Module Catalogue 2022/23

MCD8006 : The Scientific Basis of Periodontology and Implant Dentistry (Inactive)

  • Inactive for Year: 2022/23
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Richard Holliday
  • Owning School: Dental Sciences
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 1 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0
Pre Requisites
Pre Requisite Comment


Co Requisites
Co Requisite Comment



• To explore the classic and contemporary literature underpinning the principles of clinical periodontology and implant dentistry.
• To review the fundamental biology relevant to periodontology and implant dentistry (e.g. anatomy, physiology, pathobiology and clinical presentation).
• To review the science behind the materials, equipment and techniques used in periodontal and dental implant treatments.
• To review and understand the current best evidence for the effectiveness of different treatment modalities including prognostic and risk factors for each modality, criteria for success/failure and expected outcomes.
• To review treatment planning approaches, indications for treatments and decision-making theory.

Outline Of Syllabus

Topics covered focus on the clinical field of periodontology and implant dentistry. More specifically, the module considers the following areas, through a series of interactive face-to-face seminars and case-based discussions. Learning will be structured around self directed study and small group work identifying, examining and discussing the relevant evidence base, encouragement of reflective practice and application in the clinical arena. The following topic areas are identified:
• Anatomy and physiology of periodontal and peri-implant structures and other relevant oral/peri-oral tissues
• Aetiology and pathobiology of periodontal and peri-implant conditions and diseases (microbiology, host response, immunology)
• Clinical presentation of periodontal and peri-implant conditions and diseases including pain physiology
• Risk factors for periodontal disease (local and systemic including diabetes, tobacco, genetics, stress)
• Behaviour change science and techniques
• Epidemiology of periodontal diseases
• Periodontal Medicine (links with systemic diseases and conditions including how oral microorganisms can be dispersed to distant sites)
• Periodontal assessment including radiology and the sensitivity and specificity of diagnostic tests
• Periodontal diagnosis and classification
• Treatment planning approaches for periodontal diseases and dental implants
• Prognostic criteria, success/failure criteria and quality of life outcomes
• Expected outcomes from periodontal and dental implant treatments
• Paediatric Periodontology
• Infection control measures in dentistry, especially those relevant to periodontology and implant dentistry
• Diagnosis and management of perio-endo lesions
• Occlusion and its influence on periodontic practice including splinting
• Non-plaque induced gingival diseases
• Periodontal equipment (probes, manual and power-driven instruments)
• Biomaterials in the context of specialist periodontics and implant dentistry
• Managing periodontal infections (NUG, periodontal abscess)
• Outcomes/epidemiology following non-surgical
• Pharmacology and therapeutics of analgesic use in the context of specialist periodontics and implant dentistry
• Features of non-dental and chronic pain conditions in the context of specialist periodontics and implant dentistry

Learning Outcomes

Intended Knowledge Outcomes

On successful completion of this module students will have knowledge and understanding to:

1. Discuss the classical and contemporary literature underpinning the principles of periodontal disease prevention and management and dental implant treatment.
2. Describe the fundamental biology of periodontal and peri-implant structures and diseases.
3. Discuss the science behind materials, equipment and techniques used in periodontics and implant dentistry
4. Discuss the current best evidence on the effectiveness of different periodontal management strategies, including prognostic and risk factors for each modality, criteria for success/failure and expected outcomes.
5. Explain treatment planning approaches, indications for treatments and decision-making theory.

Intended Skill Outcomes

On successful completion of this module students will be able to:

1. Identify and critically appraise the periodontal and implant dentistry literature allowing selection of the best evidence base to inform clinical decisions.
2. Be able to conduct a comprehensive assessment to aid arriving at an accurate periodontal disease diagnosis.
3. Devise suitable management strategies and plan considering the likely prognosis of the dentition and the expected outcomes of treatment.
4. Deliver effective behaviour change interventions and manage disease risk factors.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion150:0050:00Preparatory work for examinations
Structured Guided LearningStructured research and reading activities301:3045:00Preparatory work before small group teaching activities.
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching301:0030:00PiP:15 seminars, 15 case-based discussions
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study175:0075:00Supported by online discussion forum.
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

For each seminar, materials will be covered that are based on assigned literature to be reviewed, critiqued and discussed by students. Case-based discussion will use presented patient cases being managed by students on the MClinDent programmes and integrate the evidence base and current expert opinion for further understanding and development of critical appraisal and case discussion skills.

Then seminars will be modified and designed based on students’ feedback, the cases that are presented and their demonstration of knowledge of each topic area. Before each seminar students will be given key literature and be expected to undertake self directed work to support their engagement in the subsequent group discussions. Case based sessions will expect students to identify materials for the session that must be rationalised and presented in the session. Formative feedback on presentation in relation to content and skills will be given to students on each occurrence they present their work and will be expected to be recorded in their clinical portfolio reflections.

Seminars and clinical case-based discussions will normally comprise of short presentations and small group discussion. Seminar leads will draw on participants’ own experiences as clinicians and as learners to consider the issues of particular importance periodontics and implant dentistry.

In the seminars, the fundamentals of assessing, diagnosing and treatment planning for complex periodontal or implant situations will be covered following the topics identified in the syllabus outline. These will specifically address the knowledge outcomes.

In the clinical case-based discussions, the knowledge will be applied to their own case management, clinical situations and their management. These will specifically address the skills outcomes.

Students will undertake independent study, which will involve reading, application of the knowledge and skills in their clinical practice and by engaging in critical reflection. This will consolidate the achievement of the outcomes discussed above. Assessment preparation and completion will be designed to consolidate the above giving students the opportunity to demonstrate their knowledge, understanding and skills of application to clinical scenarios.

This maps to IKOs 1-5 and ISOs 1-4.

Reading Lists

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Digital Examination601M5020 question MCQ format using Inspera Assessment software (PIP)
Digital Examination601M503 SAQ format using Inspera Assessment software (PIP)
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The learning outcomes are predominantly demonstrated by the student’s ability to successfully undertake and pass assessments that applies their knowledge and understanding of periodontics and implant dentistry to the clinical planning that occurs within complex situations (skills outcomes), and critically appraise both the literature and their approach to clinical practice within this context (knowledge outcomes). In the examination candidates will be expected to formulate an opinion to manage a clinical based scenario and support or defend this position through application and critique of the supporting literature in periodontics and implant dentistry. They will need to take into account the multiple facets of the clinical scenarios they are confronted with, the strength of the supporting evidence they are applying to inform their opinion and how they have structured this to ensure a patient centred and evidence based best care. This maps to the module outcomes: IKOs 1-5 and ISOs 1-4.

In order to pass this module students must obtain a mark of 50 or above for each summative assessment.


Past Exam Papers

General Notes


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