HSA dollars can be used for dental services that will keep you smiling!

Many patients do not realize that their HSA dollars can be used for dental expenses that are considered part of maintaining the health of the teeth and gums. This includes not only routine preventive dental care, but also restorative, periodontal and orthodontic services deemed necessary for long term oral health.

HSA dollars cannot be spent on elective cosmetic dentistry, but can be used for tooth bonding or corrective cosmetic dentistry to address tooth damage or a dental problem.

495780253Charlotte dentist Dr. Richard Van Gurp understands the financial concerns that many patients, and potential patients, have when it comes to dental care and he and his experienced staff will work with them to maximize benefits available or create a financing plan that suits their budget. In many cases where there are complex dental problems, treatment can be strategically staged to accommodate budget concerns while restoring oral health for the long run. In this way, patients can plan for dental expenses and efficiently use their HSA funds to coordinate care.

Dr. Van Gurp emphasizes the important role that good oral health plays in overall physical well being- and daily quality of life! Poor dental health, often a result of neglect, can have a direct effect on the development or severity of many health concerns such as heart disease, hypertension, and diabetes. Routine dental care goes a long way toward preventing the onset of tooth decay and gum disease- the two most common dental health concerns that can also lead to larger problems if untreated. Gum disease is a leading cause of tooth loss in adult patients.

If you have been avoiding the dentist due to concerns over cost of dental care, come in for a visit with Dr. Van Gurp and learn more about both the benefits of a healthy smile and the payment options available.

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Dr. Van Gurp awarded Dawson Scholar status.

Restorative dentistry today offers patients treatment options that can help them maintain a beautiful, functional smile for a lifetime. We understand more today than ever before about the importance of lifelong dental health for a better quality of life and its role in supporting overall well being.

Charlotte restorative dentist Dr. Richard Van Gurp is an alumnus of the prestigious Dawson Academy and has recently been awarded “Scholar” status as a testament to his dedication to continued learning in the field of dentistry to provide his patients with the benefits of complete dentistry.

Dr. VanGurp receiving his award from Dr. Scott Finlay, DDS and Kim Daxon

Dr. VanGurp receiving his award from Dr. Scott Finlay, DDS and Kim Daxon

Choosing the right dentist can be a daunting task. Not all dentists are the same. So how do you choose? The foundation of Dr. Richard Van Gurp’s dental practice has been built on ethics, trust, technical excellence and community service.

What is a Dawson Dentist?

The Dawson Academy is an organization of higher learning founded by world-renowned dentist, Dr. Peter Dawson. Dr. Dawson is considered to be one of the most influential and prominent dentists and teachers in the history of the dental profession. His concept of “complete care dentistry” not only focuses on ethical treatment of patients, but how to truly achieve long term dental health through dentistry that lasts.

As a Dawson Dentist with Scholar status, Dr. Richard Van Gurp has reached a very high level of expertise in providing “complete care dentistry” for his patients. In fact, there are less than a handful of dentists with this status in all of North Carolina. You can learn more about this honor by visiting www.findadawsondentist.com.

Accolades are fine, but what does that mean for you? As a patient of Dr. Richard Van Gurp, you can be assured that you will receive the highest quality of dental care, whether that care involves simple prevention and maintenance or treating complicated dental problems such as cosmetic or bite issues, or concerns with TMJ. Above all, you will find Dr. Van Gurp and his staff to be of the highest ethical standards. Dr. Van Gurp’s patients have included dentists and others in the dental profession, which speaks to the standard of care he strives to provide for all of his patients.

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Why Choose Dr. VanGurp? Let our patients tell you..

Choosing a dentist can often be challenging, especially if you have complex dental problems that need to be addressed. While many people will consider location and insurance benefits when looking for the right dentist, education, experience and credentials should be an important part of the decision. At some point in their lives, many patients either need or desire a restorative or cosmetic dental procedure and the choice of dentist may have a direct affect on long term results.

Charlotte dentist Dr. Richard Van Gurp has over 25 years of experience and has devoted countless hours to continuing education in his field in order to be accepted into some of the most prestigious dental associations and to provide his patients with high quality dentistry and comfortable, lasting results. Dr. Van Gurp believes it is important to address underlying dental problems and ensure that there is balance in the bite to prevent additional problems from developing down the road.Charlotte Dentist Dr. Richard Van Gurp

A member of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD), Dr. Van Gurp is committed to learning about the latest technologies and techniques and incorporating them into his Charlotte Dentist office.

