The Department of Periodontology provides students with an understanding of the theoretical basis for, and the basic sciences involved in, the maintenance of health and/or the treatment of diseases of the periodontium. It also provides them with the most up-to-date clinical training in all aspects of periodontology and surgical implant dentistry. Programs in the Department of Periodontology are designed to meet the formal educational requirements of the American Academy of Periodontology and the American Dental Association. Graduates become board-eligible on completion of Part I of the Board Examinations.