Hours & Contact

Burre Dental Center

959 Myrtle Ave
Eureka, CA 95501

Phone: (707) 442-7078
Fax: (707) 442-7298

Hours: Mon thru Thur 6:45am – 5:00pm
Fri 7:45am – 5:00pm
Sat 7:45am –5:00pm


Primary dental care, including routine and preventive dental examinations and care for children and adults. Restorative care, including fillings, root canals, partial and full dentures, and treatment of gum disease is available by appointment. Same day, walk-in and urgent care provided for toothache, other oral pain and infection.

Burre Dental Center has 16 operatories, including two private rooms. Seven dentists are on staff. Some services provided by interns and residents of the University of California-San Francisco School of Dentistry under the direct supervision of the clinic’s Dental Director. We have well child dental visits for children up to 4 years old on the first Wednesday of every month. Parents are encouraged to establish routine oral health care for their children and for themselves. Coverage depends on a number of factors; we will assist you in determining eligibility. Those without insurance are eligible for large discounts based on income and ability to pay; flexible time-payment plans can be arranged. We also accept most private insurances.


Our new resources section will feature informative videos and presentations to help you take great care of your teeth, gums and mouth.

Methamphetamine and Your Oral Health

Methamphetamine. It’s a drug of destruction. In fact, the way meth can destroy your teeth is so dramatic it has its own name: Meth Mouth.

Keith Collins is a dentist who has helped many addicts on the journey back from meth. Watch this short video to learn more.

Smoking and Your Oral Health

By now almost everyone knows that smoking has been linked with lung disease, cancer, and heart disease. But most people are not aware that smokers are much more likely to have serious dental and oral health problems.

Periodontal disease is an infection of the teeth, gums, and the bone that surrounds your teeth, caused by the bacteria that grow in your mouth around your teeth.

The bacteria infect the tooth roots and cause pockets of infection to form in the gums and ultimately destroy the bone around your teeth.
Smoking reduces the production of saliva, which washes away bacteria from the teeth, and it damages the body’s ability to fight off infection.

Learn more in this short video

Pregancy and Your Oral Health

When you are pregnant, your hormonal activity increases, which can lead to “pregnancy gingivitis.”
If you ignore it, gingivitis can develop into a chronic infection of the teeth, gums, and jawbone that can even lead to tooth loss.
Gingivitis can also affect the health of your unborn baby and cause pregnancy complications. If you are pregnant, or planning on becoming pregnant soon, let us know, so we can support your best health.
Watch this short video to see how you can avoid pregnancy gingivitis

Help Your Children Keep Their Teeth For Life

Caring for your infant’s teeth begins the moment they are born. From birth until about six months of age, you should clean your child’s gums. Gently rub a damp cloth over the gums after each meal.

Once teeth appear it’s time to brush the teeth twice each day with non-fluoride toothpaste or plain water. As soon as two teeth are touching, you should floss them every day, preferably before bedtime.

Between the arrival of your baby’s teeth and their first birthday, you should bring your child for a first visit to the dentist.

An early check-up can saving you money, in the long run, by preventing problems before they occur, making sure teeth and are working properly and the mouth is developing as it should.

Learn more in this short video


Carter Wright, DDS
Carter Wright, DDSDirector of Dentistry
Dr. Wright serves as the Director of dentistry for the Open Door Community Health Centers. He came to the Open Door team in 1998 from Southern California, having completed his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree in 1989 from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio.
Kristine Croy, RDH
Kristine Croy, RDH
Diane Patkowski, DDS
Diane Patkowski, DDS
Dr. Patkowski, a native of Poland, obtained her dental degree in Poland in 1974, moving to the US and completing three years of training to obtain her DDS in San Francisco, Ca in 1991.
She practiced dentistry in the bay area before coming to Humboldt County with her family in 2000.
Larry Swingseth, RDH
Larry Swingseth, RDH
Vui Bui, DDS
Vui Bui, DDS
Dr Bui joined Open Door Community Health Centers in the Summer of 2012.

He is a graduate of Indiana University School of Dentistry, where he earned his Doctor of Dental Surgery in May 2011.