Dr. Patel chose dentistry as a profession in order to help others. Dr Patel graduated from the University of Texas Dental School in 2002, and has been practicing dentistry for 10 years. Dr. Patel found that cosmetic and general dentistry allowed him to blend his love of science and the arts while helping improve people’s self-confidence by creating and maintaining a beautiful smile. Dr Patel has a great reputation in the Austin and Lake Travis Area. He has been serving patients in Lakeway and Downtown Austin for the past 8 years. In order to better serve his patients, Dr Patel added his second location in Downtown Austin in early 2012.
Cosmetic & Restorative Dentistry and Smile Design
Dr Patel has learned from the best. He has fantastic cosmetic dentistry knowledge and skills. The smiles that he helps to create are natural and look amazing! Dr Patel has completed over a thousand porcelain restorations and completed hundreds of hours in continuing education in Cosmetic and Restorative Dentistry and Smile Design. He has attended the curriculum at the prestigious Las Vegas Institute for Advanced Dental Studies. The Las Vegas Institute is world renowned for being one of the best places for Dentists to learn about Cosmetic Dentistry. Dr Patel is passionate about learning and always improving. Dr Patel also has learned above and beyond in the field of Implant Dentistry. In fact, he participated in one of the first Live Patient Guided Surgery Courses for Dentists in the world, recently in Brazil. He is receiving advanced training under one of the pioneers in Implant Dentistry and specifically Computer Guided Implant Surgery.
Dr Patel has placed and restored many implants and has completed over a hundred hours of Continuing Education in the field of Implant Dentistry just in the past few years. He IS also one of a few Dentists in Austin to achieve Fellowship from the International Congress of Oral Implantology. This certification is given to individuals who have shown exceptional understanding of Implant Dentistry. He has completed over a hundred dental implant surgeries.
Dr Patel has also trained one on one with the world’s most renowned Dentures Specialists in the world, Dr Joe Massad. He has trained under one of the nation’s leading Dentists for Sleep Apnea treatment, Dr Kent Smith. He is one of the few General Dentist in Lakeway & Downtown Austin that has achieved Invisalign Preferred Provider Status, which means he does more Invisalign cases than the average local Dentist.
Dr Patel is extremely knowledgeable in many areas of Dentistry as shown be his continued commitment to learning and education. He completes over 100 hours of Continuing Education each year, whereas the average Dentist only takes 12 hours a year, making him an expert in many aspects of dentistry.
By being knowledgeable in various aspects of Dentistry, Dr Patel gets the big picture and understands how different variables come together for a great and lasting end result. Dr Patel is also fluent in Spanish as that was his major in College at the University of Houston.
Dr Patel is an active member of several Dental Professional Organizations including:
- American Dental Association
- Texas Dental Association
- Capital Area Dental Society
- International Congress of Oral Implantologists
On a Personal Note
Dr Patel’s first name is Tejas. And yes that does mean Texas in Spanish. Again, he speaks Spanish so it does seem appropriate! And no, his parents had no idea that Tejas means Texas or that they would end up in Texas. Dr Patel was born in New York and his parents are from India. His name is pronounced like” tagious,” like “ con-tagious. “
The name Tejas means “light,” “friend”, and of course, “Texas.” At the age of 2, Dr Patel and his family moved to Houston. Up until almost 10 years ago, Dr Patel lived in Houston. Dr Patel absolutely loves it here in Austin! He has even got the rest of his family, (his Mom, Dad, and older Brother), to move up to Austin as well!
Dr Patel loves to spend time with his family, especially his wife Ami and daughters, Asha and Kayla. He loves to travel, watch movies, and is an avid reader.