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 are your interests outside of work?
A: First and foremost, I’m a foodie. Living in the Northern Virginia area is a foodie’s dream, and I take advantage of it as much as possible. With such an amalgam of cultures coalescing here, there’s an opportunity to try just about any cuisine. Another of my biggest hobbies is woodworking. I love crafting small, simple things, such as cutting boards, but I also really enjoy making larger pieces like end tables and TV consoles.
Q: What has been the most significant change in dentistry during your career?
A: Over the last 15 years, the most formidable change in dentistry has been the digitization of manual modalities. We have incorporated as much of that as possible into our practice. In addition to digital X-rays, we use CT scans (3D X-rays) and specialized software to evaluate patients for implants, and to virtually place those implants before surgery. We then use the virtually placed implants to 3D print surgical guides for the actual procedure, ensuring each implant goes precisely where we intend.
The dreaded impressions—or molds—have also been replaced by digital technology. We now scan the teeth with a small wand, creating a digital impression for use in making crowns, night guards, veneers or even dentures.
Q: What brings you the most satisfaction in your work?
A: It is most rewarding to hand a patient a mirror after their smile makeover and watch them turn from side to side as they inspect their new teeth. It always leads to a huge smile—and usually a hug!