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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.

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The answer to this question is - yes! And you should visit the dentist whether you have dental insurance or not.

At Northpark Dental, we have convenient payment options to help patients get the high-quality dental care they need and deserve whether or not they have dental insurance. We do work with many dental insurances and our treatment coordinator can help you navigate your claim even if we are out of network for your insurance plan. 

Alternative Payment Options

Some of the options for our patients without dental insurance are:

  • Third-party financing: Companies like CareCredit and UICCU Platinum Financing help patients break the cost of larger treatment plans into affordable monthly payments. Paying over time makes it easier to fit the treatment you need into your budget.
  • Dental membership plan: Our in-house dental membership plan helps patients cover the preventive dentistry they need with one low yearly fee. The plan also gives discounts on all other types of treatment, including cosmetic dentistry.

In-House Dental Plan

Many patients find that the membership plan offers more appealing benefits than dental insurance because there are no waiting periods or deductibles to meet. There are also no yearly maximums to keep you from getting the treatment you need.

Contact Our Urbandale Dental Office

If you have questions about your treatment plan, payment options, or you'd like more information about our membership plan, please contact Northpark Dental today at (515) 707-8050 and speak to one of our friendly staff members.

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.

At Northpark Dental, we focus on the 'family' in family dentistry. The wife and husband team of Dr. Ellen Babor, DDS and Dr.Trung Phan DDS lead a professional dental staff that provides high-quality family-focused dentistry. Between their partnership in life and business and their three children, Dr. Babor and Dr. Phan understand your family's importance and want to be the dentists you trust to take care of them.

Dental Membership Plan

We are proud to provide our patients with an annual dental membership plan that offers numerous perks, including a 10 percent discount on services at Northpark Dental and preventative maintenance, getting you things like cleanings for free.

Our dental membership plan operates separately from insurance, helping provide what insurance won't cover or helping the uninsured pay for their dental needs. 

We do this for our patients because, at Northpark Dental, we are huge proponents of preventative care and doing what we can to stop problems before they ever arise. We also believe in helping our patients access dental care and offer our membership plan as a way to help make it more affordable.

Urbandale, IA Family Dentist

Our team at Northpark Dental proudly serves the families of Urbandale and Grimes, IA, providing high-quality dental care through compassion, cutting-edge dental technology, and a family-first approach. Whether you are a new patient or a returning one Dr. Babor and Dr. Trung are happy to see you.

Northpark Dental is located between Urbandale and Johnston, IA, and we love welcoming patients from both communities. 

Our dental office address is:

8860 Northpark Dr. Ste. 300.
Urbandale, IA 50131

We are in the Northpark Business Park, which is off I-35. You can take exit 128 or 129 to reach our dental office. The area is beautiful and full of newly built businesses, including hotels and restaurants. We are near the Towneplace Suites and the Hilton Garden Inn Des Moines/Urbandale. 

Our location is convenient and easy to access, which makes getting to your dental appointments simple. 

When you reach our dental office, our friendly team will welcome you in. We provide a comfortable environment for your dental care, and we treat people of all ages. 

An Urbandale Dentist Serving Surrounding Communities

As Urbandale and Johnston dentists, Dr. Phan and Dr. Babor serve patients from both areas, in addition to surrounding communities like Grimes, Granger, Des Moines, West Des Moines, Waukee, Polk City, Ankeny, and Dallas Center.

If you’re in our area and searching for a “dentist near me,” you have found a caring, professional dental practice where you will receive excellent care and attention. We are here to help you and your family with all your dental needs. 

Reach out today to schedule your first appointment with Northpark Dental. Dr. Phan, Dr. Babor, and the rest of our dental team look forward to meeting you.

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 veneers are thin, but strong shell-like coverings that the dentist places on the front surfaces of the teeth. Veneers can be made of various materials, such as porcelain, ceramic, and resin composite. However, porcelain veneers are commonly used because they most closely resemble the iridescence of natural teeth.  

man smiling after getting porcelain veneers in urbandaleVeneers Can Revive Your Smile

Veneers can conceal a multitude of smile flaws, leaving you with a bright and refreshed smile. Some of the imperfections veneers can fix are:

  • Crooked teeth
  • Gapped teeth
  • Broken, cracked, or chipped teeth
  • Minor misalignments
  • Stained or discolored teeth
  • Oddly shaped teeth
  • Teeth that are too short
  • Gummy smiles

Our skilled cosmetic dentist Dr. Trung Phan can restore nearly any dental issue with high-quality materials, advanced technology, and a steady and artistic hand. We want your smile to look and feel its best!

Porcelain Veneers in Urbandale, IA

If you are tired of having a drab or dull smile, why not try veneers? Countless A-list celebrities have veneers, which explains the dazzling appearance of their picture-perfect smiles. Veneers can instantly transform your smile so you can feel confident sharing it with the world. 

To learn more about our high-quality veneers or to book your consultation, please call our Urbandale dental office at (515) 707-8050

We look forward to turning your teeth into pearly whites!

If your smile has lost a bit of its luster, you're not alone. You might be surprised at the impact that professional teeth whitening can make. Many of our patients feel that it took years off of their appearance!

Types of Teeth Whitening

At Northpark Dental, we offer two convenient options for teeth whitening in Urbandale.

  1. Take-Home Kits: A take-home teeth whitening kit is customized with clear plastic trays we make with an impression of your smile. You'll use high-strength whitening gel in your trays at home whenever it's convenient for you. We recommend 10 days to start, and then you'll have your trays to update your smile whenever you like.
  2. In-Office Whitening: An in-office whitening treatment takes about an hour and provides you with immediate results. We'll apply high-strength gel to your teeth and finish with a fluoride treatment to reduce sensitivity. This option is excellent if you have an upcoming event to prepare for.

