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Going to the dentist doesn’t have to mean visiting the office of a private practice, and most certainly not a frightening experience! Dentalia Living is a dental clinic in La Romana located in Plaza Darinel that houses all of your dental needs under one roof with more than one kind of specialist. The clinic is headed by Dr. Elizabeth Martínez, who studied in the Faculty of Stomatology at the Institute of Medical Sciences of Havana Cuba and completed her studies at the Central University of the East (UCE in San Pedro de Marcoris). She also teaches in two renowned universities in Santo Domingo. We recently sat down with Dr. Martínez to learn more about her and Dentalia.
How long have you been working as a dentist and what do you specialize in?
In general dentistry, I have eleven years of experience, and four as a specialist in the area of Periodontics and Dental Implants. Periodontics is the area that serves all the supporting structures of the teeth, which are known as periodontium; it involves several treatments ranging from ordinary cleanings to complex smile design and aesthetic procedures.
Tell us more about Dentalia Living…
The clinic was founded by Dr. Francesca Alvarez, and we opened in July of 2011. I was lucky to have her as a partner for four years. At Dentalia Living, we perform all kinds of procedures and even have specialized radiologists. Our close team of specialists include Dr. Hector Luis Rodriguez, well known orthodontist, and Dr. Giancarlos Brache, who specializes in pediatric dentistry. We also treat children.
How often do you recommend visiting the dentist?
We recommend children start visiting the dentist as soon as their first teeth come in. Older children should visit the dentists every six months so that we are able to follow up on their dental hygiene and prevent or care for any dental cavities or gingival diseases. For adults, at least annual visits for cleaning and check ups. We will always tell you when you should visit next, and the time varies depending on the condition and needs of each patient.
What do you consider to be fundamental in a quality dentist?
It is difficult to name just one thing. In addition to being responsible, organized, delicate, and ethical and disciplined, a dentist must maintain top levels of hygiene in their facilities. Dental environments often have a lot of cross-contamination if not in optimum conditions. The medical facilities must be enabled and verified by Public Health, and you should be able to see a dentist’s titles that accredit him or her as a specialist their area. A good dental center will always have modern equipment, and keep a record of reports for patients in their particular cases.
Do you think there is a fear of going to the dentist, and if so, how do you help calm the nerves of patients?
Fear of the dentist has been going on for generations, either due to the sound of the machinery or the duration of restorative procedures which may involve pain. Restorative procedures used to be more invasive, but with the development of the dental industry, adhesive materials and implantology, much has been achieved. If teeth are cared for properly pain is preventable.
Additionally, our practices relax patients with music, aromatherapy, television, and especially by providing delicate and pleasant treatment. I can assure you, the mouth is an essential part of our psychosocial development; a smile inspires security, confidence, and reflects happiness — that is worth protecting!
Give Dr. Elizabeth Martínez and her team from Dentalia Living in La Romana a visit; we are sure you won’t regret it! See below more images of the clinic taken by Laura Perdomo:
Where: Plaza Darinel, Suite 401, La Romana
Hours of operation:
Mondays – Fridays: 9am-12:30pm; and 2pm-7pm
Saturdays: 9am – 1:30pm
*Scheduled appointments may have an extended schedule.
Contact: 809-556-8645, 809-421-3063; [email protected]
Social Media: Follow them on Facebook.