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The Graduate programme in Periodontology is one of the 15 Graduate programs in Europe currently approved by the European Federation of Periodontology (accredited since 2007, re-accredited in 2015 until 2023).


Click here to visit their website.  The Programme is also accredited by the Irish Committee for Specialist Training in Dentistry (ICSTD).


The Periodontics training prepares the student for specialty membership examinations and provides the basis for continuing professional development after completion of the programme. The training includes didactic and clinical components. The student is required to complete one or more research projects and to be involved in clinical and didactic undergraduate teaching activities.

Entry requirements

Applicants should have had at least 2 years clinical experience following their undergraduate studies and should ordinarily have passed their MFDS or equivalent.

Course outline – Programme Learning Outcomes

To receive a Doctorate of Dental Surgery (DChDent.) degree, the student is required to

  • Be in attendance in the programme for 36 months;
  • Complete all courses and pass all course assessments;
  • Demonstrate clinical proficiency in a range of periodontal/implant procedures;
  • Participate in and assume responsibility for one or more research projects;
  • Organize, write and present a thesis which should form the basis for one or more publishable papers
  • Successfully defend the research in a viva voce examination.

If, at the end of 36 months, the student has not completed programme requirements, he/she has the option of registering for one (or more) terms(s) to finish the necessary requirements.

Programme Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this programme the student should be able to:

  • describe the biology and pathology of the periodontium as well as the principles of bone biology, wound healing and tissue integration.
  • describe relevant surgical head and neck anatomy.
  • demonstrate knowledge of the principles of dental implant material science and implant biomechanics.
  • utilize the appropriate imaging techniques relevant to periodontal and implant treatment.
  • collect, organise, analyse, interpret and present clinical data related to examination of periodontal tissues.
  • collect, organise, analyse, interpret and present clinical data related to the assessment of sites planned for implant placement.
  • demonstrate competence in non-surgical and surgical management of periodontal defects, regenerative techniques, mucogingival procedures and analysing occlusal factors in the expression of periodontal disease.
  • perform “restoration driven” implant placement based on the pre-operative planning.
  • perform augmentation procedures prior to implant placement by using the appropriate material and techniques.
  • establish a prognosis for the outcomes of periodontal and implant treatments.
  • develop and implement recall and evaluate strategies for periodontal treatment including supportive maintenance therapy.
  • establish the risks, benefits and limitations of conscious sedation.
  • administer pharmacological agents for the relief of anxiety.
  • function effectively with other disciplines in treatment planning and in treatment sequencing.
  • analyse critically relevant scientific articles published in international and national journals.
  • conduct, present and publish research projects.
  • teach in both didactic and clinical areas of undergraduate periodontics at the level of a junior faculty member.

Module 1

Advanced Dental Science

Module 2 The Periodontium

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:

  1. Evaluate the literature available that forms the basis for current concepts on the development, structure and function of the normal periodontium;
  2. Critically evaluate classic periodontal literature
  3. describe the anatomy of the periodontium
  4. Demonstrate knowledge pathogenesis of periodontal diseases
  5. Support clinical viewpoints on periodontal examination, diagnosis, prognosis and treatment planning with relevant published data
  6. Apply up to date knowledge on periodontal therapy including emergency care, oral hygiene, aseptic routines, scaling/root planing, instrument care, corrective therapy, regenerative therapy, mucogingival therapy and supportive therapy

Module 3 Periodontal Pathology

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:

  1. Refer to the specific literature which forms the basis for current concepts on the etiology, pathogenesis and histopathology of periodontal diseases;
  2. Critically evaluate current literature specific to periodontal pathology

Module 4 Classical and Current Periodontal Literature

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:

  1. Discuss and assess the evidence base for the practice of modern periodontics
  2. Independently assess the literature in order to facilitate life long learning

Module 5 Clinical Practice Periodontics

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:

