Memphis Periodontist

Meet Dr. Godat

Dr. Mitchel S. Godat is a premier Memphis periodontist specializing in dental implant dentistry and interdisciplinary care. As a periodontist, Dr. Godat is a recognized expert on preventing, diagnosing, and treating periodontal disease. 

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(901) 300-4162


6268 Poplar Ave.

Memphis, TN, 38119

Mitchel S. Godat, DDS, MS

After a traumatic accident at 14 left him with multiple injuries, including extensive broken bones and dental trauma, Dr. Godat knew he wanted to help heal people. With this in mind, he dedicated himself to the study and practice of periodontics and dental implants to help restore healthy smiles to patients.

He completed his undergraduate degrees at Oxford College and Emory University, and received his Dental Degree from the University of Tennessee College of Dentistry, graduating with highest honors. He trained for three more years in a residency at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and received his Masters and Specialty Degree in Periodontics and Dental Implants. He also has advanced training in IV Sedation to help patients stay comfortable. While in residency, Dr. Godat worked as a general dentist. This experience gives him a unique perspective and understanding of restorative dentists’ needs, particularly for implant dentistry and planning complex treatment. To keep up with latest advances in dentistry, he attends over 200 hours of continuing education every year. He is also a core member of the North American Society of Periodontists, also known as NASP, a group of eminent periodontists who work for the betterment of periodontal practices across the nation.


Dr. Godat’s work is the highest quality and I always felt very comfortable and confident in his ability to take care of me. I’m glad I went to him to fix my mouth and I would highly recommend this office!


Education & Board Certifications

  • Board Certified Periodontist and Dental Implant Surgeon
  • Masters of Science (MS) in Oral Biology along with a Specialty Degree in Periodontics and Dental Implants – Residency
    at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill
  • Doctorate in Dentistry (DDS) from the University Of Tennessee College Of Dentistry
  • Bachelors of Science (BS) Double Major in Biology and Chemistry with Minor in Psychology Emory University
  • Associate of Arts (AA) Oxford College of Emory University

Honors & Awards

  • 2018 Fellow International Society of Periodontal Plastic Surgeons
  • 2016 Humanitarian Award Memphis Dental Society
  • 2013 Fellowship Award Tennessee Dental Association
  • 2009 American Academy of Periodontology Educator Award for Outstanding Excellence in Periodontics
  • 2006 Memphis Dental Society Jack Wells Award for Outstanding Young Dentist
  • 1999 Second Place Clinical Laboratory Research,Southern Academy of Periodontology
  • 1997 Mid-South Dental Congress, Overall First Place Research
  • 1997 Sidney Friedman Excellence in Periodontology Award
  • 1997 Graduated with Highest Honors University of Tennessee College of Dentistry
  • 1997 Margaret Atwood Richard Doggett Dean Odontological Society
  • 1993-97 Dean’s List, University of Tennessee College of Dentistry
  • 1995 & 1997 National Institute of Health University of Tennessee Summer Research Fellowship
  • 1995 University of Tennessee Research Day Outstanding Research Poster Presentation
  • 1995 American Dental Association Dentsply Best Table Clinic Presentation
  • 1994 Operative Dentistry Award, University of Tennessee College of Dentistry
  • 1994 Memphis American Association of Dental Research Award for Research Excellence
  • 1994 University of Tennessee Dental Alumni Best Table Clinic Research Award
  • 1993 Richard Sullivan Jr. Award for Excellence in Dental Research

National & Local Appointments

  • 2016 – Present Chief Executive Officer MidSouth Mission of Mercy
  • 2015 – 2016 President Memphis Dental Society
  • 2014 – 2015 President Elect Memphis Dental Society
  • 2013 – 2016 Anesthesia, Sedation and Scope of Practice Committee Tennessee Dental Association
  • 2013 – 2014 Secretary Memphis Dental Society
  • 2012 – 2013 Treasurer Memphis Dental Society
  • 2009 – Present Periodontal Peer Review Consultant to Memphis Dental Society
  • 2012 – 2015 Delegate Tennessee Dental Association
  • 2012 Council on Annual Session Tennessee Dental Association
  • 2011-Present President Midsouth Spear Study Club
  • 2011 – 2012 Vice President Memphis Dental Society
  • 2008 – 2011 Constitution and By-Laws Committee Memphis Dental Society
  • 2008 – 2011 Delegate Tennessee Dental Association
  • 2007 – 2010 Board Member Southern Academy of Periodontology
  • 2004 – 2007 Dental Health Committee Memphis Dental Society
  • 2004 – 2006 Curriculum Committee Advisory Board University of Tennessee College of Dentistry
  • 2004 – 2006 Delegate Tennessee Dental Association
  • 2004 – 2009 Co-Chairman New Periodontist Committee Southern Academy of Periodontology
  • 2001 – 2011 President Midsouth Interdisciplinary Dento-Facial Study Club
  • 2002 -2003 Local Arrangements Committee Memphis Dental Society
  • 2002 Moderator Astra Dental Implant User’s Conference; Reaching New Heights in Implant Dentistry
  • 1998 Session Assistant American Academy of Periodontology Boston, MA
  • 1993 – 1997 Honor Council University of Tennessee College of Dentistry
  • 1996 – 1997 President Student Research Group, University of Tennessee, Memphis
  • 1996 University Tennessee Representative to American Dental Association (ADA) Dental Student Research Conference


  • Advanced Cardiac Life Support Certification (ACLS) American Heart Association (AHA)
  • Pediatric Life Support (PALS) American Heart Association (AHA)
  • Basic Life Support (BLS) for Healthcare Provider from the American Heart Association (AHA)

The Mid-South Mission of Mercy (MidMOM) is a free, two-day dental clinic for under-served and under-insured people living in Memphis and the surrounding Mid-South area. Since 2016, we have provided over 8.6 million dollars worth of dentistry to more than 13,000 patients in the greater Memphis area with the help of nearly 10,000 volunteers.