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Dr. Luiz Andre Pimenta

Dr. Luiz Andre Pimenta (More Detail)

Dr. Luiz A. Pimenta is a clinical professor in the Department of Dental Ecology. He joined UNC from the School of Dentistry at Piracicaba - State University of Campinas (Unicamp) - Sao Paulo Brazil, where he was full professor at the Department of Restorative Dentistry from 1992 until 2006. He received his D.D.S. from the Federal University of Minas Gerais, Brazil (UFMG), a M.S. degree from the University of Sao Paulo (USP), Bauru, Brazil and his Ph.D. from the State University of Sao Paulo (UNESP), Araraquara, Brazil. Dr. Pimenta also holds a certificate in restorative dentistry and practiced full-time with emphasis in preventive, restorative, and esthetic dentistry.

He has been mentor of 18 master's students and 13 Ph.D. students in cariology and restorative dentistry graduate programs. He serves as course director in the prevention course D.D.S. program at UNC and teaches several didactic and clinical courses for D.D.S. and M.S. students at UNC. Also, Dr. Pimenta acts as dental director of the UNC Craniofacial Center. He has presented many lectures and continuing education courses regionally, nationally and internationally, and he has published over 50 scientific articles and 90 abstracts, and has co-written three textbook chapters.

Dr. Pimenta participates actively in laboratory and clinical research with focus on cariology and restorative materials. He maintains a part-time intramural practice (Dental Faculty Practice) in the craniofacial group at UNC which is devoted to treating high caries-risk patients, restorative and esthetic dentistry and also implant supported prostheses. Dr. Pimenta is also member of several professional organizations including the International Association for Dental Research and the American Dental Education Association. He serves as manuscript reviewer for several scientific publications such as the Journal of Esthetic and Restorative Dentistry, Journal of Biomedical Materials Research, Brazilian Oral Research and BMC Oral Health.