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Erik Bala
General Dentistry

About Me

Dr. Bala became interested in dentistry because he realized that teeth play an important role in health and quality of life. He likes to make sure his patients have healthy teeth, and to show them ways to keep their teeth strong for life. He also enjoys creating beautiful smiles through cosmetic dentistry.

In 1988, Dr. Bala received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology from the University of the Pacific; in 1992, he graduated from Loma Linda University School of Dentistry. He is a member of the American Dental Association, the Washington State Dental Association, and the Seattle King County Dental Society.

Dr. Bala resides in Ballard with his wife and two boys. He enjoys playing and collecting guitars, running, spending time with his family, and going to local schools to teach kids about oral health.


  • B.S., Biological Sciences – University of the Pacific
  • D.D.S. – Loma Linda University School of Dentistry


  • American Dental Association
  • Washington State Dental Association
  • Seattle King County Dental Association
Aravind Buddula
D.M.D., M.D.S., M.S.

About Me

Dr. Aravind Buddula’s father, a pediatric surgeon, served as his initial inspiration and played a key role in shaping his career. He loves treating his patients and giving them the gentle care they need for great oral health. Delivering periodontal services at multiple Gentle Dental offices throughout the Seattle region, he brings a wide range of knowledge and experience to each patient’s care.

His love for his profession is reflected in his achievements. While studying Dentistry at a top dental school in his home country of India, Dr. Buddula received an award from the International College of Dentists for achieving the highest marks in Prosthodontics. He furthered his education with a Masters of Dental Surgery in Periodontics from the College of Dental Surgery in Manipal, India. He went on to pursue a Certificate in Public Health at the Oklahoma University of Health Sciences in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He then attained his D.M.D degree at Tufts School of Dental Medicine. Dr. Buddula made the Dean’s Honor Roll for his exemplary performance on the National Dental Board examination, and was selected by the world-renowned Mayo Clinic to complete his Fellowship in Periodontology and Masters in Biomedical Sciences. His work there earned him the Dental Student Award for outstanding achievements from the American Academy of Periodontology. Especially interested in implant surgery, he has multiple articles on this topic in international, peer-reviewed journals, and his papers have been accepted for presentations at various national and international conferences. He is a member of the American Academy of Periodontology and American Dental Association.

Recognizing that patient care and understanding are the essence of any health profession, Dr.Buddula has genuine love and concern for his patients. This fact was acknowledged when he was placed amongst the best periodontists in patient care at the Mayo Clinic, based exclusively upon the positive patient feedbacks he received.

In his spare time, Dr.Buddula enjoys watching movies and playing cricket. He is fluent in English, Telugu and Hindi.


  • D.M.D., Dentistry – Tufts School of Dental Medicine
  • M.D.S. – College of Dental Surgery (India)
  • M.S., Periodontics – Mayo Clinic


  • American Dental Association
  • American Academy of Periodontology

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