Periodontics and Preventive Dentistry

Periodontics is the dental specialty that focuses on prevention, diagnosis and treatment of diseases of the gingiva, or “gums” and other surrounding tissues. A periodontist maintains the health, function, and esthetics of these structures and tissues. Learn More >

Periodontics and Preventive Dentistry Faculty


Periodontics Residency Program

The residency in periodontics is a three-year certificate program. Each resident is exposed to all periodontal diagnostics and therapies and is expected to be competent in all phases of clinical periodontal care. This includes competency in implant therapy and the provision of moderate parenteral sedation.  All residents are encouraged to participate in the American Academy of Periodontology board certification process, and to graduate as board-certified periodontist. A master's degree option is available to residents in the Department of Periodontics. Three residents are accepted annually for the three-year program. Learn More >

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News & Events

State of Orofacial Cleft Science Symposium

The State of Orofacial Cleft (OFC) Science Symposium symposium was held on Tuesday, April 10, 2018
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"I know how important it is to support Pitt through philanthropy."

Giving back to the University that has meant so much to you, your family, and the community is easy.
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My Life with Treacher Collins Syndrome and its Connection to my Research and Art.

A presentation by by Dr. Francis Smith, part of the Year of Healthy U at Salk Hall.

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Transitions: How You Can Triumph Amidst All of the Change

The Pitt Dental Medicine Department of Orthodontics & Dentofacial Orthopedics presents Transitions: How You Can Triumph Amidst All of the Change, a CE course by Mr. Roger K. Hill.

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