A few Notables about Endodontist Dr. Dave Burros
Dave Burros never dreamed his career could be so much fun. After many years and thousands of root canals, he still can’t wait to tell you how much he loves his job. That’s especially so when he gets to work on “unusual” or “difficult” cases. One in particular stands out in his mind. “I did a root canal on a polar bear on May 27, 2005.”
Dave talks about the experience as if it happened only hours ago. As life often goes, Dave was in the right place at the right time when the opportunity to work on this unusual patient came along. A zookeeper at Tucson’s Reid Park Zoo asked Dave, two other dentists, and a veterinarian to help him with a “special case”. The zoo’s polar bear had a chipped tooth that was turning black. So, on Memorial Day weekend with a 690-pound bear under anesthesia, Dave and his friend, an oral surgeon, set out to save that tooth.
“It was one of the neatest things I’ve ever done,” Dave says. “We were really freaked out about the possibility that she might wake up.” If she had, Dave would probably have said something funny…and she would have laughed herself back to sleep.
As you might have guessed, Dave is known for his humor and easy-going nature. He makes a habit of having fun with his patients. “I talk them through the procedure with a little humor here and there…give them a running commentary as I go along,” he says.
Away from the office, Dave devotes himself to his family and church. He and his wife, Suzy have two adult children. Dave’s greatest passion is mission work in foreign or 3rd world countries. To date he has done dentistry for the underprivileged in over 11 countries around the world including China, Ethiopia, Swaziland, India, and Bolivia. He says he’ll go wherever he’s needed. He’s committed to put God first in his life, at home and in the office.
“I believe that my Creator put me on this earth for His purpose. He’s given me talents to use for Him while I’m here…even if it’s on one of his furry four-legged creatures.”
Dr. Burros’ Credentials
- Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies: Endodontics, Goldman School of Graduate Dentistry, Boston University, Boston, MA
- Doctor of Dental Surgery Degree: Loyola University of Chicago School of Dentistry, Maywood, IL
- Associate of Applied Science Degree: Pima College, Tucson, AZ
- Bachelor of Science Degree: General Biology, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ
- Member: American Association of Endodontists, American Dental Association, Arizona Endodontic Association, Arizona Dental Association, Southern Arizona Dental Society