Dr. Thompson has always been interested in comprehensive restorative dental care. He decided at the beginning of his professional career to focus on delivering complete, thorough, appropriate, and ethical dental health care to his patients who choose to be active participants in maintaining ideal oral health. Dr. Thompson believes many patients really want to be as healthy as they can be and are willing to be responsible for achieving that state. He strives to create an environment where that choice is realized.
Dr. Thompson truly takes the time to really find out what a patient wants for themselves, determine the real presenting condition of their existing oral health, and determine appropriate long-term goals before any treatment is provided. By spending the time to complete a thorough examination at the beginning of every relationship, Dr. Thompson and his colleagues are able to find out what we can really offer our patients to help them meet their goals. He finds that most patients have never even been asked, “What are your own personal oral health goals?” Dr. Thompson insists that you think about it! Most everyone will say, “I want to keep my teeth,” but he wants to know, “What does that mean to you?” Dr. Thompson would also like to know the answer to, “How healthy do you want to be?”
He has been a Florida resident since the age of four, growing up in both St. Petersburg and Ft. Myers. He graduated high school as Valedictorian and a 5-letter athlete and then attended the University of South Florida on a Presidential scholarship. He earned a degree in chemistry in 1983. Dr. Thompson then attended the Emory University School of Dentistry on a Robert Woodruff Graduate Fellowship and graduated as a member of the Omicron Kappa Upsilon dental honor society in 1988. He first established a private practice in Venice in 1990.
After graduation, Dr. Thompson has continued his education in the areas of restorative care and practice management and now holds Fellowship status with both the International College of Oral Implantologists and the International College of Dentists. Dr. Thompson has served for many years as the Ethics Co-Chair for the local affiliate of the American Dental Association. He’s also proud to be a Clinical Assistant Professor at the University Of Florida College Of Dentistry.
The most exciting aspect of Dr. Thompson’s practice revolves around the use of new techniques and equipment that were unheard of when he was a student. Dr. Thompson has been restoring dental implants with confidence since 1990. As an early adopter of computers in the dental operatory, he brought the first ultra low-dose digital X-ray system to Venice in 1996. Dr. Thompson began using laser therapy in his practice in 2003 and introduced the CEREC single-visit crown system in 2004. This digital system allows our team to speed up the restorative process and eliminate the need for the messy impressions that previously were necessary for crowns to be made. As technology continues to evolve, Dr. Thompson has committed to being at the forefront of the wave and finding new techniques and materials to simplify and improve our results for our patients.
Even with all that is new and exciting, Dr. Thompson has committed to maintaining and further developing traditional high-service dental care here at Tarpon Shores Dental. Relationship building, a caring touch, and respecting each individual’s needs and goals will always be the core of his mission. Tarpon Shores Dental only collaborates with laboratories and specialists whom they hold in the highest regard. Dr. Thompson and our team will give you as much of our time as you need to help you reach your goals. All we need is for you to answer, “How healthy do you really want your smile to be?"
I was born and in Cleveland, Ohio and grew up there until we moved to sunny Sarasota FL in 2005 and quickly became a Florida girl. I went to Cardinal Mooney for high school and went on to attended the University of Central Florida where I received my Bachelors in Health Sciences. I then moved to Gainesville and attended the University of Florida College of Dentistry to peruse my passion in dentistry. During my 4 years at UF, I met my fiancé, Matt, who had attended UF for undergrad and quickly became a devoted Gator fan.
After dental school we moved to Jacksonville where I practiced as a general dentist at a private practice. I strive to continuously expand my dental knowledge and experience through continuing education courses and my memberships with FDA, ADA, AGD, Clay County Dental Society and Spear Study Club.
I truly enjoy being able to better my patient’s health through dentistry and giving them the best care possible. Growing up with my father as a physician, he was always a role model for me to treat my patient’s like family.
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