If you're looking for reliable "teeth whitening near me," Northpark Dental serves Urbandale, Grimes, Des Moines, and its surrounding communities.

Contact Our Urbandale Dental Office

Don't wait to learn more about this affordable and quick option for cosmetic dentistry! Call Northpark Dental today at (515) 707-8050 for more information about professional teeth whitening.

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.

If you think you or a loved one needs emergency dentistry in Urbandale, IA, we encourage you to call Northpark Dental right away at (515) 707-8050.

Even if you're unsure that your situation is a true dental emergency, call us anyway. Our knowledgeable team members are trained to ask questions and assess your condition over the phone to help determine if you need immediate attention or if you can schedule at a later date.

Common Dental Emergencies We See in Urbandale

Some of the emergencies our dentists handle may include but are not limited to:

  • Chipped or broken teeth
  • Dental pain, abscesses, or toothaches
  • Lost dental restorations like a crown or filling
  • A knocked-out tooth

A few of the treatment recommendations for your dental emergency might be:

  • Tooth-colored fillings
  • Dental bonding
  • Porcelain veneers
  • Dental crowns
  • Root canal treatment
  • Tooth extraction

Local Urbandale Emergency Dentist 

At Northpark Dental, our dentists have the skills and knowledge to help you during a dental emergency and afterward with any treatment you need to restore your smile.

You may also avoid some dental emergencies with routine preventive teeth cleanings and checkups every six months.

If you're looking for an "emergency dentist near me" that you can trust, look no further than your team at Northpark Dental.

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.

Invisible Braces

If you have researched anything about orthodontics for adults or clear braces, you may have heard of Invisalign. Since 1998, Invisalign has been taking the world by storm, and this innovative orthodontic system has transformed millions of smiles to date.  

close up of person using invisalignInvisalign in Urbandale, IA 

Northpark Dental is proud to offer Invisalign invisible braces for patients who desire a straighter smile. Invisalign is unique because it uses highly reliable clear aligner trays to straighten teeth in teens and adults alike. Invisalign can improve the following aesthetic and functional smile imperfections and more:

  • Crooked teeth 
  • Overbites
  • Underbites
  • Open bites 
  • Crossbites
  • Gapped teeth
  • Combination of baby and permanent teeth

Customized for each person’s unique smile, Invisalign is comfortable, sleek, and virtually invisible. No one may even notice you’re wearing them! Also, Invisalign trays are easily removable, so you can thoroughly clean your teeth and comfortably enjoy your favorite foods. 

How Invisalign Works 

Once your Invisalign dentist takes an impression of your smile, we send that impression to an Invisalign lab so they can create your custom aligner trays. 

The trays work in sequential order, and they are usually changed out every two weeks. Each new set of aligner trays are slightly closer to your ideal smile, gradually guiding your teeth into the desired position. 

Invisalign treatment is a faster, low-maintenance alternative to traditional metal braces. Many patients can even enjoy their new smile in a matter of months! 

Claim Our Invisalign Special Today!

If you want a straighter, healthier smile, don’t miss out on our Invisalign special in Urbandale, IA! Our Invisalign special offers a whopping $2,000 off Invisalign treatment, making a straighter, healthier smile more budget-friendly and attainable. 

To schedule your Invisalign consultation, please contact us or call our dental office at (515) 707-8050

Both Dr. Trung and Dr. Babor want to help you attain the smile of your dreams, and our dental team looks forward to welcoming you to Northpark Dental!

Pediatric Dentistry

It may seem counterintuitive, but the earlier your little one visits the dentist, the better. Dr. Phan and Dr. Babor believe that building early relationships with children's dentistry in Johnston helps set kids up for successful visits to the dentist in the future. Your son or daughter can begin their dental journey with us as early as six months old or as soon as their first baby teeth arrive, no later than 12 months old. 

young boy sitting in dental chairChild's First Visit to Northpark Dental

During the first visit, we'll spend a lot of time helping your little one acclimate to visiting the dentist. We'll make sure they feel comfortable in the dental chair, spend time counting their teeth, and discuss any developmental issues or concerns we see. This is also a great time to receive tips and ideas for improving your child's home care routine.

As your little one grows, we'll incorporate teeth cleanings into their regular checkup visits. We may also recommend additional services like fluoride treatments and dental sealants to help protect your son or daughter's smile as they grow.

Contact Our Urbandale Dental Office

At Northpark Dental, we make it convenient for families, including small children, to get their dentistry in one convenient location. If you're looking for friendly and caring pediatric dentistry in Urbandale that your family can rely on, give us a call today at (515) 707-8050 to schedule your little one's next dental appointment.

Tooth-Colored Restorations

dental crowns in urbandale A dental crown is an excellent solution for a tooth that's been compromised with decay that is more extensive than a filling can fix. Tooth crowns are also ideal for replacing an old filling that's broken down or strengthening a tooth that's had root canal treatment. Dental crowns in Urbandale can also be used to correct cosmetic flaws like discoloration or broken teeth.

How a Dental Crowns Protects Your Tooth

A crown fits over your remaining tooth structure like a cap and closely mimics your natural tooth size, shape, and shade. It provides you with all the same functions for eating and chewing that you had before, and it's also easy to brush and floss. Ceramic porcelain is a durable material that our dentists customize to match your neighboring teeth and blend with your smile.

High-Quality Dental Crowns

Dr. Phan and Dr. Babor work with top local dental laboratories to ensure that you are getting a beautiful and durable restoration that you can rely on for many years. Our dentists also offer a special on dental crowns for $999 for a limited time. 

Contact Our Urbandale Dental Clinic

If you have a tooth in need of repair, please contact our Urbandale dental office today at (515) 707-8050 for more information on our dental crown special and how we can restore your smile.

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