DR. JAKE R. ATWOOD, DMD
PROSTHODONTIST, GRAND JUNCTION
Dr. Atwood is a caring and empathetic professional who has a passion for helping others and creating new smiles. He has the ability to bring a unique perspective to treating his patients due to his additional education and training as a Prosthodontist (A dentist who specializes in the restoration and replacement of teeth). This advanced understanding is a result of three additional years of training that allow Prosthodontists to approach situations with a special vision and perspective completely unique from a general dentist.
Dr. Atwood grew up in Price, UT at the feet of his father who was a Dentist. This is where he developed a love for dentistry at a young age. Later, he did his four years of undergraduate work in Human Development at The University of Utah. In 2008, he earned his Doctorate of Dental Medicine degree after four years at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio, and was elected #1 in clinic for his class. Immediately following dental school, he entered the Wilford Hall Prosthodontics residency program at Lackland Air Force Base. During his three-year prosthodontic residency beyond dental school, Dr. Atwood focused on comprehensive oral reconstruction and received extensive training in dental implants, removable prostheses (dentures and partials) and conventional fixed prostheses (crowns and bridges).
During residency, Dr. Atwood was trained in all aspects of dental laboratory work and fabricated his own dentures and partials from start to finish for his patients. This valuable laboratory training was key in helping him to customize each prosthesis in-office and monitor the work that returns from his dental labs. This additional customization ability and quality assurance review is why Dr. Atwood is able to provide the level of excellence that his patients deserve.
In 2011, he graduated from the University of Texas Health Science Center with a masters degree in Biomedical Sciences and from the residency, receiving a certificate of completion in prosthodontics. He became a diplomate of the American Board of Prosthodontists. He and his family were then stationed at Spangdahlem Air Force Base in Germany for three years.
Today, Dr. Atwood, his wife, and their four children reside in Fruita, CO where they enjoy being together in the outdoors.