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Best Dentists in Des Moines, IA

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7506 Hickman Road, Des Moines, IA 50324 Rating

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4.2 (11)
5.0 (1)

Why choose this provider?

Smiles on Hickman is a family dental practice located in Des Moines that has been providing dental care for families for over 40 years. The practice offers cosmetic dentistry services such as dental veneers, implants, crowns, bondings, teeth whitening, and colored fillings. The team uses the latest dentistry equipment and procedures to correct various dental problems. Before the appointment, dentists prepare nervous patients by relaxing them with nitrous oxide, sedative pills, or an adjustable IV sedation.

4551 Fleur Drive, Des Moines, IA 50321 Rating

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5.0 (48)
4.0 (39)
4.0 (7)

Why choose this provider?

Fleur Dentistry enhances and restores the oral health of individuals in Des Moines and the surrounding areas. Its team of dentists specializes in TMJ treatment services to help patients align their jaws and eliminate their headaches, teeth grinding, and jaw pain. It also restores teeth that suffer from infection, breakage, and decay by offering composite fillings, dental implants, root canal therapy, dentures, and bridges. Fleur Dentistry is also available for cleaning and prevention, periodontal disease treatments, and cosmetic dentistry.

1541 Southeast 3rd Street, Grimes, IA 50111 Rating

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4.9 (13)
4.0 (2)

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Grove and Platt Dental Associates, P.L.C., is a family dental practice serving central Iowa. Since 2005, Dr. Mark Platt, DDS, and his two children, Dr. Jennifer Grove, DDS, and Dr. Matthew Platt, DDS, have strived to make every patient feel like part of the family. They provide relaxed, comfortable service while also offering the latest in state-of-the-art equipment and treatments. In both the Grimes and Madrid locations, the practice performs many dental services including routine dental hygiene, periodontal therapy, restorative dentistry, cosmetic dentistry, orthodontics, and pediatric dentistry, among other options. They also offer spa-like amenities including complimentary coffee and tea, paraffin hand dips, peaceful music, and a private television during each treatment.

801 Grand Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50309 Rating

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4.0 (462)
5.0 (1)

Why choose this provider?

Dentistry 801 Grand is a dental clinic that provides family and cosmetic dentistry services to children, teens, and adults in the Des Moines area. Its range of services includes periodontal therapy, oral cancer screening, teeth whitening, bone grafting, oral surgery, and root canal treatment. Dentistry 801 Grand also conducts Botox therapy, teeth cleaning, extraction, and porcelain veneer installation. Headed by Taylor Nielsen and Douglas Hutchison, the facility has been in the service for more than 100 years.

6128 Douglas Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50322 Rating

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5.0 (34)
4.8 (6)
5.0 (2)

Why choose this provider?

Douglas Dental, PC is a dental service provider in Des Moines that restores and enhances the oral health of patients in the metro. The clinic is focused on providing comprehensive dental treatments backed by the latest dental technology available to treat and prevent dental diseases and disorders. It has been operating for more than 20 years and caters to both pediatric and adult patients. Some of the clinic's services include cleanings, root canals, teeth whitening, and dental restorations.

1145 66th Street, Windsor Heights, IA 50324 Rating

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4.9 (38)
5.0 (3)

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Clair Family Dental is a dental clinic that serves clients in Des Moines. The clinic has been providing service for over 25 years. It offers general dentistry services, such as preventive dental care, periodontal, and teeth cleaning. It also offers cosmetic dentistry services, which range from porcelain veneers, composite tooth color restoration, to ceramic crowns. Emergency services are available to provide quick relief for sudden tooth pain, extractions, and abscesses. Its primary dentist, Isaac Clair, has been participating in the dental community since 2009.

330 Laurel Street, Des Moines, IA 50314 Rating

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4.9 (56)
4.8 (22)
1.0 (1)

Why choose this provider?

Established in 2017, Des Moines Dental Care is a family dentistry clinic catering to Iowans in Des Moines. Its goal is to provide "quality dental care, education, and supportive services" to ensure that patients feel confident and comfortable with their oral health decisions. The clinic is headed by Casey Gremore, a dental surgery doctor trained in endodontics and prosthetic dentistry. He also earned extensive experience in oral surgery and diagnoses, CAD/CAM dentistry, and periodontics while serving as a U.S. Navy lieutenant.

Compare our Top Dentists

NameExpertise RatingAddressPromotionsLearn more
Smiles on Hickman
7506 Hickman Road, Des Moines, IA 50324
Fleur Dentistry
4551 Fleur Drive, Des Moines, IA 50321
Grove & Platt Dental Associates, P.L.C.
1541 Southeast 3rd Street, Grimes, IA 50111
Dentistry 801 Grand
801 Grand Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50309
Douglas Dental, PC
6128 Douglas Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50322
Clair Family Dental
1145 66th Street, Windsor Heights, IA 50324
Des Moines Dental Care
330 Laurel Street, Des Moines, IA 50314


  • Introduction

    Dentists are medical professionals who diagnose and treat a wide range of conditions that occur with the teeth, oral mucosa, and disorders of the jaw, such as TMJ. There are several areas of dentistry that include orthodontics, pediatric, oral and maxillofacial surgery, and cosmetics.

    People visit the dentist for basic wellness check-ups and exams, dental treatments for issues such as gum disease and periodontitis, and restorative cosmetic procedures. Dentists help patients with various issues, ranging from filling cavities and straightening teeth with braces to tooth extractions and treatment for conditions such as bruxism, also known as teeth grinding.

    When left untreated, conditions such as cavities and damaged or cracked teeth can lead to abscesses and infections, and dentists help by treating and preventing further damage.
  • Is it safe to go to the dentist?

    It's safe to go to the dentist, even during the COVID-19 pandemic, thanks to the strict infection control guidelines that dentists have followed for many decades. At all times, dentists follow ADA and CDC protocols to ensure patient safety.

  • When should a baby go to the dentist?

    The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry advises parents to schedule the first dental visit within six months of the first tooth erupting and one year of age for all infants. Babies should also visit the dentist for emergencies, such as cracked or broken teeth.

  • Why does a child need sealants?

    Pediatric dental sealants are applied to the teeth to work as a barrier and provide protection from decay and bacteria. Sealants also work to prevent small food particles from settling in the grooves of the teeth, which can lead to the development of cavities.

  • Can you go to the dentist while pregnant?

    It's safe for women to continue with regular dental visits while pregnant. During pregnancy, hormonal changes can affect the gums and teeth, leading to inflammation and gingivitis. Regular cleanings and checkups can help keep hormonal dental issues at bay.

  • How do dentists pull teeth?

    Dentists pull teeth through simple and surgical extractions. Simple extractions are performed at the dentist's office with local anesthetic and forceps. Surgical removal is required for broken teeth and teeth that have not erupted, such as wisdom teeth. Surgical procedures require stronger anesthetic or sedation, and forceps are used to remove the teeth.

  • What kind of dentists are there? 

    There are seven primary areas of dentistry.

    1. General dentistry covers a wide scope, with procedures ranging from general exams and X-rays to deep cleanings and simple extractions.
    2. Pedodontists, or pediatric dentists, have a primary focus on infants and children.
    3. Orthodontists handle braces and other procedures that straighten the teeth.
    4. Periodontists treat the gums and structures that support the teeth, such as bone and ligaments.
    5. Endodontists perform dental pulp treatments, such as root canals.
    6. Oral pathologists, or oral surgeons, focus on surgical procedures that include wisdom teeth extraction and dental implants.
    7. Prosthodontists handle highly complex restorative dental procedures, including bridge and denture placements. 

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