Meet the staff
Tom F. Cockerell, Jr., MEd, DDS
Dr. Tom F. Cockerell, Jr. is a 1979 graduate of the Dental School at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. He also earned his M.Ed. degree at Texas Christian University. Since 1980 Dr. Cockerell has conducted a practice in Fort Worth, Texas with a particular focus on patients with special needs. Texas Special Care Dentistry was established in 1981.
He and his wife Patti have been married for 43 years, and have three children and one grandson. He plays bass guitar in the TCC jazz band and a few scruffy rock bands. And he is currently learning ancient Greek and continues to study sciences and history. He and his wife dutifully and affectionately care for a 110 year old home near the TCU area of Fort Worth.
Dr. Cockerell is the primary designer of Dental Symphony, an online software used by dentists around the U.S. to enable safe care of dental patients. His experience dealing with the medically-compromised and challenging patient led to his conception and development of Dental Symphony. He also assembled and convened the Clinical Team and serves as its moderator.
Dr. Cockerell is a member of the American Dental Association, the Texas Dental Association and the Fort Worth District Dental Society.
Dr. Cockerell continues a legacy of health care in Fort Worth. His father, Tom Cockerell, Sr. D.D.S. has practiced dentistry in Fort Worth for over 60 years and his mother, Gwendolyn Fouts, practiced as a Registered Nurse for many years also while maintaining a home for five children.
We believe good dental care is helped by good communication between the patient and the dental staff. An informed patient can make better decisions about choices for dental treatment. Our goal is to provide you clear information about your dental condition and the treatment choices available, and then to provide you the best appropriate dental care that we can.
We want you to have pain-free dental care.
Preventive dentistry is an important part of our practice and begins with keeping the enamel of the teeth strong and resistant to decay. We focus on keeping the gums healthy and helping you resist diseases that threaten oral health. We use the very latest research information to assess your risk for decay and gum problems in order to design a program aimed at lessening the risk.
After preventive dentistry is addressed, we turn our attention to the following:
- Removal of hopeless teeth: We keep in mind your desires to live free of pain, to be able to chew well, to have a pleasant smile, and to keep your expenditure for dental care controlled.
- Restoration of teeth: We may consider using an alloy type of filling, a tooth-colored bonded filling, or crowns. We may recommend root canal therapy if an important tooth's nerve has been damaged from decay or trauma.
- Restoration of chewing ability: We may suggest non-removable bridges, implants or removable appliances.
- Cosmetic care: A variety of treatment is available, including whitening, bonding, veneers or crowns.
The real world of dental care can be quite fluid. We typically will work on all aspects of care simultaneously to ensure the best result for you.