Best 30 Dentists in Sumter, SC with Reviews -

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By: Nancy B.
Kool Smiles
I have mixed feelings about this place. One visit everyone is so attentive and helpful; the next the doctor departs work early leaving the staff trying to figure out how to "doctor" the parents. On average we wait about 20-60 minutes from our appointment time, irrespective of how early we arrive. While they are very proficient in scheduling appointments 6 months out.. and ensure you are contacted for confirmation. Their "service" leaves a lot to be desired. Their patient chairs are in a back room.. where chairs are lined up.. what reminds me of an assembly line format... there's no picture taking of the area (nor are cameras allowed). I've taken my kids to other dentist who weren't so camera shy as apparently Kool Smiles staff are. Front desk service is hit or miss. The blonde lady usually has a smile while the African American female seems to be aggravated by our presence. When you can actually get a "dr" to talk to you about your child's visit.. hold on tight and ask a million questions as they seem more apt to take your insurance's money than to talk to patients.Of the 3 visits we have had at Kool Smiles... only one was a great one. The other two... were not so great. I'd recommend trying this place... and find out for yourself. It's cheap kid dental service... unfortunately, or maybe fortunately, it's not what I'd expect to receive as an adult... or I'd never go back there... ever!
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By: Kelvin H.
Kool Smiles
My recent visit to Kool smiles in Sumter SC was a very pleasant experience. My daughter was nervous all day long about Goin and no matter how many times I told her that everything was going to be OK she remained un easy. So I explain to the assistant who called for her Tony Howard, that she had been nervous all day and all I can say is WOW! The patience and professionalism exhibited by Mr.Howard was exceptional to say the least. By the time my daughter was finished being seen, she had the biggest smile on her face. She was so relieved that it was nothing like she expected. Thanks to Mr.Howard and the rest of the Kool smiles staff my daughter is now looking forward to another cleaning. Thanks Kool Smiles!
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By: Joshua C.
Kool Smiles
Dr. Pikus, assisted by Javon & Netra help my twin boys get some fillings and they did the appointments back to back and right next to each other! One of my sons did a great job but the other is a little more emotional. With the doc and assists help they worked with him to settle him down and even allowed me to be right ther to help in the whole filling process go a little smoother. I highly recommend this dentist office and their crew for their great help and hard work!
By: Mary P.
Kool Smiles
I and my children attended Sumter kool smile it was important to be greeted by the amazing PC's Jalessa and Jennifer. They were nice and very friendly. And then to be consultated by Jewel made us feel comfortable. Upon arriving in the back Dr. Kilpatrick took her time with us and made the experience worthwhile. And then then the office manager came out of her office to make sure our experience here went well. I recommend this office to everyone.
By: R F.
Kool Smiles
My I brought my daughter in because she was in pain. They allowed me to do a walk-in for her. Turns out the back her back teeth were coming in causing the pain, the dentist was so nice in explaining what to do to help her with the pain. When I brought my daughter back two weeks later for her normal cleaning appointment, the doctor and assistant remembered me. They are very nice & compassionate. My whole family goes to kool Smiles!
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By: Alisha M.
Kool Smiles
Me and my children came to kool smiles and had to be worked in. Jalessa at the front was very friendly and was able to be a big help with my insurance (payment) needs Dr. Pikus and his assistant Javon were very professional and were able to give me clear direction and the nurses that delt with my children ( Ashley Netra) were very helpful in keeping them calm and satisfied during the procedure. Overall we had a great experience!
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By: Candace C.
Kool Smiles
Both of my children had a appt. At kool smiles. My oldest daughter had some fillings and Dr. Darensburg did a excellent job and was so nice. Dr. Darensburg and his assistant Leslie performed my son's tooth extraction. I was very ���� about the whole thing but she exlplained everything to me and insured his safety. They went the extra mile and made sure he was very comfortable and kept encouraging him through the process.
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By: Deedee B.
Kool Smiles
My daughters experience was great. This place has a very kool calm setting for all ages. Jennifer & Jalessa were both very welcoming with excellent customer service. If I had to rate them two I wouldn't trade them two for anything they treat people the way they should be treated with respect. We were both very satisfied with the service received today. Thank you to the whole Kool Smile team in Sumter,Sc----Niesha & Bella
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By: Christy R.
Kool Smiles
My daughter had an appointment at Kool Smiles. The staff was so helpful and friendly. When we made it to the back my daughter's dental assistant Leslie and her dentist Dr Kilpatrick were awesome. You two really made my daughter as well as myself feel very relaxed. Thanks again for a great job. We have another appointment coming up soon, I requested to have you two again. Thanks so much. great job.
By: Santana D.
Kool Smiles
My son Safari & I love Kool smiles! We enjoy every visit. I would like to give thank to Jalessa & Jennifer they have wonderful welcome & they show professionalism every time thnks lady's for treating me & my son like family��������! Dr. Kilpatrick & Sara her assistance they where excellent during every procedure with my son! They encourage him ��������������������. I love u lady's����
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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