About Our School

Department of Periodontology


Phone Numbers:

Graduate Clinic
(919) 537-3727

Faculty Practice Clinic
(919) 537-3939

Graduate Program and Faculty
(919) 537-3727

Administrative Assistant
Lemmona Gabbidon Huie


Location: 111 Brauer Hall

Department of Periodontology
UNC School of Dentistry
Campus Box #7450
Chapel Hill, N.C. 27599-7450

The UNC School of Dentistry Department of Periodontology is a world leader in advancing the science and practice of periodontology and creating new knowledge in the field. Our faculty represents a diverse team of master clinicians and prominent biomedical researchers. Individually and as a team, they bring extensive expertise and a deep commitment to teaching our students and caring for our patients, as well as a sincere dedication to conducting impactful research and promoting the health of our community, state and the world.

Our Graduate Program in Periodontology and affiliated PhD Program in Oral Biology produce outstanding clinicians, scientists and academic leaders with distinguished careers around the globe. The department also offers a semester to one-year Observership Program to individuals who are on sabbatical or other types of leave from their parent institutions.

Patients in our Dental Faculty Practice Clinic and our Graduate Resident Clinic receive high quality state of the art periodontal care, including the prevention and treatment of diseases of the gums and supportive tissues of the teeth, treatment of gum recession and overgrowth, and the surgical placement of dental implants.

Housed within the department is the Center for Oral and Systemic Diseases’ GO Health Center (General and Oral Health Center). Go Health Center’s team of clinician scientists and fellows focus on basic and clinical research that examines the relationships between oral infection and the risk for systemic diseases such as cardiovascular disease, preterm low birthweight infants, kidney disease and diabetes. It is also actively engaged in translational periodontal research testing new devices and therapies for periodontal diseases.

The Department of Periodontology chair is Kenan Distinguished Professor Steven Offenbacher.  In 2015, Dr. Offenbacher received the American Dental Association Gold Medal Award for Excellence in Dental Research. His national and international honors include the International Association for Dental Research’s Basic Research in Periodontal Disease Award; the Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Special Impact Award; and the American Dental Association’s Norton M. Ross Award for Excellence in Clinical Research. Dr. Offenbacher pioneered work illustrating the relationship between periodontal disease and cardiovascular disease, and between periodontal disease and adverse pregnancy outcomes. He introduced and popularized the term periodontal medicine and, for his translational research, has become a three-time recipient of the American Academy of Periodontology Clinical Research Award. He is a past president of the American Association for Dental Research.