Dentistry should be conservative. That's the view espoused by Dr. Michael Wayne Sturkie Jr. and his team, who only perform the bare minimum of necessary treatment. Not only does this approach foster oral health, but it also benefits guests by limiting their trips to the often-intimidating, eerily comfortable dental chair. To keep visits at a minimum, the staff's thoughtful philosophy places an emphasis on preventive maintenance, such as fluoride treatments, and patient education, including proper brushing and flossing techniques that could prevent future problems.
When treatment is necessary, Dr. Sturkie and his staff tend to mouths with a variety of services. Besides regular checkups, they can perform root canals or fill in gaps with custom-made bridges. Wisdom-teeth removals ensure that patients refrain from continually shouting out trivia answers. The doctor visits with each patient to devise custom treatment plans and carefully explain options before proceeding with treatment.
Names matter to the massage therapists who helm fuse Massage Therapy. They strive to remember each client's name and to infuse their studio's moniker with meaning as well. When naming fuse, they intertwined two relaxing concepts. The first revolves around the word's English definition: to blend together by melting. The second, drawn from its Japanese meaning, adds the idea of sharing one's gifts. The therapists illustrate both definitions during massages tailored to clients' needs and pressure preferences. Stress and tension melt away as they lavish tender sinews with soothing strokes and gentle friction. During hot-stone massages, heated basalt stones help dissolve muscle knots. The studio also offers skin-smoothing services, such as foot refreshers and body scrubs, and four-handed massages performed by two attentive therapists rather than one semidistracted octopus.
A dental office that emphasizes health and prevention alongside treatment, Palmetto Dental Services has been helping chompers stay healthy and strong for more than 40 years. Licensed dental hygienists perform teeth cleanings, removing tartar buildup and plaque, which can lead to dental disease and embarrassing singing fish mounted on the incisors. Dental exams test oral health with screenings for cancerous growths, tooth decay, and gum disease, and they also include a checkup on existing restorations such as crowns and fillings. Like a palm reading for mandibles, the full x-ray treatment reveals any unseen problems inside teeth or under the gum line.
Dr. Joanna Silver Dover inherited her passion for dentistry from her mother, Susan, a dental hygienist. Joanna knew from an early age that she was called to care for patients and their teeth, enrolling right out of high school in an early-acceptance dental program at the University of Florida's College of Dentistry, where she graduated among the top eight in her class. While completing her residency at Palmetto Health Richland, the good doctor met her future husband, Michael, and decided to set down metaphorical roots in Columbia while caring for the very real and tangible roots and crowns of her patients' teeth. Today, she and her team of experienced dental professionals protect and beautify teeth with a vast arsenal of treatments, from routine exams and digital x-rays, to TMJ treatments, implants, and Boost whitening. Dr. Dover expands her repertoire of services by regularly attending seminars and courses, as well as mastering simple in-office cosmetic procedures such as Botox and Juvéderm.
The expert chopper doctors at The Art of Dentistry restore carnassial sheen in a friendly office replete with the latest dental technology. For take-home treatments, discolored mouth knives are first subjected to a careful molding to tailor bleaching trays to the upper and lower jaws, ensuring they fit comfortably in your mouth and uncomfortably in the mouth of covetous strangers. Three included syringes grant patients the ability to give repeat boosts to the pearlescent brilliance emanating from their neck oysters. Alternately, Groupon customers can erase a lifetime of Cray-Pas gnawing with the in-office BriteSmile treatment, which can whiten gum jewels an average of nine shades. A special blue light activates the whitening gel, which is reapplied three times during the treatment for optimal smile resolution and playback in HD-only bathroom mirrors. Between applications, patients can busy themselves watching DVDs or imagining how their newly glittering grin will strike fear into the hearts of romantic rivals and the occasional romantic cube steak.
Dr. Gregory Abrams, DMD, and Dr. Ron Cohen, DDS, go to great lengths to help patients maintain their healthy smiles. When not seating implants, filling cavities, or fitting teeth with braces, Dr. Cohen spends his time engaging in hundreds of hours of classes practicing new dentistry innovations. Dr. Abrams journeys from the Friendly Dental offices to underserved areas in a mobile dentistry van, giving patients access to dental care right in their own neighborhoods. Both professionals ensure their patients stay entertained during treatments by seating them in plush chairs, turning on the in-room televisions, and explaining the show’s finer plot points to teeth.