Specific objectives

Knowledge

The students shall demonstrate that they have achieved full knowledge of the following specialized fields:

  • Surgical and topographical anatomy of the oral-maxillofacial region
  • Surgical dissection on human fixed anatomical specimens
  • Periodontal anatomy
  • Histology, physiology and biology of periodontium
  • Oral microbiology, with a particular regard to the formation of the bacterial biofilm, as well as to its composition and relationship with periodontal diseases
  • Classification and epidemiology of periodontal diseases
  • Bioethics and forensic medicine applied to dentistry, with a particular regard to periodontics and oral surgery
  • Research biostatistics and methods
  • Pathogenetic mechanisms of periodontal diseases
  • Non-plaque-induced gingivitis and oral mucous membrane diseases
  • Relationships existing between periodontal diseases and systemic diseases (periomedicine)
  • Halitosis (bad breath): etiology, diagnosis and treatment
  • Tooth sensitivity: etiology, diagnosis and treatment
  • Influence of occlusal forces on periodontium tissues
  • Endo-periodontal relationships
  • Relationships existing between periodontics and other branches of dentistry practice (e.g. conservative dentistry, orthodontics and prosthetics)
  • Orthodontic treatment for patients suffering from periodontal diseases
  • Prosthetic treatment for patients suffering from periodontal diseases
  • Diagnosis of plaque-induced periodontium diseases
  • Primary and secondary prevention of periodontal diseases
  • Topical and systemic pharmaceutical treatment
  • Diagnosis under reassessment at the end of non-surgical treatment
  • Principles of surgical technique
  • Biologic mechanisms of flap and wound healing
  • Safe, high-quality preparation of patients, the operating environment and of the oral, periodontal and implant surgery doctors and operators
  • Gingival, mucous-gingival and periodontal plastic surgery techniques
  • Resective osseous surgery techniques applied to the treatment of supraosseous and intraosseous defects and of bifurcations, aimed at treating periodontal diseases
  • Resective osseous surgery techniques applied to the extension of the clinical crown
  • Resective osseous surgery biology
  • Periodontium regeneration biology
  • Periodontium regeneration biomaterials
  • Resorbable and non-resorbable membranes used for periodontium regeneration
  • Growth factors and periodontium regeneration
  • Stem cells and periodontium regeneration
  • Periodontal regenerative surgery techniques
  • Bone tissue biology and physiology
  • Osseo-integration biology and physiology
  • Implant surface micro- and macro-structures
  • Implant treatment diagnosis
  • Management of peri-implantar soft tissues during the 1st and 2nd surgical steps
  • Management of peri-implantar hard tissues
  • Minimally invasive implant surgery techniques
  • Management of hard and soft tissues in case of minor GBR operations associated with implant insertion
  • Management of hard and soft tissues in case of GBR, with or without implant insertion, within one single surgical step (maxillary sinus rise and vertical & horizontal major GBR)
  • Prosthetic rehabilitation supported by implants in case of single edentulism
  • Prosthetic rehabilitation supported by implants in case of partial edentulism
  • Prosthetic rehabilitation supported by implants in case of total edentulism
  • Techniques for increasing the soft tissue volume in peri-implantar cosmetic regions
  • Techniques for increasing the peri-implantar keratinized tissue
  • Peri-implantar oral mucositis and peri-implantitis: etiopathogenesis
  • Diagnosis and treatment of peri-implantar oral mucositis and peri-implantitis
  • Diagnostic and prognostic parameters during the maintenance therapy

Skills

The students shall demonstrate that they have achieved appropriate skills in the following specialized fields:

