Graduate Certificate in Periodontics
The Graduate Program in Periodontology at Temple University's Kornberg School of Dentistry provides qualified dentists with specialized clinical training and evidence-based education in all facets of periodontology and dental implantology. The curriculum places an emphasis on a wide range of osseous, regenerative and periodontal plastic surgical techniques as well as all aspects of surgical oral implantology. Students earn a graduate certificate in Periodontics and a simultaneous Master of Science on Oral Health Sciences, which is a requirement of the program.
The rigorous 36-month, full-time postgraduate program prepares students for practice, teaching and research in periodontology and oral implantology. You will receive advanced education related to the attachment apparatus of the dentition, and the diseases and conditions that affect them. You’ll also study the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of those diseases.
Fully accredited by the American Dental Association Commission on Dental Accreditation, the Periodontology and Oral Implantology program’s curriculum comprises didactic coursework, which takes place primarily within the first year and integrates scientific periodontal and oral implantology literature with oral health sciences coursework. You will perform individual research and receive clinical instruction in Kornberg’s Graduate Clinic of Periodontology and Oral Implantology, gaining real-world experience with treating a diverse patient population.
The program’s emphasis on clinical patient care ensures competency in all areas of periodontal therapy including
- contemporary approaches to anti-infective periodontal chemotherapy;
- resective, regenerative and periodontal plastic surgical techniques;
- surgical oral implantology including guided surgery;
- advanced site preparation techniques;
- sinus lift augmentation surgery; and
- interpretation and use of cone beam computed tomography.
The Kornberg School of Dentistry is a highly sought, accredited institution located in the heart of Philadelphia. In addition to the unique opportunities that come with attending school in a large city, including visiting lecture series and an abundant and diverse patient pool, the postgraduate Periodontology program offers
- collaboration with a large DMD student population;
- internationally recognized faculty;
- modern, spacious clinics;
- the Oral Microbiology Testing Service Laboratory—the only nationally based diagnostic periodontal microbiology testing service in the U.S. providing microbial culture and antibiotic susceptibility analysis of subgingival biofilm bacteria; and
- various research opportunities.
The Department of Periodontology and Oral Implantology faculty participate in research at the forefront of the field. Recent research studies include the following.
- Analysis of antibiotic resistance patterns in major periodontal pathogens
- Analysis of antimicrobial activity of iodine-based mouth rinses against periodontal bacterial pathogens
- Evaluation of a rapid biologic indicator system for monitoring dental instrument sterilization
- Evaluation of genetic factors in molar-incisor pattern periodontitis
- Examination of titanium particle release during laser-assisted debridement of implants exhibiting peri-implantitis
- Exploration of silver diamine fluoride antimicrobial effects against subgingival periodontal pathogens