AAP member periodontists are specialists in periodontal disease treatment, cosmetic periodontal procedures, and dental implant placement.
The American Academy of Periodontology (AAP) is an 8,400-member professional organization for periodontists - specialists in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of diseases affecting the gums and supporting structures of the teeth, and in the placement of dental implants. Periodontists are also dentistry's experts in the treatment of oral inflammation and receive three additional years of specialized training following dental school. Periodontics is one of the nine dental specialties recognized by the American Dental Association.
The Academy's purpose is to advance the periodontal and general health of the public and promote excellence in the practice of periodontics.
The Academy is governed by a Board of Trustees comprised of five officers and district trustees from seven geographical districts and the federal services. Officers and trustees are elected by the membership.
The AAP was founded in 1914 with 18 charter members under the name American Academy of Oral Prophylaxis and Periodontology.