Dentistry is a rapidly evolving field of medicine, and one which can make profound changes to people’s everyday lives. Unlike many medical specialisms, dentistry involves both face-to-face interactions with patients, requiring strong interpersonal skills, as well as the hands-on practical elements of dental surgery.
The Dentistry Summer School will cover introductions to the following areas: dental consultations, diagnosis of dental problems, restorative procedures, orthodontics, cosmetic dentistry, periodontology and oral and maxillofacial surgery.
Over the course of this event, students will develop the skills required to interact effectively with patients as well as encountering the medical theory behind dental problems and procedures. We will be using detailed case studies to explore some of the most common pathologies that dentists deal with on a regular basis. Students will also have the chance to explore some sub-‐specialities in dentistry, including periodontology, which involves the study of the dental supporting tissues and their diseases, and orthodontics, a field of dentistry that has seen rapid growth and advancement over the last few decades.
In addition to the more traditional aspects of the dental profession, we will also be considering the links between dentistry and the wider medical world. For instance, maxillofacial surgery involves invasive surgical treatment of the mouth, jaw and face and is it is a highly specialised sub-‐field – before engaging in this type of surgical treatment, including facial reconstruction, the removal of impacted teeth and mandibular bone grafting, surgeons are required to have a full four-‐year qualification in dentistry.
The Dentistry Summer School offers students a challenging and fascinating taster of the world of dentistry and the study of dentistry at university. The course will be taught by post-‐graduate dental students from top universities as well as qualified dentists with hands-‐on experience of dentistry.
The course is ideal for students considering dentistry as a university choice or career.