Dr. Gates

Education: Bill is a native of Utica, New York.  After attending Colgate, he graduated from Duke University in 1985.  Bill stayed in North Carolina to graduate from the University of North Carolina School of Dentistry in 1989.  He continued his formal training at the University of Iowa, earning a Master of Science degree in Prosthodontics in 1991.  Bill then trained at the MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston in the specialty of Maxillofacial Prosthetics. The specialty in Maxillofacial Prosthetics focuses on the comprehensive care of people diagnosed with and treated for cancer. 

Practice: Bill returned to the University of North Carolina School of Dentistry in 1992 as a full time faculty member in the Department of Prosthodontics.  He has been in private practice since 1996 and is currently an adjunct faculty member at UNC. For the past ten years Bill has been a member of Iowa MOST (Miles of Smiles Team).  This all volunteer group travels to Guatemala for 10 days where they provide life changing treatments to an underserved population who have a cleft lip and or palate. 

Patient Care Philosophy:  Excellence in dentistry is measured by consistently providing care that promotes long term dental health.  Achieving this level of excellence begins with listening to your concerns and knowing your goals in dental care.  Because medical conditions can affect dental health it is essential to understand your general medical health including all medications you take.  Esthetic and functional goals are met through a comprehensive evaluation and treatment of the jaw joints, supporting structures including the bone and gums, and the health and structure of individual teeth.  Communication of these findings through discussion, pictures, and x-rays leads to the development of a customized treatment plan.

“I provide care for people of all ages.  Whether you are having your first dental visit or you have been caring for your smile over many years, I will listen to what you have to say and provide you with the best recommendations for your smile.”  - Bill Gates, DDS, MS


American Academy of Maxillofacial Prosthetics

American College of Prosthodontists

American Dental Association

Spear Dental Study Club

Triangle Study Club

Dilday Study Club