RESD 515

Dental Anatomy

Sami Dogan

3 Credits / Quarter 1 (Autumn, First Year)

Course Description

Lecture and laboratory on the morphology and nomenclature of individual teeth of the adult dentition. Introduction to tooth histology and function and the influence of tooth anatomy on clinical dental procedures.

Educational Objectives

The student will gain knowledge in the principles of dental anatomy. The objectives will be for the student to be able to (1) recognize the normal anatomic, physiologic, and biomechanical relationships of the dental structures for diagnosis and treatment of oral pathology as it involves the dentition, (2) recognize the clinical significance and define the shape and contour relationships of the normal dentition, (3) identify, describe, and be able to reproduce in drawings and wax, the morphology of permanent teeth from both an external perspective and a cross-sectional view, (4) discuss the relationships between teeth and the investing and supporting structures, (5) correctly name the individual parts of the permanent teeth, (6) Recognize the clinical significance of tooth form and contour.

Course Outline

Lecture topics include: an overview of the course and dental terminology, maxillary incisors, mandibular incisors, maxillary and mandibular canines, maxillary premolars, mandibular premolars, mandibular molars, and maxillary molars.

Course Expectations

To successfully meet the requirements of this course, the student is required to attend lectures and laboratories and to demonstrate her/his understanding of the lecture topics and laboratory procedures through drawing exercises, laboratory projects, discrimination exercises, weekly quizzes, a midterm and final laboratory exam, and a final written examination.

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 14: Manage periodontal diseases.
  • UWSOD Competency 16: Manage diseases and conditions of the teeth.
  • 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.


  • 3D Interactive Tooth Atlas

*last updated: 2/11/2015

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