Dental Curriculum Threads

Prosthodontics Clerkship

Course Director: Sami Dogan and Yen-Wei Chen
Credits: 9
Quarters/Yr of Program: Summer, Autumn, Winter, Spring/ 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 examination to recognize the normal anatomic, physiologic, and biomechanical relationships of the dental structures for diagnosis and treatment of oral pathology of hard and soft tissues, dentition and TMJ.
2. Prescribe and evaluate diagnostic radiographic imaging (including CBCT, if patient care requires) to identify dental and maxillofacial pathology and to plan treatment for prosthetic care.
3. Identify normal and abnormal edentulous anatomy and its relationship to prosthodontics treatment.
4. Exhibit critical thinking skills that allow integration of clinical information to interpret patient conditions and offer treatment solutions with regard to occlusal health and disease.
5. Design comprehensive problem-based treatment plans, including prosthetic treatment, to address the restorative needs and desires of the dental patient in conjunction with their overall dental health needs.
6. Complete patient case problem sets at varying levels of treatment complexity, exhibiting understanding of the cases.
7. Diagnose and explain management of parafunctional habits and occlusal discrepancies.
8. Describe the indications for use of a therapeutic acrylic occlusal splint and the advantages of its use to deliver an appropriate occlusal treatment (if patient care requires).
9. Exhibit knowledge, skills, experience, and ethical values in the diagnosis and restoration of diseased teeth, defective, failing restorations, and missing teeth.
10. Describe the endodontic/periodontal/orthodontic/oral surgery concepts for procedures in fixed, implant and removable prosthodontics.
11. Explain the rationale, indications, and use of dental materials in restorative/prosthetic dentistry.
12. Prepare teeth for appropriate procedures and restoration with appropriate materials.
13. Explain and perform tissue management: tissue retraction techniques and electrosurgery.
14. Explain indications and benefits of orthodontic prosthodontic treatment, if indicated.
15. Take impressions, communicate with commercial dental laboratories, and place appropriate fixed, implant and removable prosthodontic restorations.
16. Fabricate short and long-term provisional restorations for fixed and implant procedures, and provide provisional treatment options between treatments or for situations related to dental emergency treatment.
17. Provide elective esthetic procedures.
18. Describe the complex implant prosthodontic treatment planning process with emphasis on esthetics and oral function.
19. Explain the treatment planning, diagnostic and clinical procedures necessary for the restoration of dental implant(s).
20. Explain the role and impact of dental implants in the rehabilitation of edentulous/partially edentulous patients.
21. Manage and coordinate treatment of dental implant patients among different specialists.
22. Describe the short term and long-term prognosis for an implant case, including anticipation of potential complications.
23. Complete the procedures necessary to fabricate removable partial dentures, immediate dentures, and complete dentures and provide follow up care.
24. Explain the reasons for any observed complications of fixed, implant, or removable prosthodontics cases, including partial, immediate, and complete dentures.
25. Describe dental digital systems (CAD/CAM) that can be used in planning, design and treatment of teeth, implants and fixed/removable prosthesis.
26. Provide follow-up/recall treatment for prosthodontics patients.
27. Provide prevention, caries risk assessment and diet analysis for prosthodontics patients.
28. Exhibit clinical skills in the practice of restorative dentistry integrating other specialties in dentistry and medicine for the well-being of the patient.
29. Exhibit knowledge and analytical skills that will lead to superior clinical assessment, treatment planning, and management of prosthodontics patients.
30. Accurately self-assess the quality of own work.
31. Review the periodic dental literature for new developments in prosthodontics and evaluate such new developments by comparing them to evidence-based decisions for current methods and materials.

UWSOD Competencies: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15

Date last updated: 2018-07-17