Walker & Barr, DMD

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

How can we help you?

Our dental office has been operating since 1965, and we've heard just about every question there is about dental care! On this page, we've answered a few that we hear most often and invite you to call us at (813) 689-5928 if there's something on your mind that isn't included here.

General

Dental insurance is a valuable benefit that helps lower the cost of dental treatments that you would otherwise pay out of your pocket. At our Brandon, FL, dental office, we accept many PPO insurances, including but not limited to Aetna, Ameritas, Delta Dental, Guardian, Humana, MetLife, Principal, and United Healthcare.

If your insurance isn’t listed here, there’s a good chance we do accept it, so please call our Brandon, FL, dental office at (813) 689-5928. We do not accept Medicaid, HMOs or DMOs. We accept some Medicare; please contact our insurance coordinator for more details.

We’ll Help You Understand Your Benefits

We understand that navigating the world of dental insurance with co-pays, deductibles, exclusions, and all the other factors that dictate what you pay out of pocket can be daunting.

Our dental team is very knowledgeable about how dental insurance works and will be happy to determine what your approximate out-of-pocket costs will be before we begin treatment. Our insurance coordinator will do everything possible to ensure you receive everything you’re entitled to under your plan.

We will also help you complete and submit all the necessary insurance forms to maximize reimbursements.

Call Us with Your Dental Insurance Questions

At Walker & Barr, DMD, we do everything to make high-quality dental care affordable and will be happy to work with your needs. If you are uninsured, we also accept cash, major credit cards, and third-party financing through CareCredit.

Our dental office has been a proud part of the Brandon, FL, community for nearly 60 years! We are proud of our history and look forward to providing exceptional dentistry for our patients for many more years.

Our Dental Practice History

When Dr. Marlin D. Walker established this dental office in 1965, he was honored to be only the second full-time dentist in the entire Brandon area. In 1988, Dr. David Walker graduated from UF College of Dentistry and joined his father, Dr. Marlin, in practice.

In 1998, Dr. Marlin retired, and Dr. David’s friend and dental school classmate, Dr. Eric Raynal, brought his skills and personal touch to the practice for 23 years before retiring in 2019.

Dr. Sarah Barr joined the practice the same year, and she and Dr. David intend to carry on the tradition of quality dentistry and a family feel that our patients have come to expect.

We are grateful to our new and long-term family of patients who allow us to continue to serve them and do what we love—provide exceptional dentistry to our wonderful community.

We Welcome New Patients!

Dr. Walker and Dr. Barr love welcoming new patients to our Brandon, FL, dental office! We cater to patients with dental anxiety, and our goal is to redefine what a dental visit involves and show you a different, softer side of dentistry.

Please call us at (813) 689-5928 to schedule an appointment for your next dental exam and cleaning.

The team at Walker & Barr, DMD, understands that you have a busy life that can make it challenging to fit dental care into your schedule. We know your time is valuable, and our amazing dental team works together to ensure that all appointments are productive, efficient, and comfortable. 

Length of Dental Appointments

The length of your appointment corresponds to the nature and complexity of the treatment we provide. The times we allot for various procedures are:

  • New patient dental exam: 1.5 hours 
  • Teeth cleaning: 1 hour 
  • Tooth fillings: 1 hour 
  • Crowns and bridges: 2 hours 
  • Dentures (full and partial): 1 hour
  • ZOOM teeth whitening: 2 hours 
  • BOTOX: 30 minutes

We Want You to Have a Great Experience

Other ways we improve the efficiency of your visits without compromising the level of dentistry we provide include:

  • Leading-edge dental technology like laser dentistry and the use of digital impressions instead of time-consuming paste impressions
  • Digital record-keeping that allows us to instantly access your patient history from anywhere in our office
  • Experienced team members who work together to ensure your appointment flows smoothly from check-in to check-out. 

If you want to schedule an appointment for any of the services listed above, please call our Brandon, FL, dental office at (813) 689-5928.

 

Our birds are always well cared for by a team member who feeds them regularly and cleans the aviary every week. You'll see finches and quails, and you never have to worry about the birds escaping as they are housed in a safe and secure environment.

