In nearly every situation in life, the less metal that's in your mouth, the better. General and cosmetic dentist Dr. Michael A. Smith, DDS seems to have adopted this position. Unlike traditional dentistry, which repairs cavities with metal amalgams and covers up damaged teeth with conspicuous metal caps, Dr. Smith's Cerec-technology-driven dentistry relies on ceramic onlays, inlays, and veneers. And his composite resins fill in for missing enamel while remaining virtually invisible, like a ketchup stain on a red “I put ketchup on my ketchup” T-shirt.
Echoing this commitment to unobtrusive oral health is Dr. Christine H. Fitzgerald. A recent addition to the team, Dr. Fitzgerald brings with her the lessons that she learned during an award-filled stint at the University of Louisville School for Dentistry. Recognized for her work in endodontics, Dr. Fitzgerald also earns plaudits exhibits for the compassion and dedication that drove her to complete mission stints as far away as Honduras and as close as Pikeville, KY.
Between the two of them, Drs. Smith and Fitzgerald have more than three decades of experience. They care for patients in a calming office filled with soothing chairside candles. In addition to their in-office work, Dr. Smith also participates in a mobile dental clinic that provides dental care to low-income families.
Dr. Mike Pulido obviously knows his stuff when it comes to general and cosmetic dentistry. The fluent Spanish speaker has more than 26 years of experience, has served as the president of the Memphis Dental Legion, and is a Premier Preferred Invisalign provider, which, according to the Invisalign website means he has “achieved a significant level of experience in treating patients with the Invisalign system.” But he also refuses to take himself too seriously.
His office motto is “We cater to cowards,” and he and his staff, including his office administrator and son, William, like to dress up as various dental-related things for Halloween, including a tooth fairy and toothpaste dispenser. It’s this relaxed manner and sense of humor that helps calm patients there for everything from dental implants to Zoom! teeth-whitening sessions, which erase stains caused by smoking, drinking wine, or taking the oil epithet "Texas tea" too literally.
Dr. Alexandra Garrett knows that a healthy, attractive smile doesn’t just spearhead a first impression; it can also largely determine how people feel about themselves. As such, she and her team devote themselves to giving patients new reasons to smile, evicting plaque and decay through regular checkups and fillings or masking discoloration with veneers made from porcelain, pressed ceramic, or mini marshmallows. Sensitive to the needs of nervous patients, Dr. Garrett is also licensed to provide sedation dentistry for an anxiety-free experience, regardless of the procedure.
The accomplished dental specialists at Southern Dental Implant Center make as much difference outside the office as they do in the treatment room. Though they hold impressive professional credentials—including extensive training in soft-tissue management and prestigious professorships at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center—they spend their free time serving the community around them, whether through Dr. Mayall's love of rescuing abused dogs or Dr. Collier's mission work throughout the world.
This charitable spirit extends to their treatments, which polish up smiles safely and effectively with a combination of thorough preventive care and cosmetic and restorative treatments. Digital x-rays safely assess and diagnose oral trouble spots, and intraoral cameras display precise imaging of teeth during cleanings, porcelain-veneer implants, and restorative repairs.
Along with high-tech preventive treatments, Southern Dental Implant Center puts patients at ease with tension-erasing oral and IV sedation and same-day immediate tooth implants, which eliminate the months-long healing of traditional procedures and weeks-long wait of mail-order dental surgeries.
In 1993, Sid Fletchter made an unlikely career switch from rock-and-roll to dentistry. After enjoying some success and even an MTV appearance as part of the band Roxy Blue, he decided to go back to school and learn how to brighten smiles for a living. Now back in his hometown of Memphis with his own practice, he couldn't be happier with the change.
Dr. Fletcher offers regular checkups as well as special procedures such as fillings and root canals. He also performs cosmetic services, including teeth whitening, reconstruction, and lipstick removal.
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Staff Size: 2–10 people
Parking: Parking lot
Most popular service: Crowns, Root Canals,Fillings,Extractions
The staff at SmileAway Family Dentistry views the mouth as more than a literal opening—they also see it as a window to the body's overall health. Thus, they strive to improve their clients’ holistic well-being from the top down with both medical and cosmetic services. Dr. Veena Ammal oversees all procedures, from exams and cleanings to root canals, crown installations, and whitening treatments. To better tackle oral ailments, the team relies on a combination of in-depth patient education and advanced technology, such as digital x-rays and Robocops that remind you to floss.
Just as their serene office ambiance puts anxious minds at ease, the staff also eases the stresses of making appointments by accommodating busy schedules with lunch-hour appointments.