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Periodontology Courses

Biology of the Periodontum

  • Advanced concepts in Periodontology related to: anatomy and physiology, bone biology, diagnosis and classification, development, etiology, microbiology, pathogenesis, wound healing, therapy, immunology, occlusion and the periodontium, regeneration techniques, periodontal plastic surgery, prevention and study design.

Clinical Topics in Periodontology

  • Topics relating to clinical periodontics, specifically diagnosis, therapy, and supportive periodontal therapy; and, the interrelationship of endodontics, orthodontics and prosthodontics with periodontics.
  • Clinical demonstrations are given to familiarize the residents with specific techniques. Each demonstration is succeeded and followed by a brief seminar outlining indications and contraindications.

Clinical Topics in Periodontology: Advanced Periodontal and Implant Surgery

  • Review and discuss the rationale and techniques for Advanced Periodontal and Implant Surgery.

Clinical Topics in Periodontology: Endodontic Seminar

  • Contemporary information in endodontology and familiarity with clinical aspects of endodontics related to: pulp biology, root anatomy, periodontal - pulpal disease signs (symptoms), diagnosis, access for endodontic treatment, pulp extirpation, temporary restorations, apicoectomy, apical preparation, and apical sealing.

Clinical Topics in Periodontology - Guided Tissue Regeneration

  • Biological principles of guided tissue regeneration, clinical applications for guided tissue regeneration, different materials used for barriers, and how to apply the different types of barriers.

Clinical Topics in Periodontology - Sinus Cavity

  • Anatomy and function of the sinus cavity
  • Sinus diagnostic techniques (endoscopy)
  • Physiology and microbiology of the sinus
  • Radiological techniques of the sinus
  • Diagnostic and management of oro-antral communications
  • Pathology of the sinus (sinusitis, cystic lesions, tumors), sinus lift procedures, sinus grafting
  • Success rate of implants placed in the sinus
  • Complications from the sinus cavity and their management.

Control of Pain and Anxiety in Dentistry

  • Theoretical and practical experience in the application of pain controlling agents
  • Discuss and demonstrate the administration of nitrous oxide inhalation analgesia and diazepam
  • Review of basic pharmacology and potential application of other sedative analgesics
  • Discussion of local anesthetics.

Dental Implant Clinic

  • Indications and contraindications for dental implants of various designs and characteristics
  • Prosthetic requirements of dental implants
  • Pre-surgical examination and treatment planning for the use of dental implants
  • Surgical placement of dental implants
  • Evaluation of peri-implant tissues and the management of implant complications
  • Maintenance of dental implants
  • Appropriate sterile and aseptic techniques for placement of dental implants
  • Guided bone regeneration, sinus elevation procedures, and augmentation bone grafts.

Dental Implantology and Literature Review

  • Comprehensive review of the dental implant literature.
  • Lectures include didactic material (factors which influence the biocompatibility of implant materials, principals of osseointegration, implant design, and characterization of bio-mechanical properties) and surgical techniques, case selection, anatomical consideration, and hard and soft tissue surgical management techniques.

Diagnosis, Treatment Planning and Case Presentations Seminar

  • Preparation and delivery of case reports
  • Rationalization of treatment plan and case management
  • Philosophies and modalities of periodontal treatment

Evidence Based Periodontology Seminar

  • To train residents in the methods and application of the evidence based dentistry method.
  • Residents will gain in-depth knowledge in all aspects of the evidence-based process including an evidence based review.

General Anesthesiology

  • 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, in the hospital environment.

Implant Case Presentation Seminar

  • Diagnosis and treatment planning for dental implants including: evaluation of mounted study casts, interpretation of various imaging modalities, assessment of ridge form and volume, assessment of partially edentulous spaces, selection of appropriate implant system, implant size/shape and prosthetic interface, the planning, fabrication, and analysis of surgical guides (stents), esthetic consideration - including emergence profile, soft/hard tissue contours, and amount of keratinized tissue, and the appropriate planning for suite preparation.

Oral Medicine Seminar

Residents will gain in-depth knowledge of oral medicine related to the following areas:

  • History and physical examination
  • Evaluation of medical laboratory tests
  • Mechanisms, interactions, and effects of the pharmaceutical agents used in the diagnosis and management of periodontal diseases
  • Mechanisms, interactions, and effects of the pharmaceutical agents used to treat systemic conditions on periodontal diseases and their management
  • Effects of the various systemic diseases and conditions on the incidence, diagnosis, progression and management of periodontal diseases
  • Effects of periodontal diseases on the incidence, diagnosis, progression and management of various systemic conditions or/and disorders
  • Intraoral and extraoral pathological lesions of the hard and soft tissues.   

Periodontal Clinic

  • Provide comprehensive periodontal treatment on patients with Case Types I through V, all types of periodontal diseases and with medically compromised and handicapped patients.

Periodontal Histology and Histopathology

  • Normal histology and histopathology of the periodontium.
  • Histopathology of the lesions that affect the periodontium
  • Histological changes that occur when the normal and diseased periodontium is subjected to tooth movement and trauma
  • Value of step-serial sections in evaluating the periodontium
  • Histological response of the periodontium to therapy
  • Histopathology of non-plaque related lesions
  • Histomorphometric techniques
  • Molecular biology, immunocytochemistry, and the histology of dental implants.

Periodontology Literature Review

  • 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 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
  • Gain experience in seminar preparation, organization and leadership.

Research Project

  • For each resident to participate in a research project during his/her education. The degree of involvement in the project depends on the student's future goals.
  • Student will become familiar with the scientific method and principles of valid clinical research.
  • All projects are designed for presentation and publication. The resident participates in the formulation of the manuscript for submission.

Teaching Experience in General Dentistry

  • To produce a periodontal specialist capable of transmitting knowledge in the clinical and classroom environment on a pre-doctoral and post-doctoral level.