Matthew Korn, DDS
Periodontal and Implant Specialist
Dr. Matthew Korn is a periodontist, a dentist who specializes in diagnosing and treating diseases and conditions that affect the foundation of the teeth. This area of specialty includes the complex and sophisticated art and science of reconstructive treatment, using high-tech 3D imaging, regenerative therapy (allowing patients to regenerate their own tissue), and dental implants. Thankfully, the days of unsophisticated, painful “bone grafting” are over. Dr. Korn is passionate about ending the suffering and loss associated with periodontal disease. In 25 years of clinical practice, he has seen first-hand how “periodontitis,” the painless and progressive infection of the gum and bone, predictably destroys the foundation of the teeth and results in severe disabilities. Dr. Korn believes that any patient can return to health, no matter how far down the scale they’ve slipped, and that this journey can be comfortable both physically and financially.
One of the pillars of success at Aria Periodontics & Implants is the amazing team. Dr. Korn often says that every positive outcome for every patient is made possible by the wonderful contribution of his empowered team. The team is the most important asset of this organization. No expense is spared when it comes to training and preparing. Every dedicated employee of Camellia Periodontics follows Dr. Korn’s lead in a lifetime commitment to growth and learning.
His career began in 1990 with the belief that he could someday become a master clinician if he dedicated himself to a lifetime of learning, as if dental school never ended. He completed a residency program with a certificate in periodontology and dental implant surgery at the University of Southern California, the first periodontal residency program to include formal training in the microsurgical placement of dental implants. He fondly recalls that early in his career, dental implant placement into the jawbone had outpaced the technology to add a tooth to them. His biggest challenge was to find a dentist who had been trained to place a crown on a dental implant. It’s amazing to see how far we’ve come today!
A vast majority of patients with periodontal problems can be successfully returned to health with very simple, comfortable, and predictable care. This is the most likely outcome when working with the many wonderful restorative dentists in the Sacramento area who diagnose problems at their earliest stages, and refer their patients to Dr. Korn for early intervention.
Unfortunately, due to its painless and progressive nature, not all periodontal problems are simple, and many are not noticed at an early stage. Dr. Korn realized early in his career that treating more severe cases was often more complicated, and that there may be other hidden, undiagnosed problems. Although success came easily at the time, Dr. Korn began to experience the disappointment of patients who either chose not to treat their problem because it didn’t hurt, or after treatment experienced a relapse of their disease. He began to realize that there was more to the practice of periodontics than being an excellent technician.
In an effort to better understand the factors that would create more predictable success, Dr. Korn dedicated himself to behavioral education in addition to his ongoing technical learning. That journey began in 2002 at the LD Pankey Institute in Key Biscayne, Florida. He discovered that long-term dental health required connecting with the person attached to the teeth. His practice was transformed as he gained a reputation as the periodontist who was willing to help his patient first become aware of their problem, so that they could eventually partner with him and their dentist in making decisions about treatment.
Dr. Korn understands that successful outcomes also require bringing harmony to the occlusion (bite), the mechanical workings of the teeth supported by the foundation. Dr. Korn is the only Sacramento periodontist who specializes in treating both periodontal diseases and complex occlusal problems. Dr. Korn takes the time to discover the many internal and external factors that play a role in re-establishing and maintaining dental health for a lifetime. Dr. Korn is committed to serving the patient as a whole being.
For the last ten years, Dr. Korn has dedicated himself to developing as a leader in the Sacramento dental community. He participates in several ongoing personal growth programs. He formed two local study clubs dedicated to mentoring local dentists who aspire to become masters of their profession. Dr. Korn also currently works with many pre-dental students from UCD and CSUS to assist them in their preparation for dental school. To date, he has proudly mentored and developed six successful dental students.
A long, long time ago, Matt earned a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry from the University of California, Davis. After taking three years to find himself, the University of California at San Francisco granted him a license to practice dentistry. Because he sat between a graphic artist and a dental lab technician, he made a decision to specialize in dental implantology and periodontics. 1992 was the first year that formal dental implant training was a part of any residency program.
At the University of Southern California, microsurgery and computed tomography were brand new to the curriculum too. As a practicing microsurgeon for almost 30 years, Matt has completed continuum training at the LD Pankey Institute and Spear Education. Matt takes the time to discover the many technical and behavioral factors that play a role in re-establishing and maintaining holistic dental health for the patient’s lifetime.
Matt dedicates himself to leadership positions with the California Dental Association and the Sacramento District Dental Society. He has a local study club (The Possibilities Club) dedicated to mentoring local dentists who aspire to grow in their understanding of comprehensive care in their practices. Matt has mentored many pre-dental students from UCD and CSUS to assist them in their preparation for dental school. To date, six have become practicing dentists!
Matt often says he’s never worked a day in his life because he loves his job. Despite his busy schedule, he has a love affair with bicycles, and can often be found grinding up and down the local roads, trails and race courses on one of his beloved machines. Winter doesn’t slow him down. He simply shifts to downhill or backcountry skiing.