Dr. Santo LaFoca, D.M.D, F.I.COI, D.ICOI, Fellow Mishe Institute
Dr. Lafoca received his Fellowship and Diplomat Status in The International Congress of Oral Imaplantology. He attended the University of Scranton and graduated from Temple University Dental School in 1990. While attending dental school, Dr. Lafoca participated in an oral and maxillofacial externship at the University of Miami’s Jackson Memorial Hospital. The curriculum included hours of operating room surgery assisting and hands on experience with complicated surgical extractions. Dr. Lafoca was also part of the Endodontic Study Club, The Oral Surgery Honor Society, FoxChase Cancer Society, and served as Vice President of the Professional Dental Fraternity Delta Sigma Delta.
Dr. Lafoca’s commitment to continuing education is exemplified by his completion of the year long Misch Implant Institute program. The Misch Implant Institute is among the most prominent implant teaching facilities in the United States. Upon completion his implantology program Dr. Lafoca earned the prestigious honor of becoming a Fellow in the International Congress of Oral Implantologists.
In June 2007 Dr. Santo Lafoca graduated with honors from the esteemed cosmetic dentistry program facilitated by the Hornbrook Group. This hands on program focuses on smile design and enhancement utilizing the latest state-of-the-art technology and materials. Only 1% of dentist’s nationwide graduate from this type of advanced training institute. Dr. Lafoca believes that for the first time ever people are going to the dentist because they want to—not because they have to. Nothing makes a bigger or faster impression then a person’s smile. In fact, a beautiful smile can be a person’s greatest asset. It can affect how they feel about themselves and how others perceive them. The advanced training that allows Dr. Lafoca to predictably ensure long term results with the materials we use to enhance smiles should be required training for every dentist.
Research by leading dental organizations shows more patients are reporting pain, headaches, muscle splinting, popping, and clicking of their jaw joint that requires treatment to resolve these symptoms. Dr. Lafoca is proud to say “Now we are able to treat not only the patient’s aesthetic concerns, but also we are able to resolve life long pain that patients have experienced due to an imbalance or malfunction caused by the way their teeth come together.” Dr. Lafoca also believes in the long-term pursuit of creating perfect smiles with ideal occlusion. The two must exist synergistically in order for the perfect smiles to come to life “A SMILE IS CONTAGIOUS, INFECT THE WORLD!”
Dr. Doreen Santos
Dr. Santos became a part of our team in January of 2009. She received her B.S. in Chemistry from the University of Pittsburgh. Like the rest of our doctors, she pursued dentistry at the Temple University Dental School. She is currently accepting new patients.
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