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Dr. Bonilla is one of the leading Annandale Prosthodontists. By definition, prosthodontics is an American Dental Association-recognized branch of dental specialties that focuses on the replacement of missing teeth.
Over the the course of his career as a prosthodontist, Dr. Bonilla has mastered three dental procedures: dental implants, complex full-mouth rehabilitations, and cosmetically-detailed services. In addition to his skills in the office, Dr. Bonilla supports and collaborates with other dentists, specialists and other healthcare professionals to enhance their current services to better serve your needs.
Dr. Bonilla’s dental career began in 1992 when he graduated as a dentist. In 1997 he completed a two-year postgraduate training program in Advanced General Dentistry at the Eastman Institute for Oral Health at the University of Rochester Medical Center, Rochester, NY. In 2000, Dr. Bonilla completed a three-year Advanced Prosthodontic Program combined with a Master of Science Degree at The Ohio State University in Columbus, OH. During his time at Ohio State, he did research on all-ceramic restorations. In addition to his schooling, Dr. Bonilla strives to learn new skills and techniques to better serve his patients, which includes upwards of 50 hours of continuing education every year. It is no secret why Dr. Bonilla is one of the leading Annandale Prosthodontists.
Dr. Bonilla and Carol, his wife, are the proud parents of two beautiful children. Some of the families hobbies include: traveling, scouting, playing basketball, running cross-country, listening to music, and spending time together. Both Dr. Bonilla and his wife are very involved at their children’s school and activities, and the two coordinated the St. Thomas More Cathedral School International Festival for nearly a decade. In his free time, Dr. Bonilla is an avid photographer; assistant troop leader for Scout Troop 648 in Arlington, VA; a Knight of Columbus at the STM Cathedral Council; and a former volunteer coach at the Arlington Soccer Association and the STM Catholic Youth Basketball Organization.
Additionally, Dr. Bonilla is honored to serve as the team dentist for the Washington Nationals, a Major League Baseball (MLB) team.
Awards and Achievements
Dr. Bonilla was selected as:
- One of the Best Dentists in America by Woodward/White, Inc. (2004-2005)
- One of the Best Dentists in America by 2010 USA TopDentists.com
- One of the Best Dentists in America by Consumers’ Research Council of America (2007, 2009, 2011)
- The Best of United States by Best of the US Inc. (2007)
- Washington Consumers’ Checkbook magazine 2016 Top Dental Specialists (spring/summer 2016 issue)
He was also selected by his peers as one of the Best Prosthodontists in the Greater Washington Area by:
- Washingtonian Magazine (2003, 2006, 2009, 2012, 2013, 2015 *top votes*, 2016)
- Northern Virginia Magazine (2006, 2009, 2013, 2015)
- Washington’s Consumer Checkbook (2008, 2010, 2012, 2014)
- Virginia Living Magazine (August 2010, 2012, 2014)
Meet Our Team
Jennifer has been in the Dental Profession since 2006 and joined Bonilla Dental Arts in July 2011.
With extensive experience in Sales, Marketing, Customer Service, Financial Reporting and Business Management, Jennifer is truly an asset to our office.
Jennifer enjoys seeing the end results of Dr. Bonilla’s masterful restorations. She loves to hear how grateful our patients are for their beautiful new smiles.
Jennifer belongs to P.A.L.S., a local study club for practice administrators. In her spare time, she enjoys yoga, reading, cooking, music, movies, and the performing arts. She also enjoys staying active with her favorite outdoor activities walking, biking, tennis and hiking to waterfalls during her travels.
Nicol Elali, RDH, has been part of Dr. Bonilla’s team since 2015. What she loves most about her role as a hygienist is customizing each individual patient’s home care, with the patient being an active participant in that care plan. To Nicole, her greatest satisfaction comes when a patient returns for their dental hygiene appointment and notices a great improvement in their oral health.
Nicole has been in the dental field since 2010, working first as receptionist in a busy practice, and then graduating from the Northern Virginia Community College dental hygiene program in 2014. In her time at Bonilla Dental Arts, she has gained tremendous experience in caring for patients with a unique variety of prosthetics, and is often complemented on her gentle, thorough and professional dental hygiene skills – and very personable and kind demeanor.
In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her husband and son. They love hiking, biking, and walking alongside the Potomac.
Certified Dental Assistant
Makeba Brown, Certified Dental Assistant Makeba has been a member of the Bonilla Dental Arts team since we opened in November 2006, and she has worked with Dr. Bonilla since 2000. Makeba has a passion for helping those who are unable to live normal lives due to complex dental problems, and she loves helping improve her patient’s smile, which helps them feel normal and leave smiling. With our patients, Makeba is known for the TLC she willingly provides to each patient. With her fellow team members, she is known for her ability to keep the office clean, organized, and current on OSHA standards. Makeba is loved by all of her patients and coworkers, and she truly helps make Bonilla Dental Arts an award-winning practice.
