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Catalog/Bulletin 2021-2022 
Catalog/Bulletin 2021-2022 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Periodontics MSD

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The Periodontics Program begins July 1 of each year and is of thirty-six months duration. Upon completion of the program, the student will be awarded a Certificate in Periodontics, will be eligible to take the American Board of Periodontology examination, and receive a Master of Science in Dentistry Degree. The program is multifaceted and uses facilities and faculty to provide the following opportunities:

  1. A strong foundation in the basic sciences, including surgical anatomy, cell biology, immunology, etc.
  2. Clinical science training includes Oral Medicine, Oral Pathology, oralfacial pain, periodontal microsurgery, periodontal practice management and in several multidisciplinary aspects, such as Periodontics-Prosthodontics, Periodontics - Endodontics, Dental Implantology, etc.
  3. An extensive review of the periodontal literature to provide the basis for understanding current philosophies of therapy and to establish a biologic basis for formulating comprehensive treatment plans.
  4. Exposure to a wide range of periodontal problems requiring a variety of therapeutic procedures. Students are encouraged to work with full- and part-time faculty to gain experience in all periodontal techniques available including  microsurgery. There is a total of 5 full time and 6 part time faculty members in the department, 10 are Diplomates of the American Board of Periodontology.
  5. Research opportunities are available in either basic science or clinical areas to enable the student to accomplish a meaningful original research project.
  6. Training and experience with IV sedation is provided and all graduates are eligible to get their IV sedation certification.  As part of their IV sedation training, residents also complete an IV sedation rotation in the LSUHSC Anesthesiology Department.
  7. Teaching experience in both the classroom and clinic to communicate those principles and skills acquired during training to their peers. In addition, faculty input into these various areas is supplemented by several guest lecturers during the year.

On average, two to three applicants are accepted annually. Candidates should possess competitive academic credentials, and should have demonstrated a definite interest in periodontics. All applicants must have passed the National Dental Board Exams. In addition , international applicants must provide  a minimum 100 TOEFL score. Additional experience beyond dental school (internship or residency, military service, private practice, graduate school, etc.), strengthens the applicant’s credentials. A personal site visit/ interview is required for the benefit of both the applicant and the faculty.

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