SOURCE: Clearwater Dental Associates

Clearwater Dental Associates

June 25, 2015 14:42 ET

Clearwater Dentist Undergoes Training in Dental Implants

CLEARWATER, FL--(Marketwired - June 25, 2015) - Dr. Matthew Burton, a Clearwater family dentist, is undergoing additional training to provide dental implants for patients struggling with missing teeth or looking to secure their dentures.

Dr. Burton, a partner with Clearwater Dental Associates, has been traveling to Alabama since the beginning of the year for the specialized training. Dr. Burton said the training will allow Clearwater Dental Associates to complete more services under one roof.

“This training allows me to provide durable and long-lasting dental implants to my patients who need better replacement teeth options,” Dr. Burton said. “Dental implants are one of the things in dentistry that are absolutely life-changing. We’ve seen dental implants improve a patient's smile, eating ability and their overall quality of life.”

Dental implants are the closest thing to having a natural tooth and naturally fuse to the jawbone. The implants can be restored with individual crowns, dentures or even bridges. Dental implant candidates must be in relative good health and have enough jawbone density to support the implant.

“People living with unreliable dentures or missing teeth are bothered by it during every meal of the day,” Dr. Burton said. “By using implants, we can give patients their chewing force back and allow them to eat whatever they want again.”

Clearwater Dental Associates, 2226 Druid Road East, provides implant dentistry, general dentistry and cosmetic dentistry. The office offers single and All-on-4 dental implants, implant-supported and removable dentures, Invisalign, veneers, ceramic crowns, at-home Zoom! whitening treatments, oral appliances for snoring and sleep apnea, extractions for wisdom teeth, gum surgery, root canals and three forms of sedation dentistry (IV, oral conscious and nitrous oxide).

Clearwater Dental Associates has four general dentists and visiting specialists, making it a comprehensive dental practice. Dr. Burton is a partner in the practice alongside Dr. James Hayslett and Dr. Nolan Allen.

Dr. Burton joined Clearwater Dental Associates in 2003. He and his family were patients at Clearwater Dental Associates before he joined the team. Dr. Burton, a Clearwater native, said he got interested in dentistry after spending five years wearing metal braces as a teenager. He received his undergraduate degree from Samford University in Birmingham, Ala., and then earned his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from the University of Alabama. He has received continuing education from The Pankey Institute and The Dawson Academy, and he has enrolled in a comprehensive implant course to expand his services. He is also active in the Academy of General Dentistry.

Dr. Burton gives back to his community by volunteering at two local dental clinics.

Dr. Hayslett has lived in Clearwater for 30 years. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan and his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from Indiana University School of Dentistry. He has a long tradition of public service, having recently traveled to Africa twice to provide dental services to young students.

Dr. Allen graduated from Indiana University School of Dentistry. He served as a captain in the U.S. Army Dental Corps for two years before co-founding Clearwater Dental Associates. Dr. Allen has been the president of the West Coast District Dental Association, Florida Dental Association and Upper Pinellas County Dental Association. He is a Delegate of the American Dental Association House of Delegates and serves on the National Elder Care Advisory Committee and ADA Council on Access, Prevention and Interprofessional Relations.

Dr. Maria C. Hernandez, a fourth dentist in the practice, graduated from the University of Miami and the University of Florida College of Dentistry. In 1992, she joined Clearwater Dental Associates and completed her General Dentistry Residency and Advanced Education at the University of Florida. Dr. Hernandez focuses on cosmetic dentistry, oral surgery and preventive care.

Clearwater Dental Associates opened in 1978 and was renovated in 2008. It now includes 17 state-of-the-art operatories. Some of the professional staff of dental hygienists and dental assistants have been with the practice for more than 20 years.

For more information about how Clearwater Dental Associates provides some of the best Clearwater family dentistry, visit the website at or call 727-373-6628.

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