After Dr. Buck graduated from the University of Louisville school of Dentistry, he began his dental career in the US Army. He deployed to Kandahar, Afghanistan with the 626 Forward Support Battalion as the Brigade Dental surgeon of the 3rd Brigade, 101st Airborne Division. Following a separation from the Army, Dr. Buck spent 2 years in private practice until he ‘crossed into the blue’ to achieve and Air Force Career.
While serving in Okinawa, Japan, Dr. Buck spent over 5 months on the hospital ship, USNS Mercy. At that time, Dr. Buck attained the title of ‘Shellback’ and was initiated into the Solemn Mysteries of the Ancient Order of Shellbacks.
During his career as a dentist, Dr. Buck has earned 2 Masters Degrees. The first based on research in Endodontics; the second based on research in Prosthodontics.
Dr. Buck’s primary focus in his practice has been Prosthodontics- including fixed, removable, implants and maxillofacial. In his time as a prosthodontist, Dr. Buck has out of necessity, treated patients for TMD and has taken a gnathologic approach with great success. These successes intrigued him; and from 2011 until 2014 he treated TMD as a hobby. Dr. Buck has developed a love for treating orofacial pain and at this point, orofacial pain is 50% of his practice. He is actively pursuing board certification in Orofacial Pain.
Colonel Richard Buck is the Director of Prosthodontics and Dental Lab Flight Commander at Langley AFB. He maintains a Diplomate Status with the American Board of Prosthodontics and is a Fellow of the American College of Prosthodontics. He also holds membership within the American Academy of Orofacial Pain.
Dr. Buck currently also works at Hampton Family Dentistry, Hampton , VA 23666; Phone: 757-827-7770