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Kennedy Dental
Office Hours
Monday-Thursday 7am-5pm
Friday 7am-12pm
Emergency Service Available

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

How can we help you?

You want your family to enjoy the best possible oral health, and we’ll support you with the treatments you need to maintain healthy smiles. But it’s also crucial to us that you feel confident with the decisions you make about your family’s oral health care.

Over the decades we’ve been practicing at Kennedy Dental, we’ve found that when our patients feel informed, they feel empowered to make these critical decisions with confidence.

Our dentists and specialists will support you with all the education and information you need to feel comfortable with the direction of your dental care. Because our dental team is committed to your comfort and well-being, we’ll answer your questions until we’re sure you understand why we recommend treatment and how it will benefit you.

But you likely have general questions about your family’s oral health, and we’re always happy to answer those too. Far from bothering us, your questions also help our dental care team what’s on your mind and how we can best help you.

Please take a look at some of the questions we’ve answered below, and don’t hesitate to call our Bellevue dentists with any other concerns you have.

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You can find our dentist office in Bellevue, NE at 1411 John F. Kennedy Drive, just off Galvin Road. We are next door to the local KFC and across the street from Taco Bell. You’ll find plenty of convenient parking, the Bellevue Police Department, and the Department of Parks behind our building. Nearby locations include Herber Park.

We have been privileged to provide quality dentistry to hard-working military families at the nearby Offutt Air Force Base. We’re also thrilled to treat many faculty members from the nearby Bellevue Public Schools, Omaha Public Schools, and Bellevue University.

Kennedy Dental is a local dental practice, offering preventive and general dentistry as well as advanced services like:

Our Bellevue, NE dentist enjoys welcoming new patients and offering personalized dental care. 

Contact Kennedy Dental to Schedule An Exam! 

If you’d like to schedule a dental exam and cleaning, or if you have questions about our dental services, a friendly team member is standing by to chat with you today. Give Kennedy Dental a call today at (402) 291-3535

Our experienced dentists serve patients from all locations, including Bellevue, LaVista, Plattsmouth, Papillion, Omaha, and Springfield.

You have unique needs and priorities when it comes to your oral health, so you deserve solutions that we personalize just for you. Whenever you come to us with a concern, we’ll work with you to find the treatment that fits your lifestyle, timeline, and budget. We accept most dental insurance, and we also accept CareCredit interest-free financing.

Affordable Care at Our 68005 Dentist Office

Daughter holding mother on her back near dentist in Bellevue NEHere at Kennedy Dental, we’ve been serving the dental needs of our Bellevue, NE patients for over 40 years. Unlike big corporate dental practices, we see generations of the same families and receive word of mouth referrals because our patients know we care. They trust us to provide honest, affordable dental treatment in Bellevue, and personalized dental solutions—and we deliver.

We are in-network with many dental insurances and will help you understand how your benefits apply to the treatment our dentists recommend. Our dental care team is dedicated to making sure that you always receive the maximum benefit you're entitled to. We’ll obtain pre-treatment estimates so you have a better idea of what your out-of-pocket cost will be.

If you are uninsured or need help with out-of-pocket expenses, CareCredit is a healthcare credit card that you can use for dental and other wellness expenses. With CareCredit, you choose a period to pay the balance (6, 12, or 18 months) and a monthly payment amount that comfortably fits your budget.

Please don’t avoid seeking dental treatment because you worry about the cost. We’ll work with you to find a way to help you and your family get the essential dental care you need. Contact Kennedy Dental in Bellevue if you have additional questions or would like to schedule your next appointment!

If you’re not happy with the smile you see when you look in the mirror, cosmetic dentistry can help you love your smile again. At Kennedy Dental, we offer personalized cosmetic dentistry for our Bellevue, NE patients that fix just about any aesthetic flaw that bothers you.

Services for Cosmetic Dentistry in Bellevue

Take a look at some of the cosmetic smile flaws we can address for you:Patient pointing to their smile after cosmetic dentistry in Bellevue NE

  • Chipped teeth
  • Broken teeth
  • Yellow teeth
  • Stained teeth
  • Gapped teeth
  • Crooked teeth
  • Overlapped teeth

The first step is to schedule an appointment with one of our experienced cosmetic dentists in 68005. They will listen to your concerns and answer your questions. They’ll evaluate your oral health and guide you by making treatment recommendations that make sense for you.

Your smile is one-of-a-kind, and so are you. If you have considerations like a timeline or your budget, we’ll work with you to design a treatment plan to meet those unique needs. We have numerous ways we can help you achieve your dream smile, including:

Even advanced treatment like dental implants can be considered cosmetic because they fill in the gaps that detract from your smile.

