We are pleased to welcome Dr. Rivera, distinguished academic and experienced Endodontist, to the Riccobene family. Prior to joining the company, Dr. Rivera served on the faculty at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Dentistry. He was Department Chair of Endodontics and also held the Jacob B. Freedland Distinguished Associate Professor, a tenured position. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Endodontics, a title awarded to specialists who achieve and maintain the highest level of knowledge and technical skill.
Dr. Rivera graduated with honors from UNC at Chapel Hill School of Dentistry and subsequently served as General Practice Resident at Charlotte Memorial Hospital. He practiced general dentistry before completing his specialty training and receiving a Master’s Degree from UNC School of Dentistry Endodontics program.
Dr. Rivera is widely published and has presented findings at conferences in over 15 countries. Together with Dr. Richard Walton, he is the co-creator of the Classification System for Cracks and Fractures of Teeth. The system is currently being utilized by the American Association of Endodontists (AAE) and general dentists across the United States to diagnose and more accurately treat fractured teeth.
Throughout his career, Dr. Rivera has mentored many future dentists and endodontic residents, many of whom are now private practitioners serving the citizens of North Carolina and other states. While teaching, Dr. Rivera continued to actively treat patients at UNC dental faculty practice and held Veterans’ Administration privileges, which allowed him to facilitate care for patients with complex and diverse health issues and special needs. In addition, Dr. Rivera served as a team dentist for all UNC Chapel Hill student athletes.
When he is not helping others in the office, Dr. Rivera enjoys photography, golf, and taking beach trips with his wife Robin.