The testimonials of his patients say it best…

“Cosmetic dentistry has been an investment in me with rewards that go far beyond the cost. Dr. Van Gurp is an artist in the field of cosmetic dentistry. With state of the art equipment and the latest technology, my smile is something that makes me proud. No detail was overlooked and the level of personal attention he gave me was great! Dr. Van Gurp is a kind and compassionate man who cares about you as an individual. The staff shares his commitment and professionalism, giving one hundred percent to every patient.”

Beth S.

“From the time I entered your office to when I finished my treatment, the health and look of my teeth made a 180 degree turn for the better. Not only did you and your staff nurse my teeth and gums back to health, but you gave me an awesome smile that makes me proud. It was worth it driving from Georgia to come to your office. Dr. Van Gurp, I can’t thank you enough!”

Jimmy R.

“Having been retired for several years, I am amazed at the technological advances that have taken place in dentistry. Your willingness to stay current in the profession and embrace these positive changes sets you apart as a leader in the profession and gives you the opportunity to provide your patients, including myself, with the best dentistry available.”

William P., DDS (Dentist)

Your smile is part of who you are and is often what people may remember most about you! Dr. Van Gurp will be a partner in your dental care and help you maintain or enhance your natural smile.

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Porcelain veneers offer many benefits for dental health | Charlotte Dentist

Dental veneers can have many applications and can be made from a variety of materials, including porcelain. Porcelain veneers, although more costly up front, can offer patients many benefits in the long run.

Charlotte cosmetic dentist Dr. Van Gurp recommends porcelain veneers for a variety of cosmetic and dental concerns:

  • Damaged or broken teeth
  • Gaps between teeth in the smile zone
  • Misshapen teeth
  • Worn teeth
  • Discolored teeth that do not respond to teeth whitening treatment

Porcelain veneers provide a permanent solution that is natural looking, comfortable and durable. Porcelain veneers, made from a translucent material that reflects light like a natural tooth, are stain resistant and custom made to fit and function like a natural tooth.

Dr. Van Gurp will create a personalized treatment plan for the placement of dental veneers to correct a cosmetic concern or dental health issue. In many cases, Dr. Van Gurp will use CEREC technology to design and fabricate a porcelain restoration in a single visit.

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Are sports drinks bad for your dental health?

Our healthy lifestyle may have an adverse affect on dental health because of the added sugars and sweeteners added to most sports drinks and snacks.

Dr. Van Gurp discusses the oral health risks associated with sports drinks and offers some great tips on how to protect the teeth when consuming them.

Looking for more great information on Dr. Van Gurp’s Charlotte dentistry practice? Check out our Youtube page!

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Cosmetic dentistry: an important part of long term dental health!

Modern dentistry emphasizes the importance of keeping the natural teeth as long as possible through a combination of good oral hygiene, preventive dental care and cosmetic and restorative dental procedures.

Charlotte cosmetic dentist Dr. Richard Van Gurp often recommends a cosmetic treatment to not only enhance a patient’s smile but also improve their oral health. Cosmetic dentistry can strengthen the natural teeth and support keeping them strong and healthy for the long run.101857060

Patients who maintain their smile as they age are also more likely to experience a good quality of life in later years without having to compromise their diet or ability to speak well because of lost teeth or oral appliances. Being able to maintain the natural teeth is also important for bone retention in the jaw – lost teeth can lead to bone shrinkage which gives an older appearance to the face. Patients who feel confident about their smile will smile more often!

Dr. Van Gurp offers a variety of cosmetic dentistry treatment options:

After a thorough exam and consultation, Dr. Van Gurp will make treatment recommendations based on a patient’s dental health as well as their cosmetic concerns and goals: it is important for any underlying dental problems to be addressed for dentistry to offer lasting and comfortable results.

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Make your dentistry last!

From the desk of Dr. Van Gurp:

For the meticulous dentist, protecting your dentistry starts at the examination appointment. That’s right. Prior to any definitive dentistry, whether it’s crowns, veneers or fillings, steps should be taken to evaluate what can be done to protect any dentistry you are considering.

Concerned about her front teeth wearing down and chipping, this patient came to us with the hopes that we could improve her smile. Our examination indeed showed that she was causing a considerable amount of damage to her teeth. An important part of the examination process was to determine the cause of the problems in the first place and controlling those issues before proceeding with definitive treatment. I completely agreed with the patient that if we did not address the underlying cause of the problem first, she would risk damaging her new dentistry in the same way that she damaged her natural teeth.

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We want our patients to not only be happy with their new smile in the short term but for many years to come!

Having had significant post-graduate training regarding the details of a proper and healthy bite, I was able to detect and then correct imbalances in her bite, which had led to her significant teeth grinding habit. After some in depth discussion regarding her priorities and what she wanted her new smile to look like, we developed a game plan to suit her needs and desires. At the completion of treatment, she had a bite that was very comfortable and a smile she was happy with as well.

