Periodontology and Oral Implantology -- Graduate Program

Graduate Program

Michele Dimaira, DMD, MS, Program Director

The Graduate Periodontology Specialty Program prepares qualified dentists for specialty practice, teaching, and research in periodontology and oral implantology through an advanced education program leading to a Postgraduate Certificate in Periodontology and a M.S. (Master of Science) degree in Oral Biology. Under program director Michele Dimaira, DMD, MS, the 36-month program starting in July of each year provides advanced education in periodontology and oral implantology leading to clinical specialty certification. Fully accredited by the American Dental Association Commission on Dental Accreditation (a specialized accrediting body recognized by the United States Department of Education that can be contacted at 312-440-2719 or at 211 East Chicago Ave., Chicago, IL 60611) with an accreditation commendation for its research training, the Graduate Periodontology Specialty Program at The Maurice H. Kornberg School of Dentistry offers a comprehensive, evidence-based, approach to periodontology and oral implantology, with a particular emphasis on surgical oral implantology.

Program strengths include a new visiting lecture series featuring distinguished periodontists, modern and spacious clinic facilities, an unusually abundant and diverse patient pool in North Philadelphia with extensive periodontal and oral implant treatment needs, and internationally recognized faculty with special expertise in periodontal immunology and early-onset forms of periodontitis, periodontal epidemiology (Dr. Jasim M. Albandar), and clinical diagnostic periodontal microbiology/antimicrobial periodontal chemotherapy (Dr. Thomas E. Rams). The school’s Oral Microbiology Testing Service Laboratory, one of only three such state-licensed clinical periodontal microbiology reference laboratories in the United States, provides periodontal microbiology culture and antibiotic susceptibility analysis for the graduate periodontology program.

The rigorous, full-time, 36-month clinical specialty program encompasses clinical and didactic instruction presented over 3 years (6 semesters), 2 four-month summer sessions, and 2 two-month summer sessions at the beginning and the end of the program. Graduate periodontology students matriculate at the beginning of July of each year and must remain in continuous residence for the entire program period. Part-time options are not available.

Graduate students receive the major part of their didactic education during the first year of the program and are tutored in clinical periodontics and surgical oral implantology. The didactic part of the program consists of seminar/lecture courses that require extensive reading, study and analysis of the primary scientific periodontal and oral implantology literature, and a series of basic science CORE oral biology courses taken jointly with graduate students from other advanced dental education programs. The program places emphasis on comprehensive clinical periodontal and oral implantology patient care, with approximately 50% of the curriculum devoted to gaining clinical competency in all accepted modes of periodontal therapy, including resective, regenerative and periodontal plastic surgical techniques, surgical oral implantology, sinus lift augmentation surgery, and contemporary approaches to anti-infective periodontal chemotherapy. Surgical experience includes clinical tutoring in several different endosseous dental implant systems. Clinical rotations through a hospital-based dental department and a clinical oral pathology laboratory are required, along with opportunities for training and experience in conscious sedation.

Graduate periodontology students also have the opportunity to experience the culturally rich and exciting environment of historic Philadelphia, which is centrally located close to New York City, the Atlantic Ocean, the Pocono Mountains, the Amish rural community in Lancaster County, PA, and the Baltimore-Annapolis-Washington, DC region.

Admissions Information for the Periodontology and Oral Implantology postdoctoral program

Four applicants are accepted each year. In the selection of applicants, an admission committee of faculty members gives preference to academically-accomplished candidates with one or more years of clinical practice experience or completion of a General Practice Residency (GPR) or an Advanced Education in General Dentistry (AEGD) program. Preference also is given to applicants with prior research experience/training, scientific publications, and/or prior advanced degrees in basic science/biomedical fields.

Since English is the language of instruction at Temple University Kornberg School of Dentistry, adequate proficiency in both verbal and written comprehension and expression of English is a prerequisite for admission to the Certificate in Periodontology and Oral Implantology program. Applicants whose native language is not English are required to attain Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) scores equivalent to 600 (79 internet based) or higher prior to consideration for admission. The admissions process ensures a fair, unbiased and non-discriminatory admissions policy.

