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February 24, 2020
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Wouldn’t it be nice to have one less thing to worry about?

Dental work is an investment and can be costly. Bushnell Family & Cosmetic Dentistry and Dental Warranty Corporation have teamed up to help you protect your investment against whatever life may throw your way (accidents, decay, fractured/broken teeth, etc.).

Dental Warranty Corporation was the first and is the leading provider of nationwide smile protection. Currently, there are over 450,000 patients with Dental Warranty Corporation protection coverage in the United States. Bushnell Family & Cosmetic Dentistry is pleased to let you know that we are a Dental Warranty Corporation Certified Practice. As such, we are able to offer a 5-year nationwide protection plan on covered dental procedures. This plan can provide protection coverage in an amount up to the full fee of the original covered procedure at a very reasonable cost. Some examples of situations that Dental Warranty Corporation coverage can be used for are described below:

  • Your dog chews up your covered denture during the 5-year protection period.
  • You accidently bite down on a popcorn kernel and damage or break a covered tooth or restoration during the 5-year protection period.
  • You have an accident/injury that damages or breaks a covered tooth or restoration during the 5-year protection period.
  • You get new decay on a covered tooth during the 5-year protection period.
  • A covered root canal fails or becomes re-infected during the 5-year protection period and many other scenarios!

Dental Warranty Corporation protection coverage can only be obtained from a Dental Warranty Corporation Certified Practice, such as Bushnell Family & Cosmetic Dentistry, but the protection coverage can then be utilized at any dental office in the United States. This nationwide coverage feature is particularly beneficial to our seasonal residents.

Feel free to contact our office for more details about Dental Warranty Corporation protection coverage and how it can help you achieve more peace of mind.

January 24, 2020
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2020 brings us the 15 year anniversary for Bushnell Family & Cosmetic Dentistry. It has been an exciting 15 years for both the practice and its patients!

In March 2005, Dr. Novak purchased an existing dental practice which was located across the street from the Community Center in Bushnell. At the time of the purchase, the practice only had 3 treatment rooms and offered only basic dental care services. Dr. Novak’s vision for his newly acquired practice was to introduce state-of-the-art technology and expand the services offered. Patients responded very favorably to this approach and the practice quickly outgrew its facility. Dr. Novak added a fourth treatment room to the practice but the facility was still too small. Accordingly, Dr. Novak began his search for a new location at which to build a larger facility.

In December of 2008, Bushnell Family & Cosmetic Dentistry moved into its current home which is located at 65 CR 542W in Bushnell. This larger office was constructed with 15 treatment rooms and is much larger than the previous 4 treatment room facility. The new office was equipped with all new state-of-the-art equipment and has many features to maximize patient comfort.

 Since moving into its new facility, Bushnell Family & Cosmetic Dentistry has grown from a local dental practice into a regional dental practice with many patients travelling to the practice from the surrounding communities and especially from The Villages. Many of these patients find that the quality of care and value of Bushnell Family & Cosmetic Dentistry compares favorably with practices located in their home communities.

One of the things that helps set the practice apart from the crowd is that Bushnell Family & Cosmetic Dentistry truly offers state-of-the-art dental services (all aspects of implant dentistry, same-day crowns, full-mouth reconstructive dentistry, etc.) and does so in a warm, caring manner. Many patients remark that it is like getting big city dentistry with small town friendliness. This combination had led to the excellent reputation of the practice. Over the years, the practice has earned almost 1,000 on-line 5-star reviews. Additionally, the practice has been a member of the Better Business Bureau since 2006 and has an A+ rating.

Bushnell Family & Cosmetic Dentistry is consistently striving to be the preferred dental practice in the region for those seeking state-of-the-art dental services with exceptional customer at reasonable fees. If you are already a member of our family of patients, we thank you and look forward to caring for you for many more years. If you have not yet tried us, we look forward to providing you with an exceptional dental experience.

December 03, 2019
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Are you one of the many people that dread having an impression taken of your teeth? Does the thought of a tray full of impression material in your mouth make you want to gag?

Fortunately, there is a remedy for this. It is known as a digital impression. In the case of a digital impression, a computerized scanner is used to capture a digital image of your teeth and/or gums. From this image, a dental laboratory can fabricate crowns, bridges, partial dentures, occlusal guards, and many other dental appliances.

There are several advantages with digital impressions as compared to the traditional putty type tray impressions. Some of these are:

Digital impressions do not involve the insertion of any trays, putty, etc. into your mouth. Only the tip of the digital scanner is inserted into the patient’s mouth. There is absolutely no mess involved with digital scanning. Even patients that have a very sensitive gag reflex can typically tolerate the procedure with no problem.

Digital impressions reduce the number of steps it takes to fabricate a dental crown. A dental crown can be fabricated directly from the digital image obtained by the scanner. In many cases, digital impressions allow the patient to receive their dental restoration from the dental laboratory more quickly. With digital impressions, there is no need to ship impressions or models, etc. to the laboratory as this can be done electronically with the click of a button.

At Bushnell Family & Cosmetic Dentistry, we proudly use the award-winning TRIOS intraoral scanner for our digital impressions. The TRIOS intraoral scanner has often been recognized for its superior accuracy. Patients often comment how quick and easy the digital impressions are and how much they prefer this to the previous putty type tray impressions. For more information about the TRIOS intraoral scanner and how digital impressions can benefit you, please contact our office.

