Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Diseases

The degree title to be awarded is the Licentiate of Dentistry (LicDent). The overall scope of the Licentiate of Medicine degree is 360 credits, with 330 credits as the minimum scope for the Licentiate of Dentistry degree.

Studies in dentistry are divided into two stages: preclinical (the first and second year of studies, partly identical with the studies completed by students of medicine) and clinical (beginning from the third year of studies). The clinical stage is mostly comprised of theoretical studies organised by various disciplines in dentistry, related skills lab assignments and demonstrations, as well as patient work (clinical training).

  • Orthodontics
  • Cariology and endodontics
  • Paediatric dental care
  • Periodontology
  • Prosthetics and occlusal physiology
  • Oral and maxillofacial surgery
  • Oral microbiology
  • Oral health care
  • Oral pathology
  • Oral radiology

Specialising dentists train as tenured specialising dentists in the Hospital District of Helsinki and Uusimaa, primarily at the Surgical Hospital of the Helsinki University Central Hospital. Specialisation programmes in dentistry include the following: oral and maxillofacial surgery (six years), clinical dental care (three years) and orthodontics (three years), and health care (three years).

Specialist training

In Finland, the right to practise dentistry as a licensed professional is granted by Valvira, the National Supervisory Authority for Welfare and Health. In order to be granted a licence, the applicant’s professional competence must correspond with the qualifications given by a dentist’s degree completed in Finland. For verification, Valvira may require that applicants complete a competency examination with a passing grade.

The examination is organised by dental training units at Finnish universities. The examination consists of four parts. At the University of Helsinki, the examinations on theoretical knowledge (May), practical skills (November), administration (December) and radiation safety legislation (December) are all arranged once a year.

Examination on theoretical knowledge

Registration is completed by filling out a billing request form  and submitting it by email to meilahti-student@helsinki.fi.

The examination on theoretical knowledge contains ten categories: cariology, endodontics, prosthetics and occlusal physiology, periodontology, oral and maxillofacial surgery, oral health care, paediatric dental care, orthodontics, oral radiology, and oral pathology.

The academic affairs office of the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Diseases will announce examination results by email no later than a month after the examination event. Results from passed examinations of theoretical knowledge are valid for three years.

Practical examination

In 2017, the one-part practical examination (covering all knowhow in five disciplines required by dentists in clinical work) will be tentatively scheduled for November. The examination will be held from 8.00 to 15.00 on three different days.

The practical examination is available to those who have completed all theoretical knowledge examinations with a passing grade. The schedule for the practical examination depends on the number of participants. In any event, it will take more than one day. The examination also includes an oral part.

Examinations on administration and radiation safety legislation

After completing all the categories of the examination on theoretical knowledge and the practical examination with passing grades, applicants may take the examination on administration. The examination on radiation safety legislation will be arranged in connection with the administrative examination.

Those who have completed all examinations with passing grades can apply for a licence to practise the profession of a dentist in the operational units of health care and social services under the leadership and supervision of a dentist licensed to practise the profession independently from Valvira, the National Supervisory Authority for Welfare and Health. To those who have completed their dental science degree outside the European Economic Area, Valvira can grant the right to practise their profession independently in Finland after they have completed the examinations with passing grades and worked for no less than nine months in a public health care or social services unit mentioned above (also known as practical service).

Practical instructions

  • In addition to writing instruments, no other accessories are required for the examinations. Answer sheets will be provided at the examination event.
  • Only a general dictionary of Finnish and a foreign language will be accepted. No thesauruses or other books that explain the meaning of words will be accepted.
  • Participants must arrive no later than 30 minutes after the examination has started. At the earliest, participants may leave 30 minutes after the examination has started.
  • Finnish and Swedish are the languages of examination. Questions will be provided only in one language. Those who wish to have questions in Swedish must notify the academic affairs office of the Department no later than two weeks before the examination. Finnish-language questions need not be requested.

Regulations on examinations

Examinations observe the University of Helsinki regulations on examinations, in so far as they are not in contradiction with those rules and instructions given by Valvira regarding these particular examinations.

Regulations on Degrees and the Protection of Students’ Rights at the University of Helsinki
Any person found guilty of cheating will receive a failing grade on the entire examination, with no fees reimbursed. A separate decision will be made on other potential consequences, such as restrictions to completing the next available examination.

Examination location

Examinations will be held at the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Diseases at the University of Helsinki (address Mannerheimintie 172). Access to the parking lot is through Kytösuontie. Participants should arrive at the main lobby of the building 15 minutes before the examination starts.  

Examination fees

Examination fees are set in accordance with the Ministry of Education Decree on Fees Charged for University Services (737/2007).

Examination on theoretical knowledge

 

10 examinations, €75 euros per examination

€750

Practical examination

 

Including all material costs (€500)

€1,115

Administrative examination

€200

Radiation safety legislation examination

€100

Payment instructions

Examination fees will be invoiced based on the billing request form completed at the time of registration. When registering for examinations, participants must include the name, personal or business ID, street address, post code and city of the bill recipient. If the recipient is not the person taking the examination, the participant must submit a statement of commitment signed by the recipient.

Examination fees must be paid before completing each examination stage. A receipt of payment must be presented at the examination event. The payment acts as a binding examination registration. Payments will be reimbursed only on the basis of a doctor’s certificate or other written proof provided by an official party. If the payment is processed abroad, please use the bank’s SWIFT code.

Further information

Questions related to examination arrangements should be directed by email at meilahti-student@helsinki.fi.

The wide-ranging and diverse research activities of the Department include both clinical and basic research. One of their most important objectives is the promotion of clinical research with the methods of molecular biology and biotechnology. The Department houses well-equipped laboratory facilities in the Biomedicum Helsinki building, whereas clinical research is primarily centred at the Surgical Hospital on Kasarmikatu. In addition, the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Diseases has an extensive research cooperation network with both Finnish and international partners.

Its research subjects range from issues of public health and epidemiology to basic research in dental and oral diseases, as well as applied and clinical research.

Publications

  • Translational Research on Oral and Maxillofacial Sciences Group (Riitta Seppänen-Kaijansinkko)
  • Dental-facial Development (Janna Waltimo-Sirén)
  • Craniofacial Development and Malformations (David Rice)
  • Cell Biology of Oral Diseases (Timo Sorsa)
  • Oral Biology and Periodontology (Veli-Jukka Uitto)
  • Dental Genetics (Pekka Nieminen, Sirpa Arte)
  • Environmental Disruption of Dental Development (Satu Alaluusua, Pirjo-Liisa Lukinmaa)
  • Periodontitis and Cardiovascular Disease (Pirkko Pussinen)
  • Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery (Christian Lindqvist)
  • Oral Pathology (Jarkko Hietanen)
  • Oral Radiology (Jaakko Peltola)
  • Prosthetic Dentistry (Mauno Könönen)
  • Oral Cancer (Tuula Salo)

Head of department

Professor Leo Tjäderhane
leo.tjaderhane@helsinki.fi
PO Box 41 (Kytösuontie 9)
00014 University of Helsinki

Address

Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Diseases
PO Box 41 (Mannerheimintie 172)
00014 University of Helsinki
Tel: +358 294 1911

Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Diseases
Scientific Research Laboratory
Biomedicum
PO Box 63 (Haartmaninkatu 8)
00014 University of Helsinki