Thiago Morelli, DDS, MS


Dr. Morelli earned his doctorate in dental surgery from the University of Detroit Mercy, School of Dentistry and completed his Certificate and Masters degree in Periodontics at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. Dr. Morelli is a Diplomate of the American Academy of Periodontology and a Fellow of the International Team for Implantology. In 2012, Dr. Morelli moved to North Carolina to serve as a full-time professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC) School of Dentistry, teaching periodontics and serving as the Director of the Periodontology and Implantology program for five years. While at UNC Chapel Hill, he received several awards acknowledging his clinical skills and excellence in teaching.

Dr. Morelli continues to teach at UNC Chapel Hill as an adjunct professor in the Department of Periodontology. He has authored numerous articles and book chapters in the fields of regenerative medicine, implant dentistry, genetics, and tissue engineering. He is highly respected in the periodontal and implant field and has received multiple industry, foundation and NIH research awards.

When Dr. Morelli is not involved in dentistry he enjoys traveling within the state of North Carolina, exploring the outdoors with his wife and two children. He also enjoys playing acoustic guitar and watching the Carolina Hurricanes.


  • The Entrepreneurial Mindset – University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
  • IBM Faculty Development Award – University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • The Educator Award – American Academy of Periodontology
  • Fellow, International Team for Implantology (ITI)
  • The Teaching Fellowship – American Academy of Periodontology Foundation
  • American Academy of Periodontology Foundation Fellowship to the ADEA/AAL Institute for Teaching & Learning in the Health Professions
  • The Abram and Sylvia Chasens Teaching and Research Fellowship American Academy of Periodontology
  • First prize for the Balint Orban Memorial Competition – American Academy of Periodontology
  • Distinguished Graduate Student Fellowship in Periodontics, School of Dentistry, University of Michigan
  • Honorable Mention in the Graduate Student Research Forum in the Midwestern Society of Periodontology, Chicago, IL


  • American Academy of Osseointegration
  • American Academy of Periodontology
  • American Association of Dental Research
  • American Dental Association
  • International Association for Dental Research
  • International Team for Implantology
  • North Carolina Dental Association
  • North Carolina Society of Periodontology
  • Southern Academy of Periodontology


Periapical Microsurgery: A 4-dimensional Analysis of Healing Patterns.  

Crossen D, Morelli T, Tyndall DA, Tawil PZ

Journal of Endodontics 2019

Comparing initial wound healing and osteogenesis of porous tantalum trabecular metal and titanium alloy materials.  

Bencharit S, Morelli T, Barros S, Seagroves J, Kim S, Yu N, Byrd K, Brenes C, Offenbacher S

The Journal of Oral Implantology 2019

An experimental murine model to study periodontitis.  

Marchesan J, Girnary MS, Jing L, Miao MZ, Zhang S, Sun L, Morelli T, Schoenfisch MH, Inohara N, Offenbacher S, Jiao Y

Nature Protocols 2018

GWAS for Interleukin-1β levels in gingival crevicular fluid identifies IL37 variants in periodontal inflammation.  

Offenbacher S, Jiao Y, Kim SJ, Marchesan J, Moss KL, Jing L, Divaris K, Bencharit S, Agler CS, Morelli T, Zhang S, Sun L, Seaman WT, Cowley D, Barros SP, Beck JD, Munz M, Schaefer AS, North KE

Nature Communications 2018

Interdental Cleaning Is Associated with Decreased Oral Disease Prevalence.  

Marchesan JT, Morelli T, Moss K, Preisser JS, Zandona AF, Offenbacher S, Beck J

Journal of Dental Research 2018

Periodontal profile class is associated with prevalent diabetes, coronary heart disease, stroke, and systemic markers of C-reactive protein and interleukin-6.  

Beck JD, Moss KL, Morelli T, Offenbacher S

Journal of Periodontology 2018

Periodontal Disease, Regular Dental Care Use, and Incident Ischemic Stroke.  

Sen S, Giamberardino LD, Moss K, Morelli T, Rosamond WD, Gottesman RF, Beck J, Offenbacher S

Stroke 2018

Periodontal profile classes predict periodontal disease progression and tooth loss. 

Morelli T, Moss KL, Preisser JS, Beck JD, Divaris K, Wu D, Offenbacher S

Journal of Periodontology 2018

In search of appropriate measures of periodontal status: The Periodontal Profile Phenotype (P3) system.  

