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By Brittany Nay

Throughout her life, Jenny Tippit never smiled in a single photo. And by early adulthood, her debilitating fear of the dentist not only was affecting her smile but her personal and professional relationships, as well. “I didn’t want my daughter to know me without a smile,” she explains. That’s where Dr. Humaira Rosinski at Creve Coeur Dental came in.

When Tippit finally mustered the courage to see a dentist for the first time in years, she chose Rosinski for the doctor’s warm and caring bedside manner that instantly relieved her anxiety. “Many people are very apprehensive about the dentist. It’s a very invasive thing,” Rosinski notes. “Our patients come first. We try to make sure they’re nice and comfortable.”

Following an initial consultation, Tippit trusted Rosinski to makeover her smile. She underwent multiple procedures, including a root canal and several tooth extractions. “I never felt terrible pain,” Tippit says. “The next day after having teeth pulled, I would be totally fine at work.” In the end, her damaged teeth were transformed into a natural-looking smile. “People tell me all the time that my teeth are perfect. It looks like I was just born with this smile.”

Creve Coeur Dental’s staff strives for this kind of stress-free dentistry, Rosinski says. The family practice offers general, restorative, and cosmetic dentistry, from minor to extensive dental work for adults, teens, and children. The office utilizes the latest technology, including electronic dental records and the newest imaging and machinery, when providing dental implants, crowns, bridges, orthodontics, and teeth whitening.

Creve Coeur Dental also collaborates with other health care providers, such as acupuncturists and chiropractors, to help manage patients’ pain and stress during dental procedures. And for clients who need financial assistance, the office offers aid and advice and even provides complimentary dental work to one deserving patient each year. “I do not just give them the most expensive option, I give them all of the options,” Rosinski explains. This approach keeps clients coming back, she adds. “I’ve been told repeatedly by patients that they feel that we’re very honest.”

Rosinski honed her dentistry skills at New York University Dental School, with a residency at Yale University. She also served in the U.S. Air Force, including a six-month deployment in Qatar, where she was chief of dental services. Two years ago, she brought her decade of dental experience to St. Louis.

And Tippit is one patient thankful for that. “What Dr. Rosinski did for me changed my life.” Her advice to others with unhealthy teeth is simple: Don’t wait. “I could’ve been happier so much earlier. I’m excited to go to the dentist now—and it’s just for cleanings.” It certainly sets a healthy example for Tippit’s daughter, who was 1 when her mother received her smile makeover. “She’ll only know me with a huge smile on my face.”

ON THE COVER: Creve Coeur Dental, located at 677 N. New Ballas Road, offers stress-free general, restorative and cosmetic dentistry for the whole family. For more information, call 314-569-3141.

Dr. Humaira Rosinski, photo by Sarah Crowder