Department of Periodontics

The Department of Periodontics has made major contributions to the field of dentistry, not only in the state of Oklahoma but also nationally and internationally.

The goal of the Department of Periodontics is to continue the tradition and “commitment to care” for our patients, dental students, residents, faculty and staff. We strive to place OU Periodontics in a singular position as the best periodontal program and the best Department of Periodontics in the nation.

Predoctoral Periodontal Education

The predoctoral periodontal program actively participates in the dental school curriculum and in the education of future dentists. The department actively teaches freshman, sophomore, junior and senior dental students. In addition to three semester of periodontal didactic courses, students are also taught preventive dentistry, instrumentation laboratory, pre-clinical and clinical periodontal courses. The Department of Periodontics is highly involved with the dental students preparation for regional boards with patient selection and Mock Boards before graduation.


The Department of Periodontics is active in the research area mainly as a result of resident’s master thesis and major research grants obtained by the periodontal faculty in the past. The largest grant in the history of the department was obtained by Dr. John Dmytryk in 2003 of nearly $1 million for his project investigating “microbial mediators of tissue cell behavior” which was part of an NIH-funded COBRE grant.

Preceptorship Information

Preceptorship in Periodontics & Dental Implants - Information

Preceptorship Application Form

For contact or future information:


Robin Henderson, DMD, MS

Chair, Department of Periodontics

Director of Pre-Clinic Operations



Tapan Koticha BDS, MDS

Director, Graduate Periodontics

Assistant Professor