Meet Dr. Chopra
Meet Endodontist Sonia Chopra, D.D.S.
DIPLOMATE, AMERICAN BOARD OF ENDODONTICS
I’m not just an endodontist, I’m the ultimate dental patient. Born without eight teeth, I’ve experienced everything: fillings, root canals, extractions, braces, implants, bridges, veneers, grafts. You name it, I’ve had it.
But when I was in college, a new, excruciating pain emerged. My dentist and the specialists he referred me to couldn’t identify it. After a misdiagnosis, the wrong tooth was pulled, and I was still in terrible pain.
It wasn’t until I was referred to a compassionate endodontist who correctly diagnosed me and explained every step of the way, that my infected tooth was saved, and my pain was gone.
This experience shaped my entire career and inspired me to become an endodontist, myself. I earned my DDS at the University of Maryland, and completed two residencies in Brooklyn, New York (where I met my husband) and Fort Lauderdale, Florida. After completing dental school and beginning to treat patients, I realized my tooth story was not entirely unique. I kept seeing the same issues over and over again with my patients and I knew I needed to open a practice dedicated to saving natural teeth. I opened Ballantyne Endodontics in Charlotte, North Carolina, and I have become board certified—an accomplishment less than 15% of endodontists in the U.S. can claim. In fact, I was the first female board-certified endodontist in Charlotte.
After my own dental history, I see myself as more than a diagnostician and technician for my patients. I am their dental health counselor and advisor. I take extra time with them to make sure I understand their complaints. I walk them through my recommendations and everything they can expect from the treatment, so they can be empowered, knowledgeable, and calm.
I believe in sharing knowledge with the dental community, because this ultimately serves patients better. That’s why I’ve created E-School, the first online endodontics course of its kind, teach dental residents at my local medical center, and regularly speak at professional events. I also am co-founder of A Night for Smiles, an annual gala bringing Charlotte-area dentists together to support dental health initiatives.
When I’m not treating patients or teaching dentists about endodontists, I love to travel and spend time with my husband and three beautiful children.
Read endodontic case studies, download free resources, and learn more about E-School at soniachopradds.com.
DR. CHOPRA WAS FEATURED ON CHARLOTTE TODAY IN MAY 2017, TO PROMOTE ROOT CANAL AWARENESS WEEK:
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.