Your Questions

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What should I look for in a cosmetic dental practice?

Because you have unique needs and desires, we highly recommend that you visit several dental offices for a cosmetic dentistry consultation before making a final decision. Always request to see before and after photos of the dentist’s cosmetic cases. Pictures can show different case-types and give you a better idea of what can be achieved for your specific situation.

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What do I do if I have an emergency when the office is closed?

If you have an emergency, please call our Duluth dental office at 218-733-5673 and press extension #4 for Dr. Dryke. Follow the instructions to contact Dr. Dryke directly, or go to the hospital’s urgent care center to receive care from the dentist on call.

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What makes yours different from any other dental practice I could visit?

Our greatest asset is our warm and friendly, highly-trained team of professionals who are truly dedicated to providing you with the most comprehensive care and service possible. In addition, we are building a new office in Duluth that will offer state-of-the-art technologies, cosmetic treatments, and amenities designed to help you relax and make your dental visit less intimidating - and even fun! We think you will be amazed by the attention to detail that we have given to every aspect of our practice in order to serve you better.

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How can I safely whiten my teeth?

We offer several different whitening products so that you can choose the one that works best for you. Dr. Dryke will evaluate your potential for whitening based on your teeth’s color, existing restorations, and the cause for any discoloration. We provide laser whitening for in-office power teeth whitening. These systems produce excellent results. The difference rests primarily on how quickly you want those results and whether you are comfortable and diligent with applications of the product at home. Our teeth whitening technician, Julie, can answer all of your questions.

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What payment types do you accept?

We accept all major credit cards, including Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and Discover, as well as checks and cash. If you require extensive or long-term dental care, our Duluth dental office offers CareCredit this outside financing company has competitive interest rates as well as interest-free loans. They offer fast and secure online approval, and Pam will be happy to assist you with the application process while you wait!

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What does the smile makeover process entail?

When you come to Dr. Dryke to enhance your smile, she will begin with a series of photographs and models of your existing smile. She will listen to your concerns and wishes, and then design a unique plan that will accomplish your goals. She will make a wax model of your new smile to give you an idea of what can be achieved. Transitional temporary teeth will be made from your model, and this allows you a preview of your new smile. If you want the temporary teeth to look a bit different, she will modify them and have the dental lab create your “picture perfect” custom smile. In two appointments, your smile can be transformed into a work of art. To review our patients’ successes, check out our smile gallery.

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Do you accept my insurance plan?

It can be very confusing to decipher your insurance benefits. Our practice is not restricted to one particular managed care program. As long as you are allowed to choose your own dentist, we will accept your insurance plan. Pam will be happy to assist you in the processing of your claims and can help you make financial arrangements. If you have specific questions, please call our Duluth office and Pam, Kelly, or Mindy can address your concerns.

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Do you accept referrals?

Yes, we love referrals of family, friends, and neighbors from our current patients. We appreciate your trust and confidence and promise to provide the highest quality care to every person you kindly send our way.

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What is smile design?

Because every smile is unique, what works for one person may not necessarily be right for another. Dr. Dryke will assess your smile and listen to your concerns. She will review a book of photos that features her patients, patients with similar concerns and characteristics that you have, to give you an idea of the results you can expect.