Dental Curriculum Threads

Prosthodontics Clerkship 1

Course Director: Sami Dogan and Yen-Wei Chen
Credits: 2
Quarters/Yr of Program: Summer / 3

Course Overview

This course introduces students to clinical prosthodontics, building on the preclinical training from the 1st and 2nd years of the curriculum. At the end of the clerkship, student dentists will be able to 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 a basic hard and soft tissue head and neck and dental examination 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. Prescribe and evaluate diagnostic radiographic imaging (including CBCT, if needed), and recommend biopsies, referrals, and other special evaluations, if needed, to facilitate proper diagnosis and management of all the patient’s oral and maxillofacial diseases and conditions.
4. Diagnose, assess, and explain the management of diseased teeth, defective or failing dental restorations, missing teeth, edentulous ridges, soft tissue pathology, parafunctional habits, and occlusal discrepancies, particularly as they relate to the provision of prosthodontics, implant, or restorative care.
5. Recognize and explain the impact of general health conditions on the provision of oral health care, and the impact of oral health conditions on general health, and integrate other specialties of dentistry and medicine into restorative dentistry when appropriate to promote or safeguard the well-being of the patient.
6. Describe the indications for use of a therapeutic acrylic occlusal splint and the advantages of its use to deliver an appropriate occlusal treatment, if indicated.
7. Describe dental digital systems (CAD/CAM) that can be used in planning, design and treatment of teeth, implants and fixed/removable prosthesis.
8. 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.
9. Explain and perform tissue management: tissue retraction techniques and electrosurgery.
10. Explain and integrate other dental specialties including orthodontics, endodontics, periodontics, and oral surgery, into fixed, removable, and implant prosthodontic and restorative treatment, and coordinate care among these specialties for a prosthodontics or implant case.
11. Complete problems involving prosthodontic, restorative, and multidisciplinary cases of varying levels of treatment complexity, exhibiting understanding of the cases.
12. For direct and indirect dental restorations and esthetic procedures, perform diagnosis, treatment planning, tooth preparation, impressions if required, provisional restorations if required, communications with commercial dental laboratories if required, choice of dental materials, placement, and follow-up care including recall.
13. For appropriate fixed and implant prosthodontic restorations, perform diagnosis, treatment planning, tooth preparation, impressions, provisional restorations, communications with commercial dental laboratories, choice of dental materials, placement, and follow-up care including recall.
14. For appropriate removable partial dentures, immediate dentures, and complete dentures, perform diagnosis, treatment planning, tooth preparation if any, impressions, communications with commercial dental laboratories, choice of dental materials, delivery, and follow-up care.
15. For fixed, implant, and removable prosthodontics and restorative cases, including partial, immediate, and complete dentures, describe their short term and long-term prognosis, anticipate potential complications, and explain the reasons for any observed complications.
16. Explain the role and impact of dental implants in the rehabilitation of edentulous/partially edentulous patients.
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.
19. Review the peer-reviewed dental literature for new developments in prosthodontics and assess such new developments by comparing them to evidence-based evaluations of current methods and materials.

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

Date last updated: 2019-06-26