Dr. Carter Ward
Background and Education
Dr. Carter Ward was born in Gastonia, North Carolina. His connections to the Piedmont and coastal NC regions are strong as he spent his childhood in several small towns throughout the state. His father was employed with Burlington Industries and as a result, Walnut Cove, Maiden, Fayetteville, Lumberton and Hickory could all be called Dr. Ward’s home towns. After graduating from Lumberton Senior High School, Carter received a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology with a minor in Chemistry from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1999. As an undergraduate, he worked in the UNC Dental Research Center testing novel composite resin materials with Dr. Steven Bayne and Dr. Jeffery Thompson.
After completing his undergraduate degree, Dr. Ward obtained his DDS from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Dentistry in 2003. With his wife Melissa, a clinical pharmacist, Carter moved to Wilmington, North Carolina. While in Wilmington, Dr. Ward entered into private practice as a solo practitioner. Throughout his 9 years in private practice, he kept a commitment to continuing education and community service. In March 2006, he completed a 9 month mini-residency in Implantology from the Misch Implant Institute in conjunction with Temple University. In addition, Dr. Ward completed leadership training at the Scottsdale Center for Dentistry in Arizona. He has also trained extensively with soft tissue lasers and CAD/CAM technology.
Dr. Ward routinely places CEREC crowns (restorations that can be completed in one visit).
Dr. Ward maintains membership in the American Dental Association and the North Carolina Dental Society. He is active in his support of Lower Cape Fear Hospice and the Jim “Catfish” Hunter chapter of ALS. For the past 5 years, he has been the presenting sponsor of their Walk to Defeat ALS / Lou Gehrig’s Disease Fundraiser.