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A board-certified periodontist has made significant achievements beyond the mandatory educational requirements of the specialty and is certified by the American Board of Periodontology.




Board Certified periodontists are certified in both periodontology and dental implant surgery.

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Periodontists are experts in the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of gum disease, and in the surgical placement of dental implants.

Board-certified periodontists have made a personal and professional commitment to the standards of periodontics and to continued growth through ongoing education.

Why Choose a Board-Certified Periodontist for Dental Implants?

The ABP is the only recognized certifying body for periodontology and dental implant surgery.

The decision to seek dental implants is a significant life choice requiring financial resources and time. Knowing you can trust the advice you receive about the placement of dental implants is crucial to your decision-making process.

Periodontists receive three years of additional, intense clinical and didactic study through residency programs recognized by the Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA). CODA is nationally recognized by the United States Department of Education as the sole agency to accredit dental and dental-related education programs conducted at the post-secondary level.

An accredited residency program in Periodontics provides extensive hands-on experience with the placement and treatment of dental implants. Periodontists who have successfully completed a residency program in Periodontics are trained to competency in:

  • the medical assessment of the patient, including how and why implants might be appropriate;
  • development of a treatment plan for the patient in collaboration with other dental providers, such as the patient's general dentist;
  • the surgical placement of dental implants;
  • the ongoing evaluation and maintenance of implants and the management of any complications.

Following the successful completion of a three-year residency program in periodontics, periodontists are eligible to seek board certification from the American Board of Periodontology (ABP). In doing so, periodontists must satisfactorily complete a rigorous, multi-part examination that includes detailed examination on dental implantology.


Why Certification is Important

What are the credentials of a board-certified periodontist?

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Find a Board-Certified Periodontist

Find a board-certified periodontist in your area.

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Learn More About the ABP

Meet the Board of Directors of the American Board of Periodontology and the ABP Executive Staff.

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FAQs on Periodontal Disease

For more information on periodontal disease and treatment, please visit the patient resources of the American Academy of Periodontology.