We believe a healthy smile is the sign of a healthy person.

(573) 446-6662


We are dedicated to providing top notch oral healthcare in a warm and friendly environment.

Part of our commitment to serving our patients includes providing information that helps them to make more informed decisions about their oral health needs. This website is a resource we hope you’ll find both useful and interesting. We genuinely hope this site is helpful to you in learning more about our practice, dental conditions and treatments, dental recommendations, and more. Please browse through our website and be sure to give us a call if you have any questions or would like to schedule an appointment.

Our Services


The American Dental Association recommends that you see your dentist every six months. Doing so will give you the best chance of preventing serious dental diseases. At your regularly scheduled examination, your teeth will be cleaned by a professional who will remove all of the built-up plaque and calculus that your own toothbrush can’t reach.

Dental Implants

If you are self-conscious due to missing teeth, wear dentures that are uncomfortable, or don’t want to have good tooth structure removed to make a bridge, we offer implant dentistry services that may be able to correct these problems and offer you a smile you can be proud to show off. Generally, if you have lost teeth you are a candidate for dental implants.

Children's Dentistry

Our friendly dental team truly understand how to connect with children, putting both you and your child at ease. We welcome parents to schedule their children for the first dental visit as soon as the child gets their first tooth. Dental visits during the first three or so years of your child’s life are designed to familiarize them with the office and to create positive dental experiences.


Dentures (more commonly known as false teeth) are prosthetic devices constructed to replace missing teeth, and which are supported by surrounding soft and hard tissues of your mouth. Conventional dentures are removable, however there are many different denture designs, some which rely on resting on or clasping onto teeth or dental implants.

Root Canals

Nothing is as good as a natural tooth! And sometimes your natural tooth may need a root canal (also known as endodontic treatment) for it to remain as a healthy part of your mouth.

Tooth Bonding

Bonding is an alternative to veneers and can be used as a restorative procedure to repair teeth that are chipped, cracked, discolored or misaligned.

Periodontal Treatment (Gum Disease)

Periodontal disease is a serious condition that destroys the supporting structures of your teeth including the gums and bone. It can start with simple swollen and/or bleeding gums and will progress over time to affect your overall health. Scientists have determined a connection exisits between periodontal disease and diabetes, respiratory disease, stroke and heart disease.

Teeth Whitening

Take pride in your smile with the help of our many services, including dental implants, cosmetic bonding, porcelain veneers, teeth whitening and more!


A dental crown is a tooth-­shaped cap that completely covers the visible portion of a natural tooth above the gum line. Their purpose is to restore the natural tooth’s shape and size, strength, and to improve its appearance.

Office Policies & Payments

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We work very hard to keep our fees reasonable so that people can afford the dentistry they need. We also have several payment options that we can work with. Payment is generally due at the time the service is provided, just like a restaurant, unless other arrangements have been made ahead of time.

We also offer CareCredit with 0% interest for up to 6 months. Please visit the CareCredit link below to apply today!

Office Policies

We can take any insurance that allows you to choose your dentist. Most plans allow you to see a dentist of your choice. If yours does not, ask your insurance agent or employer for a plan that does. Currently we are in network with Delta Dental, Cigna and Guardian. However, most of our patients have other insurance plans and we are able to work with them just fine!

One of the common myths out there is that you’ll save money going to an “in-network” dentist. Dental insurance companies say this because they have to pay those dentists less. By being out of network, we have more flexibility when planing procedures and can often times save you money in the long run.

New Patient Forms

If you are a new patient to our office, the below link contains our new patient bundle with forms that will need to be filled out when you arrive at our office.

Printing them, filling them out and bringing them with you will allow us to attend to your medical needs more quickly than completing them on your arrival. Thank you and please call our office if you have any questions.

About Us


I have never been so relaxed and so at ease in a dentist’s office! Dr.Boyd and his staff are incredible; Dr. Boyd is so great about explaining everything he is doing step by step and if you are uncomfortable or have questions, he will definitely stop and answer any questions or clarify anything for you! They are so caring and so much fun! They are so worth the trip to Columbia! I live in Jefferson City!
-Nicole Schepers




These guys are the best. Some of the friendliest people and professionals I have ever run across. The front desk beats every other medical office I have ever been in. Excellent staff. Excellent customer service. The medical staff are the same. Friendly, knowledgeable, gentle. Dr Boyd is incredibly nice, approachable, knowledgeable. You never feel rushed. He always takes the time to answer your questions and explain what he’s doing. His patients take part in their own care because they understand what’s happening and what’s going to happen.
If anyone out there is looking for a dentist for you and/or your family, Dr. Boyd and the Colonies Dental Center has got to be one of the best choices, if not THE best in the area!
-Kip Hagan





Building a foundation of trust by treating our patients as special individuals is vital to our success. We understand how uneasy some patients may feel about their dental visits, and how we can make a difference in providing a relaxing and positive experience. Our entire team is dedicated to providing you with excellent, personalized care and service to make your visits as comfortable and pleasant as possible.

