In nearly every situation in life, the less metal that's in your mouth, the better. General and cosmetic dentist Dr. Michael A. Smith, DDS seems to have adopted this position. Unlike traditional dentistry, which repairs cavities with metal amalgams and covers up damaged teeth with conspicuous metal caps, Dr. Smith's Cerec-technology-driven dentistry relies on ceramic onlays, inlays, and veneers. And his composite resins fill in for missing enamel while remaining virtually invisible, like a ketchup stain on a red “I put ketchup on my ketchup” T-shirt.
Echoing this commitment to unobtrusive oral health is Dr. Christine H. Fitzgerald. A recent addition to the team, Dr. Fitzgerald brings with her the lessons that she learned during an award-filled stint at the University of Louisville School for Dentistry. Recognized for her work in endodontics, Dr. Fitzgerald also earns plaudits exhibits for the compassion and dedication that drove her to complete mission stints as far away as Honduras and as close as Pikeville, KY.
Between the two of them, Drs. Smith and Fitzgerald have more than three decades of experience. They care for patients in a calming office filled with soothing chairside candles. In addition to their in-office work, Dr. Smith also participates in a mobile dental clinic that provides dental care to low-income families.
Dr. Mike Pulido obviously knows his stuff when it comes to general and cosmetic dentistry. The fluent Spanish speaker has more than 26 years of experience, has served as the president of the Memphis Dental Legion, and is a Premier Preferred Invisalign provider, which, according to the Invisalign website means he has “achieved a significant level of experience in treating patients with the Invisalign system.” But he also refuses to take himself too seriously.
His office motto is “We cater to cowards,” and he and his staff, including his office administrator and son, William, like to dress up as various dental-related things for Halloween, including a tooth fairy and toothpaste dispenser. It’s this relaxed manner and sense of humor that helps calm patients there for everything from dental implants to Zoom! teeth-whitening sessions, which erase stains caused by smoking, drinking wine, or taking the oil epithet "Texas tea" too literally.
Dr. Alexandra Garrett knows that a healthy, attractive smile doesn’t just spearhead a first impression; it can also largely determine how people feel about themselves. As such, she and her team devote themselves to giving patients new reasons to smile, evicting plaque and decay through regular checkups and fillings or masking discoloration with veneers made from porcelain, pressed ceramic, or mini marshmallows. Sensitive to the needs of nervous patients, Dr. Garrett is also licensed to provide sedation dentistry for an anxiety-free experience, regardless of the procedure.
The dental professionals at Gililland Orthodontics apply high technology to wayward enamel, working to increase convenience by reducing visits. Doctors R. Todd Gililland, DMD, and Shawn P. O’Bannon, DMD, wield the latest dental equipment to keep oral systems in order. Each one to 1.5-hour consultation helps doctors and patient understand individual orthodontic needs and devise a treatment plan if warranted. Begin with digital photographs and digital x-rays, which minimize radiation exposure. Drs. Gililland and O’Bannon will diagnose overall dental health, spot any problem areas, and direct all molar gremlins to the mouth exit. The doc will then discuss treatment needs, timing, costs, expectations, and dreams of gleaming tooth cities.
Whether they watch DVDs in the waiting room, play with a PlayStation or Xbox in the treatment area, or undergo a 20-minute Xtreme Teeth Whitening treatment, clients at Smiles Are Us Dental Group will know that this office is all about what's modern. Dr. Freida Grimes-Moore stays abreast of dental-industry innovations through post-graduate courses. She draws on this knowledge during exams, implant procedures, root canals, veneer applications, and temporomandibular-joint (TMJ) treatments.
Dr. Timothy Messer has built his practice on smiles—literally. Since he began his private practice after leaving the U.S. Navy Dental Corps, he's been an active participant in Give Kids a Smile Day, and he seeks out ways to promote happy communities with dental outreach and charities. He picks his staff based on his business philosophy and is therefore surrounded by some of the friendliest, most experienced technicians in the area. He relies on his specialized team members to help him execute general and cosmetic dental treatments, ranging from basic prophylactics and fluoride treatments to orthodontic aligners and porcelain veneers. Eager to abolish the fear that dentists put clown makeup on their patients once they're sedated, Dr. Messer offers conscious sedation for patients with a more extreme anxiety about dentists.