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Disappointed in my visit with Morningstar Dental. Honestly, there are plenty of dentists out there - save yourself a headache and avoid this office.
Best dental clinic in the area. The staff is very professional. The entire experience is tops. Highly recommended
The most terrible dentist. After the treatment of filling one of my teeth, it's been hurting crazy. I went for check up again for that tooth, they tried to fix it. It still hurts so bad. I don't know what they are doing to the tooth. It is the most terrible place. Please don't go
I have visited this clinic 4 times. First time was for dental cleaning. It was a nice experience. The last 3 times were for the same tooth filling. During the visit for dental cleaning, I was told that I had a decayed tooth and must do a filling. Before doing the filling, I didn't feel any discomfort. However, after the filling was done, it's painful to chew. I had to return and got check. During the 2nd visit for this filling, the dentist did some adjustment. However, it didn't help and I had to go back again. My third appointment for this tooth was scheduled at 10am on Nov 3 which is the day that KC had the parade to celebrate the Royal's victory. I received 3 phone calls on Nov 2 to reschedule my appointment. First call was around 8:30am. The office said they had an opening at 9am that day and would like me to come if possible. I live 30 minutes away and need to arrange a baby sitter for my little one in advance. Therefore, it didn't work. Later of the day, I got the 2nd call and asked me to come one hour earlier on Nov 3. I agreed and contacted the baby sitter. About 1 hour later, I got 3rd phone call. The lady who spoke to me said that Dr. Gilroy would like to redo my filling and needed more time to do so. Then, you rescheduled my appointment to 2:30pm, Thursday, Nov 5. Obviously, I had to rearrange the baby sitter again. However, at the last visit, I was told that this filling is a big one. There is a 50% chance a discomfort may happen (how come you didn’t tell me earlier….) Then the dentist say my filling was done correctly and no need to redo it. Instead, you found a crack on the tooth and would like to put a crown on it. Then, I have to go through insurance check and go back again for the same tooth…….(ps. During the check, I was asked whether I went to the parade because everyone in the office went.)I have seen many dentists in my life. This is the first time that I have to return 3 times for the same tooth filling. However, the problem is still not fixed. I don’t mind to reschedule my appointment but I care about honesty. If they would just told me that the clinic was close for the Royal parade, I would be fine to reschedule my appointment to a different day. There is no need to lie by saying the reschedule is due to time limitation to redo my filling. Shame on you!!
Avoid at ALL costs!!! Let me start by saying that I used to work at a dental office so I'm very aware of how things typically happen. This office was horrible on all accounts. The front desk was awful and completely unorganized. I was barely greeted when I walked in the door but that's not the deal breaker. Their record keeping was horrendous but is too detailed for me to explain here. My hygienist was the worst I've ever experienced. It felt like she took a chainsaw to my mouth just to purposefully cause it bleed so that she could give me a flossing lecture (Again, I used to work at a dental office!! THIS was an extreme experience and does NOT happen at a reputable office!!). I had ZERO periodontal disease and yet my gums where swollen, shredded up, and raw for over 2 weeks! I really felt like I had some minor infections from the process. Finally, the dentist told me I had 2 cavities which I should have never trusted as I had been to a different dentist less than a year prior (I came to Dr. Kimes office because I moved) and no such cavities were found. Well I guess I was feeling gullible that day and agreed to have him fix them. Worst mistake!!! I had to make THREE additional visits to the office AFTER my fillings appointment to have my fillings "adjusted." Not only was my bite completely ruined by this experience (my teeth are now permanently shifted causing an unnatural bite and jaw issues that I never had before) but I still have extreme sensitivity 2 years later and cannot properly eat on that site of my mouth. The dentist tried to make every excuse in the book for why this might be the case and said he would replace them if it kept happening. Needless to say, I had already taken time off from work 5 times to visit this place and I didn't want more of my teeth to be chiseled out so that he could fix them because he didn't do it correctly the first time. Let's not mention the fact that they attempted to charge me for the adjustment visits and I had to complain in order for those to be removed (adjustments are no fault of the patient, by the way, so it makes absolutely no sense that a patient would be charged for this!!). Any and all trust that I had in this office was completely out the window and I decided that I was done with this place. I've been to a different dentist since then who I had a great experience with, who adjusted the bite AGAIN because it was STILL wrong, and he said that the only complete solution to my filling issues was to have them redone (oh and now the insurance won't pay for them because they've already been "fixed" so this would be completely out of pocket... cha ching!!). In other words, after 5 visits to Dr. Kimes office, I had a ridiculously painful teeth cleaning (truly not what a cleaning should be) and 2 "MINOR" fillings which completely ruined my mouth forever. Lastly, what prompted me to write this review today was that although my original appointment was 2 YEARS AGO, I JUST RECEIVED A BILL IN THE MAIL FROM THEM YESTERDAY. What a joke!!! Not only did they ruin my teeth, not only did I ALREADY PAY THEM 2 YEARS AGO (I have the proof!!!), but even IF they believed that they didn't get my payment, they have the nerve to not contact me and then send me a bill 2 years later!??! Let me say this again: any reputable place would be embarrassed to operate like this and to send a bill after 2 years of no contact. An upstanding business would write it off (it's $70!!!). Not them though. They are clearly hurting for the money (not surprised) and this further demonstrates just how horrible their record keeping is (ya know, considering they were PAID for this already 2 years ago....). This place is a joke.
