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Meet Dr. Gerald Coates

Gerald L. Coates, Jr., DMD, PA

Dentistry has proved to be immensely satisfying, whether I am giving a smile back to someone that hasn’t smiled in years or treating a medically compromised patient, knowing that treating their oral disease will improve their overall health outcome.

I feel blessed with those that have trusted me with their healthcare for so many years. I feel challenged with the patients that present me opportunities to learn and grow. It is not just smiles that we treat—it’s the people.

In my opinion, trust is the epitome of success. There is no “I” in team; it is a cliché, but each team member is imperative for total patient success. I trust and rely on my team as they guide the patient to total health and a beautiful smile.

Education and Continuing Education

I’ve always known that I wanted to make a difference and help people, so after graduating from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with my Bachelor of Arts in chemistry, I decided to go to dental school. I attended the Medical University of South Carolina to earn my Doctorate of Dental Medicine, and graduated in 1983.

Over the last three decades, I have seen how dentistry — and the way we provide it — has changed for the better. Continuing education allows me to change with these advancements so I can provide the latest in technology and care to my patients. I believe that I should always be learning and growing, not only for personal growth but for my patients, so that I can be the dentist that they deserve.

Professional Affiliations

  • American Dental Association
  • North Carolina Dental Society
  • American Academy of Oral Systemic Health

Outside the Office

My wife, Valinda, and I have two boys: Jerry lives in Wilmington and Anderson lives in Illinois. We have our English lab Ozzie to keep us company at home. I love cooking and any activity outside in nature, including gardening, hunting, fishing, riding my tractor, boating, and exploring the local waters. In the past, I was active in Boy Scouts of America leadership. I was an Eagle Scout and my boys were Eagle Scouts. Through scouting, I have seen the difference that quality leadership and spending with our youth makes.

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Great, friendly staff. "Always a good experience! That's saying something for dental work. Staff is very competent and pleasant. I'd recommend them to anyone." — Leanne B.
Got me right in! "I was having problem with a tooth, and they got me in right away. Dr. Coates and his staff are always very professional and caring." — Cheryl B.
Great Experience! "This has been the best dental office I have ever been to. Both the office staff and Dr. Coates are so friendly, and very informative on how to keep my mouth and teeth clean." — Amanda H.
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