Family & Cosmetic Dentistry: Elizabeth Duling, DMD

Family & Cosmetic Dentistry: Elizabeth Duling, DMD - General dentist in Owens Cross Roads, AL
6707 HWY 431 S Suite 103 Owen's Cross Roads, Big Cove, AL 35763
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Opens Monday at 8:00am
Monday8:00am - 5:00pm
Tuesday8:00am - 5:00pm
Wednesday8:00am - 5:00pm
Thursday8:00am - 5:00pm

Welcome to the dental office of Dr. Elizabeth Duling, a family and cosmetic dentist in Owens Cross Roads, AL dedicated to the health and wellness of all of her dental patients. Dr. Duling has advanced training in many aspects of dentistry and has trained with the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine to provide personalized care for sleep-disordered breathing and sleep apnea using oral appliance therapies.

Family & Cosmetic Dentistry: Elizabeth Duling, DMD - General dentist in Owens Cross Roads, AL

Dr. Duling is a family dentist and allows all members of your family to receive the dental care they need under one roof. Our goal is to provide extensive general, cosmetic, and restorative dental care for the changing needs of the growing and aging smiles. We are committed to open communication with our patients as well as patient education so that you can make an informed decision about oral health and dentistry needs.

  • Digital x-rays: We utilize digital x-rays to easily view the dental structures. Digital x-rays create detailed images and give off 80% less radiation than a standard x-ray. These x-rays are helpful when diagnosing dental problems. They can also be easily shared if we refer patients to specialists or dental surgeons.
  • Intraoral cameras: This dental technology is a diagnostic tool that allows us to view different angles of the mouth. These images are projected on a monitor. Not only do intraoral cameras permit us to get a better view of dental problems, but it also allows us to show these images to our patients in real-time. We want our patients to be educated during the treatment process so they can feel more confident and comfortable.
  • Digital impressions: Modern digital impressions offer improved treatment planning. More traditional dental impressions use a thick putty material. Digital impressions are a more comfortable alternative for patients. Instead of using dental mold putty, we use a handheld scanning camera to capture digital impressions. These impressions can be saved and shared with local dental labs.
  • Yes, Dr. Duling is accepting new patients from the Owens Cross Roads area. She works with patients on an individual basis, taking their concerns and specific needs into account. If you require assistance with the care of you or a member of your family, please let Dr. Duling know.

    Contact our office immediately for care. We will do our best to see you as soon as possible. Some of the most common dental emergencies we treat include knocked-out teeth, broken dental restorations, toothaches, and bleeding gums.

    Family & Cosmetic Dentistry: Elizabeth Duling, DMD - General dentist in Owens Cross Roads, AL

    Hello! Thank you for visiting my office page. Before visiting any doctor it is a good idea to know a little bit about who they are as a person. Outside of the office, I am a wife and mother of 3 little girls- they are my greatest gifts. We enjoy traveling together, love tent camping, shopping, and trying new restaurants.

    My husband and I met at Ft. Drum while we were both on active duty in the Army. Chris was a Kiowa pilot and I was his dentist. We got married just over a year after we met and most of that year he was in Iraq! We landed in Huntsville when he got out of the Army because he is an aerospace engineer- where else would we go?!

    Most people want to know why I became a dentist. I kind of happened upon dentistry by an odd mix of circumstances. As a freshman in college, most of my friends were pre-med so I thought I would be too. The trouble started with that plan when I took my first studio art class. I was in love with creating. Fortunately, a friends father suggested I become a dentist. It really is the perfect blend of art and healthcare.

    Family & Cosmetic Dentistry: Elizabeth Duling, DMD - General dentist in Owens Cross Roads, AL

    Dr. Courtney E. LaForte was born and raised in Texas but fell in love with the Southeast while obtaining her bachelors degree in Nutritional Science at the University of Alabama. Following her passion for health and wellbeing she moved back home to study and later receive a Doctorate of Dental Science from Texas A&M College of Dentistry in Dallas, Texas.

    Though she loved her time in Texas, Dr. LaForte waited all of two days after graduating to marry her college sweetheart, Brent, and happily return to Alabama to begin her career as a General Dentist. She now strives to educate her patients on the importance of oral healthcare and provide comprehensive and personalized treatment to improve her patients health and quality of life. Furthermore, she loves having the opportunity to form long-lasting relationships with every patient she meets. She and her husband live with their two daughters and an ever-increasing number of farm animals. In their free time the couple enjoys hiking, gardening, and spending time with family and friends. Dr. LaForte is a member of the American Dental Association, the Alabama Dental Association, and the Huntsville-Madison Dental Society.

