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The other "reviewers" of this business apparently have never written a review, as they were full of emotion and lacking any real USEFUL content. So here it goes: As far as availability of appointments, I was very impressed by their willingness to find an appointment for my very busy/needy schedule. We had an insurance issue that prevented us from being seen several months ago and I will say that I did NOT appreciate the amount of calls that I received from their corporate office asking if I would like to re-schedule. They finally stopped when I expressed my annoyance and that I would call them if I wanted to make an appointment. Onwards to the actual appointment. Wait time was average for a modern day medical/dentist appointment. I believe we waited about 20 minutes? They have a cute play area and jungle gym type structure in the waiting area so I wasn't trying to keep my kids busy while we waited. All pediatric care providers should have this! The receptionist was knowledgeable about my insurance, polite, and very helpful. The hygienist was VERY good with my 5 year old (who had a traumatic experience with another dental facility!) she was able to gain her trust and perform all the necessary tasks for cleaning her teeth (even the fluoride treatment! Which she was very scared of for some reason!) She explained everything that she was doing and demonstrated what she could so that my daughter knew what to expect. All the hygienists that walked by seemed to realize how scared she was and they all offered some sort of comfort to ease her anxiety. Which is a small gesture to many but a HUGE comfort to a scared child. I found that the facility was clean and orderly and I noticed how well they disinfected everything after each patient. The dentist was friendly, quick and thorough. I noticed that while she pointed out she was going to put a mirror in her mouth she hid the sharp tool from my daughter's sight and only brought it out once her mouth was wide open and she realized that the mirror was okay. My kiddo had no idea that the tool she was most scared of was in her mouth already...tricky! But super genius!! Haha! The only complaint I have is that I wished she would have explained her findings a bit more. I had to call the office afterwards and ask a few additional questions that I realized hadn't been answered. But the woman who answered the phone was very helpful and explained everything to me with much patience and understanding. I certainly recommend this PEDIATRIC dentist.
That is what brought me to Crossroads Family Dentistry, the ad in the paper that stated "We Cater To Cowards" many years ago....... I believe the offices were out of a large 2 story house at the time. I started out seeing Dr. Dais, and over the last 14 years or so I have seen Dr. Underwood. There have been several times emergencies and such I have also seen Dr. Webb. I do not like dentists!!!!!! But when I or one of my children must go to the dentist it is off to Crossroads Family Dentistry! I have never been treated with anything but respect at their offices, even when I start whining because of my fear of dentists. The dental assistants are awesome!!!. I have a personal story and will try and make it brief....... 13 years ago I was put on a seizure medication to control what my Dr. believed was trigiminal neuralgia (sp?). My husband had just been diagnosed with epilepsy and was already on seizure meds, what a pair we were!! Went for a regular Dr's appt and was informed I was pregnant......Dr suggested abortion, was not supposed to get pregnant while on these meds......and now I was high risk and no one wanted to take care of me. We had been trying for a few years to get pregnant so now we were dealing with all sorts of emotions..........during this time I went for my normal cleaning and xrays with Dr. Underwood, as stated on the records they had me update my meds and health information. Dr. Underwood waltzed in singing something, and then asked about the updated information... he said they are all wrong...I had 3 upper teeth that were bad and that is where all of the pain was coming from not trigiminal whatever, he said taper off the drugs, we will get those teeth repaired and you will be fine......he was blunt to the point and correct all around! I tapered off the meds, put my foot down to my family Dr, and neurologist, received my root canals (gladly) and even though I was still high risk, only because of the unknown about what might happen being as I was on the meds when getting pregnant, my son came out fine! I say all of this because this came from caring people and their expertise. This place is a business, things happen if you have a problem with billing issues or anything I have never had a problem thus far in them explaining anything to me. This is my story......will get off my platform now......I was just looking up the exact address for Crossroads Family Dentistry online for a friend and saw where I could voice my opinion! Thanks! Conna Weaver
