On Being a Dentist
“Caring for people’s teeth and gums makes their mouth healthier, and a healthier mouth means a healthier, happier life. Being a dentist allows me to restore health, and giving people a nicer smile makes them smile more, which makes everyone happier. What other profession allows a person to have such an impact on the lives of so many individuals, every day? I cannot imagine doing anything else.
“I’ve been practicing dentistry for more than 30 years. The profession runs in my family: my father and uncle were both dentists, and three of my cousins are currently practicing dentists. Seeing how much fulfillment my father and uncle received from the relationships they built with their patients inspired me to enter the field.
“I particularly enjoy the bonds that develop between those I care for and myself. When they share the stories of their lives, and include me in their circle, I feel honored. I’m particularly drawn to providing dental care to children. Their curiosity and interest in everything is energizing, and I am glad I am able to help them learn to appreciate the importance of oral health.” — Dr. Camillo F. Fontana
Education and Continuing Education
Dr. Fontana’s Doctorate of Dental Surgery (DDS) was awarded at the Columbia University College of Dental Medicine. He completed a residency in general dentistry at St. Clare’s Hospital in Schenectady, NY. In addition to working in the practice, Dr. Fontana is also an Adjunct Professor at Monroe Community College’s Dental Studies Program, where he teaches future dental hygienists and dental assistants.
Each year Dr. Fontana seeks out continuing education opportunities in order to stay at the leading edge of developments in oral healthcare. This ensures he is able to deliver the best treatments and care options consistently to his patients, which leads to the most positive treatment experience and strongest results.
- American Dental Association
- Seventh District Dental Society
- Monroe County Dental Society
- New York State Dental Hygiene Educators Association
Dr. Fontana and his wife live in Pittsford. They have an adult son and a granddaughter. When he’s not working, you’ll find Dr. Fontana playing the fife with the Excelsior Brigade Fife and Drum Corps: marching in parades, performing at living history events, and participating in Civil War reenactments. He is also an amateur astronomer.