Dr. Karl Smith, DDS

Dr. Karl Smith, DDS

Periodontics  |  
Male  |  
63 y/o

Accepting new patients

Dr. Karl Smith, DDS is a dentist who practices in Alexandria, VA. He is 63 years old and has been practicing for 26 years.Read his story

Karl A. Smith, DDS, LLC

2500 N Van Dorn St Ste 128

Alexandria, VA 22302
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Accepted insurance

  • Aetna
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • CareFirst Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Cigna
  • Delta Dental
  • DentaQuest
  • Diversified Dental Services
  • Government Employees Health Association (GEHA)
  • Guardian
  • Humana
  • MetLife
  • Tricare
  • UnitedHealthCare

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Dr. Smith's bio

This content was provided by Dr. Smith "Dr. Karl Smith has been in dental practice for over thirty-four years. He received his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from the University of California, Los Angeles in 1981 and immediately entered General Practice in the US Air Force Dental Corps. He successfully completed three additional years of advanced education in the specialty of Periodontics with additional training in IV Sedation and Dental Implants in 1992, at the University of Texas Health Science Center, San Antonio and Wilford Hall USAF Medical Center. He won the John Pritchard Prize for outstanding research which included looking for a vaccine against bacteria that cause periodontal disease. Dr. Smith completed a Master of Business Administration degree with a Certificate in Health Services Management while working full time as a Periodontist. He hails originally from Michigan, but because he grew up in an Air Force family he lived in many different parts of the United States and also spent many years in Canada, Japan and Italy. Dr. Smith settled in Alexandria, VA in 1996 after he retired from the US Air Force as a Lieutenant Colonel having completed four years of reserve and fifteen years of meritorious world-wide active duty service in 1996. He worked in a variety of multi-specialty group practices throughout Southern Maryland and Northern Virginia before opening of his own office in the City of Alexandria, Virginia in January of 2003. After opening his Northern Virginia office, Dr. Karl Smith missed working with patients and dentists in Southern Maryland and decided to open a second office in Waldorf, Maryland in the spring of 2005. Both offices are well known for their friendly and well-trained dental professionals and the most modern equipment and facilities. To learn the very best, most current and safe treatment options for his patients, Dr. Smith completes 100+ hours of continuing education and training each year. This allows him to provide the ultimate care and comfort for all types of challenging dental problems. He allows his team to excel by providing them with many hours of advanced education and training. With his encouragement and support, a large number of Dr. Smith's staff members have gone on to become physicians, nurses, dentists and hygienists. In his free time Dr. Smith enjoys traveling nationally and internationally. He is an expert skier and enjoys playing other sports including tennis. Family time with his five children and many grandchildren is very important to him. He follows a number of sports teams including his college team UCLA, as well as the local professional teams the Washington Capitals, Nationals and Redskins. When he was in college, Dr. Smith thought he should be a Dentist, Psychologist, or Meteorologist. He is always happy to predict the weather! Just ask! Dr. Smith's team describes him as a dentist with superpowers! They know that when he speaks with his patients, he does so with a great deal of care and concern, and because he has a genuine desire to improve their lives and smiles! Dr. Smith's colleagues and patients describe him as a gentle, easy-going person, and people travel from many states and countries to experience the comfort and professionalism of his office and patient-oriented staff."


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Care Philosophy

This content was provided by Dr. Smith "I believe that all my patients are entitled to the best periodontal care possible, delivered in a clean and comfortable environment."

