Growing up, Dr. Jason Solomon spent many of his Saturdays in the dentist office. Not because of any problems with his teeth — but because that was when his father worked, taking care of patients who were unable to come in during weekdays.
It’s been that way since 1979, when Dr. Frederick Solomon opened his one-man practice off Beauregard Road in Summerville, working six days a week to serve the dental needs of patients in the Summerville area.
And it’s that way now, when Solomon Family Dentistry has expanded to five locations with a sixth opening in 2020, still maintaining its commitment to weekend and after-hours appointments that started four decades ago.
“My childhood revolved around the dental office,” Dr. Jason Solomon says. “We didn’t take family vacations because my dad worked. He always answered the phone for emergencies — there were times I remember him coming home at 6 or 7 o’clock at night, and a patient would call, and he’d go back out there. That’s just the way he’s always practiced, and that’s all I’ve ever known about to treat a patient.”
Availablity and affordability was the credo by which Dr. Frederick Solomon opened his practice, and which the team of 14 dentists at Solomon Family Dentistry still works under today — including Dr. Jason Solomon, who followed in his father’s professional footsteps. Four offices are open six days a week, one is open seven. All offer evening appointments and after-hours on-call doctors, and the practice accepts over 300 types of insurance.
Family-owned and patient-focused
Sometimes I think the motto in the dental community is to work less and charge higher fees, and we kind of have the opposite approach,” Dr. Jason Solomon says. “That’s just the way that we’ve always done things. Corporate dentistry has grown by leaps and bounds over the past decade, but we’re still a family-owned practice, and we try to fight that by being available and providing the best dental care with the latest technology, and I think we’ve done that.”
That includes accepting virtually any type of dental insurance. Dr. Jason Solomon can recall one patient who was a retired worker from Alaska, whose insurance was through the union he had belonged to in the 49th state. Dr. Jason Solomon signed up to accept it, just as he’s done for hundreds of other types of insurance! Another trait that stems from the practice’s core value of being available to all who need their services is to take all insurances.
“Our motto has always been affordability and availability. That’s what we’ve kind of hung our hat on,” Dr. Jason Solomon says.
Toward that end, the practice also offers a membership program for patients without insurance called Solomon Savers, through which members receive two cleanings, x-rays and exams annually, and deep discounts on other services. Two locations are reserved solely for pediatric dentistry. And in 2020, the practice will open its sixth location — in Mount Pleasant, its first outside of the greater Summerville area.
“We’ve noticed patients traveling from Mount Pleasant to us,” Dr. Jason Solomon says. “We’ve started to get some patients from Mount Pleasant, Daniel Island. I think north Mount Pleasant is a growing area, similar to how the Summerville area is with Nexton and Cane Bay and Carnes Crossroads and Knightsville. I like the similarities between the two. Now, I think we’ll be able to reach more people with the services that we provide.
Growth inspired by the past
Clearly, the Solomon approach has resonated with patients — over the last four years the practice has added 10 dentists, and over the past two years it’s added four new locations. And it’s all been guided by the twin tenants of availability and affordability set by Dr. Frederick Solomon, who’s still a fixture at the practice he started in 1979.
“My dad still works six days a week,” Dr. Jason Solomon says. “You don’t see a lot of dentists who work six days a week, and he’s been doing it for 40 years. He still works 50 to 60 clinical hours a week, so he’s here. That’s what helped inspire this growth—some of the young dentists who have joined are seeing someone who’s going to be 65 this year, and is still outworking them. That’s been a luxury that we have.”
Have a dental issue that needs addressing, or need to make an appointment for a cleaning and exam? Solomon Family Dentistry has five locations throughout Sangaree, Knightsville and Carnes Crossroads, all of them with weekend and evening hours. For more information, call (843) 871-0842, or use our online form to request an appointment.