Where Everybody Knows Your Name
By Cyndi Braun
A visit to DeMercy Dental in Roswell feels more like catching up with old friends. From the warm greeting at check-in, to the friendly hygienists, to the father-daughter dentist team, it’s no surprise that DeMercy Dental has been in the business of providing quality dental care for 31 years.
Back in 1986, Dr. Jeff DeMercy established the practice with his wife, Tammy, managing the office and daughter, Amanda, greeting patients from her playpen behind the front desk.
Fast-forward to 2017, and the scene repeats itself. Dr. Amanda Kossick now works side-by-side with her dad, mom manages the office, and Amanda’s two-year-old daughter stands ready to carry the dental business into the next generation, if she desires.
Quality, Personal Care
“From the beginning, we have emphasized that we want everyone here to know patients’ names when they walk in the front door. They are never just patients; they are unique individuals,” said Tammy DeMercy.
Dr. DeMercy believes that a personal connection with patients is the key to quality care.
“We take the time to listen to our patients, empathize and understand what their issues are, and build a level of trust,” said Dr. DeMercy. “When we establish that trust, we can provide better quality care.”
Dr. Kossick joined the practice four years ago after graduating from the Medical College of Georgia.
“Many patients tell me that I’m just like my dad, which I think is a huge compliment,” said Dr. Kossick. “My favorite part of being a dentist is taking care of people and putting them at ease. Dentistry fits my personality well, since I’m very detail-oriented and enjoy doing things with my hands.”
Preventative Care for Better Health
The practice offers standard dental services including dental exams and cleanings, oral cancer screenings, white fillings, oral surgery, dental bridges, dentures and periodontal disease care.
Patients should have regular cleanings and check-ups to ensure dental health as well as general health. For example, some experts believe that severe gum disease may be linked to conditions such as heart disease, diabetes or stroke. Preventing gum disease may improve a patient’s overall long-term health.
“Dentistry is very preventative in nature,” said Dr. Kossick. “Advancements in medicine and research allow dentistry to implement more comprehensive treatments that affect the whole person’s health.”
For patients whose smiles are not to their liking, cosmetic dentistry can make a big difference. Services include Invisalign®, teeth whitening, smile makeover, porcelain veneers, dental bonding and dental implants.
Invisalign® is an option for patients who want to straighten teeth without wearing braces. Patients wear a series of different clear retainers for six months to two years. The process gradually shifts teeth and transforms smiles.
Smile makeovers help patients with cracked, chipped, gapped, crooked or stained teeth. Working with the patient, dentists provide restorative and cosmetic dental procedures such as white fillings, dental bonding, porcelain veneers, dental crowns, braces, bridges and implants.
Offering the Latest in Technology
DeMercy Dental uses state-of-the-art dental technology, including intraoral cameras, electric handpieces, CEREC, digital X-rays and PerioLase®. The equipment helps provide accurate diagnosis and treatment by detecting and identifying current or potential problems.
“If a patient has periodontal disease, especially if there’s excessive tartar build-up and bone loss occurring, I use the PerioLase® laser paired with traditional scaling to remove the tartar and get some regeneration of bone in those sites,” said Dr. Kossick, who has advanced training in dental technology. “We’ve had great results and are pleased to be able to offer laser technology to our patients.”
PerioLase® treats periodontal disease as well as other dental issues such as cold sores/canker sores, TMJ issues (jaw), gum disease, plaque buildup, painless injections, increased recovery from surgery and sensitive teeth.
A Family Practice for Families
“Most of our patients are families themselves. Many start as young families, then grow and stay with us, adding children and grandchildren over the years,” said Dr. Kossick. “Our patients become an extension of our own family.”
DeMercy Dental welcomes new patients of all ages – from toddlers to seniors. For more information, call or check the website.
10930 Crabapple Road
Roswell, GA 30075