I got into dentistry because it was something that I noticed all the time. And I thought, “What if I could help people out with it?” So, I was very, very fortunate one of my mentors, Dr. Dennis Blanc up in Dubois, Texas, was willing to let this college kid come in and become a dental assistant. He really mentored and was terrific in terms of helping me grow and learn about the profession, and just really sparked why I do what I do. The most rewarding part is actually when a patient comes in, they feel sometimes hopeless or, “I’m too far gone beyond repair.” And you can actually kind of say, “No, we can do this, or we can pursue these kinds of avenues. You don’t have to lose your teeth if you don’t want to lose your teeth.”
Some instances we can’t, but we can at least replace those teeth with something better, and that way they can chew and have a happy life. My big thing here is, you’re just not another chart number. For us, it’s our opportunity to really build a relationship, my particular specialty. Unfortunately, there’s not an absolute cure for periodontal disease. And so, it’s one of those things where trust has to be built. Without any kind of trust, there is no way for us to really help out. So, I’m really looking for that relationship to help you out.
Dr. J. Dylan Everett Is Passionate About Dentistry
Originally from further north in the Texas Panhandle, Dr. J. Dylan Everett was born in Amarillo to a great family of ranchers and farmers, and called the nearby town of Stratford his home. After graduating high school as salutatorian in his class, he attended McMurry University in Abilene, where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry while participating on the football and track teams. Under Dr. Dennis Plunk’s mentorship in his general dentistry office in Dumas, Texas, Dr. Everett found his calling into the dental field.
Dr. Everett earned his Doctor of Dental Surgery at Texas A&M University College of Dentistry (formerly known as Baylor College of Dentistry). During his dental training he discovered his passion for surgical procedures and decided to pursue his specialty training in periodontics. After completing a master’s degree in oral biology at Texas A&M and a thesis in laser assisted non-surgical therapy (LANST), he returned to west Texas.
As one of Lubbock’s board-certified periodontists, he is proud to be recognized as one of Incisal Edge Magazine’s Top 40 Under 40 specialists in 2021. He is also honored to be considered KCBD’s Best of the West Oral Surgery Center in 2022 and 2023.
He is married to his college sweetheart, Kelsey, a radiology technician. They are proud to call Lubbock their home and are excited to be raising their daughter, Hadleigh, and son, Wyatt, in the same West Texas traditions that he grew up in.
Dr. Everett’s professional memberships include:
- American Academy of Periodontology
- American Dental Association
- Texas Dental Association
- Southwest Society of Periodontists
- Texas Society of Periodontists
- The American Board of Periodontology
- International Congress of Oral Implantologists
- International Team for Implantology
- American Society of Dentist Anesthesiologists
- South Plains District Dental Society
His certifications include:
- Texas State Board of Dental Examiners
- Basic Life Support
- Advanced Cardiac Life Support
- Pediatric Advanced Life Support