Dr. Don Clem grew up in Chicago and relocated to Fullerton after completion of his specialty training.
He founded the practice, limited to periodontal medicine, oral plastic surgery (regeneration of lost bone and gum tissue), and dental implants in 1984. He has lectured on the topic of regenerative periodontics and dental implants both nationally and internationally. Dr. Clem currently sits on the editorial board of three scientific journals and conducts research in the field. He has taught in three institutions and continues to lecture to students throughout the United States.
Dr. Clem believes in a team approach to care, working with the restorative dentist, hygienist and physician to manage the patient’s needs with the best periodontics can offer and a commitment to the patient’s well-being.
“As specialists, the patient depends on us to restore their oral health, function and esthetics…their dignity”
Loyola University of Chicago, Biology
Loyola University of Chicago School of Dentistry, DDS
North Chicago Veterans Administration Medical Center, General Practice Residency
University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, Specialty Certificate in Periodontics
Board Certified, American Board of Periodontology
Outstanding Contribution to the Field of Periodontology, California Society of Periodontists
Clinical Research Award, American Academy of Periodontology
Fellow, American College of Dentists Fellow, International College of Dentists
Fellow, Pierre Fuchard Academy
Service Award for Contributions to Disabled People, Rehabilitation Institute of Southern California
Fellow, Humanitarian Award, Sons of Italy
Fellow, Academy of Osseointegration
Fellow,Outstanding Contribution to the Field of Periodontics 2016, California Society of Periodontists
Fellow,Earl Robinson Periodontal Regeneration Award 2017, American Academy of Periodontology
Gold Medal 2020, American Academy of Periodontology