School of Dentistry names interim chair for department of periodontics
Craig Ririe, DDS, associate professor, School of Dentistry, has accepted the position of interim chair, department of periodontics. In this capacity, he will coordinate the School’s predoctoral and advanced education programs in periodontics.
The advanced education program in periodontics offers three-year graduate training toward a certificate in periodontics, or a master of science degree combined with a certificate.
There are six to nine residents in the program at any given time (two students are accepted one year; three every other year).
“We are now planning and looking forward to increasing the number of residents we accept to three students every year,” says Dr. Ririe.
Dr. Ririe describes periodontics as encompassing portions of many dental specialties as the practitioner works with “the interrelated support structures in the mouth, including bone and tooth. A student who enjoys general dentistry will enjoy this specialty.” Many patients with periodontal disease are long-term patients; as the periodontist controls their disease and then works with them as often as every three months to maintain and prevent relapse. Part of what makes the field dynamic, he says, is that there is a great deal of research being done in the area of periodontics.
During the 2002–2003 academic year, Dr. Ririe joined the department on a part-time basis. Then on July 1, 2003, he accepted a full-time position as director of predoctoral periodontics. He enjoys teaching and plans to continue until he retires.
By Nancy Yuen