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They may not be the classiest place in town, but considering they treat children on medicaid, they do a wonderful job. For people who think it's horrible that they wouldn't let you go back... I found out from a high-cost pediatric dental specialist and surgeon (ah, the days when I had a good job and insurance) that they find children do better WITHOUT the parent in the back with them. I like that they will schedule you in a reasonable amount of time (got a next-day appointment for two of my children, and one within a week for the other two), and that they are willing to treat the children without scheduling another visit. That is OPTIONAL, so if you're not comfortable, you don't have to. The speed of getting in is much better than many &amp;quot;regular&amp;quot; dentists. The waiting room was a little crowded at times on my last visit, but that's because people came in with their entire family. I don't blame them for not having fancy decor, or toys, or any of that. I bring my own things to amuse my children when I go. It's a dentist's office, not a playroom. My children have had hereditary dental issues, and had full exams, x-rays, cleanings, then cavities filled and a crown placed during their visit. They are 6 and 8 years old, and neither of them had any problems. The 6yo fussed a little (according to his sister), but that's to be expected. They both stated that the numbing process was fine (didn't even feel the poke), and fillings, etc were cleanly done (no random pieces of filling that weren't rinsed out properly afterwards, etc, and the teeth looked good). After we left, the numbness wore off as anticipated, and the only followup pain really was from the crown, which is to be expected. A little tylenol and she was fine by evening. By the next day there was no difference from before the dental work had been done (as far as ability to eat different foods, etc). The only thing I wish they'd do is show you which teeth need the fillings etc. I realize it's a little like assembly line dentistry, and they need to save money and time where they can, but all they tell you is how many on each side, top/bottom. I imagine if I asked they'd give me more information. I'll check on that next time we go in.
My name is James, and I would like to pass on information and experiences both my wife and I have had being patients of Dr. Mulder. My wife and I have been married for 30 years with 3 children and 5 grand children. I feel that we have had many experiences dealing with doctors, dentist, and hospitals to pass on opinions that may be helpful to others. We have been under the care of Dr. Mulder for 3 years and during that time we have been amazed on the advancements of dentistry. From the scheduled checkups, the early stages of cavities, even to the most intricate procedures of TMJ that my wife has had done the past year. I must say, being a doctor is a very noble profession, with many different avenues of interest. My personal opinion is, there are many doctors with many talents, but there are really a few healers. Dr. Mulder is a healer! His 30 plus years is a testament in it self. He is aware of the advancements of his trade, but what sets him apart is the patients physical and mental state days after the procedure is completed. The office helps the patients and are aware of of their anxieties that some people do have. My wife is one of many that needs extra attention even for the simple cleaning. Example, medication is prescribed the day before our visit. The room and staff are waiting in the examining room so when she arrives the procedure starts and efficiently ends then we leave. Any additional information is followed up the next day. Needless to say this is why we appreciate Dr. Mulder and his supported team here in Grand Rapids. I hope our experiences with Dr. Mulder and team will help any person looking for a very good dentist for themselves or their family.
OK, I just had to respond to Sarah's review on here, because I was IN the waiting room when she was at Eastern Dental and I heard her say she was going to do this. And let me tell you, SHE is the scary and mean one! Not the doctor! Yes, they do make you sign a paper giving permission to do work on your children... that is called INFORMED CONSENT! I have to sign one of those at my kids doctor's office, at the emergency room, and yes, at the dentist... heck even if my kids go to a birthday party at Gymco or one of those play places! I would be more worried if they DIDN'T have me sign something! She doesn't make any sense, getting angry that they ask you to sign permission before hand, and then trying to say they don't consult you before hand? I have 3 kids, and they have all been seen and treated by Dr. Boone and his staff at Eastern Dental on more than one occassion. I have always been told what they are going to do on my kids. But I am not the doctor, and I trust them to tell me what my kids need. They are nice to me and my kids. My kids have never said they are scared or in pain. This isn't the stone ages, they do numb your kids before they do work! Yes, the office is small, and older, but it is clean and could be a whole lot worse! I swear, it is people like Sarah that make the experience aweful for their kids! Just sign the papers and let your kids get the work they need! Geesh! I was embarassed for Sarah, the way she acted in there!
I've just had dentures made and installed by this group and wanted to say these guys are excellent. I wasn't at all ready to need dentures but because of other health issues I had to. I was made a lot more comfortable with the idea by all the people I talked with here and found they were kind and patient and definitely know their stuff. The dentures actually look very much like my teeth did back a few years when they were healthy. That's amazing to me as some of them were missing! I wondered if they would just look like they came of a cooky cutter kind of process where they looked like they were made to look the same for everyone, but I'm happy they look like my own. And the first set went in right after extractions were done, fit well and had no discomfort from them. Don't know if that is true for every case, but mine fit very well right away. So I looked better right away! That goes a long way for the ego pain! And they welcomed me to call any time for an adjustment if they do start to hurt or get loose as the swelling goes down and they will see me that day. I can tell they will be there for me through the six months it takes till I can have the permanent set put in and then after that I have no worries about the follow up care on those. So, EXCELLENT care! And thanks to all the staff who are professional and very good at what they do while paying very close attention to my case as an individual.
