Love of dentistry behind family clinic
It is a lifetime endeavour to look after your teeth, so finding a dentist who can provide continuity of care across all ages is an important first step to building a comprehensive picture of one’s oral health.
Dana Dental, in Papanui, is one of the few Christchurch clinics to see patients of all ages, from the youngest of toddlers to the most senior of citizens.
Run by the friendly and experienced Dana Papusoi, the clinic offers a rare mix of professionalism and lightheartedness that takes the stress out of visits.
New clients with a Gold Card can also receive a 10 per cent discount, making Dana Dental the ideal place to register the whole family.
Services cover everything from root canals, extractions and permanent bridges to teethwhitening, veneers and the replacement of amalgam fillings with discreet, white composite fillings.
The clinic is also one of the few places to get flexible partial dentures made.
Designed to mould to the mouth for greater comfort and coloured so as to be almost invisible, flexible partial dentures cover less of the mouth than traditional, rigid options and therefore allow for better tasting when eating.
‘‘Not many people do flexible partial dentures in New Zealand but I’ve been doing them for years,’’ says Dana, who comes from a family of medical professionals and has been practising dentistry for more than 20 years.
‘‘I love this job,’’ she adds. ‘‘It does not feel like I’m coming to work – it feels like I am going to do the thing I like most in my life.’’
It is this sense of calling that contributes to the easy rapport Dana has with patients.
The same drive spurred her to experiment first-hand to discover the best teeth-whitener on the market.
After testing the products on herself, she found Zoom, made by Philips, to be the clear leader.
Special trays are now made at Dana Dental to apply the product, which uses a patented calcium phosphate technology to strengthen teeth at the same time as brightening smiles. Remarkable results can be achieved in just seven days, Dana says.
‘‘The trays we make for people last a long time, so if an extra treatment is needed a year or two later, people only have to buy the whitening gel,’’ she says.
Feedback from patients frequently highlights the good feeling that accompanies a visit to the clinic.
A testimonial by Rebecca Murray on the Dana Dental website is typical: ‘‘Dana made me feel very comfortable and assured me that I was in good hands, and most importantly didn’t make me feel embarrassed about the state of my teeth,’’ it reads.
‘‘Dana is great to talk to and she genuinely loves her job and takes a lot of pride in making everyone have the best smile they possibly can.’’
To find out more, contact Dana Dental on 03 354 6969 or visit danadental.co.nz. The clinic is located on the corner of Main North Rd and Cranford St in Papanui.
Dentist Dana Papusoi, owner of the Dana Dental Clinic in Papanui, is widely known for her easy rapport with patients aged one to 100.