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.

Important Information!

Board Statements on COVID-19

On May 13, 2020, the NC State Board of Dental Examiners (the Board) voted to adopt two emergency rules which allow for temporary licenses for dentists and dental hygienists during a time of emergency, as authorized pursuant to S.L. 2020-3, s. 4.38 and G.S. 90-28.5.  In accordance with S.L. 2020-3 and G.S. 150B-21.1A, the emergency rules have been submitted to the Codifier of Rules for review and approval for entry in the North Carolina Administrative Code.  The emergency rules become effective on the date the Codifier of Rules enters the rules in the Code.  Once the Board receives notice that the emergency rules have been entered in the Code and are effective, the Board will post the text of the emergency rules on this website.

Click here to read statement on providing dental services during the COVID-19 pandemic adopted by the NC State Board of Dental Examiners.
The Board statement has been updated to include a link to the most recent guidance issued by the CDC this week, which the Board highly recommends dentists and other dental professionals review prior to providing dental services. The Board continues to monitor COVID-19 developments closely and may issue additional statements as information and changing conditions demand.    

Pursuant to North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper’s Executive Order No. 130, Section 3, the North Carolina State Board of Dental Examiners ("Board") has been authorized to waive or modify regulatory licensure requirements temporarily for persons that meet certain qualifications, where those licensure requirements would prevent or impair allowing those persons to provide care.  Executive Order No. 130 went into effect on April 8, 2020 and shall remain in effect until June 7, 2020, unless rescinded, replaced, or extended with a superseding Executive Order. Details may be found on each licensure page: Dental, Hygiene and Intern Posted April 21.

Link to most recent OSHA Guidelines on preparing the workplace for the COVID-19 Virus. Posted April 2.

Here is the latest information regarding COVID-19 released on March 27.
Click here for COVID-19 Definitions of Emergency Treatment.
Click here regarding use of Teledentistry during the COVID-19 Pandemic.
Click here for information from the NC Pharmacy Board regarding Prescribing Abuses during the COVID-19 Pandemic.

Click here to read the information we were asked to share by the Department of Health and Human Services regarding COVID-19 on March 20.

Click here to read the Board Statement regarding dental practices and COVID-19 issued on March 18.

Click here to see a State by State comparison on Dental Recommendations on COVID-19.

Click here to read the Board Statement regarding dental practices and COVID-19 issued on March 16.

Notice of Public Rulemaking Hearing

The NC State Board of Dental Examiners will hold a Public Hearing to consider changes to their current rules. Hearing will be held at the Board's offices on Thursday, June 11, 2020 at 6:30 pm. Rules under consideration include:

  • 21 NCAC 16B .1101
  • 21 NCAC 16C .0303
  • 21 NCAC 16C .0601
  • 21 NCAC 16G .0103
  • 21 NCAC 16H .0104

And also:

  • 21 NCAC 16F .0104
  • 21 NCAC 16F .0105
  • 21 NCAC 16I .0101
  • 21 NCAC 16N .0403
  • 21 NCAC 16R .0101
  • 21 NCAC 16R .0102
  • 21 NCAC 16R .0108

To read the text of the proposed changes, click here for the first group of rules and here for the second.

Any member of the public may attend the hearing and may offer comments in person. Comments may also be submitted via email to the Board's CEO, Bobby White by clicking here.

Renew Online

The 2020 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.

As of 2015, we 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.

As of last year, if you hold a DEA license, there are new requirements for renewal. You must have taken a course including at least one hour on the prescribing of opioids, and you must be registered with the Controlled Substance Reporting System. Info on both of these requirements may be found on our What's New page.

If your license has already lapsed, Reinstatement applications may also be found on the License Renewal page.

Election Results

The results of the run-off election for the remaining open position on the Board are in. Dr. Raleigh T. Wright was declared the winner over Dr. Bilal K. Saib with the vote tally being 1,070 to 1,040.


Dr. Karen Lanier of High Point was elected to fill one of two open seats on the NC State Board of Dental Examiners in the most recent election. For the second open seat a run-off election will be held between Dr. Bilal Saib and Dr. Raleigh Wright, both of Chapel Hill.

Ballots for the run-off election will be mailed on Tuesday, June 25. Returned ballots will be counted at the Board's offices on Friday, July 12 at noon.

Board of Dental Elections Acts on Question of Eligibility

The North Carolina State Board of Dental Examiners, constituted as the Board of Dental Elections, held a special meeting at noon on Monday, May 27, 2019 to consider the petition filed by Dr. Raleigh Wright challenging the eligibility of Dr. Kenneth Sadler and Dr. Clifford Feingold as candidates in the upcoming Board election. The basis of the challenge was an allegation that Drs. Sadler and Feingold were not “actually engaged in the practice of dentistry” as required by the statute. Dr. Wright also asserted that the candidates must be engaged in “wet fingered” dentistry to qualify for election. You may read Dr. Wright’s full petition by accessing this link: Exhibit A

An Investigative Panel (IP) chaired by Mr. Dominic Totman, Esq., the Board’s consumer member, conducted an inquiry that required both challenged candidates to submit a sworn and notarized statement as to whether each was actually engaged in the practice of dentistry. You may review the submitted statements and attachment by accessing this link: Exhibits B, C & D

The IP then provided a summary outlining the legal issues and the evidence the Hearing Panel should consider in making its decision. Because this issue was not an investigative matter involving potential discipline, a copy of the summary is available to the public by accessing this link: Final Summary

The Board of Dental Elections ruled that NCGS 90-29(b)(1-13) defines dentistry more expansively than asserted in Dr. Wright’s petition. The Board concluded that Drs. Sadler and Feingold were actually engaged in the practice of dentistry at the time of nomination, including performing actions that meet the definition of dentistry requiring a dental license. Therefore, both candidates were eligible to run for election to the Board in 2019 and should remain on the ballot. Dr. Sadler recused himself from this matter and did not participate or attend the Board meeting on this issue.

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.

Notice of Request for Early Review by Rules Review Commission and Right to Object

The Board of Dental Examiners is engaged in the process of periodic review of its rules under N.C.G.S. 150B-21.3A.  The Board has proposed whether each one of its rules should remain in the Administrative Code, be removed or be readopted; has received public comments on those categorizations; has considered those public comments; and has adopted a final report categorizing its rules.

The next step in the process is for the North Carolina Rules Review Commission (the “RRC”) to review that report and issue a final determination on the categorization of the rules.  That review is currently scheduled for February 2019.  However, because the Board has already prepared its final report and would like to accelerate the process of streamlining its regulations, the Board has asked the RRC to reschedule its review of our final classifications for the rules to an earlier date.  At its October 19, 2017 meeting, the RRC will consider whether to reschedule the RRC’s review to an earlier date.  The Board has requested that the review occur at the RRC’s meeting on November 16, 2017.
You have a right to submit public comments on our request for early review of our final rule classifications.   The only matter currently before the RRC is whether the review will occur in February 2019, as scheduled, or on an earlier date.  The substance of the categorizations will not be reviewed until November 16, 2017 (if the Board’s request is granted).

The RRC will consider objections from the public when it decides whether to grant our early review request. You have a right to submit public comments on our request for early review of our final rule classifications.  If you have an objection to the early review request, you should submit it in writing to the RRC before its October 19, 2017 meeting. You can submit your objection:
·         By email to: rrc.comments@oah.nc.gov.
·         By USPS to: NC Rules Review Commission, 6714 Mail Service Center, Raleigh, NC 27699-6700.
·         In person or by delivery service to: NC Rules Review Commission, 1711 New Hope Church Road, Raleigh NC, 27609.

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