Dr. Anna Pranata is the friendly and caring dentist who owns and operates Dunbar Dental Centre, which has been part of the community for close to 30 years. She took over the care of long-time owner Dr. Meredith Moore’s patients two years ago.
She admits it wasn’t her childhood dream to become a dentist. Art had always interested Dr. Pranata although she also dabbled in science, and this is where her post secondary studies led her. On a whim, while attending the University of Manitoba she wrote the DAT (Dental Aptitude Test), was accepted, and later realized how much she enjoyed dentistry.
Born and raised in Winnipeg, Dr. Pranata practiced dentistry in her home city until moving with her husband to Vancouver in 2012. After working for several years for a downtown dental office she decided it was time to have her own practice. She discovered the well-established Dunbar Dental Centre needed a new owner and thought this vibrant neighbourhood was an ideal location. “I was attracted to a small practice with well cared for patients,” she says.
Dr. Pranata, her two assistants, hygienist and receptionist warmly welcome patients.
The general dentistry services include exams, cleaning, fillings, crowns, wisdom tooth removal and root canal treatments. In addition, the busy dental centre handles cosmetic dentistry, emergency visits and custom sports guards and night guards. For anxious patients, both young and adult, she offers nitrous oxide which helps to alleviate a lot of the fear associated with dentistry.
Dr. Pranata is committed to providing exceptional dental care to her patients by partnering with them in their oral health care. She believes in discussing dental solutions and developing personalized treatment plans that inspire confidence and suits her patients’ needs.
“It is my goal to help make what is confusing understandable so you have the information to take control of your oral health.” Dr. Pranata
Velscope oral cancer screening is another service offered which goes above and beyond a regular check that dentists carry out during exams. The Velscope makes use of fluorescence visualization technology to help dentists identify abnormal tissue including cancerous and pre-cancerous lesions that otherwise might not be detected by the naked eye.
When should you schedule your child’s first visit to the dentist?
She encourages parents to bring their infants to see her within six months of their first tooth appearing or at the one-year mark. Coming in at an early age is important so they feel comfortable visiting the dentist before a problem arises. Parents also benefit from these visits where they can ask questions and seek advice to lay the groundwork for proper dental care at home.
Dunbar Dental Centre’s team enjoys hosting visits from preschools and daycare centres.
Kids tour the office and participate in fun brushing exercises, and learn about dental hygiene and healthy snacks. Young children are very receptive; Dr. Pranata mentions that she hears reports about little ones who go home and teach their parents what they learned such as mastering the art of flossing.
Giving back is important to Dr. Pranata. She has participated in dental missions to provide free dental care in places where it is not very accessible. She travelled to Guatemala three times for dental missions. The treatments often involved extractions to prevent infection from spreading. She found the experiences rewarding and was moved to see people with so little so generous and full of joy.
She also offered her services on a voluntary basis at Vancouver’s East Side Dental Clinic. Dr. Pranata has had the opportunity to meet and treat individuals who suffer from substance use disorder or who simply need a bit of extra help.
Although she does not live in Dunbar she spends a great deal of her time here. Dr. Pranata says, “It’s like a small town with a true community feel. It seems like everyone knows each other. Patients run into their friends in the waiting room. Clients say hello to me on the street. I shop at Stong’s Market. My husband and I really enjoy watching movies at Dunbar Theatre. We love the seats!”
When not working she enjoys a full range of outdoor activities that a West Coast lifestyle offers from snowboarding at Whistler, to hiking and taking her dog for a run around Pacific Spirit Park or Kits Beach.
Dunbar Dental Centre actively participates in community events including the Salmonberry Days Festival and Dunbar Village Business Association’s Harvest Festival.
What does Dr. Pranata enjoy most about her business? She replies with a big smile, “Meeting new people and forming meaningful relationships. This is important to the staff too.”
Dunbar Dental Centre
215-3540 W 41st Avenue
Vancouver, BC V6N 3E6