Smiling all the way to the dentist
THERE is plenty to smile about for Evans Head residents with the opening of the latest dental service Happy Smiles.
Partners Dr Santosh Joy, Ajay Coutinho and Dr Phillida Noronha have opened their sixth branch of the practice at 48 Woodburn Street.
"What we do is try to provide services where dental services are not provided by the public system,” Dr Joy said.
"We also create jobs in the area for dental assistants.”
Happy Smiles is also based in Grafton, Yamba, Maclean, South West Rocks and Tenterfield.
The practice opened at the end of last month and a tour of the facility showed state of the art equipment installed.
One impressive feature was a flat screen television on the ceiling for patrons to watch their favourite shows while getting work done.
Another impressive item was the practice's OPG (OrthoPantomoGram) machine that can take an X-ray of the whole mouth in one go.
"Not many dental practices have this machine installed,” Dr Joy said.
"It's expensive but we've invested in the best as we don't cut corners.”
He said the "footprint” of the machine is also very low.
"There is minimal radiation,” he said.
The practice also uses infra-oral cameras that take pictures of the teeth, recording cavities and the extent of the problem.
Dr Joy hopes that if the practice receives enough patients, they can then look to employing specialists at the Evans Head branch.
"We want to provide every level of dental service, including orthodontists and other specialist surgeons,” he said.
"It will save Evans Head residents having to go all the way to Ballina.”