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Beating Father Time HOW DR. RYAN REEVES DISCOVERED A NEW DENTAL TECHNIQUE TO STOP THE AGING CLOCK?
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HE SCENT OF FRESHLY BAKED COOKIES warms the lobby of Beyond Exceptional Dentistry. Sun filters in through vaulted skylights. Chilled water arrives in a gold-tipped, stemless glass. Refreshments are on offer for patients to ease anxiety. Smooth jazz plays in the background, and everyone is friendly. This is not your typical dentist’s office. The customer experience at Beyond Exceptional Dentistry is unlike anything in the industry. Nerves are calmed, patients are listened to, and lives are changed. The staff tends to patients like they’re clients at a spa. And this is all before clients even begin their new patient intake session — a signature of their unprecedented process. For patients who’ve struggled with dental issues their whole lives, the sessions can be life-changing. They take place in a serene exam room with custom-made chairs, natural lighting and tall, sliding doors that open to a lush courtyard — all intended to reduce discomfort and stress. Jenni Moseley, the new patient coordinator at Beyond Exceptional Dentistry, has perfected the process. The session begins with a consultation where Moseley talks through what patients want. “Our visits are very eye-opening and sometimes overwhelming,” Moseley says. She takes “before” and “after” pictures, using spacers and dental wax to gently manipulate patients’ jaws into alignment. The images are then photoshopped in real-time, so patients can see their new smile — one they’ve been waiting for their whole lives. It’s not uncommon for patients to get emotional. “We learn about
“The results have been nothing short of a miracle. My friends said I looked 15 years younger but they were not sure why.”
Dr. Ryan Reeves has revolutionized the aging process. He has created a technique that truly is nothing short of
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the health of their mouth, the level of prevention they want to achieve, their smile and any concerns they have,” Moseley says. “We decide together where they want to be, then we use that to drive our education. This is where all of the decisions are made.” The “after” photos also take years off — a ground-breaking way to think about dentistry, pioneered by Dr. Ryan Reeves. Reeves, a relative newcomer to Savannah, continues the legacy started by Brad Durham, taking aesthetic dentistry to new heights and drawing clients from across the country. “You have to start asking, ‘why?’” Reeves says. “As dentists, we’re trained to focus on the problem, but not why that problem is happening. Patients have come in who’ve been told they need to have all their teeth removed. It didn’t make sense to me. It couldn’t be the only option. I started doing research, and I realized it was going to be a game-changer. We could help a lot of people.” That game-changer is Reeves’ holistic, physiological, “beating father time” approach. “If treatments need to be done to correct functional problems and the byproduct is a younger-looking face, it’s a win-win,” says Reeves. Reeves explains the philosophy behind his approach, “When things are out of balance — joints, muscles, nerves — then problems happen. What I’m doing is looking at the underlying problems. We see a lot of people who’ve had other dentists tell them they need to have invasive surgery. We are usually able to fix the issue and get them to a much healthier place in ways they never expected.”
Preserve and enhance youthful appearance with Dr. Reeves’ technique, VitaSmile, customized for each patient.
Reeves’ treatments can fix issues never before associated with dentistry — migraines, ringing in the ears, even back and neck pain. More than that, the treatments can stave off those issues before they happen. “I’ve found preventative dentistry as a niche within the industry. Facial appearance is hugely dictated by the teeth. The teeth support the whole lower third of the face. Tension in the face causes wrinkles. So, people get Botox or plastic surgery to tighten loose skin. We release that tension by finding the proper joint and muscle position, and the result of that is a much younger appearance. If we start early, we can prevent that aging process from happening.”
