Carl Jenkins

Dr. Jenkins received a Bachelor’s Degree in Science from Penn State University in 1986 and his Doctorate of Dental Science from The University of Maryland's Baltimore College of Dental Surgery in 1990. He went on to receive a Masters Degree in Physiology in 1993 from Maryland where his research was in chronic jaw pain.
During and after dental school Dr. Jenkins traveled to the Dominican Republic providing dental care for the less fortunate in that country’s mountain communities. He has volunteered his time locally in dental clinics for underserved populations.
Dr. Jenkins received his Fellowship in the Academy of General Dentistry in Washington DC, July 2005.  He has progressed to receive the prestigious Mastership award in the Academy of General Dentistry in July of 2007. To earn the Fellowship Award, dentists must complete 500 hours of continuing dental education and pass a comprehensive written exam given by the AGD. To date, over 13,700 AGD members worldwide have earned Fellowship honors. The Mastership award requires completion of more than 1,100 hours of quality continuing dental education in the 16 disciplines of dentistry, including 400 hours of hands-on courses. To date, only 2378 AGD members worldwide have earned Mastership honors. This equates to only 1% of dentists.
 Dr. Jenkins has served his profession on many state and national organizations. He serves as president of the Central Susquehanna Valley Dental Association. He has previously served as the district president for our area of the Pennsylvania Dental Association. He has served as public information officer for the Pennsylvania Academy of General Dentistry and on their board of directors. He has served nationally with the Academy of General Dentistry’s Public Information Council. Dr. Jenkins’ previous positions included 2 1/2 years flying in bush planes and treating the Eskimo population of Alaska’s Seward Peninsula.

From Paint by Number to Museum Quality

From Keystone Explorer - Winter 2013

Jim Collins, author of Good to Great, points out in a video on his website that formal education is pretty much a paintby- numbers game. You go to college and get a Bachelor’s degree, and then you go to dental school and take all of the necessary courses. You do the prescribed number of crowns and dentures, pass standardized testing, and voila – you achieve a dental degree.

Although that part of creating your career is highly prescribed for you, what about the rest of your career? That is pretty much a blank canvas. It is up to each of us to creatively, diligently, and carefully (full of care for both our patients and our skills) paint the canvas that becomes our career.

Brushing up your techniques

What will you use to paint your canvas? Will you be practicing dentistry on the day of your retirement the same way you were on the last day of dental school, not going much further than paint-by-number methods? Or will you increase your skill in dental arts to have new ideas, concepts, techniques, and materials that you’ve learned from a lifetime of quality continuing education? Where can you find the right kind of help that will expand your professional canvas and refine your skills?

Fortunately our organization has provided a format to help us find our way. The fellowship/mastership tracks and goals of continuing education provide a path to maintaining the educational excellence each of us strove for in dental school, but with more opportunities to add depth and creativity to our individual canvasses. The structure of the awards leads each of us to become true master clinicians with a wide range of clinical talents.

Maintaining our professional canvas

Will government and large corporations take away your ability to paint your canvas the way you would like? As time goes by, there are more and more interests looking to control our profession and our individual canvasses. Alone, none of us has the ability to change those forces. It is only by coming together that we gain the kind of advocacy that we need to protect our great profession. The AGD’s emphases on continuing education and advocacy have benefited me greatly in my career. An amazing and far-reaching benefit has been gaining the camaraderie and support provided by my AGD friends. I tell my kids all the time that if they want to be a good person they need to pay attention to the friends they make. To become goodpeople, hang out with good people. The people of the AGD are good people. With the right education and support, each of us can be truly proud of the professional canvasses we create! What are you doing to grow and refine your canvas?

Susquehanna Valley Woman’s Journal and Lycoming County Woman’s Journal - Fall 2008

Lead By Example

“ My Kids come first.” We hear that a lot from parents. It is a great thought.  When it is used as an excuse to avoid proper dental care it may be doing more harm than good. Our children are like sponges. They watch our every move.  If we want our kids to eat right, exercise, study hard in school, be polite to others then the strongest way to teach those values is to lead by example and to show our kids that we do those things as well. Cook a healthy meal, take a walk with your kids, ride bikes, play basketball, read a book and yes, go to the dentist. (You knew this had to be leading to dental care somehow didn’t you?)

People avoid dental care for many reasons. Perhaps you had a bad experience as a child in a dental office. Did you know that dental care has changed dramatically and you should expect a comfortable experience? Regardless of your own fears please be careful of what you say around your children.  We tell our adult patients that they are allowed to vent all they like to us about their concerns but please never talk about them, even jokingly in front of your children. They learn from you. If you want your child to have a healthy mouth and be comfortable in going to the dentist then the first thing we suggest is to make an appointment for yourself.

Lead by example. Let your children see you taking care of yourself.  It’s the strongest motivator you can give them to make their own life better as they age. We now are able to help you with medications such as laughing gas (Nitrous oxide), and other new options that make dentistry comfortable.  Call us and ask how modern dentistry can help you have an attractive smile, and add many more vital years of health and enjoyment to your life. Get your children excited about their visit to our office.  We will help you create an enjoyable visit full of fun and treats for them.

