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DClinDent in Periodontology

Become a registered periodontist in New Zealand and Australia

Start your application on the DClinDent regulations page

What is Periodontology?

A periodontist is a dentist who specializes in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of periodontal disease, and in the placement of dental implants. Periodontists are also experts in the treatment of oral inflammation. Periodontists receive extensive training in these areas. They are familiar with the latest techniques for diagnosing and treating periodontal disease, and are also trained in performing cosmetic periodontal procedures.

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DClinDent in Periodontology

Duration 3 years full-time
Campus Dunedin

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Graduate pathway

Graduates of the DClinDent in Periodontology can register as a specialist periodontologist with the Dental Council of New Zealand and the Australian Dental Council. With the option to complete examinations with the Royal Australasian College of Dental Surgeons.

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Skills you will develop and learn

  • Understand periodontal disease
  • Carry out a range of clinical treatment including implants
  • Gain a detailed knowledge of the biological foundations of the periodontal tissues
  • Understand the causes of periodontal diseases and the many factors which influence the pattern of periodontal destruction
  • Be able to recognise and diagnose a wide range of periodontal problems
  • Be able to provide a high standard of clinical care in the treatment of periodontal / peri-implant diseases and maintenance of periodontal / peri-implant health
  • Be able to diagnose, plan, and execute the surgical phases of dental implant treatment
  • Be able to critically appraise scientific literature
  • Have successfully completed a research project in a relevant periodontal, dental or biomedical field and learnt the fundamental principles of scientific investigation
  • Have written a thesis based upon the scientific investigation undertaken
  • Have acquired the essential attitudes and skills which enable independent continuing education and career development
  • Have gained the academic qualifications required to embark upon a career as a specialist periodontist either in private practice or academia

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Staff expertise

Professor Warwick Duncan

Professor Warwick DuncanProfessor Duncan’s primary research activities involve the fields of Periodontology and Dental Implantology. His expertise is in the use of animal models for testing therapeutic strategies in these fields, including clinical, microbiological, histomorphometric, and radiomorphometric analysis of peri-implant, periodontal, and maxillofacial tissues.

He has international collaborations with universities and implant companies in Korea, South Africa, North America, and Switzerland. He is also involved in basic science and epidemiological research in the areas of clinical periodontics, dental implantology, forensics, and comparative anatomy.

Associate Professor Andrew Tawse-Smith

Associate Professor Andrew Tawse-SmithAssociate Professor Tawse-Smith’s research platform is based on clinical research in oral implantology, periodontology and dental education. He has been involved in the prospective evaluation of patients rehabilitated with oral implants. Selected peri-implant parameters have been measured to evaluate implant success, survival rates, health of peri-implant tissues and patient satisfaction. As a part of the University of Otago–International Medical University (IMU) BDS partnership agreement, he has evaluated the transition of IMU students into the University of Otago dental curriculum.

Professor Patrick Schmidlin

Professor Schmidlin is Head of the Division of Periodontology at the Univeristy of Zurich, and Honorary Professor at the University of Otago. His clinical specialisations are periodontology, implant dentistry, and preventive and restorative dentistry. His research interests include anti-infective management of caries and periodontitis, prevention and non-/minimally invasive therapy of caries, non-surgival and regenerative periodontal therapy, peri-implantitis, and dentin hypersensitivity.

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How to apply

Start your application on the DClinDent regulations page

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