Michael J. Paesani, DMD
Dr. Paesani graduated from the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine and completed his General Practice Residency at Veterans Affairs Medical Center in West Palm Beach. Looking to move closer to his hometown in western Maryland, he started NOVA Dental Studio in 2012, following four years of private practice in Florida.
Q: What makes you different from other dentists?
A: Our philosophy of patient-centered care is what defines us at NOVA Dental Studio. Each patient’s dental needs are different. We communicate important treatment recommendations by using actual photos of your teeth and discuss treatment options using sample models to educate patients on the nuances of various treatment modalities. Your involvement as a patient in treatment decisions and education about your oral health has a significant positive impact on your overall dental experience.
Q: What is the most significant change in dentistry during your career?
A: Technology has been the catalyst for the most significant improvements in dentistry since I began practicing. Traditional film X-rays were the standard at the start of my career, and I have witnessed the dawn of the digital era of dentistry. X-rays that used to take seven minutes to develop are now instantly available. Impressions, or molds, have been replaced by intra-oral scanners that create virtual models of teeth. Crowns can be designed in a matter of minutes using AI software. Improvements are so rapid it seems like a new breakthrough is always on the horizon.
Q: How do you employ new technology to help your patients?
A: We always try to stay on top of the technological trends in dentistry. We’ve recently added a 3D printer to the practice to create surgical guides to place dental implants. We design these guides completely online using virtual models of patients’ teeth. We’re also fine-tuning the process of 3D printing nightguards to help protect against nighttime grinding.