Dr. Stanley Toporek
Dr. Stanley Toporek’s interest in dentistry began in High School after writing a research paper on dental health. His passion for the healing arts was further fostered during dental school when a local hospital, experiencing a shortage of nurses, offered qualifying candidates an opportunity to train “on the job.” With a growing interest in medicine and pharmacology and mentored by Charleston dentist and family friend, Dr. Stanley Karesh, Stanley Toporek entered the Medical College of Virginia School of Dentistry. While in dental school, he continued nursing and worked, as his schedule would permit, in the budding specialty of Plastic Surgery and Orthopedics. This experience influenced his desires to see dentistry expand from “treating disease and tooth decay” to providing patients with confidence and a dynamic smile.
Being sensitive to patient’s esthetic needs, but knowing that biting forces can challenge the strongest metals and porcelains, in summers between the years of dental school, Dr. Toporek was employed with a local dental lab. They allowed him to work (and learn) about the fabrication of dental restorations in exchange for lunches and pocket change. At chairside with patients when he explains the value of receiving beautiful dental care that provides the best function, maintainability, comfort and esthetics.
Forty years of experience comprises an education unavailable in the dental educational forum. Yet, Dr. Toporek is quick to credit those who have guided and influenced his passionate pursuit of knowledge and learning how to “better the best.” Wonderful post graduate educational institutions such as L.D.Pankey, renowned Periodontist, Marvin Surgarman whose philosophy to “Think Perio First” has saved thousands of teeth and his long-term friend, mentor and patient, Dr. Stanley Karesh. Retirement is not a tempting option when you love what you do. So, Dr. T enjoys a reduced work schedule which gives more time to continue his love for research and education and spend time with his family, grandchildren and play golf.
Dr. Toporek is a member of numerous dental organizations: American Dental Association, South Carolina Dental Association, Academy of General Dentistry, International College of Dentists, South Carolina Academy of Practice Administration, American Academy of Dental Practice Administration. He holds distinguished membership in the following: Fellow Academy of General Dentistry, Federal International College of Dentists, Pierre Fauchard Academy.
In his early years of practice, Dr. Toporek was a part time clinical associate professor of crown and bridge dentistry at the Medical University of South Carolina School of Dentistry. Many of his colleagues tell him that the helpful procedures he taught them in dental school are still being used today. Dr. Toporek has lectured extensively on the local, state and national levels on … dentistry and practice management.