Russell Phillips, DMD, a Prosthodontist in Private Practice

Get to know Prosthodontist Dr. Russell Phillips, who serves patients in Washington, D.C.

Dr. Phillips is a trained periodontist with a private practice that provides comprehensive restorative and cosmetic dental care to a diversity of patients in downtown Washington, D.C. ranging from the busy executive to the suburbanite. His goal is to provide an exceptional dental experience that is worthy of long-term relationships producing enthusiastic recommendations for others to join in the same. 

Growing up in Scranton, Pennsylvania, Dr. Phillips first became interested in dentistry when a high school sports injury landed him in the dental chair and a career seed was planted. He attended college at Penn State University where he played on the varsity soccer team. His dental school was the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine where he received his Doctor of Medicine in Dentistry degree with honors in 1975. 

Following dental school, he spent two years in the Navy Dental Corps at Submarine Base New London and received extensive experience in oral surgery. He then returned to the University of Pennsylvania for a three year specialty combined certificate program in Periodontics, Fixed Prosthodontics / Periodontal Prosthesis. This intensive program focused on using periodontal principles to prosthetically restore mouths severely damaged by gum disease. It provided specialist training in periodontal surgical procedures and complex crown and bridge techniques.

Dr. Phillips came to Washington to launch his practice but continued to teach part time at The University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine and at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania Dental Residency Program for 13 years as an Assistant Clinical Professor. 

A Fellow in the International College of Implantology, he is a member of the American Dental Association, the American Academy of Implant Dentistry, the DC Dental Society, the American Sleep and Breathing Academy, and several local study clubs.

Active in implant dentistry, Dr. Phillips both surgically places them and prepares for them to be placed with surgical bone grafting. He incorporates the newest techniques of using the cone beam dental ct scan to fabricate a surgical guide prior to the implant placement procedure where the site of implant placement is computer planned which functions to eliminate the human error of misdirecting the placement trajectory of the implant. 

Additionally, he routinely uses the technique of PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma) and PRF (Platelet Rich Fibrin). These are blood products that are derived from a blood draw of the patient’s own blood and used to hasten and make less traumatic the healing process. 

Several years ago, Dr. Phillips became quite passionately interested in a new wave of thinking that views growth and development in the light of its effect on sleep and breathing and deals with a medical team and whole health approach in the screening for and treatment of sleep apnea. He is a Vivos certified integrated practitioner in the use of the DNA functional orthodontic appliance, trained in laser dentistry, and certified in performing the LANAP technique which is incision and sutureless periodontal surgery. He also frequently gives public presentations to groups of patients from his own practice and to those people outside the practice who have breathing and sleep concerns, primarily sleep apnea.

Prosthodontics, also known as dental prosthetics or prosthetic dentistry, is the area of dentistry that focuses on dental prostheses. Prosthodontists specialize in replacing missing teeth and associated oral structures by determining the type of dental prostheses required, having customized dental prostheses manufactured, and fitting them in patients’ mouths. They also treat temporomandibular disorders and various issues associated with damaged and problematic teeth.

Outside the four walls of his practice, Dr. Phillips has traveled on dental missions to Haiti and Nicaragua. He has three children. He enjoys woodcarving, sailing, photography, cycling, and the out of doors in general. 

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