Comfort Dental in Albuquerque, NM with Reviews -

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By: laluna
Comfort Dental
When I realized I had to get dentures, I panicked. I looked up various dentists, and finally decided the cheapest way to go was with Comfort Dental of Coronado. I figured they might not be as good as others, but they would be cheaper, and that is what I need now.However, to my surprise and relief, I couldn't have been more wrong. The dentist I saw listened to everything I said and then explained exactly what the procedure would be if I decided to go ahead and have it done. He seemed to know what he was talking about, and just as important, what I was talking about, so I went ahead.I had to have all my remaining teeth pulled, upper and lower, and let me say I felt like it would be as horrible as it sounded. It was not horrible at all. My dentist had the teeth out in a very short time, and absolutely painlessly. In this method, I received a set of dentures, using the cast taken of my mouth days earlier, immediately. With this method, I never had to be without any teeth! Believe me, that was good, as toothless is just not a look I wanted.My mouth healed very quickly, but needless to say, the dentures did not fit perfectly.How could they, the cast was taken while I still had teeth. They were surprisingly close, though, so I had a few appointments to get adjustments made, and I was on my way through the process of getting the exact fit.Beginning with getting a quick appointment, I found the staff to be cheerful, helpful and comforting. My dentist never acted like he didn't have time for me, and encouraged me to ask whatever and how many questions I might have at any given time. The atmosphere in the office was very pleasant, and I never waited long enough to read any of the magazines!Yes, I initially went because they are less expensive, but do not feel that I sacrificed excellent dental care to do so. I would recommend them, based on my own experience, without any hesitation. Did I mention that I am absolutely terrified of going to the dentist? At lease I always have been. Even if you are as terrified as I have always been, I believe you will be glad you chose Comfort Dental of Coronado. I'm sure glad I did.
By: lee2424
Uptown Dental Associates
Dr. Shepherd took over Dr. Bussey's practice after he passed away. This was my first visit to Uptown Dental. Uptown Dental billed my insurance for a cleaning and a checkup even though I did not have a checkup. The hygienist said they would do the check up next time. I thought it was because they were running behind. When I called Uptown Dental I was informed their policy is to do a comprehensive check up on your second visit and bill insurance on your first visit since insurance will not pay for a comprehensive checkup after the initial visit. I said that was odd since that’s an assumption that 1) I would return and 2) my insurance has always paid for checkups in the past and as a new patient wouldn’t you want to perform a checkup on the first visit even if it’s not a comprehensive checkup. Couple of other things stood out, the front office staff behavior is condensing at best, I had to sign an estimate of future services I inquired about, and the office looks worn e.g. the hygienist chair arms looked dirty but were actually worn out. Now I have to spend more time and call my insurance company to tell them the bill from Uptown dental was incorrect.
By: Sue D.
Craig T Steichen DDS Family and Cosmetic Dentistry
After moving to Albuquerque over 20 yrs ago, I had the good fortune of meeting someone who recommended Craig Steichen to me to use as my dentist. I am so very happy with him and his beautiful and friendly staff. I recently had a difficult and complicated bridge work, implant and veneers put on my upper mouth all at the same time and I have to say, WOW! Just beautiful!!! I just love my new look, makes me feel 18 again. Dr. Steichen and his staff have always treated me with the upmost respect and caring way no matter what comes up. Always with a pleasing smile and willing to get to me even on the same day even when they are busy. I can't thank them enough for their great services. I have the best dentist in Albuquerque and highly recommend them to anyone. Sincerely, Sue Donati
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By: Aria m C.
Rainbow Dental
Dr. Shuan, along with Dental assistance and staff, have been everything a patient could want and expect in dental services. I've been a consistent patient with them for roughly 15 years (wow, I can't believe it's been that long). I am exceptionally pleased with the services they've rendered over the years. This crew makes going to the dentist a very pleasant experience. They are extremely detailed in their work. The office is very neat and clean. And lastly, the receptionist is a real "hoot" who makes me laugh everytime I'm there. I recommend to anyone who is looking for outstanding people, providing outstanding dental care and services. 5 star all the way ! Patient, Aria C.
