By Annie Guo | Asian Avenue magazine
8000 E. Belleview Ave. Suite E15 | Greenwood Village, CO 80111
Tel: 303-770-8870 | www.nouvelledentistry.com
At Nouvelle Dentistry, Dr. Hanh Phi treats patients as she would treat her family. With a focus on patient satisfaction, every treatment is given with special care and attention to the patient’s comfort.
“Nouvelle” is the feminine form of “new” in French. Growing up with a grandfather and mother that spoke French, Phi was influenced by the French culture. The word is not only euphonic, but it represents the dental office. Nouvelle Dentistry provides the newest and greatest technology for its patients.
“Dentistry is an exciting and evolving field and I am proud to represent modern dentistry and what it has to offer to patients,” she said. “So many patients have a traumatic and terrifying perception of dentistry. What people don’t realize is there are practices that really have the equipment, personnel and compassion that it takes to make your experience not only tolerable, but actually pleasant.”
Recently opened in February, Nouvelle Dentistry has a state-of-the-art facility that includes digital radiography with both intraoral sensors and also a panoramic machine that captures a full image of the jaw. This is a luxury few offices have, but Dr. Phi is a proud owner of this technology that truly enhances appropriate diagnosis. Using monitors, patients are shown their intraoral photos and radiographs. They can also stream TV shows, news, music, and movies while relaxing in the dental chair that has a heat and massage function.
Dr. Phi advises that even at a young age it is important to take care of your oral health. “I find that the younger demographic has the tendency to ignore oral health. It is a busy time in your life where dentistry is not a priority; it is also an age where we feel healthy and invincible.”
“However, it is crucial that we maintain our oral health because the damage that can occur in our teeth and our jaw can be irreversible.”
For the older Asian demographic, dentistry is perceived to be a luxury, not a necessity. Many come from a culture where it is believed that teeth should fall out by the age of 50. Therefore, it is a hopeless fight to invest money into something that is bound to happen.
According to Dr. Phi, the reality is that dental disease is generally preventable, but it requires work to maintain a healthy smile and that work includes seeing a dentist every six months.
“Many don’t appreciate their teeth until they are all gone and that is really tragic for me to watch as a dentist… people lose confidence in their smile and speech, and they lose the quality of life in being able to enjoy food.”
As a health care provider, the aim is always to cure. Unfortunately, that is not always possible. Dr. Phi feels very attached to her patients when she has to give them bad news, including having to remove a tooth. But the good news is, with advancements in implant dentistry, “we are able to replace teeth incredibly well!”
Dr. Phi shares that what is most rewarding about being a dentist is that she loves when a patient understands her devotion to patient health and satisfaction. “From a technical aspect, I love that every day I get to criticize and admire the work I put into repairing teeth.”
“It used to be that no one knew how good or bad dental work might be, but now with my hi-tech intraoral camera – I can show patients before and after photos to demonstrate what I was able to do.”
Nouvelle Dentistry provides general dental procedures including: exams, digital radiography, cleanings, deep cleanings, white fillings, crowns, veneers, extractions, pediatrics, etc. With impeccable care for their patients, allow them to be your “nouvelle” dental office.
Hanh Phi, DDS attended the University of Colorado School of Dental Medicine for her Doctor of Dental Surgery degree. Her parents immigrated to Denver in 1979 as refugees from Vietnam. She was born in Denver and has two younger brothers. She is happily married and the mother of a two-year-old son. Dr. Phi attended the University of Denver receiving her Bachelor of Science with a dual major in molecular biology and biochemistry and minor in medical physics and math.