Graduate Periodontology Program Course Descriptions


  • DSCI 600DG-Head and Neck Anatomy (927 Anat). This is a study of gross structures of the head and neck by systemic dissection supplemented by lectures and demonstrations oriented toward practical surgical applications.
  • DSCI 602DG-Embryology and Histology. Lectures and discussions are given on the embryological development of the face and dental structures, the histophysiology of enamel, dentin, pulp, caries and pulpal disease. The study of the periodontal diseases, oral mucosa and tongue is covered in this course as well.
  • DSCI 603DG-Biostatistics. This course in biostatistics is designed to introduce the student to widely used methods for the analysis of experimental and observational data with orientation toward statistical inference from dental research.
  • PERI 604DG-Experimental Design. This course is an introduction to research, including methods of designing experiments and evaluating experimental data.
  • DSCI 609DG-Pharmacology. Recent advances in pharmacology particularly as related to the graduate students in dentistry are discussed in this course.
  • DSCI 610DG-Graduate Oral Biology. This course provides the graduate student with an expanded knowledge of physiological and biochemical principles in and about oral function. Topics are selected to develop an awareness of the oral environment as an integral part of a whole unit of function. Lectures are concerned with the molecular structure and biologic function of the Extracelluar Matrix, gene alteration in connective tissue disorders, composition and anatomy of bone and cartilage, including factors affecting remodeling and repair, pathogenesis of degenerative TMD disorders, all aspects of wound healing, to include the role of cytokines, growth factors, integrins, and metalloproteinases. The embryology and development of tooth development, eruption, histology of the pulp, pain transmission, facial development, classic signs of inflammation, cell types and function in the host response, significance of the "bio-film" concept, salivary function and related disorders, awareness of recent developments in understanding oral cancer, the role of enkephalins and endorphins in the management of pain and stress in dental patients.
  • PERI 611DG-Hospital Dentistry. This ten-hour course is designed to orient the student to situations and conditions encountered in hospital patients and procedures necessary to safely evaluate and treat this population on an inpatient or outpatient basis. Procedural topics include consent, consultation, physician’s orders, admission, pre-operative, post-operative and discharge notes. Medically related topics include: hemostasis and coagulation, radiation therapy of the head and neck, medical management of patients with cardiovascular disease, diabetes, pulmonary disease, liver disease, interpretation of laboratory tests, odontogenic infections, and management of dental emergencies.
  • PERI 613DG-Microbiology and Immunology. The ten hour seminar is conducted with the assistance of basic science faculty members with expertise in the areas of microbiology, allergy and immunology. Included are lectures on classification, morphology, Gram staining, attachment, structure, culture, metabolism, identification and colonization of microorganisms, periodontopathic bacteria, bacterial metabolism, virulence factors and attachment mechanisms. Host defense presentations include lectures on ‘T’ and ‘B’ cells, antigens, mitogens, antibody mediated reactions, humoral and cell mediated interactions, cytokines, laboratory immunologic assays and their clinical significance.
  • PERI 614/615DG, 714/715DG, 814/815DG-Research in Periodontal Pathobiology. This course will provide each resident with the opportunity to engage in periodontal research. It may include both clinical and laboratory research, with the emphasis in one or the other research areas. Each resident will be assigned a research mentor who is trained and experienced in research methodologies and writing of scientific papers. Instruction will be given by appropriate faculty members on an individualized basis. Resident activities will include research of relevant literature, writing of appropriate literature reviews, hands on research, gathering and analysis of data, interpretation of results, drawing conclusions and writing papers appropriate for publication. The course will integrated with the remainder of the curriculum throughout the 36 month duration of the program.
  • PERI 621DG-Introduction to Periodontal Pathobiology. This is an overview of periodontics in a combination textbook-literature-lecture seminar format. Subject areas covered include periodontal anatomy and histology, etiology and histopathology or periodontal diseases. Clinically related seminars include examination, diagnosis, prognosis and treatment planning for the patient with periodontal disease. A variety of approaches to treatment, as well as the importance of supportive therapy for the treated patient, is emphasized. Appropriate reading material from standard textbooks and the periodontal literature is assigned for each seminar period.
  • PERI 622DG-Lectures in Periodontal Surgery. This twenty-four hour lecture course is devoted to the indications, advantages, limitations and contraindications, as well as the technical approach to the management of periodontal diseases and conditions using standard periodontal surgical procedures.
  • PERI 625DG, 725DG, 825DG-Case Presentation Seminar (UT). This seminar is conducted by the postgraduate and undergraduate faculty, during the three year residency, on a regular basis. The purpose of this seminar is to allow the resident to present all relevant findings, to formulate one or more approaches to treatment, and the evaluation of therapeutic results before a critical and knowledgeable audience.
  • PERI 626DG, 726DG, 826DG-Clinical Periodontics (UT). Approximately fifty percent of the resident’s clinical time is spent in the University of Tennessee Health Science Center dental school postgraduate periodontics clinic where advanced experience is gained in the management of all types of periodontal treatment situations. Emphasis is given to detailed case workup, analysis of all dental and periodontal problems, providing experience in a wide variety of approaches to periodontal treatment, clinical and photographic documentation of all treatment procedures performed and a careful evaluation of post-treatment results, including maintenance therapy for all patients treated in the postgraduate periodontics clinic. Experience is gained in the treatment planning, placement and maintenance of dental implants, as well as various approaches to anxiety control and sedation.
