Frequently Asked Questions

Even if you practice the best oral hygiene at home, we highly recommend that you visit us at least twice a year. This will give your dentist an opportunity to look for any dental issues that are developing. You may not always see or feel developing problems in their early stages. Usually, once dental problems are visible or painful, they are in their later stages. This will usually involve more intrusive procedures and greater expense. Regular trips to the dentist will help you confront these problems before they become major issues.

Absolutely! We are always delighted to meet new patients and make them a part of our family.

Definitely. There are several payment options available. Call today and find what options may be the best for you.

We wouldn’t have it any other way! Dr. Trunkey and his staff have been proudly serving Bakersfield families for over 30 years.

You should consider sedation dentistry in the following situations:

  • If you become severely anxious at the mere thought of going to the dentist
  • If you have had a negative experience at a dentist’s office in the past
  • If you have trouble getting numb from traditional methods
  • If you need to have several procedures done in a single visit in order to accommodate your busy schedule

For more information, visit our Sedation Learning Center.

Over the years, many patients have felt that veneers or all-ceramic restorations are the best option for restoring the natural beauty to their smile. However, there are also a number of other options in cosmetic dentistry that can make your smile brilliant.

A simple teeth-whitening procedure can do wonders for the beauty of your smile. Chipped or damaged teeth can also be reshaped with amazing results. Composite bonding can restore an oddly shaped tooth. For some, minor plastic surgery can be performed on the gum line to make your smile look more natural and in harmony with the shape of your face. We will be happy to consult with you and help you determine which procedure or combination of procedures will give you the smile of your dreams. A beautifully restored smile will boost your confidence beyond what you can imagine!

The most common reason many patients do not like their silver fillings is the metallic look that is seen when they smile. However, there are times that a silver filling will work fine. Silver fillings tend to last 10-15 years, but some will last even longer. If your silver fillings are starting to break down and in danger of leaking, we will let you know. We will tell you what we would do if we were in your situation and then let you decide what is best for you.