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Unit information: Periodontology in 2020/21

Unit name Periodontology
Unit code ORDSM0032
Credit points 20
Level of study M/7
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 1 (weeks 1 - 12)
Unit director Dr. Gamboa
Open unit status Not open




School/department Bristol Dental School
Faculty Faculty of Health Sciences


This Unit of Teaching will be offered as an Optional Unit as part of a modular distance learning programme. The programme will allow students to build Certificate, Diploma or Masters level qualifications by combining optional 20 credit units. The Periodontology Unit has the following general aims:

  • To reinforce the knowledge and skills to understand the aetiology and pathology of periodontal disease to underpin the clinical management of periodontal disease.
  • To strengthen knowledge and clinical skills that will enable appropriate diagnosis and treatment planning for periodontal patients.
  • To improve expertise in effective hygiene phase treatment on patients with periodontal disease.
  • Enable quality and comprehensive long-term care for periodontal patients.

Intended learning outcomes

Students will obtain a knowledge and understanding of the following:

  • the different types of periodontal diseases and their clinical presentation
  • the role of the plaque biofilm and the interaction with the immune system in the pathogenesis of periodontal disease
  • the principles of non-surgical management of periodontal disease
  • the management of furcation involved multi-rooted teeth
  • the effect of systemic disease and risk factors on the presentation and progression of periodontal disease

The student will acquire the skills and attributes necessary for:

  • the delivery of oral hygiene advice tailored for the individual patient
  • the delivery of smoking cessation advice
  • the delivery of root surface instrumentation
  • the use of systemically or locally delivered antimicrobials
  • the assessment of outcomes of non-surgical periodontal therapy
  • the prescription periodontal maintenance protocols
  • the understanding of basic periodontal surgery

Teaching details

This is a blended learning course, which includes 2 intensive study days and supporting online learning materials.

It is expected that students will require up to 5 hours each week to participate in reading and learning activities for the duration of this unit.

Online resources include audiovisual materials, supporting documents and online activities with interactive tasks to support learning.

Assessment Details

This unit will have the following three summative assessments:

1. A 2,500 word Reflective Case Report which will contribute to 50% of the unit mark

2. A final unit examination which which will contribute 50% of the unit mark. The exam has two parts:

- Multiple Short Answer questions (25%) - E-assessment (25%)

All assessment must be passed ≥ 50% and there is no compensation between the individual assessments.

Reading and References

Proceedings of the World Workshop on the Periodontal and Peri-implant Diseases and Conditions. Journal of Clinical Periodontology. Volume 45, Issue 7: 2018.

Lindhe J, Lang NP, Berglundh T, Giannobile WV, Sanz M. Clinical Periodontology and Implant Dentistry. John Wiley & Sons, Incorporated.

Palmer RD, Floyd PD. A clinical guide to Periodontology. BDJ Publications, London.

Chapple, ILC, Gilbert, AD. Understanding Periodontal Diseases: Assessment and Diagnostic Procedures in Practice. Quintessence Publishing

Heasman P, Preshaw P, Robertson, P, Chapple, ILC. Successful Periodontal Therapy: A Non-Surgical Approach. Quintessence Publishing.

Jepsen K, Jepsen S. Antibiotics/antimicrobials: systemic and local administration in the therapy of mild to moderately advanced periodontitis. Periodontology 2000 71;82-112:2016

An online reading list with easily accessible electronic journal is also available to support this unit.