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.
For nearly 15 years, Dr. Yeoh Koh has been putting patients at ease with her down-to-earth, personable approach to dentistry. She leads an equally compassionate team at Purely Smiles, where they revamp grins with general cleanings, restorative treatments, or cosmetic services such as teeth whitening and Six Month Smiles’ invisible braces. Advanced dental technology plays a vital part in all of their treatments. Depending on the procedure, they may use intraoral cameras, state-of-the-art cancer screening equipment, or digital x-rays that use lower levels of radiation, reducing the risk of patients turning into radioactive super villains.
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.
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.