Dentistry and healthy teeth. Examination by a dentist. Hygiene and oral care. Caries prevention.

Bleeding and irritated gums are no good and can lead to serious bacterial issues down the road. Periodontists focus specifically on diagnosing and tackling the problem, whether it’s mild gingivitis or severe periodontitis.

This list is excerpted from the 2020 topDentists™ list, a database that includes listings for dentists and specialists in the Kansas City metro area. The Kansas City list is based on thousands of detailed evaluations of dentists and professionals by their peers. The complete database is available at

Adam C. McClellan
Periodontal Care
5000 W. 95th St., Suite 270, Prairie Village

Healthy gums, healthy heart—this is Dr. Adam C. McClellan’s holistic approach to achieving optimal oral health for all of his patients. A board-certified periodontist and member of the American Academy of Periodontology (AAP), Dr. McClellan offers full-scope treatment options, with an emphasis on minimally invasive, FDA-approved LANAP laser gum treatment.

What is a periodontist? Dr. McClellan defines a periodontist as a dentist who specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of all forms of gum disease and dental implant disease, as well as placement of dental implants. Gum disease is a chronic bacterial infection often caused by buildup of plaque and has several risk factors including genetics, age, smoking, gender and ethnicity.

Dr. McClellan’s treatments are tailored to meet each patient’s needs. One such treatment is the minimally invasive, FDA-approved LANAP laser treatment—the only scientifically research proven methodology that results in true periodontal regeneration, new bone growth and gum tissue reattachment. It offers quicker recovery time and is a less painful and more successful treatment to traditional periodontal surgery. In order to use the LANAP laser, Dr. McClellan has successfully completed training and certification through the Institute for Advanced Laser Dentistry (IALD).

Dr. McClellan and his team also stress the importance of heart and systemic health: “We are learning more about the link between inflammation and disease in the mouth and how it connects to the rest of the body. Heart disease, diabetes, and arthritis are just a few major conditions that have been linked to periodontal disease,” Dr. McClellan says.

With two locations in the Kansas City metro, Dr. McClellan and his team strive to work collaboratively with patients and referring doctors for all of their periodontal and implant needs. With over 74% of all Americans experiencing some form of gum disease, seeing a periodontist might be exactly what you need to create a more beautiful and healthier smile!


Dr. McClellan completed an extensive 3-year periodontal residency beyond dental school where he acquired deeper knowledge of the latest techniques for diagnosing and treating periodontal disease. Periodontists often treat more problematic periodontal cases, including severe gum disease or patients with a complex medical history. He is also trained in performing cosmetic periodontal procedures.

Nancy Newhouse
Newhouse Periodontics

4731 S. Cochise Drive, Suite 200, Independence

“I can’t think of anyone that doesn’t want to look good,” says Dr. Nancy Newhouse, an internationally recognized leader in periodontology and implant dentistry and an Independence, MO, native. Dr. Nancy Newhouse is honored to be recognized as a Top Dentist for the fourteenth year in a row.

Dr. Newhouse approaches all her patients’ treatments by, from the very first visit, listening to what a potential Newhouse Periodontics patient wants to achieve. “It’s essential to the outcome of any treatment we might propose. By fully understanding a patient’s goals, we establish an individualized plan to address specific needs and wants for every patient, all in order to get that great long-lasting smile and a lifetime of optimal function.”

Dr. Newhouse notes the impact of the pandemic on gum and implant health. With many people postponing periodontal care last year—whether due to exposure risk, loss of insurance, lack of income or any combination—there is a concern for worsening oral health, particularly gum disease. Add in changes in home hygiene, diet, stress levels and financial challenges over the past year, and you’ve brewed the perfect storm for dental troubles.

Many ask, “What exactly does a periodontist do?” At its most basic, periodontists save teeth! Having a great smile boosts self-confidence and improves overall wellbeing. However, if the underlying foundation—the gums and bone tissues—on which that smile is built isn’t healthy, that beautiful smile will not be sustainable and can lead to eventual tooth loss and serious esthetic and functional compromises. “If the gums are red and swollen, if there is too much or too little gum, or if there has been loss of bone, then no matter how pretty the teeth are, the smile will not be as good as it could be—or should be.”

Dr. Newhouse addresses these issues and many more in order to decrease the risk of tooth loss. Sometimes, however, a tooth is beyond saving. Fortunately, she has the expertise to place implants with great precision, thanks to 3D imaging technology and many years spent honing her exceptional surgical skills. That skillset also extends to regenerating soft tissue and bone, reshaping gum tissue, and treating infections around implants.

A full-time periodontal specialist, an assistant clinical professor at the UMKC School of Dentistry, and a Diplomate of the American Board of Periodontology, she and her team at Newhouse Periodontics provide state of the art services that will have you looking and feeling your best.

Make an appointment today to discover how Newhouse Periodontics can be your way to a beautiful, healthy smile!


In 2012, Dr. Newhouse became the 99th President of the American Academy of Periodontology. At that time, she was only the fourth woman to serve in that capacity during the AAP’s nearly 100 year history.

Amy L. Gillihan
Gillihan Periodontics
3151 S. Route 291, Suite B, Independence

Sidney A. McKnight III
McKnight & Oliver Periodontics and Implants
2200 W. 75th St., Suite A, Prairie Village

Patrick J. Morris
613 S.E. Fifth St., Lee’s Summit

Catherine A. Mowry
Foundation Periodontics
8704 Bourgade St., Suite 100, Lenexa

Kevin Mowry
Foundation Periodontics
8704 Bourgade St., Suite 100, Lenexa

N. Randolph Oliver
McKnight & Oliver Periodontics and Implants
2200 W. 75th St., Suite A, Prairie Village

Seth Rush Periodontics & Implant Dentistry
9249 Ward Parkway, KCMO

Lara Tull Ryan
4601 W. 109th St., Suite 212, Overland Park

Tanu Satheesh
10870 Benson Drive, Building 21, Suite 2100, Overland Park

Kelley S. Thompson
8340 Mission Road, Suite 203, Prairie Village

Audra Ward
Ward Periodontics Implant Dentistry
12701 Metcalf Ave., Suite 200, Overland Park

Brent A. Wenzel
Wenzel Periodontics and Dental Implants
153 W. 151st St., Suite 130, Olathe

Stanley L. Wint
10870 Benson Drive, Building 21, Suite 210, Overland Park

Jeremy Youngblood
Youngblood Periodontics
6301 N. Oak Trafficway, Suite 102, KCMO

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