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Aim of the Postgraduate Studies Program (PSP) according to specialty

Community Dentistry (120 ECTS) 

Aim of the program is the specialisation in Community Dentistry which includes the scientific fields of public dental health, preventive dentistry, and epidemiology and health behaviour.

Oral Biology (120 ECTS) 

Aim of the program is the specialisation in the fields of histology, embryology, physiology and pathology of the teeth, as well as in the biology of the periodontium and the oral cavity. 

Dental Biomaterials (120 ECTS)

Aim of the program is the specialisation in the field of dental biomaterials (structure and properties, interactions with tissues) and their applications in various fields of Clinical Dentistry.

Orthodontics (180 ECTS)

Aim of the program in Orthodontics is to provide to the student the necessary theoretical and clinical knowledge as well as the competencies in order to be capable to acquire the title of Orthodontist. 
Objectives of the graduate program is to provide the postgraduate student the necessary theoretical and practical knowledge enabling him to:

  1. present a thorough and correct diagnosis based on the estimation, analysis and synthesis of the various functional and morphologic problems of clinical Orthodontics.
  2. organise and present the clinical problem of an individual case and to provide a documented corresponding treatment plan.
  3. elaborate, during all different treatment stages, the most appropriate treatment plan for each case as well as to apply it successfully, estimating all of the involved biologic parameters, in cooperation with any other dental specialty needed for the specific case.
  4. be able to evaluate the related literature and to be able to plan and conduct research in the broader area of Orthodontics.

Paediatric Dentistry (180 ECTS)

Aim of the program is to prepare clinical dentists specialised in the provision of the necessary preventive and therapeutic dental care to children and adolescents, up to their adulthood, as well as to individuals with special needs. The program, additionally, aims to prepare scientists capable of collaborating with other specialities for the best and most complete care of their patients and to take part in research and teaching of the whole range of topics included in the field of paediatric dentistry.
Objectives of the program  is to create clinical dentists

A. Capable and experienced to:

  1. Provide specialised dent care to toddlers, children, adolescents and special needs patients. 
  2. Design, apply and complete a preventive program adapted to the needs of each paediatric patient. 
  3. Apply psychological techniques to approach the majority of their patients, being able to treat without using pharmacological methods. 
  4. Apply pharmacological methods to control behaviour in the conditions of a clinic or hospital.
  5. Provide hospital dental care (admission to hospital, provision of complete dental treatment under general anaesthesia).
  6. Provide dental restoration to hard and soft dental tissues. 
  7. Provide preventive and suppressive orthodontic therapy to toddlers, children, adolescents and special needs patients. 
  8. Undertake the dental care of special needs patients and be capable of treating the majority of these patients in the dental practice. 
  9. Treat dental-alveolar traumas in paediatric patients and special needs patients. 

Β. Have knowledge of

  1. Craniofacial growth and development and be capable of diagnosing problems in occlusion, development of the face and stomatognathic dysfunction. 
  2. Problems concerning the temporomandibular joint and be able to treat and/or refer patients with said problems. 

C. Have knowledge and the capability for:

  1. Design and research methodology in scientific research.
  2. Literature review and preparation of a research program. 

D. Be capable to complete a research project 

  1. With the completion of studies, the postgraduate student must have completed a research project under the supervision of a member of the academic staff. Which will lead to a Master’s Thesis or a comparable diploma and finally, a manuscript for publication in an internationally recognised peer reviewed journal.

Operative Dentistry (180 ECTS)

Aim of the program is to offer advanced theoretical and clinical knowledge and to develop competencies for the treatment of functional and aesthetic problems of individual teeth as well as the prosthetic rehabilitation of individual missing teeth. 
Objectives of the program are: 

  1. The acquisition of theoretical and clinical knowledge in the pathogenesis, diagnosis and management of dental caries, and other dental defects.
  2. The acquisition of advanced knowledge in applied dental materials science and the principles of biomechanics.
  3. The application of preventive and minimal invasive techniques for the management and immediate restoration of hard tissue lesions.
  4. The application of restorative techniques for the indirect management of hard tissue lesions.
  5. Prosthetic management of individual missing teeth.
  6. Treatment of problems concerning teeth aesthetics and the smile with the confines of Operative Dentistry.
  7. The ability to collaborate/ cooperate with other health professionals for the treatment of cases that necessitate a multidisciplinary approach.
  8. Development of the necessary skills to restore the previously mentioned lesions.
  9. To enhance student’s capability to critically evaluate the literature and become competent in preparing and defending case presentations and seminars.
  10. To enhance the student’s ability to prepare a review with a critical appraisal of the available literature.
  11. To enhance the student’s ability to organise and present seminars.
  12. To enhance the student’s ability to document and present clinical cases.
  13. To develop student’s scientific inquiry and research by completing a research project under the supervision of a member of the teaching staff.
  14. Undergraduate teaching of students.

