For some, the thought of a dental visit can cause a bit of unease— but it doesn’t have to be like that.
Upon visiting the office of Dr. Loren J. Grossman, DMD, in Kingston, one tends to forget that he/she is in a dentist’s office. Dr. Grossman’s suite has a contemporary feel to it, including a waiting room with a large, flat-screen TV, unique lighting, and seating for up to 15 people. It was designed by an interior decorator whose goal was to create a calm and soothing atmosphere, so it doesn’t feel like a “typical” trip to the dentist.
“We wanted a soothing look, and the colors we picked were based on the psychological benefits of someone feeling at ease,” Dr. Grossman said.
The dentist’s impressive bio includes a bachelor’s degree from the University of Pittsburgh in 1979. He graduated from Temple University School of Dentistry in 1983, received a Certificate in Hospital Dentistry as a General Practice Resident from Abington Memorial Hospital in 1984, and completed his General Practice Residency at Abington Memorial Hospital.
“The purpose of the hospital dentistry program was to give students— who were best in their class— hospital experience in delivering general dentistry to medically compromised patients,” said Dr. Grossman. “We saw a lot more complicated cases than I would have in a private clinic.”
He was on call 24/7 during this year-long program, and gained invaluable experience working within the spectrum of specialists involved in all facets of dentistry.
“I worked with oral surgeons in the operating room; ear, nose, and throat specialists with wiring jaws; endodontists with root canal therapy; and extensive crown and bridge procedures,” he said. While working alongside these specialists, he developed a keen interest in cosmetic dentistry.
In 1984, Dr. Grossman returned to the area to open his private practice at the Newbridge Center. After three and a half years of practice there, he moved to his current location at 375 Pierce Street, in Kingston.
“My practice has expanded a few times. I started with a quarter of the building, and later expanded to half. Now, I have three quarters of the building,” he said. “We’re very up to date and modern and recently conducted a makeover of the office, both inside and out. We offer gentle yet sophisticated techniques in a setting not seen anywhere else.”
Dr. Grossman’s office support staff includes two dental assistants, five hygienists, two administrative staffers, and a bookkeeper.
Aesthetic and cosmetic dentistry is Dr. Grossman’s concentration, including extreme smile makeovers, veneers, and tooth whitening, but he continues to practice general dentistry for children and adults.
Bob Borwick, a patient for 20 years, described Dr. Grossman as a very personable doctor whose goal is to make sure the patient is comfortable. “He has a great personality and is very gregarious, which helps put the patient at ease,” Bob said.
Bob added that his support staff mirrors Dr. Grossman’s personable character and is always there to make sure the patient is comfortable.
Dr. Grossman has been treating patients since the early 1980s and is now treating second and even third generations of these original patients from the Kingston area.
Joanne Kittrick recently had a “smile make-over” when Dr. Grossman modernized the caps he put on her teeth 20 years ago. “He’s a fantastic dentist,” she said.
Not only do patients feel physically comfortable with their visit, but they can also avoid the burden of expensive dentistry. Most insurance plans are accepted, and Dr. Grossman has recently become part of a committee that is in the planning stages for a Volunteers in Dental Clinic.
“The committee was formed to implement a clinic for people who fall through the cracks- those who don’t have insurance and also don’t have a low enough income to apply for an Access card. The opening date for this clinic is anticipated to be in July of 2010,” he said.
The dental office is open Monday through Saturday, 8 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Tuesdays, 8 a.m.-6 p.m., and Dr. Grossman can also be available for emergency calls on Sundays.
For more information or to schedule an appointment, call (570) 283-1130 or visit www.drlorengrossman.com to see before and after photos of patients who have undergone cosmetic procedures by Dr. Loren J. Grossman, DMD.
Article supplied courtesy of Independent NEPA Magazine.