Dr. Timothy Messer has built his practice on smiles—literally. Since he began his private practice after leaving the U.S. Navy Dental Corps, he's been an active participant in Give Kids a Smile Day, and he seeks out ways to promote happy communities with dental outreach and charities. He picks his staff based on his business philosophy and is therefore surrounded by some of the friendliest, most experienced technicians in the area. He relies on his specialized team members to help him execute general and cosmetic dental treatments, ranging from basic prophylactics and fluoride treatments to orthodontic aligners and porcelain veneers. Eager to abolish the fear that dentists put clown makeup on their patients once they're sedated, Dr. Messer offers conscious sedation for patients with a more extreme anxiety about dentists.
The dental professionals at Gililland Orthodontics apply high technology to wayward enamel, working to increase convenience by reducing visits. Doctors R. Todd Gililland, DMD, and Shawn P. O’Bannon, DMD, wield the latest dental equipment to keep oral systems in order. Each one to 1.5-hour consultation helps doctors and patient understand individual orthodontic needs and devise a treatment plan if warranted. Begin with digital photographs and digital x-rays, which minimize radiation exposure. Drs. Gililland and O’Bannon will diagnose overall dental health, spot any problem areas, and direct all molar gremlins to the mouth exit. The doc will then discuss treatment needs, timing, costs, expectations, and dreams of gleaming tooth cities.
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
Led by Drs. Drew Mefford and Wade Clayton, the staffers at Clayton-Mefford Dental, formerly Appling Dental Group, help foster healthier teeth and gums. Their services include everything from routine checkups to K?R teeth-whitening treatments, which can rid pearly whites of stains and tooth-fairy graffiti. As a sign of the times, the office features technologically advanced tools, such as digital x-rays, laser dentistry, and E4D crowns that staffers can create and apply in one day.
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.