Contact Our Bellevue Dentist Office to Learn More!

Would you like to learn more about cosmetic dentistry at our Bellevue dental office and how we can help you love your smile again? Contact Kennedy Dental at (402) 291-3535 to schedule an appointment.

Dental Crowns and Bridges

Dental crowns work to restore and support a damaged tooth, conceal tooth flaws, top a dental implant, and anchor a dental bridge. It is a hollow cap that covers your tooth, and it is designed to match your neighboring teeth.

Dental Crowns & Bridges in Bellevue, NE

Diagram of dental bridge replacing teeth at Bellevue NE dentist officeOur porcelain dental crowns in Bellevue, NE are made of top-quality materials, and they can last for a decade or longer, depending on upkeep and care.

A dental bridge—restoring teeth anchored with dental crowns—can last for a decade or more as well. Often, the longevity of your restorations and prosthetics is dependent on care.

Caring for your dental crown means brushing and flossing your teeth at least twice every day—more if you have a dental condition. It’s also important to visit your dentist twice every year for dental checkups and professional teeth cleanings.

A dental bridge in Bellevue, NE requires a lot of the same maintenance, but your dentist will also recommend a floss threader and small cleaning brush to keep the bridge free from bacteria, especially at the gum line.

With restorations and prosthetics, it is often gum disease or infections that promote failure. You’ll also want to avoid using your bridge or crowns for purposes other than eating. Don’t twist off caps with your mouth, for example.

Contact Kennedy Dental for More Information

If you would like to learn more about our restorations and prosthetics, reach out to Kennedy Dental today. Give us a call at (402) 291-3535 to schedule a consultation for dental crowns and bridges!

You have unique needs and priorities when it comes to your oral health, so you deserve solutions that we personalize just for you. Whenever you come to us with a concern, we’ll work with you to find the treatment that fits your lifestyle, timeline, and budget. We accept most dental insurance, and we also accept CareCredit interest-free financing.

Affordable Care at Our 68005 Dentist Office

Daughter holding mother on her back near dentist in Bellevue NEHere at Kennedy Dental, we’ve been serving the dental needs of our Bellevue, NE patients for over 40 years. Unlike big corporate dental practices, we see generations of the same families and receive word of mouth referrals because our patients know we care. They trust us to provide honest, affordable dental treatment in Bellevue, and personalized dental solutions—and we deliver.

We are in-network with many dental insurances and will help you understand how your benefits apply to the treatment our dentists recommend. Our dental care team is dedicated to making sure that you always receive the maximum benefit you're entitled to. We’ll obtain pre-treatment estimates so you have a better idea of what your out-of-pocket cost will be.

If you are uninsured or need help with out-of-pocket expenses, CareCredit is a healthcare credit card that you can use for dental and other wellness expenses. With CareCredit, you choose a period to pay the balance (6, 12, or 18 months) and a monthly payment amount that comfortably fits your budget.

Please don’t avoid seeking dental treatment because you worry about the cost. We’ll work with you to find a way to help you and your family get the essential dental care you need. Contact Kennedy Dental in Bellevue if you have additional questions or would like to schedule your next appointment!

Dental Implants

Dental implant replacing missing tooth at Bellevue dentist officeDental implants are needed when you have teeth missing from your smile. Missing teeth can make you self-conscious about your smile and cause you to develop oral health issues. With a gap in your smile, your remaining teeth may begin to shift, leading to bite misalignment and difficulty chewing.

Additionally, without your natural tooth and root, your jawbone can begin to atrophy, which can cause your face to change shape as your jawbone breaks down. 

Basically, tooth replacement is critical when you have gaps in your smile. As far as teeth replacement options are concerned, dental implants are the closest choice to natural teeth. For that reason, our dentists at Kennedy Dental often recommend dental implants over other tooth replacement options. 

Dental implants are easy to maintain because you can care for them as you would your natural teeth, with regular brushing, flossing, and dental cleanings. They are also entirely secure, so you don’t have to worry about them falling out while laughing or talking!

Contact Our Bellevue Dentist Office!

If you have a missing tooth or teeth, you should seek advice from a dental professional on tooth replacement options. We will be happy to evaluate your dental needs. If dental implants are right for you, our dentists will help you complete your smile with dental implants.

To schedule your consultation with Kennedy Dental, give us a call today at (402) 291-3535!

