About Us

Our Technology

Our doctors maintain the highest standards in oral and maxillofacial surgical techniques with board certification and many hours of continuing education.

Our practice also utilizes state-of-the-art Cone Beam CT (computed tomography) technology that provides highly accurate 3-D radiographic facial images for diagnosis, planning, and treatment through orthodontics, implantology, TMJ analysis, orthognathic surgery, bone grafting, and other dental procedures. Undistorted, anatomically correct views of the jaws, teeth, and facial bones from multiple angles are easily generated.

Along with the 3-D images, we maintain the highest quality 2-D images using digital radiographs (X-rays), minimizing radiation exposure from conventional dental radiographs.

Our Philosophy

While our technology has evolved over 30 years of practice, our philosophy remains the same — we treat our patients as we would like to be treated. We are here to provide you with the care you need by using the most modern technologies combined with old-fashioned personal care. Our office is designed to provide you with high-quality care in a relaxed and attentive atmosphere

Our Doctors

Dr. Timothy Pliske was born and raised in Northwest Indiana. After graduating from Andrean High School in 1985, he completed his undergraduate degree at Wabash College. Dr. Pliske graduated from the Indiana University School of Dentistry with High Honors in 1993. His post-graduate training in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery was completed in 1997 at the University of Tennessee in Memphis.

Dr. Pliske is Board Certified in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and maintains his Diplomate status with the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. He is an active member of the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, American Dental Association, Indiana Dental Association, South Central Dental Association, and Bloomington Dental Society.

Dr. Pliske and his wife, Sara, have three children: Megan, Nathan, and Ben.

 

Dr. David Howell was born and raised in Indianapolis and graduated from North Central High School. After completing his undergraduate degree in Biology at Indiana University, Dr. Howell graduated from the Indiana University School of Dentistry with Honors in 1981. He is a member of Omicron Kappa Upsilon, an honorary dental fraternity reserved for those graduating in the top 10% of their class.

Dr. Howell’s postgraduate training in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery was done at the University of Tennessee in Memphis. He completed his residency in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery in 1984 and started practice in Bloomington the same year.

Dr. Howell and his wife, Cathy, have three children: Pamela, Patrick, and Rebecca.

 

 

Dr. Austin Starr was born and raised in Indiana. After graduating from Logansport High School in 2004, Dr. Starr came to Bloomington and received his Indiana University Bachelor of Science degree in Biology.  He was a proud member of the IU Football team as its field goal kicker until 2008. His hard work on and off the field earned him multiple accolades, and after training for the NFL in 2009, he went on to earn his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from Indiana University School of Dentistry with High Honors (2014). Dr. Starr stayed in the Big Ten and completed his Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Residency through Ohio State University (2014-2018)Dr. Starr, Jillian (wife) and Jack (son) are excited to come back to Bloomington and to be a part of a community they now call home. 

Our Facilities

In 1984, Dr. Howell opened South Central Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery in Bloomington, Indiana on Auto Mall Road next to Curry Buick. In 1991, the practice moved to its current location at 2911 E. Covenanter Drive, providing better facilities for our growing number of patients.

Dr. Pliske joined the practice in 1997, and as the patient base grew, so did the need for more space. Two years later we opened our second office on 16th Street in Bedford.