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Prosthodontics Clerkship WR

Course DirectorSami Dogan and Kavita Shor
Credits: 2
Quarters/Yr of Program: Winter / 3

Course Overview

This is the second course in a three-part series that introduces students to clinical prosthodontics, building on the preclinical training from the first and second years of the curriculum. At the end of the clerkship, student dentists will understand the prosthodontic needs of patients and be able to design and deliver prosthodontic treatment.

Learning Objectives

The student who successfully completes this course will be able to:

1. Perform head-and-neck and dental examinations to facilitate proper diagnosis of all the patient’s oral and maxillofacial diseases and conditions.
2. Incorporate caries risk assessment, periodontal risk assessment, diet analysis, salivary analysis, head and neck cancer risk assessment, and prevention into the assessment and treatment of prosthodontics patients.
3. Identify normal and abnormal edentulous anatomy and its relationship to prosthodontic treatment.
4. Facilitate the effective diagnosis and management of the patient’s oral and maxillofacial diseases and conditions, by prescribing and evaluating diagnostic radiographic imaging (including CBCT), and by recommending biopsies, referrals, and other special evaluations.
5. Diagnose diseased teeth, defective or failing dental restorations, and missing teeth.
6. Manage parafunctional habits and occlusal discrepancies.
7. Recognize the impact of general health conditions on the provision of oral health care.
8. Integrate other dental specialties into a patient’s prosthodontic and restorative treatment in a coordinated manner.
9. Perform the treatment planning, diagnostic procedures, and clinical procedures necessary for the restoration of dental implant(s).
10. Describe dental digital systems (CAD/CAM) that can be used in the development of implants and fixed/removable prostheses.
11. Design comprehensive problem-based dental treatment plans, including prosthetic and restorative dental treatment, to address the needs and desires of the dental patient.
12. Perform tissue management such as tissue retraction techniques and electrosurgery.
13. Explain indications and benefits of orthodontic prosthodontic treatment.
14. Identify endodontic/periodontal/orthodontic/oral surgery techniques used in fixed, implant, and removable prosthodontic procedures.
15. Solve problems associated with patient cases of varying levels of treatment complexity.
16. Provide elective esthetic dental procedures.
17. Accurately self-assess the quality of one’s own work.
18. Incorporate sound ethical and legal principles into the performance of all clinical procedures.

UWSOD Competencies: C-01, C-02, C-03, C-04, C-05, C-06, C-07, C-09, C-10, C-11, C-12, C-13, C-14,
C-15, C-19, C-20, C-21, C-24, C-25, C-27, C-28, C-29, C-30, C-31, CE-03, CE05, CE-07

Date last updated: 2021.12.31