321 Family Dental

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

How can we help you?

When you are taking care of your dental health, questions may arise, and they should. We want to be your partners as you work towards achieving and maintaining a beautiful smile. Our team is here to answer your questions and provide you with guidance for your dental health.

We've listed a few common questions we hear from our patients here. If you don't find the answer you need, call us at (321) 254-0306 and speak to a friendly and knowledgeable member of our team.


medical and insurance paperworkWe believe that everyone deserves to have a healthy and beautiful smile they can feel proud of; however, we understand that the cost of dental care in Melbourne is a concern for many of our patients. Dr. Joel and Dr. Mark never want finances to keep you from getting the dental treatment you need for a healthy smile.

Learn More About Insurance Benefits

For this reason, we are in-network with most dental PPO plans, which is meant to help defray some of the cost of your dental care. The ins and outs of dental insurance benefits can be tricky to understand, and our friendly and knowledgeable staff members are always available to help you navigate and maximize your yearly insurance dollars.

Financing Available

We also work with several financing companies, such as CareCredit, if making affordable monthly payments for your dental treatment is better for your budget. We are here to help you apply for third-party financing if you need it. You can typically fill out an application here at our dental office or at home online and receive a quick response so you can move forward with your treatment.

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If you have questions about your treatment plan or your payment options, we are here to help!

Don't hesitate to contact 321 Family Dental today at (321) 254-0306 with any questions or concerns you might have. 

Children's Dentistry

little boy brushing teeth There is no age requirement for scheduling an appointment. We encourage new parents, in particular, to visit as early as possible. It may seem absurd to take your toothless little one into a dental office. However, this is a critical time in your child’s development. We view these types of appointments as important for two reasons:

  1. Parent and guardian dental education is the main focus of the appointment. Most childhood dental issues can be prevented with the right habits that start even before your child begins to get teeth.
  2. Early exposure and regular visits to the dentist can help your little one get comfortable in the dental chair. If any dental treatment is ever needed during your child’s development, it can mean the difference between a quick and easy fix and having to get sedated for treatment. 


baby smilingBoth your pediatric specialist and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) state that your child's dental visit should be at one year of age, or at least six months after the first tooth comes in. There are many reasons to start dental care early on such as:

  • It allows your pediatric dentist to begin monitoring your son or daughter's oral health and development so they can detect any concerns at an early stage.
  • It helps your child acclimate to visiting the dentist and to understand that it's a safe and welcoming place.
  • This is an excellent time to ask questions about your son or daughter's oral development so you can make the most of your routine at home.

How to Prepare Your Child for The Dentist

You can prepare your child for his or her dental visits by talking about it beforehand in a positive way. Reading books or stories to them about visiting the dentist can also be helpful in preparing them for what's going to happen during their appointment. You might also consider bringing your child along with you to your cleaning and checkup so they can see what visiting the dentist is like. 

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We are happy to help! Contact our office for more information on preparing your son or daughter for their first dental visit.

Most commonly, we will complete the exam and cleaning while the parent or guardian is in the dental chair and your child is sitting on your lap. 

Knee-to-knee is sometimes necessary. This process involves the parent or guardian and dentist sitting across from each other touching knees. The child lays on the parent or guardian’s lap as well as the dentist’s lap. 


It is natural to have concerns about how your child will react to dental treatment. The dentist will be able to advise you on the best way to get your child back to a healthy smile. 

Sedation Dentistry Available

Our office is experienced at treating children and can complete most treatment without the use of sedation. However, our office does offer nitrous oxide sedation which, if necessary, can turn a nervous and anxious patient into a happy and cooperative patient. 


  • We recommend that an adult brush your child’s teeth twice a day; in the morning and right before bed
  • Reduce sugary drinks and snacks throughout the day
  • As soon as your child is able to spit out toothpaste, we recommend switching to fluoridated toothpaste
  • Do not allow your child to sleep with a bottle containing milk, formula, or any other drink (with the exception of plain water)
  • Bring your child to regular dental checkups to help get them acclimated to the dental office and to ensure that any problems are caught early


Cosmetic Dentistry

woman smilingHaving a beautiful smile gives you confidence! And confidence can unlock the door to many new opportunities that you've always wanted, including career advancement and new relationships.

