Dr. Cook is a dual-degree oral and maxillofacial surgeon who specializes in dental implants, TMJ disorders, jaw surgery, and sleep apnea.

About Dr. Daniel R. Cook


Like his colleagues, Dr. Daniel R. Cook’s credentials are impressive. A second generation dental medical professional, Dr. Cook has bachelor’s degrees in biology and chemistry from Baylor University and a doctor of dental surgery degree from Baylor College of Dentistry. He also earned his doctor of medicine from Louisiana State University Health Science Center at New Orleans School of Medicine, and stayed on there for his Oral and Maxillofacial residency.

Dr. Cook is an extremely valuable asset to our practice and enjoys the full scope of oral & maxillofacial surgery with special emphasis on dental implants, TMJ disorders, jaw surgery, and sleep apnea. Dr. Cook has also traveled extensively on medical missions to Nicaragua and India, serving patients without access to surgery for debilitating deformities such as extensive craniofacial cleft lips and palates.


Education and Residency

  • BS in Biology and Chemistry—Baylor University
  • Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS)—Baylor College of Dentistry
  • Doctor of Medicine (MD)—Louisiana State University
  • Oral and Maxillofacial Residency—Louisiana State University

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  • Board Certified by the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery (ABOMS)
  • Past President of the North Carolina Society of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (NCSOMS)
  • American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (AAOMS)
  • Southeastern Society of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (SSOMS)
  • American College of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (ACOMS)


Dr. Cook specializes in cleft lip and palate repair, facial trauma, wisdom teeth removal, and TMJ disorders.


A dentist may identify jaw irregularities or bite problems, but dentists do not realign the jaws. If your dentist suspects a TMJ disorder, he or she may refer you to an oral and maxillofacial surgeon or to an orthodontist. An oral surgeon can further diagnose the issue and perform orthognathic surgery or open joint surgery, and an orthodontist may use braces, Invisalign®, or other appliances to reposition the jaws and correct a misaligned bite.

There are multiple medical professionals who manage TMJ cases, including oral and maxillofacial surgeons, otolaryngologists, and dentists who specialize in jaw disorders. Oral surgeons who study and train in TMJ disorders and pain management may be called orofacial pain specialists. If a surgical approach is necessary, an oral surgeon is most qualified to perform surgery to the mouth and face and administer anesthesia for patient comfort. Many times, a dentist is the first health professional to identify a TMJ disorder and will recommend you to an oral surgeon for further evaluation and to determine the right course of action.

TMJ disorders are often not life threatening, but if left untreated, this condition can cause significant discomfort while performing regular tasks such as speaking, eating, and breathing. TMJ symptoms may worsen over time and pain flare-ups may become more frequent or become chronic and debilitating. Many patients live productive lives while managing a TMJ disorder, but if symptoms interfere with daily life or worsen, an evaluation by a TMJ specialist is recommended.

Denver/Lake Norman Office

7482 Waterside Crossing Blvd, Ste 101
Denver, NC 28037