Odessa Cosmetic Dentist Delivers Lecture on Dentistry at UTPB
Dr. Robin Rutherford, an implant and cosmetic dentist in Odessa, TX, recently delivered a lecture to an elite group of pre-freshmen students at the University of Texas Permian Basin (UTPB). He spoke on the dental profession and his career as a dentist to approximately 250 students in the UTPB TexPrep program. The Permian Basin Pre-Freshmen Engineering program (Tex Prep) is designed as an academically-intense opportunity for students to study in-depth Mathematics, Science, and Engineering and focuses on students who display the intellectual skills to succeed in related careers. Dr. Rutherford says he hopes his interaction with the bright young students in the program inspires them to consider becoming dentists. At his Odessa cosmetic dentistry practice, Dr. Rutherford focuses on providing dental implants and other procedures, as well as aspects of general dentistry using oral conscious sedation.
Dr. Robin Rutherford says his recent lecture at the University of Texas Permian Basin (UTPB) Tex Prep program gave him the chance to speak to students about the rewarding experience of providing quality dental care and establishing lasting relationships with patients. He says he showed many before and after photos of patients whose smiles he had transformed and whose lives were thereby changed for the better.
Dr. Rutherford says he also showed students cases in which he had replaced teeth that had been lost due to disease or trauma with dental implants, thereby giving those patients back their ability to chew, smile, and enjoy a normal life. He says he hopes the next generation of dentists pushes the field towards more advanced technology in procedures like teeth whitening and porcelain veneers as well as bone grafting and dental implants. “Most of the students probably have never even thought of dentistry as a career choice. In reality, dentistry is one of the most exciting and promising areas of medicine. It is possible that some of the top dentists of the next fifty years were in that room today.”
As a cosmetic dentist, Dr. Rutherford adds that active participation in the dental community is crucial for the continued progress of dentistry because advancements in techniques are happening at an astounding rate. He also emphasizes the importance of educating young professionals and engaging future dentists at lectures targeted towards students with a passion for learning and growing. “As I was showing before and after photos of patients I have treated, I realized that very little of it was procedures I was taught in my own dental school education. It was all procedures that I have learned by going to continuing education seminars taught by leading dentists all over the U.S.A.”
About Dr. Rutherford
Dr. Robin Rutherford completed his undergraduate degree program from Texas A&M and then received his dental degree from the University of Texas Dental School at San Antonio. He is a member of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, a Fellow of the Dental Organization of Conscious Sedation, and a Diplomat of the American Dental Implant Association.
Located at 4712 East University Boulevard, Odessa, TX 79762 Phone Number (432) 367-0202. Dr. Rutherford and the Art of Dentistry can also be contacted online via gentledentaldoc.com or facebook.com/gentledentaldoc.