A Higher Degree of Practice
Dr. Jane Griffith and her team at the Griffith Dental Group offer comprehensive dental care to patients from ages 3 to 93
by Amanda Hamm Hengel

There are dental practices and then there is the Griffith Dental Group. This unique practice offers a team of dental specialists along with general dentists in a single office location, ensuring that each patient and their family receives the most comprehensive dental care available in the area.

“There are very few practices that have specialists within their offices,” explains Jane A. Griffith, D.M.D. “This allows us to develop a treatment plan in the office, and the patients do not have to go anywhere else.” The in-office specialists at the Hatboro practice include a periodontist, endodontist and prosthodontist, along with two hygienists and three general dentists. Dr. Griffith herself is also highly trained in Invisalign, as well as cosmetic and geriatric dentistry.

Dr. Griffith says that while she appreciates general dentists who do not specialize and can handle a number of different cases, she also feels that it is extremely important for there to be specialists in the field. “Specialists train two to four years after dental school in their area of expertise, which enables them to focus and do certain treatments well because of their experience,” says Dr. Griffith.

Periodontist Jonathan Waasdorp, D.M.D., focuses on advanced implant and reconstructive surgery, as well as comprehensive periodontal care and periodontal plastic surgery. As endodontist Larissa Strelkov, D.M.D., performs root canals, she eases the patient’s concerns with her warm and gentle manner.  Marie Valentine Lim, D.M. D., is a board-certified prosthodontist with advanced training from the prestigious University of Washington. She, along with Dr. Waasdorp, treats the most complex of dental cases, giving patients the smile that they always wanted.

Serving the Philadelphia area for more than 25 years, the group practice is also unique in that the vast majority of its dentists graduated from the University of Pennsylvania School Of Dental Medicine.  Drs. Waasdorp and Lim are now faculty members at the university, while Dr. Strelkov previously taught there.

“We all have the same treatment-plan philosophy and were educated in the same manner,” Dr. Griffith says, noting that Penn is one of the top 10 dental schools in the country. “We have a shared knowledge that helps us all to work well together.”

In addition to offering a range of dental services, the Griffith Dental Group also treats a wide range of age groups from a variety of locales. Whether patients are 3 or 93, from Allentown to New Jersey, the dentists at the Griffith Dental Group do whatever they can to ensure good oral health for all of their patients. “Our high level of care, service and technical skills are so embraced by our patients that they continually refer new patients to us,” Dr. Griffith says.

When Dr. Griffith graduated from Penn, she was one of nine female students in the graduating class. Today, the percentage of female students is more than 50 percent. Dr. Griffith says a lot has changed in dentistry since she started practicing, but one thing that has not changed is the expectation people have for a kind and caring environment when they visit their dentist, and that’s exactly what the Griffith Dental Group offers to its patients.

“We offer numerous comfort measures to our patients, including warm towels, water bottles, comfortable chairs, TVs and music,” she says. “It’s a lot different than it used to be.”

Interestingly, Dr. Griffith started her career as a nurse but made the move to dentistry because her grandfather and a number of other family members were dentists, and she wanted to be a part of a profession that would allow her the flexibility to spend time with her family. An athlete, gardener, cook and fly fisher, Dr. Griffith has come to appreciate the artistic side of dentistry, and she enjoys sharing her passion with her patients.

Whether the patient needs regular cleaning or advanced treatment, The Griffith Dental Group is prepared to offer the highest degree of quality, service and care in one comprehensive practice.

The Griffith Dental Group Difference
* Multiple specialists under one roof include a periodontist, endodontist and prosthodontist.

* The vast majority of the dentists are graduates of the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine.

* Two dentists are faculty members at University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine.  

* The comfortable office boasts warm towels, water bottles, comfortable chairs, TVs and music to improve the patient experience.

* Early morning and evening appointments are available.   

* Services include: dental exams and cleanings, oral cancer exams, fluoride treatment and sealants, Zoom! teeth whitening, composite fillings, porcelain veneers, crowns and fixed bridges, dental implants, treatment of periodontal disease and gingival  recontouring, implant dentures and implant retained partial dentures, oral surgery, endodontics (root canals), Invisalign, pediatric dentistry
The Griffith Dental Group
41 Byberry Ave., Suite 2
Hatboro, PA 19040
215-672-2244 | www.griffithdmd.com