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At DentalWorks Gastonia Franklin Square, we’ve made it easy for you and your family to experience the way dental should work since 1990. With affordable rates and unrivaled expertise, Jotinder Johal, DMD, Richard Dunning, DDS - General Dentists, Steven P. Best, DMD - Oral Surgery, and their friendly staff provide the quality care both you and your smile deserve.

Services We Offer

From cleanings and exams to dental veneers, dental implants, and even custom dentures and partials, Gastonia Franklin Square can bring out the best in your smile.

By coming in for regularly scheduled dental care checkups and cleanings now, you can help prevent serious problems ranging from cavities to gum disease from occurring later. To help combat such issues, we offer:

  • Comprehensive dental care exams
  • Professional cleanings
  • Fluoride treatments
  • Fillings
  • Sealants
  • Extractions
  • Dental crowns
  • Endodontics
  • Nitrous
  • Pediatric dentistry
  • Root canals
  • Sedation dentistry

More Info: General Dental Services.pdf

A chipped tooth, a lost filling: some of the most pressing dental problems have a habit of happening when you least expect them. Fortunately, we offer emergency dental services. If you have a problem that requires immediate treatment, our dentists do their best to take care of you as quickly as possible.

More Info: Emergency Dental Care.pdf

Self-conscious about wearing dentures? Don’t be.

Custom dentures look and feel natural, so the only thing people will see is a winning smile. Custom-designed to match your appearance as well as your bite, they’re protected by exceptionally long warranties. With so many sensibly priced styles, shades, and materials from which to choose, you’re sure to find a solution that fits your budget as comfortably as your dentures will fit you.

More Info: Custom Dentures.pdf

Don’t let a few missing teeth ruin your day – or your smile.

Custom-crafted dental partials can easily fill in any gaps and get your smile back to looking its best.

  • Cast metal dental partials
  • Flexible dental partials
  • Acrylic dental partials

More Info: Custom Partials.pdf

Not satisfied with your smile? We offer a variety of cosmetic dentistry services to brighten, whiten, repair, and restore your teeth.

  • In-office and at-home tooth whitening
  • Tooth-colored fillings
  • Lumineers®
  • Veneers
  • Zoom!®

More Info: Cosmetic Dentistry.pdf

Orthodontic braces and dental services are available.

If your teeth are out of line, our orthodontists can help straighten them out. They can correct misalignments to give children and adults alike the smile they’ve always dreamed of.

  • Clear aligners

More Info: Orthodontics.pdf

During the course of their lives, three out of four people will suffer from some form of periodontal or gum disease.

In fact, it’s so common that it’s the leading cause of 70% of adult tooth loss. Periodontists can perform a comprehensive examination of your gums and provide treatment to help prevent, reverse, or offset the damaging effects of this disease.

More Info: Periodontics.pdf

One of the newest solutions to the age-old problem of missing teeth, dental implants are durable enough to last a lifetime.

They are placed into the bone, then restored to replace lost teeth or retain loose dentures.

  • Single tooth replacement
  • Multiple tooth replacement

More Info: Dental Implants.pdf

Insurance & Payment Options

Accepted Dental Insurance Plans

For your convenience, Gastonia Franklin Square accepts most dental insurance plans. We are a preferred provider with many dental insurance plans. Below is a list of insurance companies whose plans we participate in:


  • Access Dental
  • Aetna
  • Aetna Access
  • AmeriPlan
  • Ameritas
  • Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Assurant/Dental Health Alliance Discount
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Cigna
  • CIGNAaccess
  • CompDent
  • CompDent Advantage
  • Coventry First Health
  • DeCare
  • Delta Dental Preferred
  • Delta Dental Premier
  • DeltaCare
  • Dental Benefit Providers/United Healthcare
  • Dental Health Alliance
  • DentalWorks USA
  • Dentegra
  • DenteMax
  • Guardian
  • Humana
  • MetLife
  • Principal
  • Traditional Insurance
  • United Concordia
  • United Concordia National Fee For Service
  • WellPoint
  • Access Dental
  • Aetna
  • Aetna Access
  • AmeriPlan
  • Ameritas
  • Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Assurant/Dental Health Alliance Discount
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Cigna
  • CIGNAaccess
  • CompDent
  • CompDent Advantage
  • Coventry First Health
  • DeCare
  • Delta Dental Preferred
  • Delta Dental Premier
  • DeltaCare
  • Dental Benefit Providers/United Healthcare
  • Dental Health Alliance
  • DentalWorks USA
  • Dentegra
  • DenteMax
  • Guardian
  • Humana
  • MetLife
  • Principal
  • Traditional Insurance
  • United Concordia
  • United Concordia National Fee For Service
  • WellPoint

In addition to accepting more dental insurance plans, Gastonia Franklin Square will actually file your dental health care claims for you, so you won’t have to bother with all that annoying paperwork. Plus, you don’t have to pay the full amount at the time of your dental services, either – in most cases, just your estimated deductible or co-payment.

