Palms Dental
Dr. Christopher Stock

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

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Please browse our frequently asked questions for more information about Palms Dental and our services. If your question does not appear here, please don't hesitate to contact us at our Bradenton dental office. We are always happy and available to answer your questions or address any potential concerns you may have.

 

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Our friendly team wants our patients to receive the exceptional dental care they deserve, and we are always here to help you. Palms Dental is in-network with several insurance companies, including:

  • Aetna
  • Florida Blue Dental
  • Cigna
  • Delta Dental
  • GEHA
  • Guardian
  • Humana
  • Metlife
  • Principal

Dental insurance can be complex and challenging to navigate, but we are always available to assist you throughout the process. Our front desk staff has been with Dr. Christopher Stock for over a decade and is very knowledgeable about the ins and outs of dental insurance. 

If your dental insurance is not in our network, we will submit your claim electronically. We also accept various forms of payment, including credit cards and checks.  

Dr. Stock Accepts Dental Insurance in Bradenton 

At Palms Dental, we offer various services to promote excellent oral health and attractive aesthetics, including general and restorative dentistry. 

Whether you have a broken tooth, require a dental implant, or need preventive treatment, Dr. Stock is the dentist you can count on for precise and comfortable care. 

Palms Dental proudly serves individuals from Bradenton, Sarasota, Anna Maria Island, Longboat Key, Pirate City, and surrounding areas in Manatee County and beyond. 

Contact us today for assistance with dental insurance, payment information, or to schedule an appointment. 

Crowns and Bridges

Many of our patients are candidates for same-day dental crowns. However, some patients may require a traditional crown fabricated by our state-of-the-art dental laboratory partners. 

Your Initial Consultation

Before treatment begins, Dr. Stock reviews your medical history, and you have a chance to discuss your oral health and cosmetic concerns, as well as your goals regarding your new smile.

As with same-day crowns, Dr. Stock digitally scans your tooth using advanced dental technology. Often, we can send your case to our trusted dental lab on the same day. 

The Dental Laboratory 

The dental laboratory we collaborate with is one of the most advanced in the country. A restoration lab specialist uses the provided case information to create a fully customized dental crown of the precise size, shape, and color desired. While your final crown is being made, we supply you with a temporary crown so you can chew, eat, speak, and smile with ease. 

The Final Product

Once the crown is complete, the lab sends it to us, and we call you in for an appointment to place it on your tooth. During this appointment, we make sure the crown looks and feels perfect for you, and we will make any adjustments necessary at this time. Finally, we secure the crown in place, polish it, and send you on your way with a new and improved smile. 

Contact us today to schedule your dental crown consultation. 

 

Dental Implants

Do you have missing teeth but don’t want to endure the mess and hassle of removable dentures? If so, dental implants may be the ideal option for you. 

Dental implants are a permanent tooth replacement solution that is surgically placed in the jaw below the gumline. A dental crown is then attached to the implant, resulting in a stable bite. 

At Palms Dental, we place and restore dental implants for patients in Bradenton and beyond. 

The Dental Implant Process

At Palm Dental, Dr. Stock collaborates with a local dental implant specialist (periodontist) to surgically place the implant. The titanium implant post establishes a stable foundation for the prosthetic, and it can take several months for the jawbone to fuse to the base naturally.

During this time, we supply the patient with a temporary restoration to still eat, chew, and speak with comfort and ease. 

Once the patient’s gums and jaw fully heal, Dr. Stock places the final, lab-fabricated crown in position. This final restoration matches the size, shape, and color of your natural smile. 

The dental implant in the jaw is permanent, so it doesn’t require replacement. However, the crown typically lasts 10 to 15 years when properly cared for properly. Dr. Stock can quickly and efficiently adjust or restore your smile if the crown needs repair or replacement. 

Contact Us About Dental Implants in Bradenton

Dr. Stock has significant training and experience with dental implants, making it a fast and easy procedure. Please feel free to contact us today to learn more about our dental implants or schedule a no-commitment consultation with Dr. Stock. 

General Dentistry

Clenching and grinding your teeth, also called bruxism, usually happens unconsciously during sleep, though stressful days can also lead to daytime bruxism. Jaw muscles are so powerful, you can actually damage your own teeth and jaw joints. Bruxism can lead to headaches, facial muscle tension, painful jaws, ringing in the ears, and exhaustion.

If you wake up with sensitive teeth or feel like your jaws just did a marathon workout, you could be grinding your teeth.

At Palms Dental, we create custom nightguards, which place a barrier between your upper and lower teeth to avoid tooth fractures and wear. Your nightguard can also help to relax your jaws, reducing inflammation.

Contact our West Bradenton dental office to learn more about custom nightguards. We are here to help you get a good night’s sleep and have a pain-free day.

