UW School of Dentistry

RESD 620

Comprehensive Treatment Planning in Restorative Dentistry

Dr. Pollene Speed

3 Credits / Quarter 8 (Summer, Second Year)

Course Description

Orientation to clinical operations, administrative procedures associated with restorative clinical, clinical decision-making processes, treatment planning, and analysis of assigned patient cases (no direct patient treatment). Review and exercises involving local anesthesia administration, and rubber dam application.

Educational Goals/Objectives:

The student will gain knowledge in the principles of comprehensive restorative treatment planning and clinical decision-making processes. The objectives are for the student to be able to (1) understand and demonstrate the knowledge of comprehensive treatment planning – sequencing principles and procedure – with a restorative emphasis and coordinate with information presented in other courses, (2) learn presentation and informed consent principles for patient, (3) understand and complete patient case problem sets at varying levels of treatment complexity.

The overall objective of this course is to ensure that students possess the knowledge, skills and values to enhance their clinical skills in the practice of comprehensive restorative dentistry integrating the following disciplines:

  • Endodontics = Diagnosis
  • Periodontics = Treatment planning
  • Oral Surgery = Diagnosis
  • Fixed, implant, removable and complete prosthodontics = Comprehensive treatment planning

Course Outline

Please read the Syllabus for Course Outline.

Course Expectations

Students are expected to attend all lectures, perform assigned clinic exercises (peer clinical exam/med. HX, diagnostic records, facebow transfers and mounting, rubber dam exercise and local anesthesia), complete homework projects, attend patient advising consults, and assist upper classmates in clinic sessions. The student must satisfactorily complete a minimum of 4 homework treatment planning cases. Clinic Sessions attendances are mandatory and will start in the 2nd week from 1:30-4:00PM on Tuesdays. Clinic sessions will compose of a series of student-on-student exercises to orient students to clinic and prepare them for fall clinical experience in treatment planning and beginning treatment, students must attend sessions and complete all exercises before end of week 8. Students are required to assist on upper classmate in at least six clinical sessions during the summer quarter. The sessions should occur in the D3 clinic, Grade Perio or OS afternoon clinics. In D2/D3 one session must be a treatment planning exercise. Students will be assigned new patients thru the PCCs office and are expected to meet with their advising team to formulate treatment plans and prepare to care for these patients beginning in the fall quarter- please refer to Course Outline for these requirements as well as a detailed review of all course requirements and expectations.

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 7: Manage pulpal and periradicular disease.
  • 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 16: Manage diseases and conditions of the teeth.
  • UWSOD Competency 17: Manage replacement of teeth for the partially or completely edentulous patient.
  • UWSOD Competency 19: Utilize information-technology resources in contemporary dental practice.
  • 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.


*last updated: 11/7/2011