  1. Collect, organise, analyse and interpret data from periodontally involved patients
  2. Interpret radiographs as they relate to diagnosis of periodontal diseases and dental implants;
  3. Formulate periodontal diagnoses and prognoses for individual teeth and for the whole dentition;
  4. Formulate and justify comprehensive treatment plans
  5. Appraise results of therapy in relation to the evidence base
  6. Describe to patients the nature of their periodontal health status and treatment needs
  7. Interpret the advice of other health care professionals and integrate their information into the treatment of the patient
  8. Organise, develop, implement and evaluate periodontal disease control programmes for patients
  9. Implement and evaluate patient recall programme
  10. Function effectively in the dental team by demonstrating leadership and the ability to utilize the appropriate dental personnel.

Module 6 Classical and Current Implant Literature

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:
Critically review and discuss oral implantology literature and literature that interfaces with oral implantology.

Module 7 Clinical Practice in Oral Implant Surgery

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:

  1. Apply their knowledge to the pre surgical examination of dental implant patients, in order to gather appropriate diagnostic aids, and efficiently treatment plan for root form dental implants.
  2. Demonstrate practical competence in surgical placement of dental root form implants
  3. Evaluate peri-implant tissues and manage implant complications
  4. Distinguish between health and disease in peri-implant tissues
  5. Select and carry out the appropriate supportive therapy for dental implants
  6. Apply sterile/aseptic surgical techniques in the placement of dental implants
  7. Select and utilize graft materials/membranes for bone and soft tissue augmentation procedures in conjunction with dental implant surgical therapy.

Module 8 Clinical Conference Periodontics / Implants

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:
Utilise audio visual aids in order to communicate to colleagues treatments carried out
Deliver a presentation on comprehensive patient care based on evidence.

Module 9 Conscious Sedation

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:

  1. Describe the theoretical principles of conscious sedation and anxiety management in dentistry
  2. Demonstrate practical and clinical skills required for the practice of intravenous and inhalation conscious sedation, as applicable to current practice in Ireland.
  3. Act as team leader to practice conscious sedation safely and independently
  4. Assess knowledge of the aetiology and patho-physiology of dental anxiety, the pharmacology of drugs and relevant anatomy in relation to conscious sedation.
  5. Assess and select patients suitable for conscious sedation
  6. Describe the peri-operative care of sedation patients
  7. Assess  the management of sedation-related and medical emergencies
  8. Appraise the body of knowledge and guidelines which underpin and regulate the practice of conscious sedation in Ireland.
  9. Examine the principles of clinical research and audit appropriate to the investigation of an area of conscious sedation or anxiety control.

Module 10 Practice Teaching in Periodontics

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:

  1. Supervise and evaluate undergraduate student clinic periodontal work
  2. Deliver lectures and/or develop self-instructional teaching material;
  3. Construct and evaluate written examination questions.

Module 11 Thesis preparation

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:

  1. Design, organise and write a substantial, intellectually challenging research project related to their field of study, under the guidance of and in collaboration with other staff members.
  2. Implement the research project with scholarly integrity, rigour and discrimination, which may involve the development of new skills techniques, tools, materials or practices and complete it within a set timeframe.
  3. Assimilate and selectively apply concepts, theories, methods and subject specific terminology used in their field of study.
  4. Sustain a coherent argument that draws on an engagement with and critical appraisal of existing knowledge relevant to their research project.
  5. Relate their specific research topic to wider issues, debates and concerns in the general field of Periodontology and Implantology.
  6. Reflect on and self critically manage their own learning in the context of limited access to constructive feedback.
  7. Present and successfully defend their thesis in a viva voce examination which will be marked both internally and by an external examiner.
  8. Produce a paper based on their original research project which merits publication in a high impact factor national or international scientific journal and which could promote scientific, technological, social or cultural advancement.

