By Deborah Bostock-Kelley
At 31, in person, Magied Bishara, DDS looks almost too young to be helming a private dental practice, but don’t let his boyish good looks fool you. He is a graduate of University of South Florida and Marquette University, Wisconsin, with years of experience under his belt.
After working as an associate in other dental practices for 5 years, Dr. Bishara decided to bring his dentistry skills to Carrollwood, where his new office could be centrally located. A Tampa Bay native, raised in Clearwater, Dr. Bishara knew when he opened his dental practice four months ago, he wanted his patients to feel a sense of calm the minute they opened the door of Bay Premier Dentistry.
Instead of the standard sterile white walls and yellow fluorescent lighting, the practice is welcoming shades of blue and crisp white lighting offering the most modern, state-of-the-art equipment currently available. All patients are greeted at the front desk by the friendly smile of Dental Coordinator, Diana Bratton.
“We have the best technology. Everything is digital – intra-oral cameras,” he said. “We have the capability to take a panoramic xray and 3D xray if we’re doing an implant or trying to see a third canal in a tooth if we are doing a root canal.”
Dr. Bishara knew that his profession had a legitimate fear attached to it – dentophobia – fear of receiving dental care. He knew that some patients were a little tentative about visiting the dentist, so he offered an alternative approach. A patient can visit the practice, talk to Dr. Bishara, see the equipment used, and feel comfortable before scheduling to have any type of procedure done.
“I can treat the whole family- kids, teens, adults to elderly. I work to create a comfortable environment for my patients. I completely understand their hesitancy especially if they had a bad experience before- my patients are trusting me to work in their mouth. I take very good care of them and do everything I can to make them comfortable,” Dr. Bishara explained. “That was a big reason why I wanted to start my own practice. I wanted to be able to do things the way they should be done. I will do whatever is in the best interest of my patients.”
Providing all types of dental services, family services include dental exam and cleaning, oral cancer screening, mouth and sports guards, pediatric dentistry, scaling and root planning gum therapy, and extractions. Restorative services include root canals, implants, crowns and bridges.
Cosmetic services include teeth whitening, porcelain crowns and veneers, as well as, bonding to repair a chipped tooth, fix a gap or cover an erosion spot.
“I really enjoy cosmetic cases. Nothing makes me happier than restoring a patient’s smile and allowing them to be confident with how they look.”
If the patient need a specialist, Dr. Bishara reaches out to several local specialists in the area.
“There’s a lot of great specialists around here that I can refer to,” he said.
Bay Premier Dentistry accepts all major PPO dental insurance plans. To make the cost of dental work more affordable for those without dental insurance, Dr. Bishara offers monthly memberships to help patients with and without periodontal disease save on treatments. For more financial flexibility, Bay Premier Dentistry accepts the CareCredit credit card.
Dr. Bishara currently offers two specials for new patients – $69 exam and x-rays -healthy mouth basic cleaning or $100 off any dental service.
The practice’s hours are Monday and Tuesday 9am to 5pm, extended hours on Wednesday and Thursday 9am -7pm, and Friday 9am to 3pm. Evenings and Saturdays are available for established patients, by appointment.
“The most gratifying thing about having my practice is I get to take care of people the way they should be taken care of – having a person with a problem – whether pain from a toothache or being anxious in the dental chair – and having them come in, see me, and feel comfortable and no longer scared to see the dentist anymore. Taking them out of pain and resolving their issue is the most rewarding thing for me as a dentist.”
Because oral care has a direct correlation to overall health and well-being, Dr. Bishara recommends being proactive with your dental care.
“If you are putting a procedure off or ignoring it, I would encourage getting it done sooner than later. The best time to take care of something is now. It wasn’t yesterday. It’s not tomorrow. It’s now,” he said. “A lot of my patients come in here feeling horrible and I get to fix what’s hurting them. Let’s focus on now and see what we can do to make things better in the future.”
For more information about Dr. Bishara or Bay Premier Dentistry, located at 10330 N. Dale Mabry Highway, call 813.749.4170 or visit baypremierdentistry.com.