Dr. del Rosario, Dr. Bonior, and the center's hygienists form a team that treats patients with an approach based in communication and warmth. Treatments range from basic cleanings to extractions and emergency care, and a choice of sedative and anesthetic options ensure a level of personal comfort typically found only when wearing a monogrammed bath robe to work. The practice has been caring for teeth and their owners for almost five decades, and staff members have years of experience.
From the comfy confines of his oral sanctuary, Polyviou's Dr. Paul Polyviou and a crack team of beak-cleaners take the time during each treatment to stop and communicate their findings to patients, answering any questions they have and addressing all concerns. The one-hour appointment begins with a reconnoiter of molar mountains for any treacherous crevasses or other enamel anomalies, plus a bonus blood-pressure check and oral cancer screening. Next, x-rays take a deeper look to suss out potential cavities, gum disease, infections, and nests of sleeping bats. Dr. Polyviou might even deploy an intra-oral camera to detect hard-to-spot cavities or decipher the ancient runes on the backs of incisors. Finally, the Polyviou team scrubs the plaque and tartar from sullied smiles so that mouths feel fresh and clean without the hassle of sucking on a plug-in air freshener.
Dr. Amin Jaffer homes in on each patient's teeth to form comprehensive treatment plans aimed at lifelong oral health. The molar maven, who has practiced in Ann Arbor for the past decade, not only outfits bites with preventative care, but also revitalizes teeth with cosmetic services carefully designed to complement face shape, eye color, and the style of artwork hanging from mouth walls. M. Amin Jaffer D.D.S also helps bring grins to the local area through community outreach, including a program that grants kids free dental care on specific days of the year and prevents their teeth from turning into marshmallows.
Dr. Benson and Associates upgrades smiles with whitening kits that can be used at home to lighten teeth over the course of about two weeks. After filling out a brief medical history, patients sink their teeth into a pair of impression trays, which the dentist will use to fabricate a pair of plastic whitening trays. Patients will return for a second 15-minute visit to adjust the fit of their trays and pick up their take-home kit, which includes the custom-fit trays and whitening gel. Depending on the shade desired, stains fade over the course of approximately two weeks, banishing evidence of years of coffee drinking and wine-cork chewing. To preserve the gel’s effectiveness, leftovers can be stored in a cold, dark environment such as a refrigerator or a chocolate-banana split, where they can be called upon to freshen smiles as needed. Dr. Benson also offers refill kits ($50) that can last up to two years.
Dr. Jason Cohen performs a range of preventative, restorative, and cosmetic dental-care services inside a state-of-the-art office, surrounded by walls painted white to pay homage to the pearly whites he and his staff serve. In addition to full examinations, cleanings, and Invisalign treatments, they also perform technologically advanced procedures such as aqua abrasion, which uses a focused steam of water to clean and polish teeth, and laser dentistry, which employs energy beams to treat teeth and gums. For many services, Dr. Cohen wields CEREC technology—a blend of 3-D photography and computer-guided manufacturing used to craft ceramic crowns, inlays, or veneers in a single visit. Dr. Cohen encourages his entire staff to stay current with their certifications and participate in ongoing-education courses in an effort to keep up with the latest dental procedures.
Once clients are comfortably ensconced in the dentist's chair, the oral exam begins. The resident toothsperts will check each individual incisor, cuspid, bicuspid, and molar for chips, cracks, staining, and loitering Minnesota Twins, ensuring that enamel bones are sound for biting, and gums and soft tissues will be inspected for any signs of periodontal disease. The x-ray battery exposes the roots and inner sanctums of oral stalagmites to reveal any soft spots, problem areas, or cavities. When your mouth checks out as mammalian and your teeth are cleared for takeoff, the professional teeth cleaning begins. An expert cleaning removes all the buildup and surface staining that regular brushing and flossing can't—hardened tartar, hard-to-reach plaque, and bacterial graffiti along the gum line.