The offices of Grand Dental Group dazzle smiles with cosmetic and general dentistry performed by an experienced and upbeat staff that includes Dr. Mark Kaschube, who practices at the Channahon office and moonlights as a professional magician, and music-loving Dr. Steve Napier. During the comprehensive dental exam, a tooth technician inspects enamel and gums, deftly maneuvering sterile instruments to detect signs of cavities, gum disease, and molar mutiny. A technician then captures candid snapshots of canoodling incisors and bicuspids with bitewing x-rays, which help the skilled staff pinpoint subsurface decay and root out deep-seated signs of gum disease. Enamel illuminates after a dental detailer scours chompers with a comprehensive cleaning to purge plaque.
Attending lectures, meetings, and conventions are just a few of the ways the staff at Park Place Dental make sure they stay abreast of the latest innovations in dental care. Dr. Jason Genta uses this information to perform treatments, preventative and curative, as well as cosmetic procedures such as tooth whitening. During appointments, optional nitrous oxide gas helps patients relax, which can be difficult to do when they’re focused on memorizing the dentist’s every move in case they need to play one on TV.
Northwestern-trained dentist Dr. Jonathan Yahav specializes in a patient-focused style of general and cosmetic dentistry that minimizes discomfort during procedures, enlisting the help of a professional anesthesiologist when necessary. At the three Chicago Smile Center locations, including one in the John Hancock Center downtown, patients receive all manner of dental enhancement and maintenance with the benefit of Dr. Yahav's 20 years of dentistry experience. Additionally, the dentist maintains his chops with esteemed membership in professional associations including the Chicago Dental Society, the American Dental Association, and the National Academy of Tooth Fairies.
The dentists at Dental Magic aren't just highly trained professionals. They also exhibit a genuine compassion for their patients and the community at large. Through their community-outreach program, they donate services to disabled, medically compromised, or elderly people who are unable to afford extensive dental care. They have also sponsored a medical mission to Sierra Leone and regularly tour local schools to teach useful oral-hygiene skills, such as how to brush properly or weave a spare gym uniform out of floss.
In his profile, Dr. Aaron Appell says that his "favorite part of being a dentist is taking a fearful patient and alleviating all of their fears of dentistry." To that end, he and the two other doctors work to build long-term relationships with their clients, carefully customizing treatments according to their specialties. Michael Wurbel, DDS, has extensive training in the surgical placement and restoration of dental implants, and Ashwini Joshi, MDS, DDS, specializes in orthodontics. Her research on the topic of mandibular growth made her the 2012 recipient of the American Association of Orthodontists' prestigious Milo Hellman Research Award.
Massage therapy is more than Luisa Berardi Caraballo's job—it's her calling. As the winner of the Distinguished Service Award from AMTA Illinois Chapter in 2012, the owner of Melrose Muscle Therapy is dedicated to helping others through the art and science of massage. She tailors treatments, such as Swedish massages, sports massages, and myofascial release sessions, to her clients' individual needs. Luisa teaches classes on couples' massage and infant massage for babies particularly stressed during tax season. She also frequently shares her massage musings on her blog, A Muscle Therapist's Thoughts.
Metal amalgams have saved many teeth over the years, but they have also caused a good number of eyesores. Their metal surfaces gleam whenever someone takes a big yawn or bursts forth with a deafening Tarzan cry. That's why the doctors at Graceland Prairie Dental repair cavities and decay using tooth-colored composite material. This material discreetly blends with the surrounding tooth to restore it to full form and function.
The dental experts strive to keep their handiwork invisible in other treatments, too. They craft natural-looking porcelain crowns and bridges to replace damaged and missing teeth seamlessly. Invisalign braces straighten smiles while remaining as difficult to spot as a disco ball's diamond earrings.