Embraces All Aspects of His Calling
By Joan Holstein
Brian Williams' enthusiasm for dentistry doesn't stop at caring for patients
who need preventive or reconstructive services at his new Scottsdale practice.
fact, his zest for his chosen field includes lecturing at UCLA School of Dentistry-Division
of Advanced Prosthodontics, Biomaterials and Hospital Dentistry for more than
eight years, as well as conducting and publishing research. He also presents
papers nationally and internationally on intra- and extra-oral implants and
attachments as they relate to quality of life. Williams even creates facial
prostheses for cancer and trauma survivors, plus serves as a valuable resource
to fellow dentists who may need to refer a particular patient with specialized
put, is an expert. But far from being a typical reclusive researcher or ivory
tower academician, he is a caring, personable professional driven by a deeply
held philosophy. That philosophy is best summarized by three words on his business
card: Function, Stability, Aesthetics.
you have to treat the whole patient, not just one component," Williams
explains. "You can't just focus on making the teeth look great without
addressing all aspects related to proper function and oral health. If the facial
muscles are balanced, the bite is perfect, and the Temporal Mandibular Joint
(TMJ) is working properly; if all those are in harmony and functioning as one,
the result is great aesthetics and a stable restoration that will last the rest
of the patient's lifetime."
by his holistic, comprehensive care philosophy, Williams is a staunch believer
in "doing things the right way." At his practice, that means taking
the time to provide patients with the best possible treatment.
Dr. Williams with
his staff: Gwen, Dawn and Mayya Anayeva outside his office at the Aquilla McDowell
Office Complex in North Scottsdale.
Dr. Williams' philosophy
focuses on: Function, Stability, Aesthetics.
this end, initial office visits may run at least an hour as Williams conducts
an extensive interview to gather information and uncover any symptoms. Naturally,
digital X-rays, which reduce a patient's exposure to radiation, are taken. A
thorough evaluation of the muscles of mastication and TMJ is performed using
Doppler technology and mounted study models are created. In addition, facial
muscles are palpated, intra- and extra-oral photos are taken, and a thorough
periodontal exam is done.
creating a blueprint. We can find out what problems exist, the cause of the
problems, and present several solutions to the patient. We can reconstruct things
in phases, taking care of the most important things first, and ultimately reach
the desired outcome of function, stability and aesthetics," William says.
Along with being
thorough and taking time to educate patients, Williams is adamant that patients
aren't kept waiting and that any needed injections are painless. "Those
are usually the two biggest complaints about seeing the dentist," he says.
Another common objection—the expense of dentistry—can be eased thanks
to today's affordable financing plans.
goes above and beyond to provide patients with a positive experience. "I
want them treated the same way I'd want to be treated if it was me in the chair,"
he says. With this in mind, staff members take time to listen to patients' needs
and play a role in their care. In addition to formal industry training, Williams'
staff has more than 12 years of progressive experience in public health education
and health care quality improvement. Williams' staff stands behind his comprehensive
care philosophy and dedication to total patient care.
Williams is equally
big on educating his patients about oral health as it relates to overall health
throughout their lives. That can be a challenge when a patient has no dental
pain and is tempted to buy that new plasma television or other wants rather
than undergoing much needed dental work. Today's state-of-the-art technology
can address that obstacle by providing patients with hands-on, computer generated
images of their case, thus creating more opportunity for patient education.
is a real boon to patient education. Patients can hold their study models and
see photos of their mouths instantly. They can see the decay and other potential
problems and understand that various solutions exist to remedy these problems,
even if it doesn't hurt at the moment," Williams says.
A proven practitioner,
he sold his established Mesa practice in 2001 after 22 years and continued to
work part time for the new owner. Unable to resist devoting himself to the profession
he loves and the satisfaction of owning his own business, Williams opened a
new practice in February at the foothills of the scenic McDowell Mountains in
North Scottsdale. Focused on preventive and restorative dentistry, his practice
is located east of the Loop 101 near Bell Road and 98th Street in Scottsdale.
is state-of-the-art," he says. As example, the new practice has digital
X-ray sensors, digital photography, computerized record keeping systems, and
laser diagnostic instruments. Even with all this technology, Williams still
enjoys doing much of his own lab work, even creating dentures.
in Palau, loves to share these types of experiences with his diving students.
EDUCATION, EXTENSIVE EXPERIENCE
passion for practicing dentistry is obvious.
it since the first day I went to dental school," he says. "I enjoy
patients of all ages and all of the challenges, from general dentistry to full-mouth
reconstruction and difficult maxillofacial cases."
from Scottsdale's Coronado High School, Williams attended the United States
Naval Academy before returning to graduate from Arizona State University. Next
came dental school at the University of the Pacific in San Francisco. Following
his general practice residency and several years in practice, he was asked to
participate in the UCLA postdoctoral program for studies in maxillofacial prosthodontics.
He has since stayed on as a leading international lecturer and researcher for
the university—roles he has held since 1999. He is one of a few trained
specialists in maxillofacial prosthodontics in the United States.
"I've had the
privilege of being trained by some of the best in the industry," Williams
says proudly, citing mentors at UCLA, the University of San Francisco and the
San Francisco Veteran's Administration, where he did residency.
experience and education, it's not surprising that Williams is a member of numerous
fraternal and professional organizations, such as the International Association
of Dental Research, International College of Prosthodontics, International Congress
of Maxillofacial Prosthetics, Fellow of the Academy of General Dentistry, and
the Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine.
Dental Sleep Medicine?
That's right. While his research is currently focused on quality of life related
to intra- and extra-oral implants and attachments, Williams has helped many
people with snoring problems and sleep apnea. He makes sleep apnea appliances
that often eliminate the need for patients to sleep with the traditional and
cumbersome oxygen masks called C-PAP units and avoid unnecessary surgery.
Williams also works
with ear, nose and throat physicians (ENTs) and plastic surgeons to help cancer
and trauma patients who have lost facial features that cannot be reconstructed
with normal tissue. Helping to restore not only their missing features, but
also their quality of life, he creates a prosthesis by first taking a facial
impression then sculpting a body part that is cast into silicone. Obvisously
skilled at working with his hands, Williams paints the silicone prosthesis to
match the patient's facial features and attaches it with specialized adhesives
During the past
22 years, he has presented lectures and clinics on everything from dentures
and local anesthesia to oral cancer, implants and attachments. Williams has
been published in a number prestigious professional journals, including the
Journal of Prosthetic Dentistry and Journal of Dental Research.
Adding to his impressive list of awards, he has twice been honored for "Most
Outstanding Research Presentation" by the International Society for Maxillofacial
Rehabilitation. He is on staff at Mayo Clinic Hospital and Banner Desert Hospital,
and as a lecturer at the UCLA Division of Advanced Prosthodontics, Biomaterials
and Hospital Dentistry. As a hospital staff member, Williams can treat not only
complicated cases, but also "dental phobics." who prefer to be entirely
asleep during procedures.
Williams, who grew
up in Scottsdale and has three grown children, enjoys deep-sea fishing, biking,
and tennis. A PADI Master Scuba Diver Instructor, his interests also include
underwater photography. Williams also is an avid tennis player who frequently
plays in tournaments, as well as mixed doubles with his fiancé Dawn Holata.
In other words,
his passion for life runs as deep as his passion for his profession.