Program Information

Core Basic Science Courses

Foundation of Oral Biology

This course stresses the fundamental knowledge of oral biology necessary for postgraduate students to attain the standards set forth by the American Dental Association for postgraduate disciplines. Additional courses may be added at the discretion of the postgraduate directors. It is made up of the following modules: - Research Design and Data Analysis
- Immunology and Microbiology
- Histology and Pathobiology
- Gross Anatomy
- Professional Ethics

Advanced Biomedical Science for Dentistry 

This course focuses on stressing advanced biomedical sciences necessary for postgraduate students to attain the standards set forth by the American Dental Association for postgraduate disciplines. Additional courses may be added at the discretion of the postgraduate directors. It is made up of the following modules:

- Embryology & Genetics
- Advanced Dental Therapeutics and Pharmacology
- Oral Medicine and Pathology
- Behavioral & Social Sciences
- Orofacial Pain

Department Courses

Review of Classical Literature

This course covers: (1) Basic Periodontics and (2) Clinical Periodontics including Implantology. Basic Periodontics includes development of periodontium, anatomy of the periodontium, etiology, pathogenesis of periodontal disease, microbiology, immunology, biofilm and calculus, wound healing and repair, epidemiology and indices, blood disorders affecting periodontium, hormones, stress, aggressive periodontitis, gingival hyperplasia, gingival crevicular fluid and human immunodeficiency virus and oral-systemic disease link.

Clinical Periodontics is focused on the literature concerned with periodontal therapy including occlusion, TMJ and Implantology, and the use of adjunctive chemotherapeutic agents. 

Ten to fifteen scientific papers are reviewed per session. Basic and clinical science topics are discussed on alternate weeks.

Advanced Clinical Periodontics

Postgraduate students are assigned ADA Class III and IV patients (moderate to advanced periodontitis). Additionally, postgraduates perform surgical procedures for the patients referred by undergraduate students. The students are exposed to advanced surgical modalities including implantology, guided tissue/bone regeneration, internal/external sinus lifts and various block grafts.

Boichemistry and Physiology of Oral Tissues

The course material covers the biochemistry and molecular biology of connective tissue and epithelium. Several guest lecturers with expertise in specific areas are invited to participate.

Clinical Case Conference

In this course, each postgraduate student, on a weekly rotating basis, presents their cases to faculty, generally those of the department, and the other postgraduate students. The case presentation has as its main purpose a review of the examination, diagnosis and treatment rendered in each case. Students may, thus, learn from peers and faculty. Additionally, correlation between the Literature Review and the Clinical Case Conference is stressed. The postgraduate student presents the case with the use of photographs, models and records. Cases are presented in the format used by the American Board of Periodontology to assist students in preparations for taking the board exam.

Introduction to Advanced Clinical Periodontics

Non-surgical Therapy

The course content includes instrumentation, the sharpening of instruments and non-surgical therapy.

Minor Toot Movement in Periodontal Therapy

Basic concepts in patient minor tooth movement and periodontal-orthodontic relationships are emphasized and are reinforced through case presentation and review. Additionally, periodontal postgraduate students are afforded the opportunity to perform minor tooth movement, as appropriate, for their patients.

Mucogingival/Augmentation Considerations

The course explores the original rationale for mucogingival surgery and the evolution of the philosophies of increasing the zone of attached gingiva and root coverage. The various therapeutic modalities to achieve a functional esthetic mucogingival complex are presented.

Occlusal/Temporomandibular Joint Considerations

The course content includes maxillary/mandibular interrelationships, concepts of physiologic versus pathologic occlusion, methods and philosophies of occlusal equilibration and diagnosis and treatment of temporomandibular-craniomandibular syndrome.

Practice Management

Individuals with expertise in specific topics are selected as lecturers in this course. As complimentary to the didactic material, students are encouraged to visit at least two private practices.

Practice Teaching in Periodontics

Postgraduate students participate in pre-doctoral clinical teaching and screening of patients. In general, second and third year students are scheduled in the clinic two sessions per month per each semester. Students are first apprised of departmental pre-doctoral requirements and evaluation policies and generally work in close association with the clinical faculty in order to achieve and maintain consistency of grading. In addition to clinical teaching, the third year students are required to prepare and present at least one lecture to the first or second year DMD classes.

Principles of Periodontics

The purpose of the course is to review, expand upon and present, in much more detail, material acquired in pre-doctoral curricula. The course material includes the anatomy and histology of the periodontium in health and disease, pathogenesis of periodontal disease, inflammation and immunology, wound healing and various therapeutic procedures and rationales for their selection. The course is complementary to the Literature Review.

Review of Current Literature

In this course, each student is assigned responsibility to review selected articles from dental, medical and scientific journals. Articles which are considered pertinent are selected by the course director and subsequently discussed. The course is designed to complement the Classical Literature Review and enables students to keep abreast of current developments in Periodontics.

Special Seminars/ Guest Lectures

It is the policy of the department to have guest lecturers with expertise in specific topics present seminars to students. It is felt that such an approach is beneficial, not only from the "acquisition of knowledge point of view", but also through personal contact with prominent investigators in the field of Periodontology. Additionally, students are encouraged to attend meetings of the North East Regional and New Jersey Societies of Periodontist where they receive exposure to national/international speakers. The course content is related to the lecturer's expertise in a particular aspect of Periodontics and may be clinical, basic science or behavioral in nature.

Surgical Periodontics

In this course, the methodology, indications, contraindications and limitations of surgical techniques currently employed are presented in detail.

Interdepartmental Courses


This course is given to postgraduate students in Periodontics, Prosthodontics, Oral Surgery and Endodontics.
1. The historical development of dental implants
2. The biologic basis for dental implants and principles of implant biomaterials and bioengineering
3. Indications and contraindications for implants of various designs and characteristics
4. The prosthetic requirements of dental implants
5. Presurgical examination and treatment planning
6. Surgical placement and postoperative maintenance-aseptic technique
7. Evaluation of peri-implant tissues and the management of implant complications
8. Maintenance of implants
9. The appropriate sterile or aseptic technique for the placement of dental implant

Implantology Seminars

This course is attended by Periodontics, Oral Surgery, and Prosthodontic postgraduates and several faculty. When patients are accepted for implant therapy, they are assigned to a surgical (either Periodontics or Oral Surgery) and Prosthodontic resident for conjoint treatment planning and treatment. The course material includes ideal treatment plans, as well as various alternatives, including medications and contraindications to implant therapy. Two students (surgical and prosthetic) jointly present the cases to be treated by them. The course is complementary to "Periodontal Implantology".

Interdisciplinary Periodontal/Prosthodontic Seminar

The material presented in this course includes conventional periodontal/prosthodontic interrelationships as well as implantology complementing material presented in the Implantology course presented by the Department of Periodontics and conjointly by the department of periodontics, Prosthodontics and Oral Surgery. Emphasis is placed on diagnosis, prognosis and treatment planning.

Monthly Research Seminars

Special monthly research seminars are presented during lunch hour. Scheduled speakers include faculty from other schools.

Nitrous Oxide Analgesia

This course is presented by the Department of Pediatric Dentistry. Indications, contraindications, mode of action, etc. are discussed. This course material is complementary to that of the courses, "Conscious Sedation" and "General Anesthesia Rotation ".

Periodontic/Orthodontic Seminars

Students and faculty of the Departments of Orthodontics and Periodontics meet under the guidance of the course director to discuss topics of mutual interest so that the participants will become more knowledgeable about the literature and the treatment of patients that require conjoint therapy in orthodontics and periodontics.