Periodontics

Gian Pietro Schincaglia, Chair
Headshot of Gian Pietro Schincaglia

Dr. Gian Pietro Schincaglia joined Case Western Reserve University from West Virginia University (WVU) where he was a tenured professor, chair and graduate program director of the Department of Periodontics in the School of Dentistry. While at WVU, Schincaglia started the robotic dental implant program, establishing the university as the second institution in the nation to offer robotic-guided implant surgeries. Prior to his role with WVU, he was an associate professor with tenure and chair of oral implantology for the School of Dentistry at the University of Ferrara in Italy; and a clinical associate professor and graduate program director for the Division of Periodontology, Department of Oral Health & Diagnostic Sciences at the University of Connecticut School of Dental Medicine. 

Schincaglia spent time specializing in periodontics and implants in private practice, as well as with the faculty practice at the UConn Center for Implant and Reconstructive Dentistry in Farmington, CT. He received his degree in dental surgery from the University of Ferrara School of Dentistry in 1989, a certificate in periodontics from the University of Southern California, Los Angeles in 2000 and a PhD in biochemistry and molecular biology from the University of Ferrara in 2006. In 2003, he became a diplomate of the American Board of Periodontology. 

The Department of Periodontics is glad to present its well-trained residents, welcoming staff, and globally recognized clinical faculty, who are specialists in treating gum diseases and maintaining the mouth in a healthy state. Placement of dental implants to replace missing teeth is also offered to our patients. Advanced x-ray imaging and conscious sedation are also available in the clinic of graduate periodontics.

Dr. Leena Palomo Featured in AADR's Strides in Science

Dr. Leena Palomo Featured in AADR's Strides in Science Case Western Reserve University School of Dental Medicine

Dr. Leena Palomo, Assistant Professor in the Department of Periodontics, was recently selected for the American Association of Dental Research (AADR)'s Strides in Science monthly feature, which highlights the accomplishments of AADR members. Dr. Palomo discussed her research focus on bone changes of postmenopausal women and her desire to use her research and teaching to do something useful for society, as well as the ways in which her AADR membership has helped her pursue those goals.

Read the Strides in Science column.

Link Between Oral and General Health

Periodontal Therapy Reduces the Severity of Active Rheumatoid Arthritis in Patients Before periodontal treatment After periodontal treatment

According to various studies conducted by Dr. Bissada and his faculty and students, a link between oral and general health has been established. Taking care of your oral/periodontal health may have a positive impact on your general health. For example, this photograph demonstrates reduction in the swelling of hands' joints due to rheumatoid arthritis after getting rid of infection and inflammation in the mouth.

Dr. Leena Palomo awarded clinical research fellowship

Dr. Leena Palomo awarded clinical research fellowship Case Western Reserve University School of Dental Medicine

The American Association for Dental Research (AADR) named Leena Palomo, assistant professor in the Department of Periodontics in the School of Dental Medicine, as the recipient of the 2012 AADR William B. Clark Fellowship in Clinical Research. This award, which recognizes investigators carrying out clinical research in periodontology, will be presented at the AADR Annual Meeting & Exhibition in Tampa, Florida on March 24. The fellowship was established in memory of William B. Clark and is supported by P&G Professional Oral Health, Crest Oral-B.

Palomo plans to collect subgingival biofilm and crevicular fluid samples from a population of otherwise healthy postmenopausal women diagnosed with periodontitis who are using bisphosphonate therapy for the prevention and treatment of osteoporosis and samples from demographically matched postmenopausal women who do not use such therapy. Microbial species and cytokine response between the two groups will be compared.