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Timothy F. Pristas DDS
Timothy F. Pristas DDS, earned his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from The Ohio State University following undergraduate studies at Miami University of Ohio. Since graduation, Dr. Tim has completed a fulltime, year-long General Practice Residency at The Cleveland Clinic (top ranked hospital in the USA). During the residency, he worked one-on-one with multiple specialists within the field of dentistry. His year comprised experience in oral surgery, implant placement and restoration, esthetic and cosmetic dentistry, prosthodontics (dentures), endodontics (root canals), medical management of compromised patients, neuromuscular and TMJ treatments as well as fundamental general dentistry.
Additional to his Cleveland Clinic residency training, Dr. Tim has completed a one year conscious sedation program (intravenous anxiety/pain management) with Advanced Cardiac Life Support. Along with copious hours of continuing education, Dr. Tim completed training as an EMT-b (emergency medical technician). In association with his academic pursuits, Dr. Tim presented Table Top lectures at the 2009 Midwinter ADA Chicago Meeting and The North Coast Spring Meeting in Cleveland. He is an active member in good standing with the American Dental Society, Louisiana Dental Association, New Orleans Dental Association, and Lake Pontchartrain Study Club.
Before relocating to the South, Dr. Tim was an associate dentist in a thriving private practice in Northeast Ohio. During his years as an associate he gained valuable skills utilizing sedation dentistry and functioned as an in-depth patient educator.
On a personal note, Dr. Tim lives in the community of Biloxi Mississippi with his wife Leslie. Leslie is an active duty member of the United States Air Force where she provides medical treatment to our military and veterans. Both have great appreciation and respect for the service provided by our soldiers. Dr. Tim is a loyal Cleveland Browns fan and enjoys spending time with his family and friends. He greatly enjoys the outdoors, fishing and traveling.