Comprehensive Preclinical Dentistry
SDM GD 510
This comprehensive course integrates content previously taught separately in three courses: Introduction to Dental Practice, Operative Dentistry I & Preclinical Operative Dentistry I. This course is designed to introduce students to basic concepts and skills necessary to the successful practice of dentistry. Concepts include didactic instruction in the following areas: infection control, bacterial plaque formation, etiology and prevention of both dental caries and periodontal disease, and patient education for both individual and group instruction. Clinical instruction is provided in the Predoctoral Treatment Center and Simulation Learning Center and is focused on providing instruction in infection control, patient evaluation, basic instrumentation skills, coronal polishing and sealant placement. Through a Service Learning component, students are also engaged in community service activities at schools in the Boston area that are affiliated with GSDM. This course also presents a comprehensive introduction to direct restorations. The course includes discussion of dental caries, isolation techniques, general tooth preparation principles, simple amalgam restorations, anterior composite resin restorations and adhesive systems.