Dr. Cristi Cheek knew in second grade that she was going to be a dentist. And all along, a significant part of her dream was to create an office environment with an uplifting, positive atmosphere where everyone, both patients and staff, felt like family. Today, she has exceeded those childhood dreams with a thriving practice with a family feel and a patient base that places complete trust in Cheek Dental.
This year Cheek Dental celebrates 19 years in the East Cobb community. “It has always been important to me to undertake any task with the right motives,” explains Dr. Cheek. “My philosophy has always been that if you do something for the right reasons, all the pieces fall into place. The growth and longevity of my practice is a result of how we treat our patients — from an excellent clinical approach of course, but also in terms of forming relationships and developing mutual respect. Just as important is the way we treat each other in our office. Many of my team members have been with me for over a decade and are like my second family. Staff longevity is crucial to having an extraordinary practice.”
According to Dr. Cheek, Cheek Dental has three core values from which the practice operates. Thirteen dedicated team members adhere to these values. The first is having a servant’s heart – doing whatever it takes to ensure each patient has the best experience possible. She says this includes offering blankets to patients if the office feels cold to walking patients out to their car using an umbrella if a rainstorm pops up. The second core value is valuing patients’ and employees’ time. The patients of Cheek Dental rarely wait longer than five minutes for their appointments, and team members are committed to helping each other so that they all can head home on time to be with their families at the end of the day. The third is promoting honesty and integrity, which creates trust with patients. She cites the fact that she and her team view patients as extensions of their family and collaborate with each patient to create individual treatment plans that address the whole health needs of the patient while considering the patient’s concerns.
As Cheek Dental continued to prosper over the years, Dr. Cheek began the search for a like-minded practitioner to join the practice and was very selective when she chose Dr. Kristina Chandler who became part of the team in 2016. Graduating in the top of her class from the Medical College of Georgia (as did Dr. Cheek), Dr. Chandler, along with Dr. Cheek, share a vision for serving others through dentistry. “I enjoy working with my hands and the artistry involved in creating beautiful smiles,” says Dr. Chandler. “I love interacting with patients and feel that one of the most important factors in a successful doctor-patient relationship is trust.”
In spite of COVID, the practice has continued to grow, and at the end of July, Cheek Dental welcomes a third dentist to the team, Dr. Houston Brice, who is also a graduate of the Medical College of Georgia and grew up in the East Cobb area. Dr. Cheek says every team member agreed he was the perfect fit for the position and are all excited to be working with him. One of the many aspects Dr. Brice loves about dentistry is the ability to help patients who have struggled with dental anxiety. “So many people have an inherent fear of going to the dentist,” he says. “One of my favorite challenges of dentistry is helping my patients understand that dentistry doesn’t have to be terrifying or painful. You can deliver quality care with a gentle, compassionate style that generates confidence from your patients.”
High-quality dentistry serves as the cornerstone for Cheek Dental. Patients of all ages are treated by skilled professionals with state-of-the-art equipment and technology. In particular, Cheek Dental excels at creating beautiful custom crowns with its CEREC CAD/CAM technology. With this technology, there is no temporary crown since the crown is made the same day, so no second appointment is needed. Cheek Dental also specializes in porcelain veneers, dental implants, and cosmetic dentistry services, which include smile makeovers, bonding, and invisible braces.
If you are looking for a dental office that adheres to meticulous attention to detail, an eye for aesthetics, and a warm, personal approach, look no further than Cheek Dental. “We simply want our patients to be happy when they leave,” concludes Dr. Cheek.