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The Father-Son Duo that Succeeds Together

To conquer the world with a smile —  that seems like a big feat these days, but what a wonderful concept. Not intimidated by any challenge a smile might have, the dentistry father-son duo of the Dental Arts of Wadsworth (open for seven years) takes this to heart and has the experience and talent to prove it! Their mission explained, which began 25 years ago at the Dental Arts in Akron and continues today, is simply this: “A new smile can change somebody’s world. Their confidence, their self-esteem, their opportunities, a whole world can change, just by having a great smile.” 

Recently, we sat down with Dr. Cristian Chirla —father — and Dr. Phillip Chirla — son — to learn about the Dental Arts of Wadsworth. Here's what they had to say:

What services do you offer/provide?  

We offer services ranging from basic general dentistry which includes hygiene, fillings, crown/bridge and cosmetic work, to oral surgery and endodontics. We also provide LANAP, which stands for laser-assisted new attachment procedure, and is used to manage and treat periodontal disease. We also provide orthodontic treatment with Invisalign clear aligners, utilizing our Itero scanner.

The services you provide are quite extensive.  

Most of the dentistry that we recommend is performed in-house. Both doctors have spent and continue to spend a lot of time each year in continuing education to provide the best and most up-to-date treatment.

What can a new patient expect to experience during their first appointment at the Dental Arts of Wadsworth? 

Our entire staff is like a family, and we treat our patients like family as well. From weekend emergencies to routine checkups and visits for treatment, we want you to feel at home in our office.  

A new patient can experience a welcoming environment and not just a dental appointment, but a dental experience. Our hygienists are highly trained in providing the best patient comfort during their appointment. Our doctors will come and meet the patient and provide a comprehensive oral evaluation.

Tell us about you and what it’s like to work together as a father and son duo. 

Dr. Chirla— I am originally from Oradea, Romania. I attended Liberty University and graduated in 1990 with a BS in Biology/Chemistry. In 1992, I married my wife, Adina, and have been blessed with four children. I started dental school in 1993 at Case Western Reserve School of Dental Medicine and graduated in 1997. Since then, I have had the privilege of training and becoming a fellow at the Midwest Implant Institute. I have also accomplished a mastership and fellowship at ICOI.

One of the greatest joys as a father is to see your child follow in your footsteps! I have the joy of working with both of my sons, Phillip, and Cristian Jr. (who works in the front office). My son is a very gifted young dentist, a fast learner and has awesome skills. We grow together, we practice together and we succeed together!

Dr. Phil — I was born the same year that my dad graduated from dental school and opened his first practice in Akron. I had the opportunity to attend college early through what was then called the Post-Secondary Enrollment Options program. In 2019, I married my beautiful wife, Ligia. I attended Case Western Reserve for dental school and graduated in 2021.   

The best thing about working with dad is having a mentor. It has given me the confidence to grow as a dentist, and the admiration that I have for him increases daily as I see him work as a dental professional. I’ve come to realize he is the best dentist I have ever seen.

How do keep your office running smoothly?  

Nancy is the glue that keeps us all together. She has been an invaluable part of our team for the last 25 years, early on as a dental hygienist and then full-time as our executive manager. Nancy graduated from Ohio State University in 1987 with a BA in Psychology and an RDH (Registered Dental Hygienist) degree. Having a background in dentistry makes her a very knowledgeable and versatile manager. She is always ready to sit down with patients and be a patient advocate for those who may be anxious about extensive treatment plans and how to navigate them. We would not be where we are today as a practice without her contributions, expertise and dedication. 

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