Mel Matsuda DDS

Meet Dr. Matsuda

Mel Matsuda DDSMelvin L. Matsuda, DDS, graduated Omicron Kappa Upsilon from the University of the Pacific School of Dentistry in San Francisco where he was awarded numerous honors. He received his specialty certificate in Periodontics from Oregon Health & Science University School of Dentistry in Portland and has been in private practice since 1978. His practice emphasizes state-of-the-art, minimally invasive nonsurgical and surgical treatment of gum diseases that utilize advanced visualization and techniques to restore health to previously diseased tissue.

Dr. Matsuda has refined cosmetic reconstructive procedures that rebuild lost oral tissue to help patients regain normal function, while also ensuring that their teeth and gums look and feel natural. He is the first and only surgeon in Portland certified in PAOO, a proven technique that safely accelerates orthodontic treatment by 80%. In cases where teeth have been lost, Dr. Matsuda works in close collaboration with your restorative dentist to provide dental implants that give patients the look and function of a natural dentition.

Dr. Matsuda received training in oral implantology in 1986 from Professor Per-Ingvar Brannemark, the founder of modern implantology, and has placed thousands of dental implants over the past twenty years. His expertise in implantology is evident in the recognition he holds as an invited member of the International Team for Implantology, an independent medical and scientific network of internationally renowned specialists from a wide range of fields who research, teach and practice leading-edge science. He is a charter member of the Institute for Dental Implant Awareness and has memberships in the Academy of Osseointegration and the International Congress of Oral Implantology. He has earned Presidential Partnership with Straumann and is also a Diamond Partner with Nobel Biocare – distinctions held by the very top stratum of implant surgeons.

In addition to his practice, Dr. Matsuda is a Clinical Associate Professor at OHSU School of Dentistry where he teaches innovative and advanced surgical techniques to the periodontal residents. He has mentored and inspired many young practitioners while also providing the greater dental community specialized Continuing Dental Education through keynote lectures, study clubs, hands-on workshops, and other outreach programs. His practice has been utilized as a rotation site for many years to expose students to advanced therapies in periodontics and non-surgical therapy by various teaching programs.

One of the defining factors of his practice is an enthusiastic commitment to ongoing professional education. Dr. Matsuda enjoys being on the cutting edge of therapy while maintaining an evidence-based ethical approach to patient care. We incorporate new technology and the latest research to provide the most advanced proven therapies that achieve optimum results in our patients.

Dr. Matsuda has received the distinguished honor of Fellowship in the American College of Dentistry in 1995 and the International College of Dentistry in 2001 – organizations that recognize the highest standards of ethics and professionalism that exist in dentistry, and also the greatest contributions by a practitioner to their community. He has served in a leadership role to numerous organizations, from president of the Oregon Society of Periodontists and Washington County Dental Society to trustee to the Oregon Dental Association, and board positions on Dental Aid for Children and Western Society of Periodontology. In addition to offering free care through Donated Dental Services for the National Foundation of Dentistry for the Handicapped, he has given many years of coaching and sponsorship for youth athletics along with serving as Scoutmaster of Troop 208, BSA. Dr. Matsuda is an active member of many professional organizations, which include:

  • American Academy of Periodontology
  • Academy of Osseointegration
  • Western Society of Periodontology
  • Oregon Society of Periodontists
  • American Dental Association
  • Oregon Dental Association
  • Washington County Dental Society

“I grew up in San Diego where my family still lives and have called Oregon home since 1976. I’m an avid cyclist and enjoy restoring classic hot rods. I love the great outdoors and for many years backpacked in the High Sierras. Adventure travels have taken me to Alaska and northern British Columbia for remote salmon fishing, and to Canada and Montana for ski trips. I live in Cedar Mill with my wife Stacy and our Golden Retriever Bailey, who loves going to the Oregon coast.”