Meet Our Dentist in Traverse City and Petoskey
Brian P. Klym, DDS
I grew up in a dental family; my father was an Endodontist and my mother a dental hygienist. Together, they owned and ran a dental practice in Redondo Beach, California. When I was five, my father went back to school to specialize in Endodontics: tooth-saving root canal therapy. When we returned to the Detroit area, most of my family and their friends were in the dental community, so to a large extent I was destined to continue in this tradition and vocation.
With my father’s influence and family values, I strive to treat all my patients not only as I would expect to be treated but also as I would treat family or friends. I love the work I do and take pride in the work I’ve performed as well as the relationships I’ve developed over the years. It’s an honor and privilege coming to work each day, knowing most of my patients and considering them friends.
I’ve always been driven. Since I was a child, I’ve pushed myself to be the best—whether it was in sports or my education. After graduation, I knew I wanted to further my education in the realm of implant dentistry. This led to my desire for more knowledge in the study of the bite—how the teeth come together. From there, I naturally progressed into the further study of cosmetics. After obtaining each new skill or discipline, I could see another area I should work on.
Now, with more than 20 years of dental experience and intensive ongoing training with the masters of dentistry, I can honestly say I’ve attained a master’s level as well. Achieving this level of expertise means I’m able to provide my patients with the full-range of dental care available today.
Right now, I’m truly excited about the new possibilities we have with CT-scan guided implant dentistry. The opportunities are boundless. I’m also very pleased with how comfortable I’m able to make patients with IV sedation dentistry. It amazes me how much more relaxed patients are afterwards, having none of the stress or anxiety they would have had without IV sedation.
As a dentist I realize that, even though I work with the latest treatments and technologies, there may be many dental care options new patients are unaware of. Whether it’s the type of tooth restoration, dental materials, quality of the teeth impression, or lab we choose, I always encourage patients to learn more. I know the lasting results and the quality of care I give is the direct result of my treatment recommendations, the work I perform, and the choices of my patients. In light of this, I strive to ensure my patients understand their treatment options so they can make the most well-informed choices.
I also understand that no one relishes the thought of sitting in a dental chair. So, when I’m developing a treatment plan, I focus on delivering a long term solution, not merely a quick fix. I feel the same way my patients do—I don’t want my dentist working on the same tooth again next year. The type of care we offer means less time spent in the dental chair and more efficient procedures.
- Licensed in Michigan by the board of dentistry, and board of controlled substances since 1996
- Northeast Regional Boards passed May 1996
- Graduated from Albion College with a bachelor’s degree in biology May of 1992
- Graduated from the University of Michigan with a Doctorate of Dental Surgery in May of 1996
- Externship in Oral Surgery at the University of Michigan Hospital during the summers of 1993 and 1994
Fellowships and honors
- Diplomate from the International Congress of Oral Implantologist (ICOI) received January of 2018
- A Fellowship from the International Congress of Oral Implantologist (ICOI) received January of 1999
- Clinical consultant for the Dental Advisor Magazine from 1999 till present
- Fellowship From the Misch Implant Institute awarded in 2009
Continuing Education and Advanced Training
- Louisiana State University’s Cosmetic Continuum
A year-long training in Cosmetic Dentistry (1999)
- OBI Foundation for Bioesthetic Dentistry training Levels 1, 2, and 3
Training in the complete rehabilitation of the worn and pathological dentition (2001-2002)
- The Misch Implant Institute
One year surgical residency, implant prosthetic rehabilitation fixed and removable, advanced bone grafting, surgical anatomy with cadaver dissection (1998-2009 Dr. Carl Misch)
- Center for Advanced Dental Education
20/20 Oral Plastic Surgery training with Dr. Pat Allen (April 2006)
- Las Vegas Implant Institute
Hydraulic Sinus Lift and Sinus Grafting Procedures (October 2005 Dr. Leon Chen)
- The Schuster Center for Professional Development
A year-long training in practice management and practice development (2000)
- DOCS Oral Conscious Sedation Training
Certification in Oral Conscious Sedation (May 2008 Dr. Leslie Fang, MD & Dr. Anthony Feck, DDS)
- Georgia Health Sciences University
An intensive course in intravenous conscious sedation (2013-2014 Certification in Intravenous Conscious Sedation – Dr. Lee Getter and Dr. H. W. Ferguson)
- Advanced Training in Endodontics
Dr. Steven Buchanon and Clifford Ruddle
- Advanced Cardiac Life Support
- International Congress of Oral Implantologists
- Misch Dental Implant Institute
- OBI: Foundation of Bioesthetic Dentistry
- DOCS: Education in Oral Sedation Dentistry
- American Dental Association
- Michigan Dental Association
- Dental Advisor Magazine (Consultant)
- University of Michigan School Of Dentistry
- Albion College
- IV Sedation