By: joan.bencomo.7
Roderick Garcia DMD
Dr. Garcia is THE dentist to see if you care about your teeth. He is the best dentist I have ever been to. Dr. Garcia takes pride in his work and makes sure his patients receive the highest quality of care and service. Dr. Garcia was very gentle, understanding, and compassionate about my needs and fears--I actually no longer have fear about going to the dentist! He corrected problems I had been dealing with for years and he saved me a lot of money with the preventive measures he took. Dr. Garcia is Number One! He is a dentist who truly cares about the health of his patients. He's awesome!
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By: Mariah R.
Desert Heights Family Dentistry, P.C.: Virginia Zafarano DDS
I love coming to this dental office. The dental assistant, Ms. Debra, is so gentle and cares about the patients sore/sensitive teeth. Dr. Zafarano always does great work on my teeth as well. She will work around my schedule and is very respectful to her patients. All the hygienists are very knowledgeable and will prevent your teeth from hurting. I have very sensitive teeth and this office avoids discomforting the patients. I suggest choosing this dental office for all your dental needs.
By: Arnold T.
Sandia Heights Dental Care
I think it must be very hard to be a dentist or hygienist.  No one loves going to the dentist.  I don't either.  Going to Sandia Heights makes it easier though.  Fantastic staff, super polite, gentle, and patient.  Everyone I interacted with was friendly and seemed to work to put me at ease.  I still don't like going to the dentist, but Sandia Heights staff makes it easier to walk in the door.  Thank you for your excellent service and kindness.
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By: Crystal M.
Comfort Dental
I have had a lot of major work done on my teeth. Root canals and crowns. The doctor there is Dr Brad Copple. He is the most down to earth, humble, kindest dentist I have literally ever have had. I am 36 years old and just have been cursed with horrible teeth. So I have been to dentists since I was in my teens. Anyone who has had a bad experience with a dentist please go to Dr. Brad. He is AWESOME. Crystal Marin
By: Rn P.
Pavlakos Vasilios Bill J DDS PC Dentist
I have been going to Dr. Pavlakos office for 10 years now and have had many cavities filled and a few root canals done and I must say although none of this sounds pleasant, I was very happy with the work that Dr. Pavlakos has done on my teeth. He is always very nice and I feel that he is always looking to give his patients the best. Me and my family really enjoy our visits to Dr. Pavlakos office.
By: debbieromero
Roderick Garcia DMD
Dr. Garcia is very attentive to his patients and throughly explains procedures. The facility is excellent, the staff is also excellent. Dr. Garcia provides exceptional dental care services. He goes the extra mile to make sure you are completely satisfied. I had my two front teeth repaired because of a fall and I'm extremely happy. I can't say enough about his professionalism.
Tips & Advices
  • Pick Your Plan: Most people purchase three main varieties, usually through their employers.
    • An indemnity or fee-for-service plan 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.
    • 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.
  • PPO plans and dental HMOs work with only a select number of doctors. While that usually means fewer costs, it also means you have less choice in the dentist who can treat you Before purchasing the plan, you'll receive a list of dentists in each network. From there, you can then pick a plan with doctors who meet your standards and requirements.
  • 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. You don't want to be caught off-guard by unforeseen charges.
  • 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.
  • Ask family, friends or colleagues for recommendations. They will be able to provide details about a dentist's demeanor, operating style and approach to patient care
  • Meet with any prospective dentists to ask 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.
  • Consider driving distance, location and office hours.
  • Check With Your State Board: The state board can outline what requirements your dentist must meet and offer information about any discrepancies in the their background and if he or she has faced any disciplinary actions.
  • Remember Your Angles - When brushing your teeth, always place the brush at a 45-degree angle..
  • Don't Forget the Tongue – Your tongue is the largest source of bacteria. Brush it front to back and don't forget the sides.
  • Floss Everyday - Each time you floss, have at least 18 inches of floss available. For optimal control, hold the floss between your thumbs and forefingers.
  • Watch What You Eat - Sugar, alcohol and coffee 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 - 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.
Yellow teeth are the result of a number of bad habits, mainly smoking, drinking too much coffee and improper nutrition. Many dentists will treat with a whitening procedure.
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. Your doctor will have to examine the bump, find its cause and then develop a specific treatment plan, including the use of corticosteroids to reduce inflammation or antimicrobial mouthwash.

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