Periodontics is changing people’s lives for the better, giving them a healthy mouth and bright smile. Dr. Kepic is deeply proud of his own particular expertise and the entire team.
Dr. Shadie Azar has joined Dr. Thomas J. Kepic’s periodontal and dental implant practice in Upland, CA. Dr. Azar earned his Doctor of Medicine in Dentistry (DMD) degree from Nova Southeastern College of Dental Medicine in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. He then furthered his education and experience with a two-year general practice residency at Albert Einstein Medical Center in Philadelphia. Dr. Azar completed a three-year specialty education program in periodontics at Dr. Kepic’s alma mater, Indiana University of School of Dentistry in Indianapolis. In his general practice residency and periodontal graduate programs, Dr. Azar finished as chief resident.
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Dr. Kepic is a specialist in periodontics, one of only nine specialties recognized by the American Dental Association. He is committed to treating gum disease and saving teeth whenever possible. When teeth are missing or must be removed due to disease or decay, he places dental implants.Learn more about the specialty of periodontics ›
Dr. Kepic works closely with your general dentist and other dental specialists to develop a comprehensive yet conservative approach to treatment. He has had great success over the years helping patients control periodontal disease and achieve optimal oral health.Learn about periodontal treatment options ›
Dr. Kepic is committed not only to treating periodontal disease, but to helping patients maintain optimal oral health. His office offers periodontal maintenance visits and home care instruction. There is also a growing body of research that shows links between oral and systemic health. Dr. Kepic strongly believes in the philosophy of the American Academy of Periodontology: “healthy mouth, healthy body.”
Dr. Kepic is a nationally recognized teacher, author, lecturer, researcher, and practicing periodontist who has over forty years' experience. He was a Director of the prestigious American Board of Periodontology, the credentialing body that grants certification status to periodontists who meet rigorous requirements.Learn about Dr. Kepic and his team ›
Dr. Kepic is highly regarded as a very gentle and understanding periodontist who listens to his patients. He spends quality time with his patients and they never feel rushed. His procedures are done with great care and precision. Dr. Kepic’s patients get the best of both worlds: old-fashioned customer service and leading edge, state-of-the-art treatment. While the practice receives referrals from many excellent dentists in the area, a referral from another dentist is not required. New patients are welcome.Learn what other patients are saying about Dr. Kepic ›
Dr. Kepic works closely with restorative dentists to provide dental implant treatment to replace missing teeth. He also offers other services such as gum grafts and crown lengthening help patients save their natural teeth and also achieve significant cosmetic benefits. Learn more about periodontal disease prevention and treatment, dental implants, gum grafts.Learn about all the periodontal services that Dr. Kepic offers ›
Periodontal disease is the major cause of tooth loss in adults. The gum, bone, and other supporting structures of the teeth are affected. The result will be tooth loss if untreated.
Procedures such as gingival grafts can improve the smile’s aesthetics after gum recession, which makes the teeth appear unusually long and gives the patient a prematurely aged appearance.
If you are missing one or more teeth and would like to speak, smile and eat again with confidence and comfort, dental implants are tooth replacements that look and feel similar to natural teeth.