There are only 417 associate fellows of the American Academy of Implant Dentistry. University Dental Care’s Dr. Samir Ruvinov is one of them. He and Dr. Shirley Dillard combine 46 years of experience, and they put that experience to work delivering patients the most comfortable and pain-free treatments possible. To do that, they employ the latest tools available to them, such as rotary endodontics, which is an electrical handpiece that allows them to accomplish root canals more efficiently and with less discomfort. They also capture 360-degree views of the mouth, head, sinuses, and bones with Panorex, giving them the advantage of identifying oral-health concerns with greater ease than standard x-rays. Specializing in everything from implants to whitenings and Invisalign’s clear plastic teeth aligners, they perform all manner of general, surgical, and cosmetic dentistry—unlike a Blu-ray edition of C-SPAN’s Book TV, their technology does not go to waste. For patient convenience, the dentists offer Saturday office hours and online appointments.
Dr. Pete Pagano is following in the family footsteps: after practicing dentistry with his father for 15 years, during which he augmented his formal education with the knowledge gleaned from his real-world experience, he took over the practice after his dad retired. Today, at Artistic Dentistry, Dr. Pagano still treats patients whose teeth were inspected by his father, as well as those of their children and grandchildren. With the aid of a skilled staff, Dr. Pagano delves into patients? facial caverns to seek out tooth decay, oral cancer, and gummy bears wanted for arson. Then, he treats mouths with any necessary procedures such as fillings, implants, and crowns or brightens smiles with teeth whitening. Whether performing a root canal or polishing teeth until they shine more than Zeus?s trophy for Best Deity, the dental professionals at Artistic Dentistry make sure to treat their patients as whole people and not just mouths by thoroughly discussing procedures and answering any questions.
St. Louis native Dr. Darren Cartwright and his staff keep cavities in check with preventative services such as exams and cleanings, as well as perform more complicated oral surgeries such as wisdom-tooth extraction. Like an M. Night Shyamalan movie, they take every step to make sure patients feel nothing, using sedatives and anesthesia to alleviate any pain and nitrous oxide to nullify anxieties related to dentist visits. They also boost patient confidence with cosmetic services such as teeth whitening and Invisalign braces, and they offer both morning and evening appointments to accommodate busy schedules.
Boain Dental Care boasts not one, not two, but three Drs. Boain. It's not the result of a cloning experiment; John, Jenn, and Joseph are three distinct teeth experts, and they point to credentials that include memberships in several professional dental organizations to underscore their readiness for their clients. When they're not going to great lengths to ensure guests are comfortable during exams, x-rays, and cleanings, the team engages in continuing education to keep up on the latest in dentistry. That kind of effort has helped the practice last 30 years, or, to put it another way, 30 orbits around the sun or 30 million episodes of the Today Show.
Dr. Kenneth Ausmer brightens smiles and puts patients at ease with gentle techniques and a friendly chair-side manner honed through years of dental care. During the new-patient oral exam, Dr. Ausmer inspects teeth for signs of decay and vestigial tusks, conditions best treated when caught early (an $80 value). Dr. Ausmer then charts teeth, probes gums for signs of periodontal disease, and gives treatment recommendations, if needed. A technician also takes panoramic and a bitewing x-rays (a $162 value), offering a look into the inner world of front and back choppers with digital x-rays that reduce radiation exposure by 90%. Finally, for eligible patients, an expert hygienist scours scrubby teeth in a 20- to 30-minute cleaning to remove graffiti left by rowdy tonsil gangs (an $80 value).
Dr. J. Richard Landgraf founded his practice in 1956. Since then, it has been taken over by his son, Dr. John Landgraf, who joins a skilled fleet of experienced hygienists to carry on his father's vision of helping patients care for and retain their teeth. Services running the gamut of general, cosmetic, and orthodontic care—such as implants and Zoom! teeth whitening—take place as patients are entranced by TV programs or hypnotic x-rays beaming from chairside monitors.