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.
The founder of Woodside Dental, Dr. Chris Zaepfel, enjoys being a pioneer. One piece of evidence is in his office: the CS 9300 CT Scan system. With minimal radiation and maximal accuracy, the machine produces detailed 3-D images that are especially useful in delicate procedures such as creating implants or anatomically correct chattering-mouth toys. Dr. Zaepfel doesn't hoard his expertise, however—he's also founded an accredited dental-assisting program in the area and taught dental hygiene students at Elizabethtown Community and Technical School.
Designing Smiles makes chompers gleam with a range of family and cosmetic dental services. Dr. Dennis J. Jenkins, who has tended to molars and incisors for more than 20 years, and Margaret Wigginton, a veteran hygienist for more than years, head up the team. The custom-fit whitening kit tailors contact points to every mouth so the whitening solution can target enamel, inspiring sensitive gums to sing odes to their newly pearly white companions. After technicians take impressions of each patient’s carrot crunchers and demonstrate how to apply the solution to the mold, clients take them home to carry out the smile-brightening mission.
The Kentucky Center for Orthodontics’ trio of doctors all got into orthodontics when they realized just how much a great smile can improve someone’s life. Dr. Douglas Durbin, the inventor of the Flosspik polypropylene interproximal dental cleaner, Dr. Thomas Garner, and Dr. John Huang enhance the smiles of both children and adults with Invisalign treatments, braces with clear brackets, and invisible retainers glued to the back of teeth. They use digital imaging to construct treatment plans, they avoid headgear whenever possible, and they never just pull out a tooth when it won’t cooperate. Under their steady hands, The Kentucky Center for Orthodontics has straightened the teeth of more than 35,000 patients, including Miss Kentucky USA 2009 Maria Montgomery.
At Advanced Dental Center, dentist Rachel Talis and her team keep smiles healthy and beautiful. Dr. Talis graduated from the University of Louisville School of Dentistry, and went on to complete advanced training in areas such as cosmetic dentistry, advanced restorative options, and the treatment of gum disease. She also performs Boost teeth-whitening sessions that erase stains from smoking, drinking coffee, or mistaking a fountain pen for black licorice.