Institute of Dentistry The Institute of Dentistry gives education in undergraduate and postgraduate (specialist and PhD) programmes in line with international standards and modern teaching technologies.
Our aim is to educate skillful dentists and top class researchers. Dentists and scientists graduated from the Institute of Dentistry are highly respected worldwide.
The Institute of Dentistry at the University of Turku has been ranked the 24th best in the world in the latest subject-specific Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU). Only three other European universities made the top 20 in Dentistry & Oral Sciences, all the other places went to universities from the United States.
Studying at the Institute of Dentistry:
The dental curriculum leads to a Licentiate in Dentistry degree, which is equivalent to a Doctor of Dental Science (DDS) degree. Annually, 40 new students are accepted for the dental programme. Acceptance is based on a national exam, with fluency in the Finnish or Swedish language as a prerequisite. Thus, only applicants with proficiency in Finnish or Swedish may apply for the degree programme in dentistry.
The Institute of Dentistry accepts dental students from universities with which the University of Turku has a valid student exchange agreement. Student wishing to study as an exchange student at the Institute of Dentistry should check the exchange agreement with their home university before applying.
Research at the Institute of Dentistry: Research at the Institute of Dentistry at the University of Turku has been active, innovative and internationally recognized since the early 1960's. The research has led to a number of clinical and commercial applications. Consequently, the Institute of Dentistry is known for its high-quality research.
The widely recognized areas of research include, e.g. in vivo studies of tooth microcirculation, research on craniofacial growth and development, xylitol studies, and other laboratory and clinical studies on caries prevention, studies of viral infections on mucosal surfaces, as well as research on biomaterials. Pioneering research has also been conducted in, e.g. stomatognathic physiology, pain, and salivary research.
The main target of almost all the studies has been the prevention of oral diseases and, in fact, Turku is known worldwide in this field.
Some research groups of the Institute belong to the BioCity Turku profiling research programmes. The biomaterials research programme is run by the Institute of Dentistry. The research laboratories are located in the Dentalia and PharmaCity buildings. The new core-facility laboratory of the Faculty of Medicine, Turku Clinical Biomaterials Centre – TCBC, is located in the PharmaCity.
Research groups of the Institute of Dentistry have a wide international network. Research is funded by the European Comission, the Academy of Finland, the Finnish Funding Agency for Technology and Innovation (TEKES) and industry.
The departments at the Institute of Dentistry, University of Turku work in close collaboration with each other in teaching as well as in research.
The speciality of Clinical Dentistry covers the disciplines of Cariology (including endodontics), Prostodontics (including Stomatognathic Physiology), Periodontology, and Pediatric Dentistry. Also Oral Diagnosis, Oral Pathology, and Oral Radiology are included within this specialty. The other three recognized specialities in the institute are Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Orthodontics, and Public Health.