Palms Dental
Dr. Christopher Stock

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

How can we help you?

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.



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. 

Cosmetic Dentistry

Teeth whitening is safe when provided by a dental professional. Over-the-counter bleaching products have been around for decades, and many people use them without any issues. However, professional teeth whitening is the safest and most effective method for removing stains and improving the color and luster of your teeth. Your Bradenton dentist will create a personalized treatment plan for you, taking into account your whitening goals, oral health needs, overall comfort, tooth and gum sensitivity, and more.

We Offer In-Office and At-Home Teeth Whitening

At Palms Dental, Dr. Stock offers UltraDent as an in-office teeth whitening treatment to instantly remove stains and whiten teeth. He also supplies patients with Opalescence Go, a take-home teeth whitening kit that contains prescription-strength whitening agents that are gentle on sensitive teeth. With Opalescence Go, patients can whiten and brighten their teeth in the comfort of their homes and at their own pace. This take-home kit is also great for touch-ups and maintaining a white smile. 

Get a Whiter, Brighter Smile in Bradenton, FL 

If you have yellow or dark stains on your teeth, call us today to schedule a teeth whitening consultation with Dr. Stock. We can provide you with the personalized and high-quality care you need to attain the stunning smile of your dreams. Depending on your needs and preferences, we can offer in-office whitening, take-home whitening, or a combination of the two. 

Whitening strips are safe for most people if used correctly. Whitening strips are flexible plastic strips coated in whitening gel containing either carbamide peroxide or hydrogen peroxide. You wear whitening strips over the teeth, allowing the gel to penetrate the enamel and remove stains. However, whitening strips require several treatments to get results. 

Over-the-counter whiteners, like whitening strips, also contain bleaching agents that are too potent or too highly concentrated to remove stains safely. If used incorrectly or too often, whitening strips can damage the teeth and gums, such as enamel erosion, dentin damage, and chemical burns. 

The Downsides of Whitening Strips 

There are some downsides to whitening strips, which is why we recommend in-office or take-home professional teeth whitening from your dentist. Here are some of the risks of whitening strips:

  • An uneven whitening job
  • Gum problems or inflammation
  • Chemical burns on soft tissues in the mouth
  • Enamel erosion and dentin damage 
  • Tooth sensitivity 

Professional Teeth Whitening Is Safe and Effective 

Unlike whitening strips, professional teeth whitening removes stains while protecting the enamel, dentin, and soft oral tissues. Your dentist can expertly perform the teeth whitening, or they can prescribe a professional-grade whitening kit to use at home. It's better to be safe than sorry, so professional teeth whitening is the golden ticket to a stunning smile. 

What Do Dentists Recommend for Whiter, Brighter Teeth?

Dr. Stock recommends professional teeth whitening for long-term, effective, and safe results. At Palms Dental, we offer in-office teeth whitening and take-home teeth whitening, so you can always have a gorgeous, bright smile. We also offer other cosmetic dental services, such as veneers, invisible braces, and much more. 

Call us today to schedule your cosmetic dental consultation at our Bradenton, FL, dental office. 

The effects of professional teeth whitening can last up to two to three years or as little as six months. The results vary from person to person, depending on their oral hygiene, diet, habits, and other factors.

Tips for Maintaining a White, Bright Smile 

Here are seven ways you can keep your teeth white and bright after teeth whitening:

  1. Stop smoking and using tobacco products that stain your teeth. 
  2. Avoid or limit consuming dark liquids, like coffee, red wine, and tea.
  3. Avoid or limit consuming pigmented foods, like berries, tomato sauce, and beetroot. 
  4. Drink liquid through a straw, so it doesn’t come in contact with your teeth. 
  5. Brush your teeth twice daily and floss once daily to remove food particles, stains, and plaque. 
  6. Visit your dentist for routine dental exams and cleanings. 
  7. Get touch-up teeth whitening in-office or using a professional at-home whitening kit from your dentist. 

