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By: Joyce D.
Advanced Dental Care of Lakewood Ranch
There are many of us who have a fear of being treated by a dentist. Mine started when I was 16. The dentist hit a nerve while using the drill on a molar and I saw stars and felt excruciating pain. It took many years until I could go in to a dentist office and feel safe and comfortable enough to permit the dentist to touch a tooth in my mouth. The Dentist and his Tech who helped this miracle happen is none other than Doctor Purcell and Sarah. Their chair side manner goes above and beyond what one needs to conquer this fear. Yes I still get happy gas administered and still get pain shots but I can hear the drill in the waiting room without the need to check for the nearest exit. I don't hyperventilate and suffer stomach aches a week before my appointment and my husband can wait in the car. Dr. Purcell is honest, patient, very knowledgeable, and easy to trust. working hand in hand with him is Sarah who can help you relax and make the whole experience bearable. She is a whiz at making a denture feel good in your mouth allowing you to smile and enjoy eating again. .Please don't wait for 58 years and 14 teeth before finding great dental health care like I did. Three cheers for Dr. Purcell and his staff!!
By: ann.dey.7
Aldrich Dental Care
My husband and I were patients of Dr. Aldrich for 14 years before I obtained dental insurance. At that time I wrote him a letter stating the reason we were switching dentists. When the new dentist retired, the dentist who took over his practice said the tooth which had just lost its cap needed to be pulled and I could get a bridge or an implant inserted -- $$$$.I called Dr. Aldrich's office and asked if he would give me a second opinion and the nurse said of course and set-up the appointment. Dr. Aldrich examined the tooth and took x-rays. He then asked if I still had the original cap. I saidm "Yes." He left the decision to me; but, his recommendation was the tooth was healthy and he does not favor removing healthy teeth. For a couple hundred dollars he inserted and new post, re-shaped my crown and attached it again. Needless to say, five years ago we returned to him for all our dental needs.Although he does not accept insurance - this is what keeps his prices lower -- his staff will file the claims on the patient's behalf.In summary, if you are looking for a skilled dentist with great integrity we highly recommend trying Dr. Aldrich.
By: S Z.
Manatee Advanced Dentistry
I don't write many reviews but I do believe that Dr. Patel and his staff are worth others knowing about. I had an emergency root canal that had to be done. I called up and Dr Patel quickly took me in and guided me through the process and was kind and patient as I hate going to the dentist much less deal with a procedure like this. In talking to Dr. Patel it is clear that he has a sincere desire to help people remain healthy and serve others. Even though our insurance through the school system was horrible he worked with us to solve the financial responsibility. Thank you Dr. Patel
By: carolynmnash
Urgent Care Walk In Clinic
I had the longest wait 2.5 hours with my 2 year old for the doctor to say that he woudl not treat me the second time but needed to go to a specialist AND I called that mornign before I came to ask them if they would give me a refill. They asked the doctor and all he could say was come in. I came in paid again and the doctor walked int he door did not look at me and said no. Could have said it inthe morning before my daughter and I had to go through all of that. At least they have a cute kids play room. Doctor seemed nice otherwise.
By: C M.
Sea of Smiles
We have been coming to Dr. Vales at Sea of Smiles for a few years now. My kids love going there. Who would think that a child actually looks forward to going to the dentist? The Doctor and entire staff are extremely friendly and they make it fun as well as educational for my children. The new office in Lakewood Ranch is AMAZING!!! The office is huge! The chairs even have TV's over them now so that the kids are distracted and relaxed. My kids will go here until they are adults!! Love them!!!!!
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By: Jerry D.
Dental Mint
Great organization to work with. They are up front with everything and make sure you understand what and why you need to have done and they explain the best option for you. Great followup after the work is complete. I would recommend to anyone looking for the best care. They completed an lnplant,crowns,& a bridge for me. Very satisfied!
By: Gary G.
Parkwood Dental West
My family of four has been going there since we moved here three years ago, the dental clinic provided exceptionally friendly top quality dental service. The dentist is the ultimate professional. The staff is friendly and always willing to assist with whatever comes up. Would not change dentist for anything.
By: klaird
Urgent Care Walk In Clinic
I have had two visits Lakewood Ranch Urgent Care. I am grateful to Dr. Price for voluntarily taking the time to research the most affordable prescription solutions for me. Also, the casual, yet very caring, atmosphere of the clinic and staff makes it comfortable for patients. I do recommend this clinic.
By: John T.
Stepping Stone Clinic
I came in here for a massage for lower lumber area. It was the best way to relax and get the pain out of the way. Tracy took special time explaining the reason for the discomfort but it was sooo nice to walk out with a perk in my step.
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By: Brandee W.
Advanced Dental Care of Lakewood Ranch
I have been going to this office for about 10 years. They have taken such great care and most all of them know me by name. Joy keeps my teeth healthy every visit and the office staff get me in and out. Such a great team!
Tips & Advices
This depends on the prosthetic.
  • Dental implants, when cared for properly, can last a lifetime.
  • Crowns typically last between 10-15 years.
  • Resin-bonded bridges typically last between seven  and 10 years. Tooth-supported fixed bridges generally wear out faster than this.
  • Removable partial dentures typically last around 15 years.
  • Complete dentures typically last between five and six years.
The entire process for adding dental implants could take as long as eight months. There are three phases:
  • Phase 1: Grafting. This may take between three and six  months.
  • Phase 2: Artificial root placement. This may take one to two  hours to complete and will take between three and six  months to heal.
  • Phase 3: Crown placement. This is usually done over the course of two visits, two weeks apart.
One dental implant typically costs $1,000-$3,000. However, the abutment (a connector added onto the top of a dental implant) and crown can add $500-$3,000. Multiple dental implants may cost $3,000-$30,000. A full set of implant dentures may cost as much as $90,000, though the average is around $34,000.
A dental implant is a titanium post shaped like a natural tooth's root that is surgically inserted into the jawbone beneath the gums. These posts allow dentists to secure a replacement tooth or bridge in the correct position.
Maxillofacial prosthesis is a subspecialty of prosthodontics. A maxillofacial prosthesis is meant to rehabilitate patients who have defects or disabilities due to trauma, disease, or those that a patient is has from birth. The prosthesis is designed to replace parts of the bone or tissue that are missing, or to help restore functions of the mouth, such as swallowing, chewing, or speaking. Other prostheses are created to protect the face during radiation therapy. Dentists that work with maxillofacial prostheses often collaborate closely with ear, nose, and throat doctors.

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