Dr. Richard Chace Caven is a fifth generation Florida dentist. This amazing and truly unique family has served thousands of patients for 140 years
The information below is found in the textbook, “75 Years of Dentistry,” Haines and Thoburn University of Florida Press 1960
Dr. Edward Chace graduated from dental school in 1896, exactly 100 years before Dr. Richard Caven. He has been given credit as the first dentist to take a dental radiograph in the state of Florida. He was also President of the Florida Dental Association.
His son, Dr. Richard Chace (Dr. Richard Chace Caven’s namesake), was trained by his father, but then graduated from Northwestern Dental School and went into the military during WW II. There, he treated many soldiers with “trench mouth” which is now called periodontal disease. He became interested in this specific area and when he got out of the service, he moved to Ocala and started limiting his practice to periodontal treatment. He was 1 of only 2 periodontal specialists in the entire state of Florida in this emerging field. Later, he also became the President of the Florida Dental Association and among many other awards and honors, received the Lifetime Achievement Award in Periodontics. Dr. Richard Chace helped start the University of Florida College of Dentistry and taught there for many years.
His son and Dr. Richard Chace Caven’s uncle, Dr. Richard Chace Jr is currently practicing Periodontics in Winter Park, FL in the same office building his father built.
Dr. Richard Chace Caven’s primary mentor in his professional life has been his grandfather, Richard Chace. Dentistry in its most pure and noble form was a common dinner table conversation and it was part of the routine for Dr. Caven to spend time looking at his grandfather’s dental slides from his college courses or reviewing treatment techniques both modern and from years gone by.
This has given Dr. Caven a truly unique vantage point on dentistry and what it can do for patients. There is a genuine pure love of the field and a desire to uphold its altruistic intent. Dr. Caven has committed his professional life to staying true to his patient’s wants and needs and loves what he does.
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