Periodontics — Certificate (post-D.D.S.), M.S.D., M.S

The three-year Periodontics-Advanced Specialty Program leads to a certificate in periodontics with an optional Master of Science (M.S.) or Master of Science in Dentistry (M.S.D.) degree.

The certificate in periodontics prepares the student for a specialty practice and provides the basis for continuing professional development after completion of the curriculum. Specific emphasis is placed on various high-level technique procedures, including esthetics- and prosthetics-related mucogingival surgery, root-form implant placement, preparatory augmentation, and repairs. The program includes didactic and clinical training, as well as research in a topic selected by the student.

The student is required to complete one or more research projects and is involved in clinical and didactic predoctoral teaching activities. The optional master's degree tracks are intended for the student who wishes to pursue an academic career or full-time clinical practice.

A minimum of thirty-six months in residence is required, beginning July 1 each year.

Periodontics goals

  1. To train graduate students in the science of periodontics—including contributions from the literature, an understanding of periodontal pathology, and knowledge of the history and current rationale for performing clinical procedures in periodontics.
  2. To train graduate students to be able to perform at the level of proficiency the full range of clinical procedures that are considered essential to establish a specialty practice in the field of periodontics.
  3. To train graduate students to be able to design, conduct, and report a periodontal research project under the guidance of and in collaboration with a graduate faculty member; and to encourage graduate students to become diplomates of the American Board of Periodontology.
  4. To train graduate students to be able to teach in both didactic and clinical areas of predoctoral periodontics at the level of a junior faculty member, with the intent of enhancing their ability to communicate with peers.
  5. To train graduate students to be able to successfully complete the American Board of Periodontology Certification Examination.
  6. To train graduate students to be able to achieve successful careers in clinical practice, research, and/or dental education.

Program link: https://llu.edu/dentistry/gradprograms

Application process

The Periodontics, Advanced Program participates in the Postdoctoral Application Support Service (PASS) of the American Dental Education Association (ADEA), which allows applicants to apply to multiple participating institutions.

All applicants to the advanced education in periodontics program must complete and submit an online application (<llu.edu/central/apply>) directly to Loma Linda University.  A PASS application is available (<https://portal.passweb.org/), but not required.

The program has a rolling admissions policy. This means that candidates will be selected for admission during the application period until the class is filled. Once the class has been filled, an announcement will be posted on the program's description on the Loma Linda University School of Dentistry Web site, and the admissions process will be closed for the year.

Application deadline

Application for admission should be submitted to the program by September 1 of the year prior to the summer of intended enrollment. (rolling admissions)

Tuition and fees for the 2016-17 academic year (effective July 1, 2016) is approximately $16,523.00 per quarter.  Tuition is adjusted annually every July 1st. These fees do not include instruments and textbooks that may be required.

Certificate

Major
PERI 524The Periodontium2
PERI 531Periodontal Pathology10
PERI 601Periodontal Therapy12
PERI 604Current Periodontal and Implant Literature18
PERI 605Implant Literature Review4
PERI 606Modern Concepts of Periodontal Wound Healing2
PERI 608Dental Specialty Practice Management2
PERI 611Introduction to Periodontics2
PERI 614Implant Treatment Planning24
PERI 624Moderate Sedation in Periodontics4
PERI 634Clinical Conference9
PERI 654Practice Teaching in Periodontics4
PERI 696Scholarly Activity in Periodontics1
Interdisciplinary
GRDN 514Introduction to Biomedical Research4
GRDN 535Clinical Oral Pathology2
GRDN 609Professional Ethics2
GRDN 622Biomedical Science I2
GRDN 632Basic Microsurgery Techniques2
REL_ 5__Graduate-level Religion3
Total Units109
Clinical 1
PERI 725Clinical Practice in Periodontics72
PERI 726Clinical Practice in Implant Surgery24
Total Units96
1

 Units for clinic practice courses do not count toward minimum number of didactic units required for the degree.

