“Our goal is making people healthy. If a patient is happy with their smile it will change their lives in many ways,” said Armstrong.
He opened the doors to the current practice at the corner of Route 302 and Route 35, in October 1985. In 1998, he began doing same day crowns in his in house lab. With the lab, repairs and restorations can be done in one day.
Armstrong Dental has a 3D x-ray/CT scanner that can look at things in different perspectives to catch issues early, especially when placing implants or to finding bone defects.
Dr. Armstrong believes that gum health is a big issue and if not taken care of can lead to other complications like heart attacks.
“You need to realize how important the oral cavity is. A person can be compromised,” Armstrong said. Whether it’s a hip or knee replacement or transplant, doctors are requiring dentists to okay the surgery.
“Everything we do benefits the patients,” said office manager Robbyn Mooradian, who has been with Armstrong for 10 years. “Bleeding gums when you brush your teeth, that’s bad. You need to be seen.”
With a staff of 12, consisting of four hygienists, two assistants, three front desk staff, a clinical coordinator and CFO, the practice is full of committed employees who have been at the office for an average of 15 to 20 years.
For those who are nervous about visiting the dentist, Armstrong offers nitrous oxide and conscious sedation to help relax the patients.
The air in the office is surgically clean air and the water is filtered and sterilized water after it comes in from the public water system.
Armstrong Dental is a member of the Sebago Lakes Region Chamber of Commerce and it contributes to the community through various programs, like neighbors helping neighbors, yearbook, hosting a little league team and helping with fundraisers. Dr. Armstrong also gifts battered women smiles from start to finish.
Education is important for a dentist, however just as important are the relationships he forms with his patients. The lifetime relationships Dr. Armstrong has formed have allowed him to watch his patients raise children and then to treat their children’s children. He is accepting patients from toddlers to seniors. There is a kids’ room and prizes for good check ups. Everyone leaves with a goodie bag, Mooradian said.
Armstrong Dental sells mints made with Xylitol, electric toothbrushes and other items to keep mouths clean and healthy in a safe and cost effective way.
“Teeth are what we do, but taking care of people is what we’re about. We find a way to fix them,” said Armstrong. The practice provides 24/7 concierge to make sure that patients can reach them every day.
The office staff files with any insurance company electronically. “We are a fee for service practice. We don’t allow insurance to dictate what we do,” said Mooradian. Armstrong Dental also offers 24 month interest free financing.
Hours are Mondays and Wednesdays 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Tuesdays and Thursdays are from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.