UW School of Dentistry

PEDO 520

Pediatric Dentistry

Simon Lin

4 Credits, Quarter 8

Course Description

Introduction to clinical pediatric dentistry, including behavior management, oral diagnosis, preventive dentistry, dental anomalies, radiography, anesthesia, restorative procedures, pulpal therapy, space maintenance and traumatic dental injuries in the primary and permanent dentitions.

Educational Objectives

The student will gain knowledge in clinical pediatrics with the objective that the student will learn the basic concepts necessary for the successful diagnosis and treatment of the child in the primary and mixed dentitions.

Course Outline

Lecture topics include: chronology of human dentition; early childhood caries; infant and toddler oral health care; guidelines for fluoride therapy; pit and fissure sealants; cavity preparations in the primary dentition; rubber dam utilization in pediatric dentistry; restorative dental materials in pediatric dentistry; stainless steel crown procedures; pulpal therapy; pulpotomy procedure in the primary dentition; endodontics in the primary dentition; local anesthesia; conscious sedation and general anesthesia; surgery for the primary dentition; space maintenance; prevention and treatment of traumatic injuries ; oral habits; prophylactic antibiotic regimens for pediatric dental procedures; common oral lesions; and recommended treatment for common oral lesions; communicating with parents; diversity: cultural competency.

Competencies Addressed

  • UWSOD Competency 1: Examine a patient using contemporary diagnostic methods to evaluate the head and neck region and to reach a diagnosis of the patient’s oral and craniofacial health status.
  • UWSOD Competency 3: Formulate a comprehensive treatment plan based on diagnostic findings, then implement treatment in a safe, properly sequenced and timely manner.
  • UWSOD Competency 4: Provide patient education in the prevention of oral diseases to promote oral and general health.
  • UWSOD Competency 6: Manage acute and chronic orofacial and dental pain.
  • UWSOD Competency 7: Manage pulpal and periradicular disease.
  • UWSOD Competency 8: Manage dental emergencies.
  • UWSOD Competency 13: Assess the dentition to determine the need for orthodontic treatment.
  • UWSOD Competency 14: Manage periodontal diseases.
  • UWSOD Competency 15: Assess the teeth and supporting structures and provide preventive services.
  • UWSOD Competency 16: Manage diseases and conditions of the teeth.
  • UWSOD Competency 17: Manage replacement of teeth for the partially or completely edentulous patient.
  • UWSOD Competency 25: Manage a diverse patient population and have the interpersonal and communication skills to function successfully in a multicultural work environment.
  • UWSOD Competency 26: Evaluate the outcomes of treatment.

Course Expectations

To successfully meet the requirements of this course, the student must attend lectures, and laboratory sessions, complete laboratory projects, and demonstrate his/her understanding of the lecture material and supplemental reading via multiple course assessments and a final examination.


*last updated: 11/7/2011