Periodontics Residency Program

About Our Program

Our Periodontics residency program centers on a multi-disciplinary approach to treatment planning and patient care emphasizing collaborating with other treatment centers. Our goal is to provide an optimal outcome for patients by initiating appropriate and conservative treatment strategies. We use the full spectrum of currently available biological materials for regeneration of bone and soft tissue around teeth and in site development for implant placement. We are always working on new therapies to improve patient outcomes and bringing clinical research into clinical practice with cutting edge treatment modalities. We utilize CBCT technology to provide optimal diagnostics for complicated cases as well as sedation services for medically compromised or anxious patients.

Program Goals

Our program aims to continue developing basic and clinical research in dental implantology, novel bone regenerative technologies and the development of novel approaches to treat periodontal disease by modulating the immune system. Some of our ongoing projects include: development of periodontal therapies by regulating the immune response; development of novel magnesium-related materials for bone regeneration; and assessment of novel periodontal grafting material compared to the standard of care.

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. 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.

Residents in the department are encouraged to pursue research projects and have contributed to national and international meetings for organizations in their specialty. Several are enrolled in the master's degree program in public health, or the master's degree in dental science.

All residents must be graduates of an accredited U.S. or Canadian dental school. U.S. citizenship is not a requirement.


Applications to the residency program are accepted through the ADEA Postdoctoral Application Support Service (PASS) or the self-managed application through the Office of Residency Education (412-648-5096).  The department maintains a yearly cut-off date of August 1.

Stipend Information

Each resident receives an annual stipend of $25,000. All residents are responsible to pay program costs, which include tuition, instruments, university fees, departmental professional fees, books, and supplies.

Read more about School of Dental Medicine residency programs at the University of Pittsburgh.


The advanced specialty education program in periodontics is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA). The Commission is a specialized accrediting body recognized by the United States Department of Education. The Commission on Dental Accreditation can be contacted at 312-440-4653, or at 211 East Chicago Avenue, Chicago, IL, 60611. The Commission's web address is


Periodontics and Preventative Dentistry Residents