Dr. W. Dale Crum

Dr. W. Dale Crum

Oral Surgeon in Spokane, WA

Inland Oral Surgery


Practice History

  • Private Practice in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Spokane, WA, 1996-present 
  • Staff Surgeon, Maxillofacial Surgery Department, Kaiser Permanente, West Anaheim, CA, 1991-1996
  • United States Navy, General Dental Officer, Antarctic Supply Squadron VXE-6, 1985-1987 

Board Certification

Professional Associations

After graduating from dental school, Dr. Crum first became a dental officer in the United States Navy. He gained additional training in the specialties of dentistry at Oakland Naval Hospital as a general practice resident. He was then assigned to independent duty as the sole dental officer for VXE-6. VXE-6 was the squadron charged with the mission of providing supply lines and personnel transportation to McMurdo base in Antarctica. In addition, the squadron operated a helicopter unit that provided the same services to remote sites and encampments while "on the ice". The helicopters would reach Antarctica by flying within the squadron's C-130 aircraft. Dr. Crum deployed with the squadron to both Christ Church New Zealand and Antarctica. This was a professionally rewarding experience for Dr. Crum and he has a great appreciation for the opportunity to serve the military in this manner.

After leaving the Navy in 1987, Dr. Crum became a resident in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. He underwent four years of training at Harbor UCLA Medical Center and received his certificate in the specialty in 1991. He became board certified in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery in 1993, which was completed at his earliest eligibility. He has maintained his board certification over the years through re-certification by examination in 2001 and 2011.

Dr. Crum then spent five years with the Kaiser Permanente Maxillofacial Department. In this position, his time was dedicated solely to orthognathic (jaw reconstruction), TMJ (jaw joint) and facial trauma surgery. He performed hundreds of these types of surgeries during this period and therefore has a very strong background and foundation in reconstructive maxillofacial surgery.

In 1996, Dr. Crum entered private practice. He still provides major jaw surgery services, however, his private practice focus has been on general dento-alveolar surgery (wisdom teeth/general tooth extractions) and dental implants. He has over 15 years of experience in providing office-based IV anesthesia, comfortable wisdom tooth removal as well as placing dental implants for single tooth and full arch replacement of teeth.

On a personal note, Dr. Crum has two grown children. He enjoys spending time with his family, bow hunting, fishing, scuba diving and cycling.