Dr. Howell is a caring and empathetic professional who has a passion for helping others and for creating new smiles. Dr. Howell 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 3 additional years of training that allow Prosthodontists to approach situations with a special vision and perspective completely unique from a general dentist.
Dr. Howell grew up in Wyoming as the oldest of five children. Working for his father who is an Engineer most of his youth, he gained valuable lessons in precision and discipline while spending summers on construction sites throughout many states. Dr. Howell did his undergraduate work in Biology and Public Health at Utah State University. He then earned his Doctorate of Dental Medicine degree at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio, and completed a Masters of Science and Certificate of Specialty in Prosthodontics at The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio.
During his 3-year prosthodontic residency beyond dental school, Dr. Howell focused on comprehensive oral reconstruction and received extensive training in dental implants, removable prostheses (dentures and partials), and conventional fixed prostheses (crowns and bridges). While serving as Chief Resident, Dr. Howell had the opportunity to teach and mentor other residents and dental students in many different areas of prosthodontics. This helped foster a passion for education which he enjoys sharing with his patients. He continues teaching by lecturing to groups of dentists locally on different areas of prosthodontics.
During residency, Dr. Howell 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 Dr. Howell to customize each prosthesis in-office and monitor the work that returns from his dental labs. This is key to be able to provide the level of excellence that his patients deserve.
Dr. Howell enjoys spending time with his wife and their four children. As new residents to the Phoenix area, they are enjoying the beautiful sunshine and everything Arizona has to offer. Dr. Howell enjoys the outdoors, playing and watching football with his boys, golfing year round, and watching his family grow up.