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Sebastian Ciancio, DDS

Distinguished Service Professor and Chairman, Department of Periodontics and Endodontics,Director, Center for Dental Studies

Office Address

250 Squire Hall

Buffalo, NY 14214

(716) 829-3848


Faculty Profile

Sebastian G. Ciancio, D.D.S., is Professor and Chairman in the Department of Periodontology and Director of the Center for Dental Studies at the State University of New York (SUNY) at Buffalo, in Buffalo, New York. In addition he is Clinical Professor in the Department of Pharmacology at the University and a Consultant for the Veterans Administration Medical Center and the Erie County Medical Center.

Dr. Ciancio received his degree in Dentistry (D.D.S.) from the School of Dentistry of SUNY where he also completed an NIH Research Fellowship in the Department of Physiology and Fellowships in Pharmacology and Periodontology. His postdoctoral work included studies in Biostatistics at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, North Carolina; Periodontology at SUNY; Radio-isotope Techniques at Western New York Nuclear Center; and Clinical Pharmacology at Vanderbilt University.

He has authored or co-authored well over 150 publications pertaining to periodontal disease. His work has appeared in such major dental journals at the Journal of Periodontology, the Journal of Periodontal Research, the Journal of the American Dental Association, the International Journal of Periodontics & Restorative Dentistry, and Periodontology 2000. He is co-author of Clinical Pharmacology for the Dental Professional and editor of ADA Guide to Dental Therapeutics. 

Dr. Ciancio is an active member of several professional organizations: He was Chairperson of the United States Pharmacopeia Convention, Inc., Committee on Revision to Represent Dentistry; Consultant and past co-chair of the Council on Scientific Affairs of the American Dental Association; Past President of the American Academy of Periodontology;Past President, International Academy of Periodontology,Past President of the American Academy of Periodontology Foundation, and Director of the annual Chautauqua Dental Congress. He is also a member of the International and American Associations for Dental Research.

In recognition of his contributions to dental science, Dr. Ciancio has received numerous honors: Fellow of the International College of Dentists; Past President of Pharmacology, Toxicology, and Therapeutics Group of the International and American Association of Dental Research (IADR); Special Citation from the American Academy of Periodontology; Honorary Recognition Award from the University of Chile at Valparaiso; Service Citation from the Pharmacology and Therapeutics Division of the IADR; Orban Memorial Dental Man of the Year Award, presented by Loyola University, Buffalo Dental Alumni Association, the Gies Foundation Award in Periodontics, the Clinical Research Award presented by The American Academy of Periodontology,the Jarvie-Burkhart Award presented by the Dental Society of the State of New York (DSSNY), and the Ross Award from the American Dental Association for excellence in clinical research. He is also listed in Who's Who in Continuing Education as a leading continuing education lecturer. He has presented continuing education courses throughout the United States, Canada, and Europe as well as Brazil, Chile, Japan,Singapore,China, Taiwan,Thailand, Australia and New Zealand.

Research Profile

My main area of research is related to the role of chemical agents as adjuncts to periodontal therapy. My studies are primarily involved with oral hygiene devices, such as toothbrushes and irrigation as well as chemical agents used in dentifrices, mouthrinses, and other delivery devices. These products are mainly designed to treat gingivitis. My research related to periodontal disease deals pharmacologic medications and their impact on the diagnosis and treatment of periodontal disease. My studies have been related to local delivery agents as well as systemic medications.

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Representative publications

Besides being Editor of The American Dental Association's "ADA Guide to Dental Therapeutics" and also editor of both "Biological Therapies in Dentistry" (bi-monthly newletter for the dental professionals) and "Periodontal Insights" (a quarterly journal), I have over 100 scientific papers that have been published including but not limited to:

J Periodontol, 67:1055-1059, 1996. Ciancio SG. Medications as a Risk Factor for Periodontal Disease..

J Clin Perio, Vol. 24:260-263,1997. A Clinical Comparison of Two Electric Toothbrush Designs. O Shibly, R. E. Schifferle, S. G. Ciancio, M. Tarakji, M. L. Mather.

J Clin Dent, Vol 8, 4:100-102, 1997. J. A. Cianciola, M. L. Algieri, P. Bush, M. Lauciello, A. Ho, S. G. Ciancio. Duration and Intensity of Anesthetic Effect Produced by Canker Sore Medications.

J Clin Dent, Vol. 8, 5:145-149,1997. O. Shibly, SG Ciancio, M Kazmierczak, RE Cohen, ML Mather, A Ho, M Bessinger. Clinical Evaluation of the Effect of A Hydrogen Peroxide Mouth Rinse, Sodium Bicarbonate Dentifrice, and Mouth Moisturizer on Oral Health.

American Journal of Dentistry, Vol. 10, 2:57-112, 1997. A. Felo, O. Shibly, S.G. Ciancio, F.R. Lauciello, and A. Ho. Effects of subgingival chlorhexidine irrigation on peri-implant maintenance. 

New York State Dental Journal, October:32-36, 1997. Ciancio SG. Medications as risk factors for caries and periodontal disease.

J Periodontol 69:989-997, 9/98. Jeffcoat MK, Bray KS, Ciancio SG, Dentino AR, Fine DH, Gordon JM, Gunsolley JC, Killoy WJ, Lowenguth RA, Magnusson RI, Offenbacher S, Palcanis KG, Proskin HM, Finkelman RD, Flashner M. Adjunctive use of a subgingival controlled-release chlorhexidine chip (PerioChip) reduces probing pocket depth and improves attachment level compared with scaling and root planing alone.

Am J Dent. Vol. 28, Vol. 28 4-8. Ciancio, SG. (September 2015) Mouthwashes: Rationale for use.

J Am Dent Assoc. 2016 May;147(5):339-347.e1. doi: 10.1016/j.adaj.2015.11.009. Epub 2016 Feb 15.
Comparison of 3 intranasal mists for anesthetizing maxillary teeth in adults: A randomized, double-masked, multicenter phase 3 clinical trial. Ciancio SG, Marberger AD, Ayoub F, Garlapo DA, Pantera EA Jr, Pantera CT, Al-Mubarak S, Sobieraj BD, He DY, Myneni SR.

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