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Prosthodontics Clerkship – Spring

Course DirectorSami DoganKavita Shor
Credits: 2
Quarters/Yr of Program: Spring / 3

Course Overview

This is the third 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 be able to identify, treatment plan, and provide clinical care for the prosthodontic needs of patients.

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 risk assessment for and prevention of caries, periodontal disease, and head and neck cancer, including dietary and salivary analysis, into the assessment and treatment of prosthodontics, implant, and restorative dentistry patients.
3. 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.
4. Diagnose defective or failing dental restorations, partially or fully edentulous ridges, soft tissue pathology, and occlusal discrepancies, particularly as they relate to the provision of prosthodontic, implant or restorative care.
5. Assess both the impact of general health conditions on the provision of oral health care and the impact of oral health conditions on general health to safeguard the patient’s well-being.
6. Describe the indications for use of a therapeutic acrylic occlusal splint and the advantages of its use to deliver an appropriate occlusal treatment.
7. Explain the role and impact of dental implants in the rehabilitation of edentulous/partially edentulous patients.
8. Identify dental digital systems (CAD/CAM) that can be used in the planning, design, and treatment of teeth, implants, and fixed/removable prostheses.
9. Perform tissue management such as tissue retraction techniques and electrosurgery.
10. In a coordinated manner, integrate other dental specialties into a patient’s prosthodontic and restorative treatment.
11. Design comprehensive sequenced and staged patient-centered dental treatment plans, incorporating preventive and prosthetic and/or restorative dental treatment, to address the needs and desires of the dental patient.
12. Successfully manage problems associated with prosthodontic, restorative, and multidisciplinary cases of varying levels of treatment complexity.
13. Accurately self-assess the quality of oneaEUR(tm)s own work.
14. Incorporate sound ethical and legal principles into the performance of all clinical procedures.
15. Provide current evidence-based prosthodontic and restorative care through the analysis and use of appropriate scientific and lay literature.

UWSOD Competencies: C-01, C-10, CE-02, CE-03, C-03, C-02, C-09, CE-07, C-06, C-05, C-11, C-30, C-12, C-13, C-31, C-29, C-07, C-14, C-28, C-04, C-08, C-15, C-24, C-19, C-20, C-21, CE-05

Date last updated: 2024-03-23