Ryan M. Buckwalter, DDS, FICOI
Thomas M. Starkey, DDS (ReTIRED)

1420 Greenbrier Place
Charlottesville, VA 22901


General Care

Your mouth knows when you’re healthy. Hillcrest Dental knows healthy happens through regular check-ups. Our preventative dentistry can help you tackle other health factors such as diabetes, heart attack and stroke. It can even help with early detection of osteoporosis and oral cancer. Our check-ups include a thorough and comprehensive periodontal evaluation. From top to bottom we keep you covered and equip you with the tools to maintain your health…Until the next time you happen our way.


For those who have skipped their sixth-month checkup, six times in a row… it’s never too late to start. No worries, your first time here at Hillcrest Dental won’t be to talk about your past – all the reasons why you felt uncomfortable visiting dentists before. We’ll be talking about your future treatment plan. With digital x-rays and a thorough and comprehensive periodontal evaluation, we begin the process of oral cancer screening, jaw and bite movement and teeth condition.

For every question we find a solution to meet your needs to help you rediscover your confident smile!


Hillcrest Dental prides itself on providing personalized care. In order to accomplish that, we sometimes have to get to the root of things. During your root canal our team extends every comfort available and is there to answer any questions you have through all the stages of the process.


The legacy of smiles doesn’t have to fade just because your teeth have. Whether you need partial or full dentures, or you will combine them with implants, we can fit them, and we can fix them.


When you fall asleep are you falling into sleep apnea or harmless snoring? Unknown to many patients with mild to moderate sleep apnea, there is treatment without the usage of bulky and inconvenient CPAP machines.

Ask your primary care physician for a complete medical assessment to see if an oral apnea appliance through Hillcrest Dental is the best option for you. Step by step, we’ll fit you with the right oral appliance, ensuring quality and comfort. Follow-up with your physician so he or she can check your progress and embrace a new sleep pattern! Then remember to visit our team twice so we too can check the quality of your appliance. Rest well!


There are few diseases that can be maintained by the patient. Fewer can be reversible. But with gum disease you can keep it from worsening by flossing, brushing and visiting Hillcrest Dental regularly. We want to empower our patients by ensuring your gums are still in healthy condition by performing a checkup every six months. Wouldn’t you like to hear, job well done! When it comes to your dental regime? Long live the legacy of smiles!


Most people who grind their teeth at night don’t even realize it. If you think you might be a night-grinder, ask yourself some questions. Are you sure that you don’t have cavities, but you still experience sensitive teeth that look like they’ve been filed down? The most effective solution for preventing teeth grinding is to wear a night guard for teeth.


The best mouthguard is one that is custom-designed and made by a dental professional with the athletes individual needs in mind. Custom mouth guards are made from exact models of an individual’s own teeth to ensure a proper fit, are resilient and don’t hinder or restrict breathing during athletic activity.

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  • "I am very pleased with how my appointment went yesterday. Everyone was really friendly. They explained everything to me about the procedure and stayed late to assure I was comfortable with the work I had done. Dr Ryan Buckwalter and his assistants were awesome. I highly recommend them for any dental work. Thank you."

    Donnette M.

  • "I was having toothache pain in my lower jaw. I called the next day to make an appointment and was given an appointment time for the very next day. I saw Dr. Ryan, who is knowledgeable, caring and has great people skills with his patients. I made another appointment to come back and have the work done."

    Denise K.

  • “Dr. Buckwalter and his assistant did a wonderful job with our 8 year old today. While they were busy talking teeth, my 3 year old was enjoying his new lip balm and balloon! Finished up with a treat from Starbucks with our gift card. So glad our kiddos don’t fear the dentist. More like they want to keep stopping in."

    Logan D.

  • “Unbelievable experience with Dr. Ryan Buckwalter. Night and Day difference from my last dental experience with another dentist. I no longer fear the dentist!”

    David S.