Our Ardmore, Oklahoma Dentist
Robert V. Hughes, DDS, FAGD
Dr. Hughes knew he wanted to pursue dentistry ever since he met his family dentist, Dr. Turnbull, whom he met in Ardmore. After earning his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree, Dr. Hughes began practicing dentistry as a Captain in the United States Air Force. In 1969, he would move into the same building where he met Dr. Turnbull and begin providing care to the Ardmore community.
Over the next few decades, Dr. Hughes would continue to stay updated on the latest trends and advancements in dentistry, a habit most dentists fail to keep after their initial education. That’s why he pursued education at the Pankey Institute and developed professional relationships with other dentists in the region.
When you visit your local dentist, you don’t always know the level of personalized care you’re going to get. Patients assume that whatever care their given is the standard of care dentists across the country provide. Unfortunately, that often isn’t the case.
In the case of Dr. Robert Hughes and his practice, he believes in the Golden Rule. The same level of dental care that he’d expect for himself and his own family is what all patients get when they walk through his front doors.
This is proven by his many utilities and amenities you’ll find within the practice. For 50 years, Dr. Hughes has taken the extra initiative to effectively provide a very high standard of care. Through decades of continuing education, introducing new technology, and providing amenities to improve comfort, patients can expect cutting-edge dental care often missing in other practices.
Many things have changed since your dentist began practicing in Ardmore. Back in the day, all dentists had available to them to produce dental crowns was metal and plastic, a far cry from the all-porcelain restorations Dr. Hughes offers. While he could have continued using basic materials like other dentists, he realized he needed the best materials available to provide patients restorations that met his standards.
Furthermore, Dr. Hughes found that asking off-site labs to create restorations resulted in lackluster results. By using dental labs, he quickly found that he lacked the full control and customizations he knew his patients deserve. So, he brought a dental lab into the practice itself. Today, he can perform advanced magnification that isn’t typically available in dental labs. Whenever you need a crown or other restoration, you can expect one that fits just right and made in-house every time.
Over the years, he included more technology as he saw fit, such as a CEREC machine, essential tools for laser dentistry, and a TECH scanner to his office. Having these items and the knowledge to use them effectively proves his passion for continued learning and improving treatment for patients.
When it comes to following the Golden Rule, Dr. Hughes doesn’t only keep it in the dental office.
Take his background in music for example. Since he was young, he always found passion in singing in a quartet at his Episcopal church and playing the pipe organ for other churchgoers. He even used his talents to help pay for his dental school bills.
Today, he’s the director of an adult department at the Baptist church in his neighborhood, giving back to the community in any way he can. It’s his way of staying active and doing good at the same time.
There are few dentists quite like Dr. Hughes, so we hope that this new insight will help you strike up a conversation with him the next time you visit!