Meet Dr. Raymond
Dr. Raymond is an internationally-recognized endodontist and is board-certified by the American Board of Endodontics, a distinction awarded to less than 15% of endodontists. In his 13th year of private practice, he maintains a strong passion for learning and stays at the cutting edge of endodontics and dentistry through his involvement and membership in Spear Education and multiple Spear Study Clubs, the International Academy of Endodontics (a private, invitation-only study group of high-quality endodontists who seek to promote the highest level of clinical and interdisciplinary care for their patients), and The Pankey Institute.
Dr. Raymond is strongly committed to providing pain-free endodontic care and practices at the absolute highest level through the use 3D CT imaging technology to help with an accurate diagnosis as well as the use of a sophisticated Zeiss microscope for unsurpassed precision through every phase of treatment. Dr. Raymond is also one of the first endodontists in the country to adopt GentleWave cleaning technology to provide a level of disinfection that surpasses that of traditional methods.
Dr. Raymond believes in a minimally-invasive, conservative approach to endodontic care, which means removing minimal amounts of natural tooth structure during root canal procedures in order to preserve a tooth’s strength and long-term survival. A conservative approach also means providing a thorough evaluation and accurate diagnosis to provide the most effective care. Not every patient requires a root canal and often may benefit from a more conservative, less invasive approach. This is an aspect of Dr. Raymond’s practice that he takes very seriously.
Dr. Raymond is an endodontic leader in his community and enjoys giving lectures and presentations to colleagues at various dental conferences on modern endodontic techniques, including dentin-preserving treatment strategies, the restoration of endodontically-treated teeth, diagnosis and treatment planning, and the implementation of 3D Cone Beam CT imaging in endodontics. Dr. Raymond is a strong advocate of organized dentistry and is an active member of the International Academy of Endodontics, American Association of Endodontics, the Northern District Dental Society, the Georgia Dental Association, the Hinman Dental Society, the American Dental Association, and the American Board of Endodontics.
Dr. Raymond also donates his time providing free care to Atlanta’s underserved at the Ben Massell Clinic, Georgia’s Mission of Mercy Volunteer Dental Clinic, and the Special Olympics Special Smiles Program. Besides dentistry, Dr. Raymond enjoys reading, running, basketball, golf, skiing, watching football, and running around the house playing with his 2-year old Sofia.
Dr. Raymond grew up in the tiny town of Fort Kent, Maine, which lies on the American side of the border between Maine and the provinces of New Brunswick & Quebec. In fact, prior to the mid-19th century, it was considered part of Canada. Fort Kent, ME is the northern terminus of America’s oldest road, Historic Route 1, which ends 2500 miles south in Key West. Fort Kent is often referred to as “America’s First Mile”, which ends in Key West, FL. Beyond the northern reaches of Route 1, the earth simply falls away into an endless abyss. It is also in the northern piedmont of the Appalachian Mountain Range. The trail starts (or ends) 2 hours south of his hometown in Katahdin, ME and ends (or starts) in Springer Mountain, GA. Northern Maine is a place of pristine wilderness and beauty, but suffers from extreme geographic isolation, ungodly cold weather, and an aggressive moose and black bear population that run amok and vastly outnumber the dwindling human population of the region. Dr. Raymond considers himself fortunate to have made it out of there. Dr. Raymond’s father maintained a small dental practice in the region for over 40 years, proudly serving his small, hard-working community of woodsmen and potato farmers. Facing his father’s monopoly, the small and shrinking market, and the prospect of having to perform dentistry on moose his entire career, Dr. Raymond made his way to warmer pastures and is thrilled to be settled in Atlanta, the southern piedmont of the great Appalachians. He is happily married to Dr. Andreina Izarra, a local periodontist, whom he met in the Fort Lauderdale/Miami area while in residency (yes, Dr. Raymond had to travel to the other end of Route 1 to find someone willing to marry him!). They have a 2-year-old daughter, Sofia, who is the light of their lives.