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Unit Overview


This is the first-year theory unit in Periodontics in the Doctor of Clinical Dentistry course. The unit is taken over semester 1 and the Unit DENT 6838 in semester 2 must be completed to fulfil the requirements of the year. The unit comprises two distinct but inseparable parts: periodontology—the study of the periodontal tissues and their diseases; and periodontics—the application of periodontology to the clinical treatment and management of periodontal conditions and the interrelation with other clinical disciplines. Students study clinical aspects of infectious diseases, their identification and treatment, and aspects of clinical immunology including the structure of the immune system, diagnosis and treatment of disease pathogenesis. The unit studies the processes of examination, diagnosis, planning and treatment of patients in respect to periodontal disease. The linkage of periodontics with all other dental disciplines is established especially in the field of treatment planning.

Teaching Methods: Prescribed readings, seminars, tutorials, discussions, and student


Assessment: The assessment in these two semester theory units consists of a combination of

formative and summative methods.

Formative methods are: active participation in seminars and presentations from other registrars and

staff and presentations of assignments (periodontal/implant topics; case presentations and

journal clubs). The assignments (written essay; presentation; journal club and case presentation) should demonstrate original, individual input from the student with critical thinking.

Additional formative methods to monitor the progression of the students during the semester are

DOPS (Direct observation of procedural skills) , CbD (case based discussion) and Mini-CEX (Mini Clinical Evaluation Exercise) forms. Although these are mainly used in a clinical setting they can contribute to assess the Registrar and give immediate feedback on both clinical and theoretical


Summative methods:

At the end of the year an exam with two to three internal examiners will be carried out as


A three hour written exam (40%)

One hour viva voce exam (40%)

Critical appraisal of a journal article (20%)

Professional Behaviour Requirements - Please refer to the Dental School Handbook regarding requirements and consequences of non-compliance, which can delay course progression and/or graduation, depending on circumstances.

6 points
(see Timetable)
Non-standard teaching periodOral Health Care Centre of WA (OHCWA)Face to face

Students are able to (1) show: comprehensive competence of the anatomy, histology and physiology of the tissues of the oral cavity and related structures; (2) show: comprehensive competence of oral microbiology with emphasis on the following: the

nature, composition and physiology of plaque biofilm and its relationship to inflammatory periodontal diseases; techniques to identify microorganisms, their application and utility in periodontal practice; calculus formation; (3) show: comprehensive competence of infectious, inflammatory and immunological processes in oral diseases with emphasis on the pathogenesis of periodontal diseases; (4) show: comprehensive knowledge and competency of the classification and epidemiology of the periodontal diseases and comprehensive competence of imaging techniques and their interpretation as they related to the diagnosis of periodontal diseases; (5) knowledge and competency of behavioural risk factors for periodontal diseases and methods for their modification (including tobacco, alcohol and diet). Proficiency on all aspects of non-surgical therapy; (6) show: comprehensive competency of the mechanisms, effects and interactions of medications used for the prevention and therapy of periodontal diseases, as well as comprehensive knowledge of the mechanisms, effects and interactions of medications used for the management of systemic diseases that may affect periodontal tissues and surrounding structures, and comprehensive competence of the periodontal–systemic relationships; and (7) show: comprehensive competency of the inter-relationship of periodontitis to pulpal disease and the various approaches to treatment.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) written exam; (2) case presentation; and (3) critical appraisal of a scientific article. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Associate Professor Leticia Miranda
Unit rules
a degree of Bachelor of Dental Science from the University of Western Australia, or equivalent as recognised by the Faculty.
and • at least two years' full-time equivalent professional experience in the practice of general dentistry.
and •
successful completion of
the Primary examinations for Fellowship of the Royal Australasian College of Dental Surgeons.
and • registration with the Dental Board of WA for the duration of the enrolment.
• English language competency - both the University of Western Australia and the Dental Board of Australia requirements must be met.
At present, IELTS (academic) is the only examination for overseas-trained dentists that is accepted by both UWA and the DBA.
The University requires a minimum overall score 7.0 with no band less than 7.0 in this examination.
Contact hours
Seminars: 3 hours per week for 4-5 weeks
Students are required to be registered with the Dental Board of Australia for the duration of the Doctor of Clinical Dentistry (90840).


• Lindhe J, Lang N. Clinical Periodontology and Implant Dentistry.6th edn. Blackwell

Munksgaard 2014.

• Newman M, Takei H, Carranza F. Carranza’s Clinical Periodontology. 10th edn. Elsevier


• Nield-Gehrig J. Fundamentals of Periodontal Instrumentation and Advanced Root

Instrumentation. 7th edn Lippincott Williams & Wilkins 2012.


• Laskaris G, Scully C. Periodontal Manifestations of local and systemic diseases. Springer

Editions. 2003

• N. Karimbux. Clinical cases in Periodontics. Wiley Blackwell. 2012. 1st Edn



• Journal of Clinical Periodontology - Wiley Blackwell Publishing

• Journal of Periodontology - American Academy of Periodontology

• Clinical Advances in Periodontology - American Academy of Periodontology

• Journal of Periodontal Research - Wiley Blackwell Publishing

• Periodontology 2000 - Wiley Blackwell Publishing

• Implant Dentistry Wolters Kluver Editors

• Clinical Oral Implants Research- Wiley Blackwell Publishing

• The International Journal of Periodontics & Restorative Dentistry - Quintessence


Other additional implant and periodontics related journals.

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