Woodcreek Family Dental Provides Exceptional Dental Care
Woodcreek Family Dental was established in 2017, by Dr. Oliver Villaruel (“Dr. V”) and his wife, Dr. Christine Foley. They report that they chose this location in Murphy because it is a well-traveled thoroughfare and it is close to their home and many of the activities they do together with their two sons. Both Dr. V and Dr. Foley previously worked for different dental companies, but they realized they wanted to open their own practice where they could have autonomy and build relationships with their patients by giving them the best care possible.
When Dr. V and Dr. Foley met, Dr. V felt unfulfilled with the career path he had chosen. Dr. Foley suggested he look into entering dental school. At that time, she was a dental hygienist and she saw characteristics in Dr. V that led her to believe he would enjoy being a dentist. The couple married in 2006. While working as a dental hygienist at a periodontist’s office, Dr. Foley was encouraged by her mentor to become a periodontist. She graduated from Baylor College of Dentistry with a general dentistry degree in 2005 and from periodontal surgery school in 2008. In 2014, she became board certified with the American Board of Periodontology. Dr. V graduated from the University of the Pacific Dental School, which is located in San Francisco, in 2005.
Dr. V and Dr. Foley enjoy working together. Dr. V said, “She can be a sounding board for me and we collaborate on the best treatment plan for our patients. If I see problems that my patients have, that Dr. Foley can address, I refer them to her.” “A periodontist is a dentist who specializes in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of periodontal disease, and in the placement of dental implants. Periodontists are also experts in the treatment of oral inflammation.” (perio.org)
When they meet with patients for the first time, they enjoy getting to know the patients. Dr. Foley said, “New patient exams might be longer than expected because we take the time to discuss and review the treatment plan with the patient.” They point out that they have excellent technology which they utilize in explaining the personalized plan.
Top three reasons patients come to see them are tooth pain, sore gums and routine check-ups. They provide many additional services such as implants, veneers, root canals and braces. They are very accommodating if the need for urgent care arises.
An unusual dental success story came in the form of a patient who had suffered from extreme anxiety since childhood, which had caused him to have acid reflux. Because of the acid reflux, all of his teeth were eroded and he needed a full-mouth rehabilitation. They put crowns on all of his teeth. Dr. Foley said, “This was life changing for him. He had low self-esteem before, but once the treatment was finished, his countenance changed. He smiled more and was able to eat whatever he wanted to eat.”
At Woodcreek Family Dental, each operatory room is equipped with television screens where patients can watch shows of their choosing during procedures.
They report that business is good, “We have been steadily growing since day one. We are developing relationships with our patients and look forward to coming to work every day.”
Dr. V and Dr. Foley say that many of their patients come to Woodcreek Family Dental when they are pursuing a second opinion, and then they stay. “They feel comfortable with us. We take time to understand their situation and invite them to collaborate with us to develop the best plan.”
Woodcreek Family Dental is located at 410 West FM 544, suite 103. Their hours are Mon. – Fri., 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. and every other Saturday. They offer extended hours upon request. They accept all major insurance plans and offer an in-house membership plan for those who don’t have dental insurance. To schedule an appointment, call (469) 278-7988. For more information, go to yourmurphydentist.com and find them on Facebook.