Beck JD, Moss KL, Morelli T, Offenbacher S

Journal of Periodontology 2018

Derivation and Validation of the Periodontal and Tooth Profile Classification System for Patient Stratification.  

Morelli T, Moss KL, Beck J, Preisser JS, Wu D, Divaris K, Offenbacher S

Journal of Periodontology 2017

The Novel ASIC2 Locus is Associated with Severe Gingival Inflammation.  

Zhang S, Divaris K, Moss K, Yu N, Barros S, Marchesan J, Morelli T, Agler C, Kim SJ, Wu D, North KE, Beck J, Offenbacher S

JDR Clinical and Translational Research 2016

TLR4, NOD1 and NOD2 mediate immune recognition of putative newly identified periodontal pathogens.  

Marchesan J, Jiao YZ, Schaff RA, Hao J, Morelli T, Kinney JS, Gerow E, Sheridan R, Rodrigues V, Paster BJ, Inohara N, Giannobile WV

Molecular Oral Microbiology 2016

Impact of periodontal intervention on local inflammation, periodontitis, and HIV outcomes.  

Valentine J, Saladyanant T, Ramsey K, Blake J, Morelli T, Southerland J, Quinlivan EB, Phillips C, Nelson J, DeParis K, Webster-Cyriaque J

Oral Diseases 2016

Genome-wide association study of biologically-informed periodontal complex traits offers novel insights into the genetic basis of periodontal disease.  

Offenbacher S, Divaris K, Barros SP, Moss KL, Marchesan JT, Morelli T, Zhang S, Kim S, Sun L, Beck JD, Laudes M, Munz M, Schaefer AS, North KE

Human Molecular Genetics 2016

Gingival crevicular fluid as a source of biomarkers for periodontitis.  

Barros SP, Williams R, Offenbacher S, Morelli T

Periodontology 2000 2016

Association of Synergistetes and Cyclodipeptides with Periodontitis.  

Marchesan JT, Morelli T, Moss K, Barros SP, Ward M, Jenkins W, Aspiras MB, Offenbacher S

Journal of Dental Research 2015

Development and applications of porous tantalum trabecular metal-enhanced titanium dental implants.  

Bencharit S, Byrd WC, Altarawneh S, Hosseini B, Leong A, Reside G, Morelli T, Offenbacher S

Clinical Implant Dentistry and Related Research 2014

Salivary biomarkers in a biofilm overgrowth model.  

Morelli T, Stella M, Barros SP, Marchesan JT, Moss KL, Kim SJ, Yu N, Aspiras MB, Ward M, Offenbacher S

Journal of Periodontology 2014

Crevicular fluid biomarkers and periodontal disease progression.  

Kinney JS, Morelli T, Oh M, Braun TM, Ramseier CA, Sugai JV, Giannobile WV

Journal of Clinical Periodontology 2014

Divergence of the systemic immune response following oral infection with distinct strains of Porphyromonas gingivalis.  

Marchesan JT, Morelli T, Lundy SK, Jiao Y, Lim S, Inohara N, Nunez G, Fox DA, Giannobile WV

Molecular Oral Microbiology 2012

Saliva/pathogen biomarker signatures and periodontal disease progression.  

Kinney JS, Morelli T, Braun T, Ramseier CA, Herr AE, Sugai JV, Shelburne CE, Rayburn LA, Singh AK, Giannobile WV

Journal of Dental Research 2011

Angiogenic biomarkers and healing of living cellular constructs.  

Morelli T, Neiva R, Nevins ML, McGuire MK, Scheyer ET, Oh TJ, Braun TM, Nör JE, Bates D, Giannobile WV

Journal of Dental Research 2011

Human histology of allogeneic block grafts for alveolar ridge augmentation: case report.  

Morelli T, Neiva R, Wang HL

The International Journal of Periodontics & Restorative Dentistry 2009

A novel decision-making process for tooth retention or extraction.  

Avila G, Galindo-Moreno P, Soehren S, Misch CE, Morelli T, Wang HL

Journal of Periodontology 2009

Saliva as a diagnostic tool for periodontal disease: current state and future directions.  

Giannobile WV, Beikler T, Kinney JS, Ramseier CA, Morelli T, Wong DT

Periodontology 2000 2009

North Carolina Implants and Periodontics

North Carolina Implants and Periodontics

Established in 2018, our practice is led by Thiago Morelli, DDS, MS. His professional affiliations and distinctions include:

AAP: American Academy of Periodontology

ADA: American Dental Association

Diplomate - American Board of Periodontology

Fellow - International Team for Implantology

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