Cosmetic Dentistry in Melbourne

At 321 Family Dental, we offer many cosmetic dental services to help you achieve your dream smile. Dr. Mark completed additional training at the prestigious Pankey Institute, which focuses on advanced fixed prosthodontics. He has extensive experience in crown, bridge, and veneer work.

If it's crooked teeth that keep you from smiling, Dr. Joel is a certified Invisalign provider. He can help align your teeth with efficiency and discretion with invisible braces in Melbourne, FL.

Modern CEREC Technology

We use modern CEREC technology to help you achieve your smile goals faster and in a more comfortable manner. CEREC same-day crowns in Melbourne allow our dentists to complete your beautiful new smile in only one visit to our dental office. With CEREC, we can design and fabricate a beautiful restoration for you in about two hours so that you can enjoy the benefits right away.

Contact Our Melbourne Office

If you're interested in learning more about the cosmetic dentistry we offer at 321 Family Dental, we encourage you to call us at (321) 254-0306 to schedule an evaluation with Dr. Joel or Dr. Mark.

Crowns & Bridges

man smiling If you've had a crown in the past, you might remember that the process was quite lengthy and required multiple long appointments with your dentists. In many cases, it could take upwards of four weeks before you could start enjoying your permanent restoration. 

That is not the case at 321 Family Dental. We know that you are busy, and we value your time.

CEREC Dental Crowns

With leading-edge CEREC technology, we can create your crown in about two hours at our Melbourne, FL dental office. That means you will go home with your smile restored with a durable and aesthetically-pleasing new tooth crown or bridge.

Another benefit of CEREC technology is that, unlike in the past,  you will not have to endure the discomforts or mess of impressions taken with goopy material your mouth. CEREC utilizes 3-D imaging to scan an image of your tooth that our dentists will use to design your crown.

Contact Our Melbourne Dental Clinic

So, if your tooth needs repair, there is no longer any reason to delay your treatment. Waiting to restore a decayed or broken tooth puts your tooth at risk of further damage.

Contact our Melbourne dental office today at (321) 254-0306 for more information on CEREC and other state-of-the-art technology we offer.

Emergency Dental Care

woman holding jaw during dental emergencySometimes, it is hard to know if you should seek dental treatment. Tooth pain or sensitivity are often sure indicators of a dental emergency. However, in some cases, it may not be as clear.  

Common Dental Emergencies

Some common dental emergencies in Melbourne that we handle at 321 Family Dental are:

  • Broken teeth
  • Chipped teeth
  • Knocked-out teeth
  • Dental infections
  • Abscessed teeth
  • Lost or broken crowns or fillings

If you're wondering if your situation requires immediate attention, we always encourage our patients to contact our dental office first. Our staff will help assess your situation over the phone and determine if you should come in right away or schedule a future appointment. We can also provide guidance for measures you can take at home to remain comfortable until we can see you.

If you're in pain, don't wait to have your teeth checked thinking that it might go away on its own. Tooth pain is often indicating an infection, which will not relieve itself without treatment. The quicker we can treat your tooth, the faster you will get relief and be back on the path to wellness again.

Contact Our Melbourne Dental Office

Dr. Joel and Dr. Mark are the emergency dentists in Melbourne, FL that patients trust. Contact 321 Family Dental today at (321) 254-0306 if you or a loved one is experiencing a tooth emergency.


close up of woman using clear bracesIt is never too late for a straighter, more beautiful smile. The truth is, many of our patients who seek our invisible braces are over the age of 60. Invisalign in Melbourne, FL makes orthodontic treatment much more comfortable and discreet for adults and teens.


Benefits of Clear Aligners

You can also easily remove your aligners when it's time to eat or brush your teeth. As long as you're committed to wearing them for at least 22 hours per day, removing your aligners for short periods is all right.

Find Out if Invisalign Is Right For You

If you're wondering if Invisalign is right for you, or how you can get started on straightening your teeth, the answer is simple. Contact your Melbourne dentist at (321) 254-0306 and schedule a smile evaluation. We can determine if Invisalign is the right treatment to help you reach your smile goals and let you know how long it will take to complete your case. 

Our dentist will also determine the cost of your treatment at this time too, and we can help you find simple ways to fit your treatment into your budget and make your new smile a reality.

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