Dr. Peter Pagano is a graduate of the University of Missouri Kansas City School of Dentistry. His first fifteen years in practice were with his father, Dr. Sam Pagano, who practiced in St Louis from 1945 through 1990. Together they performed oral surgery at Faith Hospital in Creve Coeur, which is now the site of BJC Healthcare.
Where Science Meets Art and Balance
As an Art Minor in college, Dr. Pete integrated his technical dental skills with his art training, believing that good dental work should result in balance, function, and an attractive appearance for the patient. He has continued to study art and painting weekly. Since the 1980s, Dr. Pete has integrated
All Dental Services Under One Roof
Dr. Pete’s natural passion for dentistry has been the driving force behind continuous studies of the advancements in dentistry. Decades of training in all disciplines of dentistry has helped Dr. Pagano hone the skills of what he loves: dentistry. And while creating aesthetic smiles is a passion, he yet maintains that the primary role of dentistry is to preserve or establish a painless, smooth, chewing pattern for his patients. Proper chewing function is possible when the balance between the teeth and the jaw joints is honored in treatment. These are the principles of Orthopedic Dentistry, which has been Dr. Pagano’s approach to treatment since the early 1980s.
As a committed practitioner of Orthopedic Dentistry, Dr. Pagano served as President of the Dento-Facial Orthopedic Study Club of Missouri in the 1980s and was a founding member of the Functional Jaw Orthopedics Study Club. Thanks to the many experts around the country with whom he studied, he has helped thousands of patients eliminate TMJ symptoms.
Dr. Pete began offering dental implants in 1999, after completing a mini-residency at Southern Illinois University in Edwardsville. He continued advancing his skills in all dental implant related procedures and earned a Fellow and Diplomate in Oral Implantology – the highest recognized level of expertise available. Artistic Dentistry offers all procedures needed to replace missing teeth with implants, including bone grafting and sinus lifts. Investing in 3D Imaging/CT Scan technology, that enables more precise placement of the implant, was a natural response to increased patient demand for dental implants.
Despite Dr. Pete’s passion for the latest in dental technology, his practice has maintained that “neighborhood dentist” ambience. He still treats patients who went to his father for care, as well as their children and grandchildren!
To stay fit and focused, Dr. Pete began practicing yoga in 2007 and in 2014 he received his 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Certification from Pam Schulte of Just Practice Yoga in St Louis. He continues to explore his passion for art through weekly art classes with Bill Kreplin, a Wash U art instructor.