I really decided to become a dentist because, it wasn't an instantaneous decision for me. I mean, I've always loved helping people and serving people. And I've always loved working with my hands and been the crafty type. And I had to discover, “How do I mold those two things together in the best way so that I could really spend my life doing what I love on both sides of that fence?” And it just naturally led me to dentistry. I'm an artist at heart, I love caring for people, and that works really well for the field of dentistry.
I'm a relationship-oriented person. One of the things that holds me up in my day-to-day routine is the time I spend with my patients. It often runs me behind, but that is me spending time building relationships with my patient. And it's why I show up every day trying to discover how I can help them in the best way. Easiest way to do that is to form a really good connection with them, and just makes me look forward to doing this day in, day out.
I do all types of continuing education. I'm a little bit of a junkie in that regard. I've had intensive continuing education in the field of general dentistry to stay in current with materials. But I like more advanced studies as well. So I've spent 20 years studying both orthodontics and implant dentistry. Implant dentistry is my latest passion. Initially that started off with just restoring implants that were by specialists, and that evolved into me learning the more advanced nuances of the actual surgical phase of implant placement. So fortunately, we can do all that in-house now. I'm able to understand all aspects of their care. My patients don't have to run around town to different offices. We can handle most services all here under one roof.
Dr. Michael Hardcastle provides some of the latest advances in technology including cosmetic dentistry, dental implants, digital X-rays, clear orthodontics, and ceramic restorations. An Arkansas native, Dr. Hardcastle graduated from the University of Tennessee College of Dentistry and then served in the US Navy for four years. He continues to attend advanced education courses concentrating on dental implants and cosmetic dentistry.
Despite his extensive focus on clinical dentistry, Dr. Hardcastle takes the time to get to know each of his patients one-on-one. After working in dental practices owned by corporations, Dr. Hardcastle knew he wanted to create close relationships with his patients in order to discuss long-term options for optimal dental health.
When not in the office, Dr. Hardcastle enjoys spending time with his wife and their three children. His hobbies include hunting, fishing, water sports, snow skiing, and physical fitness.