4.8
100 Reviews

EchoedDays

Jun 25, 2020

I rate Merit Dental, Kettering Ohio Office a 5-star because they were very responsive to my request of an urgent visit. The 20-year old filling of one my teeth comes out and I started to feel some pain, called them and was scheduled the next day!! Dr. Baker of Merit Dental and Dr J Myers (that I was referred to for a root canal) were both excellent.

Kent Gilman

Jun 22, 2020

Doctor E. took care of a very painful root canal & excellent follow up. Staff was awesome. I would highly recommend to anyone. Thank you.

Paul Eberle

Jun 20, 2020

Robert Wurdack

Jun 17, 2020

Christina Frost

Jun 17, 2020

Dr Ellefson and his staff are fantastic. He's been our dentist for many years. Dr Ellefson is so gentle and kind with children. I'd highly recommend this practice!

Sharalyn Peterson

Jun 09, 2020

I have had a very good experience all the years I have been a patient.

Susan Slate

Jun 09, 2020

Thomas Howard

Jun 07, 2020

Five stars for the staff, but i do not support the policies of the new ownership at all!!! They want to charge us a 12.00 PPE charge per visit! Do they not think that we might also have extra exspense pertaining to the crisis!

Jeanne Giordano

Jun 06, 2020

The 5 stars goes to the very nice patient lady that makes appointments! I am transferring to this office so I can’t rate the hygienist or dentist yet.

Austin Hieb

Jun 04, 2020

Always nice, friendly and I enjoy the atmosphere

Jessica Royalty

May 29, 2020

Great staff !!!! Clean place . Highly recommend!

Kathy Todd

May 27, 2020

They are taking excellent precautions against Covid-19. I appreciate that!

Terri Jones

May 27, 2020

Mike Laycox

May 20, 2020

The staff was very friendly and professional. I had an unexpected dental situation that needed attention right away and Dr Neely was very accommodating and worked me in right away. The hygienist, Mrs. Zingle, made me feel at ease and did an exceptional job. I have attended 2 other dental offices in the past and they can't come close to Merit dental.

Kurt Morrow

Apr 25, 2020

I’ll tell you up front I don’t like going to the dentist but the staff at Merit made me feel comfortable and relaxed. I would highly recommend them .

Samantha Gibson

Apr 25, 2020

I needed an urgent appointment but didn’t have a family dentist. They got me in very quickly even though i was turned away from several other dentists due to COVID-19. They were nothing but amazing! 10/10 would recommend!

Christina Baker

Mar 31, 2020

Sharon Smith

Mar 28, 2020

This is a great dental practice - expert, friendly and caring practitioners. I still miss Dr. Grabeman!

Ray Copenheaver

Mar 28, 2020

Very pleased with all the folks at Merit Dental Kettering. My wife and I are in our 80's and we have experienced many dental offices over the years, this one is the B E S T. Ray and Donna Copenheaver Centerville, Ohio

Steven Bliss

Mar 28, 2020

Amy Townley

Mar 17, 2020

I had Jen clean my teeth for the first time and she used a different instrument. My experience was exceptional... the quickest and least painful teeth cleaning I have ever had!!! I have been telling everyone how fabulous her new instrument is!

Mike Hoendorf

Mar 13, 2020

Michele, Logan Master Appliance

Mar 13, 2020

Everyone here is great! From check in to check out. Fantastic people.

Terri Hinders

Mar 03, 2020

I have been a patient of this office for years, prior to it being Merit Dental. I absolutely trust the doctors here and would recommend them. I continue to go to this office even after moving 45 minutes away. I had another dentist tell me my child needed 5 fillings and a root canal. Dr. Ellefson examined her and fixed the shoddy work and she didn't need any fillings or a root canal. If they tell you you need something done then you do.

Lena Jackson

Mar 02, 2020

My appointment was on time and the staff was friendly. I had the best dental Hygienist who was super knowledgeable and amazing

Brenda Collins

Feb 25, 2020

janine selten

Feb 20, 2020

samentha lucas

Feb 15, 2020

Jennifer Reid

Jan 26, 2020

We needed a urgent appointment but were new to the office. They fit my son in the next morning. Very nice, helpful and great with him. Thanks Merit Dental.

Marlene Dascalos

Jan 23, 2020

Isabella Lee

Jan 11, 2020

Really appreciate the staff and Dr E - everyone is helpful - really explain the procedures and patiently answer any questions.

Caretta Jones

Dec 19, 2019

Very friendly staff. Quick visit never any complaints. Would recommend.

deb holt

Dec 18, 2019

Scott R Placke

Dec 10, 2019

My Dentist Dr. Ellison is over the top! The staff is the BEST always welcoming me and treating me like family...

