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The Suburbanite
  • Local periodontist ‘designs smiles, changes lives’

  • Dr. Constantin Farah has many talents. He is an accomplished musician who helps manage his son's band and is the director of two continuing education study clubs with national association. But he’s best known for designing smiles and changing patients’ lives at his periodontal and implant center in Jackson Township.

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  • Dr. Constantin Farah has many talents. He is an accomplished musician who helps manage his son's band and is the director of two continuing education study clubs with national association. But he’s best known for designing smiles and changing patients’ lives at his periodontal and implant center in Jackson Township.
    “More than one time we have seen a patient come in with hopeless teeth where we’ve been able to turn it into a beautiful smile, and we get big hugs from them for changing their lives,” Farah said.
    Farah started his practice in Canton in 1990. It was located on Higbee Avenue before moving to its current location on Executive Circle Northwest. Before opening a private practice, he was teaching in the periodontal department at Case Western Reserve. He was working in research with Proctor and Gamble in Cincinnati when a practice opened up in Canton.
    Farah and his wife Randa decided to open a practice here instead of their original plan of East Cleveland. They lived in Akron for the first two years of the practice before moving their family to Jackson Township. The couple has three children.
    Farah, who grew up in Lebanon, came to the United States to do his residency and was planning to return home afterward.
    “I would have been the first board-certified, American-trained periodontal surgeon in my country,” Farah said. “There was a war on, so I decided to stay here and took an academic position to help improve my own education and skills as well as gain an academic background.
    “I was going to go into medicine, but my mother convinced me to select a career that would leave some time to pursue personal interests and hobbies versus being on call 24/7. This way I can serve the needs of my patients and still have time to play piano and help my son with his band.”
    His son, Faud, is a junior at Jackson and is a member of a local blues band called The Brighter Side Band. He’s also the president of his class and has qualified twice nationally for public forum speech and debate. Faud and the band were featured in “About” magazine in November.
    When Farah isn’t helping his son, he’s at his practice, The Center for Advanced Periodontal & Implant Care, where patients receive treatment for periodontal (gum) disease, implant therapy and cosmetic procedures. His wife, Randa, is the office manager.
    Implants are available for single, multiple and full arch replacements.
    On the cosmetic side of the practice, patients can get their smiles designed through gum graphs, gum lifts and crown lengthening.
    Patients come from all over Northeast Ohio and the United States. Farah said that while gum disease can affect any age, most of his patients are over 40. He said more than 50 percent of people living in the United States have some kind of periodontal disease. Patients coming to him for implant and cosmetic services also vary in age starting at age 20.  Farah works closely with the patient’s regular dentist for the initial exam and follow-up needs.
    Page 2 of 2 - “We have three factors that set us apart: excellent customer service, our personal touch and our motto, which is we listen carefully and deliver comfortably,” said Randa Farah.
    The center uses the latest in technology for all areas of dental services including using a 3-D digital CT scanner capable of showing the jawbone in 3-D images. There is also computer software to plan the placement of implants before actually replacing teeth. Laser technology is used for gum treatment.
    “It has been traditional to use knives and stitches for gum disease surgery,” Farah said. “I prefer using laser technology to go directly to where it hurts in the gum and wipe out the bacteria.”
    He said that 9 out of 10 his patients prefer the laser treatment over surgery. There is minimal pain involved and the patients are much happier. While laser is an effective procedure, there are cases where traditional surgery is needed.
    The center offers same-day implants using technology that allows implants without the use of surgery. In addition to a wide range of dental services, Farah and his wife also direct and coordinate two separate continuing education study clubs that are affiliated with the “famous” Seattle Study Club.
    “Randa and I operate the Canton Chapter of the Seattle Study Club. One of the study groups is for dentists and doctors and the second is open to hygienists,” Farah said. “Both are invitation-only and include members from multiple disciplines. The groups are interactive and members become resources for support for tough cases.”
    The study group for doctors is the Comprehensive Dental Excellence Forum, and the group for hygienists is the Renaissance Dental Hygiene Study Group.
    Farah said designing better smiles starts with the people at the front desk. The center employs seven full-time people, and Farah said they are always looking for good people to apply. He credits his staff for making his patients feel comfortable.
    “We have a wonderful staff that provides wonderful customer service,” he said.