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Macro and Microscopic Anatomy of the Periodontal Tissues course for Dental Practice

Speciality Classification
Oral Health
Time / Duration
40 minutes
Subject matter expert
eLearning for Healthcare
Endorsed By
Faculty of Dental Surgery,elfh,NHS

This session will provide an overview of basic periodontal anatomy to assist the clinician in determining periodontal diagnoses, and also in formulating differential diagnoses for systemic conditions.

Learning Objectives

By the end of this session you will be able to:

  • Describe the macroscopic anatomy of the periodontal tissues and variations thereof, including their embryological origins and relationships
  • Identify key features of applied periodontal anatomy, visible upon clinical examination
  • Recognise how anatomical landmarks are related to definitions of health, gingivitis and periodontitis
  • Recognise the changes in anatomical relationships which define disease occurrence and progression
  • Describe the microscopic features of normal anatomy and how these underpin normal structure and function, as well as how they change during disease

Conversely, many hundreds of systemic conditions present in and around the periodontal tissues, and their diagnosis and/or symptomatic management, requires intimate knowledge of periodontal anatomy at both macro- and microscopic levels. The latter is complex, being of mixed ectodermal and mesodermal origins.

Entry Requirements / Prerequisites

Before commencing this session you should have knowledge of the basic anatomy and functions of the periodontal tissues.

Instructors / Speakers
Iain Chapple,
Dentist, Birmingham

Iain Chapple BDS, FDSRCPS, FDSRCS, PhD, CCST (Rest Dent), is currently Professor of Periodontology and Consultant in Restorative Dentistry at Birmingham Dental School and Hospital. He is a former Scientific Editor of the BDJ and is currently Associate Editor of the Journal of Periodontal Research, and an editorial board member of Periodontology 2000 and the Journal of Clinical Periodontology. Iain is the Periodontal Editor of a series of seven textbooks by Quintessence and author of six of these.

He was President of the International Association for Dental Research Periodontal Research Group (2006-2007), former Chairman of the British Society for Dental Research (BSDR) Periodontal Research Group and Chair of the BSDR’s Strategic Review Committee for Oral and Dental Research. He is the clinical lead for a hospital specialist periodontal service with a referral base of over six million. He also leads a periodontal research team active in the investigation of host-microbial interface and pathobiological aspects of periodontal disease diagnosis and development. Currently, he is also Treasurer of the European Federation of Periodontology.

Mike Milward,
Dentist, Birmingham

Mike Milward BDS, MFDS, DGDP, ILT is Clinical Lecturer in Periodontology at Birmingham Dental School and an Honorary Associate Specialist.

He qualified in Microbiology and worked initially in hospital microbiology diagnostics before undertaking his BDS at Birmingham School of Dentistry, where he qualifed in 1993. He worked in general practice and held various hospital appointments before completing both MFDS and MFGDP exams of the joint Royal Colleges. After part-time teaching posts in Oral Surgery and Restorative Dentistry, he became Lecturer in Periodontology in 1999.

He is currently in the process of completing his PhD. His research interests include the role of pocket epithelium in periodontal disease, and periodontal diseases in the older patient. He is active in a number of clinical trials as an examiner.

His interests include dental education, being involved in developing teaching strategies within the School of Dentistry as well as being a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, and a member of the British Society of Periodontology Education Committee.

Macro and Microscopic Anatomy of the Periodontal Tissues course for Dental Practice
Speciality Classification
Interest Areas / Topics Covered
Dental, -- DENTAL --
Provider Type
Education Provider
Time / Duration
40 minutes
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