Karin Avila-John

Dec 06, 2019

Abagael Funke

Dec 05, 2019

Lovely staff. Highly recommend!

Elizabeth Grismer

Nov 24, 2019

Everyone one is so very friendly and pleasant.

Jeff

Nov 19, 2019

Excellent experience at Merit. The staff was extremely friendly and professional. The visit was very quick and efficient. I would highly recommend this office.

Jennifer colaizzi

Nov 16, 2019

Norm Wentland

Oct 29, 2019

Alicia Green

Oct 12, 2019

Staff is always friendly and efficient. Hygienists are great. And Dr Ellefson is awesome.

Dean Haferman

Sep 28, 2019

Joe Unice

Sep 28, 2019

As always, Dr. Ellefson's care is excellent. He did some in depth dental work on me in the past that improved the look of my teeth and allowed me to eat better. Also, Tara who was a Dental Hygienist from a different office but was filling in temporarily was also excellent. She took great care of me.

Edward McIntosh

Sep 19, 2019

I recently visited Merit Dental in Kettering to have work done on my two front teeth. One of them was chipped on two sides, two old fillings needed replaced and something done with a bad stain on one of the teeth. Dr. Tammy Baker and her expert assistant(sorry, didn't catch her name, but she had a great smile) took the time to do the very best they could to give me my smile back. When they were finished and I looked at my teeth in the mirror, I was utterly shocked at how great my teeth looked! I never thought they could look this good again! Thank you both for your time and talent. A VERY satisfied patient. Edward McIntosh

Debbie Crowell

Sep 14, 2019

Lori Taylor

Sep 13, 2019

They were great with my hubby...he was scared to death, but would never admit it!!

Billie Bittner

Sep 10, 2019

Very friendly staff ! They always get me in quickly and they all are so extremely gentle which is what I look for the most in a dental office. Thank you all for all you do.

derek schneider

Aug 29, 2019

David Flaum

Aug 23, 2019

Broke a crown had to have old tooth extracted on my second day no pain med no pain extraction itself piece of cake had to be careful eating until local wore off eating normally today waiting for healing process to do next step. Great experience given the nature

Kathleen Bradley

Aug 17, 2019

Axel H. Moorman

Jul 22, 2019

JANICE LEISRING

Jul 18, 2019

David Youngerman

Jun 22, 2019

Kimberly Miller

Jun 17, 2019

My kids had two different hygienists. One we loved but the other one just did not make it feel like we use too. The same with the staff up front. It is not a bad thing but I went her when it was not a corporate dental. We like the feel of a dentist who knows you and you are not just a number but a person. I missed that the last time I went here😢 I one the next time it will be more like the dentist I went to before it became a corporate run dental office.

Teria Carson

Jun 08, 2019

This is by far a wonderful Dental office, the staff is very professional and kind especially when you are in pain. The Dentist are amazing and very eager to attend to your needs. Thank you for caring about your patients!

Aislinn Watkins

Jun 07, 2019

Kim Shade

Jun 05, 2019

Always very good service, patient oriented And done in a timely order.Dr. Baker and her staff are wonderful.

William Ritter

May 20, 2019

My wife and I had appointments at the same time. Unlike our previous visits we had to wait awhile for our cleaning and checkup. Normally our appointments are met within a few minutes. Both our Dental Assistants and Dentist did a great job.

Carrie Begley

Apr 16, 2019

We have been clients of Merit Dental/Dr. Elefson and team for 15 years and always receive excellent professional and personal care.

Greg Frueh

Mar 30, 2019

The dental hygienist (Kristen) is exceptional and has great people skills...

C Cartwright

Mar 16, 2019

Lois Vizza

Jan 18, 2019

Great staff and the best dentist ever. Really takes his time with you.

Warren Gregory

Nov 30, 2018

My wife, Bonnie and I were referred to South Dayton by a friend and are very pleased with everyone there. Highly professional Dentists and very pleased with our Dental hygienist. They are right on time and really take good care of us.

Brooke Heikes

Nov 06, 2018

I had a horrible experience with South Dayton Dentistry! My insurance changed so I had to change dentist. My first visit was a cleaning. I was told that with my insurance we had one free cleaning a year. Received a $150 bill. When I addressed this I was told that my cleaning wasn’t covered because they did a “Deep Cleaning” that was never mentioned until the bill came. My second visit I had a cavity drilled and filled. Dr. Baker had catch up session with the dental assistant for the entire 45 minutes she was working on my teeth! The conversation should of happened on their own time. Gossip for entire 45 minutes!! Unprofessional.

