Village dentist goes high-tech with renovated office
by Chantal Abitbol
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
“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
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