The purpose of the North Carolina State Board of Dental Examiners is to ensure that the dental profession merit and receive the confidence of the public and that only qualified persons be permitted to practice dentistry and dental hygiene in the state of North Carolina. Click here for directions to our office.

Do NOT send any mail to our OLD ADDRESS!!!!

Please Note!!! New Location

Effective August 13, 2015 our new office address is: 2000 Perimeter Park Drive, Suite 160, Morrisville, NC 27560.

Please disregard the old address on any forms and mail all correspondence to the new address. The forwarding order has expired and any mail addressed to the old address will be returned to sender. This process can take several weeks, so PLEASE do not send any mail to the old address.

Licensure for New Graduates

As applications complete, all licenses will be issued on a weekly basis, usually on Fridays. They will not be available for pick up until between 8:30 and 12:00 on Mondays. All remaining licenses will be mailed unless you make alternate arrangments.

Please check our license verification page THE NIGHT BEFORE to see if your license has been issued before coming to pick up.

**You must have your license in hand before practicing; you may not work with a printed renewal certificate only!! Please allow us the time we need in order to process everyone's license as quickly as we can.

Meeting Cancellation

All Matters before the NC Dental Board scheduled for August 2017 have been continued. Therefore the August 11-12, 2017 meeting of the Dental Board has been cancelled.

Election Results

In the recent run-off election Dr. Catherine Watkins (Winston-Salem), and Dr. Merlin Young (Wendell) were declared the winners. Both will begin service on August 1, 2017. Dr. Young will be serving a second three-year term while Dr. Watkins is beginning her first. To see the official election results as tabulated by the CPA firm of PLC Rouse Norton, click here.

Notice of Rulemaking Hearing

The North Carolina Board of Dental Examiners will hold a Public Hearing to discuss proposed changes to their Rules 21NCAC 16G and 16H. This hearing will be held on Thursday, September 7, 2017 at 6:30 pm at the Board's Offices at 2000 Perimeter Park Drive, Suite 150, Morrisville, NC.

Please click here to read text of the rules and view the proposed changes.

The public is invited to attend and may sign up to speak at the hearing. Comments may also be provided via email to Bobby White by clicking here.

New Sedation Rules

The new sedation rules that went into effect June 1, 2017 will be posted officially on the OAH website by next Monday, June 12. Until then, you may view an unofficial copy by clicking here.

Periodic Review of Existing Rules

N.C. Gen. Stat. 150B-21.3A established a periodic review by State agencies of their existing administrative rules pursuant to a schedule determined by the Rules Review Commission (RRC). The North Carolina State Board of Dental Examiners is required to make an initial classification of each rule from one of the following three classifications:

1. Necessary with substantive public interest -- means any rule for which the agency has received public comments within the past two years or the rule affects the property interest of the regulated public and the agency knows or suspects that any person may object to the rule.

2. Necessary without substantive public interest -- means a rule that is needed and the rule has not received public comments within the past two years. This category also includes identifying information that is readily available to the public, such as an address or a telephone number.

3. Unnecessary -- means a rule that the agency determines to be obsolete, redundant, or otherwise not needed.

See the link below to access the spreadsheet containing the Board’s current rules under review and their corresponding classifications.

Existing Rules Report

The public comment period concerning the Board’s initial classifications of these rules begins on May 5, 2017 and ends at 5:00 p.m. on July 5, 2017. Public comments shall be in writing and shall be directed to:

Bobby D. White
North Carolina State Board of Dental Examiners
2000 Perimeter Park Dr., Suite 160
Morrisville, NC 27560

"Public comment" is defined by G.S. 150B-21.3A(a)(5) as a written objection to all or part of a rule. Additionally, pursuant to G.S. 150B-21.3A(c)(2), in order for the Rules Review Commission to determine whether the public comment has merit, the public comment must address the specific substance of the rule and address any of the standards of Commission review, as set forth in G.S. 150B-21.9(a).

Note: Individual comments will not receive a personal reply. However, the Board will provide its response to each comment in the final report that is submitted to the RRC at the conclusion of the comment period. The final report is scheduled for RRC review in February 2019.

New State Law Requires Opioid Prescribing Course

Beginning in 2017, as a condition of dental license renewal for 2018, all licensees who prescribe controlled substances MUST complete an annual CE course of at least one hour that shall include, but not be limited to, instruction on controlled substance prescribing practice and controlled substance prescribing for chronic pain management. Courses may be taken in-person or online. See the “What’s New” tab for more information.

Board's E-Newsletter Now Available

The Board is no longer publishing a paper version of "The Dental Board Forum." The new electronic newsletter entitled "E-Forum" is its replacement and will be posted regularly on this website. To view the latest editions click here.

Renew Online

The 2017 Renewal Period is now closed! The online renewal system is open from November 1 to March 31 each year.

Dentists and hygienists may update their addresses anytime through our online system:

Enter your 4 or 5 digit dental/dental hygiene license number
Your PIN number will be the last 4 digits of your social security number

| Dentists update here | | Hygienists update here |

To renew instructors licenses, anesthesia and sedation permits during the renewal period, go to the License Renewal page and choose the correct system.

NEW FOR THIS YEAR!! We will no longer mail renewal certificates for dental and dental hygiene. You may now print your own for no charge immediately after renewing. Log into the system, choose "Print Certificate" from the menu and follow the prompts.

Reinstatement applications may also be found on the License Renewal page.

Regarding Sedation, Please Note!

As of July 3, 2009, no one may use sedation who has not obtained a permanent permit! Apply now for a permit! The current sedation rules went into effect July 3, 2008. Applications are available now. Click here.

A list of Board-approved courses can be found by clicking the “What’s New” link.

Functions of the Board of Dental Examiners
The administration of licensure examinations for dentists and dental hygienists
The promulgation of rules and enforcement of laws and regulations governing the practice of dentistry and dental hygiene in this state
The issuance and renewal of licenses to dentists and dental hygienists