Faculty of Odontology
The Faculty of Odontology belongs to the Medical Academy. The Faculty is in charge of dental research and higher dental education, both at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels, including continuing education.
The Faculty of Odontology is the main institution of dental education in Lithuania. The Faculty has gained international recognition for preparation of specialists, research and clinical work.
The curriculum leads to a master's degree in Dentistry, which is equivalent to a Doctor of Dental Science (DDS) and forms the basis for specialist education or scientific (PhD) studies. Today, 120 new students are accepted annually to the 5-year dental programme. The acceptance is based on the rules of general admission, which is organised and carried out by LAMA BPO.
The Faculty of Odontology offers a perfect possibility of gaining a profession in odontology and also guarantees high-level and attractive studies. According to our experience, only the best graduates choose this study programme. Odontology, as a branch of medical sciences, is designed for talented, active, and responsible students. Integrated studies are also organised in the Faculty of Odontology.
Our Faculty welcomes every person who has made a decision to become a dentist. Qualified professors help them to achieve desired knowledge in the modern and renovated university. Warm relationship between students and teachers make the studies exceptional. Understanding each other and good relationship are the key to successful high-quality studies.
Since 2001, the Faculty is the member of ADEE (Association of Dental Education in Europe).
The aim of the Faculty is to give a possibility to acquire an education in odontology, teach practical skills and educate comprehensive personality who could properly work as a dentist and who could continue postgraduate studies. The aims also include giving students appropriate dentistry knowledge, proper conditions for clinical practice and postgraduate studies as well as the basis of medicine which guarantees successful practice and improving the study programme in dentistry and the study basis which would encourage positive competition.
The Faculty of Odontology conducts multi-disciplinary research in order to meet the challenges of the future. The general goal is that our research should contribute to the improvement of oral health care in the society. Various research projects are frequently pursued in collaboration with partners from outside the Faculty.
Major research areas
- Investigations of pathogenesis and various diagnostic and treatment modalities of dental and oral pathology;
- Physiology and pathology of dental occlusion and mathematical modelling of biomechanical characteristics of teeth, dental arches and TMJ in relation to function;
- Epidemiology of dental diseases in different age groups of the Lithuanian population;
- Biocompatibility of root canal filling materials with periodontal tissues;
- Relation of dental and oral pathology with different systemic disorders of the human organism.
About 15-20 students are registered for doctoral studies, and 2-3 doctoral theses are published and defended each year.
Study programme Odontology
The curriculum is divided into preclinical and clinical stages, the preclinical stage comprising two years of basic and biomedical studies. During the three-year clinical stage, practical training makes up about one-third of the course load. The degree programme comprises 300 ECTS credits which include lectures, seminars, group teaching, self-learning periods and practical training, both in the phantom-head laboratory and in the clinic. Evaluation is mainly by written examination and presentation of a patient case as a demonstration of practical skills. Each student needs to prepare a thesis, either by participating in a research programme or based on literature review.
Study programme Dental Hygiene
The curriculum is divided into preclinical and clinical stages, the preclinical stage comprising two years of basic and biomedical studies. During the two-year clinical stage, practical training in speciality subjects makes up about two-thirds of the course load. The degree programme comprises 240 ECTS credits which include lectures, seminars, group teaching, self-learning periods and practical training, both in the phantom class and in the clinic. Evaluation of knowledge and skills is mainly by written examination and practical skills examination in the clinic. Each student needs to prepare a bachelor thesis, either by participating in a research programme or based on literature review.