The Department of Periodontics provides didactic and clinic instruction in Periodontology at the predoctoral and the postdoctoral levels. The department also provides instruction via continuing dental education courses to practicing dentists and hygienists. The training is adjusted to the level of competency of the student. The clinical areas of instruction include periodontal examination, diagnosis, treatment planning, case presentation and communication, therapies, and outcome assessments in otherwise healthy as well as medically compromised patients.
The didactic areas of instruction include the normal periodontium at the macro and microscopic level, periodontal pathology including intra-oral lesions associated with periodontal conditions, periodontal microbiology and immunology, pain control and pharmacology applicable to periodontal treatments, cell biology, wound healing including periodontal regeneration, dental implantology, case management, epidemiology and statistics in Periodontology.
Research methodology is primarily taught to postdoctoral students. Faculty members are actively participating in basic and applied sciences research and provide students instruction and guidance in research. The current primary areas of research include, but are not limited to, studies of cellular and humoral immunity in periodontal disease, the microbiology of the periodontal infection, periodontal regeneration, implant procedures and outcome assessments, periodontal diagnostics, HIV infection in the periodontium, and epidemiology.