Admission to the Graduate Specialty Program in Periodontology and Oral Implantology at Temple University Kornberg School of Dentistry requires:

  1. A DDS or DMD degree from an accredited dental school, according to the standards of the American Dental Association Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA). Temple University encourages domestic and foreign applicants. International applicants must be able to verify that their training is equivalent to an ADA accredited school by using one of three foreign academic credentialing services (World Education ServicesEducation Credential Evaluators, or Education International, Inc.)
  2. Evidence of satisfactory completion of the National Board Dental Examination, Parts I and II.
  3. Applications to the Certificate Program in Periodontology and Oral Implantology may be initiated through the American Dental Education Association Postdoctoral Application Support Service (PASS). If using PASS, please that your information is received by them as they will only forward completed records to the University for processing. To begin your application through pass, visit
  4. For application instructions, go to
  5. All applicants must register with the National Matching Service. Applicants who are accepted into the Graduate Periodontology Program will be rank-ordered, their names submitted to MATCH, and notification of their match with a program will occur on the date chosen by the National Matching Program. MATCH materials are available from:

National Matching Service, P.O. Box 1208, Lewiston, NY 14092-8208
Phone: (716) 282-4013 Fax: (716) 282-0611


National Matching Service, 595 Bay Street, Suite 300, Toronto, Ontario, Canada M5G 2C2
​Phone: (416) 977-3431 Fax: (416) 977-5020

Please submit all supplemental documents from the list below to, if you have not included them in PASS.

A separate Temple University application and application fee of $50 is required when applying to the Periodontics program.  CLICK HERE to submit the online application and application fee.

  • Personal curriculum viate
  • Official transcripts from all colleges, universities and dental schools attended, including GPA and class rank. Official transcripts must be sent directly from the institutions to the Temple University Kornberg School of Dentistry, Office of Graduate Education.  Please do not send the undergraduate college transcripts to PASS as they will not accept them.
  • Three letters of recommendation from dental school faculty; a minimum of two letters must be from faculty members who can evaluate your clinical skills. These must be on appropriate letterhead and sent directly from the dental school faculty to the program director at the Temple University Kornberg School of Dentistry, Office of Graduate Education.
  • A Supplemental Essay

The deadline for completed applications is October 1st of the year preceding the expected date of enrollment.  Incomplete applications will not be evaluated.

Upon review of all completed applications, the Periodontology and Oral Implantology Program Admissions Committee will extend invitations for interviews to those applicants being seriously considered for acceptance. Interviewees are required to come to Temple University for a personal interview; however, granting of an interview appointment does not guarantee admission into the program.

The address for mailed-in materials:
Temple University Kornberg School of Dentistry
Department of Periodontology and Oral Implantology
3223 N. Broad Street, Room 301
Philadelphia, PA 19140

For further application instructions, or, if you have questions about the application process, please contact the Department of Periodontology and Oral Implantology.

Phone: 215-707-7667
Fax: 215-707-7107



The programs in Predoctoral Dental Education (DMD), Advanced Specialty Education in Dental Public Health, Advanced Specialty Education in Endodontics, Advanced Specialty Education in Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics, Advanced Specialty Education in Periodontics are accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation and have been given the accreditation status of Approval (without reporting requirements). The Commission is a specialized accrediting body recognized by the United States Department of Education. The commission on Dental Accreditation can be contacted at (312)440-4653 or at 211 East Chicago Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611-2678. The commission's web address is: The Commission on Dental Accreditation has accredited the postdoctoral program in Advanced Education in General Dentistry. However, accreditation of the program does not, in itself, constitute recognition of any dental specially status.

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as required by the U.S. Department of Education

Program Name: Postgraduate Program in Periodontology and Oral Implantology

This program is designated to be completed in 36 months.

The Postgraduate Program in Periodontology and Oral Implantology will cost aproximatelly $148,700 for in-state residents, or $168,280 for out-of-state residents, if completed within normal time. (These figures are based on 2020-21 tuition and fees, known at the time of publication, and may increase.)

There may be additional costs for living expenses. (These costs were accurate at the time of posting, but may have changed.)

Books and supplies: approximately $26,170 ($11,650 in first year; $7,260 in second and thrid years)

Living expenses: approximately $31,000 per year

On-campus parking: approximately $125 per month (optional)

Of the students who completed this program within normal time, the typical graduate leaves with approximately $277,660 of debt.

The Postgraduate Program in Periodontology and Oral Implantology meets licensure requirements in all 50 states of the United States of America.
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