This course provides an evidence-based foundation in anatomy, histology and physiology of periodontal tissues; aetiology and pathogenesis of periodontal diseases. Additionally in the examination, diagnosis, classification, prognosis, prevention, treatment planning, staging of treatment; and in non-surgical periodontal therapy including supportive periodontal therapy. A focus of this year will be the oral biofilm including specific periodontal pathogens, mechanical and chemical biofilm control as well as modifying/risk factors (i.e. behavioral/life style factors, endodontic factors, occlusal factors, inflammation, immunology) and wound healing. Towards the end of the year, the students will be introduced to the basic techniques and materials of periodontal surgery. Regular journal clubs, seminars and workshops are held to critically evaluate the current literature and gain the theoretical background required. Didactic instruction in this course complements clinical activities.
Clinical work and small group seminars
Written paper and essay (summative assessment). End of year examination
A recommended reading and textbook list is provided for this unit in class.
(DENT5401 and DENT5402 and DENT5403) or DENT6326Co-requisites
DENT5404 and DENT5405