Dental Curriculum Threads

Periodontics Clerkship

Course Director: Frank Roberts
Credits: 9
Quarters/Yr of Program: Summer, Autumn, Winter, Spring / 3

Course Overview

The Periodontics Clerkship prepares dental students to provide periodontal therapy within the scope of practice of general dentistry. In the didactic component, students expand their knowledge in preparation for clinical experiences. In the clinical component, students treat patients, including diagnosis, treatment planning, and periodontal therapy of minimal‐moderate difficulty level. At the end of the clerkship, student dentist will be able to identify and describe the periodontics needs of patients, propose a treatment plan, complete treatment, and determine when to refer to a periodontal specialist.

Learning Objectives

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

1. Clinically assess patients with periodontal diseases
2. Prescribe and evaluate diagnostic radiographic imaging to identify dental and periodontal disease treatment
3. Examine and formulate a treatment plan for the periodontal care/treatment for patients
4. Design treatment plans to address the periodontal needs and desires of the dental patient in conjunction with their overall dental health needs
5. Demonstrate skills, experience, and ethical values in periodontal therapy/treatment.
6. Describe the endodontic/periodontal/orthodontic/oral surgery concepts for procedures in fixed, implant and removable prosthodontics
7. Explain indications for and the use of dental materials in periodontics dentistry
8. Describe common periodontal instruments and their use and indication for use case
9. Describe benefits of orthodontic –periodontics treatments
10. Take impressions, communicate with commercial dental laboratories in regard to the fabrication of an occlusal/night guard
11. Explain and demonstrate oral hygiene instruction to patients
12. Explain when a patient should be referred to a periodontal specialist
13. Perform prevention, caries risk assessment and diet analysis for periodontics patient
14. Apply analytical skills that will lead to superior clinical assessment, treatment planning, and management of periodontics patients
15. Accurately self‐assess the quality of their work
16. Review the periodic dental literature for new developments in periodontics and evaluate such new developments by comparing them to the evidence‐based decisions for current methods and materials
17. Coordinate care for the management of periodontal diseases
18. Explain concepts of periodontal surgery
19. Manage advanced periodontal lesions
20. Explain the biology of periodontal regeneration
21. Provide an evidence-based approach in treatment planning

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

Date last updated: 2018-07-17