Nelson Dentistry

Financial Info


Nelson Dentistry wants you to get the care you need, here are some ways we help make it affordable.

We accept cash, checks, and all major credit and debit cards. If you are unable to pay in full at the time of your appointment, alternative financial arrangements must be discussed and approved by our Care Coordinator prior to your appointment. The alternative financial arrangements we are able to extend are described below, as well as details on utilizing your dental insurance.


If you have dental insurance, or if your dental insurance changes at any time, please notify us when checking in for your appointment. We can then verify your dental coverage information for you and submit claims on your behalf. If we are provided accurate information and able to verify your coverage, we can bill your insurance for their estimated portion, and you would then only be responsible for your estimated co-pay at each appointment. If it is your preference to pay off your balance at the time of your appointment and have your insurance reimburse you directly, we can do that as well.

We will always do our best to keep up-to-date information and help you maximize your dental insurance benefits, but please do not hesitate to ask questions at any time and help remind us if you’ve recently received treatment at a specialist’s office in town.


Our office has elected to utilize an in-house financing option, enabling patients to set up an automated payment plan directly with us when pursuing treatment that is $300 or more. This payment option will be extended towards all patients who have established good credit.

How it Works: Together, we will decide upon the length of your payment plan (2, 3, or 4 month options), as well as the amount to be charged for each payment. Your first payment will be due at the time of your service. We will then set up your plan using one of your credit or debit cards that will be automatically charged on either the 1st or 15th day of each month for the duration of our agreement. You will be emailed a receipt after each payment is made.


CareCredit is a healthcare credit card that individuals have the option to apply for and, if accepted, can use towards any of their healthcare needs. Through the application process, CareCredit will determine your credit limit. When using CareCredit, you will be able to select the amount of time you’d like to pay your balance off within (6 or 12 months). As long as you make your payments and pay off your balance within the specified timeframe, you will not be charged interest.

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Please do not hesitate to inquire about our fees or payment options, we are more than happy to answer any questions you may have and help you decide upon a plan of action.

Frequently Asked Questions


Nelson dentistry also accepts most dental insurances. Our Missoula staff is always happy to verify your insurance ourselves and submit claims on your behalf so that you can avoid a headache. We can also bill your insurance their estimated portion of treatment costs before we do treatment, so you only have to pay your co-pay upfront.

At Nelson Dentistry, we don't want patients to forego necessary oral health treatments due to financial concerns. Without regular preventive procedures, it is easy for patients to pick up tooth decay, infection, and more. Through routine visits with Dr. Jonathan Nelson, we can keep your teeth and gums strong and healthy.  Give us a call today to discuss payment options available to you.


It depends. But typically right away if you'd like. Let's break down the details though:

  • Routine Cleaning:  You're in the clear to eat right away.  However, if you needed fluoride varnish, then stay away from hot liquids for the next half hour (sorry coffee drinkers!).Male Dental Patient | Dr. Jonathan Nelson
  • Gum Therapy:  You might have needed to get numb for this, be really careful to not bite your lip, cheeks, or tongue!
  • Tooth-Colored Composite Filling:  We use a special "flashlight" to cure the composite as hard as it's going to get, so you're safe to use it like regular.
  • Silver-Colored Amalgam Filling:  These take time to harden completely.  When you leave they are pretty hard, but you should still "baby" them with soft foods for the next 24 hours.
  • Temporary Crowns:  These are... well... temporary.  So they're not meant to be as rugged as the permanent crown.  This means that they come off easier (which is good for when we want to replace them with the permanent) and they're not as strong.  So extra care must be given to avoid sticky and hard foods.
  • Permanent Crowns:  These are tough and pretty, the only thing to remember is that the cement usually needs some time to completely set.  Avoid sticky foods for the rest of the day.

Dental Services in Missoula MT

Give our team a call today to get to know our friendly dental team, and book a cleaning, exam, or consultation! We are currently accepting new patients. 






Family Dental Patients | Nelson DentistryAt this time I am unable to open the office on the weekends. HOWEVER, I know how tough it can be finding the time around work, school, and the kids.  So I have extended our business hours to allow hard-working patients to be seen before or after work.  I even offset our lunch break to help patients have the option to be seen during their lunchtime!  And while most dental offices are closed on Fridays, we're open.  So odds are we have something that can work for you.  

Flexible Dentist in Missoula

And if you're at work now, multitasking and don't have time for a phone call, click on our widget in the lower right to "chat" (if we're in the office) or leave a message.  You can also send us an email through our "Contact" page.  We're pretty good at responding quickly.  And of course, our phone number is at the top of this page!



Temporomandibular joint disorder, also called TMJ or TMD, describes a group of conditions that affect the muscles in your jaw. Temporomandibular joints are located on each side of your mouth and connect the lower jaw to the skull. These joints allow you to move your jaw up and down and side to side.  When they become inflamed facial pain and difficulty moving your jaw can occur.  Other symptoms you may experience are a locking or popping jaw, soreness in your head or shoulders, frequent headaches, or excessive wearing on your teeth.

TMJ Treatment in Missoula

If you are experiencing symptoms of TMD, it is unlikely that symptoms will go away without some sort of treatment.  We encourage you to schedule an evaluation to discuss your options. There isn’t just one solution for everyone. Options for treatment can include the creation of a custom nightguard to allow the jaw joint to rest in its most comfortable position during the night, physical therapy, chiropractic adjustments, acupuncture, muscle relaxers, joint lavage, or joint surgery.

As a general dentist I do not, by default, have a specialty.  However, there are some dental proceduresDental Patient | Filling | Nelson Dentistry that I have worked extra hard to become very proficient at in addition to routine dental work.  I have taken advanced training with world renown instructors in cosmetic dentistry, occlusion (how your teeth bite and function together), and composite (tooth-colored filling material) artistry using advanced layering techniques.  My goal is to provide my patients with restorative dental work that appears indistinguishable to natural teeth, to not only the patient but to other dentists.  It's actually not too hard to make something that looks white and roughly the same shape as a tooth, but the artistic challenge to recreate natural beauty is very rewarding.

Dental Specialties 

As an FYI there are nine recognized specialties by the American Dental Association (ADA):

Dental Public Health, Endodontics, Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology, Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics, Pediatric Dentistry, Periodontics, and Prosthodontics.

Nearly all of these specialties require additional schooling above and beyond dental school.  Some even require a residency.  Perhaps the most intensive training is for Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery where the specialist goes through dental school, medical school, and also a residency--that's a lot of schooling!



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