Dr. Lara Tull Ryan was born and raised in the Kansas City area. She completed her dental school training in the traditional four years earning her D.D.S. degree (Doctorate of Dental Surgery) at the University of Missouri-School of Dentistry in 1999. She also attended University of Missouri-Kansas City for her undergraduate education.
Dr. Ryan has an unique and diverse background obtaining not only one specialty certificate in Periodontics, the surgical specialty focusing on the treatment of periodontal disease and dental implant surgery, but another in Prosthodontics, a specialty in dentistry focusing on complex dental restorative treatment including dental implant restorations as well. She completed both of her dental residencies at one of the top five periodontal programs in the nation at the University of Florida- College of Dentistry, in Gainesville, Florida. She completed 4 ½ years of additional residency training beyond dental school, making her one of the only dual-trained dental specialists in the Kansas City area. She obtained a Certificate in Periodontics in 2003 and Master of Science in Dental Science with an emphasis on Periodontal Medicine in 2003. (The following is a link to her Master’s Thesis on dental implants and bone density with occlusal loading. Click Here.). She obtained a Fellowship certificate in Prosthodontics in 2001.
She limits her practice to Periodontics and has the knowledge and understanding that allows her to help communicate with her referring dentists and establish a cooperative treatment plan that is the best suited for each of her patients. She performs all aspects of periodontal surgery, the surgical placement of dental implants, sinus lifts, soft tissue and bone grafts, and tooth extractions. Dr. Ryan also has advanced training in Laser Periodontal Surgery for the treatment of Periodontal disease utilizing LANAP (Laser Assisted New Attachment Procedure) with the Periolase laser. This allows for much faster healing time and less painful periodontal procedures.
Dr. Ryan is a member of several professional organizations and is a dedicated professional to her field. She is highly competent in her specialty and practices to the greatest standards with meticulous results and has the highest expectations of her work. She is a member of the American Academy of Periodontology, American Dental Association, Kansas Dental Association, Fifth District Study Club of Johnson County, Institute for Advanced Laser Dentistry, Greater Kansas City Periodontal Study Club, Academy of Osseointegration, Midwest Society of Periodontists, Florida Association of Periodontists, and the past Vice-President of the Missouri and Kansas Society of Periodontists.
Dr. Lara Ryan is married to a general cosmetic family dentist and her best friend, Dr. William P. Ryan and they have four young children together. He practices general dentistry in Olathe, KS. She enjoys her free time with her family, playing tennis, golf, scuba diving, cooking, working out, and travelling. She is an avid Florida Gator fan and usually travels to at least one game per year.