Dentistry has come a long way in the past 25 years and Dr. Akeia Everett is on the cutting edge of new procedures. She practices at Grandover Village Dental Care, which opened on September 26.
“This is a company that is opening offices across the Triad,” Everett said. “My husband’s job brought us to the Greensboro area and I was thrilled to find this business.”
Everett always knew she wanted to be in the healthcare profession and considered all avenues before getting into dentistry.
“My personal dentist served as a mentor, allowing me to observe him and helping me make this decision,” she said.
Everett grew up in Woodbridge, Virginia. She attended George Mason University and Howard University College of Dentistry. She noted that despite advances in dental care, there is still a big misconception about its importance.
“Everything that goes into the mouth goes into the bloodstream,” she said. “Dental care (good or bad) affects all parts of the body. It’s not true that people should lose their teeth as they get older. Education plays an important role in helping people take care of their teeth and keep them.
Today, dentists are spending more time educating patients and taking measures that strengthen the tooth and reduce the number of dental emergencies.
“A dentist’s goal is to have excessive dentistry,” Everett said. “The less we have to do, the better.”
Everett believes digital technology has brought the biggest changes in dental care. There is no longer a need for what she calls “goopy” procedures as the scans can be used to make impressions.
Other improvements include Invisalign®, clear aligners that can move crooked teeth and fill gaps without using brackets or wires. This is especially popular with adults. Modern dental implant crowns, bridges or dentures look exactly like real teeth and are incredibly durable.
Composite fillings, unlike amalgam fillings of the past, come in shades that match natural teeth and won’t crack them.
On top of all that, Everett also takes care of teeth whitening, root canals, and extractions when needed.
She currently has two hygienists working with her, as well as office staff who keep the practice running smoothly.
“We’re hoping to hire an additional dentist and more hygienists so we can treat patients faster,” Everett said. “I’m thrilled to be here and enjoying all the challenges that come with a new practice.”
Grandover Village Dental Care is currently open Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Call 336-864-0738 or book an appointment online at grandovervillagedentalcare.com.