Steven Booth is a general dentist who offers his patients longer appointment times, so if it is necessary he can take care of more than one tooth in a single visit.
The ability to offer his patients that convenience is a reason he has chosen to practice from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. three days a week.
"We typically do not do high-volume dentistry here -- we do a little lower volume. We are quality oriented ... most everything that we do is tooth-color, bonded restorative work."
Booth does not offer silver fillings as an option to his patients because those types of fillings do not stick as well to the tooth, he said. The materials used for tooth-color, bonded fillings are simply better, he said.
"(The materials) look nicer, and they actually just bond to the tooth. They help strengthen the tooth back up and help mold it back together," Booth said.
He invested in all the latest high-tech equipment, such as intra-oral cameras, digital imaging and laser-cure technology, when he moved his practice to Payson from Phoenix in February 2004.
Dentistry is Booth's chosen career because he "wanted to be an entrepreneur and be involved with health care, but was never attracted to medicine."
He graduated from Creighton University School of Dentistry in 1994.
In addition to basic fillings, crowns, bridges, extractions, non-surgical periodontal work (the treating of gum and bone disease), he said he does minor surgical extractions. Booth said he is one of a few dentists in Payson who does not refer a patient's root canal out to another professional. He performs them himself.
But he recommends adults see a dentist as a preventative measure long before a tooth problem gets to the stage of needing a root canal.
"There's a lot of stuff that I see way ahead of time that I can fix a lot more inexpensively than when a patient procrastinates. A root canal is more painful on the patient and his or her pocketbook than a cavity," Booth said.
For those patients who like their smile bright and white, Booth makes whitening trays molded for their mouths. The whitening strips people can purchase over the counter work "pretty well" he said. However, the whitening solution he is able to use as a dentist is stronger and the trays provide patients with a custom fit, so the whitening process is more complete.
In his Phoenix practice, Booth said he saw many patients for temporomandibular joint (TMJ) and bite issues. While he has only seen seven or eight patients for this in Payson so far, TMJ and bite problems are conditions he is able to help his patients overcome through the use of a splint. Then teeth can be put in the right position through either referred orthodontics (braces) or through crown and bridgework. Minor equilibrations, grinding a little bit of enamel here and there to make the teeth fit together better, may also be used.
When Booth is not practicing general dentistry he said he is out enjoying the lack of crowds and the outdoor lifestyle he and wife, Dr. Cynthia Booth, moved to Payson to enjoy.
Steven Booth, DDS is located at 120 E. Main Street, Suite B, Payson. For more information, call (928) 474-4789. Regular appointments are scheduled from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.