With a gentle touch and stunning results we will take care of all your dental needs. Whether it’s a complete exam and cleaning, full-mouth restoration, or anything in between. We promise to provide you with exceptional care as we enhance the natural beauty of your smile. If you have any questions, concerns, or would like to schedule an appointment, please contact us today. We always look forward to providing exceptional care to all of our patients.

“My experiences at The Colonies Dental Center have been excellent. The staff is so kind and welcoming. The dental assistants are awesome! Dr. Boyd is committed to his patients. He took his time with me and made me feel completely comfortable while working on my fillings. He was excellent with my husband and 2 year old daughter too! I would recommend him to everyone!”

– Jessica Albertson

Professional service with a friendly atmosphere is unbeatable. You are greeted and taken in at the desk by pleasant, capable staff; you spend very little time in the waiting room; technicians are quite competent and friendly – and much as I regret, have to confess that Dr. Boyd is too. They never leave me any reason to gripe & complain, and that’s not how a dental clinic should be!

– David Westfall


These guys are the best. Some of the friendliest people and professionals I have ever run across. The front desk beats every other medical office I have ever been in. Excellent staff. Excellent customer service. The medical staff are the same. Friendly, knowledgeable, gentle. Dr Boyd is incredibly nice, approachable, knowledgeable. You never feel rushed. He always takes the time to answer your questions and explain what he’s doing. His patients take part in their own care because they understand what’s happening and what’s going to happen. 

– Kip Hagan

I have never been so relaxed and so at ease in a dentist’s office! Dr.Boyd and his staff are incredible; Dr. Boyd is so great about explaining everything he is doing step by step and if you are uncomfortable or have questions, he will definitely stop and answer any questions or clarify anything for you! They are so caring and so much fun! They are so worth the trip to Columbia! I live in Jefferson City!”

-Nicole Schepers



Dr. Eric Boyd

Rachel Office Manager

Serenity Front Desk

Cheryl Hygienist

Kristi Assistant

Brie Hygienist

Megan Hygienist

Lindsay Assistant

Contact Us



2516 Forum Blvd, Ste 200

Columbia,  Missouri 65203

Phone: (573) 446-6662

Email: colonies.dental.center@gmail.com

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Your regularly scheduled visits to The Colonies Dental Center are an important part of your dental health to prevent gum disease and cavities and to keep your smile healthy. A regular cleaning includes the removal of plaque, calculus and stains from teeth using ultrasonic and hand instruments. Daily brushing and flossing will keep dental plaque and calculus to a minimum but a professional cleaning with our registered dental hygienist will remove calculus and places that your toothbrush and floss may have missed. A fluoride treatment can also be applied to maintain the benefits of each dental cleaning in between visits.

Adults over the age of 35 lose more teeth to gum disease than from cavities. Three out of four adults are affected at some time in their lives by gum disease (also known as periodontal disease). The best way to prevent cavities and gum disease is with good brushing and flossing techniques performed daily in conjunction with regular dental visits to our office for check ups and cleanings.

We believe that instructing patients in proper at-home dental hygiene is critical to maintaining optimal oral health and a healthy smile. The Colonies Dental Center team will help guide you in all aspects of at-home dental hygiene including proper brushing and flossing techniques.


Fluoride strengthens the tooth by adding fluoride atoms to the crystal structure of the enamel. Fluoride replaces those minerals in the tooth structure lost by decay, reversing the cavity process. Lastly, fluoride helps inhibit cavity-causing bacteria.


Sealants protect the naturally occurring pits and grooves of your teeth from decay. The Colonies Dental Center team can perform this simple procedure in which a plastic resin is placed in these pits and grooves effectively sealing them from plaque bacteria. Easy to apply, sealants take only a few minutes and last several years before requiring replacement.

Mouth Guards

Teeth grinding, also known as bruxism, can cause a variety of dental problems. Symptoms related to teeth grinding include jaw pain, ear aches, neck aches, headaches, and sensitive teeth. Teeth grinding can have serious effects, causing broken, chipped or cracked teeth.

