Your Questions

What sets your practice apart from others?

At Smile Dental, patients come first. We now offer noise drowning headsets so that our patients to listen to Pandora music; they can also use them with their mp3 players, iPhones, or iPods. Our team is here to ensure that your visits are as calming and comfortable as possible. We are not only concerned about your dental health, but your entire well being. We’re happy to provide all patients with a neck pillow, blanket, television remote, bottle water, and hot coffee, among other things. We now have free wifi for all our patients to use and cell phone charging stations in our waiting rooms and each of our dental rooms. Our caring team will be happy to answer your questions about dental treatment, services, finances, or other topics. We will do all we can to make you comfortable and confident, so if you need something during the time you spend with us, please let us know. Rest assured, your clinical care is another priority here. Our entire team has invested in many hours of training and continued education so that we can bring our patients the best that modern dentistry has to offer. In short, you'll be informed and comfortable, and you'll receive lasting, beautiful dental work when you choose our Little Rock office for your dental care.

Where can I learn about financing options, payment methods, and which insurances you accept?

Just ask! We accept most insurance policies, including Delta Dental Premier, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arkansas, MetLife, Careington, Guardian Dental, Municipal Health Benefit Fund, Arkids 1st, Aetna, United Healthcare, United Concordia, and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois, Tennessee, and Texas. We will file most insurances, including out-of-network plans, but if your insurance provider fails to pay their estimated portion, your balance will reflect the difference. We also accept payment by cash, check and credit card. Additionally, we offer in-house financing options, as well as ones through CareCredit payment plans. We now have a Dental Discount Plan for uninsured patients. Call us today for more information on how to sign up.

How can I improve my smile’s appearance?

Explore our cosmetic services for information about all the exciting enhancement procedures we offer, including teeth whitening, porcelain veneers, and complete smile makeovers. You'll find that your smile can be brighter, straighter, and more beautiful than ever before in just a few dental visits. Our skilled team will assess your gums, bite, and dentition; then we’ll discuss the goals you have set for your image. With this information, the team at Smile Dental can recommend the best procedures for your unique situation.

Does teeth whitening really work?

Absolutely! Around two million successful Zoom! teeth whitening procedures have been performed to date, and more than fifty-thousand systems are used worldwide. Depending upon your teeth's color and the type of staining you’ve experienced, Zoom! may brighten your teeth up to eight shades. We will discuss with you your expectations for your smile when you first come in. We have two other types of Professional Whitening treatments that are both very effective.

What are dental implants, and how do they differ from dentures and partials?

Dental implants are anchored into the jawbone by small titanium posts that function just like natural tooth roots. Dentures and partials are often held in place by clasps that attach to natural teeth. Because dental implants mimic natural dentition, they don't slip like dentures and partials can. Dental implants can be cared for as natural teeth with twice-a-day brushing, daily flossing, and bi-annual hygiene visits. Dentures and partials require messy creams and adhesives, as well as a special cleaning regimen. Patients find dental implants superior in comfort and convenience to dentures and partials; additionally, they last much longer.

Are aesthetic restorations as reliable as traditional metal restorations?

Dentists have varying opinions as to which types of restorations, aesthetic or traditional, are superior. However, our team members have taken many continuing education courses, and we have found that aesthetic fillings and crowns are able to offer patients both durability and beauty.

We will suggest a material that will endure normal stress based on the location of your restoration. For instance, back teeth incur more stress than front teeth, so a porcelain-fused-to-metal crown may be the best option. Modern aesthetic restorations are safe and long lasting. If you have questions about any of our services, give us a call.

Will you see my children and my grandparents?

Of course! At Smile Dental, we’re happy to provide services for the entire family, including the younger and older members. Our services range from preventive dental sealants for children to dental implants and dentures for patients who are missing teeth. We appreciate your referrals and will provide the same gentle care to your loved ones as we extend to you.

Why do some doctors refer patients for root canals, extractions, and implant surgery?

All dentists go to dental school to learn general dentistry. However, some dentists continue their education with advanced training. Due to our dentist’s training and experience, we can perform many cases of root canals, extractions, and implant surgery right here in our Little Rock, AR office.

14810 Cantrell Road, Little Rock, AR 72223 USA
Todd Higginbotham, DDS Little Rock, AR dentist providing preventive, cosmetic, and restorative dentistry. (501) 673 - 3905