Periodontal Surgery


Course Objective

Competences according to the General Educational framework Dentistry
2008: I a-j (5), II (5)
The student
• has deep knowledge on the following periodontal surgery techniques for
the purpose of their indications and contraindications, advantages and
disadvantages and the effectiveness: gingivectomy, electro surgery,
laser surgery, apically positioned flap and modified Widman flap with
and without bone surgery, mucogingival and plastic periodontal surgery,
treatment of alveolar ridge defects, peri-implantitis defects and
regenerative periodontal surgery. In depth comprehension of the topic of
periodontal regeneration (new attachment versus re-attachment as well
new alveolar bone vs radiographic defect fill) for the critical analysis
of the controversial literature associated with this topic.
• has thorough understanding of the principles of wound healing on the
clinical, macroscopic and microscopic level, with the role of the
various periodontal tissues in wound healing, and understanding the
various forms of wound healing in relation to the various periodontal
surgical techniques.
• understands the current principles of minimally invasive surgical

Course Content

This course deals with the science behind and the indications for the
various periodontal surgery procedures. In particular the long term
effects of these different techniques in terms of stabilization of
periodontal disease and the clinical results of them in terms of pocket
depth reduction and attachment level changes and the prognosis of the
periodontal tissues after surgery. Moreover there will be a focus on
surgical techniques with the aim to regenerate lost periodontal tissues,
including alveolar bone; the long term stability of regenerated tissues
and the science behind them are being taught. In conjunction with the
various surgical procedures, also the clinical, histological and
cellular aspects of wound healing are dealt with in this course. A
special place among the surgical techniques has muco-gingival surgery
and plastic surgery of the periodontal tissues; these will be dealt with
from both esthetic and functional aspects. Moreover techniques for the
surgical treatment of peri-implantitis are taught. In modern times, some
traditional surgical techniques may be replaced by minimally invasive
surgical procedures. The new developments in this field will be
discussed and scientific literature on this topic will also be focus of

Teaching Methods

Literature research and self-study; assignments; working groups,
intervision and supervision

Method of Assessment

Learning assessment
- Overall assessment of assignments during the seminars (Good, Pass,
- Written exam: open ended questions + 100 Multiple Choice questions
(Grade 1-10)

A prerequisite for grade registration (grade 0-10) is successful
completion of the seminar assignments. In case of a fail for the seminar
assignment(s), and a pass for the final exam, a 5.0 will be registered
and students will need to redo the relevant seminar assignment(s).


• Readers with selected papers (compulsory)
• Capita selecta from Lindhe, J., Karring, T. & Lang, N. P. (eds).
Clinical Periodontology and Implant Dentistry, 5th edition, Oxford:
Blackwell Munksgaard (optional)

General Information

Course Code T_SURGP2
Credits 4 EC
Period Ac. Year (sept)
Course Level 400
Language of Tuition English
Faculty Faculty of Dentistry
Course Coordinator dr. S. Bizzarro
Examiner dr. S. Bizzarro
Teaching Staff dr. S. Paraskevas
dr. S. Bizzarro
dr. M.M. Danser

Practical Information

You need to register for this course yourself