The six-year degree program in Dentistry and Dental Prosthetics provides the scientific, theoretical, and practical preparation required to practice the profession of dentistry, as well as the methodology and cultural awareness necessary to promote lifelong learning. Graduates will acquire an in-depth knowledge of the foundations of scientific research for the purpose of gaining a level of professional, decision-making, and operational autonomy, through an instructional program based on a holistic approach to oral health problems. The program enables students to identify and critically evaluate data relating to the state of health or disease of the stomatognatic system from a clinical point of view and with a unitary vision of self- evaluation. Students will also develop the ability to communicate clearly and humanely with patients and family members, to organize work in teams, and deal with issues regarding communication and human resources management.
In the first two years, students will gain a basic knowledge of the structural organization and the vital functions of the human body. The program includes courses which address issues connected to the physician-patient relationship and to an understanding of the principles of scientific methodology. During these two years, students will learn how to deal with patients with oral/dental problems. The following three years are based on the study of medical, surgical, and specialized medicine with emphasis on clinical problems related to odontostomatological diseases. At the same time, students will also study specialized applied disciplines in dentistry and participate in clinical internship placements. The theoretical courses and the clinical placements in oral pathology, restorative dentistry, oral surgery, periodontics, orthodontics, pediatric dentistry, and dental prosthetics, have the common objective of developing the knowledge and practical skills needed to address and treat oral health problems from a preventive, diagnostic, prognostic, therapeutic, and rehabilitative approach. The sixth year also includes a professional training activity aimed at treating patients with odontostomatological problems. During this training, students will continue to develop and integrate the skills acquired in different clinical areas throughout the program.
Dentists are involved in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of diseases of the mouth and teeth, and correct alterations and irregularities in the development and positioning of teeth. They are specifically concerned with studying the congenital and acquired pathologies and anomalies of teeth and the mouth, as well as their relationship to the patient's general state of health. Dentists inform patients on preventive techniques and determine and carry out necessary treatment. Above all, the dentist must be capable of analyzing the dental health of patients, and providing them with a clear case history. Using this information, a dentist makes a diagnosis and determines the type of treatment necessary. Treatment and rehabilitation can consist in a variety of operations from the most simple and routine procedures, such as filling cavities, to the more complex, such as dental prostheses. An accredited dentist can work as a self-employed practitioner or as an employee in private, public, or community hospitals. Career opportunities are also available in the sectors of clinical, biomechanical, and market research.