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SDM EN 521: Endodontics
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.
SDM EN 522: Preclinical Endodontics
This simulated clinic course provides experience and skill development in the clinical therapeutic techniques being presented in the lecture course. Both extracted and artificial teeth mounted in simulated mannequin patients are utilized in?preparation for student direct patient endodontic care.?
SDM GD 520: CAD/CAM Fundamentals and Practice
This course will review current techniques for incorporating CAD/CAM Technology into your everyday practice based on current literature. This course will be a blend of lecture series and hands on exercises. This format will ensure that the students are getting complete exposure and comprehensive learning to develop their skills, especially during the hands-on sections of this course.
SDM GD 540: Preclinical Implantology
"This course is designed to introduce to 2rd yr DMD and 1st year Advanced Standing DMD students a broad overview of dental implants. The course will consist of a combination of didactic classroom learning and simulated lab exercises, which will teach students to read CBCT scans, treatment plan and place a virtual implant into the scan with merged data from a file of a digital impression of the dentition, and then to fabricate an accurate surgical guide for its use in guided surgery; place and restore dental implant on a model; as well as restore overdentures supported by dental implants. The course will prepare the students to treat patients in a clinical setting using dental implants as a treatment option"
SDM MD 531: Pharmacology
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.
SDM OD 522: Oral Diagnosis and Radiology II
This course presents 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.
SDM OD 531: Oral Medicine
Lectures and case presentations in this course illustrate the diagnosis and treatment of oral mucosal lesions, oral manifestations of systemic diseases and their effects on comprehensive oral health care. The goal of the course is to develop students' competency in the use of critical thinking and problem solving related to the comprehensive care of patients with oral diseases.
SDM OS 520: General Medicine and Dental Correlations
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.
SDM OS 521: Pain Control I
This course presents the pharmacological aspects and indications for the use of local anesthetics as well as patient evaluation, relevant head and neck anatomy, neurophysiology and detailed discussion of injections techniques. It will introduce post-operative pain management, prescription and medical consultation writing and review local and systemic complications associated with local anesthesia administration. The course will provide an introduction into the impact of prescribing practices and review new technology, techniques and medications regarding local anesthetics. Each student will participate in a laboratory/clinical exercise, which will be offered in the spring semester, prior to entering the clinic.
SDM OS 532: Pain Control II
The course builds on the concepts presented in OS 521, and is designed to provide the dental student with a more in-depth post-operative pain management and an introduction to anxiety control of the dental patient. This will include consideration of the impact of prescribing practices and substance use disorder. Emphasis is placed on the psychology of pain, behavior techniques, nitrous oxide, oral and intravenous sedation, along with general anesthesia. Patient evaluation and the prevention and treatment of medical emergencies and management of anesthetic complications will be discussed. Prescription and medical consult writing exercises are given throughout the course.
SDM PA 530: Oral Pathology
This course is focused upon the pathogenesis and differential diagnosis of common diseases affecting the oral and para-oral structures. Students should learn a systematic approach to evaluation and diagnosis of oral diseases.
SDM PD 521: Preclinical Pediatric Dentistry-Orthodontics
This course is a comprehensive simulated clinic introduction to the techniques of pediatric dentistry and orthodontic techniques. Includes the technical aspects of restorative dentistry and space maintenance.
SDM PE 520: Periodontology I
This course presents the clinical and microscopic characteristics of the periodontium in healthy and diseased states. Diagnosis, treatment, and outcomes assessment are discussed.
SDM PE 521: Preclinical Periodontology
This clinical course includes experience in performing diagnostic and non surgical periodontal procedures with student partners.
SDM PH 512: Professional Ethics Development
Professional Ethics Development is designed to explore the personal and professional values of the dental student and the dental health professional. The course provides a historical and conceptual framework of dentistry, and presents the profession's code of ethics as well as explores some current ethical and legal issues affecting professional practice. The purpose of the course is to assist students in the transition from undergraduate school to professional school and ultimately into knowledgeable, skilled, and caring professionals. Students discuss the school's code of conduct and identify common values of the class, participate in case-based discussions and writing assignments to raise awareness about the personal and professional values involved in dental school and dental practice.
SDM PH 521: Behavioral Science
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, fear, phobia and anxiety. The course provides students with knowledge to also assist them in their personal and professional behavioral management as they transition from student to health care provider by utilizing examples of healthcare professional conduct from the media, as well as drivers of health behavior. Other topics discussed are the behavioral approaches for rendering care to special needs populations such as individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, and geriatrics.
SDM PH 524: Preventive Dentistry
This course will introduce students to the principles and practice of preventive dentistry, as applied to the care of an individual patient as well as the broader community population. It will also introduce the student to the basic principles and methods of epidemiology and demonstrate their application to dentistry. Completion of this course will enable students to read, critique and meaningfully extract information from scientific literature and be able to interpret it to lay individuals including their patients.
SDM PH 541: Gerontology & Geriatric Dentistry
This course integrates biomedical, clinical, and behavioral science principles into the evaluation and treatment planning of older adults and adults with special needs. PH 541 builds on didactic and clinical information acquired in their prior dental school curriculum. The students' didactic knowledge and understanding of special populations is assessed through a web-based examination platform. Evaluation of the students' clinical competence is based on attendance, participation, and an online assessment of an older adult patient or adult patient with special needs. This course focuses on patient-centered ways to promote, improve, maintain, and modify oral health care. This course also provides opportunities for critical thinking and foundational knowledge regarding interprofessional care and referrals, the social and behavioral implications of aging, polypharmacy, and management of oral health and quality of life for medically compromised older adults and adults living with special needs.
SDM RS 519: Biomaterials
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 521: Preclinical Operative Dentistry
This hands-on simulated clinic course provides demonstrations, experience and skill development with the procedures related to direct and indirect intracoronal tooth restorations.