Denver, NC Dentist

Our exceptional, friendly staff is our greatest asset. They are excited about what they are doing, have high standards of quality and integrity, and are motivated to achieve the best results for our family of patients.  Our  registered hygienist, our certified (level II) dental assistant, and our practice administrator have over 75 years of combined dental experience!

We pride ourselves on staying on the cutting edge of dentistry and patient communication. Feedback from our patients about an experience in our office is always welcomed, and concern for patient comfort is a high priority.

Dr. Stephen Yu

Dr. Stephen Yu is a native of North Carolina born and raised in Concord, North Carolina. He earned his Bachelor’s degree and received his Doctor of Dental Surgery from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He has been practicing full time in Charlotte since he graduated. Dr. Yu enjoys all aspects of general dentistry and is committed to furthering his dental education through determination. He enjoys attending yearly, advanced educational courses in accredited institutions like the Hinman Convention. He is a member of the Academy of General Dentistry, American Dental Association and North Carolina Dental Society.

During his free time, Dr Yu enjoys spending time with his Siberian Husky and Dalmatian. He is an avid runner, having completed multiple half marathons, and enjoys spending time outdoors at the White Water Center.

Dr. Richard Pence


Dr. Pence received his bachelor’s degree from Vanderbilt University, and his doctorate from the UNC School of Dentistry. He received his Mastership in General Dentistry in 1992, and has just been named the first dentist in the Carolinas to receive the prestigious Lifelong Learning and Service Recognition Award from the Academy of General Dentistry. The Lifelong Learning and Service Recognition is presented only to qualifying Masters of the AGD. Mastership is one of the most respected designations in dentistry. Masters who receive this additional recognition have met the highest criteria for professional excellence. To receive the Lifelong Learning and Service Recognition, Dr. Pence completed more than 3,000 hours of continuing dental education in the 16 disciplines of dentistry, including 850 hours dedicated to hands-on skills and techniques and more than 400 hours of service to the community.

He has maintained a full-time practice in Denver since 2005. He has served as trustee of the North Carolina Dental Society. He was former visiting faculty and a Member of the Board of Directors of the Pankey Institute for Advanced Dental Education. He is a Fellow in the American College of Dentists and the International College of Dentists. Dr. Pence has been selected by a vote of his peers to be included in the last edition of “The Best Dentists in America’ (sm) He has served as President of the UNC Dental School Alumni Association, President of the Southeastern Assoc. of Prosthodontics, Trustee of the NC Dental Society, a member of the Lincoln County Board of Education, an Elder in the Presbyterian Church, and as Lincolnton Rotary Club’s delegate to the International Meeting. He is married with two sons.