Revised 06/17

Frequently Asked Questions

Centers for Healing Scranton, owned and operated by Dr. Blanche Grube, DMD, is the central office of the Centers for Healing network of associated health clinics.

The vision and mission of the Centers for Healing network is to provide teams of diverse yet cooperative healthcare professionals, each of whose members works conjointly with all the others toward achieving the optimal physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual health of its patients.

Integrative medicine is a patient-centered, multidisciplinary approach to healthcare that blends both conventional and alternative modalities.

Biological dentistry is a way of practicing dental medicine that considers a patient’s integral health and welfare as superior to the health of any single tooth. For this reason, it is referred to as holistic, or “whole body,” dentistry.

Because the responsibility of providing adequate preventative wellness and health care is too great for any single individual.

Dr. Blanche D. Grube is a biological dentist and doctor of Integrative Medicine, specializing in safe dental revision according to the Huggins-Grube Protocol.

A graduate of Queens College, C.U.N.Y, Blanche Grube received her doctorate from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey in 1982 (now Rutgers University). She holds a second doctorate in Integrative Medicine from Capital University of Integrative Medicine in Washington, D.C. She also received training in conscious sedation at Albert Einstein Hospital, New York and at St. Joseph’s Hospital, New Jersey. To this, she has added extensive training in homeopathy, nutrition, iridology, colon hydrotherapy, neural therapy and acupuncture. A Board Certified Biological Dentist, Dr. Grube holds a Mastership from the International Academy of Biological Dentistry and Medicine (IABDM), which she also served as President. She also holds Fellowships from the IAOMT, The Institute of Natural Dentistry, and the Dental Association of Conscious Sedation. A biological dentist and successful businesswoman, she is owner of Centers for Healing-Scranton, Biocomp Laboratories, DNA Connexions, and Huggins Applied Healing. Dr. Grube is passionate about biological dentistry, and she expresses that passion by teaching, both in the United States and internationally.

Our patients come from all all over the world, though principally from the United States and Canada.

No, we do not accept insurance. However, if you have a PPO or indemnity plan that allows you to see the provider of your choice, then we probably can help you with the preparation of your own insurance filing. Also, when applicable, we can help you maximize your reimbursement from your insurance company. Regardless of your insurance situation, we require payment in advance for all services.

Yes, two payment plans are available: Care Credit and the Citi Health Card. They offer the possibility of flexible financing for health care services at participating dentists, orthodontists, vision care specialists, veterinarians and other providers. Speak with a clinic employee for more details.

Payment is due at the time service is rendered, unless other arrangements have been made in advance. We deliver the finest care at the most reasonable cost to our patients. If you have questions regarding your account, please contact us at 570-309-6198. Many times, a simple telephone call will clear any misunderstandings. Please remember that you are fully responsible for all fees charged by this office, regardless of your insurance coverage.

Some of our instruments are metal. However, we use no metal in our actual restoration materials. In fact, we can place metal-free (and BPA-free) composite fillings, metal-free crowns, metal-free bridges, and metal-free partial and full dentures. Onlays and inlays are also free of any metals.

If you already have metal fillings or other metal restorations, we can safely remove the metals and replace them with metal-free, biocompatible materials on an as-needed basis. Not all mercury filling removals are the same, and it can be a very dangerous procedure. We take extra precautions to keep you safe during the procedure. In fact, we’ve even developed a special patient protection protocol for mercury filling removal and overall dental revision. For more information about the Huggins-Grube Protocol, click here

The dental work is performed by a dentist (either Dr. Blanche herself or her associate, Dr. Huguette), supported by one or more dental assistants. Teeth cleanings are performed by our hygienist.

We consider our prices to be commensurate with the quality and level of service you receive, and most of our patients are in agreement. While some of our services are more expensive than discount dental practices, we have also found that other services are less expensive. If you are shopping for your healthcare based on price, then we may not be the provider for you. Remember, just like in everything, you get what you pay for in dentistry. If you want cheap dental services, you can find them. On the other hand, if you want high quality work and top-notch services that get to the root of your problems – while also preventing much expensive future work – then you’ve come to the right place.

We focus on getting to the root cause of your dental problems, first and foremost. During your first visit, we will conduct a thorough examination and begin to draw up a treatment plan based on what we discover. We don’t try to hide or “mask” pain. Instead, we try to fix the problem that is causing the pain. For instance, if a wisdom tooth hurts and you were told you need a root canal, we try to find out why that tooth hurts. Is it because of deep decay or is it because of the way you bite? A root canal will certainly eliminate the pain, but it may be unnecessary and may just be masking the root cause. The bottom line is this: we do everything we can to accurately diagnose and propose a treatment plan that will get you back on the path to complete oral wellness. All that having been said, it is important to remember that health is not always so much about being free of sickness as it is about being free of debilitating symptoms.

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