Dr. R. Larry Finkbeiner received his bachelor degree at the Newberry College in South Carolina in 1964. He then completed his dental degree in 1969 from Loyola University in New Orleans and his periodontal specialty in 1976 from the University of Texas. During this time, he served eleven years of active duty with the United States Air Force, receiving the USAF Commendation Medal, and continued in the Reserves until 1989.
Although he has practiced dentistry since the sixties, Dr. Finkbeiner opened his solo practice in 1980 and has served Colorado Springs full-time ever since. He has been called a pioneer of laser dentistry, having incorporated laser treatment in 1991 and surgical microscopy in 1994.
He is an avid proponent of staying on the cutting edge, deeply invested in providing his patients with advanced care via education and state of the art technology. His priority is ensuring that patients have all the facts when considering treatment. Furthermore, he is devoted to using proven, advanced techniques to ensure a quality patient experience.
Part of his goal includes educating other dentists on the use of lasers, Dr. Finkbeiner has published several
articles and lectured around the world.
He is a member of the following organizations:
- American Academy of Periodontology
- Academy of Laser Dentistry - Mastership Status
- Academy of Microscope Enhanced Dentistry
- American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery
- International Congress of Oral Implantology
- American Dental Association
- Colorado Dental Association
- Colorado Springs Dental Society
He and his wife, Cheryl, have 2 children and 4 grandchildren. Born in South Carolina, he enjoys various outdoor sports in Colorado and Utah in his free time. Most of the photos on this website are Dr. Finkbeiner’s. For more on Flickr.com, click here.
Finkbeiner, L. (1995) The results of 1328 periodontal pockets treated with the argon laser: Selective pocket
thermolysis. J Clin Laser Med & Surg. 13, 4, 273-281.
Finkbeiner, L. (1996) Free autogenous soft tissue graft with the argon laser. (1995) J Clin Laser Med &
Surg. 13, 1-6
Finkbeiner L, Nelson S, Killebrew J. (1997).Accidental orthodontic elastic band-induced periodontitis:
orthodontic and laser treatment. JADA. 128, 1565-1569.
Finkbeiner, L. (Summer 2000) The argon laser in implant surgery.Wavelengths. 8, 5
Finkbeiner, L. (2004). Progressive laser treatment of hereditary hemorrhagic teleangiectasia of the gingiva.
Internat'l J Perio & Restorat. Dentistry. 24, 288-294.