If you become aware that you grind your teeth while asleep, we can construct a custom fitting night guard for your teeth. A simple impression of your top and bottom teeth will be needed, and we will take special care to ensure that your night guard fits perfectly and is adjusted for maximum protection.

Dental Implants

Where and how implants are placed requires a thorough assessment of your overall mouth and jaw structure. This assessment will allow the team at The Colonies Dental Center to plan the best location and type of implant. Understanding how each implant will function in relation to the other teeth and your jaw is critical to the long term comfort and health of your implant.

Are Implants Right for Me?

Generally speaking, dental implants are designed for patients who have lost teeth, leaving gaps or open spaces in their smile. Through the professional dental implant services from The Colonies Dental Center these gaps can be filled and a patient’s natural smile can be restored or improved. The new implant will look, feel, and function much the same as the original tooth. To determine if you are a good candidate for a dental implant, we recommend a brief consultation with the profession dentists at The Colonies Dental Center, DDS. In this assessment, we’ll quickly evaluate your tooth structure and can make recommendations on the best course of dental implant treatment.

If you are a good candidate for a single tooth or multiple tooth replacement via dental implant, a second, more thorough evaluation of your jaw structure and oral health is required. This minimally invasive assessment will include x-rays to help identify the proper placement and size of your new dental implant.

Implant Supported Overdentures

An implant-supported denture is a type of overdenture supported by and attached to implants in your jaw. A traditional denture rests on the gums and is not supported by or attached to implants.

An implant-supported denture is used when a person doesn’t have any teeth in the jaw, but has enough bone in the jaw to support implants. An implant-supported denture has special attachments that snap onto attachments on the implants.

Implant-supported dentures usually are made for the lower jaw because regular dentures tend to be less stable there. Usually, a regular denture made to fit an upper jaw is quite stable on its own and doesn’t need the extra support offered by implants. However, you can receive an implant-supported denture in either the upper or lower jaw.

Children's Dentistry

We Understand Kids

Your child’s first dental visit is usually short and involves very little treatment. We may ask you to sit in the dental chair and hold your child during the examination. You may also be asked to wait in the reception area during part of the visit so that a good working relationship can be established between your child, his or her dentist and our entire dental team.

During the appointment, we will gently examine your child’s teeth and gums. X-rays may be taken to reveal decay and evaluate the development of your child’s permanent teeth under the gums.

After cleaning your child’s teeth, we may apply topical fluoride to help protect against decay. We will also ensure that your child is receiving adequate fluoride at home. Most important, we will review with you how to clean and care for your child’s teeth. At the end of your child’s appointment they will be invited to select a prize from our toy chest as a reward for a successful dental visit.

Preventative Dental Care for Children

The Colonies Dental Center is focused on preventative dental care for your child. We use the latest in dental sealant technology to protect your child’s teeth. Dental sealants are plastics resins that are bonded to the chewing surfaces of the decay-prone back teeth. We also believe in regular use of at-home fluoride to strengthen your child’s developing teeth. These are just a few of the ways we will set the foundation for your child’s lifetime of good oral health.

What Should I Tell My Child About The First Dental Visit?

We are asked this question many times. We suggest you prepare your child the same way you would before their first haircut or trip to the shoe store.

Here are some “First Visit” tips:


Dentures can help patients in a number of ways:

There are different types of dentures that can be utilized depending on your personal needs.

Complete Dentures

These replace all of your teeth, upper and lower, and rest directly on your jaw. They require multiple appointments, allowing your dentist to take impressions of your mouth and comfortably fit the custom-made dentures for you. Together with the dentist, you’ll also choose the shape, color and size of the teeth used in your dentures.

Immediate Dentures

Once teeth are extracted, it often takes months for your bone and gums to stabilize for the placement of complete dentures. Immediate dentures are placed at the time of extractions and will require several additional adjustments as the healing process continues.

Partial Dentures

A removable partial denture completes your smile by filling out the spaces created by missing teeth, attaching to your natural teeth with clasps that hold them in place. Partial dentures usually consist of replacement teeth attached to pink or gum colored plastic bases, which are connected by a metal framework. Newer all-plastic or flexible-partial dentures are now available.

Implant Retained Dentures

Generally these are placed over dental implants and “snap” onto the implants giving the denture greatly increased stability and a much better fit as compared to traditional dentures.

Dentures require an adjustment period in order to use them comfortably. Advancements in technology and materials help dentures to look more natural and provide for a better overall fit.

