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Thomas K. Hedge, D.D.S.
Describe the most rewarding experience that you have had working with a patient?
When a patient looks at their new smile and cries with happiness and gets out of the chair and hugs me... it doesn't get any better than that.
When (your age) did you first realize you wanted to enter the health & medical field? And did you experience anything in particular to motivate you to achieve this prestigious goal?
I won a state science fair project in high school and my project was improving the properties of dental stone. Sounds kind of geeky now. My uncle was a dentist and was pretty set upon becoming a dentist from an early age.
Can you tell us in your own words what you consider a perfect outcome of a surgical procedure?
A perfect outcome is to give my patient EXACTLY what they want. Sometimes I don't necessarily agree with a patients desired color or tooth shape, but I always give my best advice and go with what they want.
What procedure would you like to do more of and why?
I would like to do more Invisalign cases. I see so many teens with traditional brackets and wires and I know that many of these cases could be done with Invisalign. There is no comparison between the two. Invisalign is more hygienic, nearly invisible, and often faster for the right cases.
In a perfect world, when would you like to retire, where would you go and what would you do?
I don't know where I would want to retire, but I would want to continue to practice dentistry. I would miss the art and science of my hobby that happens to be my career as well.
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Dr. Hedge was born in Mentor, Ohio, a suburb of Cleveland. Dr. Hedge attended Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio where he double majored in biology and chemistry. During his education at the Ohio State University College of Dentistry he conducted research resulting in the publication of seven abstracts and one paper and numerous awards at the state and national level.
Following his graduation from dental school he completed a general practice residency at Richland Memorial Hospital in Columbia, South Carolina. This advanced education included additional training in anesthesia, pediatrics, emergency medicine, geriatrics, Temporomandibular Joint Treatment, endodontics, periodontics, orthodontics, oral surgery, prosthetics and implantology. Dr. Tom Hedge established the Dental Health Center in West Chester, Ohio, a Cincinnati suburb.
Since founding the center in 1988, Dr. Hedge has established it as the leading practice for restorative dentistry in southern Ohio. Dr. Hedge is nationally recognized not only for excellence in clinical programs, but for sound business practices that make full use of the newest technologies in dentistry. Dr. Hedge is an alumnus of the L.D. Pankey Institute and the Las Vegas Institute for Cosmetic Dentistry where he is a featured instructor and teaches dentists from all over the world on a monthly basis. He has participated in over 250 hours of continuing education per year over the last decade. Dr. Hedge is a frequent contributor to newsletters and magazines that promote professional development, including Dental Economics, Dentistry Today, The Profitable Dentist, Dental Products Reports, Contemporary Esthetics, and Dental Town Magazine.
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