I will start by saying that the actual service performed, including the staff providing the service, was excellent. I felt very comfortable with them and was excited to be looking forward to coming back to the office (the office itself was very clean and inviting.) Unfortunately, my entire experience wasn't as pleasant.Where I ran into problems with them was with the billing. I had just recently changed insurances - I used them once prior and continued service with them under my new insurance. My first question after walking through the door again was, "do you guys accept my new insurance?" The receptionist replied with a yes, where we then proceeded to schedule my appointment, and ultimately, the service. Fast forward about a month or so, I received a bill for ~$500 ... for a filling! Obviously upset about the bill, I called up there and spoke to the receptionist and expressed my concern. After pulling my my information, she notified me that they did not, in fact, accept my insurance. I told her that I would not have received the service if I had known that. I asked if we could figure out a middle ground of some sort. She told me that I would need to speak with the dentist directly, which he was not currently available, and that she would have him call me back (she sounded frustrated that I didn't jump for joy at the fact that I was billed the full, uninsured amount under false pretenses.) This was the last time I heard from them verbally - the following contact from them was through a collection agency.Look. They provided a service for me. They have every right to be compensated for their service, I do not dispute that one bit. I recently paid more than that for a root canal done through another office - paying what is owed is not, nor has it been, an issue for me. My issue is that rather than admitting the mistake (and I fully agree that it was a simple mistake/misunderstanding) and working to find a solution, they chalked me up as just some bum who was trying to skip out on the bill. This could have been avoided with a simple call back - hell, there's a good possibility that I would have paid a large portion and praised their understanding and continued using them. The moral here is to make sure the provider physically looks up your insurance before accepting service.**UPDATE**I am happy to say that this matter was resolved. I am even more pleased to update my review from the initial one star to a five star review. Dr. Kimes reached out to me personally to get the issue resolved. After speaking with him, it was clear that this was not a matter of intentionally not responding to my issue, but rather a loss of communication somewhere down the road. I would say that his solution was more than fair for me. I will also reiterate that the service was never in question.Thank you again for taking care of this.Sincerely,Jimmie Walker
I genuinely wish I could review more than just the office staff. I am sure I would have liked the dentist and assistants just fine. After I dealt with the rude receptionist, I had a bad taste in my mouth about the experience and wrote a letter of complaint to the email on their website. I don't typically post complaints anywhere else, I usually find it unnecessary as I get a kind response from the business directly. I didn't end up getting my teeth cleaned because I started new insurance that apparently still has a couple weeks before its in effect. I apologized for my error but regardless the receptionist was rude and unfriendly from beginning to end- did not smile once. I didn't act upset at all when in the office. I was nice and friendly, unfortunately it wasn't reciprocated. I have been a manager- I know the complaints that I take seriously, so therefore when I complain I don't make personal attacks, admit my fault, and do not use bad language. I wish I had a copy of the email I sent so you can understand my shock in the response I got. I do want to say that the fact I had to reschedule was barely mentioned on my end, because it wasn't a big deal to me- the service was. No subjectNO one was rude to you she was just explaining to you that your effective date wasn’t til May first, And she was very professional after reviewing the footage of the appointment, And she was very friendly in this matter, And that is your decision not to return to our Office, Thank you I this MatterJayme Front Desk AdministratorAntioch DentalDue to the unprofessional and unfriendly office staff, I cannot recommend anyone visit this office. i understand standing up for your staff as I have done the same when I was a manager- but that is not the way to do it. Jayme- great job, you just earned the entire business a bad review! Hope your bosses can stand up for you like you did the receptionist. In my opinion, all emails sent from her need to be reviewed by a boss for not just the poor grammar but for the way they come across.
I would not go here. I don't think he is very smart. He would not answer a simple question about a procedure.
All about the money, I went to Deer Creek for 3 yrs due to the convenience, it's right next to my work. Well during that time they said I needed something like 10 fillings and Periodontal maintenance the entire time. So I was paying out of pocket every visit....I clean my teeth well and often and only had two cavities before this dentist. SO...last time I went in they said I needed two root canals, one immediately. I cancelled my appointments and went to another local dentist that was recommended. He was great and told me that I didn't need any root canals or fillings...the only thing I needed done was to fix the last filling they had done as it had created a pocket that was holding food. I couldn't floss it out either because the filling was shaved off correctly and floss would'n't fit between my teeth. Freaking ridiculous. Also, they were doing perio maintenance in like 15 mins...some people like there teeth done quick, and I would too if they'd do a good job. It's like a conglomerate dentist office that switches dentist all the time, over three years I had two difference cleaning ladies and saw 3 dentist. Also when they did an onlay, that I"m sure I didn't even need they left the string that held my gums down in my mouth causing an infection, my gums were killing me so I went back and the one good dental hygenist, it was a guy, but I can't remember his name...the only good one there for sure, if he's still there...anyway he discovered the floss/string still sitting in my gums causing a nasty infection and pulled it out....luckily they didn't try to charge me for that one. DO NOT GO TO DEER CRK FAMILY DENTAL
Terrible professionalism. Between my wife and I, we had our appointment day/times rescheduled 4 different times as a result of dentist unavailability. Unfortunately for us the last rescheduling happened at the end of the year, which costed us over $700 in lost insurance benefit. I had a filling done, and had to go back twice within a week to get it fixed. Would not recommend.
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.