Well, I wanted to be in the medical field when I was growing up. Originally thought that physician would be the way to go, but as I dated a girl, actually, in high school, and her uncle was a dentist, actually here in Fort Smith, and kind of came up and visited with him a little bit, and decided that was the route to go, basically because it was a job where I could kind of be my own boss, set my own hours and that sort of deal, and wouldn't have to be in a hospital setting and have others dictate when I had to be at work and that sort of deal. So, just the freedom that it afforded me and the peace of mind doing that. If I wanted to take off whenever, I could. So, that's kind of what led me that route as opposed to being a physician.
The most rewarding part, I would say, is when we complete treatment on someone that has been unhappy with their smile, with their dentition, especially for a long period of time. And we get their case completed, and they look in the mirror and see their new smile, and maybe a tear comes out of their eye. They're just really happy with the outcome. And that's something that I've helped them achieve. And just seeing the patient satisfaction is probably the most rewarding part of my career, I would say.
I've had a lot of continuing education in implantology, went to the Nobel Biocare courses. Just being able to learn how to place implants and restore implants in the dentureless areas has been a really rewarding deal for myself as well as my patients, because there's so much that you can do with the implants that would mimic your own natural teeth as opposed to having removable partials, stuff like that.
And I also stay up to date on any type of cosmetic dentistry, any new products that are out there, because there's always improvements on composites and materials that you want to stay up to date on, stuff like that. Laser dentistry is another thing that we stay on the cutting edge with. So, just staying up to date on all of that stuff allows me to be able to care for my patients in the best way possible.
Dr. Bill Ligon grew up in Camden, Arkansas and wanted to be in the medical field from an early age. He decided on dentistry because he felt it offered more flexibility and would give him the chance to be his own boss. A graduate of the University of Tennessee School of Dentistry, he’s never regretted his decision! He’s been providing high-quality dental care to patients and helping them become happy with their smiles since 1994. Every day, his goal continues to be fostering a caring environment where patients can receive the care they need for optimal oral health years into the future. To help achieve this goal, he has completed more than 70 hours of continuing education in dental implants and more than 200 hours in cosmetic dentistry.
His professional affiliations include:
- Associate fellowship in the World Clinical Laser Institute
- Member of the International Academy of Facial Aesthetics
- Member of American Dental Association
- Member of American Academy of Implant Dentistry
When not in the office, his favorite pastimes include snow skiing, golfing, hunting, riding ATVs, and attending sporting events. He is an avid Razorback fan and enjoys traveling to new places.