If your teeth are wearing down or chipping and you want the best possible chance to make your dentistry last, give our office a call.

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Facial pain? Headaches? Talk with your dentist!

Many patients experience facial pain, headaches and other symptoms of a temporomandibular disorder (TMD) and don’t realize that their dentist may have the answer!


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These symptoms are frequently the result of stress within the jaw due to teeth grinding or an imbalance in the bite- both of which can be diagnosed and treated by Dr. Van Gurp, a Charlotte cosmetic and restorative dentist.

Left untreated, temporomandibular disorders, commonly known as TMJ, can often lead to complex dental problems and even tooth loss.

Dr. Van Gurp can evaluate your bite and determine if and/or where there is an imbalance before recommending a plan of treatment to restore oral health- and resolve your recurring pain! Dr. Van Gurp offers a variety of procedures and treatments as part of TMJ therapy.

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Cosmetic dentistry and full mouth reconstruction.

Keeping your natural teeth for as long as possible is not only important for better long term oral health, it enables patients to maintain a good quality of life too!

Lost teeth and poor dental health can lead to general health problems and changes in social and dietary problems down the road. Charlotte dentist Dr. Van Gurp provides cosmetic dental services that can both restore or maintain oral health while giving you back your youthful smile- or the smile you have always wanted!

A recent case involved a patient who had several dental health issues to correct and wanted to straighten and whiten her teeth. Dr. Van Gurp takes a comprehensive approach to all dental procedures, including cosmetic, with the overall goal of providing the results a client is desiring using dentistry that also addresses any underlying bite problems that could affect the longevity of the final outcome.

A case study in mouth reconstruction.

Dr. Van Gurp has extensive post graduate training in both cosmetic dentistry and bite disorders as well as years of experience successfully treating patients with complex dental problems. After a thorough exam, Dr. Van Gurp will meet with a patient to discuss a recommended plan of treatment addressing dental health issues and the cosmetic desires of the patient.

In this particular case the following procedures were used to correct and enhance the patient’s smile:

  • orthodontics: straightening the lower teeth balanced the bite and also brought back a more youthful appearance to the smile
  • crowns: new crowns were placed to brighten the teeth and complete the smile makeover part of the process.

Here are the results:

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Blessing Back in Haiti- Dr. Van Gurp provides dental services to those in need.

Charlotte family dentist Dr. Richard Van Gurp traveled to Haiti this April as part of a mission to provide free dental services to those in need in Haiti.

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477975641 In April of 2014, I had the opportunity to travel to Haiti with 19 other volunteers on what was my first international mission trip. Over the years, I have done a significant amount of “mission dentistry” but this was my first outside the United States.

Bless Back Worldwide is the organization of which I was a part. It is made up entirely of volunteers who want to better the lives of those less fortunate. Haiti definitely falls into this category. In fact, today it is the poorest country in the western hemisphere. From a devastating earthquake in 2010, followed by a cholera outbreak 10 months later and then back to back hurricanes in 2012, it seems the people of Haiti just can’t catch a break.477975641

To make matters worse, unemployment is currently at 80%. Don’t get me wrong. It’s not that these people don’t want to work. On the contrary, I saw many people doing and selling anything they could to make some money – money just to support and feed their families. Many Haitians live in crudely built shanties. 70% of Haitians lack access to electricity. 600,000 are considered food-insecure.
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Bless Back Worldwide has sent 5-6 groups per year since the earthquake in 2010. In conjunction with Mission of Hope International, incrementally things are changing for the better, but I believe the positive changes these people need could not come quickly enough.

Honestly, when I decided to forego a week’s “vacation” and go to Haiti, I expected nothing in return. I was ready and willing to give all I had – a one-way street – to help these people. But I can honestly tell you that I received much more than I gave, including a new and better perspective on life.

If you would like to help or would like more information please ask Dr. Van Gurp or visit www.blessbackworldwide.org. Bless Back Worldwide can be found on Facebook as well. If you would like more information about Bless Back Worldwide or Mission of Hope International, please visit their websites at www.blessbackworldwide.org and www.mohintl.org. Both organizations can be found on Facebook as well.

It seems overwhelming at times. You ask yourself, “How can people live like this?” The reality is that they don’t have a choice. You also ask yourself, “Am I making a difference?” Afterall, this is country of 10 million people

I went down to Haiti with 19 other volunteers hoping to make a difference. The group was comprised of several physicians and other medical and non-medical personnel willing to plug in anyway and anywhere they were needed. Ages ranged from 12 to 70 years old. The teamwork and fellowship were something to be proud of.

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