An Exceptional Endodontic Facility Emerges Anew
Dr. Brian Hornberger of East County Endodontics has been a dedicated doctor to the people of East County since 1996. His storied career has found him treating patients referred by dentists from all over Contra Costa County, providing the top echelon of care and customer service to all who enter his office. His new space in Brentwood is nothing short of a designer suite, full of cutting-edge technologies to enhance the stellar service this highly regarded Endodontic doctor delivers. Not many doctors have endured the experience of nurturing a practice, only to see it burnt to the ground and having to start over. But Dr. Hornberger is that proverbial phoenix rising from the ashes, and his new office is a glorious testament to emerging anew and better than ever!
“I Dr. Hornberger’s new office hosts the most innovative 3D cone beam computed tomography (CBCT) machine.”
East County Endodontics built its reputation for extraordinary patient care out of its original office in Antioch. Dr. Hornberger is a long-time resident of Brentwood and had plans to move the practice to his town. He briefly had an office in Brentwood from 2007-2009, but the community wasn’t large enough to support it at that time. In October 2021, Dr. Hornberger realized the timing was right for his transition and committed to his current location on Balfour Road. Says Dr. Hornberger, “It was going to be easy. I just needed to build out the space to my liking, pack up the old office, and coordinate very little downtime between closing the Antioch office and opening the new one in Brentwood. Then, fate threw us a curve and on July 19, 2022, I received a call informing me that my entire Antioch practice had gone up in flames. It was a total and complete loss.” The fire was deemed accidental with its origin beginning outside and quickly engulfing the building and all equipment within. Even as Dr. Hornberger had made the decision to leave his old facility and build a new one, replacing every piece of his practice was not a part of the equation he had factored in. Nor could he ever imagine he would be faced with not being able to provide care for the multitude of doctors that refer to him routinely.
Within two months, Dr. Hornberger had a temporary space so that he could continue to service patients and the dental community who had come to rely on his expertise. He reflects that so many local dentists were compassionate and supportive throughout his efforts to get back to business, and those sentiments carried him through the tribulation of rebuilding from scratch. The opportunity to acquire new equipment was an upside. Dr. Hornberger’s new office hosts the most innovative 3D cone beam computed tomography (CBCT) machine. This specialty imaging technology allows him to evaluate the underlying bone structure, along with surrounding nerve pathways and soft tissues. Utilizing surgical microscopes and his CBCT results, he can offer precise diagnosis and efficient treatment thereafter.
East County Endodontics took up residency inside their current location across from the John Muir Outpatient Center in March 2023. The new office houses seven examination rooms and is expertly manned by ten caring and dedicated staff members. The moment you walk through the door, the serene blues and elegant lighting invite you in with a tranquil, wellness spa atmosphere. The newness of the space is evident, and the vastness is most impressive. Says Dr. Hornberger, “I wanted to create an environment unlike any I have seen locally. This office is laying down the foundation of the future of impeccable care and excellence in Endodontics for East County. My goal is to provide care for as many people as possible. I am actively looking for more Endodontic doctors to join me and needed to create a location primed for receiving any influx of patients.”
“I wanted to create an environment unlike any I have seen locally.”
“This office is laying down the foundation of the future of impeccable care and excellence in Endodontics for East County. My goal is to provide care for as many people as possible.”
Dr. Hornberger prides himself on his many years of experience with efficient scheduling, which allows for emergent needs to be met immediately. “Sometimes, a problem that could have been a lesser treatment turns into a bigger situation. When patients put things off, we must be ready to provide relief. It may be fear that caused them to delay treatment. Maybe it’s the financial liability that deters them. Our team is the first line of action for assuring them they are in the right place, providing the highly skilled and caring services they absolutely need. When a potential patient has neglected their care for too long and they find themselves in agonizing pain, we cannot allow them to wait for an appointment. Our system allows for same-day treatment, which is unusual in this industry.”
A big challenge to the Endodontics industry is the proliferation of corporate offices. Dr. Hornberger is a private practice which means he guides his patients’ treatment based on their unique needs and what will garner the best outcome. He doesn’t have to abide by insurance rules or strict corporation-mandated restrictions on his treatment plans. Many of the graduating doctors in this specialty are courted by and immediately employed by corporations, right out of school. The small-town relationship and personal care Dr. Hornberger believes everyone deserves sometimes gets lost outside of private practice offices. His goal is to be available five days a week, to as many patients as necessary to keep East County residents healthy and pain-free. Says Dr. Hornberger, “My job is the save teeth. Our slogan is ‘We save smiles one tooth at a time,’ but more than that, we are here to serve you when you need help the most.”
It takes a dedicated and confident doctor to rise from the embers and emerge even better than before –having realized his vision of a space where people can feel comforted in their worst moments. East County Endodontics is just that place, borne of dedication and persistence, and revitalized to serve its community for many more years.