Department of Prosthodontics


In 1991, the Clinical Department of Therapeutic and Prosthetic Dentistry underwent a reorganization, leading to the creation of two separate clinical departments: Therapeutic Dentistry and Prosthetic Dentistry. Then, in 1996, two independent clinical departments of Prosthetic Dentistry and Orthodontics were established. In 2003, the Department of Prosthetic Dentistry was renamed the Department of Prosthodontics.

The Department of Prosthodontics is one of the few medical institutions in Lithuania that combines extensive educational, research, and practical experience in the field of prosthetic dentistry. Our staff are actively engaged in the drafting of key healthcare laws and regulations, whilst also contributing to the dental disease prevention initiatives for the Lithuanian population.

Our clinical department delivers courses attended by Odontology students in their 2nd to 5th years, as well as the 4th year Oral Hygiene students, in both Lithuanian and English. More than 250 students are involved in clinical practices every week. The following courses are taught to students of the Odontology programme: Pre-Clinical Course in Prosthetic Dentistry and Clinical Practice in Prosthetic Dentistry. For Oral Hygiene students, an Introduction to Prosthodontics is taught.

The clinical department has a Prosthodontics Training Laboratory, where students learn to produce all types of prosthodontic appliances, fixed and removable dentures, using modern technologies. The basic principles of denture and appliance manufacturing are taught here.

The X-ray room of the Department of Prosthodontics provides a range of imaging services, including dental and panoramic X-rays, lateral and anterior teleradiography, as well as 3D cone-beam CT scans.

Clinical activities

The Department of Prosthodontics delivers specialised tertiary-level healthcare to the Lithuanian population, with up to 3,000 patients visiting annually. Our doctors consult and treat patients with dental and maxillofacial pathologies, employing the latest techniques in prosthetic dentistry and rehabilitation, as well as treating and preventing temporomandibular joint dysfunctions. The expertise, professionalism, and experience of our staff, combined with a responsible approach and cutting-edge materials and technologies, enable successful restoration of masticatory function in the most complicated cases.

The Department of Prosthodontics delivers a 3-year prosthetic dentistry residency programme, leading to the qualification of a prosthetic dentist, as well as a PhD programme.

The research topic of our clinical department is the optimisation of diagnostic and treatment approaches for dental and jaw diseases, investigation of the materials and technologies for oral health and quality of life. This work is headed by Prof. Dr. Alvydas Gleiznys.

Research areas of the Department of Prosthodontics:

  • Improving the etiology, pathogenesis, clinical research, diagnosis, and treatment of inflammatory diseases of the peri-implant and periodontal tissues, and quality of life assessment.
  • Changes in dental arch defects and their occlusal curves, diagnostics, and restoration methods.

The staff of the Department conducts research in the fields of maxillofacial and general pathology, presents scientific papers at Lithuanian and foreign conferences, and publishes scientific articles in international journals.

Department of Prosthodontics, Faculty of Odontology / LSMU MA
Prof. Gediminas Žekonis
Head of the Department of Prosthodontics
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