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Prof. Thompson teaches didactic and clinical courses in periodontics to dental and dental hygiene students, accelerated dental students, and graduate periodontal residents. She holds a Doctor of Dental Surgery, Master of Science in Periodontics and a Certificate of Periodontics from the University of Detroit Mercy. She engaged in a general practice residency at the John D. Dingell VAMC. She has practiced as a private general dentist and continues to proudly serve veterans at the Detroit VAMC on a part time basis.


She became a Diplomate of the American Board of Periodontology in 2012 and recertified in 2018. She received the American Academy of Periodontology Educator Award in 2017. She also received the Metropolitan Youth Day Outstanding Alumni Award in 2017. Prof. Thompson received the ADEA/AAL Chairs and Academic Administrators Management Program Scholarship and recently attended the Bell Leadership Institute.


  • D.D.S., University of Detroit Mercy

  • M.S., University of Detroit Mercy

Dr. Tamika Thompson

Clinical Associate Professor



Periodontal Diagnosis and Classification


This continuing education course is designed to serve as an update for all dental professionals. Participants will briefly review the differences and similarities between the 1999 and 2017 periodontal classification for periodontal disease.  Participants will use multiple problem and case-based scenarios to diagnose and classify periodontal disease using the 2017 Classification.


Educational Objectives:

  • Explain the differences and similarities between the old 1999 and the new 2017 periodontal classification when diagnosing periodontal disease

  • Describe the purpose and the significance of the staging and grading table as it relates to periodontitis

  • Utilize the staging and grading table to classify periodontitis using problem and case-based examples

  • Use case-based examples to practice diagnosing periodontal disease

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