Patient Care

Graduate Periodontics Clinic
1959 NE Pacific St.
Room B403
Box 357444
Seattle, WA 98195-7444

Phone: 206.543.5797
Fax: 206.616.9553

Thank you for your interest in the University of Washington Graduate Periodontics program. The Department has a long history of excellence in teaching, research, and patient care.

What is Periodontics?

Periodontics is the specialty of dentistry that deals with problems of the gums and bone surrounding your teeth. The placement of dental implants has become a major part of periodontics over the past twenty five years. General dentists may provide initial periodontal therapy or they may refer difficult treatment cases to a periodontist for specialty care.

The Department of Periodontics accepts 4 graduate students each year for its 3 year program of advanced training. These students are doctors who have already completed dental school, then chosen to specialize in periodontics. They are enrolled in an intensive program of classroom, research and clinical training that leads to a Certificate in Periodontics and a Master’s Degree.

The Graduate Periodontics Clinic offers periodontal (gum) and implant treatment at reduced fees compared to the private specialists, to patients who provide good teaching experience for the students. The Department’s faculty members, with assistance from the graduate students, select patients for the teaching program through screening exams and interviews with interested prospective patients. All screenings at the Graduate Periodontics Clinic are complimentary.

When you come in for a screening exam and your examiner finds that you would be a good patient for the teaching program, you will be given appointments for a comprehensive examination and any needed radiographs.

If you do not fit the needs of the teaching program, you will still receive a brief explanation of your dental problems, as well as options for seeking care in the pre-doctoral dental clinic (limited to very simple dental problems), the faculty practice, or an outside private practice.

To Qualify for Screening You Must:

  • be able to accept that appointment times are limited and that they can take longer than in a private practice;
  • live in the greater Seattle area
  • come with photo ID for patient registration

If you are interested in our program and would like to be seen in our graduate periodontics clinic, please call 206.543.5797 to make an appointment.


If you receive periodontal treatment at the University of Washington, payment is due at time of treatment. If you do have dental benefits, you are responsible for determining your level of coverage and for any out of pocket expenses not cover by your policy. For more information on fees and payments please call 206.543.5797

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