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At Drone Prosthodontics, we work with a dedicated team of professionals to make sure that your experience is the absolute best it can be. From our friendly front office staff, the assistants who work closely with Dr. Drone, our hygiene staff that helps our patients walk away with beautifully clean teeth and easy-to-understand dental knowledge, to the other specialists we are honored to work with; our knowledgeable dental staff will care for you every step of the way. Follow the links to your left to learn more about who you'll see when you visit our practice!


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Meet Dr. Drone of Michael Drone Dentistry & Prosthodontics - Valparaiso, IN


Dr. Michael Drone

OUR SPECIALISTS

Prosthodontics requires 3–4 additional years of specialized training at an accredited dental school or medical school after graduation from dental school. Michael Drone, DDS has two post-graduate dental specialty degrees, prosthodontics and maxillofacial prosthetics, from Indiana University School of Dentistry and Medicine. As a prosthodontist, Michael Drone, DDS practices a full scope of prosthodontic procedures with expertise ranging from dental implants, cosmetic/aesthetic dentistry and dentures, to restorative dentistry. Since 2007, Michael Drone, DDS has been actively involved in providing his knowledge and expertise to The Northwest Indiana Dental Study Clubs, dentists, dental specialists and physicians.

Our staff is CPR certified, x-ray certified and our dental assistants are also expanded duties certified. Dentistry is ever-changing and our staff attends continuing education courses to learn about the safest and newest dental techniques and technologies used to provide the best dental care for our patients

ABOUT DR. DRONE

Dr. Drone is a native of Wheatfield, IN and has been practicing dentistry since 2003 and opened his private practice in Valparaiso, IN in 2007. Dr. Drone earned his Doctor of Dental Surgery from Indiana University School of Dentistry and earned his advanced specialty degrees in Prosthodontics and Maxillofacial Prosthodontics from Indiana University School of Dentistry and Medicine.

A prosthodontist is a dental specialist with three years of specialized training in esthetic/cosmetic dentistry, restorative/reconstructive dentistry, removable prosthodontics, and implant dentistry at a credited medical school or dental school.

Dr. Drone is actively involved in continuing education curriculums and dental study clubs where he provides his expertise to general dentists, dental specialists, and dental lab technician from around the world in esthetics/cosmetics, implant dentistry, and reconstruction dentistry (function and stability of teeth), and treatment planning.

Dr. Drone finds great satisfaction in helping people find dental solutions to their oral health needs. Whether your needs are basic or complex, he and his team can help. If you are afraid to smile, have trouble chewing your food or might be fearful of the dentist, Michael Drone Dentistry & Prosthodontics has assembled a highly trained team of professionals and together has developed resources to help you become comfortable as you begin your search for a dental solution.

MICHAEL DRONE DENTISTRY & PROSTHODONTICS PROVIDES THE FOLLOWING SPECIALIZED DENTAL SOLUTIONS:

•  Implant dentistry (implants used to replace a missing tooth or multiple teeth)
•  Teeth-in-an-hour (replace your missing tooth or multiple teeth with an implant and dental crown or dental bridges in an hour)
•  All-on-4 or Teeth-in-a-Day (dental implant bridges secured to 4 dental implants in one day)
•  Reconstructive dentistry (full mouth rehabilitation, crowns, veneers, bridges, fillings)
•  Esthetic/cosmetic dentistry (veneers, crowns, smile makeovers, teeth whitening)
•  Management of occlusion (how the teeth come together)
•  Temporomandibular disorders (TMJ issues)
•  Dentures/partials (dentures, partials, implant dentures, implant partials, and fixed implant dentures)
•  Facial trauma
•  Cleft palate/cleft lip disorders
•  Cancer-related prosthetic solutions (fabrication of ears, nose, eyes, obturators, and radiation oral devices)
•  Invisalign (clear braces to improve your bite and smile)


EDUCATION

•  B.S. in Biology and Chemistry from Valparaiso University in 1994
•  Master Degree in Life Sciences from Indiana State University in 1998
•  Doctor of Dental Surgery from Indiana University School of Dentistry in 2003
•  Prosthodontic Degree from Indiana University School of Dentistry in 2007
•  Maxillofacial Prosthodontic Degree from Indiana University School of Medicine in 2007


PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS

•  Member of American Dental Association
•  Member of Indiana Dental Association
•  Member of Northwest Indiana Dental Association
•  Member of American College of Prosthodontists
•  Advisory Board Member for the Dental Study Club of Northwest Indiana (Seattle Study Club)
•  Advisory Member for The Master's Dental Study Club of Northwest Indiana
•  Member of American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry
•  Member of Academy of Osseointegration
•  Recognized Specialist in Prosthodontics at The Kois Center, Seattle, WA
•  Spear Education Faculty Club Member, Scottsdale, AZ


ACADEMIC ASSOCIATIONS

•  Visiting Faculty Member at Indiana University School of Dentistry
•  Departments of Prosthodontics and Restorative Dentistry in the Undergraduate and Graduate Programs
•  Visiting Faculty Member at Spear Education
•  Scottsdale, AZ
•  Recognized Specialist in Prosthodontics at The Kois Center, Seattle, WA


DISTINGUISHED DENTAL LECTURER

•  Recognized speaker/lecturer for 3Shape Digital Impression, a state-of-the-art digital impression manufacturer. Dr. Drone lectures to dentists, dental technicians, and dental laboratories about digital technology for digital impressions and their application for fabrication of crowns, veneers, bridges, dental implants, and treatment planning for esthetic and implant dentistry.





