AboutBelle Meade Smile Center

  • Belle Meade Smile Center is conveniently located in the Belle Meade Office Park near St. Thomas West Hospital.
  • Our office is easily accessible for the residents of Nashville, Belle Meade, Green Hills, Downtown, Bellevue, Brentwood, Franklin and many surrounding areas.
  • Dr. Phillip Shipp has been providing quality dental care to families in Nashville and surrounding communities for over 20 years.
  • Our comfortable, welcoming Nashville dental office is home to an experienced team, advanced technology and many amenities to make your visit a 5-star experience.
  • Our team shares a common goal in providing outstanding dentistry focused on your individual needs.
  • ​Our patient-focused approach and high level of expertise result in beautiful smiles and lasting oral health.
  • Discover distinctively different dental care at Belle Meade Smile Center!
  • Dr. Philip P. Shipp IV, DDS, FCNO

    Dr. Phillip Shipp has been providing quality dental care to families in the Nashville area and surrounding communities for over 20 years. Dr. Shipp received his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from the University of Tennessee, College of Dentistry and his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Mississippi.

    ​Dr. Shipp is committed to furthering his education beyond his formal academic training, Dr. Shipp is a proud alumnus of The Dawson Academy and utilizes the extensive training and insight he received to deliver complete dentistry techniques to all his patients at Belle Meade Smile Center. The Dawson Academy is a post-graduate educational program devoted to coaching, supporting and encouraging dental professionals to become masters of complete dentistry. Curriculum is designed to primarily focus on dental occlusion, temporomandibular joints, and comprehensive esthetic restorative dentistry. An education from the Dawson Academy ensures that a dentist is able to provide optimal diagnosis, thorough treatment planning, and quality patient care.

    Following extensive education, training and successful exam completion, Dr. Shipp is now one of only a few dentists to have obtained the esteemed Level II certification, Fellowship Center for Neural Occlusion (FCNO). Neural Occlusion is an objective screening protocol using numerous computerized measurement tools to help determine if the timing in a patient's dynamic bite movements (which can cause chewing muscles to become hyperactive and painful) are at least partly responsible for TMD problems, which may include headaches, jaw fatigue, trouble chewing, broken and worn teeth, hypersensitive teeth, and other issues within the head and neck region due to potentially overactive chewing muscles. Using the knowledge and techniques obtained during his CNO training, Dr. Shipp has successfully treated many patients who suffer from headaches, migraines, TMD, tinnitus or Vertigo.

    Dr. Shipp is also a member of the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine (AADSM), the only non-profit professional association dedicated exclusively to the practice of dental sleep medicine. Dr. Shipp helps treat snoring and obstructive sleep apnea with oral appliance therapy, an effective treatment that is covered by many medical insurance plans. AADSM membership provides Dr. Shipp with access to educational resources and practice management tools that help him better serve his patients by providing the highest quality of care in the treatment of snoring and obstructive sleep apnea. For more information about AADSM, visit www.aadsm.org.

    ​As an acknowledgement of his commitment to continuing education, Dr. Shipp has received awards of recognition from the Nashville and Tennessee Dental Associations for exceeding the amount of continuing education required by the state. Dr. Shipp has completed numerous postgraduate courses in advanced dentistry, smile design, dental implants and sleep apnea. He has served in several leadership positions for the Tennessee Dental Association, including Tennessee State Peer Review Chairman for three years and State House Delegate. Most recently, Dr. Shipp served as the Exhibition Chairman for American Academy of Dental Practice Administration (AADPA).

    ​Dr. Shipp is originally from Yazoo City, Mississippi and has lived in Nashville for over 30 years. Dr. Shipp loves Nashville and truly enjoys the wonderful relationships he has developed with his patients. His passions outside of dentistry include mastering the game of golf and spending time with his wife and two adult children. ​​

    Associations & Memberships

  • American Dental Association (ADA)
  • American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD)
  • American Academy of Dental Practice Administration (AADPA)
  • American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine (AADSM)
  • Center for Neural Occlusion (CNO)
  • Tennessee Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (TNACD)
  • Tennessee Dental Association (TDA)
  • Nashville Dental Society (NDS)

  • Our Team








    Dental Assistant


    Dental Assistant


    Financial Coordinator


    Scheduling Coordinator