Scott R. Miller, DDS
My parents, Cecil and Audrey Miller met in Honaker, VA at a sowing factor where they both worked. I was the first of three boys. My dad became a coal miner on my mom’s birthday in 1971. My mother was then able to become a stay at home mother. He worked long hours for 28 years and saw all three of his sons become college graduates. His message was always clear, “Study hard so you don’t have to work hard”.
I was the first college graduate on both sides of our family and the first to break a coal mining work legacy. I am a native of this area and understand the people of Southwest Virginia. The folks I know are people dedicated to their families and their jobs. I do not remember my father missing a day of work in 28 years. He had a high school education but was the smartest man I have ever met throughout my life. He taught me how to think and was a great example of how to reflect the light that God has given you. The proudest day of my life was in February 2001 when he and my mother were able to see me open my own Prosthodontic Dental Practice in Bristol, VA.
I grew up in a small town called Honaker, VA. It is surrounded by coal mining communities. My father-in-law has worked as the coal mine manager for the same company where my father was employed. He resides in Grundy, VA and that location is the site for the Virginia Dental Association’s October Mission of Mercy (MOM) Project. It is one of three projects I volunteer for with the Virginia Dental Association (VDA). The other two RAM/MOM projects occur in Wise, VA in July and Roanoke, VA in March. I am co-director of the Denture Team for the VDA MOM projects. This team is comprised of volunteer dentists and lab technicians from within the state. These projects treat the uninsured and underinsured from our area and many other states. The number of people at these projects seeking care seems to grow with every passing year. The common theme that exists is that of unemployment and no money to get much needed medical and dental care. Many of my family and patients in coal mining and related businesses have lost their jobs due to what they call “The War on Coal”. This in combination with the lack of education on how to prevent dental and medical problems has created a growing access to care issue in our communities. The number of people without any teeth and the ability to chew continues to rise with each passing MOM project. Currently, our waiting list for people needing dentures has risen to over 500 with new names being added every day. I feel very blessed to have the opportunity to restore a person’s self-confidence and the ability to smile and chew. In the last two years, our denture team has delivered over 800 complete dentures to those less fortunate. However, the edentulous rate continues to rise at an even greater number with each passing project. Our communities need to be on fluoridated water sources and our country needs to return manufacturing jobs to these communities.
I moved home from Richmond, VA after my mother phoned me to say my father had a terminal illness in 1998. I returned to my childhood home to spend the last years of my father’s life continuing to learn what the true meaning of life is about. Throughout his illness, my father continued to share the love of his savior, Jesus Christ, with me as well as everyone he encountered. Cecil Lee Miller died at the age of 55 on December 2, 2001. I remember going with him one winter to take some coal to someone I didn’t even know because he knew they needed help to heat their home. I think of him every time I am able to help others in need. Our lives are a journey through time with those in need around us. We are on the same road at the same time for a purpose. My purpose will always be to make my father proud of what he taught me.
I am married to my soul mate, Valeria, and we have two daughters, Cassidy and Chloe. Tanner, my son, also lives with us in Abingdon, VA. They are the greatest gift God has ever blessed me with. I love my job and my ability to help other families through my practice of dentistry.
My education started at Honaker High School where I graduated in 1983. I transferred from Southwest VA Community College to VA Tech and graduated in 1987. After working as a lab technician in local hospitals, I was accepted to dental school in 1991. I received a DDS degree with honors and then completed a residency in Prosthodontics for VCU/MCV Dental School in 1997. I am one of two Prosthodontists between Roanoke, VA and Knoxville, TN. I have served as the president of the Southwest VA Dental Society and as a Board of Director of the Virginia Dental Association. I am a member of the VDA, ADA, American College of Prosthodontists, International College of Prosthodontists and the Southeast Academy of Prosthodontics. I have extensive training in multiple implant systems and have study with world renowned leaders in Prosthodontics at institutes in Carlsbad, CA, West Palm Beach, FL and Frankfurt, Germany. I currently lecture for two implant companies and routinely share my knowledge of implants with other dentists. My practice is based on treating people like I would like to be treated providing each patient with options for the strongest and longest lasting dentistry using the latest advances in modern dental care in a relaxed environment. My team was voted the #1 Best of Bristol 2014 & 2015 and we spend each day treating our patients like family. We would love to meet you and discuss your treatment options. We guarantee our quality and workmanship will met and hopefully exceed your expectations. Please call us today to see what you options may be!
Scott R. Miller, D.D.S.