“Being a son of a prosthodontist, the dental world has been all around me since I was little. Reaching my goal to become a dentist has shown me that honesty and effort is rewarded. At the same time, being born in Guatemala has given me an appreciation of life in the USA. Through the passion I have for dentistry, I have learned that I can help patients achieve their dental goals by offering dentistry from the heart with the highest skills and honesty.” – Dr. Polanco
Education and Continuing Education
Dr. Polanco attended the University Francisco Marroquin in Guatemala where he did completed his Bachelor’s degree and obtained his Doctorate of Dental Surgery in 2000. Right after finishing dental school, he wanted to expand his knowledge and was admitted at the University of Connecticut to three different post-graduate programs:
- Implant Fellowship (2001-2002) where he learned the skills required to treatment plan and place and restore dental implants for individual tooth replacement or multiple teeth including overdentures attached to implants.
- Advance Education in General Dentistry Residency (2002-2003) where he added skills in rotary files for root canals, periodontal surgery, surgical extractions, and comprehensive dental care for the general patient.
- Advance Education in General Dentistry Fellowship (2003-2004) where he was mentoring other residents and gaining more experience in complex dental treatment planning and techniques. Then he was asked to assist as a mentor the undergraduate dental students at the University of Connecticut in the prosthodontist department (2004-2005).
Dr. Polanco then passed his Board exam for the state of Florida and has practiced dentistry in this state ever since. He has lived in Tampa, Sarasota, and now Fort Myers where he calls home! Dr. Polanco is fluent in English and Spanish.
Dr. Polanco is committed to his continuing education to bring the latest techniques and materials to the way he provides treatment to patients; he completes up to 30 hours of continuing education every two years since graduating. In addition, he likes to give back to the community by volunteering at every opportunity he has and doing charity dental work on a yearly basis.