Since graduating from the University of Missouri-Kansas City in 1989, Dr. Cliff Broschinsky—known as Dr. B to his patients—has been keeping pace with the constantly evolving field of dentistry. At his practice, tooth-colored composite resins replace metal amalgams for cavity repair and Invisalign orthodontics take the place of wire braces or stern ballet instructors to nudge teeth into straighter positions. Patients undergo these modern treatments while surrounded by décor from a bygone era, including Victorian-style couches, brocade curtains, and ornate tables.
Both Berkeley Dentistry's and Shadelands Dental Care's dental squads are led by Dr. Ricky Singh, DMD, a University of Pennsylvania grad who specializes in cosmetic dentistry and dental implants. Treatment starts with an oral exam and x-rays to search for cracks, chips, and hardened peanut-butter globs, before professional tooth cleaners swoop in to take care of tartar and hard-to-reach plaque. In addition to a thorough mouth scrubbing, patients can choose to up their smile's ability to reflect light with a take-home teeth-whitening kit, which includes impressions and a stain-busting gel that helps teeth shine brighter than a firework shot at a mirror.
Walnut Creek Dental Center's Dr. Colin Au recognizes the importance of educating himself as well as each of his patients. That's why he regularly takes continuing education classes, attends dental conferences and seminars, and reads the nutrition panels on cereal boxes. He then transfers his knowledge to patients, equipping them with the skills to prevent common oral diseases. Should a problem arise, Dr. Au and his team stand at the ready to handle most types of mouth-related issues. For those who are afraid of dental visits, Walnut Creek is equipped with Waterlase laser equipment that substitutes for a dental drill during various treatments. Patients can also achieve straighter teeth by working with Reem Stephanos, a dental professional who specializes in orthodontia.
The dentists and hygienists at Dental Care of Walnut Creek combine plainspoken friendliness with ultramodern technology to make their patients' dental care as painless as possible. With four dentists in the building, it's easy for them to offer an extensive list of services, as well. Their shared expertise encompasses regular exams and x-rays in addition to root canals, denture fittings, and cosmetic treatments, from veneers to teeth whitening.
Dr. Scott Nguyen’s desire to give his patients the best possible care leads him to attain more than four times the required number of continuing-education hours each year. The classes bolster his knowledge in everything from orthodontics and implant dentistry to how to whittle a toothbrush from a single piece of driftwood. At Sunnysmile Dental, Dr. Nguyen flexes his skills alongside his team, where they makes treatments such as root canals and laser teeth whitening as comfortable as possible.
Dr. Ganga Thota of Breeze Dental Group has been cleaning, whitening, and straightening smiles for more than 13 years in an office that focuses on patient pampering. As she affixes porcelain veneers or treats TMJ, Dr. Thota's patients recline in dental chairs that gently massage them and watch movies and TV shows or practice singing with dental tools in their mouth. A separate spa room further eases tension with pre- and posttreatment shiatsu massages. Outside, both waiting children and adults can pass the time by playing games on the office's iPads.
Breeze Dental Group also aims to minimize its carbon footprint by keeping electronic dental records to reduce paper use and snapping digital x-rays to eliminate both glow-in-the-dark teeth and the use of hazardous materials. An onsite water-treatment system provides medical-grade water, and electronic faucets curb water waste.