet with any prospective dentists to conduct a series of pretreatment interview. During this session, you can ask them about what treatments they perform most often, procedures they're not as familiar with, what accreditation they have or any organizations they belong to and how their offices handles insurance and payments. Just be aware that booking this time can be difficult based on a dentist's schedule.
Consider Accessibility and Other Factors
Perhaps you've met a dentist with whom you feel comfortable. Not only that, but this dentist's payment options are suitable for your finances. However, don't be so quick to make a final decision, as other factors may influence your choice. Is the dentist's office nearby, or do you have to drive out of your way? Is the office open at a time that will fit the rest of your schedule? How much flexibility will the dentist's staff offer in booking appointments? Though seemingly trivial, these factors are nonetheless important.
Check With Your State Board
One of the last things you should do before coming to a decision is to check with your state's dental board. Dentists must abide by different rules and regulations depending on where they practice, and the state board can outline what requirements your candidate must meet. These organizations can also offer information about any discrepancies in the dentist's background and if he or she has faced any disciplinary actions.
As with other forms of health care, insurance is a great way to both reduce associated costs and ensure you and your dependents receive the best care possible. However, you don't want to simply buy the first such plan you see. Here are some factors to consider when shopping for dental insurance:
Pick Your Plan
There is no such thing as a one-size-fits-all dental insurance plan. Instead, most people purchase three main varieties, usually through their employers. An indemnity or fee-for-service plan is just as it sounds and means you'll have to pay for annual deductibles and co-insurance payments out of pocket. A preferred provider organization is less costly, and you choose from a network of dentists. However, PPOs have some limitations and accompanying deductibles. Similarly, a dental health maintenance organization plan limits you to just a few choices of dentists, and one doctor handles all of your oral care needs. However, these HMO are usually much less costly.
Examine the Networks
As noted, PPO plans and dental HMOs work with only a select number of doctors. While that usually means fewer costs compared to other insurance plans or payment options, it also means you don't have quite as much say in the dentist who can treat you. That doesn't necessarily have to be a bad thing, especially if you know who is in the network. Before purchasing the plan, you'll receive a list of dentists in each network. Do research on each doctor - just as you would when picking a dentist otherwise. From there, you can then pick a plan with doctors who meet your standards and requirements.
Consider Your Coverage
Sometimes, it's not just the doctor that you want to consider. For many people, even the plans with the best doctors are deemed a bad choice. The reason? The coverage is less-than-stellar. When picking a plan, you need to look at just how much you'll pay for each and every service. For instance, some plans won't cover your fillings or X-rays, while others may charge more or less for a crown or tooth extraction. Knowing just what you'll be responsible for is important, as you don't want to be caught off-guard by unforeseen charges. Depending on your employer, a human resources specialist can walk you through specific coverage options.
Make Your Plan Work for You
It's a sad fact that the dentist you want most might not be covered by the plan you've purchased. However, that doesn't mean that you have to look for dental services elsewhere. If you're truly comfortable with a dentist and you feel he or she can be an ally in your ongoing oral care regimen, then consider signing a plan to just keep that dentist available. That means potentially deal with costs and other insurance-related factors that you might have wanted to. If need be, you might be able to work with the dentist's office to address some of the plan-specific concerns.