Where typical dentists treat the problems, Reeves’ process looks at long-term goals, underlying issues and whole health. The treatments are progressive, working patients toward their end goals, both aesthetic and physiological. “We find the position where joints, muscles and teeth are all balanced and we build toward that,” Reeves says. “It could be orthodontics, but we’ve also had cases where we use no drilling, no needles, just veneers where I’m just adding support where it needs to be.” They rely on advanced technology to tell them where that is, employing computerized bite analysis, sensors that detect jaw pressure, even CT scans and software to carry out a surgery digitally before a patient ever hits the chair. The session takes almost an hour — an unprecedented amount of time in a field where consultations with a dentist typically last mere minutes. More than the complimentary wine and the calming surroundings, the care that Dr. Reeves and the whole team at Beyond Exceptional Dentistry give to each patient is what sets them apart. Their revolutionary approach takes dentistry from a dreaded, filling-ridden nightmare to an accessible, aspirational, lifechanging, even enjoyable experience.
Dr. Brad Durham, DMD, Dr. Ryan Reeves, DDS and Dr. Rod Strickland, DDS have decades of experience between them, with specialties that brighten smiles and restore youthful appearances through a blend of art and science.
HOW IT WORKS BEATING FATHER TIME Through a specific 3D scan, Dr Reeves will analyze the position and placement of certain joints and jaw position. Then, with the use of his computerized bite analysis, the muscles are measured to find where the patients precise pain-free symmetrical facial position should lie. With this position the facial muscles will relax and allow for a more youthful, painless and more natural appearance. For more information, meet the team at theTheDurhamSmile.com or call 912-234-8282 for their Savannah office or reach them at their Bluffon, South Carolina office at 843-706-2999.
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A LEGACY EVOLUTION BEYOND EXCEPTIONAL DENTISTRY DR. RYAN REEVES LEADS THE TEAM at Beyond Exceptional Dentistry. His relentless pursuit of excellence is a constant quest. It’s a journey that started early in his career after four years of undergrad and four years of dental school where he was taught the same old things – a philosophy of dentistry based on patching up problems rather than solving underlying issues. “What we’re taught in dental school, it didn’t really make sense. There has to be a better way.” So, he sought out experts in the physiologic side of dentistry. “After the morning of the first lecture, my first thought was ‘The earth’s not flat!’ I knew it was going to be a game-changer.” That game-changer is an approach to dentistry that looks at the alignment and balance of the whole musculature and nerve structure of the head and neck to solve the root cause of dental problems. “We’re rarely someone’s first dentist,” he said. “We treat patients others have given up on. They’ve had other dentists tell them their only option is to take all their teeth out. They’re looking for more, for what others can’t do.” They look beyond....and find answers at Beyond Exceptional Dentistry they were told didn’t exist. Reeves estimates that maybe five percent of dentists in the country do what he does, and maybe two percent do it routinely. There’s a reason people fly from across the country to be treated by Dr. Reeves and his partner, Dr. Rod Strickland. In fact, there is a map in the Beyond Exceptional Dentistry lobby that shows where patients have come from across America. In his quest for answers, Reeves sought out one of the most unique practices in the country where he could apply his approach. He found it in The Durham Office, now Beyond Exceptional Dentistry. Brad Durham had already established a legacy of dentistry unlike anything in the world. Reeves wants to keep what was so exceptionally built and constantly evolve so it stays on top. “Upholding the legacy isn’t enough, we have to go BEYOND that,” he says. For Reeves and his team, that means creating the model for the way dentistry should be practiced. When they achieve this daily commitment, Beyond Exceptional Dentistry is more than a name, it’s a promise. BeyondExceptionalDentistry.com / 912.234.8282
“We specialize in the complex. The “beyond” in Beyond Exceptional Dentistry means we treat patients many others have given up on and achieve success where others failed.” –RYAN M. REEVES, DDS
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Inventor of Fountai
Recognized for High-Technology Integration & Office Design
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Dr. Rod Strickland Invents Life-Changing Dental Procedures Restoring Patient Smiles, Youth and Comfort
For patients with dentures, there’s renewed hope. Dr. Rod Strickland has invented two procedures that are changing the way denture patients look and feel, but these advanced methodologies didn’t happen overnight. The result of 25 years of dental practice, trial and error and a story of perseverance, Dr. Strickland, has built a career learning, striving for excellence and pursuing higher standards in dentistry. Today, a world-renowned teacher and dental innovator, Dr. Strickland invented Fountain of Youth (FOY®) Dentures and CeraSmile® to help patients, like David, achieve comfort and regain confidence in everyday tasks, such as talking and eating. “I thought these dentures would feel like my old ones, but from the moment they put FOY Dentures in my mouth, I could tell the difference,” said David.
