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Second Year Courses

Fall Semester


In this course, infectious disease as an occupational hazard will be emphasized. Fundamental aspects of microbial physiology, and characteristics of microbial pathogens will be presented. The emerging knowledge on the role of infectious agents in dental caries and periodontal disease will also be emphasized. Upon completion of the course, the student should have acquired the knowledge to read and understand all aspects of the contemporary dental microbiology and immunology literature.

Physical Diagnosis

This is an introductory course to teach clinical patient evaluation. Emphasis is on obtaining a medical history, reviewing normal structures, vital signs, and supplementary data for working diagnoses.

Preclinical Occlusion and TMD

This course is designed to present the terminology and basic concepts in occlusion, mandibular movement and TMJ disorders. Emphasis is on the etiology, examination, diagnosis, and treatment of occlusal abnormalities, temporomandibular joint disturbances, and neuromuscular dysfunction. Clinical experience in these areas is included.

Intro to Cast Restorations I Lecture

This Sophomore level didactic course introduces the subject of single unit rigid dental restorations. The theory and dental materials involved in the indirect technique and the lost wax technique are discussed. There is a strong emphasis on the dental materials required for the production of all metal inlays, onlays, custom post and cores, and full crowns and appropriate interim restorations.

Intro to Cast Restorations I Lab

This Sophomore level Simulation and Laboratory course provides the opportunity for hands-on simulations of dental therapies involved in the creation and delivery of several types of single unit rigid dental restorations. Clinical and laboratory activities are taught.

Removable Partial Dentures Lecture

This initial lecture series includes instruction in basic principles of removable partial denture design, diagnostic cast, analysis, surveying, nomenclature, and mouth preparation.

Removable Partial Dentures Lab

Seminars and laboratory supervision are offered so that the student will learn to apply those principles and techniques presented concurrently in the lecture series. [3.0 credits graded]

Preclinical Ortho/Pedo Lecture & Lab

This course covers basic orthodontic and pediatric dentistry techniques. The class periods are divided into a one-hour lecture section followed by a three-hour laboratory period. The lecture covers the theory and technique of the exercise to be covered in the laboratory period. The course begins with three sessions covering the fabrication of diagnostic casts (alginate impressions, cast pouring, and cast trimming). Basic orthodontic appliances (lingual arch, quad helix, Hawley appliance, and molar uprighting) are taught the next nine weeks. Alloy preparations on primary teeth and preparation and adaptation of stainless steel crowns on primary teeth complete the last five weeks of the course. This course directly contributes to the attainment of skills listed under ULSD Competencies 14.3, 14.6.1, 14.6.2, 15.3 and 15.3.1. [3.0 credits graded]

General Pathology

General principles and concepts of systemic disease taught in lecture and laboratory format. The etiology, pathogenesis, morphology, prognosis and sequelae of specific diseases are discussed. In addition, signs and symptoms of specific diseases and treatment for these diseases are presented. [5.0 credits graded]

Pain and Anxiety Control

Didactic and clinical course designed to help students acquire an understanding of pain and the principles of pain control as related to the treatment of patients. Emphasis is placed on the physical-mental-emotional status of the patient and the use of local anesthesia, various pharmacological agents, hypnosis, iatro-sedation, and electro-anesthesia. [3.0 credits graded]

Oral Radiology II

Course is a laboratory and self-guided activities culminating in a clinical experience in radiographic technique and performance of a radiologic interpretation of the dental structures. Initial self-guided modules investigate geometric imaging theory, radiographic density and contrast and radiographic quality assurance. Technical proficiency in basic radiography is developed working on manikins. Under direct supervision these skills are adapted to the clinical situation. This laboratory/clinic must be successfully completed prior to enrollment in Clinical Oral Radiology (SUHD 815-34). [1.0 credit graded]

Spring Semester

Pharmacology & Dental Therapeutics

The course covers the overall, important principles in the actions of drugs. Although emphasis is given to drugs used by the dentist, study is extended to all major groups of drugs in order to give the student a more general appreciation of the role of drugs in dental practice. Clinical correlations between pharmacology and clinical practice are made periodically throughout the course. [4.0 credits graded]

Oral Diagnosis/Oral Medicine

This course is primarily designed to teach the student how to recognize and manage patients with systemic diseases or abnormalities which directly or indirectly affect the oral and maxillofacial tissues, or necessitate modification of dental treatment, and/or the initiation special precautions to ensure the safe dental treatment of the patient. [3.0 credits graded]

