Dr. Richard Slaten

A Legacy of Compassionate Care

Dr. Richard Slaten, a pivotal figure in the founding of Perfect A Smile Dental Group, has been instrumental in shaping a dental practice that stands out for its commitment to patient care, continuous learning, and innovative treatment approaches. Although Dr. Slaten is no longer actively practicing, his influence permeates the practice’s day-to-day operations and treatment philosophy, ensuring that his legacy of compassionate care continues to benefit patients.

A Legacy Built on Care and Innovation

With a background that blends a strong entrepreneurial spirit inherited from his parents with a profound interest in science and health, Dr. Slaten pursued dentistry as a means to make a meaningful impact on people’s lives. His educational journey took him from Michigan State University, where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics, to the University of Michigan School of Dentistry for his Doctorate of Dental Surgery. Here, his leadership qualities shone through as a class officer and student council member, laying the groundwork for his future in dental care.

“There’s a saying that goes, ‘Patients don’t care what you know, they want to know that you care.’ And I think we bring that to our patients.”
-Dr. Richard Slaten

Philosophy of Care

Dr. Richard Slaten’s philosophy of care is rooted in the belief that dental health is integral to overall well-being, championing a comprehensive approach that highlights the oral-systemic connection. He advocates for dental care that not only addresses immediate oral health concerns but also contributes positively to the patient’s total health. This strategy involves creating personalized treatment plans that reflect the patient’s health history, lifestyle, and wellness goals, emphasizing preventive care and patient education to foster long-term oral and systemic health.

Dr. Slaten’s approach prioritizes the integration of advanced dental technologies and methods with a focus on their broader health implications, ensuring a wide range of services that cater to all aspects of dental care. He places a strong emphasis on the importance of a trusting, empathetic relationship between the dentist and patient, fostering an environment where patients feel valued and motivated to actively engage in their healthcare journey.

By embodying this philosophy, Dr. Slaten has established a legacy of compassionate, comprehensive care at Perfect A Smile Dental Group, where the health of the mouth and body are seen as interconnected and equally important.

Continuing Education: A Lifelong Commitment

Dr. Slaten’s professional life has been marked by an unwavering commitment to continuing education. Over a career spanning over four decades, he has delved into various aspects of dentistry, including implant dentistry, aesthetic restorative dentistry, and TMJ dysfunction, among others. His dedication to learning and applying the latest in dental science has been a key factor in the high standard of care Perfect A Smile Dental Group is known for.

A Continuing Influence

Though Dr. Slaten has stepped back from active practice, his foundational principles and commitment to excellence continue to guide Perfect A Smile Dental Group. His legacy lives on through the practice’s dedication to providing exceptional dental care, fostering patient relationships, and embracing technological advancements for better treatment outcomes.

Dr. Slaten’s vision for a dental practice that truly cares for its patients’ health and happiness remains at the core of Perfect A Smile Dental Group, making it a cherished institution for dental care within the community.