Department of Oral Medicine and Periodontology

Faculty of Dental Sciences

Faculty of Dental Sciences

University of Peradeniya

Academic Programme

Division of Oral Medicine & Radiology

Oral Medicine teaching is mainly carried for final BDS part I and II dental students. Teaching includes lectures, tutorials, demonstrations and clinicals on various aspects of oral medicine including pain, temperomandibular disorders, potentially malignant disorders and oral cancer, mucocutaneous disorders, oral manifestations of systemic diseases, salivary gland disorders, disorders of oral mucosa and tongue.

Division of Periodontology

Undergraduate Periodontology programme consists of 2 clinical years of training, before the Final BDS examination. Prior to the clinical programme, the students are exposed to the clinical environment to learn basic clinical concepts and acquire basic clinical skills in the practice of Periodontics. The above preclinical programme prepares the students for professional work, and arranged at the faculty level, across the clinical disciplines.
The 2-year formal Periodontology programme (3rd year & 4th year) consists of a series of lectures, covering the theoretical aspects under 21 lecture topics in the 3rd year and 14 lecture topics in the 4th year. In addition to the lecture programme the students are taught more clinically-related theoretical aspects at the tutorial sessions arranged in small student-groups throughout the clinical years. A total of 30 tutorial topics are covered during the 3rd and the 4th years.
The total duration of the 2-year clinical Periodontology training programme is 8 weeks, each year consisting 4-weeks of clinical appointment followed on a rotational basis. Students are required to fulfill designated minimum clinical requirements to ensure their competence, before they are allowed to sit for the Final BDS examination. The methods of evaluation in Periodontology are Theory, Clinical (OSCE), and In-course assessments which cover main clinical procedures and important theoretical concepts.
In addition to the undergraduate programme, the Division of Periodontology is responsible in training postgraduates from the Postgraduate Institute of Medicine (PGIM), University of Colombo. These postgraduate courses are MD in Restorative Dentistry, MD in Orthodontics, MD in Oral Surgery, Diploma in Hospital Dental Practice (DHDP) and Diploma in General Dental Practice (DGDP).
The Division of Periodontology is involved in training Dental Surgery Assistants attached to the Dental Auxiliary Training School in the Faculty of Dental Sciences.

Division of Microbiology

The Division of Microbiology at the Faculty of Dental Sciences was established in 1998 with the opening of the new Faculty / Dental Hospital complex. We are involved in teaching of Microbiology, including Oral Microbiology to undergraduate and postgraduate students. We provide clinical microbiology diagnostic services to the Dental teaching hospital and the intensive care unit. Our research interests span from natural pharmaceutical products to clinical trials in oral microbiology. This division is actively involved in research pertaining to clinical and industrial microbiology.

Division of Pharmacology

The course in pharmacology is designed to provide dental students with a sound knowledge of the principles of pharmacology, and the knowledge of particular categories of drugs used in dentistry as well as in common medical problems. Emphasis is given to the action of drugs, therapeutics, adverse effects, interaction with other drugs, contraindications for use and precautions to be taken when prescribing drugs for patients. Further the importance of giving patients explicit and clear instructions on how to use the drugs prescribed for them is strongly emphasized. Possible causes of therapeutic failure following drug therapy and possible complications of drug therapy.