    Dr. Elizabeth Duling is a Diplomate with the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine (AADSM) and can offer comprehensive treatment for sleep apnea with advanced oral appliance therapy (OAT). Sleep appliances are custom designed to improve airway function and minimize the symptoms associated with sleep apnea.

    They can offer benefits for patients who have mild to moderate sleep apnea or are intolerant of the CPAP. Treating sleep apnea is important for overall physical health and wellness and reduces your risk for cardiovascular disease, sudden stroke, and other inflammatory conditions that are impacted by poor sleep over time.

    Family & Cosmetic Dentistry: Elizabeth Duling, DMD - General dentist in Owens Cross Roads, AL

    Patients with mild to moderate sleep apnea can often be successfully treated with the consistent use of the right oral appliance. Oral appliance therapy is a modern alternative to CPAP machines. Patients who are intolerant of the CPAP can also benefit from this treatment option. CPAP machines are often too loud, bulky, and uncomfortable for some patients. Oral appliances are small and portable. They are similar to other dental mouthguards that we can create with digital impressions.

    Dr. Duling works with patients to find the right fit and best functional solution with an oral appliance. We offer a range of oral appliances including ProSomnus and EMA. Each of these and the other we work with will support a more open airway by moving the jaw forward.

    Also called mandibular advancement, this technology has been proven to reduce the symptoms of sleep apnea and allow restful, uninterrupted sleep when used regularly. Mandibular advancement works to prevent the soft tissues at the back of the throat from collapsing into the airway during sleep, resulting in snoring and the symptoms of sleep apnea.

    It is important that the right oral appliance is chosen and that it is customized to you and your unique oral structure. Dr. Duling works with her patients to create a custom oral appliance for their needs and thoroughly explains proper care and daily usage during their visit to our Owings Cross Roads dental office. There may be multiple appliances that suit your needs and Dr. Duling will work with you to ensure the choice made is comfortable and functional.

    There are important considerations when choosing oral appliance therapy and Dr. Duling has a list of 5 questions that each patient should ask themselves as part of their journey to the best solution for their overall health needs.

    Family & Cosmetic Dentistry: Elizabeth Duling, DMD - General dentist in Owens Cross Roads, AL

    While oral appliance therapy is a solution, it technically doesnt fully cure sleep apnea. The only way to know the condition is cured is to lose weight or get surgery to remove soft tissues from the back of your throat. However, oral appliance therapy offers relief from the symptoms of sleep apnea, improving your health.

    In addition to fitting you with an oral appliance, Dr. Duling can also offer further advice. Certain medications are best avoided if possible when you have sleep apnea. Sleeping on your side is ideal to ease sleep apnea, and she may recommend other things that you can do.


    Rating 4.8 out of 5 based on 32 reviews

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    oliver brown
    a year ago
    Wow, first time being comfortable around a dentist, and the staff are very sweet. I'm happy I found this location!

    Briana Harrison
    a year ago
    Dr. LaForte is quite possibly the nicest person I've ever met in my life. I arrived at their office terrified by another practice into thinking I would need extensive work done, including multiple extractions and root canals. I chose Dr. LaForte for a second opinion. After five visits and many hours with her getting me back to incredible dental health, I can safely say I will never see anyone else. If you're not a patient with Dr. LaForte, you are missing out!

    Celia Farrell
    a year ago
    I cannot say enough good things about Dr. Duling and her team. They make sure I'm comfortable the entire time and always step me through the process. As someone who's had previous bad experiences at the dentist, Dr. Duling has eased so much anxiety I've had about fillings. I highly recommend!

    Deborah Mcgregor
    a year ago
    This office is full of love!!!!! I use to dread going to the dentist I know longer feel that way !

    Kwame Oluwa Nyame
    2 years ago
    The dental technician was very professional, friendly and respectful. The dentist was also very warm, friendly and professional. The reception staff greeted me with a smile and I felt at home. I have no complaints. I will definitely refer family and friends!

