We help support your teeth

The Department of Periodontology is responsible for all teaching within the discipline of periodontology for both predoctoral and graduate students. We help our students become proficient in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of the supporting and surrounding tissues of the teeth or their substitutes; the replacement of lost teeth and their supporting structures by grafting or implanting natural and synthetic devices and materials; and the maintenance of the health, function, comfort, and esthetics of these structures and tissues.

Our mission

The mission of the Department of Periodontology is to promote and engage in excellence in teaching and learning, research and creative activities, patient-centered care, civic engagement, and professional/community service that will advance the oral/periodontal health as well as the overall health of the people of the state of Indiana and beyond.

  • Develop competent clinicians who are critical thinkers and lifelong learners
  • Promote the development of ethical, professionally responsible, and culturally sensitive practitioners
  • Attract and support highly qualified, diverse student populations in each of its programs
  • Recruit and develop excellent faculty by supporting the scholarship of teaching and learning

  • Conduct world-class, cutting-edge research
  • Engage in scholarship and creative activities to further the knowledge in all aspects of periodontal and oral health, as well as general health, through an extensive, innovative research program supported by external funding that involves faculty, students, and staff
  • Disseminate new information through publications and facilitate the translation of new findings to improve the periodontal, oral health, and general overall health of the people of the state of Indiana and beyond
  • Maintain and enhance the roles of the School of Dentistry and the Department of Periodontology in particular as vital and productive members of the scholarly community of the Indiana University family by encouraging local, national, and international partnerships and collaborations

  • Promote disease prevention as a cornerstone to our treatment philosophy
  • Provide comprehensive, evidence-based oral, periodontal, and implant-related treatment
  • Promote education systems that allow patients to make informed decisions and to become active participants in their dental care

  • Serve local, state, national, and international communities through partnerships involving clinical care, service learning, and community-engaged scholarships
  • Provide professional services to the university and to the profession

Our research

As the principal focus is clinical teaching, research time for the faculty is limited. Research opportunities for predoctoral, graduate, and postdoctoral students are available.

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