BURFORD — Burford residents are happy to have a family dental clinic they don’t have to go out of town to visit. Just shy of a year ago Dr. Rashi Grover opened her new dental clinic in Burford using the same complete range of dental care in warm & friendly atmosphere as her patients are used to getting at Hagersville Dental Arts Centre, 27 King Street West location.
“My Burford office, at 63 King Street, began in May of 2013, and I have been accepted very well, for which I am thankful to the local and surrounding community,” says Rashi.
Rashi and her husband, Mukesh, immigrated to Canada from New Delhi, India, in March of 2004. Prior to coming, Rashi worked as a dental officer with the Indian armed forces where she rose to the rank of Major. When her military commission was completed, she and Mukesh began to look west.
In March of 2004, they came to Canada and first settled in GTA where Rashi enrolled at the University of Toronto to get her Canadian certification requirements.
She graduated from the U of T in 2008 and began seeking the right location for her practice. They both were looking for a small, rural Ontario community to set up the practice.
As it so happened, the timing was right. Hagersville’s Dr. Fuller, who opened his practice in 1968 and also served many New Credit and Six Nations patients was about to retire and was looking for the right applicant to take over his practice.
After a two-year search, Dr. Fuller selected Rashi who official took the reigns of the practice in 2008.
Her new Burford practice has been well received in its first year by area residents, who until last year, had to travel to Brantford or elsewhere for their dental needs.
Rashi splits her time between the Hagersville office, and the new Burford office, alternating with Dr. Ganesh, a fellow U of T graduate from her same graduating class who joined the practice recently.
“We have known each other a long time,” she says. “He is a very good dentist and a very nice man and people really love him. Between the two of us, we hold down both practices.”
As many changes as there have been in the field of dentistry over the past decade or two, in the end a toothache is still a toothache.
“The basic problems are the same as they have always been,” says Rashi. “But techniques and things that have been introduced, like lasers and implants, which were not popular in the 1990’s are very popular now.
Dentistry is like any other field in that you are always evolving.”
To keep up, continuing education and upgrades are essential and Rashi stays abreast of these new techniques and technologies.
The digital age has brought with it a lot of new technologies that are still evolving into mainstream dentistry.
“There are new breakthroughs in how to maintain the tooth, how to regenerate a tooth that is dying, as well as new technologies in bridgework and that kind of thing,” she says.
Anesthetic procedures and equipment have improved over the past 10-15 years as well.
“There are so many options for a patent these days,” says Rashi. “Even in just giving a needle now, there are different techniques and instruments that can dull the needle pain, which we use in our practices.
“You can do dental treatment while the patient sleeps or give laughing gas, which can relax an anxious patient. Lasers are beginning to be used in place of the dental drill, which is far less painful,” says Rashi. “This could be incorporated into our practices in future as it is still evolving and I don’t think it is at its best just yet. Although it has certainly improved since it began five years back, it has a way to go yet, I think.
Both her Hagersville and Burford offices are modern, digital and computerized.
Dr.Grover’s patient list also includes families from nearby Harley, Oakland, Scotland, Paris, Six Nations, New Credit and the region and she is still taking new patients at both practices. For more info, go to www.dental-arts.ca.