About Us

How It All Started

Growing up in Scranton, Pennsylvania, Dr. Russell Phillips first became interested in dentistry when a high school sports injury landed him in the dental chair and a career seed was planted. He attended college at Penn State University where he played on the varsity soccer team. His dental school was the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine where he received his DMD degree with honors in 1975. Following dental school, he spent two years in the Navy Dental Corps at Submarine Base New London and received extensive experience in oral surgery. Dr. Phillips then returned to the University of Pennsylvania for a three year specialty combined certificate program in Periodontics, Fixed Prosthodontics / Periodontal Prosthesis. This intensive program focused on using periodontal principles to prosthetically restore mouths severely damaged by gum disease. It provided specialist training in periodontal surgical procedures and complex crown and bridge techniques.

Dr. Phillips came to Washington in 1980 and launched his practice in 1984 in its current location. He continued for 13 years to return to the University of Pennsylvania in a part time teaching faculty position as an Assistant Clinical Professor, teaching both the dental school and the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania Dental Residency Program. Dental implants historically entered their modern ere in the early to mid 1980’s and Dr. Phillips has been restoring them since their beginning. In the mid 2000’s, he utilized his surgical experience to begin bone grafting with technological developments – digital photography, digital x-rays, digital panorex, cone beam 3D scanner, the “Wand” single tooth anesthetic system, Invisalign Orthodontics, and laser dentistry.

Outside the four walls of his practice, Dr. Phillips has traveled on dental missions to Haiti and Nicaragua and keeps an ongoing relationship with the Nicaragua group. He has three children and a busy family. He enjoys woodcarving, sailing, fishing, and photography.

Dr. Phillips is a member of several dental societies including the American Dental Association, District of Columbia Dental Society, is a fellow in the International Congress of Oral Implantologists (ICOI), The Implant Prosthodontic Section of the ICOI , The American Academy of Implant Dentistry, The Washington Dental Study Club and the Renaissance Study Club.

Dr. Phillips has the training and experience to manage a wide variety of treatment needs and truly keeps patients under comprehensive care. He works with other specialists in the area when more of a team approach is needed. The office staff is committed to providing the patients with the best overall dental experience possible with most of the staff being long-term team members.

About Dr. Phillips Qualifications

Periodontal Prosthesis is not an easy entity to explain to the non-dental professional person. It is a hybrid sub-specialty of prosthetic dentistry (crowns, bridges, dentures, implants) that employs treatment methods modified from traditional prosthetic techniques to address the complex problems associated with mouths that have suffered destruction from advanced periodontal disease. Periodontal disease is the disease process by which teeth lose their gum and bone support through the effect of undisturbed accumulating bacteria and excessive bite pressures. Teeth that have lost bone support are looser than they once were and bite pressures can cause them to drift out of alignment. Periodontal disease first became treated as a specialty in the 1950’s and 60’s and, to a large part, through the efforts of two pioneer clinicians at The University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine, Drs D. Walter Cohen and Morton Amsterdam. As the techniques to “save” periodontally involved teeth developed, they brought with them a whole new set of prosthetic problems concerning how to use them in function, because most “saved” teeth exhibited some degree of looseness, drifted position, and most often had neighboring teeth that were equally weak or even missing. The “engineering” requirements needed to use these weakened teeth resulted in the creation of extensive bridgework, more often than not requiring all the teeth to be joined together in full upper and lower bridges, referred to as a full mouth reconstruction, or elaborate highly precision partial dentures. Adult orthodontics was often incorporated to straighten teeth that had drifted out of their position. These techniques became the basis for the name of this very specialized treatment as Periodontal Prosthesis. Dr’s Cohen and Amsterdam developed the system to teach these principles through a 3 year Periodontal Prosthesis / Periodontics graduate program at Penn. It required not only the prosthetic training in Periodontal Prosthesis, but also required achieving a specialty level certificate in Periodontics ( gum and bone surgery), because it was felt that the in depth knowledge and skills of both areas were integral to the successful management of the periodontal patient case.