Assessment Methods

  • End of year written examinations -all years
  • Clinical case conference grading -all years
  • Final presentation of 5 completed and documented clinical cases as specified by the European Federation of Periodontology
  • Thesis defence as specified by the European Federation of Periodontology
  • Clinical proficiency testing -all years

Research in Periodontology and Implantology

Research on this theme is carried out in collaboration with universities in Sweden, Norway and Switzerland. The research focuses on investigating diagnostic methods and treatment modalities for the management of periodontal disease and peri-implantitis. Microbiological input is provided by the Dublin Dental University Hospital Microbiological Unit and University Of Berne in Switzerland. Research is also ongoing in collaboration with the Bio-engineering Group in Trinity College Dublin in bone regeneration using stem cell seeded scaffolds. Currently the staff involved includes Professor Noel Claffey, Professor Stefan Renvert (Visiting Professor) and Dr Ioannis Polyzois.


Dr Denise MacCarthy: BDS, MA, MDentSc (TCD), FDS. Associate Professor, Consultant (Head of Division)

Qualified from University College, Cork in 1977 and worked in general dental practice in the UK and Australia. Awarded a Fellowship from Royal College of Surgeons in Edinburgh in 1983, a Masters in Dental Science from Trinity College Dublin in 1991 and an honorary fellowship from the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland in 2007. Member of the Irish Society of Periodontology (past secretary), Irish Division of International Association for Dental Research (past president), International Association for Maxillo Facial Prosthodontics and the Irish Dental Association. Member of the Specialist Advisory Committee of the RCSI for Specialist Training in Restorative Dentistry. Worked in periodontology in Dublin Dental School & Hospital since 1981 and was appointed as Senior-Lecturer Consultant in Restorative Dentistry and Periodontology since 1992. Established the first teaching programme in dental hygiene in Ireland in 1992. Established a clinic for the dental management of head and neck cancer patients in 1997. Founder member of Mouth, Head & Neck Cancer Awareness Group (MHNCA) Ireland (2009).

Dr Patrick J. Byrne, BDS, MSc (Lond), FDS, FFD, FICD. Lecturer (Part time).

Dr. P.J. Byrne graduated in Dentistry in 1982 from University College Cork. He held various hospital appointments 1982 – 1989 in Ireland and UK. In 1990 he completed his MSc at the Eastman Dental Institute in Periodontology which was awarded with distinction from the University of London. He was awarded the Sir Wilfred Fish Research Prize by the British Society of Periodontology in 1990. From 1990 – 1991, he was Registrar in the Department of Periodontology at the Eastman Dental Institute, London. In 1991, he was elected by examination F.D.S. Royal College of Surgeons, Edinburgh and F.F.D. Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland. He has been in referral practice in Dublin in Periodontology, Oral Surgery & Implant Dentistry, and lecturer in Periodontology at Dublin Dental School & Hospital, Trinity College since 1991. He is Director of the Programme for Clinical Dental Photography since 1998. He was a locum Consultant at Beaumont Hospital, Dublin 1992 – 1998, President of the Irish Society of Periodontology from 1998 –2000. He was awarded an F.I.C.D. by the International College of Dentists in 2002. Elected to the Board of the Faculty of Dentistry, RCSI 1999 where he became Vice-Dean in 2004, and was elected Dean in 2007.

Dr Ioannis N. Polyzois: DMD, PhD (TCD), MDentCh (TCD), MMedSci. (Sheff). Lecturer/Consultant

Dr Ioannis Polyzois received his undergraduate degree (DMD) from Semmelweis University in 1995 and he was awarded his MMedSci in Oral Surgery by the University of Sheffield in 1996. He completed a three year specialist training in Periodontology (MDentCh) at Trinity College Dublin in 2002 and subsequently worked there for two years as a clinical supervisor. In 2005 he became a Lecturer in Periodontology at Trinity College with responsibility for research and graduate didactic and clinical teaching. He completed his PhD thesis (Dental Education) in 2010. He has published numerous research articles and book chapters.

