Pediatric Dentistry and Clinical Genetics – University of Copenhagen

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Pediatric Dentistry and Clinical Genetics

Education

The theoretical and clinical education in pediatric dentistry and clinical genetics takes place during the Master-programme and covers all aspects of oral care in children, except orthodontic treatment and oral surgery. The education in clinical genetics is a collaborative effort between the section of Pediatric Dentistry and Clinical Genetics and Medical Genetics at the Department of Cellular and Molecular Medicine, Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, University of Copenhagen.

Clinical activities

The section of Pediatric Dentistry and Clinical Genetics is engaged in all aspects of oral care for children (aged 0-18) except orthodontic treatment and complicated oral surgery. The section serves as a municipal clinic for approximately 6,000 children living in the local area (Copenhagen North) and also admits children from other parts of the country in certain cases. The section also treats children from asylum centres in Copenhagen.

The section provides consultation and/or treatment of children with special needs, e.g. children with insufficient restorative treatment due to communication problems, deformed/missing teeth, traumatic injured teeth and special dental and medical disorders.

Specialized clinical units

Clinic for Congenital and Acquired Craniofacial Malformations

This clinic collaborates closely with clinics at the Juliane Marie Centre at Rigshospitalet (Copenhagen University Hospital): clinics for Pediatrics, Rare Disorders, Clinical genetics, Growth and Reproduction and the Out-patient Clinic for Juvenile Arthritis. Children are also referred to the Clinic for Congenital and Acquired Craniofacial Malformations from municipal dental clinics and hospitals nationwide.

Clinic for Odontophobia

The clinic provides expert guidance about fear, stress and pain in relation to dental treatment and serves as a psychological treatment unit for patients with odontophobia.

Research

The main research topic at the section of Pediatric Dentistry and Clinical genetics are:

  • Cariology (in children)
  • Psychosocial factors with relation to oral health
  • Dental traumatology
  • Disturbances of tooth formation and eruption
  • Normal and abnormal craniofacial growth
  • Craniofacial morphology and growth in cleft lip and palate
  • Genetic studies of craniofacial syndromes
  • 3D methods for analysis of craniofacial morphology and growth including tooth formation and eruption

The research involving 3D craniofacial imaging is conducted in the 3D Laboratory, located at the section of Pediatric Dentistry and Clinical Genetics. The laboratory is a collaborative research and development laboratory for medical imaging between the Department of Odontology, Rigshospitalet and Informatics and Mathematical Modelling at the Technical University of Denmark.