f you’re short on time and need a quick briefing on each factor to consider when choosing a perio course, then this summary has you covered. You’ll get exactly the information you need to make an informed decision on the best perio CE courses for you to take. This review has 6 parts:

  1. Motivation
  2. Type of Course
  3. Live Surgery
  4. Cost
  5. Location
  6. Credentials/Reputation of Instructor

Find great deals on the best Perio CE courses, here on Dent247.

Choosing a periodontal CE course can sometimes be tricky. Like most other courses that are more than just a CE grab, there tends to be many factors involved that can influence where you get your perio education from.

It doesn’t have to be confusing, or overwhelming. At Dent247, it’s our mission to make life easy for you, the dentist. If we can help you save time and money in the process, then we’ve completed our mission’s trifecta.

Here is a comprehensive, yet succinct and powerful set of criteria you can use to maximize your return on any perio course you take.


As with most things in life, starting with the end in mind is the most important. First ask yourself, are you just looking for a CE grab? (If you’re reading this, then chances are it’s more than just that)

Are you considering specializing in periodontics?

If you think becoming a periodontal specialist may be your life’s calling, then you will probably want to focus on researching residency programs at universities across the board. It may also help to whet your appetite first with some online lectures, a 2 or 3 day hands on course, and even a live surgery based course. This may help you solidify your decision with experience to back it up. In the long term, this option could be a win/win. If you do go the specialist route, you’ll know beyond a reasonable doubt that it was the right choice. If you don’t end up taking the specialist route, you’ll have gained some advanced skills that you can add to your general dentist toolkit (with great potential benefits in the future)

Are you looking to add more tools to your general dentist toolkit?

For many general dentists, this is the option of choice. You may be a practice owner looking to keep more procedures in house, an associate  looking to differentiate yourself in the market, or maybe just starting out and would like to make sure you can set yourself up for greater success in the future. Whatever the reason, taking courses in periodontal surgery can be a great pathway to achieving your goals.

When considering a course, you’ll notice that there are a few different aspects of periodontal surgery you can dive into. When it comes to procedures, you generally have the following four types to choose from

1. Soft tissue grafting

Using different techniques, you can learn how to restore a receding gum line for a better looking smile and lessen the likelihood of exposing the root. A common periodontal procedure that gives you an edge over others in the market. Depending on the course you take, you’ll generally be taught or have a bias towards one or two specific soft tissue grafting techniques. It will be important for you to go into the course with an open mind. Courses that try to teach or cover all (or as many) techniques may give you a much better idea of what is available. You can choose to become an “expert” in one or a few by taking courses that are geared only to those techniques.

2. Crown lengthening

Do you see or anticipate seeing patients with “gummy teeth”? If so, learning how to do a crown lengthening procedure can be a great way to offer added value to your patients. You can find courses on crown lengthening at many continuing education organizations and universities.

3. Bone grafting

Interested in restoring bone resorption? Bone grafting techniques may be the right technique for you to dive into. Crucial to the ability to place an implant in that area, bone grafting can help restore and strengthen resorbed bone and provide an adequate site for dental implants, among other reasons. Again, there are many courses on this available online, but you may want to look into a course with a hands on portion to ensure you have it right.

4. GBR – Guided Bone Regeneration

Guided bone regeneration uses barrier membranes to guide the growth of hard and/or soft tissue in sites with insufficient tissue for a variety of reasons. Typically, you may see GBR procedures coupled with either bone grafts or soft tissue grafts.

Type of Course

When looking into perio courses, you’ll typically see a division between theory/didactic, hands on with pig jaws or other models, and live-patient surgery.


All types of courses are important, and many times are offered together. At the end of the day, you can’t just jump into doing a connective tissue graft without first getting a good understanding of the theory, etiology, and practical applications.

You can find a plethora of independent or single topic online courses on various periodontal topics including for the techniques mentioned above. There are definitely many more aspects of periodontology you could dive into, but the procedures mentioned above are typically the core of what you will be learning and applying.
When it comes to hands on courses, you are typically looking at one or two day courses that are offered in conjunction with intensive didactic portions. These courses can give you a great taste of what it is like to perform and practice your newfound skills in a very controlled setting (as with most other dental ce courses).

However, sometimes you may need the guidance of an experienced coach or mentor in a real life setting before you can be fully confident in the surgery you’d like to perform.

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Live Surgery

This brings us to the live surgery portion of a course. It’s important to understand exactly what you want to get out of a course. Didactic material is important. Practice on models is also important. It gives you an added dimension to the knowledge and skill you are trying to acquire. If, after all that, you still don’t feel comfortable operating on a patient, then you may want to consider a live-patient surgery based course.

These courses typically give you the opportunity to work hand in hand with an experienced instructor who coaches you through the live patient surgery.

Not only are you able to successfully treat patients before you even finish the course, you exponentially boost your confidence and readiness to implement in practice the very day you get back.


Cost is an important consideration. It should not be the only one.

You can expect to spend a lower amount, anywhere from $50 to $400 for an online course. Or, anywhere up to $3000 for a weekend or multi-day intensive course with didactic and hands on practice.

For a course that includes live-patient surgeries, you should expect to spend anywhere from $5000 to $15000 depending on the number of days, patients treated and assisted, location, and organization providing the course.

No matter what type of course you choose to take, always remember to find great deals on the course. Course providers tend to offer early bird specials, referral discounts, and exclusive offers on some platforms. Do your research, or just check out our hot deals section for an updated list of all the best deals in dentistry.


In terms of location, you are looking at:

  • Online
  • In your region/state/province
  • Outside your region or even country

You will need to ask yourself:

  • Will you get more out of a course in the US or abroad?
  • How far are you willing and able to travel for this course?
  • Can you find the same quality locally?

Credentials/Reputation of Instructor

In addition to the factors mentioned above, you want to make sure the person teaching the course is the right one for the job. Before you register, do some research. Check their background to see how much they’ve lectured, and what their qualifications are. The best way to get a good idea of an instructor before taking the course is to reach out to former students and learn from their experiences. Dental chat groups forums, and in-depth course reviews would be a great place to find this information out.


Choosing to take courses in periodontology are an important consideration. At Dent247, we see any type of continuing education as an investment into your future. So, it’s important consider everything before deciding to commit to a perio course. As detailed in this article, you need to make sure your criteria includes factors like your motivations, type of course, whether you want live surgery or not, cost, location, and the reupation of the instructor(s).

Dent247 Editorial Staff

March 2, 2021
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