From the modest office that opened on Clark Street in 1996, 1st Family Dental has blossomed into a ten-office dental group with locations throughout Chicagoland. But success hasn't done anything to change the offices' unique connection with patients; dentists still pride themselves on personal touches. A team of 20 experienced dentists and oral surgeons work among all the locations, whitening smiles, aligning teeth with braces, and polishing away unsightly frowns.
At Universal City Dental Center, Dr. Jirair Gasparian and his team perform a variety of procedures intended to protect patients' teeth and gums. Periodic checkups both detect and treat signs of trouble before they become serious complications, but when action is required to correct a problem, the practice offers surgical as well as noninvasive options.
Porcelain crowns and veneers conceal signs of damage, dental implants help fill any gaps, and tooth-colored composite fillings seamlessly replace decay. Additionally, Invisalign straighteners even out smiles, and Rembrandt teeth-whitening products brighten the stains caused by coffee, cigarettes, or a career spent taste-testing food coloring.
Massage therapy is more than Luisa Berardi Caraballo's job—it's her calling. As the winner of the Distinguished Service Award from AMTA Illinois Chapter in 2012, the owner of Melrose Muscle Therapy is dedicated to helping others through the art and science of massage. She tailors treatments, such as Swedish massages, sports massages, and myofascial release sessions, to her clients' individual needs. Luisa teaches classes on couples' massage and infant massage for babies particularly stressed during tax season. She also frequently shares her massage musings on her blog, A Muscle Therapist's Thoughts.
Sunny yellow walls and a crackling fireplace greet patients at Gentle Dentistry, abating the anxiety classically associated with going to the dentist. Instead of defaulting to a cold and sterile vibe, Dr. Sarita Woodson and her team of dental professionals cultivate a spa-like atmosphere, complete with a play area for children.
In similarly welcoming treatment areas, Dr. Sarita offers preventative and cosmetic dental services for the entire family. Regular exams, x-rays, and cleanings help ward off cavities, and treatments such as mercury-free fillings and Invisalign correct imperfect smiles. For yellowed teeth, Dr. Sarita offers three whitening solutions: prescription-strength Crest Whitestrips, custom-made trays to wear during sleep, or in-office Zoom! treatments that brighten teeth or pearl necklaces by up to eight shades.
Dr. Javed Bhojani of Distinctive Dental Care considers himself a student of his craft. He's not content to rest on his laurels, riding on his 25 years of experience and education from Case Western Reserve School of Dentistry. He's working on attaining Master level from the Academy of General Dentistry, which requires advanced training in 16 categories of dentistry. Undertaking 1,100 hours of postgraduate education, Dr. Bhojani has gleaned such advanced techniques as dental implants, one-hour root canals, and laser teeth-whitening treatments.
But Dr. Bhojani knows that even the most educated doctor is only as effective as his tools. That's why he outfits his office with some of the most modern dental equipment. Digital bite-wing and panoramic x-rays reveal issues such as cavities while emitting about 80% less radiation than conventional machines. His CEREC computer crafts ceramic crowns to restore damaged teeth in about one hour, which is much less time-consuming than a traditional tooth-coronation ceremony.
Attending lectures, meetings, and conventions are just a few of the ways the staff at Park Place Dental make sure they stay abreast of the latest innovations in dental care. Dr. Jason Genta uses this information to perform treatments, preventative and curative, as well as cosmetic procedures such as tooth whitening. During appointments, optional nitrous oxide gas helps patients relax, which can be difficult to do when they’re focused on memorizing the dentist’s every move in case they need to play one on TV.