Meet Dr. Perala


Dennis Perala, DMD

Dr. Perala was born and raised in Portland, OR. He received a BS in Biology in 1986 from the University of Oregon, then continued to Tufts University School of Dental Medicine and obtained his DMD in 1990. After the completion of his DMD, he returned for his Certificate in Periodontics from Oregon Health Sciences University in 1992.

He went to work in private practice Periodontics and taught study clubs at OHSU focusing on implant and dental hygiene education. He passed part one of the AAP Diplomat board and was a member of the AAP, ADA, ODA, IADR, AGD, WSP and AO.

He then practiced private practice Periodontics at various locations and served as a GP and managing dentist in corporate environments. While working full-time he continued to pursue his desire to teach and educate dentists, which led him in 2007 to ADA accredit and create curriculum for the Pacific Dental Institute. He worked at the institute with Dr. John Sorensen and performed many successful All-on-FourTM cases.

He then was appointed to the University of Tennessee Health Science Center as a group leader and Associate Professor in Restorative Dentistry as well as part-time in the post-doctorate Periodontic department. He was then appointed as Head of
Surgical Prosthodontics for post-doctorate Prosthodontics under the supervision of Dr. Dave Cagna. He returned to Oregon and continues to educate on dental implants and multiple lectures on bone grafting/implant prosthodontics/surgical placement/guided surgeries as well as private practice General Practice and Periodontics. He is the Dental Director for an Oregon Health Plan dental insurance program and member of several committees and board of directors that aim to provide affordable dental care.

He is seeking full-time academic appointment with the ability to continue dental research projects and limited part-time faculty practice appointment if possible. Research and education has always been a long-term goal and source of happiness and satisfaction.



"Some patients’ periodontal needs can be managed by the general dentist. However, as more and more patients are exhibiting signs of periodontal disease, coupled with research that suggests a relationship between periodontal disease and other chronic diseases of aging, periodontal treatment may necessitate a greater understanding and increased level of expertise by a trained specialist. Patients who present with moderate or severe levels of periodontal disease, or patients with more complex cases, will be best managed by a partnership between the dentist and periodontist."