Dr. Michael J. Kuzma is a cosmetic dentist who combines true heart, advanced training, and extensive experience to give his patients the best results and the best experience from their dental care.
A Strong Foundation as a General Dentist
Dr. Kuzma began his practice with a very strong foundation as a general dentist, which is the best start when growing into cosmetic dentistry. He received his BA in Biology from Lafayette College. He then got his Doctorate of Dental Surgery (DDS) from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
After his DDS was complete, Dr. Kuzma began his career of service with a one-year Advanced Education in General Dentistry Residency in the US Army. Upon completion of this residency, Dr. Kuzma served as a General Dentistry Officer at Fort Bragg, NC for three years.
Advanced Education as a Cosmetic Dentist
To be the best cosmetic dentist he could be, Dr. Kuzma sought out the best training available. He received training as a cosmetic dentist at the world-renowned LVI Global Institute for Advanced Dental Studies (LVI), including a foundation in many crucial areas that support the practice of cosmetic dentistry, including neuromuscular dentistry, implant dentistry, and sleep apnea treatment. He joined the ranks of the elite cosmetic dentists who can call themselves LVI Fellows because they have completed the entire strenuous course of study.
Dr. Kuzma was also honored with a Fellowship in the Academy of General Dentistry (FAGD), an honor bestowed on dentists who receive extensive postgraduate education. Dr. Kuzma has always been drawn to the leading edge of dentistry, and his continuing studies ensure his practice always remains at the forefront of dental medicine.
A Part of the Community
Dr. Kuzma is a cosmetic dentist with heart, which he demonstrates through faithful service to his community and his church.
Dr. Kuzma has practiced in Wilmington, NC since 1996. In addition to his regular practice, he has served the community by participating in Mission of Mercy Dental Clinics. Along with other dentists, he volunteers his time and expertise to providing dental care for patients in need who cannot afford to get care. In addition, he runs Dentistry from the Heart Days at his practice, where patients who cannot afford the extensive dental procedures they need are cared for, free of charge.
Dr. Kuzma regularly speaks to local dentists and doctors about recent developments in dentistry, and helps train the next generation of dentists, offering dentists in training the opportunity to get hands-on experience at his office.
Dr. Kuzma also participates in church activities with his wife and three children. His hobbies include surfing, fishing and biking.
What Is a Cosmetic Dentist?
It’s important to note that a cosmetic dentist is not a recognized medical specialty by either the American Dental Association or the North Carolina Dental Association.
When we call Dr. Kuzma a cosmetic dentist, we are referring to the philosophy of his dental practice. A cosmetic dentist is a dentist who recognizes that the appearance of your smile is an essential aspect of the health of your mouth.
A healthy mouth can perform all the vital functions that you call on it for every day. We wouldn’t call your mouth healthy if you couldn’t chew without pain. Nor would we call it healthy if you couldn’t speak clearly because of a dysfunction in your jaw or poorly fitting restorations.
A cosmetic dentist recognizes that we call on our smile every day to represent us with its appearance. Therefore, a cosmetic dentist prioritizes the appearance of your smile along with other aspects of oral health.