Joplin Dentist Dr. Craig Hayes, Jr.

Joplin Dental Care

Dr. Craig A. Hayes, Jr.


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  • ACLS Certified
  • Dental Oral Conscious Sedation Certified
  • Invisalign Certified


  • Academy of General Dentistry
  • American Dental Association
  • Dental Organization for Conscious Sedation
  • SW Missouri Dental Society
  • International Congress of Oral Implantologists

Dr. Hayes is from Nevada, MO and joined Joplin Dental Care in June 2011. He graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia in 2002 with a BA in Biology.

In 2007, he received his Doctor of Dental Surgery from the University of Missouri-Kansas City. After graduation, Dr. Hayes began his Naval career at Naval Hospital Great Lakes completing a one year Advanced Education in General Dentistry residency.  After his residency, Dr. Hayes was assigned to the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan and spent over 2 years onboard.  During this time he was deployed twice to the Middle East in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. After 4 years of Naval service Dr. Hayes and his family made the decision to move back to SW Missouri.

Dr. Hayes had the pleasure of meeting Dr. Thompson and his team in the spring of 2011 and decided Joplin was where life would take them next. Dr. Hayes has been married to his high school sweetheart since 2003 and they have 2 children, Craig and Audrey. He enjoys playing many sports and closely follows the Missouri Tigers, as well as spending time outdoors hunting deer, turkey, and elk. Although he is no longer on active duty in the US Navy, Dr. Hayes is a true patriot and has tremendous respect for those who have served.

Dr. Hayes purchased the practice in October 2012 and strives to continue the tradition of providing high quality dentistry to patients. He continues to expand his knowledge by attending regular Continuing Education courses to ensure the best care to patients. Dr. Hayes is proud to offer Joplin area residents access to the latest in advanced dental technology, including 3D scanning, in-office fabrication of custom-fit restorations, and same-day application of veneers, crowns, fillings, and onlays. To learn more about the technology utilized at Joplin Dental, click here.