Meet Dr. Peter A. Balogh – Cosmetic & Implant Dentistry in Burnaby
(B.Sc. D.D.S. D.A.B.O.I)
Dr. Peter Balogh has been providing general dental care in the Vancouver area since 1992. Educated in Canada, and a practicing family dentist for over 25 years, Dr. Balogh has a special interest in and focus on cosmetic and implant dentistry, having accumulated 2000 hours of continuing education in the field of dental implants alone, as well as hundreds of additional hours in related fields. Since 1992, Dr. Balogh has been providing all phases of implant dentistry, including bone grafting, surgical placement and prosthetic reconstruction.
Dr. Balogh has a full-time private practice, the Vancouver Centre for Cosmetic and Implant Dentistry. He currently is a part-time surgical instructor, mentor and facilitator at the UBC Faculty of Dentistry in association with the AAID Vancouver Maxicourse, a comprehensive implant surgical training program for dentists. Previously he has been an Apex mentor for the University of Boston School of Dental Medicine and a past mentor/instructor to dentists for the Kavo Dental Laser. Dr. Balogh has lectured and hosted seminars to dentists and denturists on the prosthetic and surgical placement of implants.
- Diplomate, American Board of Oral Implantologists (2006-USA)
- Fellow, American Academy of Implant Dentistry (2007-USA), International Congress of Oral Implantologists (1994-USA) , Misch Institute for Advanced Implant Dentistry (1994-USA)
- Residency, Toronto General Hospital (1990-CANADA)
- D.D.S, University of Toronto (1989-CANADA)
- B.Sc., University of Western Ontario (1986-CANADA)
Memberships and Associations
- American Academy of Implant Dentistry (AAID)
- International Congress of Oral Implantologists (ICOI)
- International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology (IAOMT)
- American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD)
- Health Action Network (HANS)
- Canadian Dental Association
Personal philosophy and testimony
My family immigrated from Hungary in 1956-58 and I am the youngest of seven siblings. I am very grateful to have been born and raised in Canada. At a young age I learned to focus, work hard and always strived to do my best. I am also grateful for being able to get through university, dental school and build a dental practice. I have been married for over 25 years to a wonderful and beautiful wife and we have two equally wonderful adult children.
Professionally I always felt led to provide the very best care possible for my patients, not only clinically but every aspect of service and among everyone they encounter from the front desk to the clinical staff. I am very fortunate and blessed to have a wonderful group of dentists, hygienists, assistants and administrative persons who share my vision and have been very supportive.
For close to the first fifty years of my life I felt that my success was largely attributed to my focus, hard work and determination. My schooling and upbringing was mainly about the things of this world. Whatever math and science could not measure, identify or reconcile probably did not exist. Spirituality and religion was wonderful as a basis for ethical and moral values but it had no basis in reality, let alone in my life.
Through experiencing a very dark and difficult time in my personal life, I felt like I had lost all control…and did not know when or if these difficulties would ever end.
Many times in the past I had been exposed to “religion” but for me there was no deeper meaning or truth to the words. However in searching for understanding during my time of difficulty, I picked up a bible (which my wife had given me) and for the very first time the words and their hidden meaning came to life. I still doubted and questioned but did so with an open mind and heart that maybe, just maybe, some things do indeed exist that are currently way beyond my understanding. Looking at the subject objectively and without any assumptions or negative biases I came to realize that the words and stories in the bible are not fiction. It speaks of things more profound than simply ethics or morals. It speaks prophetically to our daily life and the long term, and for me it has become a guide to live a more fruitful, peaceful and joyous life.
I came to know that there truly is a God, a Creator, and that there is a Son of God, Jesus, who lived, died and was resurrected to redeem us from our debts and pave the way for our salvation to a different realm. As I grow spiritually, study history and as advances in archaeology and science slowly confirm the events in the bible, I have become even more steadfast in my new understanding. I now am beginning to recognize God’s presence in this world and His work throughout my life, the lives of others and even in world events.
For those of you who are not spiritual, you may find it difficult to identify with the above statement and I certainly understand. It takes a certain relinquishing, a degree of humility and openness to see things differently and for me it took close to fifty years before I reached that stage. For those of you who are “searching” or “spiritual”, I say wonderful for you… wonderful that your heart is already open to accept as real something that you cannot measure with your five senses! I live with the confidence that one day, whether here or in some future realm, we will all become reconciled with the true God of creation. My new faith has helped me to endure and overcome past and present difficulties that were insurmountable and “paralysing”. I give thanks and praise knowing that all my past and future success and blessings, as well as my most trying moments are from God above….and that all things work toward the greater good.
I feel I have become a better person and a better dentist. I have always tried to help people in need but now I see my role as a dentist as being in service to others more so than ever before.
The underlying nature of God is love. He commands us to love one another…family, friends, strangers and even our enemies. Love creates in us patience, respect, compassion, empathy, understanding and acceptance of others. I always felt that I had these qualities, but now realize I had the “bar set too low”. I cannot do anything beyond the physical limits of my hands, eyes or skills, but whatever I do, I do with a spirit that guides me to be open, humble, truthful, caring and loving to all others. I cannot do miracles but I do believe God can and still does. As much as I may have studied, trained and honed my skills all the credit goes to God above who guides me each and every day.
I wish to thank all of my past and current patients for entrusting me with their dental care. May you all be blessed as I have. For anyone seeking a new dentist, I thank you for even considering us and pray for guidance as you search for the office that is just right for you. May the God above protect, guide and bless each and every one of you!
Dr. Balogh’s Dental Blog – Learn More About Cosmetic Dentistry and Dental Implants
Dr. Balogh also writes about all things to do with dentistry. This includes cosmetic dentistry, implant dentistry, general dentistry, holistic dentistry and much more. Dr. Balogh’s goal is to ensure the short-term and long-term health of your teeth. As someone who has served the Burnaby and Vancouver areas, Dr. Balogh is more than happy to offer his expertise to you through his dental blog. (Please note…we receive many questions through the blogs that have been written. Dr Balogh does his best to answer your questions in a timely manner however there may be some delay up to 7-10 days. If you have an urgent need or question you may contact us directly via e mail.)
Dr. Balogh’s Dentistry Video Series – Dental Implants
In addition to a dental blog, Dr. Balogh has put together an educational 14-part dentistry video series focusing on dental implants. The series focuses on all aspects of dental implants, from tooth loss to the psychological effects of tooth loss to the cost of dental implants to the benefits of dental implants and much much more. Watch the video series at our YouTube Channel here.
Here’s part 1 of the Dental Implants Dentistry Video Series – an Introduction to Dr. Balogh: