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.
Permanent Great Looks Salon & Spa’s team of spa technicians enhances exteriors with a comprehensive menu of skin, body, and nail treatments. Manicure services provide customers with nails painted with Shellac polish that protects against chips for up to two weeks, even after wearers build sand castles to store stockpiles of shucked oyster shells. Toes simmer in heated bubble basins before curling up in steamy towels in the pedicure room, and aestheticians stationed in serene private rooms treat skin to body scrubs designed to polish surfaces and stir circulation. The active ingredients in body-scrub formulas range from Dead Sea salt to organic brown sugar steeped with essential oils and more conducive to soft skin than intercepting sneezes from the Marshmallow Man.
Once clients are comfortably ensconced in the dentist's chair, the oral exam begins. The resident toothsperts will check each individual incisor, cuspid, bicuspid, and molar for chips, cracks, staining, and loitering Minnesota Twins, ensuring that enamel bones are sound for biting, and gums and soft tissues will be inspected for any signs of periodontal disease. The x-ray battery exposes the roots and inner sanctums of oral stalagmites to reveal any soft spots, problem areas, or cavities. When your mouth checks out as mammalian and your teeth are cleared for takeoff, the professional teeth cleaning begins. An expert cleaning removes all the buildup and surface staining that regular brushing and flossing can't—hardened tartar, hard-to-reach plaque, and bacterial graffiti along the gum line.
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.