Periodontics Overview

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.

The Department of Periodontics and Preventive Dentistry educates graduate and pre-doctoral students in the didactic and clinical applications necessary to perform the entire spectrum of periodontal procedures. The Periodontics Residency Program is a three-year program leading to a certificate with the option of completing a master’s degree.

The department includes the Dental Hygiene Program, which is the only Dental Hygiene Program in Pennsylvania that is affiliated with a major university, dental school and major medical center.

The goal of the Department of Periodontics and Preventive Dentistry of the School of Dental Medicine is to promote periodontal dentistry as dental medicine where prevention can be practiced. Periodontists believe that personal good oral hygiene behaviors are best taught to and practiced by age-specific and social groups through oral health education. Periodontal medicine perceives good oral health as an open gateway to good general systemic health, and documents the many links to general systemic health affected by the destructive presence of inflammation and oral infection from bacteria.

Periodontal medicine practices clinical surgical and non-surgical techniques that bring a patient to a therapeutically acceptable level of host modulation by initiating current best periodontal treatment practices  right diagnosis, and appropriate step-wise active therapeutic strategy tailored on a case-by-case basis.