Karon Grabel at Tower Dental Associates

Gainesville’s Friendliest Dentist

Welcome to Tower Dental Associates

At Tower Dental Associates, we value our patient relationships, making it our priority to deliver gentle compassionate care that you deserve from a dentist in Gainesville. We work hard to make you feel at ease by providing exceptional patient care in a relaxed, convenient atmosphere. We strive to develop lifelong relationships with our patients by combining the latest dental technology with a professional and compassionate staff. The result is a beautiful, healthy smile that lasts a lifetime.

We also believe that patients should have sufficient information to make educated decisions about their oral health, treatment options and choice of dentist in Gainesville. You’ll find all of this important information on our website, including directions to our Gainesville office, service descriptions, patient forms, patient education resources and more.

About Our Team

John A. Samarkos, DMD and Maria E. Rodriguez-Samarkos John A. Samarkos, DMD and Maria E. Rodriguez-Samarkos have been in practice since 1992 and established Tower Dentistry. The vision for their practice has always been to provide excellence in dentistry in a caring and comfortable atmosphere.

Is this your first visit to Tower Dental Associates?

We have everything you need! Find new patient forms, directions and more about what to expect at your first visit.

Our services include:

Tower Dental Associates offers a full array of dental services to help you maintain healthy teeth. You can read more about our services by clicking the tabs on the left.

  • Dental Cleanings and Periodontal Care
  • Digital X-Rays – 80% less radiation
  • Thorough examinations with comprehensive treatment planning
  • Porcelain & Bonding Veneers
  • Digital “SMILE” Makeovers
  • Valplast Partials
  • White Fillings
  • Porcelain Crowns & Bridges
  • Invisalign
  • Dental Whitening – In-office and take home bleaching
  • Cosmetic Dentures
Dental CrownaDamaged teeth can cause havoc in a mouth, and crowns strengthen teeth and improve appearance.

Dental crowns serve a variety of functions. They can replace a large filling, protect a weak neighboring tooth, restore a fractured tooth, attach a bridge, and more. They are commonly used to restore a tooth’s function and appearance following root canals or other restorative procedures. Crowns are “caps” that fit over the tooth, covering the visible tooth entirely.

Crowns are made of a variety of materials, providing flexibility. Porcelain and ceramic crowns can match natural tooth color, making them great for the front of the mouth. Other materials, such as gold and metal alloys, are strong and work perfectly for back teeth. Having a crown put into place generally takes at least two office visits but works wonders in restoring your oral health.

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If teeth are discolored, worn down, chipped, broken, misaligned, or suffer from other problems, it may be appropriate to consider veneers.

Veneers are thin shells that are bonded to teeth to improve appearance. They provide a great natural tooth appearance, and they d

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o not have to be removed often. Veneers need to replaced every five to ten years, and because enamel is scraped off before installation.

There are several types of veneers to choose from. Porcelain veneers are stain-resistant and can make teeth look brighter, but other types

of veneers may not have the same effects. Resin veneers are thinner and require less enamel taken off, but they may not look as natural. To know which veneers (if any) are right for you, it’s important to discuss with your dentist.

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Whitening procedures remove stains and help brighten teeth.

As aging occurs and outside factors such as tobacco, coffee, and food come into play, the enamel of your teeth becomes worn down and your teeth become stained. Staining with age or substances is a normal part of oral health – over time, teeth become more

Cosmetic dentistry at Tower Dental

absorbent, making them more vulnerable to stains.

While countless at home whitening treatments exist, in-office whitening provides speed and safety. In-office whitening brightens teeth significantly quicker than drugstore alternatives, and having whitening performed by a dentist ensures the correct amount of bleach is used, protecting teeth from damage.

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Straight teeth look great, inspire confidence, and can fix bothersome bite issues. Braces straigthen teeth, but they require a good amount of maintenance and have a harsh look. Invisalign® offers a great alternative that straightens teeth, requires little maintenance, and is very invisible.

Woman receiving Invisalign at Tower Dental

What is Invisalign®?

  • Invisalign® is the invisible way to straighten your teeth without braces.
  • Invisalign® uses a series of clear, removable aligners to straighten your teeth without metal wires or brackets.
  • Invisalign® has been proven effective in clinical research and in orthodontic practices nationwide.

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Tooth decay and infection cause major problems for oral health. The pulp – the soft area that contains the nerve and more – can break down, allowing bacteria to multiply. Because of the danger of bacteria, the pulp needs to be removed. Symptoms of a damaged pulp may include a severe toothache, temperature sensitivity, discoloration, swelling, and more.
Root canals sometimes have a bad reputation, but in actuality, root canals are painless procedures. Most people can return to their everyday life just a day after root canal therapy. Undergoing root canal therapy is far more pleasant than experiencing an abscess, something

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that can easily occur if tooth decay or infection is ignored.
A toothache can be caused by a number of things: tooth decay, abscesses, damaged fillings, infected gums, and more. Other times, a toothache can be much more simple and simply be a minor issue that quickly goes away. For simple toothaches, it’s a good idea to brush teeth, floss teeth, and use mouthwash to get rid of any unseen debris. Over-the-counter pain medications can also help.
If your toothache lasts longer than a day or is extremely severe, or if a toothache comes with a fever, earache, or jaw trouble, it’s a good idea to consult a dentist.

Woman with tooth pain

While certain missing teeth aren’t problematic, others, whether for aesthetic or practical reasons, need to be replaced. Dental implants lay the foundation for replacement teeth.

Dental implants fuse to the jawbone and lock dentures and bridges into place. This security prevents slipping and shifting and helps artificial teeth feel more natural. As a bonus, implants don’t require the preparation of adjacent teeth.

Unfortunately, dental implants aren’t for everyone. Healthy gums and adequate bone density are required to support the implant. Good oral hygiene and continued dental cleanings are essential to successful dental implants.

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Dental emergencies like a chipped tooth, severe toothaches, or abscesses can occur overnight. These situations often can’t wait until morning, so when they occur, make sure to reach out for assistance.

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Patient Testimonials

  • I always appreciate Dr. Rod's care and easy competence. I trust Dr. Rod totally and how she tries to get things right.
    William V.
  • Came in for emergency temporary crown fix. The dental assistant was friendly, did a great job, and was fast. Thank you!
    Rita L.
  • My first visit to a dentist since moving to Florida last summer was a great experience. The hygenists a nd the dentist were very nice as well as very thorough. I have some teeth that need help and I am looking forward to getting it all finished.
    Karen R.
  • My choice of dentist, from the first time I visited the office the atmosphere in here has been like a family, very warm very concerned and dedicated to the patient. I am very pleased with the work done and grateful for the staff that works here. Thanks.

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