THE CONFIDENCE THAT COMES WITH HAVING A BEAUTIFUL, healthy smile is unparalleled. But getting there is not always easy, especially for people who feel intense anxiety about visiting the dentist.
“Sometimes, patients have had a rough experience from another office or from another dentist,” Nermeen Rifai, DMD, explains. “They walk in terrified, even for a cleaning.”
That’s why Dr. Rifai, who has more than 18 years of training and experience, and her staff at All Smiles Family Dental have put such an emphasis on making patients feel comfortable from the minute they step inside the office.
“When patients walk in and they’re greeted by a friendly staff, they automatically feel like this may be a different experience,” she says. “Over time, visiting us turns into a relationship where patients feel less anxious and more at ease.”
A family-oriented dental practice, All Smiles Family Dental provides pediatric and adult dentistry including full mouth reconstruction, laser gum surgery, implant placement, advanced cosmetic procedures and more.
Because the practice is able to offer such a wide range of services, patients do not have to worry about moving from one dentist office to the next looking for various specialists.
“We do everything except braces,” Dr. Rifai says. “Not a lot of dentists offer everything under one roof.”
Unlike most general dentists, All Smiles Family Dental offers dental implants, which are used to support dental prostheses such as crowns, bridges and dentures. When performed by a trained and experienced dentist, modern dental implant surgery is one of the safest and best ways to replace missing teeth, with a quick turnaround time to boot.
“We had a patient that knocked out his front tooth in an accident,” Dr. Rifai says. “And we were able to give him an implant and an appliance while the implant was healing—so immediately he’s walking around with a full smile.”
To offer patients optimal care, Dr. Rifai and her team invest heavily in staying current with the latest developments and technology available in dentistry. This includes adopting the use of lasers for many procedures that previously would have been done with drills.
“With the laser, there is minimal to no bleeding and no stitches are required,” Dr. Rifai says. “There is minimal to zero post-op pain and it’s a very quick procedure.”
For patients with jaw pain and radiating headaches, caused by grinding of the teeth or clenching, laser pain therapy directed at the temporomandibular joint can offer a relief from the constant discomfort. “With laser pain therapy, we keep heat on the affected area and massage it for 10 minutes,” Dr. Rifai says. “And people talk wonders about it after they leave saying they feel relie f.”
Pain relief is top of mind for staff members at All Smiles Family Dental because they know the acute aching of dental pain can be unrelenting.
If a patient calls because of an emergency dental problem, the staff will make the arrangements necessary to see him or her that same day.
“I feel for patients when they have pain,” Dr. Rifai says. “Obviously, when someone is calling and they have severe pain, y ou want to get them out of pain as soon as possible because there is nothing like dental pain.”
If it is after hours, patients are still encouraged to call and leave a voicemail. As soon as that voicemail is received, a staff member will make contact shortly after.
Patients can also reach out to All Smiles Family Dental on the practice’s Facebook page with questions or concerns. The page is monitored by the staff, which works to respond to all messages with in the hour.
Whether it’s dealing with dental pain or just a routine teeth cleaning, All Smiles Family Dental, with its attentive staff, up-to-date technology and wide range of services offered, can help you achieve your ideal smile.
All Smiles Family Dental
420 N. Black Horse Pike | Williamstown
(856) 740-1416 | AllSmilesFamilyDentalNJ.com
Photography by Alison Dunlap
Published (and copyrighted) in Suburban Family Magazine, Volume 9, Issue 10 (December 2018).
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