I don’t think I ever knew why I wanted to become a dentist. It wasn’t really a dream of mine to practice dentistry. Ultimately, when I got out of Auburn undergraduate where I graduated in mechanical engineering, I got out to Landscape and interviewed with a  few companies and engineering wasn’t really something that I really enjoyed. Just kind of did it because my dad suggested it. It kind of teaches you to think, solve problems, so it’s helped me later on in life, having that degree, but I never really used it. Here I was kind of stuck, had to go back to school, take another 70 hours. I worked full time putting myself through school and didn’t get into dental school the first year I tried and had a lot of naysayers saying, “Maybe you should try something else.” I ended up getting in the second year. It ended up being a blessing, honestly, because my class that I was in was a whole bunch better than the one I would’ve been in. We finished top 5 in the country in dental boards. The first two years I was ranked number one in my class. Just kind of keeping my options open what I wanted to do. I really loved surgery. I learned I’m a little bit older than everybody else in my class. I have two children. I’m married, at the time. Oral surgery was another 6 years afterward. I decided to step out into general practice. Finding dentistry kind of came from a conversation with a friend of mine. He was trying to get into medical school at the time and he kind of gave me the pathway and I just kind of pursued it and here I am today. More than anything I think it’s just what it does for people and how it can change people’s lives, how you can have somebody that comes into your office with low self-esteem, almost afraid to smile, then four weeks later, a totally different person. Their clothes have changed, their hair is done. Their smile is beautiful. You can just tell by the way they carry themselves. As I started to do more and more of those cases, that kind of became what drives me, what provides satisfaction for me, is a happy client.

Dr. Lucas Perrigo

Dr. Perrigo is a graduate of Auburn University from the class of 1994. He got his Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering, and in 1998, he registered for the University of Alabama’s School of Dentistry. He graduated in 2002, earning the Dean’s Scholarship and the title of Doctor of Dental Medicine.

Dr. Perrigo is continuously learning new and improved dental techniques and spends numerous hours every year educating himself on restorative, implant, and cosmetic dentistry.

He recently was part of the hands-on training course, Live Implant Training, led by the Medical College of Georgia in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. In this course, he placed implants on live patients while being supervised by experienced dental surgeons. This is quite special because most trainings of this type are done with artificial jawbones.

Dr. Perrigo also got a grant to study at the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, where he graduated in the top 12 of his class.

Perrigo Dental Care, led by Dr. Perrigo, is proud to hold high standards of ethical treatment for all patients. Dr. Perrigo is also proud to help others by improving their oral health and is eager to answer the patients’ questions thoroughly.

Dr. Perrigo’s Professional Affiliations:

  • American Dental Association
  • Alabama Dental Association
  • Birmingham District Dental Society
  • Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine
  • International Congress of Oral Implantologists

Dr. Perrigo has been married for 17 years and enjoys spending time with his wife and three children. His hobbies are working in the yard, golfing, snow skiing, and coaching sports.