Dr. Tyler Crews has joined his childhood dentist, Dr. David Dombek, at the senior doctor’s practice in Granite City.
GRANITE CITY — While most 2005 high school graduates are excited about their 10-year reunions, Dr. Tyler Crews is excited about building his dental practice.
“I am currently working in an office in Missouri,” Crews says. “My goal is to have a practice on both sides of the river.”
Crews has found a home in the office of his childhood dentist, Dr. David Dombek, in Granite City. As a child, he was torn between hockey, medicine and architecture, but after several trips to the doctor, medicine won the battle.
“I played hockey as a child and had some knee problems,” he says. “Visiting the doctor often perked my interest in medicine.”
Dombek agreed to let Crews shadow him and he fell in love with the art of dentistry.
“It appealed to me right away,” he says.
Crews is a graduate of Saint Louis University, following with a degree from Southern Illinois University School of Dental Medicine. He says his two-year residency, also done at SIU, gave him valuable exposure to new technologies and practices in dentistry.
Many procedures that took more preparation in previous years are now being done the same day. Dentists are able to make crowns in the office instead of using temporary crowns, and 3-D printing is becoming available along with other new technologies.
“It’s amazing to see where dentistry was and where it is going,” Crews says.
Although these new technologies are helpful, some old ways still work. Crews says in Dombek’s office, they still take films and use paper records.
“With some time, digital ideas may be incorporated, but for now our current ways have proven to be effective, predictable and successful for patients,” he says.
Crews grew up in the area with his mother, father and sister. Denise and Bob Crews own Ty-Cour Enterprises, a kitchen and bath remodeling business in Madison.
“They have been very supportive of me in all of my endeavors,” he says. “My mom, Denise, will also be working in my new office.”
The ambitious young man says dentists are born, not made.
“We spend years prior to dental school, wondering if our OCD personalities are normal, and in dentistry we can use this to our advantage,” he says, laughing.
He explains that although they are perfectionists and want everything to go well, some aftershocks of procedures vary with each patient … but the notion that dentists like to cause pain is a myth.
“I care deeply for my patients and I want them to be comfortable in my office,” he said. “I have found dentists that share my practice philosophy and care for patients and I have been very lucky in that so far.
“In my practice, you will also find that our atmosphere is very relaxed. We all work together for the common goal for each patient, provide the best care and experience possible.
“I can’t wait to meet all of you and look forward to working with you.”
Crews Dental LLC is located at 3005 Madison Ave. Crews will see patients from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fridays at this location. For information, call (618) 876-7227 and ask for Dr. Crews.