Normal time to complete the program

3 years (36 months) — full-time enrollment required

M.S.D.

In addition to completing the requirements for the certificate as listed above, students must also complete the following courses and fulfill the general requirements for the degree. Students may take up to one year following the completion of the certificate program to complete the M.S.D. degree.

PERI 697AResearch1
PERI 697BResearch1
PERI 697CResearch1

Normal time to complete the program

3 years — full-time enrollment required (this includes the time needed to complete the certificate program).

M.S.

In addition to completing the requirements for the certificate as listed above, students must also complete the following courses and fulfill the general requirements for the degree. Students have 5 years from the start of the certificate program to complete the M.S. degree.

PERI 697AResearch1
PERI 697BResearch1
PERI 698Thesis1

Normal time to complete the program

3 years — full-time enrollment required (this includes the time needed to complete the certificate program).

Acting Director, Advanced Speciality Education Program

Erik F. Sahl

Faculty

R. Leslie Arnett

James Grisdale

Jeffrey M. Henkin

Ahmed Khocht

Yoon J. Kim

Erik F. Sahl

Dennis Smith

Chun Xiao Sun

Courses

PERI 524. The Periodontium. 2 Units.

Reviews literature concerning the anatomy (macro-, micro-, and ultrastructural) and the physiology of the periodontium.

PERI 531. Periodontal Pathology. 2 Units.

Reviews literature that forms the basis for current concepts of the etiology and pathogenesis of periodontal diseases. Repeated registrations required to fulfill the total units.

PERI 601. Periodontal Therapy. 2 Units.

Reviews literature that forms the basis for current concepts of the treatment of periodontal diseases. Repeated registrations required to fulfill the total units.

PERI 604. Current Periodontal and Implant Literature. 2 Units.

Reviews most recent issues of periodontal and implant scientific journals. Repeated registrations required to fulfill the total units.

PERI 605. Implant Literature Review. 2 Units.

Reviews literature providing the basis for implant surgery, as well as concepts for implant restoration. Repeated registrations required to fulfill the total units.

PERI 606. Modern Concepts of Periodontal Wound Healing. 2 Units.

Integrates the latest information in the literature concerning the etiologic factors in the initiation and development of the inflammatory process, the relation to systemic factors, the immunologic aspects of tissue healing, the microbiologic interactions in tissue repair, and how derangements in the inflammatory process can lead to various pathologic conditions.

PERI 608. Dental Specialty Practice Management. 2 Units.

Assists graduate students with transition from school to private practice. Includes practical discussion of and guidance relevant to such considerations as staff, insurance, banking, referral communications, and legal aspects of dentistry. Students required to bring in articles on practice management and to present a business plan for their first few years in practice.

PERI 611. Introduction to Periodontics. 2 Units.

Overview of the clinical science of periodontics, including epidemiology, etiology, therapy, clinical methods, and record keeping.

PERI 614. Implant Treatment Planning. 2 Units.

Limited to residents enrolled in two disciplines (i.e., advanced education in periodontics and implant surgery, and advanced prosthodontics). Residents required to present cases that involve mutual interests. Repeated registrations required to fulfill the total units.

PERI 624. Moderate Sedation in Periodontics. 4 Units.

Prepares postdoctoral periodontics graduate students to meet or exceed the requirements for certification by the California Board of Dentistry in the administration of moderate (intravenous) sedation and to satisfy the requirements of the Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association for the teaching of moderate sedation. Includes lectures, laboratory exercises, and literature review seminars intended to enhance the students¿ proficiency in the theory and practice of moderate sedation in the dental office. Open to graduate students/residents in other advanced education programs.

PERI 634. Clinical Conference. 1,2 Unit.

Case management conference to assist the student in diagnosis, treatment planning, and the management of periodontal diseases and implant surgery. Repeated registrations required to fulfill the total units.

PERI 654. Practice Teaching in Periodontics. 1 Unit.

