Melissa S. Lang, BS, MS, DDS
Melissa S. Lang, BS, MS, DDS

Melissa S. Lang, BS, MS, DDS

Associate Professor
Director, Predoctoral Periodontics Program Creighton University School of Dentistry
School of Dentistry

Expertise/Specializations

  • Periodontics

Academic Appointments

Department

  • Periodontics

Position

  • Associate Professor

Biography

Dr. Melissa Lang graduated with Highest Distinction from the University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Dentistry with a Doctorate of Dental Surgery.  In 2007, she received a Certificate in Periodontics and a Master of Science in Oral Biology from the University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Dentistry. 
Dr. Lang is the Director of the Predoctoral Periodontics Program, course director of Sophomore Periodontology and Junior Clinical Periodontics at Creighton University School of Dentistry.  She also teaches in the Implant clinics at Creighton University School of Dentistry.  Dr. Lang maintains a part-time private periodontal practice in Omaha, Nebraska. 
Dr. Lang is a diplomate of the American Board of Periodontology, a member of the American Academy of Periodontology, the Academy of Osseointegration, the American Dental Association, the Nebraska Dental Association, the Omaha District Dental Society, Omicron Kappa Upsilon Honor Dental Society, and past-president of the Nebraska Society of Periodontology.

A more complete listing of scholarship, teaching, and research interests can be found on my Curriculum Vitae.

Education

  • University of Nebraska Medical Center, College of Dentistry, Lincoln, Nebraska, July 2004 – June 2007, Master of Science, Oral Biology – 2007 Certificate in Periodontics – 2007
  • University of Nebraska Medical Center, College of Dentistry, Lincoln, Nebraska, August 2000 – May 2004, Doctor of Dental Surgery – 2004
  • Pittsburg State University, Pittsburg, Kansas, August 1998 – May 2000, Bachelor of Science, Biological Sciences – 2000

Certifications

Basic Life Support Nebraska Inhalational and Parenteral Sedation Certificate Human Subject Biomedical Research Education Program and Creighton University Collaborative IRB Training Initiative (CITI)

Publications and Presentations

Articles

  • Lang MS and Barritt LC. Bony Exostosis Following Treatment of Gingival Recession with Subepithelial Connective Tissue Graft and Enamel Matrix Derivative. Accepted,, Journal of Periodontology Clinical Advances in Periodontics, 2015
  • Lang MS, Cerutis DR, Miyamoto T, Nunn ME. Cell Attachment Following Instrumentation with Titanium and Plastic Instruments, Diode Laser, and Titanium Brush on Titanium, Titanium-Zirconium, and Zirconia Surfaces. In-Review 2016 , International Journal of Oral & Maxillofacial Implants, 31(4), 799-806, 2015
  • Bathena, S. P., Huang, J., Nunn, M. E., Miyamoto, T., Parrish, L. C., Lang, M. S., McVaney, T. P., Toews, M. L., Cerutis, D. R., Alnouti, Y. Quantitative determination of lysophosphatidic acids (LPAs) in human saliva and gingival crevicular fluid (GCF) by LC-MS/MS, Journal of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Analysis, 41, 177-183, 2011
  • Bathena SP, Huang J, Nunn ME, Miyamoto T, Parrish LC, Lang MS, McVaney TP, Toews ML, Cerutis DR, Alnouti Y. Quantitative determination of lysophosphatidic acids (LPAs) in human saliva and gingival crevicular fluid (GCF) by LC-MS/MS., J Pharm Biomed Anal, 56, 402-407, 2011
  • Miyamoto, T., Kumagai, T., Lang, M. S., Nunn, M. E. Compliance as a Prognostic Indicator Part II, Impact of Patient's Compliance to the Individual Tooth Survival, Journal of Periodontology, 81, 1280-1288, 2010
  • Miyamoto T., Kumagai T., Lang M., Nunn M. Compliance as a Prognostic Indicator Part II, Impact of Patient's Compliance to the Individual Tooth Survival. , J Periodontol, 81(9), 1280-1288, 2010
  • Lang (Morris) MS., Lee Y., Lavin M., Giannini P., Schmid M., Marx D., Reinhardt R. Injectable Simvastatin in Periodontal Defects and Alveolar Ridges: Pilot Studies. , J Periodontol, 79, 1465-1473, 2008

