When not outfitting mouths with dental implants, Dr. Michael McCracken dons his professor’s cap at the University of Alabama School of Dentistry and lectures around the world on implant dentistry. Dr. McCracken, who holds a Ph.D. in biomedical engineering, also teaches other dentists how to perform dental implants at Alabama Implant Education LLC. Sessions include live patient surgeries and post-operative treatment plans acted out with sock puppets.
Patients choose between Zoom! or Lumibrite whitening, then sit back as the dentist slathers teeth with special whitening gel. While Zoom! pairs its gel with a specialized light to scare away discolorations and leave food choppers bright, Lumibrite's gel works by itself, a loner in the art of whitewashing ivories. After the procedure, teeth will walk out of the office as white as a glass of fresh-squeezed milk. A set of whitening trays go home with Groupon holders, further aiding in the battle against stained incisor insurgency.
Drs. James Sampson and Byron Ketcham and their dedicated team help maintain teeth and educate patients on oral health at Sampson Family Dentistry, which has been serving Birmingham families for more than 30 years. During the comprehensive exam and oral-cancer screening, the friendly staff takes a detailed look at teeth and gum tissue to identify any abnormalities, potential trouble spots, or secret love notes stashed between molars. Up to four x-rays suss out hidden cavities and measure bone levels, and an expert cleaning eradicates plaque and banishes tartar above and below the gum line. After the appointment, which lasts 45 minutes to an hour, patients leave with brighter smiles without the aid of delicate light-bulb caps.
Dr. Luis Gonzalez and Dr. Dennis Carr, the namesakes of Drs. Gonzalez & Carr P.C., both served a residency in oral and maxillofacial surgery after dental and medical school to master all aspects of oral surgery, including administering anesthesia. Drs. Gonzalez and Carr are board-certified oral and maxillofacial surgeons. That’s why, today, they boast enough skill to enact contemporary oral- and facial-surgery techniques. Their services range from wisdom-teeth extraction to jaw surgery to bone grafting. With their team of surgical assistants and laser technicians, Dr. Gonzalez and Dr. Carr also use lasers to remove tattoos and age spots or restore skin to a youthful state.
PC Cosmetic & Family Dentistry’s Dr. Amanda L. Thompson tends to tooth needs with general and cosmetic dentistry, treating gum problems, whitening teeth, and installing ceramic veneers. While she performs a dental checkup or fills a cavity, patients watch TV or zone out as a relaxation CD pipes gentle music into the treatment room. She even improves the rest of the face with the help of beauty injections such as Juvéderm and Botox, which smooth wrinkles and plump up deep lines next to the mouth.
Dr. Trey Rosdick spic-and-spans patients' teeth in the comfort of a massage chair or sends cuspid-whiteners home with the tools needed to white-wash their own tooth-fences. During a 30- to 45-minute exam, a tooth technician peers into the depths of your oral cavity, searching for signs of uncleanliness, decay, or ancient prophecies written on gum walls. Thorough cleaning sweeps away plaque and tartar before gentle polishing with fluoride paste makes enamel shine brighter than an emerald icicle. Digital x-rays let the staff inspect tooth-roots for underlying issues, and expose your body to up to 90% less radiation than traditional film x-rays.