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Unit Overview


This is the first-year clinical practice unit in Periodontics in the Doctor of Clinical Dentistry course. The unit is taken over two semesters and parts 1 and 2 must be completed to fulfil the requirements of the unit. 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. 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 will be supervised during clinical sessions by specialist Periodontists. On average, five half-day sessions per week are devoted to the Periodontics Clinic Students are required to maintain a logbook, summarising all patients treated during their training, which is evaluated throughout the course.

Teaching Methods: Clinical management of patients whilst being supervised by specialist

Periodontists, pre-clinical laboratory work, workshops, & student presentations of case reports.

Assessment: Students are continuously assessed by their supervisors during clinical practice


Participation in seminars and the presentation of case reports will also be assessed.

The formal assessment in these two semester clinical practice units consists of a combination of

formative and summative methods.

Formative methods are:

  • Participation in the clinical sessions as primary operator
  • Satisfactory completion of periodontal cases documented in form of a clinical logbook
  • Additional formative methods to monitor the progression of the students during the semester

are DOPS, CbD and Mini-CEX forms.

Summative methods:

At the end of the year an exam with internal and external examiners ) will be carried out as below:

clinical assesssment (ongoing) (50%)

case presentation (30%)

clinical logbook (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 related to initial periodontal therapy; (5) comprehensive knowledge of the anatomy, histology and physiology of the tissues of the oral cavity and related structures; (6) comprehensive knowledge of infectious, inflammatory and immunological processes in oral diseases with emphasis on the pathogenesis of periodontal diseases; (7) comprehensive knowledge of the periodontal exam and classification of the periodontal diseases; (8) knowledge of behavioural risk factors for periodontal diseases and methods for their modification (including tobacco, alcohol and diet); (9) comprehensive knowledge of imaging techniques and their interpretation as they related to the diagnosis of periodontal diseases; (10) comprehensive knowledge of the periodontal–systemic relationships; (11) comprehensive knowledge in the mechanical non surgical, and/or antimicrobial treatment of periodontal pathologies; (12) comprehensive knowledge of the diagnosis, aetiology and treatment of dentinal sensitivity; (13) comprehensive knowledge of the diagnosis, aetiology and treatment of halitosis; (14) comprehensive knowledge of the periodontal–systemic relationships; (15) comprehensive knowledge of the influence of forces (trauma, parafunction, orthodontic forces, etc.) on the periodontium and related structures and their management; (16) 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; (17) comprehensive knowledge of the mechanisms, effects and interactions of medications used for the prevention and therapy of periodontal diseases; (18) display professional behaviour in the educational and clinical settings,; (19) discuss challenges to professionalism and reflect on professional behaviours in the clinical setting; (20) display critical and insightful self-reflection of their own personal values, wellbeing, personal difficulties and professional performance; and (21) respond to professionalism challenges and insightful self reflection by implementing effective management strategies.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) clinical assesssment (ongoing); (2) case presentation

; (3) clinical logbook; and (4) professional behaviour assessment (failed component). Further information is available in the unit outline.

To pass this unit, a student must: (a) achieve an overall mark of 50 per cent or higher for the unit; and (b) achieve the requisite requirements(s) or a mark of 50 per cent or greater, whichever is higher and specified in the unit outline, for the professional behaviour assessment (failed component) component.

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 Bachelor of Dental Science of The University of Western Australia or equivalent , Pass in the primary examinations of the Royal Australasian College of Dental Surgeons or equivalent , at least two years' full-time equivalent experience in general dental practice
Contact hours
clinics: five to six 4-hour sessions per week


• 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.

• International Team for Implantology ITI Treatment Guides. Volume I to VII. Quintessence


• Merli M: Implant Therapy: Integrated Treatment Planning, Volume I Quintessence

Publishing 2015. 1st Edn.

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

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

• Misch C. Dental Implant Prosthetics. Elsevier Mosby Editions. 2005

• 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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