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Pierce County Dental Society is a component society for current members of the American Dental Association and Washington State Dental Association.

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November President's Message - Dr. Sonia Pal

Dear Members,
It is difficult to believe that Thanksgiving is just 2 weeks away. This is my favorite holiday. It is about family, reflection and being grateful for what we have. Even during these crazy times, there are things to be thankful for. I am grateful for my children, my family, all of my wonderful friends and colleagues. I am grateful for my work family and practice. I am grateful to see the many communities I am part of come together in support of one another as we negotiate this new normal the best way we know how. As much as we may want this year to be over, I hope we take the time to learn its lessons and come out the other side stronger.
Our collaboration with Snohomish County Dental Society is moving ahead beautifully. We are having our third meeting this month. It is good to see other smaller component groups joining us for CE. We will continue this at least through April. We are planning for our annual Spring Meeting. We are planning for a virtual as well as in person event if conditions allow. More details to follow. We are actively searching for Cheryl’s replacement; she retires in June 2021. Cheryl has huge shoes to fill and we will do our best to make the transition as seamless as possible.
The vote for resolution of our lawsuit with Delta is on Friday November 13th. Please remember to vote. Let us put this behind us and move forward to a brighter future. If you need any assistance, please reach out….
I hope you all have a healthy and fun holiday season. Take some time for self-care and reenergize so that we can do what we do best, take care of other’ oral health.
Best regards,

PCDS Presents Dr. Manuel La Rosa at the November 17 GMM

Tuesday, November 17 - Pierce County Dental Society Presents Dr. Manuel La Rosa

Dr. La Rosa will be presenting “Tooth Matrix: a rising trend in autologous bone grafting”

Brief Description:
The goal of dental care is the preservation of the dentition. Dental extractions are a therapeutic procedure to treat severely damaged, non-restorable, periodontally hopeless, and impacted teeth. Today, I want to describe a rising trend in bone grafting that recycles autologous extracted teeth that otherwise would have been disposed of, and now are used to graft alveolar bone defects.

Dr. Manuel La Rosa obtained his Doctor in Dental Surgery degree with the highest academic honors in 1993. He completed his Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Residency program at the University of Illinois at Chicago, where he graduated in 1998. Following his residency, Dr. La Rosa completed a one-year fellowship in Advanced Head & Neck Surgery at Rush-Presbyterian University Medical Center in Chicago. He has been in private practice in South King and Pierce Counties since 1999. Since 2007, both Drs. Manuel and Silvia La Rosa combined their surgical expertise to create a combined Specialty Oral and Maxillofacial/Periodontal and Implant Practice in Tacoma and Gig Harbor (Sound Surgical Arts).

Dr. La Rosa is recognized as a Fellow by the International College of Oral Implantology (ICOI) and by the American Society of Dental Anesthesiology (ADSA). He is also a member of several professional and scientific organizations, including the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery (AAOMS); the Washington State Society of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery (WSSOM), where he served as President (2008-2009); the American Dental Association (ADA); the Washington State Dental Association (WSDA), and The Pierce County Dental Society (PCDS).

He enjoys triathlons in his private life, training daily in three different disciplines: swimming, biking, and running. He has competed in several triathlons and enjoys spending time with his family.

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A Message from Pierce County Dental Foundation - Dr. Richard Coyner

A message from your Pierce County Dental Foundation:
We all appreciate the enormous impact Covid-19 has laid on our lives and practices. We are stressed and working harder than ever. However, those less fortunate still need our help. The PCDF would like to keep the spirit of our wonderful annual event, “A Day for Smiles”, alive this year. Your generous efforts have raised nearly $300,000 toward our goal of one million. This will perpetually sustain your foundation for the future,

We are after participating offices and not necessarily large donations. Any amount, however small, will be welcomed. A list of participants will be in our media for this event.

Stay Healthy,
The PCDF Board
Dr. Rich Coyner, Debra Lewandowski, Dr. Al Bird, Dr. Jurgen Huck, Dr. Theodore Baer, Dr. Silvia La Rosa, Dr. Lisa Buttaro,
Dr. Robert Chen, Dr. Ross Drangsholt, Monica Hospenthal, RDH, MS, MEd, Dr. Michael Giesy, Cheryl Jenkins, Dr, Roy Kaldestad
Pat Moore, Dr. Sonia Pal, Dr. Sherwin Shinn, Dr. Robert White

ATTN*** Pierce County Dental Foundation will hold it's annual "A Day for Smiles" the week of November 1-7, 2020. Please give thanks in November by making a donation to the Pierce County Dental Foundation Endowment Fund. November is "Gratitude Month". To make a donation email Cheryl Jenkins at:

Thank you to the following dentists who have made donations to the 2020 "A Day for Smiles":
Vic Barry
Albert Bird
Zachary Bird
Lisa Buttaro
Guillermo Chacon
Robert Chen
Richard Coyner
Matthew Cozby
Ross Drangsholt
Peter Elton
Peter Gauger
Michael Giesy
Stephen Hannon
Jordan Harris
Roy Kaldestad
Minou Karbakhsch
Michi Katafuchi
Silvia La Rosa
Andrew Leavitt
Phoung Nguyen
Mostafa Norooz
J. Perry Ormiston
Sonia Pal
William Parker
Joe Schneider
Karl Smith
David Weller
Robert White

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We are dedicated to furthering education, mutual support and better communication with the general public for the purpose of their better dental health. The Society has a Central Office to provide information on current dental issues, act as a liaison to the outside community, and serve as a support to its member dentists. Our goal is to provide this website as a resource for dentists, patients, and the community. If there is information that you feel would be helpful to other patients or dentists, please email your suggestions to

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Patient Resources

We provide free referrals to our Pierce County dentists for those patients who are looking for a new dental home, and we also have a download-able list of multi-lingual dental offices located in Pierce County

The Society has a Central Office to provide information on current dental issues, act as a liaison to the outside community, and serve as a support to its member dentists. We have one full-time and two part-time staff persons. The Central Office provides no-cost referral and mediation services for the public. Mediation is done for member dentists only.

The Pierce County Dental Society is proud to honor the many dentists who have participated in volunteer activities over the years. Together dentists in Pierce County donated $1,000,000 in care to low-income individuals in dental need, and participated in several oral health educational activities throughout the County.

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Congratulations – The Pierce County Dental Foundation received $78,640 in donations for the 2019 “A Day for Smiles” event.

All proceeds for the “A Day for Smiles” goes to the Pierce County Dental Foundation Endowment fund. The fund has a goal of $1,000,000. Once the fund reaches $500,000 it will start disbursing the proceeds for oral health care for those in need, oral health education, and to support education for dental professionals. Currently the fund has over $233,000 in donations.

In 2019 the Foundation supported several community events to support improved oral health such as: Pierce County Dentists Care Program, Bates Free Dental Day, Tacoma Rescue Mission Free Dental Day, Pierce County Veteran’s Resource Fair, Pierce County Dental Society Children’s Dental Health Day, and oral hygiene supplies for schools in Pierce County.

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