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Our office continues to be Sarasota’s leading team in dentistry today. Our team has evolved over the years, sharing the common ideal of being genuinely concerned with your overall health and self-esteem.

We will maximize your oral health by providing you with a personalized, dazzling smile using the highest quality materials, state-of-the-art technology, and dentistry’s most advanced skills. You will receive a truly remarkable, relaxing experience while we focus on your comfort and well-being.

We are committed to making our practice successful and providing exceptional dentistry for our patients who both value and appreciate the level of care we provide.

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The American Dental Association (ADA) guidelines recommend visiting a dentist at least twice a year for a check-up and professional cleaning. We customize re-care visits based on a patient’s individual needs. Many people require cleanings 3-4 times yearly.

One of our staff members will compile your medical and dental history during your first visit. We will then examine your teeth and gums, screen you for oral cancer, take X-rays of your teeth as needed and complete a TMJ (temporomandibular or jaw joint) exam. After we review your dental profile, we will discuss a diagnosis with you. If treatment such as a root canal (endodontics), braces (orthodontics) or oral surgery is needed, we will plan to treat you in our office or refer you to a specialist. We will discuss your options for treatment and provide you with an itemized estimate to help you. During regular follow-up visits, we will examine your teeth and gums, screen you for oral cancer, clean your teeth and make plans for treatment, as needed. We will discuss any pain or problems you may be experiencing and answer any questions you may have.

Many diseases of the oral cavity (which includes the teeth and surrounding tissues and bone) cannot be seen when the dentist examines your mouth. An X-ray exam helps us see the small areas of decay between the teeth and fillings; bone damage from a tooth infection or cyst; bone loss due to periodontal (gum) disease; developmental defects; some types of tumors; the effects of trauma; and the position on un-erupted teeth in children and adults. We are now able to offer our patients a new type of X-ray, the digital radiograph, which offers benefits beyond the traditional X-ray. A sensor placed next to the teeth sends signals to a computer which are translated into large, crisp, electronic pictures of your teeth, supporting bones, and gums. The pictures can be enlarged and colored for clarification and are stored in your file for future reference. Digital X-rays use 75-90% less radiation than conventional film X-rays and are more accurate. It is our policy that new patients have a complete set of X-rays (18-20 individual images) taken at their first visit unless a recent (two years or less) good quality set is available from another office. Although there is no law requiring X-rays for patients seeking a dental cleaning, a state regulation requires a dentist to conduct an oral exam before a cleaning. The exam must occur at least once every 13 months, and professional standards of dentistry include X-rays as part of the exam. We recommend a full series of x-rays every three years and bitewing checkup X-rays yearly. Watch video for more information about digital X-rays.

Smile Sarasota has implemented additional protocols to keep patients safe during the pandemic. Read about our protocols here.

Please call our office as soon as you feel that you have a dental emergency such as pain, swelling or a broken tooth. We will be glad to work you in to our schedule if you have a dental emergency during our regular business hours. If you have an emergency after hours, over the weekend or during holidays, and are a current patient of record, please call our office for the doctor’s emergency contact number on our voicemail outgoing message.

Yes. We offer in-house financing through CareCredit to make cosmetic and restorative dentistry affordable for all our patients who desire it. We also accept most major credit cards.

Our office is committed to helping you maximize your insurance benefits. Because insurance policies vary greatly, as well as the complexities of insurance contracts, we cannot in good faith guarantee coverage. We ask that your dental bill be paid in full at the time of service. As a courtesy to our patients, we will typically submit your claim electronically to speed your direct reimbursement.