From Our Editors
Dr. Sarika Patel revamps the smiles of her patients from an office equipped with the latest technologies, including digital x-rays and intraoral cameras. She employs computerized shading to perfectly match the color of natural teeth for restorations and wields a Biolase soft-tissue laser to destroy the bacteria that gathers in gum pockets. When it comes to children, however, Dr. Patel switches to an arsenal of a different kind: she soothes young nerves with stickers and rewards exceptional behavior with small gifts. No matter the age of her patient, she listens carefully to their concerns and performs procedures as gently as a parent stealing the tooth-fairy money out from under a child’s pillow.