Treating Patients Like Family
As if living in Market Common isn’t reason enough to smile with ease, Market Common Dentistry gives you more reasons to ash your smile with happiness. The small local dentist office has been located in our community for four years, and is run by Dr. James Mills.
Dr. Mills graduated in 1984 from Loyola University with a doctorate in dental surgery. He then completed a one-year general practice residency at the University of Chicago in 1987, which provided training in advanced surgical techniques, anesthesia, and general medicine.
He worked as a dentist in private practice in Chicago before moving to Myrtle Beach in 1991. Once here, he purchased an existing dental practice which he moved and expanded. Currently, he is in his third location in Myrtle Beach, “and,” he tells me, “I’m in the best one yet.”
The dental office is a free standing building with ample parking, located one-third of a mile west of P.F. Chang’s and across the street from the soccer fields.
“The most up-and-coming neighborhoods in Myrtle Beach are here in the Market Common,” he continues. “It’s a community within a community. You can walk out the door of my practice and see the beautiful lake. It’s an outstanding area, which is relatively non-commercial. The whole setting is very peaceful. It’s new, it’s clean— and with beautiful sports fields, very family oriented.”
Market Common Dentistry is a general dentistry practice, run by Dr. James Mills, and Associate Dr. James Sexton, and does all aspects of dental procedures excepting orthodontics. What makes them unique, is that most dental procedures are able to be done right here, in their office, bypassing the need to be referred elsewhere for a more complex or serious procedure.
“A lot of other dental offices will refer you to another place de- pending on the work that needs to be done,” Lisa Yazici, the practice manager for the office tells me. Lisa’s job is to run the daily operations of the dental practice and to ensure that everything is running smoothly from patient comfort to treatment planning. “But we do almost all procedures here,” she says.
Dr. Mills is able to administer IV and oral sedation to patients right in the dental chair. “I learned implant dentistry back when very few general dentists were offering that,” he says. “I also learned to administer IV sedation so as to be able to place implants as well as bone grafting while keeping the patients comfortable.”
“We understand that people dislike the dentist,” Lisa says, and that’s why the entire team at Market Common Dentistry, from the front desk, to the dental hygienists, to the doctors, do everything they can to make their patients feel safe, relaxed, and comfortable. They develop a rapport with their patients and listen to their needs, focusing on service to help put people at ease. “Our patients are like family,” Lisa tells me.
In addition to containing modern dental equipment, the office was designed with amenities like heated, vibrating dental chairs and ceiling mounted monitors so patients can watch DVDs or television during procedures.
Knowing that almost any dental problem that they have can be treated at their pleasant, contemporary office—and knowing that they’ll be cared for by a familiar face for an intense procedure brings many anxious dental patients a measure of calm and security.
“We’re very comforting, caring, kind and professional here,” Lisa tells me. “That’s why our motto is ‘smile with confidence, in comfort, beautifully.’ ”
Dr. Mills shares that his favorite thing about practicing dentistry is helping people achieve a healthier mouth, and providing them with the service that they want and need.
“I really value and strive for the best long-term patient outcomes,” he says. “It’s gratifying when I can relieve their pain and see them leave with a smile, and help them make headway with their oral health. We treat a lot of families, and they come to us because of the convenience of the services we offer, availability of appointments, and location.”
“We are successful because of the way we treat our patients and the quality of care we provide,” Lisa adds. “We’re not a clinic atmosphere, we’re a private family practice.”
Market Common Dentistry
Market Common Dentistry is located at 1342 Farrow Parkway, Myrtle Beach, 29577; 843 293-6700; www.marketcommondentistry.com. They would like to wish everyone a happy new year.
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