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Joshua Sun

Dr. Joshua Sun DMD, MS, MSD, PhD

Joshua Sun

Dr. Sun brings a wealth of periodontal training with him to Las Cruces. A native of China, he graduated from Zhejiang University with honors. He then went on to attend dental school at Zhejiang University receiving his doctorate of medicine in dentistry and masters of science in oral maxilofacial surgery. During dental school, his interests gravitated toward oral pathology and research, leading him to received his Ph.D in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery from Shanghai Second Medical University. He came to the United States for his Postdoctoral Fellowship at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri. As a graduate resident at Loma Linda University in California his passion for peridontology took off, leading him to become an associate professor in the school's Department of Periodontics.

Dr. Sun moved to Albuquerque, New Mexico in 2015 where he practiced as a Periodontist for four years until convinced to call Las Cruces his home and join Implant and Laser Periodontal Surgery Center in October 2019. His advanced education in oral surgery and dental implants allow him to utilize cutting-edge technology and techniques for the benefit of his patients.


Professional and Continuing Education

2006-2009 Graduate Resident (Masters of Science in Dentistry) Loma Linda University, Loma Linda, California
1998 Ph.D in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery from Shanghai Second Medical University, China
1995 Master of Science in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery from Zhejiang University, China
1992 Doctor of Medicine in Dentistry from Zhejiang University, China

Professional Honors

2013 Educators Award, American Academy of Periodontology
2012 Edward Ko Basic Science Research Award, California Society of Periodontists
2009 Excellent Proficiency in Residency Training, Western Society of Periodontology
2000-2002 Postdoctoral Fellow at Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri
1996 First Prize Scholarship, Shanghai Second Medical University
1995 Outstanding Graduate, Zhejiang University
1993 First Prize Scholarship, Zhejiang University
1992 Outstanding Student Award, Zhejiang University
1992 Excellence of Intership Award, Zhejiang University

Professional Membership and Credentials

  • American Academy of Periodontology
  • American Dental Association
  • New Mexico Dental Association
  • Albuquerque District Dental Society
  • New Mexico State Dental Board License to Practice Dentistry
  • Texas State Dental Board License to Practice Dentistry
  • California State Dental Board License to Practice Dentistry
  • New Mexico State Conscious Sedation Provider
  • California State Conscious Sedation Provider
  • California State Continuing Education Provider

Professional presentations, lectures, and teaching experiences

July 2009 - Mar 2015 Associate Professor, Loma Linda University School of Dentistry Department of Periodontics
July 2008 - June 2009 Clinical Supervisor, Loma Linda University School of Dentistry Advanced Education in Periodontics & Implant Surgery


Sun CX, et al. Tooth retention through endodontic microsurgery or tooth replacement using single implants: a systematic review of treatment outcomes. J Endod. 2015;41(1):1-10
Sun CX, et al. Implant failure caused by actinomycosis infection. Journal of Oral Implantology 2013; 39(2):206-209
Sun CX, et al. The Relevance of Scientific Evidence in the Decision-Making Process: Treatment Outcomes in Single Tooth Implant Therapy. In: Torabinejad M, Sabeti MA & Goodacre CJ: Principals and Practice of Single Implant and Restoration. Publisher: Elsevier, St. Louis, Missouri. 2013; Pp171-187
Sun CX, et al. Changes in the expression of adenosine receptors in human chronic periodontitis. Chinese Journal of Dental Research. 2011;14(2):113-20
Sun CX, et al.  Experimental Study of Gene Therapy in Salivary Gland Tumors. In: Li JR and He RG: New Frontiers of Basic Research in Oral and Maxillofacial Tumors. Publisher: Science and Technology Publisher of WuBai Province. Wuhan 430077, China, 2002; Pp656-71