Dr Ronan Allen: B.A., B.Dent.Sc., MFD (RCSI), M.S.(Periodontology)

Dr Ronan Allen qualified from Trinity College Dublin in 2002 and after a year as house officer in the Dublin Dental School, he moved into general dental practice in the Dublin area. During this to time he attained his membership examinations from the Royal College of Surgeons before travelling to the United States to complete his 3 year Masters program in Periodontology and Implant Dentistry in the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. During this time he was awarded the OMNI fellowship from the American Academy of Periodontology and the Turner Student research award from the American Association for Dental Research.

Dr Allen now works in practice limited to Periodontics and Implant dentistry in the Burlington Dental Clinic. Dr Allen is committed to continuing education, he lectures nationally and also teaches the continuing professional development course in Periodontology in the Dublin Dental School. He is an active member of the Irish Dental Association, Irish Society of Periodontology, the American Academy of Periodontology, and the Academy of Osseointegration.

Prof. Stefan Renvert: DDS, PhD. Visiting Professor.

Stefan Renvert received his D.D.S. degree from the University of Lund, Sweden, in 1975. In 1979 he spent one year as visiting professor at Loma Linda University in California, USA. He then completed graduate training in Periodontology at the Dental School in Malmö University of Lund, Sweden with a certificate in Periodontology 1981 and the Odont. Dr. (Ph.D) degree in 1984. In 1999 he became Professor of Oral Health Sciences and Research Director at Kristianstad University, Sweden. Professor Renvert also holds a position as visiting professor at Dublin Dental Hospital, Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland and at the Blekinge Institute of Technology, Karlskrona, Sweden. Professor Renvert is past chairman of the Swedish Society of Periodontology and past chairman of the EFP. He was the Scientific Chairman for Europerio 5 in Madrid 2005 and Chairman for Europerio 6 in Stockholm 2009. He has published numerous research articles.

Dr. Declan Corcoran.  BDS, MSD (Indiana U) FFD                                                                                                         D Corcoran

Declan Corcoran received his specialist training from the University of Indiana, U.S.A. Declan is a Diplomate of the American Academy of Periodontology, the highest degree conferred by the American Board of Periodontology. He is one of only three board certified Periodontists in Ireland. He has run his practice for over 25 years at this location. He has been Ireland’s representative of the European Federation of Periodontology over a period of ten years and has also served as its President.

He is an active member of the Irish Dental Association where he has held numerous key posts including Editor of the Journal of the Irish Dental Association and more recently President of the Metropolitan Branch. In 2008 he was elected to the board of the Faculty of Dentistry of the Royal College of Surgeons. In 2009 he was re-certified as a Diplomate of the American Board of Periodontology. Declan has lectured nationally and internationally. His most recent lectures have addressed the issues of Gingival (gum) Grafting and Periimplantitis.

Dr. Peter Harrison, B. Dent. Sc., MFD (RCSI), D.Ch. Dent.  Assistant Professor                                         Harrison_Peter_2.5x3.5

Dr Harrison received his undergraduate dental degree from Dublin Dental University Hospital in 2001. He worked in general dental practice and hospital-based practice prior to obtaining his specialist periodontal training, also at Dublin Dental University Hospital, from 2006-2009.

He was employed as a Clinical Assistant Professor in Periodontology at University of Florida, from July 2010 to September 2014. His duties included extensive clinical supervision time with third and fourth-year dental students and delivery of lectures to students in all 4 years of the dental cycle. He also participated in seminars and teaching in the postgraduate course in periodontology.

In July 2011, he was appointed Program Director of pre-doctoral periodontology. His role included monitoring individual and collective student progress, and grading of approximately 160 dental students in clinical periodontology. He developed several initiatives to improve the undergraduate experience in periodontology and has enhanced the role of evidence-based dentistry in their curriculum. He was chosen as a University of Florida Teacher of the Year in 2012 and received the Florida Dental Association Educator Award in both 2012 and 2013.

Dr. Harrison returned to work as a Lecturer in Periodontology at Trinity College Dublin in 2014. He contributes to the undergraduate and postgraduate teaching missions of the Division of Restorative Dentistry and Periodontology, in addition to undertaking further studies towards a PhD.