Cindy Beckman

Sep 29, 2018

I (and my two sisters and our families) have been patients of Dr. Grabeman for nearly 40 years. When he sold the practice to a large corporation a few years ago, we didn't notice much change. Once Dr. Grabeman retired, we noticed that our routine visits included procedures that were previously not recommended that were now deemed as necessary - deep cleaning scaling and root planing, in particular. My sister was told her teeth could not be cleaned because she needed planing, and then was billed for the cleaning that had not been done! When I refused the periodontal probing that the hygienist wanted to perform ( the results of which would be used to insist on planing, I'm sure), I was told my cleaning would have to be done twice. It appears to me that this office is manufacturing reasons to make money at the expense of their patients and the insurance companies - never mind the fact that it can be painful to the patient. I will never return to this office. Not sure why I'm appearing as "A Google User" - my name is Cindy Beckman.

K Smith

Aug 12, 2018

Anne Troup

Jun 28, 2018

Dr. Eric Ellefson is a life line for me. I mean literally, I don't know what I would do without him. Debbie the hygienist, is top notch in my opinion. I would have to look long and hard to find such care and compassion.

Kelly Gibson

May 27, 2018

I was referred to Dr. Ellesson by a friend (thanks Cheryll!!) after a bad experience at another practice. From the front desk to the Dentist, my entire experience was outstanding. Dr. Ellesson and his staff are gentle, caring and friendly! Thanks a million! Kelly

Redbluff

May 10, 2018

New dentist replaced Grabeman. My first visit with her and she tells me I need a bunch of xrays and a cap on one tooth which Grabeman said nothing about 6 months earlier. They are a money grab machine and always want to cap your teeth. Horrible.

Genevieve Ritchie-Ewing

Apr 25, 2018

All of the staff were very good with my 5 year old making the experience much better than expected!

Justin Rampage

Apr 09, 2018

My wife and I have been going to South Dayton Family Dentistry for years. It's always a great experience. Friendly people and super clean teeth!

laserluver1

Mar 31, 2018

South Dayton Family Dentistry is the best at providing state of the art, professional dental care. Dr. Ellefson always takes the time to listen to my concerns and has come up with some innovative solutions to my dental issues. Nick Parenti

Lori Wentzel

Feb 26, 2018

I love the entire dental family/team! There's not a lot of turnover, so you receive the same consistent care from staff and they do remember you! If there's ever an immediate issue, like today, when my husband had terrible tooth pain...they worked him in this morning!

George Hummel

Sep 25, 2017

Without a doubt, South Dayton Family Dentistry is one of the most patient centered, caring and responsive practice that I have ever encountered. Everyone is professional and highly competent; always willing to take the time needed to explain the course of treatment to be taken. These folks are highly recommended by me and my family!

Hinda Stockstill

Sep 25, 2017

Doctor Grabeman is awesome! He was very thorough and gentle with examining my teeth. He gives great instructions on dental care. I recommend him to everyone I know.

Tom Steinbrunner

Jul 03, 2017

My wife and I are both patients at South Dayton Family Dentistry, and we are very happy with the care we get from Dr. Grabeman and all his staff! We have recommended the office to a number of our friends.

Kay Daly

Apr 17, 2017

My daughter and I have gone to Dr Grabeman for over 10 years. He is not only an excellent dentist, but is genuinely one of the most caring people I know. My daughter and I would never go to anyone else.

Joseph Fanelli

Jan 28, 2017

My wife Lois, and I are one of the oldest patients of Dr. Grabeman. Over many years, he and his staff have consistently treated us like family, and well. In January of 2017, I had my 3rd. or 4th, root canal. A little uncomfortable, but oh, what a relief to get rid of this infection. We have recommended him and his staff to many family and friends. They are a s satisfied as we are, with the treatment they recieved.

Haily Claire

Jan 21, 2017

The atmosphere is so friendly and the doctors are incredible. 10/10 would recommend.

Rebecca Kelley

Dec 01, 2016

I had an excellent experience. I am not a fan of dentist and the cleaning that I had was great and Dr. Tom Grabeman did a super job on a tooth repair. Everyone I have met there are very professional and manage to have a smile always.

Christina Duffy

Dec 01, 2016

I'm a new patient and was very happy with the professionalism. I had asked around and this group came highly recommend by more than one person. I'm very happy with my choice.

Gary Morris

Nov 13, 2016

I was a new patient to DDS Erik Ellefson and my experience was great. He's a top notch Dentist that I would recommend! He squeezed me in on a busy day. I thought my visit would be painful but he and his assistant that day made it painless!

Jeffrey Jacobsen

Oct 29, 2016

We love Dr. Ellefson and Dr. Grabeman! We first found this practice when we were new in town and I had lost a filling. Dr. Ellefson fit me in the next day (and I wasn't even an existing patient). We've been so happy there ever since. My little kids even love going. Front desk staff and hygienists are also wonderful. I highly recommend this group.

Ken Downey

Oct 01, 2016

We have been patients for over 20 years. Our family and the people we have referred to this practice have been very satisfied. Great doctors and great staff!

