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We'd like to invite you to explore what makes our practice unique and special.


Having provided care in the Nashville area for over thirty-five years, we understand our awesome responsibility to the patients under our care. Our dental team works tirelessly to maintain your trust in order to provide you the highest level of general, cosmetic, and reconstructive dental care that you deserve. Our philosophy of practice entails a number of core values that our staff and doctors are committed to upholding.

Comprehensive Care

Knowing we must work hard to continually deserve your trust, we are devoted to working our hardest every day. Dentistry is a dynamic and ever-changing profession that requires willingness to change in order to provide “state of the art” patient care. Consistent evaluation of technology allows us to provide the advancements that most benefit our patients. Cutting edge technology and techniques help us to not only provide quicker diagnosis with faster, less invasive treatments but also ensure the best in patient treatment outcomes. Belle Meade Family Dentistry is a comprehensive dental practice where treatment options are tailored to meet the individual concerns of each patient with a goal of reaching and maintaining great oral health. Our comprehensive approach allows us to take into consideration both the functional and esthetic aspects of a patient’s teeth. Our philosophy provides the opportunity to look at the long term dental picture and reach a plan that will keep a patient’s teeth healthy long into the future. We believe that the foundation and beginning for good dental health begins with healthy gums, allowing for other dental care to be performed but also providing decreased inflammation which positively impacts one’s overall systemic health. This important connection between overall health and its relation to healthy gums is an important priority in our office. Periodic dental x-rays and twice yearly exams and cleanings minimize the likelihood of advanced dental infection of the teeth, gums, and bone. The replacement of missing teeth or the restoring of broken or decayed teeth allows one to optimize tooth comfort, function, and appearance.

Patient Rights and Comfort

We know that the foundation for building better dental health is built upon mutual trust, communication, and understanding. It is our belief that after being provided with all treatment options, risks, benefits, and consequences of no treatment, the patient has the right to chose what is best for them. Our hope is that we throughly educate and inform you of your dental health in a comfortable, clean, prompt, stress free environment. We pay attention to each patient’s needs and desires and offer sympathetic care that recognizes the fears many patients have about coming to the dentist.

Belle Meade Family Dentistry is proud of our community and the role we play in providing healthcare to those in and around Nashville. Our comprehensive approach can successfully blend the art and science of dentistry with the realities of your lifestyle, health concerns, and budget. From all of us at Belle Meade Family Dentistry, we invite you to come see for yourself the difference in the way you will be cared for. As a member of our practice family, you will find a welcoming team with many long-term employees and professionals who provide stability to the practice philosophy. Listening to you and understanding your needs is our number one job.

Belle Meade Family Dentistry Mission Statement

  • Belle Meade Family Dentistry is a state of the art dental practice made up of caring individuals who are dedicated to the persistent pursuit of excellence and consistent execution of advanced dental care for every patient.
  • We seek to provide the finest quality dental care for our patients in a warm, caring, and clean environment.
  • Our patients will experience a sense of well being as they are treated with caring competence by staff and doctors who are motivated to provide the most current and advanced dental care available today.
  • Our team is devoted to improve constantly as both an office and as individual healthcare providers. Our sense of gratification and pleasure comes from caring and serving our patients with joy and integrity.

Meet the Doctors

Dr. James R Pace Sr

Dr. James R. Pace Sr. attended Montgomery Bell Academy and then received his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, a Master of Arts from George Peabody-Vanderbilt University, and a Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from the University of Tennessee Health Science Center. He is a member of the American Dental Association, Tennessee Dental Association, Nashville Dental Society, American Academy of Implant Dentistry, Academy of General Dentistry, and Volunteer Study Club. He started the Belle Meade Family Dentistry practice in 1978 and was the founder of the Middle Tennessee Implant Study Club.

Dr. Pace has served the Nashville Dental Society as Chairman of Peer Review and has served as a delegate to the Tennessee Dental Association. He has repeatedly been recognized by a vote of his peers as one of the top dentists in the Nashville Scene Magazine. He is a 2015 Patient’s Choice Award Winner. He has consistently received recognition from the Tennessee Dental Association for his hours of continuing education. He is an active supporter of the Interfaith Dental Center and has led and participated in multiple dental and medical mission trips to the Dominican Republic.

Dr. Pace has a keen interest in implant, cosmetic and restorative dentistry. He placed his first dental implant in 1980. He is a certified Invisalign and Clears Correct Provider. Dr. Pace enjoys church, hunting, fishing, college sports, history, hiking, bluegrass music, and travel. He and his wife Dorothy have three children.