We won’t take it personally! We understand that fear of the unknown or a negative past experience may mean that the dental office is not your idea of a good time. Our caring team makes heroic efforts to make dentistry extremely comfortable, even for our most fearful patients. 

However, we understand that a smiling face and charming personality might not be enough to put you at ease, which is why we also offer sedation dentistry with nitrous oxide. So, if you have difficulty getting numb, experience a fear of the dentist, or you want to relax an overactive gag reflex, just let us know, and we will help you drift off to relaxation land with nitrous oxide.

Also called laughing gas, nitrous oxide won’t make us any funnier, but it will safely take the edge off your treatment. Since it enters and leaves your system quickly, you can even drive after your appointment.

General dentistry is the field of dentistry that aims to help you and your family maintain good oral health over the course of your lifetime. At Palms Dental, located in West Bradenton, Florida, our team focuses on patient education and preventive dental care to help you avoid many of the pitfalls people experience when it comes to your oral health.

Dental exams (checkups), dental cleanings, and diagnostic x-rays are the best insurance when it comes to caring for your smile. We customize your exam and cleanings schedule to help you achieve optimum oral health and wellness.

When the need for tooth repairs, such as dental fillings and tooth crowns occurs, we are here for a painless and stress-free experience to repair, protect, and prolong the life of your natural teeth.

Your general dentist will also be the one who handles any emergencies, such as an abscess or the need for a tooth extraction. We will also work with you to avoid future dental emergencies and the stress that comes with them.

If you are looking to improve the appearance of your smile, your West Bradenton dentist is also your cosmetic dentist! Treatments such as teeth whitening, Invisalign®, and smile-improving teeth veneers are all options right here with Dr. Christopher Stock.

Periodontal Care

One of the most common oral health diseases is periodontal disease. In its early stages (gingivitis), it may be asymptomatic. As it progresses, you may notice bleeding, painful gums, or bad breath. Once gum disease advances into periodontitis, we can still help you manage the condition, but it is no longer reversible. Specialized dental cleanings and routine maintenance will help your gums stay healthy and infection-free.

For gum disease treatment and more information, give our West Bradenton dental office a call.

Preventive Dentistry

Our Palms Dental team does not perform a dental cleaning at a patient’s first dental appointment. The initial appointment allows Dr. Stock to meet the patient, perform a thorough oral health evaluation, and develop a treatment plan. 

Our Comfortable Treatment Rooms

When you arrive at our Bradenton dental office, we will offer you complimentary comforts, including a blanket or neck pillow. It’s important for us to make sure you are relaxed and at ease during your visit. Our treatment rooms are equipped with modern, adjustable dental chairs and large-screen TVs.

Your First Dental Exam

The oral health evaluation includes a visual exam, digital dental x-rays, and intraoral images of the teeth, gums, and surrounding tissues. These images give your dentist a detailed view of your mouth, allowing us to identify any underlying signs of decay or disease. 

Using our digital monitors, Dr. Stock can show you images of your teeth and gums, enlarging or adjusting the images to highlight specific characteristics of your smile. Throughout the dental exam, Dr. Stock screens for cavities, gum disease, oral cancer, and other concerns. 

Are You Ready to Schedule Your Appointment?

Whether you are a routine visitor or it’s been a while since your last dental exam, Dr. Stock is here to ensure your teeth and gums are healthy. Palms Dental welcomes new and familiar faces to our dental office, and we serve individuals from across Manatee County. 

Contact us today to schedule your dental exam. 

Root Canal Therapy

Dr. Christopher Stock is skilled and experienced in performing gentle root canal therapy, also known as endodontic treatment. With over 20 years of experience completing these treatments, root canal therapy at Palms Dental is a quick and easy process. 

Comfortable, Stress-Free Care

Before treatment, Dr. Stock ensures you feel comfortable and at ease. You can sit back and relax in our new, luxurious dental chairs and enjoy watching your favorite series or movie on one of our TVs. 

We can also play music for you and offer a blanket and neck pillow to provide a more pleasant experience. For additional relaxation, we offer nitrous oxide (laughing gas) and oral sedation. These mild sedatives relieve feelings of anxiety, discomfort, and pain. 

The Root Canal Therapy Process

When you are comfortable, Dr. Stock begins by administering a strong local anesthetic to numb the area where he will be working. He then gently cleans the tooth, removing all signs of internal disease and decay.

Once Dr. Stock thoroughly disinfects the tooth, he fills and seals it to protect it from future infection. Most times, we will make your dental crown the same day using PlanScan® technology. 

We Welcome Your Call

Do you need root canal treatment in Bradenton? If so, please get in touch with us at Palms Dental. One of our friendly team members can tell you more about our gentle approach to endodontic therapy or schedule your consultation.

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