Michele Gannon

Oct 01, 2016

Excellent care from highly skilled employees. I will recommend them to everyone!

Trudy Krisher

Aug 20, 2016

Dr. Grabeman is awesome -professionally competent and personally charming! The fact that he shares his knowledge with OSU students now shows how willing he is to pass on what he knows. One of the best dentists EVER! Trudy Krisher

chuck rodabaugh

Aug 01, 2016

Without a doubt, the best dentist in the universe. I thought, "all dentists alike--what is so hard?" Dr Grabeman successfully saved a tooth that had been poorly handled by previous dentists. Everyone in the office is highly competant and friendly.

Christina B

Jun 29, 2016

Dr. Grabeman is an amazing dentist. I cracked a tooth and had to get it pulled. I started crying because I was scared. He sat and talked with me about it and made sure I was comfortable. He explained everything he was doing and took it slow. He even called me at 8:30pm that night to make sure I was doing okay. I won't be going anywhere else but here!

charles dickerson

Apr 06, 2016

Dr. Tom is just the best! Jane and I have been patients for over 15 years and are very satisfied. Normally on time, a wonderful staff of caring professional people.

Joy Kemp

Apr 03, 2016

We love Dr Grabeman and his staff!

Pamela Shackelford

Apr 02, 2016

I took a chance on South Dayton Family Dentistry and Dr. Ellefson coming from a bad experience. Boy did my switch pay off! The staff from the front door to the dentist's chair have been great! I would refer them in a second and am appreciative of the great care and service.

Carl Heid

Apr 02, 2016

We have been going to Dr Grabeman since he began his practice. We have always been more than satisfied.nDr Grabeman and his staff always go the extra mile to be sure you are well taken care of. I would recommend then highly to anyone. Thanks Mary and Carl Heid

September Chipman

Apr 02, 2016

I was recommended to the practice by a friend about 2 years ago. I absolutely love the staff. Everyone is always very precessional and friendly and they always run on time. No such thing as showing up on time for your appointment & then waiting 30+ minutes to be seen like every other medical office. I am so glad to have found this office & recommend them to everyone else as well!!!

Rhonda Horning

Apr 02, 2016

Absolutely the best!

nsolada

Mar 05, 2016

my family and i have been patients for many years. dr ellefson, dr grabeman and staff are always super friendly, very caring, prompt, dependable, and professional. they deserve the highest praise.

Judy Middlestetter

Dec 08, 2015

Nothing but big smiles and caring attitudes at South Dayton Dentistry. Dr. Grabeman is always meticulous in his work. I have been going to Dr. Grabeman for almost 30 years and continue to be amazed by such a caring Doctor and staff. They are like family. The wait time is minimal. I highly recommend S.D.D. you will be pleased.

Ronald Matsumura

Oct 10, 2015

The Best! So glad we found Dr. Grabeman and all his staff.

Bill Rhoades

Oct 04, 2015

This is the best dentist and staff around town. Some of my friends told me about this dentist and I have not been disappointed.

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Welcome to Merit Dental Kettering!

It is our pleasure to partner with you in your dental care. Whether you are a new patient or already part of our family, Merit Dental Kettering offers a wide range of general dental services, cosmetic dentistry and restorative dentistry for adults and children.

We accept most insurance and offer new patient specials. If you have any questions, please give us a call.

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Merit Dental accepts a wide range of dental insurance plans*, including plans from:

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About Our Dentists

Dr. Erik EllefsonDr. Tammy M. Baker

About
Our Dentist

Dr. Erik Ellefson

Dr. Erik Ellefson

  • Area of Practice: General Dentistry
  • Education: University of Missouri, Kansas City - Undergraduate Degree
    Ohio State University College of Dentistry - DDS
  • Advanced Training: Dental implants, Orthodontics
  • Memberships: American Dental Association,
    Ohio Dental Association,
    Dayton Dental Society
  • Interests: Ohio State football, golf, camping & motor-cycling
  • Personal Statement: "My goal is to provide quality dental care in a comfortable environment and establish long-term, trusting relationships with my patients."
Dr. Erik EllefsonDr. Tammy M. Baker

About
Our Dentist

Dr. Tammy M. Baker

Dr. Tammy M. Baker

  • Area of Practice: General Dentistry
  • Education: Wright State University
    The Ohio State University
  • Advanced Training: Invisalign
  • Memberships: American Dental Association
    Ohio Dental Association
    Dayton Dental Society
  • Interests: Playing tennis, golf, and spending time with my family.
  • Personal Statement: "Caring for others has always been a priority in my life, and being a dentist affords me the opportunity to create life-long relationships with patients. I approach each day with the goal to build a mutual trust and respect with each patient. "
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