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Sompop Bencharit DDS, MS, PhD, FACP

Sompop Bencharit DDS, MS, PhD, FACP

Associate Professor and Director of Clinical Research, School of Dentistry, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, Virginia

Dr. Sompop Bencharit is Associate Professor, Director of Clinical Research, and Founding Director of Digital Dentistry in the Department of Oral and Craniofacial Molecular Biology and the Phillips Institute for Oral Health Research, School of Dentistry, and the Department of Biomedical Engineering, School of Engineering, at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) in Richmond, Virginia.

Dr. Bencharit’s research interests include dental implants and tissue engineering, salivary biomarkers, as well as applications of digital technologies in dentistry and 3D printing. In addition to clinical expertise in prosthodontics and implantology, Dr. Bencharit has PhD training in protein structural biology. He has published over 80 peer-reviewed papers and is on the editorial board of several journals. He is a member of the American College of Prosthodontists (ACP), the American Dental Association, and the American Dental Education Association, among other professional organizations. He was recently awarded the 2021 ACP Distinguish Researcher. He is a Fellow of the ACP, the International College of Dentists, and the Pierre Fauchard Academy.

Dr. Bencharit received his DDS from Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok, Thailand. He was awarded his MS in prosthodontics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Dentistry, where he subsequently received his PhD in oral biology and completed a postdoctoral fellowship in structural biology.


Dr. Bencharit reports the following potential conflicts of interest below:
  • Paid consultant and lecturer for Zimmer Biomet.
  • Research/education programs supported by Ivoclar Vivadent, Planmeca, Formlabs 
  • Paid editor by American College of Prosthodontists for editing Journal of Prosthodontics