With more than 29 years of combined experience, Drs. John M. Borchers and Michael T. Mckee care for teeth the way a kindergarten teacher cares for her class. Though they won’t teach incisors how to add or properly enunciate the pledge of allegiance, the doctors do ensure that each member of the group lives in harmony with its neighbor, maintains straight posture, and remains present and accounted for at all times. To accomplish this, Drs. Borchers and Mckee administer meticulous examinations that inspect each tooth for signs of decay and crookedness. And when teeth have gone missing altogether, dental implants can serve as permanent seat fillers, dutifully chewing on any urgently overdue homework.
Dr. Frederick D. Thurston has seen a few teeth in the more than three decades he’s worked in the profession. He opened Thurston Comprehensive Dental Center in 1980, and since then he and his staff have continually updated their practice with modern technology. For example, they use low-radiation digital radiography to reveal cavities, and teeth-whitening treatments hide stains from coffee and from drinking the boss’s bucket of ink out of the office fridge.
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.
Dr. Scott Arnold, trained in a bevy of mouth-bone specialties, including implants, lasers, and computerized dentistry, leads a team of skilled dental-health professionals into battle against smile-tarnishing foes. The comprehensive exam includes examination of tooth troubles (decay, tumors, cysts) as well as oral-cancer screening and a spot check of existing restorations. Bitewing x-rays further probe gums, teeth, and mouth, and a full cleaning removes the plaque that obscures teeth from shining as brightly as a sheet of burning tinfoil.
To bolster her 12 years of experience, Dr. Bijal Joshi, a former faculty member at UCLA Dental School and a current staff dentist at St. John's, regularly attends lectures and courses that maintain her arsenal of skills. Dr. Joshi then brings her knowledge of the latest in dental technology to her practice, which has a modern sterilization system that surpasses OSHA requirements and uses pure bottled water, instead of tap water or milk, in its dental units. She uses oral sedation and laughing-gas technology in her family-oriented practice, gussying up the chompers of children, adults, and households' pet tooth fairies alike with a variety of services.
Using a combination of whitening gel and FDA-approved blue accelerating lights, the DaVinci teeth-whitening system can leave teeth an average of up to eight shades whiter. During office visits, clients apply the signature whitening solution—an organic plant- and mineral-based gel—to chompers. A specially designed LED laser light is used with the food-grade hydrogen peroxide gel to lift lingering stains. Once the tonal transformation is complete, patients may walk away with the graffiti of tobacco, wine, coffee, and age erased from the highway overpasses of their smiles.