All-On-4

If you haven’t checked out modern dentures, you’re in for a pleasant surprise! Dentures today are made with materials that allow us to customize them to fit your unique smile for a natural appearance.

Dentures Customized for Your Unique Smile

At Walker & Barr, DMD, we have created custom dentures for hundreds of patients with beautiful, natural-looking, and long-lasting results. Dr. Walker and Dr. Barr understand the importance of a great-looking set of dentures and will schedule several appointments to ensure that you are delighted with the final result.

Our dentists will work closely with you to customize every detail of your full dentures, from the shade of the gum-colored base to the shape, size, and position of each tooth. 

An Improved Fit and Feel for Your Dentures

Modern dentures are made of a lighter-weight material than in the past, so they also feel more comfortable. Your custom dentures will also fit well because we customize them to closely follow the contours of your jaw.

If you are worried about dentures that shift and move unpredictably, we would love to explain the benefits of implant dentures and our convenient Teeth-in-a-Day option.

Schedule a Dentures Consultation to Get Started

If you are looking for a dentures dentist in Brandon, FL, who will consider all your unique wants and desires when crafting replacement teeth, please call Walker & Barr, DMD.

Denture implants, or All-on-4 in Brandon, FL, are low-profile dentures fixed to the jaw with dental implants. We can often place your implants and dentures during a single office visit!

Your dentist evaluates you for implant dentistry and discusses tooth replacement options, including any needed pretreatments. At this evaluation, you’ll learn whether implant dentures suit you and how much they will cost.

Implant Dentures in Brandon, FL

Implant dentures rely on approximately four dental implant posts per arch. These posts are surgically placed in the jaw. These sturdy root replacements are strong enough to support a brand-new smile. And in many cases, we can place your teeth in a day in Brandon, FL.

Dental Implant Care and Upkeep

Even with full prosthetics, it’s essential to see your dentist in Brandon, FL regularly and keep your implanted smile clean. We recommend cleaning beneath the arch with a rinse and polishing the teeth with a dentist-approved brush and polish.

Good oral hygiene and excellent dental care prevent gum disease and implant failure.

Contact Your Dentist for Implants in Brandon, FL

To arrange your All-on-4 consultation with the dentist or if you have questions about tooth replacement, a helpful team member is standing by to help you today.

Dental Crowns and Bridges

We know that breaking a tooth can be scary and upsetting! Dr. Walker and Dr. Barr provide the prompt treatment you need to restore your tooth and start smiling confidently again in no time.

Tooth-Colored Fillings and Bonding

The same tooth-colored composite resin material we use for fillings can be used for dental bonding. This material has aesthetic qualities similar to tooth enamel, which helps us create seamless repairs that are indistinguishable from the rest of the tooth.

First, we apply an etching liquid to the tooth to slightly roughen its surface. Next, we apply the composite material while it is still in a putty-like state and gradually build it up, layer by layer, to match the tooth’s contours.

We harden each layer of material with a curing light, and the final result is a seamless broken tooth repair.

Dental Crowns Protect Broken Teeth

If the tooth break is so extensive that it compromises the tooth’s ability to function on its own, our dentist will likely recommend a dental crown.

Crowns are commonly called tooth caps or just caps and are designed to surround the tooth to protect it from further damage. The dental crown also restores the tooth’s strength so you can chew on it comfortably again.

Do You Need a Solution for a Broken Tooth?

If you have a broken tooth and need emergency dentistry at our Brandon, FL, dental office, please call us at (813) 689-5928, and we’ll take great care of you and your smile!

Dental Implants

Denture implants, or All-on-4 in Brandon, FL, are low-profile dentures fixed to the jaw with dental implants. We can often place your implants and dentures during a single office visit!

Your dentist evaluates you for implant dentistry and discusses tooth replacement options, including any needed pretreatments. At this evaluation, you’ll learn whether implant dentures suit you and how much they will cost.

Implant Dentures in Brandon, FL

Implant dentures rely on approximately four dental implant posts per arch. These posts are surgically placed in the jaw. These sturdy root replacements are strong enough to support a brand-new smile. And in many cases, we can place your teeth in a day in Brandon, FL.