Get ready for a year-long roller coaster ride. You will be told that the teeth in your new dentures will be hand set and matched to the teeth that you are fixing to have pulled … what you will get is a standard set of dentures that look just like every other set of dentures. The price will be for pulling your teeth and for the new dentures - they will tell you that the price includes 2 permanent liners (which will not be put in for at least a year, while your gums settle) PLEASE be sure to get this in writing! I didn’t - I “assumed” it was on the bill and believed their words - which cost me another $345 when they put in the permanent liners 15 months later (I waited an extra 3 months because he said the longer you wait, the better the permanent liners will fit). Meanwhile, the dentures will become loose every couple of months as your gums begin to shrink - at which time they will give you what they call “temporary liners” this will cost you $140 for each set they put in and if you want to be somewhat comfortable as you wait out the year … you will need these about every 3 months, so be sure to add this cost to your total. I did not (it was not explained that I would need so many of these temporary liners) and I only had enough funds to cover one and 1/2 sets of temporary’s – yes, I had a lot of discomfort during the year! When they put in my permanent liners, they said I owed them $345, I told them I didn't owe, because they said the permanent set was included in the price. I was so angry, I just told them to send me a bill. They sent me a sheet of paper explaining I would need to pay for the temperary liners and the permanent liners, that was to be signed and returned to them before beginning the proceedure ... naturally, the one they sent me was blank ... because I never received it and never signed anything! They said they give that to every customer (well, they probably do now). Final result - I ended up with a decent pair of standard dentures and a decent fit once the permanent liners were put in place. Oh, and don’t be deceived by the Christian stuff on the walls – they are in it for the money - just like everyone else! PLEASE get everything they promise in writing!
I have found a dentist office that the staff and doctors are kind, courteous, gentle and overall care about their patients anxiety, concerns and dental health. It had been over 25+ years since I had been to a dentist. As a kid I had many horrible experiences with dentists which caused me too never want to go back as an adult. But after many many long nights of hurting and the over the counter pain medicines weren't working anymore, I knew it was time to seek help. I knew that I'd need some form of "sedation dentistry" so I Googled sedation dentistry in Oklahoma City and found OKC Smiles. From the very first phone call with the front desk staff I already felt calmer because they were kind and answered every single little question I had. My first appointment went much better than I had expected. They determined what I needed done first (I had a cracked back tooth that was causing me tremendous mouth and jaw pain) and got me quickly scheduled for a root canal. On that visit I was taken to the room and was explained what exactly they would be doing during the procedure. I received my sedation medicines, got a warm blanket to cover up with, a neck pillow and they turned the lights down. I was so much calmer by that point that I forgot I was in a dentist office. The procedure went great! The dentist, Dr. Kevin Murray, was great! The medicines helped me calm down and relax along with the nitrous oxide gas they have me. I kid you not, when the procedure was done I HAD ABSOLUTELY NO PAIN AT ALL! Before the appointment I had major pain for over a month, with lots of sleepless nights, before I finally called and made this appointment. Now I have no problems calling them up for appointments and additional work done. I highly recommend OKC Smiles to anybody looking for a great dental office, especially ones that have fears of the dentist and anxiety.
I would like to say that Dr. Leslie is the best Dentist my family has had the pleasure of knowing! Originally we went to a different Dentist located a few blocks away. My spouse had a dental emergency and needed an extraction immediately. I called our regular Dentist, knowing that he was closed on Friday, but asking for a referral and he told me 'Good Luck.' What a rear end he was. I got out the phone book and found Dr. Leslie's number. I called him on a Friday evening. He opened up his office on a Saturday and pulled the tooth! Dr. Leslie is a great man. He always makes sure that you dont feel the process when he is working on your teeth. He makes sure you have your antibiotics after a procedure, which our old dentist did not do. My old dentist pulled one of my teeth, I requested some antibiotics, he told me, "Well the problem is gone now, you will be fine." As a result of that, I developed a major infection and ended up in the ER. I would reccommend Dr. Leslie to friends and family. I have misunderstood my paperwork from the insurance company, I go in and they take the time to explain it to me. Dr. Leslie makes sure we understand procedures, drawing pictures for us and explaining things to us. I feel he goes the extra mile to help his patients, from opening on Saturday to accommadate our busy schedules to making sure we understand what is going on with our teeth. I just cant say enough good things about this Man and his wonderful Assistant. We have found our Dentist for sure!
