Dentistry in Athens Georgia – Meet the Winterville Dental Team

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With experience that spans over two decades, Dr. Phillip Durden delivers comprehensive dental solutions in the quaint small town of Winterville, Georgia, just 7 minutes from downtown Athens.

Combining dedication to continuing education, extensive clinical experience, and a long-standing personal commitment to improving his patients’ dental health, Dr. Durden and team work together to provide compassionate care to those suffering from acute and chronic oral-facial pain.

Dr. Durden, along with his dedicated team at Winterville Dental, PC, practices comprehensive family dentistry for all ages as well as cosmetic procedures such as teeth whitening and porcelain veneers, placement of dental implants, root canal treatments and sedation dentistry.  Dr. Durden has a special interest and practice focus in TMJ Therapy and oral management of Obstructive Sleep Apnea and CPAP Intolerance.

Perhaps the service that patients comment most about is the technology Dr. Durden integrates into his practice.  He believes continuous education and new methodologies are key to providing successful treatments.  Dr. Durden and his team invest hundreds of hours annually learning about TMJ & Sleep Disorders, head, neck and facial pain, CEREC® CAD-CAM restorative technology and Invisalign® orthodontics.

As an Athens native, Dr. Durden is a proud University of Georgia Bulldog. He played trumpet and marched in the renowned UGA Redcoat Band. After graduating in 1985 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Microbiology, he continued his education at the Medical College of Georgia School of Dentistry.  He received his Dentistry Degree with Honors in 1989 and opened his Winterville practice that same year.  Since then, he continually builds his dental knowledge, including the completion of a five-year continuum in advanced dental topics, including placement of dental implants, dental surgical techniques and sedation dentistry.

Dr. Durden has achieved Master status with the Academy of General Dentistry and is also a Fellow of the American Academy of Craniofacial Pain. These accomplishments demonstrate Dr. Durden’s dedication to providing the best dentistry has to offer.  Other memberships and affiliations include:

  • Secretary/Treasurer, Georgia Academy of General Dentistry
  • Member,  Academy of General Dentistry
  • Member,  International Association for Orthodontics
  • Member,  American Dental Association
  • Member,  Academy of Sleep Medicine
  • Member,  Georgia Dental Association
  • Founding Member,  Athens Interdisciplinary Dentofacial Study Club

Providing dental care to those cannot afford it is a passion of Dr. Durden’s; in 2011 he helped low and no-income patients through the Georgia Mission of Mercy (GMOM) dental clinic. Through educational awareness, fundraising and free treatments GMOM improved the dental health to those who would otherwise go without.  Dr. Durden and his team proudly participated in the clinic along with their Georgia Dental Association colleagues to offer service to those suffering from dental infections and pain.

Dr. Durden has strong roots in Athens.  He grew up in the surrounding area, and locals will remember his father’s Durden Music Store in downtown Athens.  He and his team remain active in the local community, participating in Winterville’s annual Marigold Festival and proudly winning First Place in the 2011 Marigold Parade.

Dr. Durden and his wife, Janine, have two children, Suzanne and Craig. Suzanne is also a UGA Bulldog, keeping active with her sorority’s philanthropy projects while studying Public Relations.  Craig attends Young Harris College and when not in class, he is exploring the Georgia mountains and playing intramural soccer, basketball, and flag football.