SDM EN 521 (Var credits)

This lecture course provides the dental student with a clear understanding of the biological foundations of pulpal and periapical disease. The causes and progression of these problems are discussed. Diagnostic and therapeutic modalities are introduced.

Preclinical Endodontics

SDM EN 522 (1 credits)

This simulated clinic course provides experience and skill development in the clinical therapeutic techniques being presented in the lecture course.


SDM MD 530 (Var credits)

This course addresses the pharmacologic principles that underlie the appropriate clinical use of therapeutic agents. The efficacy and toxicity of major classes of drugs are covered with emphasis on implications in dentistry, including side effects in the oral cavity and drug interactions.

Oral Biology II

SDM OB 520 (Var credits)

The second-year course in oral biology expands on concepts introduced in the first year. Emphasizes specific oral structures and functions and introduces the biology of oral disease states. Includes a section on clinical nutrition as it relates to systemic diseases and oral health.

Oral Diagnosis and Radiology II

SDM OD 522 (Var credits)

The goals of this course are to present the advanced imaging techniques including extraoral imaging, panoramic imaging and digital imaging. Lectures and case presentations will prepare the students to analyze radiographs and be proficient in interpretation of caries, periodontal disease and periapical pathology. The students will also gain knowledge of the radiographic features of various jaw diseases including cysts, tumors, fibro-osseous lesions, systemic disease, infections and developmental diseases affecting the oral tissues.

General Medicine and Dental Correlations

SDM OS 520 (Var credits)

Lectures, case presentations, and demonstrations illustrate the relationships between the pathological processes of disease and their clinical manifestations. Emphasis is on the dental management of patients with complex medical problems.

Pain Control I

SDM OS 521 (Var credits)

This course presents the pharmacological aspects and indications for the use of local anesthetics as well as patient evaluation and detailed discussion of injections techniques. It will provide an introduction to the management of medical emergencies as well as prescription writing. A review of the relevant head and neck anatomy and neurophysiology will be covered. Each student will participate in a laboratory/clinical exercise which will be offered in the spring semester, prior to entering the clinic.

Preclinical Pediatric Dentistry-Orthodontics

SDM PD 521 (Var credits)

This course is a comprehensive simulated clinic introduction to the techniques of pediatric dentistry and orthodontic techniques. Includes the technical aspects of restorative dentistry, space maintenance.

Periodontology I

SDM PE 520 (Var credits)

This course presents the clinical and microscopic characteristics of the periodontium in healthy and diseased states. Diagnosis, treatment, and outcomes assessment are discussed.

Preclinical Periodontology

SDM PE 521 (Var credits)

This clinical course includes experience in performing diagnostic and preventive periodontal procedures with student partners.

Preventive Dentistry

SDM PH 514 (Var credits)

This course is designed to introduce the philosophy of prevention of the various oral diseases as the primary approach to controlling oral disease, as opposed to focusing on treating disease. The approach also focuses not only on the individual patient, but also on the broader community as an entity. The course is intended to direct thought to the concept of maintenance of optimal levels of health through prevention.

Integrated Problems in Practice Management II

SDM PH 520 (Var credits)

This case-based-learning course is comprised of lectures, large group cased-based analysis and small-group case-based seminars. Topics covered in the course include the profession's code of ethics and principles of conduct, as well as aspirational codes. Issues of diversity and cultural competency in professional practice are discussed. A model of ethical decision-making for the dentist is presented and cases involving ethical issues are discussed in large-group lectures and small-group based seminars. Students rely on dialogue with preceptors of their APEX clerkship as a resource for addressing the cases presented in small, interactive faculty-facilitated seminar groups.

Behavioral Science

SDM PH 521 (Var credits)

This course identifies the behavioral framework for the effective delivery of health care. Discussions include effective behavioral modification models with respect to doctor and patient communication as well as behavioral aspects of managing patient pain and anxiety. The course provides students with knowledge to also assist them in their personal behavioral management as they transition from student to health care provider.

Preclinical Operative Dentistry

SDM RS 521 (Var credits)

This hands-on simulated clinic course provides demonstrations, experience and skill development with the procedures related to direct and indirect intracoronal tooth restorations.

Removable Prosthodontics I

SDM RS 522 (Var credits)

This comprehensive lecture course addresses complete and partial denture construction.

Preclinical Removable Prosthodontics

SDM RS 523 (Var credits)

This simulated clinic course provides experience and skill development with the procedures related to complete and partial denture construction.

Fixed Prosthodontics I

SDM RS 524 (Var credits)

This course provides a comprehensive introduction to extracoronal full-coverage tooth restoration systems. The conceptual basis for both single-tooth crowns and multiple-tooth bridgework is presented.

Preclinical Fixed Prosthodontics

SDM RS 525 (Var credits)

This simulated clinic course provides experience and skill development with single-tooth crowns and multiple-tooth bridgework.

Biomaterials II

SDM RS 526 (Var credits)

An in-depth study of the physical and chemical properties of materials related to the practice of dentistry. It includes their uses, handling, and effects.


SDM RS 527 (Var credits)

This course takes the student from normal dental anatomy and occlusion, through analysis of deviations from normal or natural dentition, to an approach to maintenance of healthy occlusal patterns in restorative dentistry and correction of occlusal patterns and disharmonies. To help emphasize critical concepts, laboratory simulations provide students the opportunity to practice clinical procedures related to occlusal diagnosis and treatment. Concepts from the course are integrated with courses in operative dentistry, prosthodontics, periodontology, and orthodontics.