“They felt like real teeth. Now, I feel comfortable going out in public, eating and socializing.” David is just one patient who has experienced an improved quality of life because of FOY® Dentures, a revolutionary technique for making high-end dentures. From dental school graduate to dental innovator, Dr. Strickland’s journey begins in 1994 at Indiana University, Indianapolis, where he was commissioned as a 2nd lieutenant and graduated in the top 10 percent of his class with a Doctor of Dental Surgery degree.
Dr. Strickland’s pioneering treatment changed this patient’s life by giving her a brand new smile.
office to a more specialized practice focused on complex dental cases. In 2007, he moved his family to
“Little did I know in 1994 how my choice in career
Okatie, South Carolina, and joined Beyond Exceptional
would shape my life, and how impactful the emotions would be,” said Dr. Strickland. Upon graduation, Dr. Strickland
Dentistry, ready to make a
...Now, I feel comfortable going out in public, eating and socializing.
purchased an existing dental
lasting impact in the dental field. In his new office, Dr. Strickland was challenged with offering procedures
practice where he practiced for four years. Early in his
that weren’t currently in place — performing
career, he recalls struggling with making dentures
dentures. For ten years, Dr. Strickland had given
as he had learned.
up making dentures because he couldn’t bear giving his patients what seemed to be poor results.
“I didn’t like the way I was taught in dental school,”
“However, time had passed and I had become a
he said. “It didn’t make sense to me, but I followed
smarter and more educated dentist,” he said.
what I was taught. It was hit or miss. Sometimes my patients would be happy with my work, and sometimes
After two years of experimenting with various
they wouldn’t. That bothered me.”
techniques, FOY® Dentures were born.
Dr. Strickland later joined a business partner and
Dr. Strickland reinvented the denture process using
transitioned his practice from a general and family
the best materials available, fitting the new dentures
using neuromuscular dentistry. Other dentures can often be loose fitting and painful with poor suction, making chewing difficult or resulting in a sunken-in face. Combined with dental implants, FOY® Dentures are a comfortable and effective tooth replacement with superior fit, function and aesthetics that help patients look younger and enjoy more foods. To complement his FOY® Dentures invention, Dr. Strickland also created CeraSmile®, an all-ceramic
A patient beaming after receiving life-changing CeraSmile® treatment from Dr. Strickland.
smile anchored to dental implants. CeraSmile takes ®
natural facial structure with ideal smile esthetics and combines them with a permanent, non-removable
for a beautiful, long-lasting, permanent solution to
solution for people who have lost all of their teeth.
dental health. Today, Dr. Strickland teaches CeraSmile® to dentists from around the USA and has created a
“I combined FOY® Dentures with non-removable
franchised network featuring this new technology.
implant bridges that replace an entire arch of teeth, eliminating embarrassment and worry,” he said.
True to his office namesake, that’s Beyond Exceptional Dentistry.
CeraSmile® prevents patients from removing their teeth, and eliminates cavities, crowns and root canals
Common Reasons Other Dentures Fail Look
Tips When Biting
Teeth Too Short
Falls Loose When Chewing
Teeth Too Long
Painful to Chew
Can Only Eat Soft Food
Denture-Induced Wrinkles Teeth Not Centered on Face Crooked Smile Fake Looking
Worn/Flat Teeth Only Mush Food
The FOY Dentures & Cerasmile Difference ®
Before and After Smile Transformations Patients who’ve experienced FOY® Dentures and CeraSmile® enjoy a life-changing smile transformation. These before and after photos of real patients showcase the unmistakable difference, often compared to the equivalent of having a facelift.