Introduction to Clinical Dentistry II

This course is the introduction to clinical patient care for the second year students. It integrates several preclinical and clinical activities as it introduces the student to patient treatment in a variety of settings in the dental school. [3.0 credits graded]

Preclinical Treatment Planning

[3.0 credits graded]

Preclinical Fixed Pros Lecture I

This Sophomore level didactic course introduces the student to the discipline of Fixed Prosthodontics. The students will learn how this discipline relates to the specialty of Prosthodontics including philosophies, governance, and information sources. Principles of diagnosis and treatment planning of tooth replacement with fixed partial dentures will be emphasized. Prudent periodontal principles of pontic and connector design will be taught. Clinically oriented descriptions of fixed partial denture preparations, impressions, mounting, fabrication, and delivery will be take place. Students will also be introduced to the techniques of electrosurgy and CAD / CAM. [1.0 credit graded]

Preclinical Fixed Pros Lab I

This sophomore level Simulation and Laboratory course provides the opportunity for hands-on simulations of dental therapies involved in the creation and delivery of anterior and posterior fixed partial dentures. The students will utilize a case based instructional compact disc in order to diagnose and treatment plan two imaginary patients. Clinical and laboratory techniques involved in the diagnosis, treatment planning, preparation, temporization, impressing, mounting, fabrication and delivery of anterior and posterior fixed partial dentures are taught. There are also exercises in restoration removal laboratory prescription writing and electrosurgical "moating." [4.0 credits graded]

Removable Partial Dentures II

Instruction is given in diagnosis, treatment planning, patient education, clinical techniques and prevention as they relate to the partially edentulous patient. [1.0 credit graded]

Principles of Orthodontics I

The didactic course encompasses the preliminary diagnostic and treatment information required by the dental students to begin treatment in the Undergraduate Orthodontic Clinic. The student is provided with the necessary instruction to perform a comprehensive orthodontic examination, assemble data from diagnostic records, and plan the course of treatment for the patient. The student is introduced to a variety of contemporary fixed and removable appliances, their component parts and properties, and the indications for their use. The student is also instructed on the procedures in placement and adjustment of the appliances including the manipulation properties of the orthodontic materials and the biomechanical principles governing orthodontic tooth movement. [1.0 credit graded]

Pediatric Dentistry I

This lecture course presents a brief introduction to the Pediatric Dentistry Clinic designed to give the basic knowledge and clinical skills necessary for management of the simplest and most basic pediatric patient needs. This will include an introduction to the Pediatric Dentistry Clinic and its forms, procedure, treatment planning and case presentation pertinent to dentistry for children, pediatric oral radiology, operative dentistry, preventive techniques and theories, pulp therapy and an overview of what to expect encountering the personality of the child patient. This course directly contributes to the attainment of skills listed under ULSD Major Competencies 2, 5, 7, 9, 10, 12, and 14. [1.0 credit graded]

Periodontics IV

This is a lecture course during which the discussion of initial therapy components is continued. Basic principles of surgery are introduced to the student in preparation for the student's entry into Periodontics V. Diagnosis, prognosis, treatment planning and treatment of patients with periodontal disease continues to be emphasized during the course. [1.0 credit graded]

Periodontal Modular Learning

This course extends over Fall & Spring Semester; it utilizes open clinic space times throughout the Fall semester to allow second year DMD students to learn on each other. They will learn and perform basic chair position, patient management, periodontal examination and tooth prophylaxis skills. In the spring semester the activities take place in the simulation lab. The course employs workbooks and videotape instructionals to guide students through exercises in various topics from radiograph interpretation to performing various surgical techniques on simulated patients. [2.0 credits graded]

Clinical Oral Radiology

Development of competency in various radiologic technical skills through supervised clinical practice in managing patients with varied oral and dental conditions. The student develops independent judgment through written interpretation of full mouth, panoramic and other necessary radiographs to assist in diagnosis and treatment planning. [1.0 credit graded]

Principles of Oral Surgery I

This course initially introduces the third year dental student to the principles of basic and advanced cardiopulmonary resuscitation and specifically deals with medical emergencies in the dental office. The diagnosis and treatment of odontogenic infections, along with laboratory diagnosis and biopsy technique is thoroughly reviewed. Cysts of the jaws, their diagnosis and treatment, soft tissue and bony tumors of the oral cavity are reviewed. The discussion of the management of acute postoperative pain enables the student to more intelligently deal with the problem. Dental implantology is introduced to the student.

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