McMinnville Southern Standard

It was nearly five years ago when Dynamic Dentistry first opened its doors in McMinnville. The business has a unique niche. Patients can arrive in the morning and leave that afternoon with a new smile thanks to custom-made dentures. Having an on-site lab and a same-day turn- around time is extremely rare. Combined with great prices, it’s the reason people come from across the state to get their dentures at Dynamic Dentistry. “We have patients who travel from two or three hours away,” said Dr. Julie Dugan, who is the new full- time dentist. “Just this Thursday there was a man who came here from Chattanooga to get his dentures. One of the reasons we’re popular is our fees are the most economical in the state. We check around to make sure we offer the best prices anywhere.” In addition to being the full-time dentist, Dr. Dugan recently moved to McMinnville and she’s buying into the business as a partner. Dr. Dugan is a third-generation dentist who has 27 years of experience. She’s helped by lab technician Sandra McDougall who has 35 years of experience and works to make sure dentures are ready the same day. “We are getting ready for one of our busiest times of the year,” said Dr. Dugan. “When people get their tax refunds, they tend to put their money where their mouth is.” Dr. Dugan said anxiety and lack of available funds are the two main reasons people postpone dental work. She said relaxing patients is one of her underlying responsibilities. “One of the big things about going to the dentist is fear,” said Dr. Dugan. “I’ve probably had three people who have given me a big hug this week and said thank you.” Getting a complete set of dentures can be accomplished in one day. The process works as follows. Impressions of the patient’s mouth are taken in the morning and the process is fully explained. After the impressions are made, the patient can leave to purchase ice packs, get an anti-anxiety prescription filled, and buy nutritious drinks like Ensure because they aren’t going to be able to chew for a couple days. In the afternoon, the patient returns to have their teeth extracted and the dentures fitted. Dr. Dugan said Friday is a popular appointment day so patients can have the weekend to recover. “We do whatever we can to renew their smile and restore their function in chewing,” said Dr. Dugan. “It’s always amazing how a new smile is such a boost to self-esteem.”

Dynamic Dentistry is located on the corner of S. Chancery Street and Liberty Lane. Business hours are Tuesday thru Friday from 8:00 AM. to 4:00 PM. The phone number is 474-1DAY, which is 931-474-1329.

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