Meet Dr. Jim

Dr. Jim Tinnin is a Bentonville native and lifelong resident of Northwest Arkansas who graduated from Bentonville High School in 1962. Following graduation from Hendrix College in 1966, he attended the University of Tennessee School of Dentistry in Memphis, graduating in 1969 with a Doctor of Dental Surgery. He served in the Missouri Public Health Service, where he treated children who did not have access to dental care. Dr. Tinnin returned to Arkansas, establishing a general dentistry practice in Siloam Springs. In 1976, he was accepted into the prestigious Boston University School of Graduate Dentistry as an Endodontic Resident. He studied under world-renowned endodontist Dr. Herbert Schilder. Dr. Schilder was responsible for changing the paradigm of endodontic treatment. In addition to didactic and clinical training, Dr. Tinnin did research which Dr. Schilder used to advance the accuracy of endodontic instrument systems. He graduated in 1978 . In addition to earning a Master of Science in Dentistry he also received a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study in Endodontics.

Dr. Tinnin was one of the first specialists to place dental implants in Northwest Arkansas. He has extensive training in implants in addition to his formal dental school training, including over 125 hours with the Misch Institute, with a certificate of Surgical Oral Implantology from Temple University. He has trained endodontists throughout the United States at various universities and study clubs in the didactic studies and clinical techniques of endodontic and implant surgery.

Dr. Tinnin is board certified by the American Board of Endodontics, which is achieved by fewer than 1 in 5 endodontists. He has also been honored by his nomination and subsequent induction into the American College of Dentists, and is a member of the College of Diplomates of the American Board of Endodontics. He is a member of the International Congress of Oral Implantologists. In addition to his clinical practice, he is a consultant to Dentsply Tulsa Dental Specialties, evaluating new products and research in the field of endodontics.

His many dental affiliations include:

  • American Dental Association
  • American College of Dentists
  • Arkansas State Dental Association
  • Northwest Arkansas Dental Association
  • American Association of Endodontists
  • College of Diplomates of the American Board of Endodontics
  • Arkansas Association of Endodontists (Past President)
  • Boston University School of Graduate Dentistry Endodontic Alumni Association
    (Past President)
  • Seattle Study Club
  • Mont Blanc Endodontic Study Club
    (Charter Member, Founder and Past President)
  • Academy of Osseointegration
  • Southwest Society of Endodontists
  • Pierre Fauchard Academy
  • Academy of Interdisciplinary Dentofacial Therapy (Charter Member)
  • The International Congress of Oral Implantologists

Dr. Jim and his wife Debbie live in Fayetteville. They have six children and six grandchildren. In their spare time, they enjoy spending time together traveling in their truck to various parts of the US. Debbie is an avid gardener and you know who her yard man is. He takes every opportunity to spend time with his children hunting and fishing. Endodontics is a passion rather than a job, so he never has to go to work, he just goes to the office to play.