Dr. Phillips graduated from that program in 1980, being mentored by Drs Cohen and Amsterdam near the end of their teaching careers, along with a host of their trained faculty. What happened to Periodontal Prosthesis next is an interesting turn of events in dental history. Dental implants emerged in the early 80’s as a result of some landmark studies published by a team of Swedish researchers. There then occurred a rapid shift in treatment strategies where many teeth that had been previously “saved” by periodontal therapy and restored via periodontal-prosthetic techniques were now considered expendable and slated for extraction in preference of a dental implant with a perceived better prognosis. The word “perceived” is used because, statistically, the first decade or so of implants in clinical practice did not live up to the results that were anticipated from the Swedish studies, and the profession found itself entering into a decade or more long learning curve attempting to understand the finer points of using implants. Periodontal Prosthesis was caught in the middle. Enough had been seen of implants to know that they were here to stay, but there was certainly additional experience needed to comfortably rely on them. Periodontal Prosthesis was in an identity crisis, as was the entire profession concerning treatment planning principles around implants. The Periodontal Prosthesis program at Penn was discontinued for several years. As the story turns out, as knowledge and clinical experience accumulated throughout the 90’s and 2000’s in the growing field of implants, new areas of concern developed on how implants interrelate with neighboring teeth, how the gum can be managed for optimum esthetic results and how complex implant prosthetic restorations are designed and constructed. With some modifications, these concerns were found to be well within the skill sets previously taught in the Periodontal Prosthesis curriculum. This whole process was a bit of a deyjavu going back in dental history when periodontal treatment conditions prompted the need for the development of the original periodontal prosthesis concept. So, as this new relationship between implant engineering and established Periodontal Prosthesis concepts was recognized, the Penn program re-emerged into a new re-tooled four year program and, once again, is one of the premier educational authorities in the field, now incorporating periodontal tooth concepts and dental implants and their interrelationship.

About Our Team

Angel K. Youd – RDH, BS

Angel has been a resident of the Washington D.C. area for over 20 years. She attended The University of Maryland Baltimore, College of Dental Surgery Dental School, where she received a Bachelor of Science degree in Dental Hygiene. While in school she received The HU- FRIEDY GOLDEN SCALER AWARD, for exemplifying the qualities of humanitarianism, ethical standards, devotion to the profession and clinical excellence. She also received THE LISA MAZZA MEMORIAL AWARD for outstanding interest and participation in the Maryland Chapter of Student American Dental Hygienists’ Association. She is licensed to practice in both D.C. and Maryland, and is an active member of the American Dental Hygienist Association.
Angel has been with Drs. Phillips and Cooper since August 2003. She enjoys the career choice of dental hygiene because it allows her to devote attention to improving patients/clients overall health via good oral health with a focus on patient education, and motivation with individual instruction and treatment planning. Her future goal is to become active in the community and invest time in public health concerns.

Mariza Cabico – R.D.H.

Mariza was born and grew up in Ilocos Sur, Philippines. She graduated from Liocos Sur Agricultural College Sta. Maria, Ilocos Sur , and then attended the National University in Manila to study dentistry, graduating with a degree of Doctor of Dental Medicine in 1995. She married her wonderful husband and immigrated to the United States in 1997. She worked as a dental assistant in the office of Drs. Phillips and Cooper for several years and then decided to enroll in dental hygiene school at Howard University. She completed her training in Dental Hygiene in the Fall of 2004. She and her husband have two lovely children. It has not taken Mariza long to move into the role of her new position in the practice, and the practice is fortunate to have her back.

Danya Mason – Dental Assistant

Danya Mason was born in Cheverly, MD and attended Friendly Senior High School in Prince Georges County. She is a Certified Dental Assistant and has attended the University of the District of Columbia. Danya has been an assistant with Drs Phillips and Cooper for 6 years. She is the proud mother of two children, 2 1/2 and 11 months. Danya enjoys her career as an assistant, especially the surgical role in bone grafting and implants. She would like to further her education by attending dental hygiene school someday. Within the office she has a wide knowledge of operations in the assisting arena and the front desk administrative functions. In her spare moments she enjoys spending quality time with her husband and 2 girls.

Susan Albo – Patient Coordinator

Susan was born in the Central Visayas of the Philippines and earned a Bachelors Degree in Business Administration at the University of San Jose-Recoletos. She has entered the office with no dental experience and has demonstrated amazing abilities to learn quickly and efficiently. These talents, combined with her pleasant personality, have made Susan a welcome addition to our team. We are glad to have her aboard.

Dr. Phillips in the News

PRWEB -November 03, 2013
Patients Can Now Visit Dr. Russell Phillips for All-on-4 Dental Implants in Washington D.C.

PRWEB -August 04, 2013
Washington D.C. Gum Disease Treatment Can Now Help Prevent Tooth Loss with Laser Gum Surgery from Dr. Russell W. Phillips

PRWEB -June 21, 2013
Washington D.C. Dentist, Dr. Russell Phillips, Can Now Remove Gum Disease with Laser Gum Surgery and Reduce the Risk of Tooth Loss for Locals with Periodontal Disease

PRWEB -March 15, 2013
Washington D.C. Dentist, Dr. Russell W. Phillips Is Now Offering The Laser Periodontal Disease Treatment For Local Gum Disease Patients

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