In 1991, the Department of Therapeutic and Orthopedic Stomatology passed reorganization into two clinical departments – Department of Therapeutic Stomatology and Department of Prosthodontics. In 1996, two independent clinical departments were established: Department of Orthodontics and Department of Orthopedic Stomatology, in 2003 renamed into Department of Prosthodontics.
Department of Prosthodontics is one of several healthcare institutions in Lithuania that combine educational, scientific, and clinical experience in the field of orthopedic odontology. The staff actively participates in the preparation of the regulations concerning healthcare and contributes to the implementation of the prevention program of dental diseases among Lithuanian people.
Currently, 2nd- to 5th-year students of the Odontology program and 4th-year students of the Oral Hygiene program are studying at this Department. Every week, over 250 students undergo their clinical practice, Odontology program students are taught a preclinical course in Orthopedic Odontology and clinical practice in Orthopedic Odontology, and Oral Hygiene students are taught an Introduction to Maxillofacial Orthopedics.
Training Laboratory of Prosthetic Dentistry is a part of the department. Modern technologies are employed for the production of all types of orthopedic devices and fixed and removable dental prostheses. In this Laboratory, students master the main principles of the manufacturing of dental prostheses and therapeutic devices.
The X-ray room provides opportunity for making simple and panoramic radiography images of the teeth and the jaws, lateral and anteroposterior tele radiography, and 3D and cone-beam computed tomography.
The focus of the scientific research carried out is optimization of diagnostics and treatment of dental and maxillofacial diseases, studies of the employed materials and oral health and quality of life technologies, the supervisor prof. dr. Alvydas Gleiznys.
The research fields are the following:
- Improvement in the clarification of the etiology and pathogenesis of the inflammatory diseases of periodontal and peri-implant tissues, advancing the performance of clinical trials, diagnostics, and treatment, and evaluation of the patients’ quality of life.
- Diagnostics and restoration of the defects in dental arches and changes in the occlusal curves.
Scientific research in the fields of maxillofacial and general pathology are performed, regularly is increasing the number of publications and staff of this Department are speakers at Lithuanian and international congresses.
Department of Prosthodontics provides 3-year postgraduate residency studies in orthopedic odontology (dentistry) and doctoral studies.
The Department of Prosthodontics provides specialized tertiary healthcare services to the people of Lithuania. Up to 3,000 patients visit Department within a single year. The specialists at the Clinical Department consult and treat patients with dental and maxillofacial pathologies, apply the most modern dental prosthetic and rehabilitation techniques, and treat and prevent temporomandibular joint dysfunctions. Competence, professionalism, knowledge, experience, and responsibility of the staff along with modern material and technologies allow to restore the masticatory function in most complicated cases.