Springfield, Chicopee, Longmeadow, West Springfield, East Longmeadow, Ludlow, and Wilbraham, MA Cosmetic Dentistry
East Longmeadow Family Dental Center is a family dental practice providing General, Family, and Cosmetic Dentistry services to Western Massachusetts dental patients for over 20 years. Serving Springfield, East Longmeadow, and Wilbraham, MA (Massachusetts). Our goal is to provide brilliant smiles and play an integral part in the healthy lifestyle of our patients.
Whether it’s a cavity, cosmetic work, implants, or simply a cleaning, the dentists and hygienists of East Longmeadow Family Dental Center provide the right mixture of expertise and advanced technology no matter what the procedure may be.
Our practice is led by Dr. Gregory Zirakian, an established esthetic and cosmetic dentist. Dr. Zirakian uses a team approach to focus on esthetic and cosmetic dentistry, areas that are helping more and more people look better and feel better about themselves. He has been in practice since 1986 and operates a state-of-the-art facility that is patient friendly.
The office has a sophisticated system of high-tech equipment that, for example, enable patients to take home a photograph of their treatment for better understanding. Being treated by a highly competent dentist in a relaxed, friendly environment with the aid of the latest equipment and materials puts patients at ease.
Upon viewing our dental Services page, you will notice that we provide excellent service in dental cosmetic services, smile makeovers and more. Whatever the problem may be, our highly skilled doctors will help bring a sparkle and renewed confidence to your smile.
Conveniently located throughout Western Massachusetts, our East Longmeadow dental office is waiting to hear from you and help with any dental assistance you may need. To speak with an East Longmeadow Family Dental Center representative, or to view our office location, click on our Location page for location maps and contact information.
HEALING WITH HEART
By Magdalena Gómez
African American Point Of View
June 1, 2013
When I first met Dr. Gregory G. Zirakian, D.M.D., I noticed he was wearing a laugh meter on his lab coat. The arrow was on high and I knew I was in the right place. I had been a loyal client of the same dentist for over 20 years, but my increasingly busy schedule made it necessary to find someone closer to home. When I called Dr. Zirakian’s East Longmeadow office with many questions, office manager, Kethley Goodrich, graciously answered them all. Kethley is a great ambassador for the office, as are all of the women who work there. You can feel how much everyone enjoys each other’s company in the form of friendly and humorous exchanges in a very professional and relaxed work atmosphere. I am very fortunate to have access to regular and high quality dental care. This is not the case for millions of Americans.
According to a 2012 report from the office of Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont), over 130 million Americans do not have dental insurance; only 45% of Americans age 2 and older saw a dental provider in the past 12 months. There are also many low- to no-access areas in the country,due to a shortage of dental practitioners and a higher concentration of dental practices in suburban areas.
Growing up poor in the South Bronx, I had very limited access to dental care as a child. My recollection of visiting the dentist revolves around abject terror at the hands of a dentist who was rumpy, ghostly and unkempt. That florescent clinic painted a sickly green, provided a horror movie backdrop that magnified the dental probe in his gnarly hand into an instrument of torture. Until the age of 36, my dental visits were sporadic at best, until I was referred to a very compassionate female dentist in Northampton, Dr. Valerie Karraker, who moved to New Jersey soon after I became her patient. After feeling safe in a dental chair for the first time in my life, her departure was disappointing. Fortunately, her practice was passed on to Dr. Patricia Bonner, an equally caring, gentle and conscientious dentist, who remains in her Northampton practice. Thanks to these two wonderful women dentists, I lost my fear of climbing into that once dreaded dental chair.
Now, with Dr. Zirakian, I am reminded once again of the profound impact that empathy, compassion and humor have on patients across the spectrum of all medicine. The research of journalist and biochemist Norman Cousins, a pioneer in the connection between human emotions and health, continues to benefit humanity today, as the mind-body-spirit connections in healthcare have become more widely accepted and put into practice.
Besides insurance deficits and practitioner shortages, many avoid dentists due to experiences or fear of shame, being made to feel guilty, or fearing pain. A visit to the dentist should be fun,
gentle and patient centered?ask Dr. Zirakian. “It is reasonable to expect the doctor to recognize that science may not have all the answers to problems of health and healing.”
Springfield, Massachusetts Dentist, Dr. Gregory Zirakian is dedicated to cosmetic dentistry such as Exams, Teeth Whitening, Veneers and more.
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