Periodontology Residency

Program at a glance

  • Number of Faculty: 4 full-time, 10 part-time
  • Length of Program in months: 36
  • State License Required: No
  • Rotations: Oral Pathology, General Anesthesia rotation 6 weeks; OMFS/IV Sedation twice per month; Lit review and treatment planning 5 hrs/wk.
  • Hours spent in Clinical patient treatment: 24/Week
  • Type of Implant System Taught: Straumann, Zimmer Biomet, Biohorizons
  • Number of Implant Cases Completed per Residency:
    • 50-60 cases, 80-150 implants 
  • Percent of Time spent in courses/lectures/seminars: 25%
  • Percent of Time spent in research: 7.5%
  • Percent of Time spent in clinical: 60%
  • Percent of Time spent in teaching: 7.5%
  • On-Call Arrangements: None
  • Average Number of Surgical Procedures per residency (excluding implants): 200
  • Average Number of Cases completed per residency: 40-50

Program Overview

The Advanced Education Program in Periodontology and Dental Implant Surgery at Eastman Institute for Oral Health is a three-year program that provides training in all aspects of periodontal and dental implant therapy, by focusing on didactic, clinical, research and teaching training. Our program is fully accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association and offers a Certificate in Periodontics, while a Master's degree and PhD are also available.  

Program Goals

The primary goal of this program is to produce well rounded Board Certified Periodontists with advanced knowledge in the field of Periodontal and Dental Implant science, with excellent clinical skills and good exposure in research, able to understand and implement evidence based treatment approaches. The ultimate goal is to develop future Leaders either through an academic or clinical setting.

A Message From the Chair

Dr. Jack CatonJack G. Caton., D.D.S, M.S.

The Department of Periodontology and Dental Implant Surgery is committed to excellence in patient care, education and research. Outstanding faculty and residents combine to offer cutting edge treatment for periodontal diseases and conditions to save teeth by regenerating new bone support for the dentition. New esthetic smiles are restored by plastic surgical procedures. New types of laser therapy are used to treat periodontal diseases and to restore lost tissue support. Missing teeth and those that cannot be saved are replaced by expertly placed dental implants. Our educational program attracts outstanding dentists from around the world who come to learn the most current knowledge and surgical techniques for periodontal and dental implant therapy.

Finally, our department is recognized internationally for its rich history of research, which has made significant contributions in periodontal and dental implant biology and treatment.

About the Program Director

Dr. Alexandra TsigiridaDr. Tsigarida attended the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens- Dental School where she graduated with a Doctorate of Dental Surgery (DDS) in 2008. Following her dental training she moved to the United Kingdom where she practiced as a general dentist, serving in the National Health Service and private practice. A year later she entered the Periodontal program at the Ohio State University where she served as a chief resident. She received a Certificate in Periodontics and a Master of Science degree in 2013.

Throughout her training and practice, Dr. Tsigarida has been active in promoting dentistry through her involvement in dental research focusing on the microbiology of peri-implantitis. Her work has been published in peer-reviewed journals and received multiple awards in international research meetings. Dr. Tsigarida is a Diplomate of the American Board of Periodontology and an active member of several national dental organizations including the American Academy of Periodontology, Academy of Osseointegration, ITI (International Team for Implantology) and International Association of Dental Research.  Dr. Tsigarida served as an Assistant Professor at Kornberg School of Dentistry, Temple University from 2013-2015. She is currently an Associate Professor and Program Director of the Department of Periodontology at Eastman Institute for Oral Health, a faculty member of the Prosthodontic Program and maintains a faculty practice limited to Periodontics.