Choose the Way You Want to Pay

At Gastonia Franklin Square, a point is made to exceed your expectations, not your budget. With quality care at affordable rates, everyone in your family can get the dental care they need and deserve. So when you walk out the door, you’ll leave with a great big smile, not a great big bill.

And while giving you lots of payment choices is important, there’s one choice you should never have to make: deciding between the dental care you need and the dental care you can afford. So the staff at Gastonia Franklin Square sits down with you to figure out which payment option and plan make sense for you for the dental services you need.

To make things even easier for you, Gastonia Franklin Square offers plenty of ways to pay, including VISA®, MasterCard®, Discover®, and American Express®.

And Gastonia Franklin Square now offers an even more convenient way to make payments through Online Bill Pay.

Other financing options accepted at Gastonia Franklin Square include:

  • CareCreditSM- No interest if paid in full within 6, 12, 18, or 24 months*

    On qualifying purchases of $200 or more made with your CareCredit credit card account. Interest will be charged to your account from the purchase date if the promotional purchase is not paid in full within the promotional period. For purchases eligible for 6-, 12-, or 18-Month promotions: Minimum Monthly Payments required. For purchases eligible for a 24-Month promotion: Fixed Monthly Payments required until paid in full and based on repayment over 24 months. Required monthly payments may or may not pay off purchase before end of promotional period.

    *Offer applies only to single-receipt qualifying purchases. No interest will be charged on the promotional purchase if you pay the promotional purchase amount in full within the 6-, 12-, 18-, or 24-month promotional period. If you do not, interest will be charged on the promotional purchase from the purchase date. If your purchase qualifies for a 24-month promotional offer, fixed monthly payments are required equal to 4.1667% of initial promotional purchase amount until promotion is paid in full. The fixed monthly payment will be rounded up to the next highest whole dollar and may be higher than the minimum payment that would be required if the purchase were a non-promotional purchase. For all other promotional offers, the regular minimum monthly payment terms of the account will apply. Regular account terms apply to non-promotional purchases and, after promotion ends, to promotional balance. For new accounts: Purchase APR is 26.99%; Minimum Interest Charge is $2. Existing cardholders should see their credit card agreement for their applicable terms. Subject to credit approval.

Contact the practice staff for more information.

Meet Our Staff

Jotinder K. Johal, DMD

Dr. Johal earned her Doctor of Dental Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania in 1994. She joined the DentalWorks practice in 1995 and moved to Gastonia in 1997. She has been practicing in Gastonia ever since. Dr. Johal enjoys practicing all aspects of dentistry, especially prosthodontics and oral surgery. She is a member of the American Dental Association, the Gaston Dental Society, and the North Carolina Dental Society, and participates in several dental study groups and volunteer clinics such as NCMOM, Give Kids a Smile, and North Carolina Baptist Dental Bus. Dr. Johal has two sons, Bishal and Niren. Dr. Johal loves to travel and has been to several countries around the world. She is passionate about living a healthy lifestyle and enjoys walking, hiking, and yoga.

Steven Patrick Best, DMD

Steven P. Best, DDS received his Doctorate in Dental Medicine degree from Nova Southeastern University College of Dental Medicine in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Upon graduation, he was awarded Outstanding Student in Implant Dentistry. Dr. Best completed his residency in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at Broward General Medical Center and Memorial Regional Hospital, both Level I Trauma Centers in South Florida. Prior to residency, he completed a one-year internship in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at Christiana Care Health System in Wilmington, Delaware. Dr. Best’s major focus and experience have been in pathology, dental implants, soft and hard tissue reconstruction, facial trauma, and dental extractions. He has lectured on the local and national level and has published an array of scientific and clinical journal articles on trauma, pathology, reconstruction, dental implants, and emerging technologies. Dr. Best co-authored a chapter on ear reconstruction in the textbook, Current Therapy in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. Dr. Best’s practice philosophy combines thoughtful treatment planning with attention to detail, which allows patients to confidently make treatment decisions. He is dedicated to providing meticulous surgical skill with compassionate care in a comfortable environment. For patients who have apprehension about their surgery, Dr. Best provides IV sedation with a fully trained staff and the most up-to-date equipment. Dr. Best and family currently reside in Charlotte. In his spare time, he enjoys traveling, camping, snowmobiling, scuba diving, and spending time with his wife and three children.

Richard Dunning, DDS

Dr. Dunning graduated from Meharry Medical College in 1995, and is a member of the American Academy of General Dentistry and the Gaston County Dental Society. He specializes in cosmetic dentistry and removable prosthetic dentistry, such as dentures and partials. In his spare time, Dr. Dunning enjoys traveling and whitewater rafting. He also likes spending time with his wife and two children.