Mark F. Yampolsky, DDS, MS has practiced periodontics in the Charleston area since 1989 and this year is celebrating 30 years in practice. He is highly regarded for his dedication to his community and for his commitment to dentistry.

Our goal at Carolina Periodontics is to create an outstanding dental care experience and redefine general dentistry. We combine state-of-the-art technology with incredible care and exceptional customer service, and we aim to exceed your expectations.

Dr. Yampolsky earned his dentistry degree from the University of Maryland in 1986. During his tenure there, he received numerous awards for academic excellence and was elected to the Gorgas Odontological Society and the Omicron Kappa Upsilon Honorary Dental Society.

He is also a recipient of the International College of Dentists’ award for the freshman student with the highest grade point average and received the American Dental Association’s award for the highest grade point average in the basic sciences.  While in dental school, his outstanding performance in the specialty of oral and maxillofacial surgery earned him an award from the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons.

In 1987 Dr. Yampolsky completed his general practice residency at The Johns Hopkins Hospital, Department of Surgery, Division of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery in Baltimore, Maryland. Following completion of his general practice residency, Dr. Yampolsky went on to study periodontics at the Medical University of South Carolina. While there he obtained his Master of Science degree in microbiology and immunology.


Dr. Yampolsky’s master’s thesis abstract was published in the journal of the American Academy of Periodontology, after which he received recognition in the Orban Research Competition from the American Academy of Periodontology.



Whether your dental needs are a complete exam and cleaning, dental surgery, or anything in between, we promise to provide you with exceptional care as we enhance the natural beauty of your smile.

Below are just some of the many procedures and services we regularly provide to our patients – with a gentle touch, and stunning results.  Your smile is our first priority, and we’ll give you something to smile about.

If you have any questions, concerns, or would like to schedule an appointment, please contact us today.  We look forward to providing you with the personal care you deserve.



Years of Experience


Smiling  Clients




Happy Staff

Our Team

Dr. Mark Yampolsky


Dr. Kenneth Bachman


Karen Blakeney
Office Manager
Michelle Olaes

Dental Assistant

Katherine Jones

Dental Hygienist

Heather Cuajunco

Dental Hygienist

Dani Mills

Patient Coordinator

Celia Jones

Receptionist/Dental Assistant



“I have been a patient of Dr. Yampolsky for many years. Most recently my visits have been for routine quarterly teeth cleaning with dental hygienist Heather. My visits are like catching up with old friends at this point. Great team . Great service. I recommend Carolina periodontics for anyone needing this type of dental work.

Thomas M.

“Second visit today and and I can honestly say this dental office is great. I have always had anxiety when going to the dentist but I don’t feel that here. Dr. Yampolsky is very through when he going over things with you and it might not be what you want to hear or do but it be the best course of action to take. His staff is superb!! Great customer service. Today I had the pleasure of sitting with Dani!! She’s great! They all are great!”

Crystal M.

“Periodontal surgery is not that pleasant even under the very best of circumstances. But, if you have to have it done, then I highly recommend this practice, and specifically Dr. Kenneth Backman. From the initial consultation to the post-surgery follow-up visits, he was extremely thorough and had utmost patience for my (many) questions. He was very kind and did his best to set me at ease during the procedure itself. Celia assisted during the procedure and she is both really nice and seemed extremely organized in knowing what tools Dr. Backman would need.”

Additionally, I am similarly thankful for the rest of the staff that works at the office: they are always friendly and highly professional. They also did the hard work of getting everything pre-cleared with my insurance.

Lina N.