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What is Prosthodontics?   

A prosthodontist is a dentist who specializes in restoring natural teeth and creating and placing natural-looking substitute or prosthetic teeth. Prosthodontics is one of only nine dental specialties recognized by the American Dental Association. A prosthodontist’s professional education includes several years of additional training after dental school in an accredited advanced dental education program.

Thanks to the significant advances in dentistry over the last 20 years, prosthodontists are able to offer their patients a wide range of professional services.

These services include:

  • Replacement of missing teeth
  • Cosmetic dentistry
  • Dental implants and other advanced technologies
  • Correction of oral and facial problems

For more information about the specialty of prosthodontics contact the American College of Prosthodontists

What are my care options with the department?

The Department of Prosthodontics offers several opportunities for patient care:.

Undergraduate Student Clinics
Students in the DDS program treat patients during their third and fourth years. For a screening appointment in the undergraduate student clinics, call (919) 537-3737.

Graduate Prosthodontics Clinic
Residents in the Graduate Prosthodontics Program are dentists who are receiving training in the specialty of prosthodontics. These residents treat patients requiring advanced techniques and materials, and those with implant and special care needs during their three-year curriculum.

For more information call the Graduate Prosthodontics Clinic at (919) 537-3947.

Please note: At the present time, we are only accepting patients who are referred by their private dentist or from other clinics within the UNC School of Dentistry. There is a considerable waiting list for services in this clinic.

Dental Faculty Practice
We would like to give special thanks to all those who aid in making our faculty practice a success. Faculty from the Department of Prosthodontics provides specialized patient are in the Dental Faculty Practice. We provide services that include coCottonmplete dentures and overdentures, removable partial dentures, precision attachment partial dentures, implant restorations, crowns, and fixed partial dentures. Faculty also provides analysis and treatment of problems in biting and appliances for sleep apnea. Several different faculties provide maxillofacial appliances such as replacements for missing craniofacial structures for head and neck cancer patients. We appreciate all the external and internal referrals.

Appointments are readily available and we can be reached at (919) 537-3939.



Faculty Member, Title Phone Number
Sun-Yung Bak, Clinical Associate Professor (919) 537-3322
Ryan Cook, Clinical Associate Professor/Director of Graduate Prosthodontics Program (919) 537-3959
Ingeborg De Kok, Associate Professor (919) 537-3963
Ibrahim Duqum, Clinical Associate Professor (919) 537-3964
Gregory Essick, Professor (919) 537-3287
Matt Hopfensperger, Clinical Assistant Professor (919) 537-3967
Glenn Minsley, Interim Department Chair (919) 537-3970
Lida Swann, Clinical Assistant Professor (919) 537-3969
Carolina Vera-Resendiz, Clinical Assistant Professor
Alex Yarborough, Clinical Assistant Professor (919) 537-3972
Thomas Ziemiecki, Associate Professor (919) 537-3976

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