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Descriptions of the periodontology program courses are below.  For descriptions of the core courses shared by all training programs at the Eastman Institute for Oral Health, please visit our CD/CS: 

Introduction to Clinical Periodontology

The purpose of the course is to familiarize the new periodontal resident with the practical aspects of clinical periodontology and the administrative protocol of the Eastman Dental Center Periodontal Clinic. This allows for a smooth transition into the graduate clinic, ensures efficient use of the students’ and instructors’ time and improves patient care.

Current Literature Review

Current Literature Review In Periodontics and Dental Implantology: Education on the current developments in the field of Periodontology and Dental Implantology as related to:

  • New discoveries in understanding the pathogenesis of periodontal and peri-implant diseases. Identifying new risk factors in periodontal and peri-implant diseases.
  • New products and treatment modalities.
  • Clinical trials testing new and established clinical practices.
  • Innovation in surgical techniques.

Clinical Topics in Periodontology

  • Guided Tissue Regeneration: This course emphasizes on biological principles, clinical applications, different materials of GTR and how to apply different types of barriers.
  • Occlusal Adjustment: Basic principles in dental occlusion and occlusal therapy are discussed. After completing the seminar, the residents will be expected to analyze different occlusal schemes(ideal, physiologic, and pathologic),propose corrective treatment plans and perform occlusal adjustments as indicated.
  • Periodontal Suturing: Various suture materials, needles and techniques will be discussed and each resident will learn how to choose the appropriate material and technique for a procedure as well as application via a hands-on model.

Dental Implant Interdisciplinary Treatment (Prostho and Perio Programs)

Education on diagnosis and treatment planning for dental implants that is satisfactory for the completion of the Periodontology CDA requirements and allows the resident a limited hands-on experience in the area of prosthodontic treatment.

Implant Case Presentation Seminar (given in conjunction with Division of Prosthodontics)

A bi-weekly seminar is held with the participants. In each seminar, the surgical and prosthodontic residents jointly present their upcoming cases to faculty and residents.  The residents use mounted casts, wax-ups, radiographs, and clinical photographs to present the chief complaint, diagnosis, and treatment plan. A discussion follows to further refine and develop the treatment plan, as well as make the residents aware of additional, alternative treatments and further considerations regarding either the surgical and/or prosthetic treatment plans.

Dental Radiology

 This course emphasizes on basic principles of radiology including:

  • Exposure, process and interpretation of dental radiographs.
  • Techniques for exposing standardized periodic radiographs using stents.
  • Radiographic techniques utilizing radio-opaque markers.
  • Quantitating alveolar bone relationships using objective methods.
  • Exposing and interpreting temporomandibular joint radiographs.
  • Pantographic radiographs.

Lasers In Periodontics And Implant Dentistry

The course objectives are to obtain knowledge of:

  • the basics on laser physics, the classification of the different laser systems
    • (wavelengths) as well as laser-tissue interactions
  • Indications for the use of lasers in dentistry and especially in periodontology
  • basic clinical applications, such as ablation, excision, coagulation, decontamination
  • the wound healing mechanisms after laser applications
  • the different applications in soft tissue surgery (minor oral surgery and periodontology)
  • the treatment of peri-implantitis
  • the way to avoid complications during laser therapy focusing on laser safety

Diagnosis, Treatment Planning And Case Presentation Seminar

The objective of this course is to enable the student to be proficient in the preparation and delivery of case reports; the rationalization of his/her treatment plan and case management; and to be made aware of the various philosophies and modalities of periodontal treatment.

Endodontic Seminar And Rotation

Each resident learns how to obtain a proper history, examine, diagnose and treat pulpal and pulpal/periodontal lesions.

Clinical Management Of Medically Compromised Dental Patients

The purpose of this course is to instruct the Periodontal residents in the recognition, evaluation and management of complex, medically compromised dental patients.

Orthodontics - Prosthodontics- Periodontics Seminar

The goals of this course are to provide residents with the following experiences and information.

  • Exposure to other specialists.
  • Multidisciplinary management of dental problems.
  • Information on the etiology, pathogenesis, diagnosis, and therapy for problems of interest to Orthodontists, Prosthodontists and Periodontists.

