Joel J. Napenas, DDS

Oral Medicine
  • Clinical Interests
  • Biography
Carolinas Center for Oral Health
1601 Abbey Place
Charlotte, NC 28209
Phone: 704-512-2110
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Practice Website
Oral Medicine
University of Western Ontario
Completion Year: 2002
Dayton VA Medical Center
Specialty: General Practice (Dentistry)
Completion Year: 2003
Carolinas Medical Center
Specialty: Oral Medicine
Completion Year: 2005
Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh
Specialty: Oral Medicine
Completion Year: 2008
Publications Clinical Interest
  • Oral Lesions
  • Oral Mucosal Disorders
  • Sjögren's syndrome
  • Facial Pain
  • Salivary Gland Disorders
  • Burning Mouth
  • Temporomandibular Disorder (TMD)
Biography Joel J. Napeñas, DDS has a practice limited to oral medicine at Carolinas Center for Oral Health. Dr. Napeñas received his DDS degree at Western University’s Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry, in London, Ontario, Canada. He completed a general practice residency (GPR) at Dayton, OH, and oral medicine residency at Carolinas Medical Center.

Dr. Napeñas joined Carolinas HealthCare System in 2007, and is currently director of the oral medicine residency training program in the Department of Oral Medicine. He previously was assistant professor in the Division of Oral Medicine and Radiology at Western University, and director of GPR programs at CMC and at the University of Texas at Houston.

He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Oral Medicine, and holds a Fellowship in Dental Surgery by the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh in oral medicine. He has over 25 publications in peer review journals, in addition to numerous book chapters and other publications on the topics of oral medicine, orofacial pain and dental management of patients with complex medical conditions. Among his academic endeavors, he was a section head for the World Workshop on Oral Medicine VI, a group that convened oral medicine experts from around the world in 2014.

Dr. Napeñas’ Certifications:
Diplomate, American Board of Oral Medicine
FDS (Oral Medicine), Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh

Dr. Napeñas’ Professional Affiliations
American Academy of Oral Medicine
American Academy of Orofacial Pain
Canadian Academy of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology and Oral Medicine
American Association of Hospital Dentists
Special Care Dentistry
Board of Directors, American Board of Special Care Dentistry