Dental Implant Care and Upkeep

Even with full prosthetics, it’s essential to see your dentist in Brandon, FL regularly and keep your implanted smile clean. We recommend cleaning beneath the arch with a rinse and polishing the teeth with a dentist-approved brush and polish.

Good oral hygiene and excellent dental care prevent gum disease and implant failure.

Contact Your Dentist for Implants in Brandon, FL

To arrange your All-on-4 consultation with the dentist or if you have questions about tooth replacement, a helpful team member is standing by to help you today.

Preventive Dentistry

Most dentists, including your dentists in Brandon, FL, encourage two checkups and teeth cleanings each year. Studies have found that this schedule reduces your risks for preventable conditions like tooth decay and gum disease.

If you have gum disease or are undergoing treatment for a specific issue, you may have to visit the dentist more often.

Preventive Dentistry for Healthy Teeth & Gums

Your routine dental checkup includes an oral cancer screening coupled with a visual exam. Sometimes, your dentist orders x-rays if we suspect an underlying issue. Your teeth cleaning involves relaxing in the dental chair while the hygienist removes built-up and hidden plaque from your teeth and gums.

Your role in prevention is brushing and flossing twice daily or after every meal. If you notice anything between visits, you should also report oral changes to our dental team.

Remember, even if you brush and floss regularly, these great habits are not enough to prevent gingivitis and tooth decay.

Schedule a Visit with Your Dentist in Brandon, FL Today!

Keeping your teeth and gums healthy is our top priority. So, if you’re new to the area and looking to establish dental care or haven’t been in to see us in a while, reach out to a team member today to schedule a visit to Walker & Barr, DMD.

Root Canal Treatment

We understand that, for many people, it's a challenge to seek oral health care, especially those who have had a negative experience in the past. At Walker & Barr, DMD, we cater to patients with dental anxiety. Our mission is to redefine what our patients expect of the dental experience and offer a different, softer side of dentistry.

A Comfortable, Welcoming Dental Office

You'll see it reflected in the layout of our modern dental office, where all treatment rooms have a view of our soothing bird aviary. You'll experience it when seated in your comfortable dental chair with a pillow and cozy blanket.

We also welcome you to bring your headphones for additional comfort!

Nitrous Oxide ("Laughing Gas") for Relaxation 

If you require a little more relaxation, we offer comforting nitrous oxide, also called laughing gas. Nitrous is perfect for any procedure because it soothes anxious feelings, and the calming effects dissipate quickly so you can safely drive yourself home from your appointment.

Call to Schedule a Dental Appointment

Dr. Walker, Dr. Barr, and their incredible dental team would love to welcome you to our Brandon, FL, dental office to show you dentistry done differently. Please call us at (813) 689-5928 to schedule an appointment for your next exam and teeth cleaning.

Teeth Whitening

Teeth whitening is a safe, effective way to brighten yellow, stained, and discolored teeth. At Walker & Barr, DMD, we offer the Sheer White! professional whitening strips and Zoom! in-office teeth whitening.

In-Office and Take-Home Teeth Whitening Options

The benefit of in-office whitening is that we complete it in one sitting, producing immediate, brilliant results. If you have a tight timeline for a wedding, reunion, job interview, or another event where you need to look your best, in-office teeth whitening in Brandon, FL, is the way to go!

You can also choose easy-to-use Sheer White! teeth whitening strips to brighten your smile at home. With at-home treatment, you control when and where to whiten and the level of brightness you want to achieve. Both methods are non-invasive and pain-free!

Whether your goal is to whiten your entire smile or focus on one discolored tooth, our dentists will recommend the right tooth whitening method to achieve your ideal results.

Brighten Your Dull Smile with Teeth Whitening

Professional teeth whitening is a great option to consider if you want to see a dramatic difference in your smile’s appearance without breaking your budget. Our dentists in Brandon, FL, always recommend a teeth cleaning before whitening, so call us today to schedule an appointment and learn more about our treatment options.

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