UW School of Dentistry

PROS 640

Clinical Prosthodontic Maintenance

Xavier Lepe

1 Credit Per Quarter, 3 Credits Total / Quarters 13-15 (Autumn-Spring, Fourth Year)

Course Description

Clinic course involving the diagnosis and management of completely and partially edentulous patients which includes new patient assignments and the continuation of clinical cases already in progress. Follow-up care is also provided for patients previously treated and in addition to this the student is scheduled for one session in the “Prosthetic Adjustment Chair” to provide service to call-in patients in need of adjustments or repairs.

Educational Objectives

Students will apply their knowledge of prosthodontics in the clinical setting for the edentulous and partially edentulous patient. The objectives will be for the student to be able to (1) complete six additional arches of removable denture procedures so that together with the Pros 630 two arch requirement the student will have completed 8 arches and will have experienced treating patients with complete dentures, removable partial dentures and immediate dentures that are physiologically and mechanically acceptable as well as being able to provide care for patients that need repairs, relines or rebases,  (2) provide follow-up care to their patients, and (3) provide care to call-in patients not familiar to them in need of adjustments or repairs.

Course Outline

Each student has weekly scheduled sessions for prosthetic patient care. Patients requiring complete dentures, overdentures, removable partial dentures, temporary removable partial dentures, immediate complete dentures, interim complete dentures, denture repairs, denture relines and denture rebases are treated and follow-up care is provided to all previously treated patients.

Course Expectations

To successfully meet the requirements of this course, the student must complete an additional six arches of removable denture procedures by the end of the spring quarter of their senior year, as well as provide routine follow-up care to all prosthodontic patients the student has treated while at UW SOD and participate in one session of the “Prosthetic Adjustment Chair”. The student must also demonstrate the knowledge and skill to pass a written comprehensive examination in late Winter or early Spring quarter.

Effective Winter Quarter 2007, completion of on-line course evaluation is a requirement of this course. Failure to comply will result in an “Incomplete” grade being assigned.

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 2: Communicate the risks and benefits of proposed care and alternative treatment strategies available, then obtain expressed consent for treatment conveyed by a patient or legal guardian.
  • 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 5: Recognize the limits of their expertise and seek consultation with other health care providers to facilitate patient care.
  • UWSOD Competency 8: Manage dental emergencies.
  • UWSOD Competency 10: Prescribe and administer pharmacological agents for patient care.
  • UWSOD Competency 11: Diagnose and manage hard and soft tissue lesions and diseases of the orofacial complex.
  • 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 17: Manage replacement of teeth for the partially or completely edentulous patient.
  • UWSOD Competency 21: Recognize the role of lifelong learning and self-assessment in maintaining competency.
  • UWSOD Competency 22: Utilize critical thinking in assessing technical and scientific information for use in identifying patient needs and treatments.
  • UWSOD Competency 23: Apply the principles of behavioral science that pertain to patient-centered oral health care.
  • 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.


  • All previous departmental texts, syllabi and manuals
  • Clinical Orientation Manual

*last updated: 9/17/2013