Dr. Yant has been practicing dentistry since 1992. He received a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Michigan State University in 1988 and his Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) from the University of Maryland School of Dentistry in 1992.
Dr. Yant has completed extensive hours of continuing education over the years, accomplishing courses in advanced dentistry at The Dawson Academy and the University of Pittsburgh. He also completed a surgical implant externship with the Midwest Implant Institute and West Virginia University in 1997.
Since graduation from dental school, Dr. Yant has been a member and leader in various professional dental associations including the American Dental Association, Maryland State Dental Association, and the Academy of General Dentistry. He has held the positions of Trustee, Delegate, Vice President, and President for the Allegany-Garrett Dental Society. He received the New Dentist Leadership Award in 1998 from the Maryland State Dental Association.
In addition to his dental practice, Dr. Yant has donated his time and dental services to such worthwhile community projects as the Western Maryland Mission of Mercy (which provides free dental services to those in need) and acted as an in-school health educator for tobacco use prevention. Dr. Yant has been named the Dental Director for Garrett County’s Mountain Laurel Medical Center and has developed a program to monitor the effects of comprehensive dental care on diabetic patients.
Dr. Yant is dedicated to his profession and continually strives to learn cutting-edge technology and advanced techniques so he may provide the greatest care to his patients. Dr. Yant enjoys focusing on implant dentistry, cosmetic dentistry, and full-mouth rehabilitation.
What is the Dental Implant Process?
Step One: We will take a Planmeca Ultra low dose CBCT (dental cat scan) to evaluate the your bone in 3-D.
Step Two: Using the information from the CBCT and the X-Guide system, Dr. Yant will plan your surgery ahead of time to insure accuracy of placement. We can use these images to “guide” the implant placement during surgery. This is called “Image Guided Surgery”. Image guided surgery allows us to be more accurate and make smaller incisions. Smaller incisions mean less pain after surgery.
Step Three: The implant is surgically placed with our X-GUIDE system, often with minimal or no incision.
Step Four: After 6 weeks to 3 months when heeling and bone development around the implant is complete, we are able to fabricate your new teeth. One of the advantages of using the Straumann Implant is faster healing with reliability, security, and precision.
Early treatment for children is key to proper oral-facial development. That’s one of the reasons we encourage parents to bring children in for regular checkups. We can keep an eye on jaw and facial development and determine whether early intervention orthodontics with a palatal expander is necessary to restore balance. We can often correct a severe overbite at an early age, preventing years of future imbalance in facial growth. Children can also find relief from allergies and airway problems such as mouth breathing if jaws properly developed during growth.
Invisalign clear braces have dramatically changed the way adults can straighten their teeth. The clear, plastic aligners are virtually undetectable, smooth, and comfortable. They can be removed when your eating, brushing and flossing, or celebrating a special occasion.
Veneers are extremely thin pieces of porcelain which allow patients to cover their natural teeth with a new, whiter and less worn surface. Veneers are custom designed in a professional dental lab to exactly create the smile you always wished for, right down to shape and color. We simply prepare your teeth by removing some of your enamel, and bond the porcelain to the front of those prepared teeth to reveal a brand-new, beautiful smile.
Full Mouth Restoration
Sometimes life can be hard on our smiles. Teeth can crack from clenching and grinding, be lost to infection or accidents, shift because of bite problems, and generally cause all kinds of difficulty with eating and speaking. Every mouth we see has different dental health care needs. We can work with you to develop a comprehensive, personalized plan for full mouth restoration. Oftentimes, the course of treatment requires a variety of procedures from tooth bonding, CEREC one-visit restorations, and gum recontouring, to implants and orthodontic treatment. The end result is a refreshed smile and reestablished confidence.
Cavities occur following an erosion of enamel. The earlier they’re detected and treated, the better chance there is to preserve the natural tooth. Fillings do an excellent job of sealing cavities, stopping bacterial erosion, and ending enamel breakdown. We use tooth-colored composite fillings completed with a gentle, caring touch for long-lasting health and appearance.
Dental Health Group has a team of skilled, gentle doctors and the latest technology to help ease the anxiety sometimes associated with root canal therapy. Our endodontic treatments are not only incredibly comfortable and accurate, they are designed to help end bothersome pain and save your natural tooth.
Take added comfort in knowing we perform almost all necessary root canals in-house, so you’ll be under the care of the team you know and trust. We use a cone-beam CT to aide in diagnosing root canal infections and to more accurately complete root canals. With the help of 3D CT scans and magnification, we can efficiently and effectively fill and seal infected root canals precisely, topping them with a custom-made crown.