LSMU MA Faculty of Odontology
Department of Dental and Oral Pathology
Address: Eivenių str. 2, LT-50161 Kaunas
Phone: +370 37 326469
Prof. Vita Mačiulskienė
Head of the Department of Dental and Oral Pathology
Phone: +370 37 326681
Phone: +370 37 326919
The mission of the Department of Dental and Oral Pathology includes education, research and clinical work. Students’ education is one of the major commitments: a considerable part of the studies is carried out here for second, third, fourth and fifth year students of Odontology and for third year students of Oral Hygiene. The curriculum includes pre-clinical as well as clinical subjects, such as Cariology, Endodontology, Periodontology and Oral Pathology. The major part of the curriculum comprises clinical experiences. There are three rooms for clinical training equipped with dental chairs. Second year students practice in a class of pre-clinical studies and improve their practical skills using dental simulators. Practical skills are obtained during clinical training guided by the teachers who are experienced clinicians of different specialties such as endodontics, periodontology and oral pathology. Lectures, seminars and computer-aided learning take place in diverse educational situations to support the main educational principles. Students’ self-learning and individual research are encouraged in order to develop an ability for a critical evaluation of literature.
The field of research – studies of clinical diagnosis and various treatment modalities of the dental and oral diseases, the supervisor is prof. dr. Vita Mačiulskienė.
Currently running projects:
- Evaluation of the diagnostic and prognostic value of different radiological methods such as CBCT and digital imaging, in patients with apical periodontitis;
- Clinical studies on different treatment strategies for patients with the periodontal diseases.
In collaboration with the scientists from Kaunas University of Technology, the clinical protocols for the improved mechanical root canal preparation are developed. A joint project with Beirut University (Lebanon) regarding the diagnosis of the dental pulp inflammation is under development as well.
We offer two educational postgraduate programmes leading to a degree of endodontist and periodontologist. The duration of these programmes is 3 years. The purpose of the programmes is to train the participants to become competent specialists in their field. This demands a thorough understanding of general biological principles and function, as well as comprehension of the science. Technical skills are trained during treatment of a great variety of patients. Furthermore, critical, evidence-based thinking is exercised during study and evaluation of textbooks and scientific articles related to the subject.
There is a number of separate courses with a different content available for continuing education of dental practitioners. They have a possibility to be acquainted with modern technologies in dentistry such as work with dental microscopes, rotary endodontic instruments, etc.
The services available at the clinic are related to general dental care as well as to specialized diagnostics and dental treatment such as endodontics, periodontal surgery and diseases of oral mucosa. It is one of the largest referral centers for specialised dental care in Lithuania, the consultancy service is provided for patients with complicated cases referred to the Department from all over the country. The yearly turnover is about 16 000 dental visits for adult as well as for pediatric patients.