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Dr. Rico D. Short

– Microsurgical Root Canal Specialist – Diplomate of the American Board of Endodontics – Clinical Assistant Professor The Dental College of Georgia


Dr. Rico Short attended the Medical College of Georgia School of Dentistry (The Dental College of Georgia) to attain a Doctor of Dental Medicine Degree in 1999. In 2002 he earned his post doctorate degree in Endodontics from Nova Southeastern University. Dr. Short added the final notch to his belt and became a Diplomate of the American Board of Endodontics in 2009.  His private practice, Apex Endodontics P.C, was opened in 2004 and is located in Smyrna Georgia just outside Atlanta. 


Dr. Short has almost 20 years of experience in dentistry and over 15 years in endodontics. He is an expert consultant in endodontics to the Georgia Board of Dentistry and an assistant clinical professor at The Dental College of Georgia in Augusta.  He is a independent national lecturer and is endorsed by the American Association of Endodontists speaker’s bureau.  In addition, he has treated numerous celebrities from actors, producers, writers, comedians, television anchors, sport athletes, and music artists.  He is affectionately known as “The Root Canal Specialist To The Stars.”


Dr. Short has written articles and published in several journals including Dentistry Today (He made the exclusive cover April 2013), Inside Dentistry, UpScale Magazine, Rolling Out Magazine, and the Journal of Endodontics.  He has lectured at the American Dental Association and the National Dental Association annual meetings, in addition throughout the United States and the Caribbean.  Dr. Short’s work has been published in dental journals around the world with opportunities to speak in China and the Philippines. Furthermore, Dr. Short has a very robust online presence in dentistry.  He has over 3,000 followers in LinkedIn worldwide and over 10,000 followers on FaceBook explaining various dental procedures and current trends in dentistry. 


Dr. Short was named one of the Top 40 Dentist under 40 in America by Incisal Edge Magazine in 2013 and has been named in Dentistry Today consistently as one of the top leaders in continuing education.  He his a frequent contributor to online dental journals as well. In addition, he has made several guest appearances on local and national radio / television stations. In June 2012, he spoke on Trinity Broadcast Networks to over 80 million households worldwide dispelling myths about root canal therapy and optimizing oral health.


Dr. Short has received several prestigious awards and accolades throughout his career. He is very philanthropic in his community.  Dr. Short has established an annual scholarship  at The Dental College of Georgia in Augusta, formally known as The Medical College of Georgia School of Dentistry. He is an American Dental Association Success Speaker and a graduate of the Institute of Diversity and Leadership Program.  With this knowledge, Dr. Short travels around the country speaking to senior dental students about the future of dentistry. In addition, he volunteers at various non-profit organizations and charity dental clinics. In October 2012, Dr. Short was selected as a panelist for the Affordable Care Act.  He was invited to The White House to give his personal opinion about how The Affordable Care Act would affect both businesses and citizens of our country from a healthcare provider perspective.


Dr. Short is also a motivational speaker and author.  His new book entitled “Getting to the Root of Your Problem” 365 Days of Inspirational Thinking is considered one of the most thought provoking self published books to date.  He travels abroad teaching people to tap into their God given potential to make a positive difference in society.  Dr. Short is married to Angela Short who is a dental hygienist.  They have two children Jayla and Ava.


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