Becoming a dentist was just, it seemed like second nature after my father. Even though I started out with a music major, and possibly teaching, ended up coming kind of full circle to what my dad did, just ended up enjoying working with my hands and being able to help people, so it was a good mix.
I think getting an almost immediate result, whether it's getting someone out of pain, whether it's improving someone's smile. Literally, having people tear up with joy because they'll tell you you changed their life, so that's pretty powerful.
Born and raised in South Carolina. Went to USC, University of South Carolina, for undergrad. Started out in math and then ended up deciding to finally go to dental school down in Charleston, Medical University of South Carolina.
I've taken part in the Academy of General Dentistry's program called MasterTrack, which is a pretty extensive program for general dentists. There's just a wealth of knowledge that is provided in that continued education, and I think really sets one above the traditional minimalist of dentistry and allows a dentist to just, again, get a wealth of knowledge and be able to provide so much more for their patients.
Rather than waiting for years of experience, being able to be exposed to other professors, other experts in the field, and getting their knowledge over the course of, say, a three-day weekend, and being able to bring home that knowledge as opposed to trying to learn it on my own, let's say. So, just taking the opportunity, or taking the time to be exposed to other experts, I think allows you to learn so much more, provide so much more, and know so much more than the average dentist so that patients feel like they're getting their answers addressed.
Dr. J. Conrad Crocker, a second-generation dentist, has committed himself to excellence in dentistry. He earned his dental degree from the Medical University of South Carolina in 1999. A member of the Academy of General Dentistry, Dr. Crocker annually completes over 100 hours of continuing education, almost 10 times the state requirement.
Dr. Crocker is committed to lifelong learning to provide you the best that modern dentistry has to offer. All Smiles Dental was the first practice in Lexington to have a CEREC machine, which allows us to make same-day dental crowns so our patients never have to wait for days for their dental restoration. Among other procedures, Dr. Crocker has completed advanced training in veneers, root canals, one-visit crowns, implant restoration, full and partial dentures, and visible and invisible braces. This extensive training allows him to offer you a comfortable, fast transformation to the smile of your dreams.
Dr. Crocker was born and raised in Lexington. He entered into practice with his father, who started the practice in 1977. Dr. Crocker stays active in the community with activities like educating children at local elementary schools during National Children’s Dental Health Month. He enjoys the outdoors and spending time on Lake Murray with his family.