Departments of Dental and Oral Medicine

Four departments belong to the Dental Clinic at the Faculty of Medicine, founded in 1871:

Department of Orthodontics


  • Prof. Dr. Helge Fischer-Brandies

The Department of Orthodontics is located in the Zentrum für Zahn-, Mund- und Kieferheilkunde (ZMK, Centre for Dental and Oral Medicine), on the UKSH's Kiel campus. It specialises in treatments for orthodontic and dental misalignments in children, adolescents and adults. The Department also offers special consultation hours for conditions of the temporomandibular joint, cleft lip and palates, cranio-facial anomalies and dysgnathias.

An interdisciplinary approach is used for treatment, with a team of orthodontists, prosthodontists, oral surgeons, physiotherapists, neurologists and psychologists where necessary.

The Department is involved in the "Kompetenzzentrum Funktionale Oberflächen" (Functional Surfaces Competence Centre) research project. Other research areas are the stress and strain analysis of the "tooth - periodontium - jaw bone" system, investigations on oral health-related quality of life and computer-controlled production of orthodontic arc sequences.

Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery


  • Prof. Dr. Dr. Jörg Wiltfang

The Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery deals with conditions, injuries or misalignments of all structures in the oral cavity, the jaw and the face. The Department uses current and futuristic concepts for associated early identification, diagnostic, treatment and aftercare procedures and this work is closely integrated with the UKSH competence centres such as the Krebszentrum Nord/Comprehensive Cancer Center.

Leading medicine describes Kiel's Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery as one of the top three departments for oral and maxillofacial surgery in the country.

The Department is also involved in the Cluster of Excellence "Precision Medicine in Chronic Inflammation" and in multiple international co-operations.

In March 2014, the first professorship for health services research in dentistry “prevention and care in dentistry” (Prof. Dr. med. dent. Katrin Hertrampf, MPH) was established.

Research activities focus on bone replacement and building methods, the use of stem cells, tissue engineering, reconstructive surgery, health services research and quality of life studies.

Department of Dental Preservation and Periodontics


  • Prof. Dr. Christof Dörfer

The Department of Dental Preservation and Periodontics consists of five clinical subject areas: endodontology, cariology and preventive dentistry, paediatric and adolescent dentistry, periodontics and restorative and cosmetic dentistry. All treatment measures are integrated in prevention programmes. This is in order to ensure the sustained success rate of the treatment and to break through the predominantly chronic stages of the conditions.

A combination of traditional and innovative teaching concepts is used. Classic courses are converted into modular system that is managed by syllabus of learning objectives.

The focus in research is on the prevention and treatment of tooth caries and periodontitis and on their impacts on general health.

Department of Prosthodontics, Propaedeutics and Dental Materials


  • Prof. Dr. Matthias Kern

The Department of Prosthodontics, Propaedeutics and Dental Materials is equipped with the latest facilities for dental restoration treatments.

The research focus is in adhesive and prosthetic implants and in complete ceramic restorations. A special area of research interest is the department's Section for Dental Materials and Technology. The Department of Prosthodontics, Propaedeutics and Materials Science collaborates with numerous researchers all over the world.