The thing that attracted me to dentistry, as a kid, I really enjoyed working with my hands and, as school went on, I found that science was something that really interests me, and so I had a family dentist who I really got along with, enjoyed, and he had a son my age, and so there were some identity that I had with my family dentist and, as I became a senior in high school, by that point, I knew that I wanted to be a dentist. It just fit me. I liked what he did. I was interested in what he did, and I felt like I could do it.
I grew up in Texas, and I went to a local college, Texas Wesleyan University, and I got my undergrad in bachelor of science in biology and then, directly from that, I went to the University of Texas Dental Branch in Houston where I got my doctor of dental surgery degree.
I'm fortunate to be a part of the Center for Aesthetic Restorative Dentistry where I'm a teaching faculty. We have the opportunity to bring in young dentists and teach them things that they can't possibly learn in school, and so it's a continuing education where we are involved in a continuum of master's courses where we discuss aesthetics, oral surgery, restorative dentistry, the finer points of dentistry that you don't get in dental school, and so that's a continuous thing I'm involved in.
Probably one of the most rewarding experiences I've had was I was in Africa and we were doing a mission trip and there was ... Oh, man, it's funny you get emotional about these things. There was an eight-year-old girl and she was on the verge of losing her front tooth, and we got the opportunity to save her front tooth and save her smile. This was a beautiful little African girl who would likely have had to lose her front tooth, but we were able to save her smile, and just the fact that I was there and able to give her that opportunity to keep her tooth and maintain a beautiful smile was so rewarding.
When you have the opportunity to make an impact on someone's life that is so powerful like that, it's so rewarding. That's so impactful to me. I would always do what I do, and I've said this, that I really enjoy what I do in situations where I don't even get paid because of the reward of giving yourself away and then, in return, being just rewarded by the pleasure or the peace or the happiness you give to someone else is really awesome.
The impact of Dr. Rex Renan Williams III’s childhood dentist was very influential in leading him to enter the same profession. Dr. Williams noticed how compassionate and professional this dentist was and how he took time to establish personal relationships with his patients.
Dr. Williams, a native Texan, has now practiced dentistry for well over three decades. He received his undergraduate degree from Texas Wesleyan University in 1980 and his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from the School of Dentistry at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston in 1985.
After practicing dentistry a few years, he decided he wanted to open his own practice so he could provide his patients with compassionate, comprehensive dentistry in a pleasant environment.
And the rest is history. Not only does he run his own private practice, Dr. Williams is also a member of the teaching faculty at the Center for Aesthetic Restorative Dentistry. In addition, he is an active member of the American Dental Association and the Texas Dental Association.
Over the years, he has played a large role in shaping the face of dentistry in the North Richland Hills area and Texas as a whole. He is a member of the Honorable Order of the Good Fellow in the Texas Dental Association for his many years of service to the organization.
Dr. Williams says his favorite part of dentistry is having the opportunity to build long-standing relationships with patients while improving their quality of life at the same time. He loves giving his patients the personal touch, even calling to check on them the night following their treatment!
In his free time, he enjoys training for his annual birthday triathlon, being active in his church, and spending time with his wife, Patty, and their grandchildren. He also enjoys reading and traveling, and he has had the opportunity to perform mission dentistry in many parts of the world.
Dr. Williams and his staff have given much back to the North Richland Hills community. For the last nine years, we have volunteered to host a free dental day in our office on a Friday before Thanksgiving. This service is an expression of compassion to our community, and we plan to continue this tradition.
Because of Dr. Williams, our dentist office is also active in the American Dental Association’s Give Kids A Smile program and the Texas Dental Association Smiles Foundation, which provides charitable dental care to the underprivileged.