With the aim of becoming the Ritz-Carlton of dental offices, Dr. Jean Woods and her staff lavish patients with individualized attention and luxurious amenities during aesthetic and general dentistry services. The staff soothes dentist's-office-related anxieties by blocking out sounds with a Bose headphones system or by painlessly warding off discomfort with a computer-operated local anesthetic. To remove plaque, they use a technique called air abrasion, which eschews harsh drills for compressed air. Whether boosting patients' self-confidence with root-canal therapy or performing general check-ups, the staff uses advanced technology, including intraoral cameras and rotary instruments. Dr. Woods keeps her tools sharp by participating in several professional organizations, including the American Dental Association and the North Carolina State Board of Dental Examiners. She also plays an active role within the community by sponsoring the shadowing program, which welcomes future dentists to explore the field and partake in its after-work foosball tournaments.
Dr. Hamid Rouhani of Bright Smiles Family Dentistry knows so much about teeth that he teaches other dentists at the University of North Carolina. But that doesn’t mean he has stopped learning. A consummate student, he continually renews his skills and techniques at the Dawson Academy, soaking up solutions for TMJ, misaligned teeth, and cosmetic concerns. Even patients with damaged teeth—or no teeth at all—can renew their smiles, thanks to his advanced veneer and dental-implant services.
Dr. Kamran Qureshy draws on more than 10 years of experience as he beautifies bites in an elegant office enhanced by a soothing trickling fountain. Keeping abreast of dentistry advances, Dr. Qureshy continues his education with courses on cosmetics, conscious sedation, dental implants, and tooth cloning. With digital x-rays, Dr. Qureshy snaps accurate images with 80% less radiation than standard x-rays and supervillain x-ray vision. His intraoral camera displays images on an external monitor, which facilitates his search for oral disease and lets patients see any discoveries for themselves. Dedicated to helping others, Dr. Qureshy helped found the Morrisville Community Fund, which sustains 1,000 endowments that support community needs, nonprofit organizations, institutions, and scholarships.
Under the directives of Drs. Jacqueline Garner and Ralph Mensah, Integrative Family Dentistry gives detailed diagnoses to manicure mouths in a caring environment. Unlatch designer muzzles for the comprehensive exam, during which a specialist will rove for dental distresses through visual probing, bitewing x-rays, and panoramic film. A polished prophylaxis will restore cleanliness to tooth surfaces and gum lines. After thoroughly exploring the mouth, a dentist will report any signs of maladies, cavities, or misplaced car keys.
After attending New York University's College of Dentistry, Dr. Michael Riccobene relocated to Selma, North Carolina where, in 2000, he founded the first Riccobene Associates Family Dentistry office. Since then, Dr. Riccobene has expanded his practice to seven other locations, with the newest office opened recently in Raleigh. To keep up with the demands of each office, Dr. Riccobene works alongside 10 other dentists whom he vets for their chairside manner as well as their dental experience: they must be patient, have a good sense of humor, be as good at explaining procedures as they are at performing them, and be able to name all 43 presidents in alphabetical order under local anesthesia.
Once on staff, each dentist aims to make every visit—from preventative exams to root canals and Invisalign fittings—comfortable and fear-free for the client. Riccobene's team also eases nerves by keeping wait times short, dispensing coffee from Starbucks machines in the lobby, and hanging a satellite TV in view of each treatment chair. Along with being an advocate for patients, Dr. Riccobene gives back to his community by sponsoring the Carolina Mudcats and participating in business expos.
iPads. Coffee. Neck pillows and blankets. These are all amenities typically found in a day spa, and they are just a few of the ways Dr. Maya V. Martin makes coming to the dentist feel like a luxury, not a chore. From the moment clients step into the office, the staff makes every effort possible to make them feel comfortable and at ease. Patients can relax knowing that the dental facility meets and surpasses all CDC and OSHA standards and is equipped with technology including a digital x-ray machine and intraoral cameras. For those who still have a few butterflies in their stomachs prior to a procedure, Village Dental offers sedation, nitrous oxide, and the option to have somebody stand in the room and wave their arms frantically as a distraction.