It can be tough to deal with tooth loss, whether you were injured in an accident or had a tooth knocked out during a friendly soccer game. Even if you lost a tooth to severe decay, our priority is the same, and that is to find the solution you need to replace the missing tooth.

At Kennedy Dental, we offer several tooth replacement options at our Bellevue dental office, and we’ll be happy to discuss all of them with you. Both our dentists and our patients agree that dental implants in Bellevue are the most preferred tooth replacement option.Pieces of a dental implant at Bellevue dentist office

Dental Implants in Bellevue, NE

A dental implant is a small titanium post that our periodontist or oral surgeon places in your jaw. Its job is to act as an artificial tooth root, and as it heals, the implant bonds securely with the bone and tissue around it. Eventually, the implant becomes just as secure and stable as your natural tooth root was.

The healing process for a dental implant is different for everyone but usually takes several months. Once it heals fully, our dentists will add a restoration like a dental crown, bridge, or denture to complete your smile and let you chew comfortably again.

Contact Us for Dental Implants in 68005!

Dental implants are the only solution that replaces an entire tooth, from root to crown. If you would like to learn more about the process of getting dental implants at our Bellevue, NE dental office, please contact Kennedy Dental at (402) 291-3535.

General Dentistry

At Kennedy Dental, we treat cavities using beautiful, tooth-colored fillings that will blend naturally into your smile. Tooth-colored fillings are made from a composite material that is durable and generally lasts between 10 and 12 years.

Why Does a Filling Need Replacement?

Dental fillings go through a lot of wear and tear in your mouth. Chewing puts pressure on the filling, and some people grind or clench their teeth, causing wear. With pressure and use, the filling material may begin to degrade over time, causing it to leak, crack, or even fall out. The length of life of a filling depends on how well you care for your oral health, the severity of the cavity, the amount of filling material used, and the type of material used in the filling.

To enjoy the longest lifespan from a dental filling, you should maintain good oral hygiene with regular brushing and flossing. If you grind or clench your teeth at night, you should also ask your dentist about getting a night guard.

Protect Your Smile with Tooth-Colored Fillings

If you need a dental filling, reach out to our office to schedule your dental appointment in Bellevue.

Our team of skilled dentists are here to help you with your dental needs, including cavity treatment. Tooth-colored fillings are functional and natural-looking, which helps make your smile beautiful and healthy.

You have unique needs and priorities when it comes to your oral health, so you deserve solutions that we personalize just for you. Whenever you come to us with a concern, we’ll work with you to find the treatment that fits your lifestyle, timeline, and budget. We accept most dental insurance, and we also accept CareCredit interest-free financing.

Affordable Care at Our 68005 Dentist Office

Daughter holding mother on her back near dentist in Bellevue NEHere at Kennedy Dental, we’ve been serving the dental needs of our Bellevue, NE patients for over 40 years. Unlike big corporate dental practices, we see generations of the same families and receive word of mouth referrals because our patients know we care. They trust us to provide honest, affordable dental treatment in Bellevue, and personalized dental solutions—and we deliver.

We are in-network with many dental insurances and will help you understand how your benefits apply to the treatment our dentists recommend. Our dental care team is dedicated to making sure that you always receive the maximum benefit you're entitled to. We’ll obtain pre-treatment estimates so you have a better idea of what your out-of-pocket cost will be.

If you are uninsured or need help with out-of-pocket expenses, CareCredit is a healthcare credit card that you can use for dental and other wellness expenses. With CareCredit, you choose a period to pay the balance (6, 12, or 18 months) and a monthly payment amount that comfortably fits your budget.

Please don’t avoid seeking dental treatment because you worry about the cost. We’ll work with you to find a way to help you and your family get the essential dental care you need. Contact Kennedy Dental in Bellevue if you have additional questions or would like to schedule your next appointment!

At Kennedy Dental, we make every effort to ensure provide gentle, stress-free dentistry to our Bellevue, NE patients. Patients who fear dental visits have found that our warm and soothing environment and the attention of our caring dental team is enough to help them relax.

Our 68005 dentists and specialists are all experts at what they do because they’ve been doing it for decades! They administer hundreds of gentle injections to our patients every year and use premium anesthetics to numb your mouth so that you won’t feel any pain during your procedure. 

Options for Sedation Dentistry in Bellevue, NE

Still, many patients who have dental anxiety appreciate that we also offer sedation dentistry at our Bellevue, NE dental office. With gentle relaxation administered by qualified professionals, you won’t believe how stress-free high-quality dental care can be.