Presentations

  • Southwest Iowa Dental Association: "Implant Evaluation and Maintenance", 2016
  • Creighton University Continuing Education Lecture Series: "Implant Evaluation and Maintenance", 2016
  • March 27, 2015 – Creighton University Implant Symposium: “Implant Evaluation and Maintenance”, 2015
  • June 8, 2014 – Japanese Institute of Periodontal Health, Omaha, Nebraska: “Periodontics and Implant Cadaver Course”, 2014
  • Volunteer Lecturer, Student National Dental Association, Creighton University School of Dentistry, 2014
  • Living Well with Diabetes Support Group, Omaha, Nebraska Oral Health Presentation: “Diabetes and Oral Health” November 23, 2013, 2013
  • November 23, 2013 – Living Well with Diabetes Support Group, Omaha, Nebraska: “Diabetes and Oral Health”, 2013
  • 29th Annual Seminar: Diabetes Education Center of the Midlands, Omaha, NE. Oral Health Presentation: “What’s in Your Mouth: Understanding the Effects of Diabetes on Oral Health.” April 13, 2013, 2013
  • April 13, 2013 – 29th Annual Seminar: Diabetes Education Center of the Midlands, Omaha, Nebraska: “What’s in Their Mouths: Understanding the Effects of Diabetes on Oral Health”, 2013
  • October 28, 2012 – Japanese Institute of Periodontal Health, Omaha, Nebraska: “Periodontics and Implant Cadaver Course”, 2012
  • Living Well with Diabetes Support Group, Omaha, Nebraska Oral Health Presentation: “Diabetes and Oral Health” July 14, 2012, 2012
  • July 14, 2012 – Living Well with Diabetes Support Group, Omaha, Nebraska: “Diabetes and Oral Health”, 2012
  • June 1, 2012 – Creighton University Perio Symposium: “Immediate-delayed Implant Placement. Is it Predictable?”, 2012
  • Volunteer Lecturer, Student National Dental Association, Creighton University School of Dentistry, 2011
  • September 24, 2011 – Japanese Institute of Periodontal Health, Omaha, Nebraska: “Periodontics and Implant Cadaver Course, 2011
  • April 4, 2011 – Creighton University Continuing Education Lecture Series: “Socket Preservation”, 2011
  • February 4, 2011 – Creighton University Continuing Education Lecture Series: “Periodontal and Medical Considerations in Implant Therapy”, 2011
  • November 1, 2010 – Omaha Society of Dental Hygienists, Omaha, Nebraska: “Periodontal and Medical Considerations in Implant Therapy”, 2010
  • September 19, 2010 – Japanese Institute of Periodontal Health, Omaha, Nebraska: “Periodontics and Implant Cadaver Course”, 2010
  • Volunteer Lecturer, Student National Dental Association, Creighton University School of Dentistry, 2010
  • August 30, 2010 – Frank Ayers Study Club, Creighton University School of Dentistry: “Treatment of Peri-implantitis”, 2010
  • June 8, 2010 – Creighton University Continuing Education Lecture Series: “Periodontal and Medical Considerations in Implant Therapy", 2010

Research and Scholarship

Research and Scholarship Interests

  • Periodontal therapy (surgical and non-surgical) Dental implants Mucogingival surgery Periodontal health and systemic disease interactions

Current Research Projects

  • "Effects of Vitamin-D on the Expression of TREM-1 and TREM-2 by Oral Keratinocytes" "Fractal Analysis to Identify Trabecular Changes in Individuals with Healthy and Diseased Peri-implant Mucosa" "Education Innovation in Implant Dentistry"

Grant Funding Received

  • Controlled Clinical Trial,” Nebraska Society of Periodontology, $2,000. June 2010 – April 2012.
  • “Cell Attachment Following Repeated Instrumentation with Titanium and Plastic Instruments, Titanium Brush, and Diode Laser on Titanium, Titanium-Zirconium, and Zirconia Surfaces,” Straumann, USA, $6,313. 04/27/12 – 12/1/13.
  • Commentary: “Periodontal Prognosis” Primary Author Creighton University School of Dentistry 10/27/11
  • “Relationship Between Crowding of Teeth and Gingival Condition” Principal Investigator Creighton University School of Dentistry 09/12/11 – 04/26/12
  • Randomized Clinical Trial: “The Effect of Vitamin D on Oral Health” Co-investigator Creighton University Osteoporosis Research Center November 2011 – 01/20/12
  • Randomized Clinical Trial: “Effects of Bone Graft Placement at Implant Installation on Buccal Plate Stability” Principal Investigator Creighton University School of Dentistry June 2010 – 03/23/12
  • Randomized Clinical Trial: “Local Minocycline to Prevent Future Inflammation and Bone Loss in Periodontal Maintenance Patients” Principal Investigator Creighton University School of Dentistry 11/05/12 – Present
  • “Effects of Vitamin-D on the Expression of TREM-1 and TREM-2 by Oral Keratinocytes” Co-Investigator Creighton University School of Dentistry January 2013 – Present

Awards and Honors

  • Outstanding Academic Instructor, Creighton University School of Dentistry, 2012
  • American Academy of Periodontology Educator Award, American Academy of Periodontology, 2011
  • Omicron Kappa Upsilion, Univeristy of Nebraska College of Dentistry , 2004