The Periodontics Preceptorship Program is specifically designed for a recent dental school graduate preferably from a Prosthodontics Specialty Program in the US who would like to expand his/her knowledge in Periodontics and Dental Implantology. The applicant must demonstrate a strong desire to learn state of the art techniques, investigate current scientific literature and become competent in managing a broad range of periodontal procedures as well as dental implants. Over the course of one year, seminars with other graduate students will be attended and clinical procedures will be performed. Although emphasis is placed on the clinical aspects of Periodontics and Implantology, the participant will also have the opportunity to extensively explore the periodontal and dental implant literature providing a more evidence-based clinical approach to patient care.
The participant will be able to integrate these skills immediately into a dental practice, or apply for additional training in an Advanced Education Program in Periodontics.
By the completion of this Preceptorship program, the participant should be able to:
- Gather medical and dental history data, proper clinical and periodontal information, and clinical photographs for proper case presentation.
- Make accurate periodontal diagnoses based on pertinent historical, clinical and radiographic information, and to arrive at reasonable periodontal treatment plans including the use of dental implants.
- Explain and be clinically familiar with a variety of periodontal surgical procedures for treatment of chronic inflammatory and aggressive periodontal diseases.
- Explain and be clinically familiar with various periodontal surgical procedures for proper functional and cosmetic crown lengthening.
- Assess the outcomes of non-surgical and surgical periodontal treatment.
- Investigate current and classic periodontal and dental implant literature, with a developing ability to critically review pertinent articles.
- Explain and be clinically familiar with other surgical techniques such as tooth extraction using periotomes, bone grafting and guided bone regeneration techniques.
The proficient and dedicated preceptor student may be able to use advanced surgical techniques for placement of implants such as guided surgery techniques and immediate loading techniques. All clinical procedures will be allowed based on clinical instructor monitoring and student ability to demonstrate the knowledge and skill to proceed with proper patient treatment.