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Meet Your Cary, NC Dentist

Darren Koch, DDS

Cary dentist, Dr. Darren G. Koch Dr. Darren Koch has been working as a dentist for the past 17 years, and he views his career as an interesting and challenging mix of art, science, psychology, and physical dexterity. As your local Cary, NC area family and cosmetic dentist, he’s proud to offer patients of all ages a wide range of general and cosmetic dental services.


Dr. Koch is a graduate of The Rochester Institute of Technology, where he received his Bachelor of Science degree with the highest honors in the field of Biotechnology. He then pursued his dental education at The University at Buffalo and earned his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree with honors in 2001, while graduating in the top 15% of his class. During dental school, Dr. Koch received scholarships based on academic performance and professional service, as well as awards for excellence in restorative dentistry and periodontology. Additionally, he completed externships in both pediatric dentistry and oral surgery at local hospitals in the Buffalo area.

In order to obtain further training in cosmetic and implant dentistry, Dr. Koch completed a one-year advanced general dentistry residency at UNC-Chapel Hill and earned his Advanced Education in General Dentistry certificate.

Professional Affiliations

Dr. Koch is a member of many prestigious dental organizations, including the:

Commitment to Lifelong Learning

Dr. Koch strongly believes in the value of continuing education, and this dedication is most strongly exemplified by his membership in the Southern Wake Dental Institute. This study club of thirty general dentists and specialists meets nine times annually for clinical treatment planning sessions, problem-solving workshops, hands-on demonstrations, and panel discussions. The members are committed to excellence in their profession and are dedicated to team treatment planning and total case management as tools for achieving ideal comprehensive care for patients. The Southern Wake Dental Institute is affiliated with the national Seattle Study Club (SSC).

Dr. Koch is currently pursuing further education and training in several important areas of patient care, including Invisalign, sleep apnea therapy, and implant dentistry. He is an avid member of Spear Education and frequently uses their online webinars and forums to enhance his knowledge of cosmetic, restorative, and interdisciplinary dentistry.

koch and wife

Interesting Facts about Dr. Koch

Dr. Koch is originally from Rochester, NY and currently lives in Holly Springs with his loving wife named Joanna and son Colin. Outside of the office, he enjoys playing tennis, listening to music, watching movies, and traveling. He also loves watching NFL football, Carolina Hurricanes hockey, and Carolina Tarheel basketball.  

During his high school and college years, Dr. Koch had an interesting variety of jobs as a handyman, website designer, network support specialist at IBM, and genetics lab technician at the University of Rochester. He hopes to one day be able to coach tennis or provide amateur tennis instruction in his free time.

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