Passionate Dentists Of Columbus, Indiana Open Monday - Saturday 8am to 8pm

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We understand that not everyone has a schedule that allows them to take time out of their busy schedules to visit the dentist. Therefore, our long and flexible hours are set up to allow our patients a large window of opportunity to visit us. It is our goal to deliver superior dental treatments without inconveniencing our patients with short working hours. Once you visit our office, you will experience our warm, friendly atmosphere and immediately feel welcomed by Dr. Strickland and our staff. We also aim to create an environment in which our patients can feel confident in our ability to deliver even the most extensive procedures as painlessly and efficiently as possible. 

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I strongly recommend White River Dental! I was referred to them by my dentist for a tooth extraction. I was in extreme pain and also had a lot of anxiety about having a tooth pulled. Dr. Starr and his staff treated me as if they knew me my whole life! Made me feel very welcomed and helped a lot with my anxiety. I’ve went under anesthesia twice in my life and both times when I wake up, I wake up angry and quite aggressive. But with the team at White River they had me laughing so hard I was snorting before I went under anesthesia and when I woke up they had me laughing. I woke up even more happier than before my procedure. Just seeing the same smiling faces when I woke up and them helping me really made my experience with the White River team an excellent one! Dr. Starr himself and another staff member have called to check on me and that really means a lot! Thank you again White River team!! - Dessica Pedigo -
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We welcome emergencies, walk-ins and new patients. Review our patient testimonials, complete patient forms, and read our newsletter.   Open Monday - Saturday  8am - 8pm. 

Welcome to our Practice

If you are looking for a caring, compassionate dentist in Columbus, IN, that understands the importance of comfort and convenience, and has the skill and expertise to deliver exceptional dental restorations and treatments, then White River Dental is the place for you. Dr. Aaron Strickland and his staff offer comprehensive, personalized treatments to restore everything from minor chips and discolored teeth to more extensive concerns such as complete tooth loss and periodontal disease. 

A Patient-centered Dental Practice

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A Patient-Centered Dental Practice

Mission Statement

White River Dental is the best practice in the Columbus area who provides exceptional patient care through the highest trained team that in return gives back to the community. 

Meet The Doctors

Dr. Aaron Strickland

Dr. Aaron Strickland, DDS

Dr. Aaron Strickland, D.D.S. is a caring, compassionate dentist who believes a healthy mouth equals a healthy life. His commitment to continuing education courses shows his passion for dentistry and his desire to stay current on the latest techniques and technologies in the field. His soft-spoken approach and extensive knowledge of a wide range of treatments helps put patients at ease throughout their visit. A member of our "Athens of the Prairie" community since childhood, he has deep roots in the area and treats his patients and community like extended family.

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Dr. Austin Starr, DDS

Dr. Austin Starr, was an Academic All-American at Indiana University as the Hoosiers field goal kicker until 2008. He graduated from IU’s School of Dentistry with High Honors in 2014 and stayed in the Big Ten to complete his 4-year Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Residency through Ohio State University in 2018. During this time, Dr. Starr went through rigorous training to gain specialized experience and expertise. He has the most up-to-date surgical skill and knowledge to provide the highest quality care and improve patients’ quality of life.

Dr. Starr - Oral Surgery Referral Form 

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Dr. Gregory A. Velligan, DDS

Dr. Gregory A. Velligan, DDS is a born-and-raised Hoosier from northwest Indiana. He graduated from Indiana University School of Dentistry in 1990. Since he started practicing dentistry nearly 30 years ago, Dr. Velligan has been an associate in a private practice, and enjoyed owning a dental practice in Brownsburg, IN. His practice was honored as Chief Dental Office for a large Dental Service Organization. Dr. Velligan is looking forward to helping you with dental health. 

 
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Dr. Robert Shirley, DDS

Dr. Shirley, originally a graduate of Bloomington High School South, received his undergraduate degree at Northwestern University where he was a member of the football team. He then went on to receive his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree at Indiana University School of Dentistry. Upon graduating dental school in 2011, Dr. Shirley has been practicing dentistry in a private/general practice. In his spare time, Dr. Shirley enjoys being outside with his family, attending sporting events, fishing, woodworking, and brewing specialty coffees at home!

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Dr. Steven Lenos, DDS

Dr. Lenos, graduated from Loyola University School of Dentistry in 1989 and is a member of the American Dental Association. He takes great pride in providing the best quality dental care to every patient through development of a trusting patient relationship, years of experience and refined skill. As a former small practice owner and president of a large corporate practice, Dr. Lenos appreciates the administrative side of a good dental office. He is looking forward to being able to focus  all of his attention on helping patients and mastering his dentistry skills. He views dentistry as an art form and is grateful to be a dentist. 

Awards & Distinctions

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Featured Areas of Our Practice

Restorative Dentistry

Cosmetic Dentistry

  • Bonding
  • ClearCorrect™
  • Crown Lengthening
  • Porcelain Veneers
  • Smile Makeover
  • Teeth Whitening

General Dentistry

  • Comprehensive Care
  • 3D Digital X-rays 
  • Emergencies 
  • Extractions 
  • Intraoral Photography
  • Sedation
  • Periodontal Treatment
  • Root Canals 
  • Same Day Treatment
  • Sleep Apnea (anti-snoring)
  • SNAP® Cosmetic Simulation
  • TMJ
  • Wisdom Teeth Removal

Awards & Distinctions

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Results are Stunning

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Six Month Smiles® Patient

Dr. Strickland helped to straighten out and transform this
patient's smile in less than six months. 

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Facility

Our state-of-the-art facility is equipped with the latest in dental technology such as Cone Beam 3D and CEREC® equipment. It has TVs at every chair, is designed to deliver a calming and comfortable experience, is handicap accessible, and has long, convenient hours. Location


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Community Events

As part of the community, we are always looking for ways to give back to the people and citizens of Columbus, IN. We are proud to be a part of various events that include dental education and helping local organizations. Stay updated on any future events and information.

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Financial

We are an insurance-friendly dental office with treatment plans designed in stages to accommodate the financial needs of each patient. Forms of payment include cash, debit, checks, major credit cards, CareCredit,℠ flexible spending cards, and health savings.


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Insurance Networks

Our insurance-friendly dental practice is a part of a wide range of networks, including Delta Dental, Anthem 100/200/300, Dentemax, Guardian, MetLife, Comp Benefits, United Concordia, Aetna PPO, Maverest, SIHO, and Medicaid. We accept many types of insurance, see our office for details. 

 

Latest News At White River Dental

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This year we're going big by going green with solar panels on our roof. Check out the the latest story on White River Dental in the The Republic newspaper. Sun-powered dentistry - only at White River Dental!


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We are excited to be working with Dr. Austin Starr who will be providing oral surgery for our patients at White River Dental and for all of Columbus, Indiana and the surrounding areas.  Dr. Starr - Oral Surgery Referral Form

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Enter to win 6 tickets the Polar Express Train Ride on the French Lick Scenic Railway. All entrants must and least 18 years old and comply with state and federal rules.  Drawing will be held December 16, 2019. Gook Luck!


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Everyone was very professional, yet very laid back, making an unpleasant procedure much easier to have done. The follow-up​ call from the doctor showed that he cares about his patients. Stephanie C.

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