Experience in teaching the predoctoral dentistry student. Repeated registrations required to fulfill the total units.

PERI 696. Scholarly Activity in Periodontics. 1 Unit.

Selected didactic, clinical, and/or laboratory activity developed by the program director or a designated program faculty member. Primarily designed for students to fulfill the certificate requirements for scholarly activity/research in periodontics. Multiple registrations may be needed to complete these activities.

PERI 697A. Research. 1 Unit.

Student identifies a research project, prepares a protocol, and obtains approval for the protocol. Multiple registrations may be needed to complete these research activities.

PERI 697B. Research. 1 Unit.

Conducting the actual research project, including the data collection. Multiple registrations may be needed to complete these research activities.

PERI 697C. Research. 1 Unit.

Student completes research project, holds a public presentation of research, and submits a publishable paper to his/her research guidance committee (RGC) for approval. Multiple registrations may be needed to complete the publishable paper.

PERI 698. Thesis. 1 Unit.

PERI 705. Fundamentals of Periodontics I. 2 Units.

Presents the gross microscopic anatomy of the periodontium. Introduces periodontal diseases and their classification. Discusses the epidemiology of plaque-related periodontal diseases. Reviews the microbial etiology of periodontal diseases and modifying risk factors—including cigarette smoking, hormonal changes, systemic disease, and genetics. Discusses non-plaque-related periodontal diseases and plaque-related gingivitis.

PERI 706. Fundamentals of Periodontal Surgery—Techniques and Instrumentation. 2 Units.

Introduces rationale, fundamental techniques, and instrumentation of periodontal surgery. Close seminar and clinic instruction and direct “one-on-one” teaching and learning of the salient aspects of periodontal surgery, using patients receiving treatment.

PERI 725. Clinical Practice in Periodontics. 1-6 Units.

Clinical experience in the diagnosis and treatment of periodontal diseases. Repeated registrations to fulfill the total units/clock hours required.

PERI 726. Clinical Practice in Implant Surgery. 2 Units.

Clinical experience in the diagnosis and treatment regarding implant surgery. A minimum of sixty clock hours per quarter (twelve quarters) required to fulfill total units.

PERI 741. Fundamentals of Periodontics II. 2 Units.

Reviews the various periodontitis diseases—including chronic periodontitis, aggressive periodontitis, necrotizing periodontal diseases, and periodontitis as a manifestation of systemic disease. Reviews developmental or acquired deformities and conditions, including mucogingival deformities and occlusal trauma. Reviews the clinical evaluation of the periodontal patient and introduces the diagnostic and treatment-planning process. Discusses the interactions between periodontics and other dental disciplines.

PERI 742. Essential Periodontal Therapy Laboratory. 2 Units.

Laboratory exercises in the proper implementation of basic periodontal therapy, such as oral hygiene instruction, periodontal charting and examination, periodontal instrumentation using curettes, scalers (both hand and ultrasonic), the sharpening of instruments; culminates in a partner prophylaxis.
Prerequisite: PERI 705.

PERI 765. Essential Periodontal Therapy. 2 Units.

Focuses on nonsurgical periodontal therapy—including self-performed plaque control, scaling, root-planing, periodontal maintenance, local antimicrobial agents, systemic antibiotics, and host reponse modulation. Utilizes interactive teaching, student-directed inquiry; and introduces evidence-based decision making in the management of periodontitis patients.

PERI 805. Periodontal Surgical Therapy. 1 Unit.

Introduces surgical periodontal therapy and periodontal wound-healing concepts. Discusses periodontal flaps and their use in various surgical techniques. Reviews surgical management of multirooted teeth. Reviews preprosthetic periodontal surgery. Presents laboratory exercises in application of surgical principles.

PERI 875. Periodontics Clinic. 7.5 Units.

Clinical practice in evaluation, diagnosis, and treatment planning of early-to-advanced periodontal disease. Practice in dental emergency diagnosis and management.