At the end of their five years of study, graduates in dentistry and dental prostheses will have acquired the knowledge and technical skills needed to carry out dentistry on a private or public basis. Graduates will also have acquired the learning skills needed for specialist studies. They perform activities relating to the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of diseases and congenital and acquired anomalies of the teeth, mouth, jawbones, temporomandibular joints and related tissues, as well as dental rehabilitation, prescribing all the medications and aids needed when exercising the profession.
They possess professional, cultural, decision-making and operating autonomy, which allows them to be constantly updated, having followed an academic program characterized by a holistic approach to the oral health of healthy or sick people, which includes an understanding of the physical and social environment. The first two-year period provided the foundations, familiarizes students with the basics of the structural organization and vital functions of the human body, and includes courses that cover problems relating to the doctor-patient relationship and an understanding of the principles on which scientific methodology is based. Students learn how to handle patients with oral/dental problems.
The following three-year cycle involves the study of medical, surgical and specialist subjects with particular reference to clinical problems connected to odontostomatologic pathologies. These academic activities are performed as part of the study of dentistry and clinical work experience. During the first two-year course, knowledge is acquired about major systems as are etiopathological principles which are the basis of organic, functional and homeostatic alterations; images of the most common afflictions causing anatomical pathologies are examined and the general principles of pharmacology and anesthesiology sciences are introduced. The theoretical courses and clinical work provide experience on oral pathology, reconstructive dentistry, oral surgery, parodontology, orthodontics, pediatric dentistry and prostheses.
Despite developing different skills, each discipline pursues the common goal of gaining skills and experience in handling and resolving oral health problems from preventive, diagnostic, prognostic, therapeutic and rehabilitative viewpoints, including compliance with the medical, legal and ethical regulations in force in the Member States of the European Union.
During their fifth year, students follow a course in dento-facial pathology and treatment as well as an implantology course for which, as with previous courses, a global patient treatment approach is used. The fifth year involves exclusively specialist academic activity designed to treat patients with odontostomatologic problems. Clinical sessions include specialized odontostomatologic, preventive and community dentology, conservative dentology and endodontics, oral surgery, parodontology, orthodontics, gnatology, odontostomatologic clinic, paedodontia and prostheses. They perfect skills acquired in the various clinical areas in previous years and highlight relationships between systemic pathologies and the oral cavity. Frontal-seminar lessons are mainly designed to promote interdisciplinary discussion of clinical cases.
Graduates will be able to perform their professional roles and functions in the respective areas of employment performing activities relating to the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of diseases and congenital and acquired anomalies of teeth, mouth, jawbones, temporomandibular joints and related tissues, taking care of dental rehabilitation, prescribing all the medications and aids required, designing, checking and inserting dental prostheses, and checking their adequacy.
Professional opportunities arise as freelance professionals or employees in compliance with current legislation.