AboutSandcreek Dental

Sandcreek Dental is a Idaho Falls based family dentist practice that treats patients of all ages. We are committed to delivering the highest quality dental care and do so using advanced dental equipment. We are a cosmetic dentist that offers services like checkups, teeth cleaning, crowns, veneers and more.

We also perform emergency dentist services that include bonding, root canals, and bridges. As a local dentist, we create lifelong relationships with our patients and their families and work to ensure that they receive treatments in a comfortable and relaxed environment. Dr. Darrington and our team invite you to schedule an appointment by calling 208-513-1092 and experience why our patients think Sandcreek Dental is the best dentist in Idaho Falls.

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    Dr. Craig Darrington

    Dr. Craig Darrington

    Dr. Darrington was born and raised in Idaho Falls and is delighted to be practicing dentistry in his hometown. He prides himself in taking exceptional care of patients and strives for the highest level of care with every procedure.

    Dr. Darrington attended Brigham Young University on a ballroom dance scholarship, and received his Bachelor's degree in Business Management. During his undergraduate degree, he served as a program director for the Y-serve organization, made the Marriott School Dean’s List, and was admitted into the Phi Eta Sigma National Honors Society. He also joined the Share-A-Smile Foundation where he assisted dentists in providing free care to low income individuals in the Provo/Orem area.

    Dr. Darrington received his Doctorate of Dental Surgery from Creighton University on scholarship through the Idaho Dental Education Program. While in dental school he served as a member of the Healthy Smiles Foundation where he provided dental care services to address existing oral health care disparities within elementary schools in the greater Omaha area. Dr. Darrington is also currently a member of the Idaho State Dental Association, the Upper Snake River Dental Society, the LDS Academy of Dentists, and the American Dental Association.

    Dr. Darrington is married to the love of his life and has three amazing kids. He enjoys spending time with family, camping, cheering on the BYU football team and perfecting his dad jokes.

    Dr. Sam Smith

    Sam grew up in Bountiful, Utah until he left to serve a mission for his church in the Philippines. He, and his family, are excited to be moving to the great state of Idaho and practicing dentistry with life-long friends he met while in dental school, Dr. Darrington.

    He received his Bachelors degree in Microbiology from Weber State University and was an active member in the pre-dental program and volunteered with the Dental Days program providing dental care to the underserved in Ogden, Utah.

    He went on to receive his Doctorate of Dental Surgery from Creighton University located in Omaha, Nebraska. While there he enjoyed being a peer tutor and just prior to graduation was inducted to the national dental honor society.

    When not at the office his favorite past time is perusing the monthly Costco ad. Aside from that, he enjoys spending time with his wife Hayley and playing legos with his son Brooks. Sam also likes road biking, backpacking, and tackling home renovation projects.

    Ali Dance

    Ali Dance

    Hi my name is Ali and I am one of the hygienists here at Sandcreek Dental. I love getting to know my patients, so here's a little bit about me. I grew up in Middleton, Idaho but have lived in Eastern Idaho for several years. I attended Idaho State University and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Dental Hygiene. I absolutely love learning and especially enjoy continuing education in periodontics, anatomy, pathology, and local anesthesia. One of the most rewarding parts of my profession is not only having the opportunity to help patients with their smiles and self confidence, but also helping improve their oral and overall health. My favorite part of my job is getting to know my patients, and I pride myself in providing thorough oral health education and care that fits each individual patients needs. I love continuing to grow and adapt in this amazing profession, and working with amazing doctors and co-workers make this office environment enjoyable. In my free time I enjoy spending time with my husband and our golden retriever, Indie. We love skiing, camping, and anything outdoors! We also love traveling and anything to do with good food, family and friends.

    Teena Barnes

    Teena Barnes

    Teena has been serving the great patients at Sandcreek Dental for over twenty five years. I am dental hygienist and love my job! I love to help my patients develop a great smile that they can be confident about, while helping achieve great oral health. I have seen the effects that oral hygiene plays in somebody's life and just not oral health but overall confidence. I am licensed to do myofunctional therapy. I enjoy continuing education courses, which allows us at Sandcreek Dental to offer state-of-the-art technology. I am also a mom of three children, and I have two granddaughters that I adore. I love being outdoors, crafting, and being with my grandbabies.

    Sarah Tamayo

    Hi, my name is Sarah and I am the Office Manager and Front Desk Admin at Sandcreek Dental. I was born in California and moved to Idaho when I was 10 years old. I graduated Highland High School in Pocatello in 2006 and studied Business Management and English at Idaho State University. In 2012 I married my best friend, Randy, and we moved to Coeur d' Alene. From there, we relocated once to Helena, Montana, and then in 2016 to Idaho Falls. In January 2020 we welcomed our first child, Vanessa. She is the sunshine in our life, and along with our dog, Cocoa, we enjoy spending time outdoors and with family and friends. I began working at Sandcreek Dental the week after moving to Idaho Falls. I had prior experience in the dental field while living in Montana, and it was a field I quickly fell in love with. I started at the Front Desk, spent time working in the back assisting, and then transferred back to the front desk when I came back from maternity leave. I very much enjoy the work I do for our patients and staff. We have a couple amazing doctors here as well as fantastic and well trained staff. Come in and see for yourself the wonderful, patient focused and family friendly environment we achieve daily.