Periodontal Histology And Histopathology

The course objectives are to obtain in depth knowledge of:

  • the normal histology and histopathology of the periodontium;
  • the histopathology of the lesions that affect the periodontium;
  • the histological changes that occur when the normal and diseased periodontium is subjected to tooth movement and trauma;
  • the value of step-serial sections in evaluating the periodontium;
  • the histological response of the periodontium to therapy;
  • the histopathology of non-plaque related lesions;
  • the histomorphometric techniques;
  • molecular biology and immunocytochemistry.

Periodontal  And Dental Implantology Literature Review

The course objectives are

  • Gain knowledge and understanding of the biology of the periodontium in health and disease.
  • Gain knowledge and understanding of the etiology of periodontal diseases.
  • Gain knowledge and understanding of the various therapies for the periodontal diseases.
  • Gain knowledge and understanding of dental Implantology.
  • Understand the scientific and empirical basis of periodontology.
  • Define those areas of periodontology in which further research is needed.
  • Design investigations to answer questions raised in 5 above.
  • Gain experience in seminar preparation, organization and leadership.

Parenteral Moderate Sedation  (Rotation In OMFS)

As a continuation of the Pain and Management Course (D500), residents are required to complete at least 20 live dental patient cases performing intravenous conscious sedation. Starting in August of their first year, and after the successful completion of 60 didactic hours, residents rotate twice a month in OMFS performing on average 2-3 sedation cases per visit.

Pain Management Course

The Pain Management course emphasizes drugs and techniques of Enteral and Parenteral Sedation as they are practiced in Dentistry.  A review of pharmacodynamics and pharmacokinetics of oral and intravenous drugs and delivery is provided.  The pharmacology of commonly used oral and intravenous sedative agents is discussed.  The pharmacology and pharmacokinetics of inhalation anesthetics is reviewed as required in relation to nitrous oxide-oxygen conscious sedation techniques.  A review of pre-operative patient assessment and elements of clinical IV sedation is provided.  Monitoring, including interpretation of the electrocardiogram and pulse oximeter, is discussed in detail.  The course also emphasizes on the recognition, support and rescuing of patients who unexpectedly enter a deeper level of sedation than anticipated.

The structure of this education and clinical plan aims to develop a clinician who can manage the sedated airway and support patient ventilation, who is able to prepare and administer appropriate reversal medications, and support the development of a practice structure that is able to organize clinical and ancillary staff necessary to function as a coordinated support team for the practitioner sedating patients.

Teaching Experience/Practice Teaching

The objective of this course is to produce a periodontal specialist capable of transmitting knowledge in the clinical and classroom environment on a pre-doctoral and post-doctoral level.

Grand Rounds Presentations

This course is designed to provide an interactive forum where the EIOH programs can present various clinical and research topics related to their knowledge area. Each program is assigned a date/year at the beginning of the year by the Office of the Eastman Institute for Oral Health’s Director. Presentations are given by the selected residents (usually third-year residents) and are one-hour to one and half hour long, including a Q & A session. Presentations are given with a lecture format (AV) and relate to a topic and/or treatment selected by presenting the faculty and residents. These presentations are attended by all faculty and residents of the EIOH. The faculty stimulates discussion of the treatment performed or topic discussed

Periodontics- Prosthodontic Senior Case Presentations

3rd year Prosthodontic and Periodontics residents will be coupled in a team to present a complex multidisciplinary case that has been jointly treated, by the 2 residents, during their residency program. Presentation format is analogous to the format used for the American Boards of Prosthodontics and Periodontology examinations. All residents are required to attend these sessions.

Periodontics Mock Board Examinations

This mock American Board of Periodontics examination is given in conformity with the rules and regulations established by the relevant American Academy of Periodontology committee

General Anesthesiology Rotation

To familiarize the resident with techniques and drugs used in general, local and regional anesthesia and analgesia, as well as patient management and support. Techniques of intubation, phlebotomy, patient monitoring and support will be performed under close supervision.