Welcome to the Division of Periodontics

Periodontal (gum) diseases, including gingivitis and periodontitis, are serious infections that can lead to tooth loss and may increase the risk of other conditions and diseases. Periodontists specialize in the treatment of periodontal diseases as well as corrective and reconstructive surgeries. Dental implants are often placed into the jaw to hold a replacement tooth or bridge in people who have lost a tooth or teeth. Periodontal plastic (cosmetic) surgery can be used to correct and enhance the smile and self-image of patients who are increasingly living longer and aging more gracefully.

As such, the major educational objectives of the Department are twofold: (1) ensure that dental students acquire the most current knowledge and skills in periodontics and teach to the highest standards of patient-centered care, and (2) train periodontists to the highest level of knowledge and clinical competency of the specialty. An important goal of the Department is to serve as a primary resource for the public and dental practitioners in the community. Finally, our Department is actively involved in research and service.