Peter D. Gauger, DDS

August 2014 812

Dr. Peter D. Gauger was raised in Tacoma. He graduated from the historic Stadium High School and remains a proud Tiger alum today.  Both of Dr. Gauger’s parents are medical doctors who practiced in Tacoma for over 20 years. They helped instill a natural interest in the healthcare field. Dr. Gauger attended the University of California, Santa Barbara and studied Cellular Biology as well as Ancient History. After only two and a half years in college, he was accepted early into the University of Washington School of Dentistry. Dr. Gauger completed dental school earning his Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) in 2009.  A natural interest in the medical-surgical side of dentistry inspired Dr. Gauger to pursue Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery as a specialty. He began specialty training immediately following completion of dental school. Dr. Gauger was one a very few who are accepted to UW for both Dental School and Surgical Residency. Dr. Gauger continued his training at the University of Washington and completed a four-year residency in Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery. His residency training encompassed full-scope Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at Harborview Medical Center, UW Medical Center, VA Puget Sound, Swedish Hospital, Seattle Children’s Hospital, Legacy Emmanuel Portland, and Providence Portland. Dr. Gauger’s residency included rotations in General Surgery, Anesthesia, Internal Medicine, Otolaryngology, and Emergency Medicine at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle. Dr. Gauger is proud of the excellent training he received at UW – a world-renowned center for innovation in dental implants, orthognathic surgery and facial trauma – as well recognized as a top-5 medical center in the country.

Following completion of residency, Dr. Gauger was invited to join as affiliate faculty at UW. Since 2013, Dr. Gauger has been involved part-time instructing residents and students at UW and providing oral maxillofacial surgical care to children at UW’s Center for Pediatric Dentistry. Dr. Gauger also worked in private practice in Olympia prior to starting Tacoma Oral Surgery & Implants. He continues to be active at UW school of dentistry  volunteering on the admissions committee and teaching 3rd year students in their first clerkship in oral surgery.

Dr. Gauger’s professional interests include:

  •          Dental Implants and bone-grafting
  •          3D and Digital treatment planning
  •          Oral Maxillofacial Pathology
  •          Orthognathic Surgery
  •          Maxillofacial Trauma
  •          Office-based general anesthesia

On these topics, Dr. Gauger has lectured at various local Dental Societies, Dental Hygienist and Denturist conventions, Military Continuing education, even Athletic Trainer associations. He has given well attended lectures on Dental implants, Wisdom teeth, Facial Trauma, Pathology, and Anesthesia/Medical emergencies in the office setting.  During residency, Dr. Gauger co-authored a landmark paper on the epidemiological-economic impact of facial trauma in the region – a paper now cited in numerous similar publications. To Dr. Gauger, education and continuation of knowledge is a core value.

Dr. Gauger maintains hospital appointments at:

  •  University of Washington Medical Center
  •  St. Josephs, Tacoma
  •  Tacoma General / Mary Brige Hospital
  •   Allenmore Hospital, Tacoma

He is a member of a number of professional organizations

  • American Association of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons (AAOMS)
  • Washington State Society of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons (WSSOMS)
  • American Dental Association
  • Washington State Dental Association
  • Pierce County Dental Society
  • American Dental Society of Anesthesiology (ADSA)

In early 2015, Dr. Gauger was Board Certified in Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery. At age 30, he was one of the youngest in history to be recognized as a Diplomate of the American Board of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery

Outside of dentistry, Dr. Gauger enjoys spending time with family. He and his wife Jenny have been married since 2006. Jenny is a Tacoma native and Stadium Tiger alum as well. Their family includes their daughter Heidi, son Samuel, and rescue-dog named Greta. Dr. Gauger is an avid football fan and always is looking forward to autumn so he can root on his beloved Seahawks and Huskies. Dr. Gauger’s hobbies – outside of being a father/husband/dog-owner – are the outdoors. He likes to get outside whether working in the yard, hiking in the woods, on a run, or just in the backyard barbequeing. A food-enthusiast, Dr. Gauger always has his ears open for good places to get a bite to eat.

Dr. Gauger believes that the most important aspect of his practice is attention to patient care. He prioritizes delivering safe, effective, timely care with a personal connection between doctor and patient. He hopes he can make each patient feel safe, unpressured, and well-informed before making healthcare decisions. Dr. Gauger truly enjoys his profession and getting to meet new people each day.