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What Makes Local Start Dental Unique?

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Local Start Dental in Durham, North Carolina offers not-for-profit dental services specializing in prosthodontics—dentures, implant overdentures, and dental implants. They also provide a dental training program for UNC Adams School of Dentistry students. Finally, they provide advanced training to established dentists who wish to improve their knowledge and skills of the latest prosthodontic techniques.

Local Start Dental is committed to the community. The not-for-profit aspect helps address the needs of underserved populations in North Carolina. At the same time, the teaching and training component allows them to give back to the community through professional development.

You will not find another specialized dental services clinic in the Triangle area that offers reduced-cost (or even free) dental services to those who qualify or provides advanced teaching and training to dental students and established practitioners. Local Start Dental is unique in its approach, commitment, and engagement with the community and academic partners. Call 919.569.5533 now to learn more.

How Does It Work?

It may seem challenging to operate a not-for-profit dental services clinic. However, we have a few advantages to our business model that allow us to do just that:

  • We are not a general dental services clinic. We are specialized in dental prosthetics, like dentures or dental implants.
  • We offer real-world clinical training and experience to UNC Adams School of Dentistry students.
  • We offer continuing education and professional development for licensed dentists from across the United States who can learn in our state-of-the-art facility.


We identified a need for free and low-cost tooth replacement services in North Carolina. Approximately 30% of all North Carolinians over age 65 have no natural teeth. Furthermore, the state has more than twice the national rate of costly emergency room dental visits, where patients generally receive treatment only for pain and not underlying dental issues.

UNC Dentistry School

The UNC Adams School of Dentistry students require hands-on clinical training. Our state-of-the-art facility and resources allow dental students to gain in-depth, live-surgery experience under the direction of our professional specialists.

Professional Development

We offer professional development for dentists across the United States who are already licensed but wish to learn new or advanced techniques. Again, our reputable specialists provide enhanced training and professional development to dentists with established practices.


The revenue derived from professional development clients and from patients who can pay for prosthodontic services allows Local Start Dental to offer free or discounted services to residents who cannot otherwise afford to pay. This “service-and-training” model enables us to execute and achieve short- and long-term goals.

Our Commitment to Community Drives Us

Local Start Dental has a simple Mission: “Restoring smiles and confidence for neighbors in need; while advancing the clinical skills of dental professionals.”

As part of our Vision, Local Start Dental provides a state-of-the-art dental treatment and training center focused on high-quality tooth replacement services for all adults, including veterans, the elderly, and low-income or impoverished adults throughout North Carolina.

And our Core Values inform everything we do:

  • Collaboration: Creating community partnerships to identify and serve patients who are most in need
  • Learning: Providing progressive educational opportunities for dentists and dental students, equipping them with the most advanced skills available
  • Innovation: Engaging the latest technology to provide patients and dental professionals with the highest-quality experience possible
  • Care: Delivering life-changing, compassionate treatment in a welcoming and safe environment

Contact Local Start Dental Today to Learn More

Local Start Dental offers a unique approach to not-for-profit prosthodontic services and dental training programs. By servicing those in need through free or low-cost dental services and training the next generation of dental professionals in a state-of-the-art clinic while educating existing professionals in new techniques and approaches, Local Start Dental executes its Mission and attains its Vision while remaining true to its Core Values.

Call 919.569.5533 or reach out online today to learn more!