A practice that has been opened since 1979, Dr. Michael Edwards, D.M.D.. P.C. has provided excellent dental care and orthodontic work for residents of Randolph County, as well as East Alabama. His story, like so many that call Randolph County home, begins in another location.
Once earning his degree from the University of Alabama-Birmingham and the University of Alabama School of Dentistry, Dr. Edwards found himself in a residency program that took him to a small town in Western Montana called St. Ignatius. Dr. Edwards fell in love with the reservation that served the Salish and Kootenai tribes, so much so, that he wanted to settle in a small town that reminded him of St. Ignatius, that was much closer to his hometown of Birmingham.
"Being a native of Birmingham, (Dr. Edwards and his wife, Terri) were tired of the traffic and the city. We just decided to come (to Wedowee) and look around," says Dr. Edwards.
Dr. Edwards, who claimed to have never been south of Mt. Cheaha upon arriving in Wedowee, says that there settlement took it's next step during a stop at a convenience store on Main Street.
"A guy asked me what I did, and I told him. He said that “Hey, we need a dentist down here really bad!” We stayed around and a nice committee of citizens here cooked lunch and had us up to their house. The next thing that we knew, we had made a lot of friends. We decided to give it a try, and we fell in love with it."
While the area has grown since 1979, and continues to grow, many residents still have to drive to cities such as Oxford, Carrollton, Auburn, or even Atlanta and Birmingham for doctors visits, shopping, dining, among a variety of other reasons. Dr. Edwards cuts down on travel time for dentist-related appointments, as many procedures can be handled here in Wedowee.
In addition to standard cleaning, fillings, and implants, Dr. Edwards also offers orthodontic work.
"I went back and trained in orthodontics, where I could do braces and have been doing braces for over 30 years for kids in the area. That was something that families had to drive long distances to get that service, so we felt that we would start to implement things and training that would allow us to give those services to our patients."
New to the practice, is 3D digital imaging. With this new technology, Dr. Edwards can now create the "perfect smile" for patients and allow them to see the generation prior to the procedure.
"Everything in dentistry is moving digitally in every aspect," says Dr. Edwards. Patients love it because they don’t have to have all the impressions stuff in their mouths, that’s all gone now. We just let the camera look at their bite, the way that their teeth fit and are arranged, and we can create any smile we want to from that, and they get to preview it ahead of time.”
It's easy to say providing the area with great dental care for nearly 40 years has been rewarding for Dr. Edwards.
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