We know that you want the best for your children.  Help your child by scheduling their dental care right after you’ve scheduled yours.

AGD in Action
Featured in AGD Impact, October 2006
AGD message hits radio airwaves in Pennsylvania
Council on Public Information member Carl Jenkins, DDS, FAGD, helped to teach the public about the importance of oral health care and choosing “A Great Dentist” during a live interview with news radio 1070 WKOK in Pennsylvania. Dr. Jenkins discussed numerous oral health care topics, such as decay due to soda and sports drinks, the value of mouthguards for athletes, and visiting a dentist early on. He also stressed how AGD members, especially Fellows and Masters, set themselves apart through continuing education that keeps them up-to-date in the field of dentistry. Way to go, Dr. Jenkins!
Susquehanna Valley Woman’s Journal recently sat down with Dr. Carl Jenkins to discuss the exciting topic of dental implants.
Dental Implants Provide Joyful and Strong Smiles
SVWJ: Why should patients consider dental implants to replace missing teeth?
Dr Jenkins:  The joy of a smile.  The kiss of a loved one.  The thrill of cheering at a soccer game.  Confidently sinking your teeth into a juicy steak. These are many of life’s simple pleasures.  Simple pleasures that many people with missing teeth no longer enjoy.  It is my delight  to help people restore these pleasures to their lives and one of our greatest tools in achieving these goals are dental implants.
Think of dental implants as a complete replacement for a missing tooth. Other dental treatments  such as dentures, partials, and bridges replace form and function to varying degrees,  but , only the dental implant replaces the entire tooth including the root strongly embedded into the bone.
SVWJ: So are implants meant for replacing each individual tooth or multiple teeth?
Dr Jenkins:  Implants may be used to secure individual teeth , or multiple implants may be used to secure multiple teeth or to provide anchorage of a larger denture.
 SVWJ: Why is it important to replace the entire root?
Nature provides the jaw bone to support the teeth. If the teeth are removed, then the body resorbs the bone. For the denture patient, this leads to constantly loosening dentures that require thick, sticky adhesives to keep them loosely in place. Patients develop sunken, “toothless” features and this process continues for the patient’s entire life. “ I want to cheer without my teeth falling out!”
SVWJ: So how do people know when to ask if dental implants are right for them?
Dr. Jenkins: Honestly we receive many requests from our patients that may have nothing to do with implants initially, but implants turn out to be the solution.  Recently a new patient was very direct in requesting a solution to a very embarrassing problem. Can you imagine cheering at your child’s or grandchild’s sporting event only to have your teeth come flying out? This patient had experienced exactly that. It may be funny on America’s Funniest Videos, but it is horrifying for the person that has to fear this possibility daily. Can you imagine the embarrassment of kissing your loved ones and having your teeth move?  Dental implants provide the greatest confidence in providing a secure smile. People with teeth secured by implants can go ahead and cheer all they want and kiss the ones they love.
SVWJ: Are implants for everyone?
Dr Jenkins:  The vast majority of people with missing teeth could potentially benefit from implants. Unfortunately,  some people may have issues that prevent them from having implants.  The first requirement is to have adequate bone.  When a tooth is removed the clock starts ticking. The body will start to resorb the bone that once supported that tooth. It is possible to grow new bone in some cases but it is far easier and less costly to prevent the loss of bone than it is to grow new bone.  The best advice is to consider replacement of a lost tooth with an implant as soon as possible, preferably within a few weeks or months after tooth loss.
Medical issues are also important.  Patients should make sure they fully discuss their medical history with their dentist.  While they are not contraindications to having implants, risks for implant loss may increase with smoking and with women taking drugs to prevent osteoporosis.

SVWJ: What ages are appropriate for considering implants?
Dr Jenkins:  There is no one who is too old to consider having an implant. Patients have been successfully treated into their 90’s.  On the other end of the spectrum,  patients should have finished growing prior to implant placement.  Implants do not “grow” like teeth.  Age 18 is a rule of thumb but assessment of growth varies for each patient and differs for young men versus young women.
Dry mouth and tooth decay, Implants are a Godsend.

SVWJ: When should patients consider having their teeth removed in favor of dental implants?
Dr Jenkins: One of the most devastating effects of aging and the increasing lists of medications is the side of effect of dry mouth.  Dry mouth (xerostomia) is a leading factor in the development of rapid root decay. I’ve been shocked to watch patients move from health to tooth loss in 6 to 12 months.  The good news is that this decay does not destroy bone. When badly decayed teeth are replaced with dental implants there is no risk of losing dental implants to new decay.
Patients whose teeth are becoming loose as a result of periodontal disease may also consider dental implants. When this disease is in its worst stages, it attacks the bone and destroys it. At some point it becomes better to remove the natural teeth and preserve the remaining bone with dental implants.
SVWJ: What advantages have you seen in your patients who have had dental implants?
Dr Jenkins: Patients are surprised at how pain free the procedure is and the patients in my practice that have had their implants for the longest are thrilled at the success rates of implants. We are finding that success rates are very high and that implants are lasting longer than other more traditional replacement procedures such as a dental bridge. In the long run, our patients are actually saving money by replacing their missing teeth with dental implants.

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