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Our Philosophy

At JL Dental, we are fully committed to creating wonderful, fulfilling relationships with our patients. Our doctors prioritize quality over quantity without fail, and the lasting value you receive in return will be worth every single spent dollar.

Both new and current patients are always welcome to contact us with emergency situations that require immediate attention. We will fit you in for treatment right away!
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Same-Day Dental Emergencies
Dentistry changes very rapidly, and we’re happy to keep pace with it. We are a metal-free practice that uses digital X-rays, laser dentistry, and other advanced tools.
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State-of-the-Art Dental Office
Our team works hard to ensure your time with us is positive, efficient and comfortable. If there is ever anything we can do to help you relax, just ask!
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Down-To-Earth Customer Service
From checkups and cleanings for the whole family to crowns and bridges to dental implants, we want to be your family’s home for exceptional dental care.
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Multitude Of Treatment Options

Great Dentistry

From Our Family To Yours

JL Dental has been a reliable staple in the Arnold area for over a decade, providing a refreshing change of pace to patients and families near Imperial who are tired of being rushed through corporate practices. At the heart of it are Dr. Laura Mears and Dr. Jonathan Mears, a husband-and-wife team who combine their unique skills in order to practice truly comprehensive care. They love providing a personal touch, getting to know every patient, and leaving them ready to smile!

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Dr. Jonathan & Dr. Laura Mears' Children

Dr. Laura and her team took such great care of me. The treatment plan and appointments went exactly as discussed. They even answered text messages and calmed my fears after each procedure. I'm so grateful to the staff at JL Dental for giving me my smile back. Thank you just isn't enough.”

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My daughter and I just started seeing Dr. Mears over the past few months. I have to say JL Dental is the most pleasant dental office we have ever been to. Everyone is so friendly and makes you feel right at home. I am so glad we switched to this practice. Could not be happier!”

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Everyone here is absolutely amazing.”

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Featured Dental Services

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Family Dentistry

Dental Care

For Arnold Families Of All Ages

Drs. Jonathan and Laura Mears love running a locally owned dental office here in Arnold that’s open to children, adults, and whole families alike! Our available services cover a wide range of needs, and we’re 100% committed to helping all of our patients maintain outstanding oral health over the years. We’ll start by providing a solid groundwork of quality preventive care, including comprehensive checkups, refreshing cleanings, and other likeminded services that are designed to stop dental problems before they ever get the chance to cause problems.

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Dental Crowns & Bridges

Crowns & Bridges

Restore Functionality & Confidence

Has your smile become damaged, weakened, or even incomplete? These issues don’t have to be permanent with our team’s experienced assistance. JL Dental offers custom-made dental crowns and bridges that can beautifully rebuild the lifelike tooth structure you’ve lost. Dental crowns are designed to restore individual teeth in need of support, while bridges replace consecutive missing teeth in a sturdy and lasting fashion. Better yet, our doctors use 100% porcelain crowns for outstanding aesthetic results that make patients want to smile proudly.

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Root Canals & Emergencies

Injured Tooth?
In Pain?

Dental Emergencies Welcome

Whether you’re experiencing a serious toothache or your child has suddenly broken a tooth while on the playground, dental emergencies can throw your family’s entire day off-balance. Thankfully, already having a trusted dental team in your corner can make all the difference! At JL Dental, we do everything we can to see patients and families with emergency situations (both new and reoccurring) on the same day as their initial call so that getting much-needed relief can be a fast process.

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Dental Implants

Dental Implants

Replace Missing Teeth

Losing essential parts of your smile can lead to consequences for not only your oral health, but your functional bite and your sense of self-confidence as well. At JL Dental, we want to help you turn back the clock on the damage done with state-of-the-art implants! Unlike more traditional reconstructive services, implants seamlessly replicate every part of the natural tooth, creating results that are second to none in strength and beauty. Better yet, our doctors have the skills needed to personally handle every stage of treatment right here in-office – no trips to outside specialists required!

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Periodontal Therapy


Healthier, More Attractive Smiles

Do your gums regularly bleed when you’re brushing and flossing at home? This is a common sign of periodontal disease (also known as gum disease) which is an infection that starts out small but can eventually threaten your teeth and overall oral health if it’s left untreated for too long. Here in Arnold, our team will screen for tell-tale symptoms at every regular checkup, and we offer effective therapy options if needed to combat the damage and revitalize your smile’s support system.

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Our Team

Makes Insurance Easy

Navigating your personal coverage shouldn’t have to be a stressful experience. Instead, let Gay guide you through every in and out! Our office manager is truly exceptional when it comes to filing for reimbursement and maximizing your deserved benefits.

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Gay, Office Manager
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Frequently Asked Questions, Answered!

Our team is more than happy to answer any questions you might have about a dental problem or a particular treatment you might be interested in. Simply call our office and a staff member will be ready to help. However, you may prefer to research online instead, or you simply don’t have time for a phone call. To help you be well-informed, our team has compiled and answered some of our most frequently asked questions from patients in Arnold.

How Do I Find the Best Place to Get Dental Work Done?

Firstly, you’ll need to establish what’s most important to you when it comes to caring for your smile. This can involve multiple factors, including geography, insurance/payments, available hours, credentials, and safety. Of course, you’ll also want to consider the types of treatments you require, such as if you need to repair a tooth, want to improve your smile, or simply need a routine checkup and cleaning. Last but not least, you should try getting a feel for the practice and see how the team treats their patients. You can even visit their website and read the staff bios to get a better idea of who you’ll be working with.

How Can I Make a Same-Day Appointment with a Dentist?

It’s typically best to schedule your appointment by calling out practice directly. Though we’ll answer emails, it isn’t the quickest way to get your answer. Through a phone call, our team can also get a better sense of your situation so that we’re ready to provide specific treatment by the time you arrive. We accept same-day emergency appointments so that you can receive the care you need right away. Once you come in, we’ll evaluate your situation, alleviate discomfort, and develop a treatment plan to return you to oral health.

How Much Does it Cost to Get a Tooth Pulled Without Insurance?

If you don’t have insurance but require tooth extraction, knowing how much your treatment will cost will be incredibly important. The overall price can vary based on different factors like geography and your oral health. That said, the average cost for an extraction usually ranges between $150 and $400 across the United States. This can change or be affected by things like the difficulty of the procedure and any additional services that are necessary, such as sedation dentistry. If you do have insurance, the fees will be negotiated between the dentist and your insurance provider.

What Do You Do If You Can’t Afford a Dentist?

It’s important to remember that prevention is the main goal of dentistry. The better you can avoid or prevent oral health problems from occurring, the less money you’ll have to spend on taking care of your smile in the long run. That’s why you’ll want to practice good oral hygiene every day and visit your dentist for checkups and cleanings every six months. Dental insurance can also help with the expenses depending on the specific benefits in your plan. Even if you don’t currently have a policy, you can ask our team about financing options, such as CareCredit. With these plans, you can split the overall cost of your treatment into low-to-no-interest monthly payments, allowing you to afford your dental care without emptying your wallet.