UW School of Dentistry


Introduction to Periodontics

Frank Roberts

2 Credits / Quarter 3 (Spring, First Year)

Course Description

Clinical, histopathologic, and radiographic features of various periodontal diseases and principles of preventive periodontics and initial examination of periodontium.

Educational Objectives

The student will gain knowledge of the different periodontal diseases. The objectives will be for the student to be able to (1) list the normal structures of the periodontium, (2) classify the various periodontal diseases, (3) describe the epidemiology of periodontal diseases, (4) describe local and systemic factors, (5) describe the role of microbial plaque and calculus, (6) describe the histopathology of the periodontal diseases, and (7) describe the host response and pathogenic lesions.

Course Outline

Lecture topics include: normal structure of the periodontium; classification and epidemiology of periodontal diseases; local and systemic factors; microbial plaque and calculus; histopathology of periodontitis; host response and pathogenic lesions in periodontal disease.

Course Expectations

To meet the requirements of this course successfully, the student must attend lectures and demonstrate her/his understanding of the lecture material and supplemental reading through weekly quizzes and a final examination.

Competencies Addressed

  • UWSOD Competency 1: Examine a patient using contemporary diagnostic methods to evaluate the head and neck region and to reach a diagnosis of the patient’s oral and craniofacial health status.
  • UWSOD Competency 3: Formulate a comprehensive treatment plan based on diagnostic findings, then implement treatment in a safe, properly sequenced and timely manner.
  • UWSOD Competency 14: Manage periodontal diseases.


  • Clinical PERIODONTOLOGY by Newman, Takei, Klokkevold, and Carranza, 10th ed. 2006
  • Course Website

*last updated: 2/12/2013