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Ginny—Expanded Functions Dental Assistant
From the time you come in to the time you leave, Ginny, our treatment coordinator and highly skilled dental assistant believes every patient should feel valued and important. For Ginny, one of the most gratifying experiences of working at Michael Drone Dentistry & Prosthodontics is observing first-hand the transformation in attitude, self-confidence, and self-perceptions patients experience after completing their dental treatment.

Ginny has been in dentistry for 37 years, 30 of which have been in Prosthodontics. She is certified in dental x-rays and as and expanded dental assistant. Ginny has extensive training in dental photography, treatment planning, implant dentistry and cosmetic dentistry.

As treatment coordinator, Ginny is valuable to make sure you are well informed about your treatment options and financial responsibility. Her cheerful personality and warm caring nature will insure that every patient has a positive experience.

Outside the office, Ginny enjoys jewelry making, photography and biking.

Carmin—Scheduling & Hygiene Coordinator
Carmin is our energetic scheduling and hygiene coordinator who strives for every patient to feel very comfortable and to make your experience thoroughly enjoyable. She is here to help you schedule your appointments and answer your questions about insurance and financing.

Carmin has been a part of Michael Drone Dentistry & Prosthodontics since February 2013. She is highly skilled having received extensive training as a dental assistant in general dentistry, prosthodontics and is x-ray certified.

Carmin enjoys running, working around the farm and showing cattle when outside of the dental office.

Lucy—Dental Hygienist
Lucy is our fantastic dental hygienist. She has been a patient in our practice since she was 6 years old and we are very excited to have her as our hygienist. Lucy graduated from Indiana University Northwest with a Bachelor in Fine Arts in 2007 with special training in photography. Lucy graduated in 2010 with her Associates Degree and became a Licensed Dental Hygienist. Lucy was the recipient of the "Golden Scaler Award." This award was provided to the hygienist with the best clinical skills while in the dental hygiene program.

Lucy's main focus is to help you make informed decisions about your dental health care. During appointments, Lucy evaluates your oral health by checking for periodontal conditions, decay, oral cancer and more to help you obtain or maintain excellent oral health. Lucy is also certified to provide local anesthetic. She takes pride in her work and sincerely enjoys working at Michael Drone Dentistry & Prosthodontics where we provide optimum oral health care.

Outside of the office, Lucy enjoys photography, spending time with her daughter, family and friends.

Mandy—Expanded Functions Dental Assistant
You will be in very good hands with our dental assistant, Mandy who has 20 years of caring experience. Sharing what can be a life changing dental transformation for you has kept Mandy loving the dental profession. She truly enjoys being part of a team and loves that this team is staffed with dental professionals whose main goal is to improve the quality of life for their patients. She feels joining a prosthodontic practice has allowed her to see first-hand dramatic, life changing results for her patients. Mandy says this keeps her job exciting and rewarding.
Mandy enjoys music and spending time with her children outside of the office.


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Dr. Drone purchased two very well known prosthodontics practices, Dr. Alan Corns and Dr. Scott Polizotto. They originally designed the building in 1969. We began remodeling in 2010 with a goal to create an environment of warmth and comfort for our patients that included state of the art dental equipment and procedures.

We welcome you to take a virtual tour of our office. Please feel free to call us at (219) 250-1163 if you have any questions.

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Welcome to Michael Drone DentistryOur front office staff will help you to schedule appointments, complete necessary paperwork, and answer any billing questions that you may have.

Patient Appointments

Patients are seen by appointment only. We make every effort to be on time for our patients, and we ask the same courtesy from your family. If you cannot keep an appointment, please notify us immediately, giving a minimum of 48 hours notice to avoid any missed appointment fees. We realize that unexpected illnesses and emergencies may occur, but we ask for your assistance in this regard.

Our office strives to schedule appointments at your convenience and when time is available.

Insurance & Patient Co-payments

If you have insurance we will help you determine the coverage you have available. In order to best assist you, it is important that you submit your dental and/or medical insurance information to us with your New Patient Paperwork a minimum of two business days prior to your scheduled appointment. This allows us time to contact your insurance company and obtain a breakdown of the benefits you or your employer have purchased from the company. Our business team will be happy to help you understand your policy.

Financial Policy

In an effort to reduce the cost to you, the patient, while maintaining the highest level of professional care, we have established the financial policy as follows:
•  Payment of any account balance is due in full within 20 days of statement date
•  We gladly accept all major credit cards
•  Payment plans are available through www.CareCredit.com


Appointments & Consultations

We are happy to schedule a second-opinion consultation with our doctors to discuss treatment diagnosed for you. It is important to us that our patients are committed fully to a recommended course of treatment, and we make every effort to provide all available information on the types of treatment completed at Drone Prosthodontics, as well as options to make appointments comfortable.

All patients that are referred to our office from another practice, or who have self-referred themselves for a second opinion are required to undergo a complete examination by our doctor before he provides his diagnosis opinion. Please ensure that all available x-rays and chart notes from your prior office have been transferred to us prior to the scheduled appointment for review. Please note that many offices require 7–14 business days to transfer records.

It is imperative that we have all available dental (and medical if related to trauma or medically diagnosed disorder) insurance information in a timely manner, as we will be providing you with a comprehensive treatment estimate after your consultation with the doctor.

If you have questions about the consultation services we provide, please email us today or call at (219) 250-1163.







Michael Drone Dentistry
& Prosthodontics

809 Wall Street, Valparaiso, IN 46383
(219) 250-1163

 

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