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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 in semester 2, following DENT6837 in semester 1, and both 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 aspects

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%)

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

Students are able to (1) demonstrate knowledge of examination, diagnosis, planning and treatment of patients with periodontal disease; (2) demonstrate knowledge of the structure and function of periodontal tissue; (3) demonstrate knowledge of the initiation, progression and outcomes of periodontal disease; (4) display the periodontic management of patients; (5) display comprehensive competence of the principles of wound healing as well as soft and hard

tissue regeneration and repair.; (6) comprehensive knowledge of the influence of forces (trauma, parafunction, orthodontic

forces, etc.) on the periodontium and related structures and their management.; (7) comprehensive knowledge of the diagnosis, aetiology and treatment of halitosis.

comprehensive competence of the diagnosis, aetiology and treatment of dentinal

sensitivity.; and (8) comprehensive competence of all surgical techniques used in periodontics,

their indications and contraindications, advantages and disadvantages..


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 University , 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
registration with the Dental Board of WA for the duration of the enrolment.
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).

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.

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

Munksgaard 2014.

• Sato N. Periodontal Surgery: A Clinical Atlas. Quintessence Publishing..

• 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.

• Zucchelli G. Mucogingival esthetic surgery. Quintessence Publishing 2013. 2nd Edn

• Renvert S and Giovannoli JL : Peri-implantitis. Quintessence Publishing. 2014 1st Edn

• 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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