Makeba is currently working diligently to complete her Bachelor’s degree in dental hygiene, and when she is on break from school, she enjoys designing custom wigs and hairpieces for her family and friends. Makeba adopted three of her nephews with whom she enjoys going to the park and helping with their STEM school science projects.
Jong Youn Park
Jong is a master ceramist. He received a B.A. in Dental Technology, and world-class training at Tubingen Central Lab University in Germany, both of which helped mold him into the smile designer he is today. With each patient, Jong’s only goal is to build, create and design picture-perfect smiles that will allow his patients to easily return to daily activities like eating, talking, and laughing. For more than 25 years, our talented master ceramist has aesthetically enhanced the natural beauty of his patient’s smiles, and he continues to do so today at Bonilla Dental Arts.
In his free time, Jong enjoys snowboarding, golfing, and photography, but his favorite pastime is making people smile. He and his wife are the happy parents of one beautiful daughter, one wonderful son, and their smile-maker: “Winnie” the dog.
Certified Dental Technician
Igor is the owner of Lintec Dental Laboratories. Since our partnership began in 2003, Igor and the team at Bonilla Dental Arts have worked together to produce high-quality removable restoration unmatched by the competition. Igor’s high standard for quality of fabricated restorations has allowed our partnership to flourish over the years.
Igor graduated from dental college in 1990 and enjoys his work as a dental technician. When he is not hard at work creating your beautiful restorations, Igor enjoys spending time with his wife and two sons as well as playing soccer and tennis.
Certified Dental Assistant
Yocelyn Bonilla, Certified Dental Assistant, loves nothing more than that magical moment when a patient sees for the first time their brand new, beautiful smile. She has had a lot of those moments since joining Bonilla Dental Arts in 2014, and each time is touched by the joy and excitement patients radiate. She wants those moments for every patient she serves.
Prior to joining the practice, Yocelyn gained a true specialty in providing heart felt, exceptional customer service through her work inside and outside of dentistry. Patients often comment on how she makes them feel “like family”.
Reading and going into the city with her boyfriend and dog Harlem is what Yocelyn loves to do in her spare time.
Pam joined our team as hygiene coordinator in August 2015. She has been in the dental field for over 25 years as a chairside and front desk assistant. It is important to her that patients are treated with respect and that they know we truly care and are devoted to their dental needs and over all well-being.
Pam and her husband were both born and raised in Chicago and moved to Virginia in 2003. They enjoy going to outdoor concerts and plays as well as traveling, whenever possible. Pam is the proud great-aunt of three rambunctious boys and loves to spend time with her family and friends whenever she is able to visit the Chicagoland area.
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The Tekscan, an electronic/diagnostic device, used by Dr. Bonilla provides dynamic occlusal measurement—revealing the level and timing of force on individual teeth and the occlusal stability of the overall bite—bringing articulating paper marks to life. When Dr. Bonilla tests your bite using the Tekscan, he will use the results to diagnose and resolve issues related to TMJ disorder and potential treatment options.
The Wand – Painless Injections
Dr. Bonilla’s goal is to make each patient’s experience easy, efficient, and pain-less. To do this, he uses The Wand—a computerized anesthesia delivery unit. This device allows Dr. Bonilla to provide local anesthesia while reducing patient discomfort.
Dr. Bonilla is proud to offer Digital X-rays to his patients. Digital X-rays provide higher quality images while exposing patients to less radiation. Additionally, Digital X-rays are available instantly, which allows Dr. Bonilla and his team to offer immediate feedback and diagnosis.
PaX-i3D Imaging System
The PaX-i3D is an advanced digital dental diagnostic system that incorporates Panoramic (PANO), Cephalometric (CEPH), and 3D CT imaging capabilities into a single system.
The PaX-i3D system uses the advanced sensors to produce the higher quality of image in 2D and 3D of the head region, including the dental/maxillofacial regions, for planning and diagnostics.
In-House Dental Laboratory
Bonilla Dental Arts features a small, in-office dental laboratory, which allows our staff to complete modifications to appliances and/or implants quickly. Dr. Bonilla’s team includes several world-class master technicians working hard to create the smile you deserve.
CADIAX - Electronic Pantograph
Dr. Bonilla uses the CADIAX to accurately measure mandibular movements for complex full mouth reconstruction, diagnosis of dysfunction, and/or other "bite problems". After this measurement, Dr. Bonilla will use this information to set up laboratory equipment, such as articulator, to simulate jaw movements to create a custom prosthetic appliances designed to help your mouth return to normal functionality.
Trios-Intraoral Digital Scanner
Dr. Bonilla uses TRIOS, an intraoral digital impression scanner, which allows him to provide you a fast, easy and accurate tooth and/or implant impression, while capturing shade measurements, without the need of traditional impression materials.
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