I highly recommend crocodile smiles for anyone with small kids (or maybe even big kids too). My daughter turns 2 in just a couple of weeks. I noticed some plaque in between her two front teeth. I finally got it out with dental floss but decided to find her a dentist. I thought the dentist could remove anything I had left behind. I was worried about sending her to a regular dentist, so I looked for a pediatric dentist and found Dr. Liz Kellner at Crocodile Smiles. They got my daughter on the schedule in just two weeks! The other place didn't have anything open for three months!!! Crocodile Smiles was awesome. The ladies at the front desk were so friendly. I forgot my insurance card (of all things), and they worked with me to find the necessary info. There's a play area at the front, which was great when I needed to distract my daughter from the other kids who were a little tearful. My 2-year-old let the dental assistant clean her teeth and apply flouride. She just looked up at the TV mounted to the ceiling! Then, she let the dentist look at her teeth too! She got a prize and a balloon when she was all done. Once again, I highly recommend this dentist for little kids. The fact is that 30 percent of all kids will have cavities before they even go to school! My child isn't going to be one of them, thanks to Crocodile Smiles! :)
Dr. Leseberg was whom my family dentist referred me, for my very first root canal. I hadn't been to the dentist for a while because the Texas dentists I dealt with had all been absolute sadists. Needless to say when I sat down in the dentist chair, I was to the point of hysteria - my tooth had literally broken into two pieces, one of which came completely out. Dr. Leseberg has a very soothing manner and went out of his way to assure me that I wouldn't feel any pain. Infact he reitterated several times that he wanted to know immediately if I felt anything at all - pain, pressure, etc. During the procedure he would tell me what he was doing during each step. Once it was finished, he gave me a prescrip for medication for any pain that I might experience. A couple of days later, I went back to my family dentist for the fitting of the crown, etc. My dentist then explained to me the reasons he sent me there were - Dr. Leseberg's calm and reassuring demeanor, that he always does a great pain-free job and that once his job was done, the tooth was always in the best shape for the crown to be molded and fitted easily. Eventually I did have to go back to Dr. Leseberg for another tooth - and I actually was very pleased that if I had to have another one done, I knew I was going to be well taken care of.
After the dentist I grew up using retired I spent years going to different dentists trying to find a good one. One of my friends recommended Dr. Goldsmith. This guy is one of the nicest people I ever met and I enjoy going to the dentist now because I don't worry about pain anymore. He has done several root canals on me and they were painless.. These are good people and very professional they care about how you feel. .If you want a good dentist you have to try this guy and you will see what I mean. I thank God there are people like this in the world that truely care and are good at what they do. I thought I would write a recommendation because I know how hard it was for me to find a good dentist. I hope this helps others like me who have put off going to a dentist because of the fear of pain. This dentist makes taking care of your teeth a pleasnt experience. David
I recommend Dr. Kirby to everyone I know, even if they already have a dentist! You never have to wait at his office, the front desk staff is so nice and helpful, the hygienists are excellent and never cause me any pain or discomfort while they clean my teeth, and of course Dr. Kirby is just so nice, knowledgeable, funny, and wonderful at his job. I never really liked going to the dentist before, but at Classen Family Dentistry, it's such a pleasant experience! In addition to regular cleanings, Dr. Kirby has helped me with cavities, bleeding gums (due to pregnancy hormones), and even a beautiful crown that matches perfectly....and I was really worried about it looking good since it's one of the top front teeth. He did an excellent job on the crown, though, as he does with everything! Thanks, Dr. Kirby! You're my favorite dentist.
I went in today and had my wisdom teeth remove. Everyone was friendly and talked to me while I was waiting for the numbness to kick in. The doctor went a head and checked my other teeth and gave me gas even though my insurance would not cover it since they seen how nervous I was and the pain I may be in. I felt so good to be in a place that was inviting like I had been in a million times. Very clean with a great theme to the place. A lil train runs on a track in all the rooms. It was cool to watch and children must love it. They mad sure there was no pain involved and as soon as I felt a little something besides presser they took care of it. Best dentist I have ever been too. Best part is that the place excepts soonercare and treats you no less than a paying Patient. Noel
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.