  • PERI 629DG, 729DG, 829DG-Treatment Planning Seminar (V.A.). This one hour per week seminar is conducted during all semesters of the first two years of the residency program, by staff members from the Department of Prosthodontics, General Dentistry, Oral Surgery and Periodontology. The multi-disciplinary approach to the etiology, diagnosis, prognosis, treatment planning and therapy is the purpose of this seminar.
  • PERI 632DG, 732DG, 832DG-Clinical Periodontics (V.A.). Approximately one third of the resident’s clinical time is spent at the Veterans Administration Hospital Dental Clinic in the first two years of the residency program. This time commitment will be reduced in the third year of the program. Experience is gained in the treatment of all types of periodontal conditions. Emphasis is placed on evaluation and management of periodontal conditions in the medically compromised patient. Experience is also gained in the use of intravenous sedation techniques.
  • PERI 635DG-Sedation in the Periodontal Office. This course provides an introduction to the spectrum of various methods for anxiety control and stress reduction as an adjunct to local anesthesia in the practice of periodontics. The advantages, indications, disadvantages and limitations for psychosedation, oral rectal, intramuscular, inhalation and intravenous sedation are presented. A review of the nature of pain and pain perception, cardiopulmonary physiology, patient physical evaluation, the pharmacology of nitrous oxide, barbiturates, benzodiazepines, opiates and reversal agents, as well as technical aspects of inhalation and intravenous sedation procedures, and the management of untoward reaction is presented. The course serves as the core for the development of clinical experience in stress reduction and management of patient anxiety in the periodontal office. It is supplemented by the various courses, seminars and rotations in anatomy, pharmacology, internal medicine and general anesthesia.
  • PERI 641/642DG, 741/742DG-Topical Literature Review of Periodontology Seminar. This seminar is conducted regularly throughout the first two years of the residency program under the direction of the postgraduate periodontics staff. The purpose of this seminar is exposure to classic and current concepts in various subject areas, as well as written and verbal evaluation of the literature reviewed.
  • PERI 643/644DG, 743/744DG, 843/844DG-Review of Current Periodontal Literature Seminar. This seminar is conducted regularly throughout the three year residency period. Major journals devoted to periodontics are reviewed selectively. Selected articles are also reviewed from other major journals. The purpose of this seminar is to provide experience in reading, abstracting and evaluating the most recently published ideas and concepts in the field of periodontics.
  • DSCI 705DG-Advanced Oral Pathology. This is a study of lesions and diseases of the jaws and contiguous soft tissue and consists of a presentation of facts and concepts regarding diseases of the oral cavity and the relationships existing between local and systemic disease with consideration for appropriate treatment.
  • DSCI 717DG-Periodontic - Orthodontic Seminar. This seminar is conducted weekly during one semester of the three year residency by members of the Orthodontics and Periodontics faculties. Included are lectures on the interrelationships of orthodontic and periodontic approaches to common treatment situations. Selected literature of common interest to the students of Orthodontics and Periodontics is reviewed. Residents present cases for diagnosis and treatment planning as well as cases treated in an interdisciplinary manner. The purpose of this seminar is to encourage greater interaction and understanding between orthodontist and periodontist, including the identification of patients to be treated jointly by residents in orthodontics and periodontics.
  • PERI 727DG-General Anesthesia Rotation (V.A.). This is a variable rotation period during which the resident gains experience in intravenous sedation and general anesthesia for all types of operations performed by general surgery. Supervision is by staff anesthesiologists. Didactic presentations by the anesthesiology staff include medicine, technology, pharmacy, physiology and physical diagnosis.
  • PERI 736DG-Implantology. This course serves as an introduction to clinical implant therapy provided through a series of lectures and reviews of the “classic” and current implantology literature. Included are reviews of the history of dental implants, implant materials, bone physiology, physical and psychological patient evaluation, surgical and prosthetic treatment planning, surgical and prosthetic case management, the role of occlusion and inflammation, and the importance of ongoing supportive care in long term clinical success in implant therapy. Multiple types of implants and implant systems are presented.
  • PERI 737DG-Lectures in Internal Medicine. This series of lectures-seminars, is combined with a variable length rotation in internal medicine to provide the resident with the opportunity to review with medical experts, certain common medical conditions which may relate directly or indirectly to the severity and management of the patient’s periodontal condition. Included are presentations in transplant therapy, the pharmacologic management of the transplant patient, psychiatric conditions and their impact on management of the dental patient, hematologic considerations for the dental patient, management of the patient with a history of need for infective endocarditis prophylaxis, cardiovascular considerations in the management of the dental patient, endocrinologic consideration for the dental patient, management of the hypertensive dental patient and anaphylaxis and drug reactions.
  • DSCI 800-Thesis. Upon achieving candidate status, this course must be elected. The preparation of the thesis is finalized, the results presented, and the oral defense is conducted under this course number.
  • PERI 838DG-Practice Management. This seminar and demonstration course is designed to prepare the student for all phases of the “business” of periodontics as well as the responsibility of being a professional. This course essentially covers the management of private practice (office location and layout, staff policies and procedures, office forms, bookkeeping systems, case presentation, ethics, etc.), office visitations (observing the activities of community periodontists and their auxiliary personnel) and the relationship of the specialist to other professionals. Guest lecturers (lawyer, accountant, banker, investment counselor, insurance agent, estate planner, and representatives of organized dentistry) also provide information concerning business and ethics. The course is supplemented with guest lectures by practicing periodontists from various geographical areas.