Periodontology (180 ECTS)

Aim of this postgraduate program is to provide dentists with the theoretical knowledge and clinical skills to treat patients with all forms and severities of periodontal diseases as well as those who require osseointegrated dental implants.
Objectives: After successful completion of the program, graduates will 

  1. be able to diagnose and treat all forms of periodontal diseases.
  2. be able to diagnose and treat periodontal disease in patients with systemic diseases.
  3. be able to diagnose and treat problems directly or indirectly related to craniofacial system, occlusion and temporomandibular joint disorders.
  4. be able to cooperate with other specialists in the treatment of complex cases (prosthodontists, orthodontists, endodontists etc). 
  5. have the theoretical knowledge and clinical experience for selection, preparation, placement and maintenance of osseointegrated dental implants.
  6. be able to treat all forms of peri-implant diseases.
  7. be able to maintain the therapeutic outcome by organising the recall program for periodontally affected patients.
  8. be able to critically evaluate the literature related to Periodontology.
  9. have acquired basic knowledge and experience in research methodologies and have designed and implemented a research project related to periodontology.
  10. be able to write a scientific paper.
  11. have acquired teaching experience and be able to present a scientific topic in front of an audience. 

Endodontics (180 ECTS)

Aim of the program is the training of dentists with the necessary knowledge and skills to treat patients with endodontic problems as well as lesions due to trauma to the teeth. 
Objectives. After successful completion of program, the graduate should be able: 

  1. To recognise and describe the anatomical, histological and pathophysiological characteristics of the healthy and inflamed pulp and periapical tissues.
  2. To recognise the signs and symptoms of the different diseases of the pulp and periapical tissues, perform differential diagnosis between other diseases with similar symptoms and be able to formulate the proper treatment rational.
  3. To choose the proper armamentarium, materials and technique that will produce the best results for conditions that require conventional endodontic treatment for simple or advanced cases, as well as surgical endontic treatment.
  4. To evaluate the results of endodontic treatment and determine whether additional treatment is required.
  5. To evaluate, diagnose and manage traumatic injuries to teeth and their supporting structures.

Prosthodontics (180 ECTS)

Aim of the program is to educate the students how to maintain the function and aesthetics of the stomatognathic system and to restore loss of soft and hard tissues using natural and artificial substitutes. 
Objectives. Upon graduation the graduate student should be able to: 

  1. Know the acceptable clinical form of each restoration and its influence in the stomatognathic system.
  2. Recognise the problems that may arise from the existing restorations and offer solutions.
  3. Design a treatment plan that addresses the existing pathology and offers restorations to heal problems and restore missing tissues. 
  4. Be able to adjust the treatment plan according to age, general health and socioeconomic status of the patient.
  5. Approach a treatment plan that focuses at the prevention of new pathological situations and the longevity of the proposed restorations.
  6. Inform the patient clearly concerning the situation of his/her oral health and the proposed treatment plan. 
  7. Restore pathology and missing soft and hard tissues by applying biological rules, aiming to restore basic functions of the stomatognathic system (chewing, speech and facial aesthetics).
  8. Know the laboratory steps for the fabrication of each restoration along with the indications and contraindications.
  9. Evaluate the complexity of some cases and being able to seek the help of and work together with other specialists.
  10. Know the indications of implant prosthodontics and its clinical application in dental restoration. 
  11. Guide and cooperate with the dental technicians and  be able to check the quality of the restorations made by the laboratory.
  12. Know how to evaluate papers of the bibliography and form a scientific way of thinking and evaluating future methods and materials.
  13. Create the base for continuing education as a way of scientific progress.

Orofacial Pain Management Clinic (180 ECTS)

Aim of the program is to provide the postgraduate students the theoretical knowledge and the clinical experience in the function and parafunction of the Stomatognathic System and the necessary skills in the management and therapy of craniofacial pains sleep disorders and syndromes, which affect the Stomatognathic System and the adjoined areas.
Objectives. Specifically, the objective of the program in Orofacial Pain is to enable the graduates at the end of the program to have acquired the following knowledge and skills:

