Curriculum Vitae

W. Peter Nordland, D.M.D., M.S.

Fellow of the American Academy of Esthetic Dentistry
Active Member of the American Academy of Periodontology 

If the surrounding gingival tissue and bone is deficient, even the best looking dentistry can suffer. What Dr. Peter Nordland can contribute to the dental team is the coordination between the restorative dentist-periodontist-oral surgeon to allow the team the ability to achieve the highest esthetic restorative potential. Many innovations with modern pontic designs, implant esthetics, changing the gummy smile, root coverage and papilla reconstruction can improve the final restorative outcome. 

When Dr. Nordland presents his information, the surgeon benefits since the restorative doctors now can realize that new surgical treatments arepossible, achievable and predictable. The restorative dentist benefits since the overall case outcome is enhanced and treatment satisfaction is increased. The patient is the ultimate beneficiary with a rewarding result. Dr. Nordland is a recognized leader in this area of esthetic oral plastic surgery. Dr. Nordland can create the avenue for coordinated dental care for the study group to achieve these interdisciplinary goals. If you are a surgeon or a restorative dentist organizing your own Study Group, this presentation can help to cement relationships. Dr. Nordland is a recognized leader in this area. 

As far as credentials go, W. Peter Nordland DMD, MS is one of the few Fellows of the prestigious American Academy of Esthetic DentistryHe is a co-founder of the Periodontal Plastic Surgeons Study group that has grown to become the International Society of Periodontal Plastic Surgeons, an international academy welcoming periodontists and oral surgeons with an interest in esthetic surgery. With his development of this plastic surgery sub-specialty, he is considered an expert in the field of Oral Plastic Surgery.

Dr. Peter Nordland has introduced many new surgical procedures and has developed his own microsurgical instrumentation. He enjoys teaching and is the director of the Oral Microsurgical Residency Program at the Newport Coast Oral-Facial Institute and is an Assistant Professor of Periodontics at Loma Linda University and has taught at almost every US dental school. 

Over the past 20 years, Dr. Nordland has presented over 300 professional papers and lectures internationally for esteemed organizations such as the American Dental Association, The American College of Prosthodontists, The American Academy of Periodontology, The American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, The Academy of Osseointegration, The International Dental Federation, the American Academy of Esthetic Dentistry, and many of the state dental associations including, New York, Texas and California. 

Dr. Nordland has authored or co-authored four textbooks, written chapters and several journal publications on Periodontal Plastic Surgery and has recently published a landmark paper on surgical correction of the lost interdental papilla. 

Download Dr. Nordland's full Curriculum Vitae here.

About Dr. Nordland

Topics Available for Lecture Presentation: 

  • Periodontal/Oral Plastic Surgery
  • Predictable Root Coverage Grafting
  • Decision making in treating the "Gummy Smile"
  • Clinical Crown Lengthening and Biologic Width
  • Esthetic Implant Surgery/Implant Placement
  • Implant Site Preparation
  • Ridge Preservation with Extractions
  • Creating the Ovate Pontic
  • Ridge Augmentation
  • Scientific basis for oral plastic surgical procedures
  • Correction of the lost interdental papilla
  • Immediate vs. delayed implant restorations

Periodontics in La Jolla, CA

Dr. Peter Nordland

Dr. Peter Nordland

Nordland Oral Microsurgical Institute

, D.M.D., M.S.



Periodontist La Jolla

Professional Awards

  • 1979 – Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges
  • 1983 – California Society of Periodontists Annual Periodontal Research Competition
  • 2004-2005- Selected to: The Best Dentists in America- recognition by his peers
  • 2006- Selected to: Best Doctors in San Diego by San Diego Magazine
  • 2007-San Diego Magazine Award: Top Dentists-Oral Plastic Surgery
  • 2008-Americas Top Dentists-Periodontists Award by The Consumers Research Council of America
  • 2008- San Diego Magazine Award: Top Dentists-Oral Plastic Surgery
  • 2009- Americas Top Dentists- Periodontists Award by The Consumers Research Council of America
  • 2009 San Diego Magazine Award: Top Dentists-Oral Plastic Surgery
  • 2010 San Diego Magazine Award: Top Dentists-Oral Plastic Surgery
  • 2010-2011 Distinguished Alumni Award- Wilkes University , Wilkes-Barre PA