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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

How can we help you?

Here at Northpark Dental, our entire staff is trained to answer your questions about your oral health. We encourage you to ask them, and we’ve even compiled a few of the most common ones here. Please call us if you can't find the answer you’re seeking.


Sometimes it’s the cost of dentistry that keeps patients away, and at Northpark Dental we never want finances to be a factor for our patients in not receiving the dental care they need and deserve. We will do our best to help you get the treatment you need promptly. 

Dental Insurance and Your Benefits

We work with most dental insurance plans to help patients defray the cost of treatment. We are happy to help you understand what your benefits cover and file claims on your behalf. Our treatment coordinators are also experts at helping patients maximize their insurance benefits and make the most of their benefit dollars.

Financing Also Available in Johnston

You will also find options for financing larger treatment plans with CareCredit and UICCU Platinum Financing. These companies help patients break the cost of more complex dental treatment into affordable monthly payments that make it comfortable to fit dentistry into your budget. There are even some interest-free options for qualified patients.

Contact Our Urbandale Dental Clinic

If you have questions or concerns about your payment options, we encourage you to contact our office and speak with one of our knowledgeable treatment coordinators who will help you get the treatment you need in a timely manner that is comfortable for your budget.

Cosmetic Dentistry

Have you thought about making some enhancements to your smile, but you've felt like cosmetic dentistry may be complicated or expensive? Dental bonding is an excellent way to improve your smile with an efficient, affordable, and non-invasive procedure. Using the same material that dental fillings use, composite resin, bonding can eliminate minor imperfections such as:

  • Chipping
  • Small fractures
  • Discoloration or stains
  • Gaps, spacing, or misshapen teeth

Composite is bonded directly to your tooth to correct shaping or cover discoloration. Since composite can be customized to match your teeth, the results of cosmetic bonding are aesthetically pleasing.

Affordable Way to Improve Your Smile

Bonding also tends to be less expensive than other cosmetic procedures, so it’s an affordable way to make improvements to your smile. We can typically complete a bonding procedure during one appointment, so you’ll be able to enjoy your new smile in no time!

Contact Our Johnston

Would you like to learn if bonding might be right for your needs? Contact Northpark Dental today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Phan or Dr. Babor. We offer many cosmetic services designed to improve and enhance your smile, so if bonding doesn't best suit your needs, our dentist will discuss other treatments with you that can help you reach your goals. 

Dental Implants

Living with a missing tooth affects both your oral health and your confidence. Today, modern dentistry offers excellent options for replacing a missing tooth. Dental bridges are an attractive and affordable option, while dental implants provide the potential to last for a lifetime and protect your oral health, unlike other tooth replacement choices.

Dental Bridges in Johnston

A dental bridge uses crowns to anchor to your healthy teeth with one or more prosthetic teeth attached in the middle to bridge the gap. We use the finest ceramic material to create the right aesthetics to naturally complement your smile.

Dental Implants

A dental implant gives you the function, feel, and appearance of your natural tooth. It is the only option for replacing a tooth that also restores your root, which protects the health of your jawbone and the shape of your face.

Dental implants can also replace multiple missing teeth by anchoring dental prosthetics such as a dental bridge, denture, or partial denture. Implants offer security and more stability for denture wearers who may have struggled with movement or slipping in the past.

Contact Our Urbandale Dental Clinic

To learn more about which option may be best for restoring your smile, contact Northpark Dental today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Phan or Dr. Babor.

Emergency Services

A common misconception about root canal therapy is that it’s painful because when you need this treatment, it is likely that you are already in pain. If we diagnose the need for a root canal, it is because we need to remove the infection that has occurred inside your tooth. A tooth that is fractured, traumatized, or decayed inside, the pulp will cause severe pain.

Treatment for an Infected Tooth

It is essential to understand that dental infections don’t go away without treatment and you will need root canal therapy to remove the infected tissue inside your tooth, eliminate pain, and preserve your natural tooth structure. A dental infection that is left untreated will often get worse and could result in tooth loss.

At Northpark Dental, our dentists use the latest in endodontic (root canal) technology – rotary endodontics. These are tools that are lighter and more flexible because they are made of nickel-titanium instead of stainless steel. They are also electric, making them more effective and efficient.

Comfortable Dentistry in Johnston

We also offer nitrous oxide as an option for patients who feel anxious about root canal therapy. Nitrous will help you feel at ease during your procedure without any lingering side effects.

If you or a loved one needs root canal therapy, you can count on your team at Northpark Dental to make the experience as efficient and comfortable as possible.

General Dentistry

For most patients, optimum oral health can be maintained with two cleanings and checkups each year, every six months.

For those patients managing periodontal disease, we often recommend one or two additional cleanings throughout the year to maintain your oral health and control gum disease.

What to Expect During Your Appointment

During your cleaning appointment, your hygienist is removing the plaque and bacteria buildup from your teeth that cause issues like tooth decay and gum disease. Your Johnston dentist will also screen for concerns like oral cancer during your examination, which is responsible for one death in America every hour. These dental issues are best treated early on, which gives you the opportunity to choose less invasive procedures that also aren't as costly.

Help With Dental Anxiety in Johnston

If you’ve avoided the dentist over the years due to fear, we offer nitrous oxide as an option for relaxation during your dental procedures. It can be used even during a cleaning, and it’s safe for you to drive yourself home after your appointment since it leaves your system so quickly.

Staying on track with your routine cleanings and checkups is genuinely the best way to achieve and maintain optimum oral health. Contact Northpark Dental if it’s time for your next dental appointment.

At Northpark Dental, we have invested in much of the latest technology that is designed to make treatment procedures comfortable for our patients. You will also find that our dentists are not only gentle, but also compassionate, and your comfort is a top priority for them.

Modern Dental Technology for Your Comfort

For example, rotary endodontic technology allows us to perform root canal therapy in a more effective and comfortable manner than ever before. Because rotary tools are made of nickel-titanium instead of stainless steel, they are more flexible and reach diseased tissue quicker and more comfortably. Because these tools are electric, they allow us to complete the procedure more efficiently than in the past.

Laser Dentistry for Gum Disease Treatment

Our dental laser helps us to treat concerns such as periodontal disease more effectively without affecting healthy tissue. The laser uses concentrated light and heat to not only remove diseased tissue, but also sterilize the area for accelerated healing.

Book Your Dental Appointment in Johnston

These are only just two examples of the state-of-the-art technology you’ll find your Johnston dentist using. We invite you to come and visit our practice, meet our dentists and team, and discover for yourself what makes us different from other practices in the area. Give Northpark Dental a call today to arrange a convenient time for your next visit.

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