Nitrous oxide is gentle, and the calming effects last only for the duration of your procedure. You’ll be able to relax while you get treatment then leave our office feeling relaxed, refreshed, and ready to face the rest of your day.

For some patients, nitrous oxide isn’t quite enough to eliminate their anxiety. In these cases, our dentists can prescribe a sedative for you to take an hour before your appointment. When you arrive at Kennedy Dental, you’ll be relaxed and will remain so during your procedure.

However, oral sedation stays in your system for several hours, so you will need someone to get you safely to and from your appointment, and you should plan to go home and rest.

Contact Kennedy Dental for Comfortable Dentistry in 68005

Don’t let dental anxiety compromise your oral health. Contact our Bellevue, NE dental office so we can help you get the care you need.

Invisalign Invisible Braces

Your needs are unique, so the length of Invisalign treatment depends on the extent of the tooth misalignment our dentists need to address. The average treatment times for Invisalign clear braces range from 12 to 18 months.

Invisalign Treatment in Bellevue, NE

Close up of patient putting on Invisalign clear aligners in Bellevue NEWhen approaching Invisalign treatment in Bellevue, NE, however, it’s best to set realistic expectations. Yes, Invisalign is advertised as a modern innovation for straightening teeth without metal braces. Treatment is discreet and convenient, and the results can be transformative. But for most people, it still takes the same amount of time to straighten crooked teeth. 

Straightening crooked teeth is a process that takes time, and Invisalign makes it more comfortable and convenient than it is with metal braces. And the great news is that within a few weeks of wearing your first set of aligners, you’ll see some progress as your teeth start moving into position as planned.

If you want to complete Invisalign treatment in the shortest time possible, you need to commit to wearing them at least 22 hours a day. Your goal should be to remove them only for meals and oral hygiene, or if you have a big event like a wedding, reunion, or job interview coming up.

Contact Kennedy Dental to Get Started with Invisalign!

Here at Kennedy Dental, we love helping our patients achieve their best smiles with Invisalign treatment at our warm and friendly Bellevue dental office. Please call us at (402) 291-3535 to schedule an appointment with one of our experienced dentists to learn more about Invisalign.

Periodontal Disease Treatment

Periodontal disease (gum disease) is a potentially serious condition if left untreated. In our 68005 dental office, we offer comprehensive periodontal treatment to restore you to better oral health, save your teeth, and help prevent complications that can impact your heart and other body systems.

In the early stages, gum disease is referred to as gingivitis, and this can often be reversed with specialized cleanings and a more specific at-home brushing and flossing routine.

Treatment for Gingivitis

When gingivitis advances to periodontitis, treatment can include root planing and scaling. Scaling gets rid of plaque and tartar below the gumline, and planing smooths out the area to help gums reattach to your teeth or roots.

Signs of gum disease and gingivitis include:

  • Bad breath
  • Gum pocketing
  • Bleeding gums
  • Toothaches or jaw pain
  • Loose teeth

Because symptoms can be vague, it is important to visit your dentist for dental exams and teeth cleanings regularly. This lowers your risk for gum disease, and allows our dentist in Bellevue to catch it early when it is easier to treat successfully.

Contact Our Dental Office Near 68123!

We have a lot of experience successfully treating gum disease in our dental office. If you notice any symptoms or have not visited the dentist in a while, please reach out to Kennedy Dental at (402) 291-3535 to schedule a comprehensive checkup.

In the early stages of periodontal (gum) disease—the gingivitis stage—there may be few warnings. However, you might notice your gums bleeding when brushing and flossing. The good news is that gingivitis can be corrected.

Gum Disease Treatment in Bellevue

If you have full gum disease, however, your dentist can restore you to better oral health, but gum Tools used for periodontal treatment at Bellevue dentist officedisease is an ongoing issue that requires diligence to manage. The goal of gum disease treatment in Bellevue, NE is saving your teeth and preventing heart complications and other body wellness issues.

The signs of periodontal disease may include some or all of the following:

  • Bleeding gums
  • Red or swollen gums
  • Pocketing gums
  • Toothaches
  • Tooth sensitivity
  • Loose teeth
  • Bad breath

Gum disease is largely preventable with excellent dental care and a good brushing and flossing routine at home. But if you do notice symptoms of gingivitis or gum disease, it is important to seek dental care as soon as possible. Your Bellevue, NE dentist can help prevent gingivitis from becoming full gum disease. We can also restore your mouth to better oral health through the latest innovations in periodontal treatment.

Contact Your Dentist Office in Bellevue, NE

We treat gum disease compassionately and are always here for you. Reach out to a team member today to schedule your gum checkup.

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