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Dentist – Jacksonville, FL

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Dr. Richard Carlson

Dr. Richard Carlson has been a trusted dental expert in the Jacksonville area for over 35 years. He is a gentle, caring dentist who prides himself on not only keeping up to date with the most recent dental studies, but also the most advanced techniques and lifelike materials. He practices comfortable, health-centered dentistry with a strong emphasis on getting to know each patient. He can’t wait to meet you and your loved ones, and you can start getting to know him by reading on below.

Why Did You Want to Become a Dentist?

Growing up, Dr. Carlson was constantly the subject of ridicule because his lower jaw was noticeably larger than his upper jaw. This condition was so bad that he eventually needed to undergo surgery when he was 22. This gave him the drive to pursue a career that would allow him to help people look and feel good about themselves. He also wanted to be able to provide everything his patients could possibly need himself, which is why he has gone above and beyond to learn everything he can about all aspects of oral healthcare.

Where Did You Study Dentistry?

Dr. Carlson attended Marshall University in West Virginia on academic and swimming scholarships, graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry. He received his doctorate at the University of Florida College of Dentistry. He furthered his dental studies at the University of Texas in their hospital-based General Practice Residency Program; less than 10% of all dentists nationwide have completed such rigorous training. Dr. Carlson has attended the prestigious Misch Implant Institute and completed a residency focused on TMJ disorders at the University of Florida. He has also taught at the University of Florida’s Advanced Education in General Dentistry Residency Program for over a decade. He is a trusted leader in the dental community, having lectured on various advanced topics, such as cosmetic dentistry and complicated treatment planning.

Dr. Carlson is a member of an impressive number of professional organizations:

  • American Dental Association
  • Florida Dental Association
  • Academy of General Dentistry
  • Academy of Laser Dentistry
  • American Academy of Esthetic Dentistry
  • American Academy of Implant Dentistry
  • Las Vegas Institute for Advanced Dental Studies
  • SPEAR Education
  • Seattle Study Club
  • Dawson Academy
  • American Academy of Facial Esthetics

Outside of the Dental Office, What Do You Like to Do?

Dr. Carlson loves to be outdoors, and his wife shares the same interest in staying active while enjoying nature. They like to bike (electric bikes), golf, kayak, boat, play pickleball, and snow ski. They are also the proud parents of three daughters who they try to see as often as possible.