    Brad Stephens
    2 years ago
    I just recently had a tooth crack and had to get a new crown. I called and they got me in the same day. I was helped by Dr. La Forte. Dr. La Forte was the nicest, kindest, gentlest dentist EVER! EVER! She is great! I also had my teeth cleaned by Cristy the hygienist who was also very careful and friendly. I've seen too many dentist in my days but promise you can't find a nicer one than Dr. La Forte. Thank you!

    Renee White
    2 years ago
    I was sent here by Roy sleep study to get fitted for a snoring mouthpiece device. Dr Duling was dissatisfied with the mouthpiece when it came in not just once but twice Dr Duling sent it back to the company to have it fixed. I love that she didn't just send me home with a mouthpiece I would have issues with. The staff is amazing as well and I feel like they know me the moment I walk in even though I have only been a few times. After getting my mouthpiece fitted and of course the customer service I received from this office I switched my family to this dental office for routine care. I can't say enough about the care I received.

    Steve Lemley
    2 years ago
    I want be going to this office again the Dr was good but the office help is terrible they didn't follow her instructions they've lied too me every time I've called want return phone calls now they want take my calls just send me to voicemail I bet the Dr don't know this is going on

    Debra Hammer
    2 years ago
    Awesome experience with dentist and tech.

    Judi Siegfried
    2 years ago
    God Blesses.

    K P
    2 years ago
    My husband and I totally agree with previous comments. This place is what health care should be. I wish we could find primary care doctors like this. My husband has a very weak heart condition, and these girls were so loving and kind to both of us. The front desk and billing girls are very knowledgeable and friendly. Dr LaForte is very good, as well as any who assist her. My husband had three fillings today, and said it was a good experience and commented on how kind they were in their speech and actions to him and with one another. And he has a real fear of dentists, as many do. But this place will make you change your mind. Very clean, and we appreciate that they are taking all COVID precautions seriously. Thank you for a good experience.

    Jacqui Thomas
    2 years ago
    I recently moved to Alabama and have thoroughly enjoyed getting the know the staff and Dr. Duling. My family has great experiences and they are always prompt with appointments. Thank your for the great service.

    Ashley Leavitt
    2 years ago
    THE KINDEST DENTIST & STAFF YOU WILL EVER COME ACROSS!!! The office is bright, beautiful and everyone is EXTREMELY welcoming!! I took my 3 year old daughter today and had an above and beyond experience!! I was truly blown away by the loving atmosphere! Many staff members took the time to stop and talk to my daughter- two even played a game with her while I was talking to the Dentist!! The Dentist as well as our hygienist, Mrs. Christy, took special time to talk everything through with Ellie so she felt comfortable and cared for If you are looking for an exceptional dentist, LOOK NO FURTHER!!! THIS IS THE ONE!!

    Philip Cleckler
    2 years ago
    Excellent service, great folks!

    Andrew Burrows
    2 years ago
    I always feel at ease during my visit. This is the most relaxed and caring dentist. Highly recommend.

    Teri Watwood
    2 years ago
    Dr. Duling and her staff are the best! They take the time to go over any questions or concerns with you. Great experience and would highly recommend.

    Mike Sisco
    2 years ago
    They take time with you and explain anything that may be going on. Excellent cleaning and everyone is very friendly.

    Daniel Dechenne
    2 years ago
    I referred to Dr. Elizabeth Duling, DMD several months ago for a problem I have suffered from for years. First, the facility is immaculate and extremely modern. Second, the front desk staff have always been extremely kind, welcoming, and professional. Third, every Dental Assistant and Hygienist work very hard to ensure you are comfortable, they listen to what you have to say, and their work is effective and efficient. After my fourth visit, I can still say that I have been seen at my designated time and have never had to wait. Finally, Dr. Duling is a truly wonderful Dentist. She has always explained everything in a way so I could visualize my treatment, her examinations are thorough, and she has a authentic concern for your needs. I will remain her patient as long as this office exists. The entire experience, from the facility, to the staff, to the Doctor, has been wonderful...and that is hard to find.

    Chris Duling
    2 years ago
    Prescilla is a great hygienist! She was very fast and thorough!

    Terri Love
    2 years ago
    I am extremely pleased with the quality of care experienced by Dr. Duling and staff. My hygenist Priscilla was personable and professional. In addition, the office is wonderfully appointed, and conveniently located. A win-win!

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