Meet the Doctor
Dr. Chris Yelton grew up in Kansas City, Missouri and attended the University of Missouri-Kansas City where he received a Bachelor of Science in Biology and a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish.
While in dental school at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, he participated in endodontic research and gave presentations at numerous professional meetings all over the United States. Dr. Yelton graduated Summa Cum Laude and was accepted straight out of dental school into the Stowers Johnson Postgraduate Endodontic Program at the University of Missouri Kansas City. While in his residency Dr. Yelton served as Chief Resident, gave endodontic lectures and provided clinical assistance and supervision to dental students, and published articles in the Journal of Endodontics. Dr. Yelton has published articles on obturation, 3D imaging with CBCT, and the use of ultrasonics.
In 2009, Dr. Yelton and his family moved to Fort Worth where he started Essential Endodontics. Dr. Yelton participates in the Fort Worth District Dental Society and has served on the board as a Director. He feels that continuing education in endodontics, advanced technology, comprehensive dentistry, and dental economics is important to maintain a state-of-the-art practice utilizing the latest evidence-based endodontic techniques. Dr. Yelton has been the leader of several different study clubs over the years including Spear Education. Currently he is active in numerous organizations that focus on the evolution in dental hierarchy and dental economics.
Outside of the office, Dr. Yelton enjoys spending time with his family and friends. He is a culinary aficionado, enjoys traveling, and being active. He is very passionate about providing the best possible endodontic care for his patients and strives for a painless and relaxing experience. He and his staff are committed to creating an office environment where patients feel welcome and at ease.
Chris Yelton, D.D.S.
June 2009 UMKC School of Dentistry | Kansas City, MO
Postgraduate Certificate in Endodontics
May 2007 UMKC School of Dentistry | Kansas City, MO
Doctorate of Dental Surgery
May 2002 University of Missouri | Kansas City, MO
May 2002 University of Missouri | Kansas City, MO
Aug 1998 – Aug 1999 University of Missouri | Xalapa, Veracruz, Mexico
Foreign exchange student from UMKC
Dental School GPA 3.978 on 4.0 scale; Summa Cum Laude
Class Rank 2nd out of 95 students in UMKC SOD Class of 2007
National Board Dental Examination Part I Composite Score 95
National Board Dental Examination Part II Composite Score 90
Postgraduate Endodontics GPA 4.000
Postgraduate Endodontics Class Rank 1st
English (1st language)
April 2009 AAE Annual Session | Orlando, FL
Comparison of the Efficiency of Ultrasonic Tips to Remove Dentin Over Time in a Novel Experimental Model with a Previously Determined Downward Force
March 2009 Midwest Dental Conf. | Kansas City, MO
Comparison of the Efficiency of Ultrasonic Tips to Remove Dentin Over Time
April 2007 AAE Annual Session | Philadelphia, PA
Measurements of morphological landmarks in human maxillary and mandibular molars
October 2006 Hinman Symposium | Memphis, TE
Thermoplasticized Gutta Percha Delivery System: Effect of Varying Canal Preparations on Obturation Quality
March 2006 AAE Annual Session | Honolulu, HI
Investigation of the Coronal Sealing Ability of a Flowable Composite, Resin-Ionomer, Glass Ionomer, and MTA Using a Dye Extraction Technique
March 2006 Midwest Dental Conf. | Kansas City, MO
Assessment of a Thermoplasticized Gutta-Percha Delivery System to Effectively Obturate Canals with Varying Preparation Dimensions
Yelton C, Walker MP, Lee C, Dryden JA, Kulild JC. Assessment of a Thermoplasticized Gutta-Percha Delivery System to Effectively Obturate Canals with Varying Preparation Dimensions. J Endod 2007; 33: 156-9.
Blattner TC, George N, Lee CC, Kumar V, Yelton CDJ. Efficacy of Cone-Beam Computed Tomography as a Modality to Accurately Identify the Presence of Second Mesiobuccal Canals in Maxillary First and Second Molars: A Pilot Study. J Endod 2010; 36: 867-70.
Yelton C, Lawlor K, Kulild JC, Walker MP. Comparison of the efficiency of four different ultrasonic tips to remove dentin over time. J Endod 2010; 36: 529-31.
Yelton C, Lawlor K, Kulild JC, Walker MP. Comparison of the Efficiency of Ultrasonic Tips to Remove Dentin Over Time. J Endod 2009; 35: 434.(Abstract)
Lawlor KL, Yelton C, Kulild JC, Walker MP. Dentin Removal Efficiency of the BUC-1TM Ultrasonic Tip Over Time. J Endod 2009; 35: 434. (Abstract)
Reavley BA, Yelton CDJ, Lee C, Dunlap S. Measurements of Morphological Landmarks in Human Maxillary and Mandibular Molars. J Endod 2007: 33: 364. (Abstract)
Collins JW, Lee C, Yelton C, Glaros A. Investigation of the Coronal Sealing Ability of a Flowable Composite, Resin-Ionomer, and Glass Ionomer Using a Dye Extraction Technique. J Endod 2006; 32: 262. (Abstract)
Lawlor K, Yelton C, Kulild JC, Walker MP. Efficiency of the Buc-1™ Ultrasonic Tip Over Time. Oral Surg Oral Med Oral Pathol Oral Radiol Endod 2010; 109: e107-9.
American Association of Endodontists, Member
American Dental Association, Member
Texas Dental Association, Member
Fort Worth Dental Society, Member
Psi Omega Professional Fraternity, Past Vice President
Omicron Kappa Upsilon-Rho Chapter, Member