  1. Posses exceptional knowledge of the anatomy and function of the head and neck, as well as the physiology of the region
  2. Have solid knowledge of  the physiology and pathology of the above mentioned areas, and especially those of the Stomatognathic System, the head and neck.
  3. Know the epidemiological facts that concern the Orofacial pain and the functional disturbances of the Stomatognathic System.
  4. Understand the pain genesis mechanisms in depth, both in dental and orofacial pain, with the types and degree they present in the aforementioned anatomical regions of dental patients but also medical patients with general conditions, that refer to the Stomatognathic system and the adjacent area.
  5. To be able to differentiate orofacial pain from other dental or medical pathological conditions, which could give orofacial pain as concomitant symptom.
  6. To know how to take the patient`s history efficiently and appraise this in combination with the data from the clinical examination.
  7. To establish the diagnosis and organise and accomplish a treatment therapy plan based on the patient’s history and clinical diagnosis.
  8. Appraise accurately the prognosis, and to inform the patient about the nature of his problem with clarity.
  9. Be able to refer accurately to other dental or medical specialists, if the patient’s problem either is diagnostically involved or co-existent.
  10. Know in depth the use and the side-effects of the drugs used in the orofacial pain management and temporomandibular joint disorders and be able to discuss their use with other specialities such as Rheumatologists, Neurologists, Psychiatrists, Ear-nose-throat specialists, Orofacial surgeons, Oncologists, Neurosurgeons, etc. 
  11. Be in position to clarify which case should be surgically treated, and to inform the patient with clarity about the need, the advantages and the possible implications of such a non-reversible procedure.
  12. Be able to apply the whole therapeutic armamentarium for the treatment of Orofacial pain, Temporomandibular joint disorders and sleep disorders, such as: 

(1) the fabrication and use of the various types of intraoral devices, (2) various methods of physical therapy and primarily kinesotherapy, physiotherapy and chiropracty, as well as cognitive psychology therapy, (3) the therapeutic and research use of electromyography and Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation (Tens), (4) pharmakotherapy, doses and unwanted effects, (5) intra-articular injection of medicines or intra-artiucal lavages into the temporomandibular joint, and (6) intra-muscular injection of drugs or anaesthetics in to the stomatognathic system’s muscles.

  1. Remain constantly informed and possess critical ability concerning the literature.
  2. To have adequate knowledge and skills in research methodology and statistics.
  3. To be able to organise and present seminars, clinical cases, presentations, etc.
  4. To have the necessary knowledge and capability to document clinical cases and to prepare and carry out a research protocol.
  5. To acquire experience in the teaching and clinical instruction of undergraduate students.

Oral Medicine and Pathology (180 ECTS)

Aim of this postgraduate program is to train the students in the examination, diagnosis and treatment of diseases affecting the oral mucosa, salivary glands and jawbones using clinical, radiographic, histopathologic, biochemical and other laboratory data.
Objectives:

  1. For the postgraduate students to obtain adequate clinical and laboratory knowledge necessary for the diagnosis and treatment of oral diseases.
  2. Provide the postgraduate students with adequate knowledge on biomedical sciences necessary to understand the pathogenesis of oral diseases and to familiarise with current molecular techniques.
  3. Introduce the postgraduate student to research and the design of research protocols. 
  4. Enable the postgraduate to achieve the capability to critically analyze and evaluate current literature.
  5. Enable the postgraduate to achieve the capability to teach, write and present their scientific work in dental and medical meetings and congresses.

 Oral Diagnosis and Radiology (180 ECTS)

Aim of the program is the clinical specialisation of dentists in the field of Diagnostic methodology of oral diseases and in oral and maxillofacial radiology of the disorders of the gnathofacial region.
Objectives of the program are that upon completion of the program the the postgraduate student should:

  1. Be able to diagnose the pathological lesions of the jaws and the maxillofacial region, the oral cavity, the salivary glands, the maxillary sinus and the temporomandibular joint.
  2. Be able to select the proper laboratory tests and radiographic examinations based on the history and clinical findings.
  3. Be able to perform different types of intraoral and extraoral radiographic techniques.
  4. Be familiar with and perform alternative and specialised imaging modalities.
  5. Be able to perform differential diagnosis and final diagnosis of pathological conditions.
  6. Be able to treat the specific pathologies within the field of specialisation. 
  7. Be familiar with the basic principles of Forensic Dentistry.

Dentoalveolar Surgery (180 ECTS)

Aim of the program is for the postgraduate student to obtain the necessary basic theoretical and clinical knowledge in Dentoalveolar Surgery.

1. Theoretical training. Upon completion of the three (3) year training, the postgraduate student must know the following:

  1. Anatomy of the face and mouth (bones, muscles, vasculature, innervations and function) 
  2. Basic oral pathology. 
  3. Diagnostic methodology for oral and maxillofacial diseases.
  4. Imaging methods for the soft and hard tissues of the gnathofacial region.
  5. Basic surgical principles.
  6. Asepsis, antisepsis, disinfection, sterilisation- avoidance of infection dispersa.
  7. Basic principles of histopathology 
  8. Management of patients with a complicated medical history.
  9. Management of hospital patients (adult and paediatric). 
  10. Basic principles of cranial trauma, orthognathic surgery, surgery of the temporomandibular joint, congenital defects, clefts and head and neck oncology.

