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This program is a full-time, one-year clinical and didactic course of study offered to dentists
from countries other than the United States who seek to improve their clinical skills and
knowledge in periodontics. The curriculum is designed to train students to become competent
diagnosticians capable of differentiating between periodontal health and disease as they relate to
the total oral health of the patient.
Upon successful completion of the Advanced Program in Periodontics, program participants
will be able to evaluate the periodontium, recognize, treat and prevent conditions that cause or
predispose patients to periodontal disease and understand the criteria and techniques for successful
diagnosis and treatment of periodontal disease. The principles of prevention also will be
emphasized in the curriculum as a primary objective.
Participants treat a variety of cases under the close guidance of a diverse and experienced
faculty, comprised of top practitioners in the fi eld of periodontics and related areas.
Basic sciences and clinical topics will be covered. Lectures and seminars focus on periodontal
medicine, multidisciplinary knowledge, pain management, pharmacology and occlusion.
Students will learn all acceptable modes of treatment for advanced periodontal disease and will
be encouraged to refer patients to a specialist when treatment requires expertise beyond their
training. Participants will have the option of presenting clinical cases in conference. Weekly
clinical pathological conference attendance is required. Students will learn to perform scaling
and root planning, open and closed surgical debridement, fl ap design and execution, and
management of osseous defects via osteoplasty or osteoectomy. Participants will also gain an
understanding of occlusal pathology and its relation to periodontal pathogenesis, which will
be applied to perform appropriate treatment therapies. Soft tissue grafting, bone grafting,
regeneration procedures, and implant placement procedures are assigned by the program director
to those students who demonstrate outstanding clinical skills and a profound understanding
of the healing response to the basic surgical procedure.
Program Director - Dr. Michael Bral
About Dr. Michael Bral:
Michael Bral is a graduate of the University of London where he also completed a postdoctoral fellowship in oral surgery. Following his training in periodontics he received a Masterís Degree from New York University and joined the faculty of the College of Dentistry where he has had a long and distinguished academic and administrative record. He has served as Professor and Chairman of the Department of Periodontics and Director of the Advanced Education Program in Periodontics. A Diplomate of both the American Board of Periodontology and the American Board of Oral Medicine, Prof. Bral has contributed extensively to the dental literature and given more than 350 presentations and courses worldwide. He is best known for his work in the areas of periodontal histopatholgy and hard and soft tissue regeneration.