About the American Academy of Periodontology

AAP member periodontists are specialists in periodontal disease treatment, cosmetic periodontal procedures, and dental implant placement.

Our Membership

The American Academy of Periodontology (AAP) is a 7,500-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.


Our Leadership

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.

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Our Vision and Mission

To be the voice for periodontists as the collaborative partner to achieve optimal oral health

To champion member success and professional partnerships for optimal patient health and quality of life


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Our History

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AAP History

The American Academy of Oral Prophylaxis and Periodontology was founded in 1914 and changed its name to the American...