  • Collection of the patient’s medical history data and general clinical overview of the same
  • Facial appearance and smile assessment
  • Clinical tooth diagnosis
  • Collection of all periodontal parameters
  • Occlusal and neuromuscular diagnosis
  • Instrumental diagnosis, with a particular regard to the systematic, intra-oral X-ray examination
  • Full collection and interpretation of diagnostic data
  • Prognosis both of every single tooth and of all teeth, followed by the development of a global, consistent treatment plan (both an ideal and compromise plan) within the perspective of a multidisciplinary treatment including implant treatment
  • Motivating and instructing in home hygiene operations
  • Management of all non-surgical treatment issues, including the occlusal treatment
  • Assessment of non-surgical treatment results and identification of the treatment needed for each patient
  • Execution of the following gingival surgery techniques:
    • gingivoplasty
    • gingivectomy with inner and outer bevel
    • frenectomy
    • thinned palate flap
    • modified Widman’s flap
  • Execution of the following mucous-gingival surgical techniques:
    • flap with full tissue preservation, with or without papilla preservation
    • increasing the size of keratinized tissue by means of free gingival grafts or pedunculated flaps with coronal, lateral, rotated and bi-papillar repositioning
  • Execution of the following periodontal plastic surgery techniques:
    • non-surgical root covering
    • surgical root covering by means of pedunculated flaps with coronal, lateral, rotated and bi-papillar repositioning
    • bilaminar techniques by means of pedunculated flaps
    • bilaminar techniques by means of non-pedunculated flaps (envelope flaps and tunnel flaps)
    • non-surgical and surgical recovery of interdental papilla
Teaching activities

The teaching activities are organized as follows:

  • bi/trimestral courses
  • workshops
  • weekly seminars of discussion and critical analysis of periodontal (1st and 2nd year) and implant literature (3rd year)
  • Clinical case discussion twice a week
  • Hands-on seminars of non-surgical periodontal therapy and periodontal and implant surgery on phantom heads and animal models.

Upon completion of the three-year study period, the students shall have:

  • submitted at least 40 written reports on the articles selected and discussed during the weekly literature discussion
  • pass all the exams provided in the Programme
  • have completed a review of the literature with the assigned topic
  • have written-up a scientific article (in English) for publication on international scientific magazines or journals in relation to the research topic developed during the three-year study period
  • pass the final exam at the end of each year
Clinical activities

A specialist in periodontology must be able to evaluate the relevant clinical conditions in such a way that a comprehensive treatment plan can be designed and appropriate treatment, taking into consideration the individual patient needs and expectations, can be provided.

The specialist in periodontology must: 

  • Be proficient in educating patients the etiology and prevention of periodontal, peri-implant and mucosal diseases and to motivate them to assume responsibility for their periodontal health.
  • Be proficient in all methodologies for plaque biofilm control.
  • Be proficient in all aspects of non-surgical therapy.
  • Be proficient in all surgical techniques used in periodontics and implant dentistry, their indications and contraindications, advantages and disadvantages
  • Be proficient in surgical implant therapy, including site development, surgical placement and maintenance.
  • Be proficient in methods for soft and hard tissue reconstruction. 
  • Be proficient in the treatment of all peri-implant diseases.

During the three-year study period, the student will have to:

  • treat at least 30 patients;
  • perform at least 100 periodontal surgical sessions;
  • perform at least 25 implant surgeries comprehensive of bone reconstruction and peri-implant soft tissue management.
Research activities

All students will be assigned a research project at the beginning of Year 1. During the entire three-year study period, all students will be assisted by a research referral tutor who sill support them in reviewing the literature as well as in developing and managing the research protocol and in writing the scientific article. The advances in the research project will be monitored by the tutor and supervised by the Director.

Post-graduate Program in Periodontology
Enrolling

Students will have to send their own CV, according to the European standard and complete with a photograph (click here) to master.parodontologia@unito.it, by specifying “Post-graduate Program in Periodontology” in the subject line.
On-line enrollment will start in September/October at www.unito.it.

The admission test will be held in November and the lessons will start in January.

For any information or clarification, send an email to master.parodontologia@unito.it.

Student selection criteria

Two (min.) to four (max.) students will be admitted to the Master Degree Program per academic year.

The Scientific Committee will select the candidate students based on their  educational degrees, CV, admission and motivational interview.

Cost

The cost of the Post-graduate Program in Periodontology is € 18,000 per annum and the cost of the admission test is around  € 100.
Payments shall be made by means of PAGOPA. The payment  form shall be printed by accessing MyUniTo (“TAXES” section) under one own’s credentials.

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