MEET DR. OVER
When you meet Dr. Larry Michael Over for the first time, he strikes you as a doctor perfectly suited to helping patients who present some of dentistry’s most challenging cases. A prosthodontist in Eugene, OR, who started his current practice in December 1992, Dr. Over is earnest and enthusiastic as he describes the precision and artistry this specialty requires.
Larry Michael Over, D.M.D., M.S.D., is expert in both prosthodontics and its less common sub-specialty, maxillofacial prosthetics, which entails replacing eyes, ears, and other facial or oral structures damaged by cancer, accidents or birth defects.
One of three prosthodontists in the Eugene area, Dr. Over is the only one who limits his practice to prosthodontics. Although the number of prosthodontists statewide is 13, Dr. Over, at 57, is one of only two prosthodontists in the state who have completed a residency in maxillofacial prosthetics. Dr. Over is also one of few private practicing prosthodontists to be board-certified.
His profession allows him to combine lifelong interests in dentistry and art as he invents realistic-looking prostheses, such as artificial eyes, ears, dentures, implant and fixed prostheses for many of his patients.
“I’ve always loved to work with my hands,” says Dr. Over, whose hobbies include N Scale model trains and sculpting clay busts of his three children. “I love the precision part of what I do, and the fact that it’s involved in the care of a patient at the same time.”
“Larry truly does change people’s lives,” attests Dr. Over’s friend and colleague, Dr. Tim Welch, an oral and maxillofacial surgeon who works in the same building. “At heart, he’s a creator, an artistic type in a technical field. You can see it in his patients and in the prostheses he makes. He hand-paints them all and is extremely skilled.”