TEMPLE TERRACE — Largo resident Robert Biofore was desperate to find a dentist to help him.
One of his teeth began to loosen and others turned brittle due to a bone tissue disease caused by a series of radiation treatments he underwent for a rare form of cancer in his salivary glands.
His longtime dentist as well as a bone specialist at Morton Plant Hospital could offer no help.
Then Biofore happened to run across a newspaper ad about the work of Dr. Brian Witt at Terrace Smiles Dentistry, and set up an appointment to see him, despite the lengthy drive.
The dentist was able to stabilize his loose tooth by welding it to the one beside it, and in a sequence of visits he crowned the others.
“There is no other dentist who is more knowledgeable than him,” Biofore said. “I really can’t say enough good about him.”
Such testimonies arise not just from Witt’s dedication, but from his childhood dreams.
As a young boy, Witt always knew what he wanted to do when he grew up. At a very early age, he developed a passion for helping others and was fascinated by the tools and techniques used by his family’s dentist.
So, not surprisingly, after high school he went on to earn his Doctor of Medical Dentistry degree in 1995 at the University of Florida.
Witt then joined a practice in Temple Terrace and in 1999 took over the business under the name of Terrace Smiles Dentistry, located at 13214 Telecom Drive.
“There is nothing else in the world, other than my wife and kids, that I am more passionate about than practicing dentistry,” he said. “There is a great sense of accomplishment when I am able to help my patients become completely healthy, able to eat with confidence and to genuinely smile again.”
Witt — whose realm of services includes cosmetic dentistry, dental implants, full mouth restorations, laser treatments for gum disease, Invisalign braces and more — also strives to keep up with the latest dental technologies.
“Between 2003 and 2012 I probably put in at least 2,000 hours of advanced training and I’m constantly taking refresher course because every six to eight years knowledge and technology changes,” said Witt, helping explain in part how he was able to help Biore.
In addition, the Land O’ Lakes resident makes certain all his staff members, who he describes as “incredibly caring,” are also committed to learning and applying state of the art dental practices for all their patients.
Dental hygienist Noelia Rodriguez holds Witt in very high regard for his knowledge and his meticulousness.
“He is more advanced than any other dentists I know and he wants what is best for his patients and his staff,” she said.
And dental assistant Amr Soliman especially appreciates the dentist for the perfection he displays in everything he does.
“He takes care of every small detail, and its shows in his work and he really cares about his patients,” Soliman said.
Those attributes coupled with patients’ assessments of Witt are likely why Terrace Smiles Dentistry was named winner of the Temple Terrace Chamber of Commerce’s 2017 Ed Hanna Health & Wellness Business of the Year Award.
The other 2017 recipients of the chamber’s Ed Hanna Business of the Year awards were: Bass Law Group, small business winner; Bay Area Plumbing, medium business awardee; Suncoast Credit Union, large business award recipient; and Pepin Distributing Company, food business honoree.
The award is named for the longtime Temple Terrace chamber member whose idea it was to start the program more than two decades ago.
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