This practice’s duo of dentists, Drs. Garpetti and Elliott, draw on extensive experience to tend to smiles in need of both general and cosmetic services. Dr. Garpetti followed his dental school education with hospital-based training, gaining advanced knowledge in areas including oral surgery and wearing scrubs. His colleague Dr. Elliott graduated from Tufts University School of Dental Medicine before being awarded an externship to work with special-needs patients.
Together, the professionals pool their resources to cater to patients of all ages with advanced technology such as laser cavity detection, digital x-rays, and intra-oral cameras that never require molars to say cheese. To ensure that visits are as comfortable as possible, the office’s satellite radio headphones pipe in tunes, and video glasses enable patients to watch cable television or movies during treatments.
People in need of removing stains can pop into SmileLabs of Meridian for a quick professional-grade whitening treatment. While a trained technician oversees the process, clients brush the whitening gel onto their teeth before sitting in front of a whitening light for about 15 minutes. The process, which is entirely self-administered, can brighten teeth up to eight shades.
Dr. F. Todd Wortham—or “Dr. T,” as his patients call him—is so well trained in implantology, he finds installing replacement teeth to be fun. The dentist, who has more than 500 hours of continuing education in advanced dental techniques under his belt, has learned to be one with his work to such a degree that even the challenging procedures have become a joy.
Together with longtime colleague Dr. Rachel M. Deininger, Dr. T takes time to get to know each patient who comes through the door or scratches through the drywall. In addition to installing dental implants, the doctors treat periodontal disease, whiten teeth with custom bleaching trays, and fit patients for dentures.