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Periodontics and Oral Medicine

Graduate Periodontics Program


2012 perio weekend retreat 22012 Graduate Periodontics Program Northern Michigan weekend retreat - enjoyed by all!

The graduate program in Periodontics has three major objectives: (1) teach the scientific basis of specialty practice; (2) insure a high level of competence in the diagnosis of oral diseases, periodontics and dental implant treatment planning, comprehensive therapy, and follow-up of patients with periodontal diseases; and (3) develop future leaders in the specialty of Periodontics and in the larger dental arena, with an emphasis on research and clinical aspects.

The certificate program requires a minimum of 30 months. A flexible curriculum allows students to tailor courses to meet individual interests. Strong emphasis is placed on developing scholarly ability and technical proficiency, while maintaining a sense of professional responsibility and social obligation.  Courses include core periodontic courses, physiology, oral pathology, bacteriology, therapeutics, orthodontics, restorative dentistry, oral diagnosis, implants, conscious sedation and hospital dentistry. Classroom and clinic teaching experience is also required.

2012 perio weekend retreatClinical practice includes diagnosis of oral diseases, treatment planning and comprehensive therapy using current modalities of care, occlusal therapy, limited tooth movement, and conscious sedation. Patients with craniofacial dysfunction and patients requesting dental implant therapy will be evaluated and treated following a multidisciplinary protocol.

In addition to a certificate in periodontics, courses leading to Master of Science and PhD degrees are offered through the Horace H. Rackham School of Graduate Studies. The PhD program is tailored to the individual student. Opportunities for research experiences at the clinical and basic science levels are available within the department, the school, and through other programs at the University. A major research focus of our department is development, maintenance and regeneration of hard and soft tissues lost as a consequence of disease, with strong emphasis on risk factors associated with periodontal disease and the older patient. A minimum of 45 semester credit hours, as well as a written thesis and oral defense, are required for an MS degree.