Staff & Services / Dr. James Otten, DDS
Dr. James F. Otten is a 1981 graduate of the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Dentistry. He completed a one-year residency in hospital dentistry with emphasis on advanced restoration of teeth and oral surgery at the Veterans Administration Medical Center in Leavenworth, Kansas. He taught crown and bridge dentistry as an Associate Professor at UMKC before entering private practice in 1982, where he served as Chief of Staff of a large group practice in Fayetteville, Arkansas, before opening his practice in Lawrence in 1984.
Dr. Otten has pursued rigorous post-graduate education since 1986, accumulating thousands of hours in advanced continuing education that he has intentionally applied to his practice in order to develop its personalized care philosophy. He has completed the rigorous curriculum at two prestigious institutions - The Pankey Institute for Advanced Dental Education and the Dawson Center for Advanced Dental Education. Many regard the Pankey Institute as dentistry's educational equivalent of the Mayo Clinic and of which he is an Associate Faculty member and Provost. Dr. Otten lectures nationally and internationally and has recently been asked to join the faculty at the Newport Coast Orofacial Institute in Newport Beach CA. Here and at the Pankey Institute Dr. Otten volunteers his time to teach others about the joy, happiness and satisfaction that can be achieved through the care of patients in a trusting relationship and with clinical excellence.
While he is a member of numerous professional organizations, in recent years Dr. Otten has received the rare distinction of admission to two of Dentistry's most prestigious organizations. Dr. Otten has been named a Fellow of The American College of Dentists and an active member of The American Academy of Restorative Dentistry. You cannot apply to join either of these organizations. Rather you are nominated, scrutinized to the highest standards and selected by your peers who also happen to be the leaders in Dentistry. Along with this honor is a tremendous responsibility to live and practice according to the highest standards in our profession, something that ultimately has enormous benefit for our patients.
In pursuit of excellence, Dr. Otten has gained a considerable reputation both regionally and nationally for his expertise in disorders of the jaw joints, as well as crown and bridge dentistry, implant restorations, complex bite problems, removable and partial dentures and naturally beautiful esthetic dentistry. There is not a week that goes by that another dentist is not calling and asking his advice. Of all these accomplishments he is most proud of the trust his patients place in him and the development of a caring, personalized, client centered practice that works in a true partnership with people and the exceptional associates who work with him to facilitate it.