Dr. Claypool's first hands-on experience in dentistry came when, at the age of 17, he enlisted in the Army as a dental assistant in oral surgery. It was here that he learned valuable skills that would later contribute toward his pursuits beyond general dentistry toward more complicated skill sets such as implant dentistry, tooth extractions, and crown placements.
After leaving the Army, Dr. Claypool moved to Fresno, CA and spent his undergraduate years at Fresno State University obtaining a Bachelor of Science degree in microbiology. He then went on to UCLA for dental school and graduated in 1984, officially becoming a Doctor of Dental Surgery. Upon graduation, Dr. Claypool traveled back to Fresno, CA and spent the next 20 years building a very successful dental practice in the central valley. In 2005, he relocated to San Diego, CA but missed Fresno dearly. In 2013 Dr. Claypool moved back to the central valley to reopen a full-time dental practice, Robert S. Claypool DDS.
Dr. Claypool's greatest joys in dentistry are found in the countless lives he sees changed by simply improving a smile. He feels blessed to be able to witness the immediate reward patients obtain when they come into his office with low self-esteem - hiding their smiles, and leave that same day with tears of joy in their eyes, a renewed self -confidence and a changed life.
In his spare time, Dr. Claypool enjoys traveling, theater, golf, physical training at the gym, and restoring his '57 Chevy. He has two children who both reside in San Diego. Kristyn (25), is an animal trainer at the Wild Animal Park in Escondido, CA and Corbin (21) is a personal trainer in downtown San Diego.
Commitment to Excellence in Patient Care
Robert S. Claypool DDS in Fresno, CA is committed to providing exceptional oral health services to the residents of Fresno, CA and the surrounding central valley communities. Our patients are our number one priority. We strive to cultivate patient relationships based on mutual trust, excellent customer service, and the best personalized patient care available. Dr. Robert Claypool and his team are devoted to restoring, improving and sustaining your teeth using conservative, advanced dental procedures.
Focus on Prevention and Maintenance
At our office, we firmly believe preventative dental care and maintenance is key to your dental health. We regularly review your medical history to assess your overall health or changes in your health status. This helps us to identify any illnesses that may have an impact on your oral health. Visiting our office for periodic dental cleanings helps to prevent cavities and dental disease. Additionally, through routine scheduled exams, we review the overall condition of your teeth and gums and perform x-rays and oral cancer screenings to detect problems before they worsen.
Importance Of Office Safety Procedures and Sterilization
The office of Robert S. Claypool, DDS wants to ensure the health of our patients and our dental team. Our practice follows safety procedures recommended by the Center for Disease Control (CDC), the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA), and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). These measures include:
Using disinfectant hand soap
Wearing gloves, masks, glasses and/or face shields
Chemical disinfection of countertops and surfaces
Sterilization of all non-disposable instruments and equipment before every use
Chemical disinfection of all items which cannot be sterilized
Use of disposable plastic coverings and sheath over surfaces with high contact such as the dental chair, equipment, air/water syringe and light handles.
As your dentist, Dr. Claypool wants you to be confident in knowing that he and his staff take the responsibility of your health and safety very seriously.
Value In Staff Training & Expertise
Our dental team at Robert S. Claypool DDS in Fresno, CA is comprised of highly trained and skilled professionals who are licensed and certified. Through our commitment to continuing education and learning, we regularly attend dental lectures and conventions so that we can offer the most up-to-date dental techniques, procedures, products and equipment to our patients. We are also active members in various dental associations - this helps our office keep up with changes and advances in the dental profession.
The goal of our practice is to provide superior dental health care while creating lasting relationships with each individual patient. We appreciate the opportunity to be your dental health care provider, and we look forward to seeing you!