Meet Dr. Duane Bennett, DDS

As a skilled clinician, published researcher and educator, Dr. Bennett brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to Silver Spring Periodontics. He has advanced training and proficiency in not only traditional Periodontal Surgery, but also the newest techniques in Periodontology including bone grafting, Pinhole Technique gum grafting (Non-palatal, stitch-free gum grafting) and Tunneling Technique gum grafting (Non-palatal, limited incision gum grafting).

In addition to treating gum and oral bone-related conditions, Dr. Bennett has extensive experience in Implant and Sedation Dentistry. He is an accomplished speaker and researcher and has lectured for some of the scientific and industry leaders in Implant dentistry. Dr. Bennett has lectured in multiple States across the country to varying groups of Dentists, Specialists, and Dental Hygienists. Additionally, sedation dentistry is a significant portion of his practice.

Following his post-doctoral residency training, Dr. Bennett moved to the Pacific Northwest to practice in greater Seattle along with the Tri-cities (Richland) in Eastern Washington. Along with his private practice in the State of Washington, he served as an Affiliate Clinical Instructor at the University of Washington School of Dentistry. There, he taught pre-doctoral dental students along with post-doctoral residents as they trained to become Periodontists.

Dr. Bennett graduated with his B.S. and D.D.S. degrees, both from the University of Michigan. He was the Chief Resident at Indiana University while receiving his post-doctoral training in Oral Biology, Periodontology and Implantology. While finishing his post-doctoral training in Indiana, Dr. Bennett also taught pre-doctoral dental students in clinic. In addition to being a member of the American Academy of Periodontology and the American Dental Association, he earned the distinction of becoming Board certified through the American Board of Periodontology. Becoming a Diplomate of the American Board of Periodontology is considered the highest distinction a Periodontist can attain.

While English is his native language, Dr. Bennett was a French and Francophone Studies minor in University and is conversational in the language. He spends his free time working out, reading, and giving back to the community with his wife Melanie. Dr. Bennett was born in Northwest. He was raised primarily in the west Michigan, but relocated to the Washington D.C. area from the Pacific Northwest in order to be closer to family who live locally.



  • University of Michigan – Bachelor of Science in Anthropology-Zoology; Minor in French and Francophone Studies
  • University of Michigan School of Dentistry – Doctorate of Dental Surgery
  • Indiana University School of Dentistry – Certification in Periodontics; Minor in Oral Biology


  • Private Practice – Seattle (Kenmore), Washington
  • Private Practice – Richland, Washington
  • Clinical Instructor – University of Washington School of Dentistry
  • Clinical Instructor – Indiana University School of Dentistry
  • Chief Resident – Indiana University School of Dentistry (Department of Periodontics)
  • Pre-clinical Instructor – University of Michigan School of Dentistry

Thank you to all of our patients who have reviewed us online! We now have a perfect 5/5 star rating across the board!



  • Everyone in the office, from the moment I walked in the door, was courteous and friendly: It is a good team that makes a patient feel relaxed, yet fully informed regarding the procedures, ongoing and future, that are involved in treatment. Thanks… for teaching me the proper way to brush!

  • I appreciate the professionalism of everyone.

  • Everyone in the office was so nice and helpful. It was the best, most comprehensive dental appointment I have ever had. Thank you for taking the time to explain each and every Xray. I now have a clear understanding of what needs to be done. You have a great team. Thank you all!

  • My son liked everyone he met so well that he is inspired to take his dental care much more seriously and in a way that neither I nor his mother had been able to achieve with him. Thank you.

  • After one session in this office I already know that I am connected with a periodontists that cares about their profession and that I as their patient can regain healthy gums. The staff and office are both professional and caring. I appreciated being referred to this office!

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