Short courses


Periodontology: Masterclass in Periodontics

  • 32.5 hours
  • 5 days
  • 24 Jun 2024


This five-day CPD course runs over one week and is designed to provide general dental practitioners (GDPs) with further understanding in periodontology.

The emphasis will be on diagnosis, treatment planning and clinical management, as well as the role of periodontics in the daily clinical practice.

You'll also develop relevant clinical skills through the hands-on elements of the programme.

This course is run by the UCL Eastman Dental Institute in London which has a broad range of continuing professional development (CPD) short courses. These provide hands-on training from experienced staff in dedicated facilities.

Course aims

The aims of this course are to:

  • give you a comprehensive introduction to periodontology in both non-surgical and surgical therapy, emphasising the biologic and clinical concepts through clinical cases backed with evidence based approaches
  • further your understanding of the importance of periodontics and its role in daily clinical practice as well as in multidisciplinary settings
  • further your understanding of treatment planning and management of patients with periodontal diseases, including implant as an option in patients with history of periodontal diseases
  • improve/sharpen your clinical skills in diagnostic, non-surgical and surgical aspects of periodontology

Course content

The topics covered, and the hands-on training included, are as follows.

Day 1: Introduction to periodontology

  • Introduction to periodontology: why should we be interested in periodontology?
  • Anatomy of periodontium
  • Classification of periodontal diseases
  • Aetiology of periodontal disease
  • The link between oral and systemic condition: truth or myth?
  • Diagnosis of periodontal disease and use of diagnostic tools
  • When to refer?


  • Periodontal examination on clinical partners
  • Introduction to instruments and periodontal charts
  • Treatment planning on selected cases (with radiographs/study models)

Day 2: Overview of periodontal therapy

  • Systemic modification/management
  • Initial cause related therapy (including OH modification)
  • Corrective therapy
  • Periodontal maintenance
  • Non-surgical periodontal treatment
  • Wound healing with long junctional epithelium
  • Does non-surgical debridement work?
  • Tips for efficient debridement
  • Adjunctive use of antimicrobial: when to use?


Demo and practical with the following:

  • Ultrasonic scalers
  • Gracey curettes
  • Air polisher
  • Cleaning tools (interdental brushes)

Day 3: Corrective phase - periodontal surgery

  • Rationale of surgery (why and when is it indicated)
  • Indication and contraindication
  • Types of periodontal surgery (including periodontal regeneration)
  • Wound healing
  • Gingival recession: aetiology and management


The hands-on sessions cover the following:

  • Flap design
  • Suturing
  • Single root coverage procedure
  • Soft-tissue graft harvest

Day 4: The role of periodontics in multidisciplinary approach 

  • Perio-endo
  • Perio-prostho
  • Perio-ortho
  • Importance of biologic width
  • Biological and clinical concept of crown lengthening
  • Trauma from occlusion: diagnosis and management


  • Simple crown-lengthening surgery

Day 5: Periodontal therapy: Does it work?

  • Periodontal prognosis and prognostic factors
  • To save or to extract a periodontally compromised tooth
  • Importance of periodontal maintenance
  • Implant placement in patient with history of periodontitis: what should we anticipate?
  • Peri-implantitis: what do we know about it?

Discussion and conclusion

You'll be encouraged to bring in cases to be discussed.
There will also be a Q & A session.

    Who this course is for

    The course is aimed at GDPs with interest in restorative dentistry, specifically periodontics.

    You must hold an approved dental qualification.

    CPD points and certificate

    The course will give you 32.5 hours of verifiable CPD. You'll also get a certificate of attendance.

    Learning outcomes

    By the end of the course you should:

    • feel confident in diagnosing and managing straightforward clinical cases involving periodontal diseases on your own
    • recognise indications for specific periodontal therapy/procedure and refer to specialist(s) when needed
    • be able to incorporate the learned knowledge and skills in your treatment plan and clinical management
    • have a general idea on the flow of the treatment phases in periodontics and the initial estimate of the treatment outcome

    Structure and teaching

    Each day will run from approximately 9:30am to 5pm and is taught through:

    • lectures covering the background, biological and clinical concepts, backed up with literature evidences for each topic
    • practicals and hands-on training in the afternoon following the lectures in the morning
    • a Q & A at the end of the day for each session
    • discussion on cases brought in by participants on the final day of the masterclass


    The fees are £2,100.

    Quality controls

    All Eastman teachers are experienced professionals. You'll be asked to submit written feedback via a questionnaire at the end of the course, which is used to monitor the course's quality of teaching and value for money.


    Please read the Eastman's refunds policy before booking.

    Course team

    Dr Shiehfung Tay

    Dr Shiehfung Tay

    Dr Tay completed her MFDS qualification from the Royal College of Surgeons (England), entering the three-year full time specialist training focusing on periodontology and implant dentistry at the UCL Eastman Dental Institute. She was also awarded a distinction for her Masters in Clinical Dentistry and a Certificate in Periodontology by the European Federation of Periodontology.

    Dr Tay is currently a General Dental Council-registered specialist in periodontics and works mainly in private practice. She's also a teacher at the UCL Eastman Dental Institute for CPD and a part-time clinical research associate, contributing to the fields of academia and science.

    Learner reviews

    "The course was very thorough, covered the most important topics beautifully and also presented new concepts and therapies. It was an amazing course."

    "Thank you, it was sincerely excellent."

    "Excellent overview - I'll look forward to implementing what I have learned. Dr Tay is a very knowledgeable and engaging lecturer."

    Course information last modified: 8 Feb 2024, 15:56