Richard N. Vest, Jr., DDS

“I am excited about the advances in periodontal and implant care that we can offer our patients. Our use of a CT Scanner in determining the placement of dental implants is of great value to our patients. Also as the scanner is in our office, it allows for a faster, more accurate diagnosis. I believe the CT Scanner will become the standard of care in implant placement.

In providing aesthestic procedures, I utilize a microscope. Microscopically enhanced periodontal plastic procedures such as connective tissue grafting as well as regenerative surgery is providing our patients with incredibly pleasing aesthetic results.

For patients with bone loss, I am able to greatly enhance their regeneration of bone through the use of bone morphogenetic protein. This “BMP” allows regrowth of bone with impressive results.

The enhancement of someone’s smile is always rewarding.”

Education and Training: 

  • Goethe-Institute in Passau Germany; University of Vienna in Vienna Austria
  • BA at Mississippi College
  • DDS at The University of Tennessee
  • Residency in Periodontics at The University of Alabama at Birmingham 
  • Diplomate of the International Congress of Oral Implantologists 

Dr. Vest maintains memberships in the American Dental Association, American Academy of Periodontology, American College of Oral Implantology, American Society of Osseointegration, International Congress of Oral Implantologists, The Implant Prosthodontic Section of ICOI the Southern Academy of Periodontology and the Academy of Microscope Enhanced Dentistry.

Elizabeth A. Kivus, DDS 

“Regeneration and implant therapy have revolutionized the field of periodontics. Periodontists have the knowledge and ability to rebuild lost bone and soft tissue, and to replace missing teeth. We recreate the foundation of oral health.

My commitment to continuing education has been valuable, expanding my knowledge and skill in minimally invasive surgery, periodontal plastic surgery, hard and soft tissue regeneration and implant therapy. In additional to providing surgical therapy, I value the importance of patient education, helping patients to better understand the intimate connection of oral health and systemic health.

I look forward to helping patients reach their goal of a healthy and radiant smile.” 

Education and Training: 

  • BA at Saint Anselm College
  • DDS at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • Advanced Education in General Dentistry through Lutheran Medical Center
  • Residency in Periodontics at The University of Alabama at Birmingham  
  • Dual Certificate in Periodontics from The Veterans Administration Hospital
  • Dr. Edward P. Allen 20/20 Oral Surgery / Advanced Surgical Technique

Dr. Kivus served the Navajo Native Americans for two years as a general dentist through Indian Health Services. Her experience motivated her to return to academia and specialize in periodontics, as many of her patients suffered from periodontal disease and its systemic co-morbidities.  

Dr. Kivus maintains memberships in the Birmingham District Dental Society, the Alabama Dental Association, the Alabama Society of Periodontics, the Southern Academy of Periodontology, the American Dental Association American, the Academy of Periodontology and the Academy of Osseointegration

Dr. Kivus is active in the local running community and a member of the Birmingham Track Club. You may see her out running with friends, her fiancé, Brett, or her dog, Macy.