At Bear Lake Dental Care, we have exceptional credentials and advanced technology, but that’s not what makes us different. We offer unrivaled customer service. We take the time to listen to our patients and thoroughly explain treatment options. Then, we work toward developing lasting relationships based on honest communication, trust, and integrity. Our entire team will do everything possible to ensure that your dental experience is rewarding on many different levels.
Does the dentist see emergency cases?
Yes. We will see emergency cases during regular business hours. After hours, we offer a phone number on the answering machine, so patients of record can contact our dentist on call.
When do you like children to have a first dental visit?
We want to see your child when they have teeth! Most children respond well to a dental visit around age three, though the ADA recommends children have a first visit at one year of age. Bring your child with you to your appointment so that he or she can become acclimated to the dentist's office. If you notice any development problems with your child's mouth or teeth, call us to schedule a visit immediately. Otherwise, we'd like to begin teaching your children how to care for their teeth and gums when they reach three or four years of age. By age four or five, they can begin hygiene treatments and regular checkups.
Why are checkups recommended every six months, even for people with great oral health?
Early detection allows us to provide the most conservative treatment, which saves you time, expense, and possible discomfort. We also screen for oral cancer, a disease that will affect more than 30,000 Americans this year. Oral cancer is deadly, but early detection offers an 80-90% cure rate. Gum disease is another sneaky problem that we try to catch early. It has been linked to stroke, heart attack, osteoporosis, and other health risks, and it is the leading cause of tooth loss in American adults.
What can you do to improve the appearance of my smile?
Well, we'd like to start by evaluating your oral health, existing smile, and discussing your idea of a spectacular smile. We may suggest teeth whitening, porcelain veneers, replacement teeth, and replacing metal dental work with esthetic restorations. However, your smile may benefit from a complete smile makeover. Call to schedule a cosmetic consultation, and together, we'll determine the best road to your ideal smile.
What are my options to replace missing teeth?
We offer implant restorations and bridgework to replace missing teeth. Learn more about these services, then call for a consultation. With X-rays, intraoral photos, and a thorough assessment of your dentition, the dentist can help you decide which replacement option will be best for you.
Do you refer patients to specialists?
While we are trained and equipped to handle many dental issues in our office, when a specialist would better serve you, we'll refer. Some dental specialists are oral surgeons, periodontists (supporting structures), endodontists (internal tooth problems), orthodontists (for moving teeth), and pedodontists (for children). We refer to only trusted professionals with whom we have a good rapport.
Bear Lake Dental Care 215 S 4th Street Montpelier, Idaho 208-847-0153