Traditional Impressions

Digital Impression

October is National Dental Hygiene Month.  National Dental Hygiene Month is an effort to celebrate the work of dental hygienists and to help raise awareness of good oral health.

At Bushnell Family & Cosmetic Dentistry, our dental hygienists are an integral part of our team.  We are fortunate to have 3 wonderful dental hygienists.  Each of our dental hygienists is very dedicated and really cares about the well-being of their patients.  We would like to take this opportunity to pay tribute to and introduce you to all three of our hygienists.


Darlene joined Bushnell Family & Cosmetic Dentistry in 2005 and was the 1st new employee hired by Dr. Novak after he founded Bushnell Family & Cosmetic Dentistry in 2005.  Dr. Novak and Darlene worked together for 5 years at a group practice in Spring Hill, FL prior to Dr. Novak starting Bushnell Family & Cosmetic Dentistry.  Darlene was the Lead Dental Hygienist at that practice and always impressed Dr. Novak with her vast knowledge and skills.

Darlene graduated from St. Petersburg College with her Associate of Science Degree in Dental Hygiene.  She has been a licensed hygienist in the State of Florida since 1991.  In 2013, Darlene earned her Certification to Administer Local Anesthesia in the State of Florida.  In 2017, Darlene completed a multi-day advanced oral health training program at the prestigious Las Vegas Institute for Advanced Dental Studies in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Darlene lives in Pasco County, FL.  In her time away from work, she enjoys spending time with her family and being near the water.

“I feel so fortunate to be part of the great team we have at Bushnell Family & Cosmetic Dentistry.  I have been with the practice since its inception 14 years ago which has allowed me to establish great long term relationships with my patients; they are like an extension of my family!”—Darlene


Emily is a Registered Dental Hygienist (RDH) and joined Bushnell Family & Cosmetic Dentistry in 2010.  Emily previously worked for Coast Dental but desired to work for a private practice that focuses more on individual patient care.

Emily graduated from Pasco Hernando Community College with her Associate of Science Degree in Dental Hygiene in 2008.  In 2013, Emily earned her Certificate to Administer Local Anesthesia in the State of Florida.  In 2017, Emily completed a multi-day advanced oral health training program at the prestigious Las Vegas Institute for Advanced Dental Studies in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Emily is a native Floridian and was born and raised in Dade City, FL.  Emily and her family now reside in Hernando County, FL.  In her time away from work, Emily enjoys spending time outdoors, hunting, fishing, and boating with her family.

“I just love the relationship I have the privilege of developing with my patients, and bringing them back to health and realizing being at the dentist is not so scary is the ultimate reward” --Emily


Lauren is a Registered Dental Hygienist (RDH) and joined Bushnell Family & Cosmetic Dentistry in 2011. 

Lauren graduated from Santa Fe Community College with her Associate of Science Degree Hygiene from Santa Fe Community College in 2010.  She also holds an Associate of Arts Degree in Psychology from the College of Central Florida. In 2015, Lauren earned her Certificate to Administer Local Anesthesia in the State of Florida. Prior to working with Bushnell Family & Cosmetic Dentistry, Lauren worked as a substitute hygienist at multiple offices in the Ocala area.

Lauren is a native Floridian being born and raised in Ocala.  Lauren still resides in Ocala with her family.  In her time away from work, Lauren enjoys baking, crafts, home decorating and travel.

“I love being a hygienist thanks to my patients.  Building a rapport and seeing improvement in their oral health is very rewarding.” –Lauren

Thank you Darlene, Emily, and Lauren for being integral parts of the Bushnell Family & Cosmetic Dentistry Team.  We couldn’t do what we do without you all!


More than 3 million people in the United States now have dental implants. Furthermore, this number is growing by more than 500,000 people each year. Why are so many people choosing dental implants? There are many reasons and some of these reasons are discussed below.

High success rates are associated with dental implants. Studies typically show overall success rates of 96-98% for dental implants. The lifetime costs associated with replacing a missing tooth with a dental implant are typically lower than replacing the missing tooth with a fixed bridge (a bridge that is cemented in place and does not come in or out of the mouth). This is due to fact that the implant will typically last a lifetime while the fixed bridge will typically have to be replaced (sometimes multiple times) during the patient’s lifetime.

Dental implants are easy to maintain. Implants can be maintained the same as natural teeth. With proper homecare and regular cleanings, dental implants can last a lifetime.

Dental implants can never get decay. Unlike natural teeth, dental implants are immune to decay.

As few as 2 implants can stabilize a lower denture. The implants will prevent the denture from becoming dislodged while eating, speaking, laughing, etc. This can allow one to eat foods that they never thought they would be able to enjoy again!

A relatively small number of implants can be used to attach artificial teeth that can only be removed by the dentist. The patient will sleep with these teeth in their mouth every night This approach is the closest thing available to “getting your teeth back” for someone without teeth.

The doctors at Bushnell Family & Cosmetic Dentistry have improved the lives of hundreds of patients with the placement of dental implants. These patients can now enjoy a better quality of life. If you would like to find out if you are a candidate for dental implant, please contact our office.

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