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James A. DiPerna, DMD

Dr James A. DiPerna has been practicing periodontics and placing dental implants for over 25 years. After completing a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry at Allegheny College, he received his Doctor of Dental Medicine degree from the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine and his post-doctoral training in periodontics and dental implants at the University of Pennsylvania.

While at Penn, he received Branemark Prosthetic and Surgical Certification. Dr. DiPerna is also a graduate of the Misch Implant Institute, which is world renown for dental implant training of graduate dentists. He is board certified in Periodontics and Dental Implant Surgery and is a Diplomate of the International Congress of Oral Implantologists. Dr. DiPerna is also a Fellow of the American College of Dentists which is the oldest national honorary organization for dentists.

While at the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine, Dr. DiPerna was accepted into the Omicron Kappa Upsilon National Dental Honor Society and maintains a current membership. He also received the Certificate of Merit in Periodontics from Quintessence Publishing Company. Dr. DiPerna also completed a summer fellowship through the St George Oral Cancer Society at Presbyterian University Hospital (now UPMC Presbyterian) in the Department of Radiation Oncology.

Currently, Dr. DiPerna is a Clinical Instructor of Dental Medicine in the General Practice Residency Program at West Penn Allegheny General Hospital. He lectures on topics such as gingival grafting, crown elongation, bone grafting, interdisciplinary care and dental implants to general dental residents in addition to providing clinical instruction.

In addition to teaching commitments, Dr. DiPerna remains engaged in continued and extensive training of current techniques to provide patients with state of the art care, procedures, and equipment in the constantly advancing field of periodontics and dental implants. He also has administered study clubs for sharing new information with referring general dentists and specialists. He, Dr. Foronda and Dr. Hay focus on providing optimal care for their patients through proper communication and coordination of treatment with patients, referring dentists and specialists. Area of interests includes:

  • Gingival (gum) grafting
  • Cosmetic gingival grafting and crown elongation
  • Bone grafting for dental implant placement including the use of piezoelectric surgery
  • Non-surgical periodontal treatment
  • Multiple implant systems training of most major dental implant companies
  • The use of adult orthodontic treatment in obtaining ideal periodontal and implant treatment outcomes.

Dr. DiPerna is a past president of the Pittsburgh Academy of Periodontology and maintains active membership in the following organizations:


On a Personal Note

Dr. DiPerna is married to Susan Schoewe DiPerna who is a retired general dentist.  Together they have four children and live in Hampton Township, PA.  Dr. DiPerna is a founding member and past Trustee of the Hampton Alliance for Educational Excellence (HAEE) in Hampton Township, PA

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