Practice Areas

  • Periodontics
  • Cosmetic Dentistry
  • Dentistry
  • Laser Dentistry
  • Minimally Invasive Dentistry
  • Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery
  • Oral Surgery
  • Sedation Dentistry

Conditions Treated

  • Abscess
  • Bad Taste in Mouth
  • Canker Sore
  • Cavity
  • Chipped Tooth
  • Clicking of Temporomandibular Joint
  • Dental Disorders
  • Dental Injury
  • Gingivitis
  • Grinding of Teeth
  • Gum Disease
  • Halitosis
  • Loose Teeth
  • Mouth Conditions
  • Plaque
  • Receding Gums
  • Sensitive Teeth
  • Stained Teeth
  • Swollen Gums
  • TMJ
  • Tender Gums
  • Tooth Abscess
  • Tooth Damage
  • Tooth Decay
  • Tooth Discoloration
  • Tooth Loss
  • Tooth Malformation
  • Toothache


  • Abscess Incision and Drainage
  • Amalgam Dental Fillings
  • Cosmetic Procedure
  • Dental Cleaning
  • Dental Crown
  • Dental Hygiene Services
  • Dental Implant
  • Root Canal
  • Teeth Extraction
  • Teeth Whitening
  • Tooth-Conserving Dentistry

Background Check

0 Malpractice Claims

No malpractice history found for Virginia.

0 Sanctions

No sanctions history found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.

0 Board Actions

No board actions found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.


  • University Of California At Los Angeles-Bs Psychology
    Undergraduate School | Graduated 1977
  • University Of California, Los Angeles-Dds
    Medical School | Graduated 1981
  • General Practice-Us Air Force Dental Corps
    Internship Hospital | Completed 1989
  • Periodontics, Iv Sedation and Dental Implants-University Of Texas Health Science Center, San Antonio and Wilford Hall Usaf Medical Center
    Residency Hospital | Completed 1992
  • Keller Graduate School Of Management
    Other Education | Completed 2001

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors

Dr. Smith has no awards or honors listed.

Media & Publications

Dr. Smith has no media or publications listed.

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Filipino
  • Spanish

Memberships & Professional Affiliations

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Dr. Smith's Reviews

Likelihood of recommending Dr. Smith to family and friends
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Likelihood to Recommend (151)

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Dr. Smith's Performance

Explains condition(s) well
Answers Questions
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Office & Staff Performance

Office environment
Staff friendliness
Average wait time
10 to 15 minutes

Patient Comments (12)

in White Plains, MD |
Dr. Karl Smith and his staff are absolutely wonderful! I've had horrible experiences with dentists over the years. Contemplating dental implants, I didn't know where to go. I received a flier at my home and after reading online reviews, I decided to give Dr. Smith a try. It was the best decision...more
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in Alexandria, VA |
Dr. G is the best! He took time to explain treatment as well as after effects. I just had dental work preformed this morning, and I am doing great. Ate breakfast and going about my day. Success, I would say!
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in Alexandria, VA |
100% hands down best periodontist in the DMV and I have been to three. I have had gum grafts placed in 3 areas of my mouth. Each one was with a different office because of moving and also satisfaction with the office. I plan to have the fourth site done with Dr. Smith. The experience of the...more
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in Alexandria,VA |
Dr. Smith is the best! I've been a patient for over 5 years and no matter where he's at I go there. The staff is the best, always friendly and patient. He'll be my dentist for life. Highly recommended Doc and his staff (MJ, Katie and Beverly) ...the best.
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Thank you Wayne. It is my pleasure to be your dentist. My team loves when you bring pics of the baby. Keep them coming!
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in La Plata, MD |
I have recommend Dr. Smith to my two sisters, who are now current patients as well! I have received wonderful care and have always been treated with great respect. Dr. Smith and his staff are professional, knowledgeable, polite and friendly.
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Thank you so much for your kind review. We love your family. You and your sisters are amazing women and it is our pleasure to be your dentist!
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Dr. Smith accepts 13 insurance carriers
  • Aetna
    Aetna PPO
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
    Federal Employee Program
  • CareFirst Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Cigna
    Cigna Network
    Cigna PPO
  • Delta Dental
    Delta Dental Premier
    Delta Insurance
    Delta Insurance POS
  • DentaQuest
  • Diversified Dental Services
  • Government Employees Health Association (GEHA)
  • Guardian
  • Humana
    Dental PPO
  • MetLife
    MetLife PDP
    MetLife PPO
  • Tricare
  • UnitedHealthCare
    United Healthcare

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