I am a single mom (not by choice) with 2 daughters, age 13 and 10. I found Eastern Dental a few years ago when I went from having dental insurance through my job, to having Medicaid when I lost my job (again not by choice). When we first started there, it was a different dentist, Dr. Amiri. We went because we didn't really have any other choice in town (unless we wanted to wait over a month for an appointment with Cherry Street or Grand Valley Dental). Dr. Amiri was awkward, and not very good with my young girls, but he did do the work they needed to have done, so I dealt with the old, ugly office and unfriendly dentist. A couple of years ago, Dr. Boone bought Eastern Dental, and let me tell you, the place has made a complete 180! They have redone everything inside, and it is VERY clean! Dr. Boone is extremely kid-friendly. My daughters think he is cute, so that helps too (tee hee), but really he is just a great guy and seems to do high quality work on my girls. They never complain about anything they have done there, and I don't get the rolling eyes anymore when I tell them we have dentist appointments. They are usually busy, and you have to be patient, but they are doing single moms like me a service that I haven't been able to find anywhere else around here! I rate Eastern Dental 5 stars! :)
I advise to give this place a second try. I brought my two boys to Eastern Dental a few years back because they were one of only a few options in Grand Rapids that take Medicaid for my kids. I was VERY disappointed with the service we received at that time. My boys had told me the Dr was mean to them and the place was very dirty and dingy. Because my choices are limited in Grand Rapids, I tried a couple of other places and wasn't very impressed at those either. I read a review from someone that said there was a new Dr at Eastern Dental, so I thought maybe I would give them another try. I am so glad I did! The office is in the same place and is still called the same thing, but they have it all cleaned up and decorated much nicer. Most importantly though, my boys say the Dr is SO MUCH NICER to them! His name is Dr Boone, and they tell me what they are going to do on my kids BEFORE they do it. They get all the work done in one day, a cleaning, xrays, exam, fillings, whatever the boys need. VERY glad I decided to give Eastern Dental another try!
I've just had all my upper extractions done by this group and wanted to say these guys are excellent. I wasn't at all ready to need dentures but because of other health issues I had to. I was made a lot more comfortable with the idea by all the people I talked with here, especially Mary in the front office who was very kid and patient in helping me understand the process. Evette, also in the front, is also friendly and knowledgeable. In fact I found the whole staff were kind and and definitely know their stuff. I have actually had extractions done here before and the dentist before as well as Dr. Carmody who did these the other day were both very caring and had the teeth out very quickly even with a couple of them being complicated. I felt calmed and confident in their care. Dr. Carmody and his tech Michelle understood my other health problems and made special accommodations for that which made a huge difference. So, EXCELLENT care! And thanks to all the staff!
well i read what others wrote i'm sure someone is just looking to find a way to make money they should be ashamed of there self . I love eastern dental i understand why they dont want are children back there i know there not hurting my kids either.and they do tell you everything they told us and i was there before with my 4 kids and all of them loved how nice they are. some people had crying kids before they even walked back there. and most of there kids didnt have respect for others i blame the parents maybe if there kid was back there and screaming because they dont have rules at home they scribble on the walls at eastern dental they ruinin all there stuff because they dont care well i know they do a great job and if you think medicaid is paying them alot well do your research they dont so quit blaming them because you cant do right. be gbreat ful we have a dentist to take on are childred its a small office but they do a great job and i will keep going
Hello Judy and Dr. Mulder, I wanted to write a note of appreciation of your wonderful work in helping me with my sleep apnea. As you'll recall I was referred to you by Dr. Madala from the Mercy Health Sleep Clinic. The two sleep tests that she had performed on me indicated 32 to 37 incidences of awakening in each hour while using a CPAP. The purpose of the referral was to have a dental appliance custom made for me which would allow my breathing passage to open wider to improve my sleep. This was completed and the last tests only using the dental appliance and no CPAP machine showed only 4 incidences of awakening in an hour. As a result of this Dr. Madala has suggested that I only use the dental appliances and not the CPAP. I must say that I am certainly sleeping more soundly. Thank you sincerely for you help!
I recently brought my 3 youngest kids to Dr Boone at Eastern Dental for checkups and cleanings. It had been a while since we had been there. They have really improved things there with a very kid friendly atmosphere (kind of a tropical animal theme going on). My kids have always liked Dr Boone. This last time, 2 of them needed fillings (which they were nice enough to do the same day!) and when they came out I asked if they were numb, they said yes, but they were confused because they said they didn't get a shot. I asked the hygienist about it, and she said, of course they got shots, they just didn't feel it because Dr Boone is just THAT GOOD! Thanks for taking such great care of my kids Eastern Dental!
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.