Meet Endodontist Sonia Chopra, DDS
Diplomate, American Board of Endodontics
“I was born to be a dentist. Not because I had perfect teeth. Because I hid my teeth and never smiled. You see, I was born with eight missing teeth and suffered through dozens of dental procedures through my teens and early adulthood. I’ve had braces, fillings, veneers, implants, gingival grafts, extractions, a bridge and a root canal.
An erroneous tooth extraction and a misdiagnosis led to my prolonged, excruciating pain that was not remedied until I met one incredible endodontist who discovered the infection. He became my hero and taught me one of the most important lessons in medicine, long before I ever studied dentistry:
The best treatments and techniques mean nothing if you don’t start with an accurate diagnosis of the problem you are trying to treat.
In retrospect, I realize that it was my experience with him that shaped my dental education and inspired me to pursue a career in endodontics. After many years of education and dental practice, I became board certified, an accomplishment that I’m very proud of—especially considering less than 15% of all endodontists in the U.S. can claim that designation. It is very important that the knowledge we have as a practice, based on experience and published findings, is shared with our team and the dental community.
My experience in general dentistry and endodontics and relentless pursuit of growing my knowledge base, combined with my extreme empathy for those suffering dental pain, has allowed me to be a competent diagnostician, technician and counselor for each of my patients. I spend extra time talking to patients to make sure I understand their complaints. I like to walk them through my diagnosis and treatment recommendations and make them so comfortable that, by the time I’m ready to do a procedure, they are calm, cool and collected.
When I’m not treating patients, I love to travel, exploring new places, new cultures and the foods that define them. I am proud to be a mom of 3 children, a working woman, and a wife who works to find balance.”
DDS: University of Maryland Dental School
Residency: Long Island College Hospital, Brooklyn, NY (General Practice); Nova Southeast University, Fort Lauderdale, FL (Endodontics)
South Charlotte Study Club, Outer Loop Education Study Club, Spear Education Study Club
Private Practice as General Dentist, Manhattan, NY
Teaching Position: Carolinas Medical Center – Main Campus, a position that enables Dr. Chopra to give back to the profession as well as keep current on the latest trends in dental and endodontic care.
Robert A. Uchin Endodontics Award 2008 for Excellence in Presentation—the award is given each year at the Nova Southeastern University to honor a top resident in the program.
“A Scanning Electron Microscopic Evaluation of the Effectiveness of the F-file versus Ultrasonic Activation of a K-file to Remove Smear Layer,” by Sonia Chopra, DDS, Peter E. Murray, PhD, and Kenneth N. Namerow, DDS: JOE, Volume 34, Number 10, October 2008
“Dental Management of Patients With a History of Bisphosphonate Therapy: Clinical Dilemma,” by Cesar A. Migliorati, DDS, MS, PhD; Chiu-Jen Hsu, DDS; Sonia Chopra, DDS and Steven S. Kaltman, DMD, MD: CDA Journal, Volume 35, Number 10, October 2008.