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Dentist – Manahawkin, NJ

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Robert J. Young, DMD, FAGD, FICOI

Dr. Robert Young

When it comes to dental care, Dr. Young tries to give his patients one simple thing: everything. On top of his years of experience, he has completed countless hours of continuing education so he’s able to perform a wide variety of general and specialty services under one roof. This means patients can get everything they need in one convenient location while working with the same trusted dentist. He looks forward to welcoming you and your loved ones into our practice, and you can start getting to know him by reading on below.

Why did you want
to become a
dentist?

For Dr. Young, the attraction to dentistry was simple—he saw that the field would allow him to help people improve their health and confidence on a daily basis, and often, he could make a big difference for someone in just one appointment. He also likes how being a dentist would enable him to run his own business and form close, one-on-one relationships with each of his patients. He feels like everyone who comes to see us is a member of his extended family, and nothing makes him happier than sending people home with healthy, beautiful smiles they are eager to show off.

Where Did You Study Dentistry?

Dr. Young graduated from the New Jersey College of Medicine and Dentistry at the top of his class and earned awards for his surgical prowess. He then completed a full hospital-based residency at the Jersey Shore Medical Center, where he also taught residents for many years. This was followed by a two-year post-graduate program in implant surgery at the prestigious Misch Institute of Implantology, an institution which has been attended by only a small percentage of dentists.

Dr. Young has a Fellowship with the Academy of General Dentistry and the Academy of Oral Implantology. He has also completed all necessary training for oral sedation and the administration of IV sedation at St. Joseph's Medical Center. Plus, for his patients’ safety, he has training in acute cardiac care and is also an ACLS certified doctor.

He has been on the staff of both the Jersey Shore Medical Center and the Southern Ocean Medical Center for the past 20 years, where he is the only general dentist. He has also served for 20 years as a research associate for the Clinical Research Center, developed by world-renowned dentist Dr. Gordon Christensen, where he performs clinical research on various cutting-edge dental treatments and products.

Outside of the Dental Office, What Do You Like to Do?

Dr. Young believes he has a responsibility to provide high-quality dental care to the broader community as well as the people right here in Manahawkin. That’s why he has participated in global dental outreach programs throughout his career, including one on the island of Truk a couple of decades ago.

Truk is located in the South Pacific, and dental education and services are greatly needed. The people of Truk (Trukkers) have limited access to dental and medical care and are lacking in education regarding proper dental hygiene. Their customary chewing of sugar cane provides an additional challenge to their oral health. Before visiting, Dr. Young imagined he would be treating 20 to 40 kids a day -- but in all, he and his team treated about 750 to 1,000 people in a week. Once he saw how dire the need was for dental care, he and his team ditched their initial plan of providing comprehensive exams and gathering data and focused instead on providing emergency care to the many people who had been living with dental pain for years. When it was time to go, Dr. Young and his team left over 1,000 toothbrushes as well as instructions for better dental hygiene. They also left dental cements, instruments, and other supplies at the hospital and on neighboring islands.

Memories from his time on Truk have remained with Dr. Young, and he is thankful to have had the valuable experience of providing dental care where it is needed most.