About the department

The Department of Periodontics at Texas A&M University College of Dentistry provides instruction in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of diseases of the supporting and surrounding tissues of the teeth to dental and dental hygiene students and postdoctoral/graduate students.

Departmental faculty assigned to undergraduate teaching provide students with the knowledge and clinical skills to diagnose and treat patients with periodontal disease. This is accomplished through didactic and pre-clinical instruction, followed by clinical treatment of a diverse patient population with gingivitis and chronic periodontitis.

Areas of instruction include:

  • Periodontal anatomy

  • Etiology – pathogenesis and host-response in periodontal disease

  • Periodontal diagnosis, treatment planning and prognosis

  • Periodontal instrumentation

  • Periodontal surgical techniques

  • Clinical crown lengthening

  • Periodontal medicine

  • Periodontal maintenance

  • Referral of patients to the periodontal specialist.

Advanced Training

The Advanced Training Program in Periodontics was started in 1955 and accounts for many specialty leaders among alumni. Graduate students who successfully complete the three-year curriculum and defend a master’s or doctoral thesis research, are awarded a certificate in periodontics.

Department Centers

The Department of Periodontics is unique. In addition to providing the undergraduate and advanced training in Periodontics, the department includes the Stomatology Center (including the Salivary Dysfunction Clinic and Laboratory). The center(s) provide a world class opportunity for the study and management of a diverse group of stomatological disorders, facilitating a holistic approach and better understanding of oral-systemic interactions. This has proven to be a fertile environment for clinical research and attraction of visiting clinicians pursuing knowledge and experience in these areas.

Department Affiliations

The department is also affiliated with Baylor University Medical Center and includes a rotation for Dermatology residents at the Stomatology Center. Departmental faculty engages in funded research programs, primarily in areas of salivary dysfunction, stomatology, periodontics and dental implants.