After receiving her doctor of dental medicine degree from Southern Illinois University, Dr. Edithann J. Graham entered a residency at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. Throughout the three-year program, she developed a passion and knack for periodontics. Nowadays, at her dental practice, she and her staff keep gums healthy during an array of periodontal services, such as tissue grafts, laser therapy, and surgery.
Knowing that an informed patient makes a healthier patient, dentist Shira Shasho often lets guests hold a mirror while she is working so she can explain the what and how of her technique. At Edent, Dr. Shasho combines this edifying philosophy with advanced technology and pleasant comforts. Intraoral cameras capture detailed images of the mouth, which can then be displayed for the patient to view. Each station is also equipped with an LCD TV, cable, and stereo headphones so patients can catch up on their favorite TV shows while technicians handle the soap opera being played out between teeth and gums.
Even after graduating from college with a dentistry degree, Dr. Pratima Gowdar was not finished with her education. She has spent her tenure as a dentist learning advanced techniques in continuing-education courses. Those skills are employed at her practice and include extractions, implants, dentures, and Invisalign straightening.
Dr. De Meyer and Dr. Gernhofer traveled from sea to sea as dentists in the U.S. Navy, both sailing home with Navy Commendation Medals for meritorious service. Since washing the salt from their hair, they've begun treating the teeth of landlubbers and the baleen of beached whales. Drs. De Meyer and Gernhofer attend continuing-education programs to keep their general, orthodontic, and surgical services up to date. In a series of testimonials spoken from sparkling mouths, patients have praised the dentists for their skill, honesty, and bedside manner.
For Dr. Masha Mirkin, painting and dentistry go hand in hand. Both require delicate hands, an attention to detail, and an appreciation of symmetry. Painting is a pastime, dental work has been Dr. Mirkin’s full-time passion for more than 25 years.
Dr. Mirkin favors taking a collaborative approach with her work, using intraoral cameras to educate clients about their dental health and any necessary procedures. Along with cleaning or whitening teeth, she can strengthen smiles by installing metal-free fillings, crowns, or offering invisalign treatments. The office also offers an in-house insurance program as well as care credit for future treatments.
A trip to Dr. Ricardo Hernandez's office is a little like walking into the living room of a friend—albeit a friend who happens to be a dentist with more than two decades of experience. When patients arrive, they pick up a drink from the refreshment center. When they're called into the treatment room, they lie back and tune into a ceiling-mounted plasma TV and built-in headphones. Meanwhile, the chair's massage function blocks out any lingering reminders of the preventive or cosmetic treatment to come. Those treatments tend to be over swiftly, in any event: whitening sessions take just one hour, and tools such as digital x-rays and a cavity-finding device make routine exams quicker and more accurate.
Even kids look forward to a trip to Dr. Hernandez's dental practice—he's so focused on making them feel at ease that he wrote a children's book about visiting the dentist. On the companion CD, Captain Oral and the Toothbugs sing original songs about dentistry, rather than familiar old tunes such as "The Bicuspid Is Connected to the Jawbone."