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John W. Unger, D.D.S.

John W. Unger, D.D.S.

W. Tyler Haynes Professor and department chairman

Wood Memorial Building
521 North 11th Street
Box 980566
Richmond, Virginia 23298-0566
Phone: (804) 628-2190
Fax: (804) 827-1017
Email: jwunger@vcu.edu


  • Certificate in Prosthodontics, University of Illinois, 1974
  • D.D.S., University of Illinois, 1972

Board certification

  • American Board of Prosthodontics

Professional affiliations

  • The Carl O. Boucher Prosthodontic Conference
Dr. John W. Unger received his B.S. degree from the University of Illinois. In 1972, he graduated with his D.D.S. from the same institution. He completed his certificate program in Prosthodontics at the University of Illinois and the Veterans Administration Hospital in Chicago. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Prosthodontics and a Fellow of the American College of Prosthodontists.
Dr. Unger has previously taught at the University of Kentucky and the University of Detroit. He has been a member of the faculty since 1988 and is the W. Tyler Haynes Professor and Chairman of the Department of Prosthodontics. In addition, he was in the private practice of Prosthodontics in the Detroit area for seven years. He currently maintains a part-time practice in prosthodontics.
Dr. Unger has been actively involved in prosthodontics research and has several publications in the field of prosthodontics including coauthoring a textbook on complete dentures. His interests outside dentistry include golf and thoroughbred horses.

Research interests

  • Implant retained dentures


Burns DR, Unger JW, Coffey JP, Waldrop TC, Elswick RK, Jr. Randomized, prospective, clinical evaluation of prosthodontic modalities for mandibular implant overdenture treatment. J Prosthet Dent. 2011;106:12-22