Assey Dental Associates is a model for the adage: “A person should always choose an old doctor and a young dentist.” Father and son dentists, Drs. Tim and John Assey, are double the experience in their profession. Dr. Tim has been in practice for 30-plus years and has the wisdom and expertise that can only be obtained over time. Dr. John, his son, graduated from the Medical University of South Carolina Dental School several years ago, eager to join his father in his dental practice and share his cutting-edge knowledge.
Father and son share a unique commitment to their patients. They both view patients as members of their extended family and provide quality care and personal service.
“We strive to create a warm, inviting environment – almost like walking into a home,” explained Dr. Tim. “We don’t do things ‘to’ patients but ‘with’ them.”
According to Dr. Tim, the initial meeting with patients involves a lot of listening because their primary goal is to develop a plan of care for a lifetime of dental health, based on the wishes of the patient. Where to start and how to proceed is a collaborative decision, primarily controlled by the patient.
The work performed at Assey Dental Associates is satisfying to both the dentists and their patients since it results in helping people love their smiles. Cosmetic work, in particular,involves how a person perceives his or her appearance. Restorative work, such as crowns and implants, is done with the intent of helping people keep their teeth for a lifetime.
Drs. Tim and John both agree that there are many good dentists in Mount Pleasant, and choosing a dentist is difficult. However, individualizing care within the patient’s time frame and budget to determine how much is done and how quickly it gets done seems to be an aspect of their practice that is greatly appreciated by their patients.
Another important facet of the practice is service to the community. For example, after Hurricane Hugo in 1989, Dr. Tim co-founded the East Cooper Community Dental Clinic, which offered free dental work to those who couldn’t afford it. The clinic still thrives today, and Dr. John regularly volunteers there.
“Being able to be part of something your dad started 20 years ago is so rewarding. There’s nothing better than serving those patients who are in pain but can’t afford dental care,” said Dr. John.
Dr. Tim continues to give back as a volunteer faculty member at the MUSC Dental School and was recently appointed to the board of directors of the MUSC Children’s Hospital.
The mission of Assey Dental Associates is based on the saying that Dr. Tim frequently repeats to his son and staff: “People will forget what you did. People will forget what you said. But people will always remember how you made them feel. We are here to serve people and to help them feel comfortable and better by visiting us. That’s what we do – We serve!”
For more information visit 1041 Johnnie Dodds Blvd. (843) 884-6004 or www.asseydental.com