The Department of Dentistry is concerned with the diagnosis and treatment of a wide spectrum of dental and oral diseases and disorders. The department consists of ten divisions and counseling centers for both outpatients and hospitalized care. The Department of Dentistry provides both undergraduate education of dental students and postgraduate courses and training for dental practitioners and specialists as well. The department also organizes certificate courses and scientific symposia. The most widely known is Sazama´s Day, an annual conference which for more than 20 years has been providing both dental practitioners and students with up-to-date knowledge and practical information.
Applying the best current knowledge with a view towards innovation
At present, there are several basic research projects being carried out at the Department of Dentistry. For many years A. Šimunek has led a research team focusing on implant dentistry. Dental pulp stem cells are the research topic of J. Suchánek and his colleagues. Chronic stomatitis and oral manifestations of various systemic diseases are studied by V. Radochová and R. Slezák. Musculoskeletal disorders, a recent “hot” topic of great concern to a majority of dentists, are being studied by Z. Šustová and M. Kapitán and their co-workers. R. Koberová Ivancaková deals with modern methods of caries prevention and its epidemiology. Other clinical activities include treatment of periodontal disease, prophylaxis, and the diagnosis and therapy of orofacial malignancies.
Advances in diagnostics and treatment
Research activities are closely joined with the implementation of new diagnostic procedures and modern treatment methods, of which the most noteworthy are the following: oncologic surgery and brachytherapy, orofacial traumatology, dental implants and subsequent prosthodontic reconstructions in edentulous individuals, both non-invasive and invasive treatment of periodontal diseases, oral medicine, complex dental care of medically and mentally compromised individuals, modern preventive activities in preschool and school children, microscopically assisted dentistry, and many others.