Even though they make look natural, dentures aren’t used the same ways as natural teeth. Speaking and eating with dentures will take practice over several weeks or months. If you have any problems like clicking, gum irritation, or slipping, your dentist will work with you to retention, comfort and appearance.

Root Canals

A tooth is made of enamel and dentin on the outside and pulp or nerve tissue on the inside. A root canal is necessary when the pulp, the nerve inside the root, becomes inflamed or infected. The inflammation or infection can have a variety of causes: deep decay, repeated dental procedures on the tooth, or a crack or chip in the tooth. In addition, an injury to a tooth may cause pulp damage even if the tooth has no visible chips or cracks. If pulp inflammation or infection is left untreated, it can cause pain and/or lead to an abscess.

The purpose of a root canal is to save the damaged tooth. This is done by removing the infected pulp, treating any remaining infection, and filling the empty root canals with special dental materials. Antibiotics may be used in conjunction with root canal therapy.

Root canal therapy can take one to three office visits to complete. Afterwards, it is essential that you return to have a crown or other restoration placed over the tooth to protect it. For the first few days after treatment, your tooth may feel sensitive, especially if you had pain or infection before the procedure. You can relieve pain with over-the-counter or prescription medications.

Tooth Bonding

The tooth is prepared for the procedure by lightly roughing the enamel surface. An etching and a bonding liquid are then applied to the rough surface. Once the liquid sets, a plastic resin is applied and sculpted into the desired shape. The resin is then trimmed, smoothed and polished to a natural appearance.

The bonding procedure can often be completed in a single office visit, and can improve the appearance of your smile significantly.

Periodontal Treatment (Gum Disease)

What Causes Periodontal Disease?

Periodontal disease begins with simple dental plaque that hasn’t been properly cleaned from the teeth. Plaque is the yellow substance that sticks to your teeth and, if not brushed and flossed away, results in tooth decay. Gums that are swollen and bleeding indicate an infection from the bacteria found in plaque. Swollen, bleeding gums are early signs of periodontal disease.

Eventually, plaque will spread along the gum line where it’s difficult to remove. When your gums swell, a space is formed between the gums and teeth, encouraging more bacteria to grow. If left untreated, periodontal disease can cause teeth to become loose and will eventually result in tooth loss.

Preventing Periodontal Disease

Brushing and flossing regularly, as well as visiting your dentist twice a year can prevent periodontal disease. However, there are many additional ways to prevent periodontal disease:

How Is Periodontal Treatment Treated?

Another way to prevent and treat periodontal disease is to visit your dentist at least twice a year for a standard exam and cleaning. Your dentist can talk with you about options if you require a more in-depth periodontal treatment.

Periodontal treatment consists of periodontal scaling and root planning. This type of treatment requires more time and a certain amount of anesthesia depending on your personal needs. If you have any trouble at all with your teeth or gums, see your dental professional as soon as possible to take the best possible care of your smile.

Teeth Whitening


The Lumibrite whitening gels used by your dentist are available in concentrations of 16 percent, 22 percent and 32 percent hydrogen peroxide, and come in a variety of mint and fruit flavors. The Lumibrite procedure takes about one hour or less, depending on the degree of tooth discoloration and the desired whitening results. Prior to treatment, prophylaxis (hygienic cleaning) is required to remove plaque or calculus.

Once your teeth are adequately prepared, the current tooth shade is recorded, your lips and gums are isolated, and lip moisturizer is applied. Your dentist then applies Lumibrite Desensitizing Enhancer and allows it to set for one minute. Lumibrite Whitening Gel is then applied to the facial surface of your teeth and light-cured (if the Sapphire Supreme Light is used). After 30 minutes, the gel is removed and the teeth are rinsed. Excess water and whitening gel are suctioned away.

If the desired whitening shade has been achieved after 30 minutes, there is no need for a second application. However, if further whitening is desired, your dentist will perform another 30-minute application, as previously described. It is important to note that the final tooth shade may not be determinable until after the teeth are sufficiently re-hydrated.


The KöR whitening system was invented by an internationally renowned cosmetic dentist and expert in bleaching. The system is considered to be the most effective at whitening teeth that it even whitens tetracycline stained teeth.

KöR Deep Bleaching works by restoring your teeth’s ability to absorb oxygen. The oxygen from its bleaching gel is absorbed deeply into the tooth, dissolving stain molecules.

KöR Deep Bleaching involves more time and effort on the part of your dental team to ensure superior results. It is the most effective bleaching technique ever developed, based on years of extensive research.