Meet the Doctors

Dr. James R Pace Jr, FAGD

Dr. James R. Pace Jr. graduated from Montgomery Bell Academy in Nashville and attended the University of Tennessee in Knoxville where he graduated Phi Beta Kappa and received the Andy Holt Scholarship to attend the University of Tennessee College of Dentistry. At the College of Dentistry, James graduated with high honors and received both the American Academy of Oral Medicine award for excellence and the American Academy of Periodontology award for excellence. He was selected for memberships in the Dean’s Odontological Society and Omicron Kappa Upsilon for scholastic and professional excellence. Dr. Pace completed the 25th annual Georgia Health Science University/American Academy of Implant Dentistry maxi-Course Comprehensive Training Program in Implant Dentistry. The internationally renowned ten-month program consists of more than 360 classroom and clinical hours of training related to the discipline of implant dentistry. At completion, Dr. Pace successfully passed the AAID (American Academy of Implant Dentistry) comprehensive examination, an integral component to achieving Fellow status in the highly regarded dental implant society.

Dr. James R. Pace Jr. was named the 2011 Tennessee Dental Association’s Ace Award recipient. The award is given annually to the dentist in the state of Tennessee with the most continuing education hours for the calendar year. Dr. James R. Pace Jr., earned 438 approved hours of continuing education in 2011 alone.

In June of 2014 Dr. Pace Jr. was awarded the honor of Fellowship in the Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, given to a dentist who obtains high levels of continuing education and passes the credentialing exam covering all aspects of dentistry. He is working on his goals of mastership in the Academy of General Dentistry and the Academy of Cosmetic as well as becoming a fellow in the American Academy of Implant Dentistry.

Dr. Pace Jr. volunteers his time with the Interfaith Dental Clinic, Hope Smiles Ministry, dental missions abroad, the Nashville Rescue Mission, and Nashville’s Men of Valor Ministry. Aside from dentistry, Dr. Pace Jr. enjoys his church, college football, going to the gym, fishing, hiking, and finding new places to explore around Middle Tennessee with his wife Heather.

Professional Memberships include the American Dental Association, the Tennessee Dental Association, the Nashville Dental Society, the Academy of General Dentistry, the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, DOCS Education for sedation dentistry, and he is affiliated with the Spear Institute, one of the nations leading providers of clinical expertise. Dr. Pace Jr. pursues continuing education to provide his patients with the most up-to-date and highest levels of general and cosmetic dental care. Learning about the science of oral health is a passion and a desire to improve daily and provide patients with high levels of care and the best treatment outcomes keeps him excited about the profession. Dr. Pace Jr. is excited to serve the Nashville community both in and out of the office and looks forward to providing outstanding oral healthcare to Nashvillians for years to come.

Dr. Pace, Pace Jr. and Zarabi have a special interest in your dental health. We pledge to provide the best oral health care for you and your family. When you select our practice, you choose competent, experienced professionals. Our goal is to provide you with the highest quality of treatment in a caring and pleasant environment. If you need treatment that is beyond the scope of our practice, we can refer you to colleagues who specialize in that treatment.

Video Testimonials

patients say

"Dr. James Pace Jr. is the best dentist that I have ever worked with! I have several front teeth that have crowns and one front tooth required an implant during the past months. Dr. Pace and his staff were awesome, patient and kind. They follow up with you and go above and beyond to make sure that everything is perfect. They are simply the BEST!"

Genia O.

"Best dentist I've ever had! The entire staff is phenomenal and they truly care about every person that walks thru the door. I drive all the way from Clarksville just because of the care I'm given and the amazing work they do. This is coming from a girl who hated going to the dentist until I was referred to Dr. Pace Sr. I have the most beautiful smile now that gets so many compliments on a daily basis and that is the best compliment I can think of getting, ever."

Gloria V.

"Dr James Pace Jr is an outstanding dentist. The knowledge he has in regards to performing everything from a crown, root canal, fillings and cosmetic services is exceptional! It is very apparent he is committed to providing the highest level of patient care. He is professional, compassionate and constantly learning new technologies and the very latest in dentistry. I feel my smile is in perfect hands with Dr. James Pace Jr."

Allie M.

"Dr. Pace Jr is so amazing I could seriously hug him! I came in fearful, anxious and in pain from a cracked tooth that not one but two prior dentists had missed. He was able to save my tooth with a crown and for the first time in over a year I can chew on it. Check them out!"

Kelly M.

"Dr. Pace did an amazing job on filling my two front teeth today! It looks like I never had anything wrong with them. You want your Dentist to strive for perfection and it shows in his work he certainly does. Everyone who works in the office is nice and creates a happy, professional atmosphere when one comes in for their Dental needs. Thanks and happy to be a patient here!"

Miser L.

"When I first moved to Nashville, it was difficult to find a dentist that I fully trusted. I found Belle Meade Family Dentistry many years ago. Dr. Pace Sr, was great. Always a pleasure and never made you feel unimportant. Never any issues. A Few years later he introduced me to his son, Dr James Pace, Jr. The rest is history. Dr Pace Jr. is by far the best dentist I have ever used. From general annual appointments to surgical, this man definitely has it down! He and his Medical Staff always go out of their way for their patients. I've been a patient of his since the time he went into practice with his Father. Best dental decision I ever made!  Look no further than Belle Meade Family Dentistry."

Steve W.

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