2. Applied knowledge. Upon completion of the three (3) year training, the postgraduate student must know and be able to safely perform the following: 

  1. Simple and surgical extraction of teeth of every level of difficulty. 
  2. Surgery of impacted teeth. 
  3. Simple surgeries of the oral cavity (biopsies, removal of benign tumours, peri-apical surgery, etc.). 
  4. Surgical placement of ossteointegrated implants. 
  5. Pre-prosthetic surgery 
  6. Pre-implant surgery (tissue regeneration, socket preservation).
  7. Minor surgery in patients with infectious diseases and in patients with congenital or acquired bleeding tendencies.
  8. Treatment of dental trauma. 
  9. Treatment – management of oral and maxilla-facial inflammations. 
  10. Treatment of surgical complications, such as oroantral communication, bleeding, etc. 

The postgraduate student during his training takes part in Maxillofacial Surgeries concerning cranial trauma, head and neck oncology, orthognathic surgery and congenital defects – clefts.

Hospital Dentistry (180 ECTS)

Aim of the program is training dentists in: 

  1. Discerning dental patients with special medical needs. 
  2. Treatment of dental needs of medically compromised patients, in outpatient clinics, emergency rooms, the wards of the clinic and the operatory. These patients are treated for their general disorder in hospital, either as outpatients or hospitalised, such as patients with disabilities or mental handicap, cerebral palsy, myasthenia, AIDS, etc. Additionally, patients undergoing radiotherapy, organ or bone marrow transplant, special patients needing maxillofacial surgery, and those needing a forensic dental report, according to the operating procedures and content of the Hospital Dentistry Clinic.
  3. The impact of medical – general diseases and their therapy with oral health.
  4. The appropriate modification of the dental treatment plan based on the underlying disease, the patient’s condition and the prescribed therapy in cooperation with the treating physician. 

Objectives of the program.Attainment of knowledge in :

  1. Biomedical sciences, necessary for the understanding of the aetiology of diseases and the use of modern diagnostic techniques for their diagnosis.
  2. Medical history taking, performing a brief physical examination and general distinction between normal and pathological.
  3. Complications in the therapy of pathologies of the stomatognathic system and their impact on the necessary dental treatment plan. 
  4. Necessary laboratory tests (radiographs, blood, biochemical and microbiological tests, etc.).
  5. The clinical presentation, symptoms and treatment of common cardiovascular diseases, particularly congestive heart failure, coronary heart disease, stroke, arrhythmias, of valvular heart disease, congenital heart disease, and the characteristics of cardiac surgery patients in relation to dental needs. 
  6. Evaluation of the laboratory tests (electrocardiogram, ultrasound, stress test, angiogram, biochemical and blood tests, etc.), to assess the situation of the cardiac patient.
  7. The major causes of physical and mental handicap in children and the methods of therapeutic treatment of children with special needs.
  8. Clinical presentation, symptomology and therapy of the most common diseases of children, such as infectious and febrile diseases, respiratory diseases, allergic skin diseases, acute cases of convulsions, with asthma attacks and accidents, including cases of child abuse. 
  9. Preoperative evaluation and assessment (ASA) of the patient and preparation prior to surgery. 
  10. Modern techniques and drugs in anesthesia, administration of anesthetic gases, with emphasis on N2O administration, the intraoperative - postoperative handling, fluid therapy and blood, management of the acute pain and perioperative complications of anesthesia. 
  11. Basic and specialised resuscitation.
  12. The use of simple monitoring devices during surgery, and especially the electrocardiograph, blood pressure and pulse oximeter and perform intravenous catheterisation, intratracheal intubation and ventilation with mask and air-duct.
  13. Imaging methods of the jaws and oral cavity. 
  14. Simple medical interventions in medically compromised patients concerning (1) abscess draining, (2) simple tooth extraction (3) obtaining diagnostic biopsy.
  15. Research and organisation of research programs.
  16. The searching and critical evaluation of the literature related to the subject of specialisation.
  17. The transmission of knowledge and learning how to organise and present scientific lectures and to write scientific articles.
  18. Promotion of biological principles, the preventive route, social awareness and the appeal of continuous updating of knowledge, of which they were taught in their undergraduate studies, in order to improve on their function in society.
  19. Presentation of documented clinical cases.
  20. Supervision of undergraduate students.