First, we’ll make molds of your teeth so you can have your own unique, ultra-comfortable KöR Deep Bleaching Trays to wear with our bleaching gel. Then you’ll have a simple visit in the dental office, followed by wearing KöR Deep Bleaching Trays for two weeks at home while you sleep. The KöR Deep Bleaching System is completed with a final visit in the dental office.


Dental crowns can be made from several high quality materials including gold, porcelain or a combination of the two. Gold crowns won’t chip or break and can withstand heavy biting and chewing forces well. A porcelain-fused-to-gold crown has an inner metal shell with porcelain baked onto it. These crowns can be a good choice for both front and back teeth. They are strong enough to withstand normal biting pressure and look great, all at the same time. Pure porcelain crowns are also a viable option for some patients and provide the most pleasing esthetic results.

Dental crowns can generally be completed in about two visits with your dentist. The first visit involves filing the existing tooth and making an impression of the area around that tooth for the permanent crown. Our dental assistant will then place a temporary crown over the tooth to protect it between visits. During the second visit, the temporary crown is removed and replaced with the permanent crown.

Dr. Eric Boyd


Hello. I’m Dr. Eric Boyd and I’d like to introduce myself. I am originally from Kansas City, Missouri where I was born and raised. My father was a Baptist minister who later became a social worker for the State of Missouri, as was my mother. I went to the University of Missouri – Kansas City School of Dentistry and graduated with extensive training in restorative and surgical dentistry. After school I moved to northern California for two years, where I worked with a mobile dental clinic serving underprivileged pediatric patients. I decided that while California was a great place, nothing is like Missouri. We have the best people in the world! Today, you can find me here, at The Colonies Dental Center working with patients, enjoying the day with my staff, or singing with the radio while I’m working. I am truly lucky to be surrounded by such great staff and patients.

A lot of people often ask me, “What made you want to become a dentist?” When I was younger I never had much interest in dentistry. In fact my best friend’s dad was a dentist and I never asked him about his job. When I started college, I made a few friends who were studying dentistry, after seeing what they were doing, I was hooked. Now my passion for this profession grows more and more every day. I’m constantly learning through continuing education and networking with other dentists across the country. I am a member of the prestigious Academy of General Dentistry and Greater Columbia Dental Society, as well as a past member of the Spear Education Faculty Club.

I believe very much in being part of the community here in Columbia. We regularly work with local charities and support organizations to help make Columbia a better place. I take great pride in my work, but more importantly I take great pride in the relationships we build, because to me, that is what life is all about. Above all, I am just a regular guy who does not judge and who enjoys being helpful. If I can help you in any way, please do not hesitate to ask.


As the Office Manager, my job revolves around people every day.   I help patients handle their accounts and insurance claims as well as taking care of anything else that’s needed. I’ve been with this practice for 5 years and love working with this team to provide exceptional patient care. When I’m out of the office my husband Trey and I enjoy volunteering at my daughter’s school, church, and around our community.


My interest in dentistry began after years of orthodontic treatment. I have grown to love every aspect of dentistry especially dental hygiene. Getting to know each of my patients, and making them feel more confident in their smile are just some of the perks of my job. Outside of work I love to spend time with my fiance and our dog.


One of the things I love about working here is I get the chance to really educate patients and explain dentistry. I genuinely enjoy providing up to date and individualized information on how to take care of your teeth and gums. I’ve been a registered hygienist for 49 years and am a member in several professional organizations including The American Academy of Oral and Systemic Health. Outside of dentistry I enjoy spoiling my grandchildren, and spending time with my husband Bill (we’ve been happily married for over 45 years).


I absolutely love the opportunity to change someone’s outlook on themselves, their health, and dentistry in general in just an hour. I genuinely enjoy working with people and getting to know them through the course of my work. I have 2 horses I love to ride, and enjoy photography and art in addition to working here.


A person’s smile says everything to me, and I love having the opportunity to help other people smile more. This is a rewarding job for me, both because of what I do and where I work. Away from the office I also coach children’s gymnastics in the evenings, something I’ve been doing for 10 years. I’m married to Grant who’s currently serving in the Missouri National Guard.


When you make an appointment, chances are I’m the first person you’ll talk to. What I love most about working here is that I get an opportunity to help other people get the same quality of care I expect for my own family. Before I worked here I didn’t know a doctor’s office like this existed, where the patients are always put first. When I’m not at the office I’m busy helping my husband John and our children build a house and homestead in rural Missouri. As a family we enjoy canoe trips, as well as traveling around Missouri and neighboring states on foodie vacations.