In private practice for over 20 years, Ralph Eichstaedt, DDS, possesses extensive experience as a board-certified oral and maxillofacial surgeon. Beyond his work treating patients, he has a substantial background as an educator, researcher, and speaker.Before launching his career in the field, Ralph Eichstaedt earned bachelor’s degrees in biology and chemistry with senior honors from Valparaiso University. He went on to obtain his Bachelor of Science in Dentistry and Doctor of Dental Surgery, both with honors, from the University of Illinois in Chicago. In 1986, Dr. Eichstaedt entered a four-year residency program in oral and maxillofacial surgery at Barnes Hospital, a medical facility affiliated with Washington University in St. Louis. During this period, he completed a year-long internship in general surgery and served as chief resident from 1989 to 1990. Five years later, he advanced his expertise further by completing a fellowship in tumor and reconstructive surgery at the University of Miami School of Medicine.Over the last two decades, Dr. Eichstaedt has taught dental students and residents, engaged in research activities, and made numerous scientific presentations. The former Director of Oncologic and Reconstructive Surgery at Temple University, he instructed students as an assistant professor.In addition, he taught dental residents during his time working for the Department of Veterans Affairs. He spent nearly five years as the chief of oral and maxillofacial surgery at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in West Palm Beach, Florida. Dr. Eichstaedt has also spoken extensively at national-level professional events, including those held by the American Academy of Oral Medicine, American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, and the Association of Military Surgeons of the United States. Dr. Eichstaedt’s work appears in professional journals, such as Oral Surgery, Oral Medicine, and Oral Pathology in addition to the Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery.Currently, Ralph Eichstaedt, DDS, provides oral and maxillofacial surgical services at Belleair Oral Surgery & Implants. The office, located in Belleair Bluffs, Florida, offers dental implants, wisdom tooth extraction, oral biopsies, and more.