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Based on the Southside of Chicago since 1988, Dr. Yetta G. McCullom is a board certified periodontist specializing in the medical and surgical treatment of gum disease. Dr. McCullom comes from a family of accomplished dentists, with her father and brother both having worked in the field, and her great uncle being the first licensed dentist in the Virgin Islands.
Following in their footsteps, Dr. McCullom graduated from Howard University in 1983 with a degree in Biology, and proceeded to earn her Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from Howard University’s College of Dentistry in 1985. As a 2nd generation graduate from a historically black college, Dr. McCullom is proud to have the legacy continue on with her youngest daughter now attending Howard University as a 3rd generation undergraduate. Currently, Dr. McCullom is a visiting professor in the Department of Periodontics.
After deciding to professionally concentrate in periodontics, Dr. McCullom went on to be the first and only African American woman to be accepted into and complete the Master of Science program at (the now closed) Northwestern University Dental School, with a Certificate of Periodontics in 1990. Since then, Dr. McCullom has been diligent in advancing her education in the field of periodontics, while aiming to implement the latest periodontal practices and procedures for her patients.
Along with taking credits at the esteemed Misch Implant Institute and the Dawson Center for Dental Education, Dr. McCullom has also served as an instructor at the Institute of Advanced Laser Dentistry. As an instructor, Dr. McCullom has been able to further understand the application of laser treatment more thoroughly, while fulfilling her passion for teaching dentists how to best treat periodontal diseases. As an impressed and supportive advocate for laser therapy, Dr. McCullom has incorporated LANAP (Laser Assisted New Attachment Procedure) as a treatment of her patients’ periodontal medical needs. LANAP has comparably done for dentistry what Lasik has done for eye care. The procedure now has FDA clearance for regeneration. The first and only laser procedure with this designation.
In her shared practice, The Dental Dream Team, Dr. McCullom focuses on performing minimally invasive procedures like LANAP and Chao’s Pinhole Surgical Technique for gum recession. Whenever possible, Dr. McCullom prioritizes helping her patients keep their natural teeth, but also offers implants as an alternative. Because of the prevalence of periodontal disease in the African American population (nearly 60%), along with the associated risk factors of diabetes and heart disease, Dr. McCullom is committed to providing her community with the most current and evidence-based methods of periodontal treatment available.
When Dr. McCullom isn’t practicing periodontics, she loves spending time with her family and friends. In her free time, Dr. McCullom enjoys biking, walking her dog, and dancing. She is always in search of enjoyable ways of staying healthy.