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Village dentist goes high-tech with renovated office

by Chantal Abitbol 

Pinecrest Tribune

Before you even take that first courageous step to slide into the dentist’s chair, Dr. Arthur Shapiro can show you what your new smile will look like.

From his newly renovated office in Pinecrest, at 12035 S Dixie Highway, Dr. Arthur Shapiro sits in front of his computer equipped with the latest high-tech photo imager. The screen displays a scanned digital image of a patient’s crooked smile. A few seconds later, he hits the “return” key and presto – the patient’s image has a new, whiter smile touched up with few porcelain veneers. And the dentist doesn’t even have to pick up one of those scary metallic contraptions from his dental tray.

Shapiro, who temporarily relocated his 17-year practice during the office renovation, moved back to his old location between the Citgo gas station and the Farm Stores building last April. He says the addition of the cutting-edge photo imaging technique that allows patients to view results before treatment has had a lot of impact. He adds that he incorporated the new technology to keep his practice up to date with the most advanced dental methods and procedures.

“There’s always something new,” he said. “It’s not a surprise to me. It’s great that we can do it. You have to continue re-educating yourself and going to seminars.”

Shapiro, a Pinecrest resident, says his expanded office is now equipped with such state-of-the-art equipment as a Zoom Whitening system, a panoramic X-Ray machine and an intra oral camera.

The Zoom Whitening system procedure begins with a short preparation to isolate a patient’s lips and gums. A whitening gel comprised of hydrogen peroxide is applied to the teeth and activated by specially designed light that typically make teeth at least six to 10 shades lighter. A five-minute fluoride treatment completes the technique, though the process involves an hour.

Meanwhile, each laboratory station is equipped with a television and video machine, allowing patients to relax and even watch a movie while undergoing treatment.

“You can accomplished with whitening as well as porcelain veneers what orthodontics would otherwise do,” said Shapiro. “It’s is valuable for older patients who are not interested in having braces.”

Another handy device is the intra-oral video camera, a small device that captures live images from inside a patient’s mouth and at the same displays them on a computer screen.

“It’s like a live cam in your mouth,” said Dr. Shapiro. “Patients can see better what is going on inside their mouths. If you have a cracked tooth, I can show you and you can say, ‘Wow, I can see that.’”

Shapiro says dental treatment today is a lot more affordable then it was in years past and he also offers payment arrangements and financing.

“That’s to help patients be able to afford treatment,” he said. “We can talk about what the options are and determine if there is a way.”

Shapiro’s hands-on treatment has created a loyal following over the years.

Palmetto Bay resident Joe Manasa, a fireman, has been a patient with the doctor for five years. After departing Shapiro’s office following a root canal procedure, he still manages a smile.

“I know pain,” said Manasa, a fireman. “He’s a good dentist and gives good patient care. He hates for us to be in pain and takes care of us.”

For more information, please call 305-233-8000.


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