Centers for Periodontal and Implant Therapy
Two Utah locations to serve you

Thank you for selecting the periodontal practice of Doctors Jeffrey Knight, Christian Nielsen, and LaRisse Skene.  Utah Periodontal Specialists is a specialty practice dedicated to exceptional care using proven techniques and evidence based treatment.

We are located in Salt Lake City and South Jordan.

Meet Jeffrey Knight, DDS

Dr. Jeff Knight is the son of Dr. Melvin Knight, the first periodontist to practice in Utah. Dr. Jeff Knight obtained his undergraduate degree at the University of Utah and attended dental school at Creighton University in Nebraska. He completed his postdoctoral specialty training in periodontology at Oregon Health & Science University.


Meet Christian Nielsen, DDS

Dr. Nielsen attended the University of Utah and received his bachelor’s degree in biology. He graduated from the University of the Pacific dental school in San Francisco and completed his postdoctoral specialty training in periodontology at The University of                                               Alabama.                                             


Meet LaRissé Skene, DMD

Originally from Utah, Dr. Skene graduated with a degree in medical biology from the University of Utah. She attended dental school at the University of Pennsylvania and graduated with honors when she completed her postdoctoral specialty training in                                    periodontology there.                                                                            


What Is Periodontal Disease?

“Perio” means around.  Periodontal disease is infection in the structures around the teeth, namely the bone and gums. Periodontists are experts in treating bone and gums surrounding teeth and dental implants.

Signs and symptoms of periodontal disease include the following:

  • Bleeding from the gums when you brush your teeth
  • Thin gum tissue that is very susceptible to injury
  • Swollen or inflamed (reddened) gums
  • Plaque build-up and pockets of infection
  • Loosening of the teeth

If you have bleeding gums or other signs of periodontal disease, you need treatment. Please contact us to schedule an appointment or for answers to any questions you may have.

Our office offers a comprehensive group of services performed by highly skilled and highly professional periodontists to give you the healthy mouth and great smile you deserve. When you look and feel your best, you will be able to exude self-confidence and to attract people. Obtain the healthy mouth you’ve always wanted at Utah Periodontal Specialists. 

Dental Implants

If you are missing one or several teeth, dental Implants can be your permanent smile solution.

Gingival Grafting

Receding gums can be a cosmetic concern and can cause problems with tooth health. Gingival grafting can correct aesthetic issues and restore tooth health.

Periodontal Disease

Learn more about personal habits that can prevent periodontal disease, while also generally improving your oral health.

Thank You for Choosing Our Practice

Our Mission

We strive to serve our community by treating our patients with respect, with empathy, and with the ultimate goal of restoring health with highly-effective periodontal and implant therapies. Through exceptional customer service, our mission is to be recognized and respected by patients and by doctors as the most reputable periodontal practice in the state.

Financial Policy

It is important that you are comfortable with every aspect of your care, including being comfortable with your payment options. We offer a 5% reduction in fee when treatment is paid in-full at the time of service. You may also pay in installments―50% on the day services are rendered, and the remaining 50% paid in‑full within 30 days of treatment. Monthly payment options are also available through our financial partner, CareCredit®.

Insurance Policy

If you have dental insurance that covers your treatment and would like to file a claim, please complete all necessary paperwork during patient registration so we can file the claim for you. Please inform us of any changes to your insurance plan so that estimates of coverage can be as accurate as possible. Keep in mind that even if a claim is in process and hasn’t yet been completed, your portion and co-pay are due at the time of service. If the insurance company rejects a claim, we will assist you in renegotiating the claim, but any unpaid balance is ultimately your responsibility.

Referring Doctors

We appreciate your confidence in referring us. Our goal is to have patients feel like our office is an extension of yours. Patients may be referred to our office with our secure online referral form. We have taken every precaution to protect the security of patient information. We welcome your phone calls and emails to discuss treatment prior to your patient’s arrival. The more information we share, the better care the patient receives. If you have any questions, concerns, or suggestions, feel free to contact us. Our treatment coordinators are available to help facilitate comprehensive treatment planning.

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New South Jordan Office Location Starting July 2020. Learn More