Doing these things can help limit stains and discoloration, though staining is inevitable to some degree.  

Professional Teeth Whitening in Bradenton, FL 

Many people desire a brighter, healthy-looking smile, which is why professional teeth whitening is the most common cosmetic dentistry treatment. At Palms Dental, we offer personalized teeth whitening of the highest quality that instantly removes stains and whitens teeth. Please call us today to schedule a teeth whitening consultation with Dr. Stock and our team. 

If you don’t like your smile, cosmetic dentistry can change that. Cosmetic dentistry in Bradenton, FL, is any treatment or group of procedures designed to improve the appearance of your smile. Some treatments also promote better oral health.

Cosmetic dentistry starts with a dental visit to discuss the options and ensure you’re a suitable candidate for the procedures you’re considering. At this dental appointment, we typically take x-rays and a health history and talk to you about your smile goals.

Our cosmetic dentistry options include:

  • Tooth replacement, including bridges and dental implants
  • Invisalign clear aligners for straight teeth
  • Dental veneers for a symmetrical and beautiful smile
  • Tooth-colored restorations, including same-day dental crowns
  • Dental bonding to conceal smile flaws on a budget
  • Teeth whitening for a brighter smile
  • Smile makeovers to address multiple cosmetic issues

Options like tooth replacement, dental crowns, and Invisalign give you a beautiful smile, but these treatments also promote excellent oral health.

Talk to Your Cosmetic Dentist in Bradenton, FL

If you’re considering cosmetic dentistry, choosing the best options for your goals can be tricky. Fortunately, our no-pressure dental team can help. We can let you know which options will give you the smile you’ve been looking for.

Reach out today to arrange your consultation with the dentist.

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.

Invisible Braces

The cost of braces or Invisalign in Bradenton, FL, varies by patient. So, in a lot of cases, Invisalign is cheaper. But it is impossible to know for sure unless you visit our dental office for a consultation with the dentist.

At your orthodontic consultation, your dentist lets you know how long you’ll be in treatment and how much it will cost.

At Palms Dental, we use Invisalign because our patients prefer a discreet orthodontic system over metal and wire braces. Invisalign also means fewer trips to the dentist during treatment because you can change your aligners at home—no guidewires for your dentist to adjust!

Other benefits of Invisalign include removability. You can take your aligners out for brief periods to eat and clean your teeth. However, the longer you leave in your aligner, the more predictable the result; shoot for 22 hours per day.  

Additional benefits include treatment discretion and a more comfortable appliance than wire braces that scratch the mouth and feel weighty.

For More on Invisalign, Contact Your Bradenton, FL, Dentist

Straight teeth promote excellent oral health and confidence. To arrange your orthodontic consultation with the dentist, we encourage you to contact our dental team today to get started.

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.

Tooth Extractions

If you’ve had a tooth extraction in Bradenton, FL, your dentist provides customized aftercare instructions based on your unique case. But as a rule, we recommend the following foods for the first few days:

  • Mashed potatoes
  • Pudding
  • Yogurt
  • Soup

Any soft food that doesn’t require chewing is a safe bet. You also want to be sure to eat foods at room temperature if the anesthesia has not worn off. Eating hot foods—or drinking hot tea and coffee—can burn your mouth, and you will not feel it immediately.

Other helpful tips to promote a quick recovery include:

  • No drinking through straws for a few days, as the sucking action can dislodge healing blood clots
  • No smoking, as this can slow down healing and interfere with natural blood clotting
  • Get plenty of rest on the day of your tooth extraction

If you’re recovering from tooth extraction and you notice any issues, like prolonged bleeding or ongoing discomfort, be sure to contact a member of our dental team.

For Tooth Extractions, Contact Your Bradenton, FL, Dentist Today

Tooth extractions can save your oral health or make way for advanced dental treatments like dental implants or restorations. If you have a damaged tooth or suspect you might need a tooth extraction, give us a call to arrange your consultation.

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