Periodontal health is integral to a person's oral and overall health. Focused on the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of diseases of the gum and surrounding tissues, a periodontist strives to maintain the health, function and aesthetics of these structures. Our Periodontics and Preventative Dentistry program promotes periodontal health through preventative methods and treatments using surgical and non-surgical techniques, as well as dental implant placement. A resource to both general dentists and periodontists locally and nationally, our program aims for optimal patient outcomes through the balance of appropriate, conservative treatments with the integration of cutting edge clinical strategies.
Periodontics and Preventive Dentistry Mission
In addition to providing excellent patient care, the Department of Periodontics and Preventive Dentistry also educates graduate and predoctoral students in the didactic and clincial applications necessary to perform the entire spectrum of peiodontal procedures and to replace missing teeth with implants. From patient care to education, our program is one that not only boasts a rich history but keeps an eye to the future, in keep with the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine mission to improve oral health through teaching, research and service.
Patient Referral Information
For patient referral, please contact Ms. Kristin Hoenig at 412-648-8595 or use the current referral form.
Periodontics Residency Program
Our periodontics residency program is a vibrant and growing one that exposes residents to all aspects of periodontal diagnostics and therapies. Our program offers residents experience in cutting edge treatment of periodontal disease, placement of dental implants, and prescription periodontal procedures supervised and taught by board-certified periodontists. This three-year certificate program prepares students for the board certification process and offers a master’s degree option. Graduates of our program have gone on to success in research, academic and clinical practice. Read More>
Periodontics Residency Program Services and Procedures
The care provided by our department is high quality and innovative. Our clinicians and residents are leaders in the field and provide quality care to patients from all walks of life. We bring to patients optimal therapeutic options by initiating accurate diagnoses, the most current periodontal treatment practices and appropriate, step-wise treatment therapy tailored to an individual patient's needs. Read more >
A number of periodontics faculty are also dedicated researchers, working to develop new and innovative therapies and to unlock the workings of periodontal health. Research in the Periodontics and Preventive Dentistry program focuses on bringing innovative treatment methods into practical use. These cutting edge efforts hold great promise for areas such as bone regeneration and immunomodulation, with the ultimate aim of improving clinical success and patients' quality of life. Read more >
Our vibrant intellectual environment is committed to the academic excellence and career development of a diverse team of clinicians and scientists. These individuals include faculty members, residents, fellows, graduate and undergraduate students, and visiting scholars. Comprised of more than 20 faculty and instructors focusing on both the clinical and academic aspects of periodontics care and education, our team is one of the most experienced in the nation. Read more >
News and Events
We have much to share in the way of news, from research developments to clinical innovations to lectures, new staff and faculty and special events. Learn more about what is happening in Periodontics and Preventive Dentistry both through our newsletter, Periogram+/-, which you can read online and subscribe to, as well as with regular updates directly from our website. Read More>
We are always happy to hear from you -- patients, prospective students, alumni, faculty and anyone else who wants to give input or learn more about our program, please contact us. The Department of Periodontics and Preventive Dentistry contact information, a map and driving directions can be found here.