Dental School: Marquette University
Years in Practice: 31
You’re also a whitewater rafting instructor. Where are your favorite places to go whitewater rafting?
I really enjoy rafting in Idaho. The Salmon River is my favorite. In Arizona, the Grand Canyon is great, of course.
Are there any lessons that apply to both whitewater rafting and dentistry?
Sure, several. But mostly the ones that apply to all worthwhile things in life: practice and attention to detail. And “try to stay dry,” maybe.
What are some of your preferred smile lift procedures?
What you refer to as a “smile lift” are the procedures we use to enhance or redesign the smile by altering the appearance of natural teeth. Our most popular procedures involve full-mouth rehabilitation either for aesthetic changes or functional change. By “full mouth,” we mean at least eight teeth, or whatever is visible to people you smile at. There’s also something called a “corner of the mouth lift.” That should be done with a licensed plastic surgeon.
How did you meet your wife of 31 years?
Our mothers were roommates in college. We met when we were kids.
What are the worst things someone could eat or drink that would stain their teeth?
Energy drinks seem to be a major problem in decalcifying and decaying teeth due to high sugar content. I hear a lot about Red Bulls and Monsters.
Americans are obsessed with the “perfect smile.” Has what that means changed since you started practicing?
It seems that increasingly people value good, natural aesthetics. To me, that means tooth proportions that fit their face, and a realistic level of whiteness. Our aesthetics lab, Epyk, is located next door to the office, so we have a responsive process for our patients.
What are some of the newest technology or techniques in dentistry that you’re excited about?
CAD/CAM technology, which stands for computer-aided design and computer-aided manufacturing. It would allow dentists to model and manufacture veneers and crowns right here in the office, instead of waiting for a lab to do it. Stem cell technology is also exciting. Dentists could use it to regenerate jaw bone, which would help with implants.
“If I wasn’t a dentist, I’d be...”
A forest ranger.