Dr. Cloninger graduated from NC State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering (1994). He worked for the North Carolina Department of Transportation for several years before returning to school. Dr. Cloninger received his Doctorate of Dental Surgery from UNC-School of Dentistry (2000). He worked in Lincolnton along side his father, uncle and brother until opening a solo practice in 2001. In 2005, Dr. Cloninger married Cherryville native, Shully Pruett, and moved his practice to Cherryville the following year. Dr. Cloninger has two sons, a daughter, and love for canine companions. In 2008, Dr. Cloninger and Shully opened another dental office in Cherryville (Cherryville Dental Clinic) that was designed to serve families with NC Medicaid.
Dr. Cloninger is a general dentist but his engineering background affords him an analytical and systematic approach to the most complex of cases. The office uses CBCT (3D) X-ray technology which improves all diagnostic services. His advanced training in Implantology certifies Dr. Cloninger to safely place and restore dental implants. Dr. Cloninger gained Mastership level in the International Dental Implant Association and is committed to continue learning and providing patients with an array of treatment options. Since opening his practice Dr. Cloninger has worked along side some wonderful staff members and continues to serve the community of Cherryville and his church on multiple levels. Dr. Cloninger has served as Assistant Varsity Basketball coach since 2003 for Lincolnton High School.
Please contact our office for a free consultation about those missing teeth or ill fitting dental appliance. We can’t wait to meet you.
Honors & Achievements
- Member of the American Dental Association
- Member of the North Carolina Dental Society
- Fellowship Member of the International Dental Implant Association.
- Member of the Academy of General Dentistry
- Cherryville Business Man of the Year 2009
- Past Chairman Heartland District Friends of Scouting Campaign
- Past President of St. John’s Lutheran Church Council
- Past President of Rotary Club of Cherryville
- Men’s Varisity Assistant Basketball Coach at Lincolnton High School since 2003
- Lifetime Sportsman with North Carolina Wildlife
- Paul Harris 3 Fellow
- Lifetime Member of the National Eagle Scout Association
- Lifetime Member of the University of North Carolina Alumni Association
- Lifetime Member of the North Carolina State Alumni Association
- Member of the American Society of Civil Engineering 1994-1998
- Mastership in the International Dental Implant Assoc.