Meet Dr. John Oettinger, DMD in Hope Mills, NC
Oettinger & Associates
At Oettinger & Associates, we understand it’s often difficult to find a dentist you can trust. We assure you that you’re in the best of hands with our dentist. To make the process easier, we invite you to visit our office, tour our facility, and receive a consultation at your earliest convenience. Let our team show you what makes us different!
At Oettinger & Associates, our entire team is committed to helping patients and making lasting relationships. Your trusted Hope Mills dentist, serving the entire Cumberland County area, we offer an array of dental services to promote your dental health through a patient-centered approach. Whether you’re looking for teeth whitening services, root canals, tooth pain relief or simply a dentist you can rely on, we are here for you.
Whatever your needs, our staff will take the time to listen and work with you to create a personalized plan for your dental care. We believe in research-based dentistry that promotes your overall health and a brilliant smile. With our attention to detail and the latest technology, we aim to create a safe harbor for your dental needs.
John Oettinger, D.M.D.
Dr. Oettinger is a native North Carolinian. He grew up in Kinston, NC about two hours east of Southern Pines. After receiving a degree in Philosophy from UNC Chapel Hill, he had a short career in real estate before deciding to pursue his dream of becoming a dentist. After completing post-baccalaureate work at UNC Chapel Hill, he earned his Doctor of Dental Medicine degree from the University of Louisville School of Dentistry, where he served as a student teacher, class representative, and member of the admissions committee. During dental school, Dr. Oettinger participated in a clinical externship with the 2nd Dental Battalion, United States Navy at Camp Lejeune, NC.
He went on to distinguish himself by completing dental school first in his class and was the only Summa Cum Laude graduate. For his outstanding academic and clinical achievement he was recognized as a National Board Part I Scholar and Dean’s Scholar; he was chosen by the Dean as a Humana Scholar; he received the Hanau Prosthodontics Award, the Southeastern Academy of Prosthodontics Award, the Horace Wells Senior Student Award and the Alpha Omega Award among others; and he was inducted into the honor society of Phi Kappa Phi and Omicron Kappa Upsilon national dental honor society.
Dr. Oettinger then completed a three-year residency in Prosthodontics at the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Dentistry and the Birmingham VA Medical Center. His residency involved intensive training in complex oral rehabilitation, and included a particular emphasis in both the surgical and prosthetic phases of implant dentistry. He holds two Certificates of Advanced Education in Prosthodontics.
Dr. Oettinger holds an appointment as Adjunct Assistant Professor of Prosthodontics at the UNC School of Dentistry and assists often in clinical instruction of dental students and prosthodontic residents.
- Dr. Oettinger maintains membership in several national and local professional organizations, including the following:
- American College of Prosthodontists
- Southeastern Academy of Prosthodontics
- American Academy of Implant Dentistry
- Academy of Osseointegration
- American Dental Association
- North Carolina Dental Society
- Lee County Dental Society
- Sandhills Symposium Study Group-Southern Pines, NC
- Sandhills Study Club-Southern Pines, NC
- Pankey Affiliated Learning Group-Chapel Hill, NC
Dr. Oettinger enjoys practicing dentistry, but not as much as spending time with his little girl Libba, son Leo, and wife Elizabeth. He also enjoys surfing, fishing, golfing, tennis, reading and watching the Tar Heels.