Dental Curriculum Threads

Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics Clerkship

Course Director: Mariella Garcia and Burcu Bayirli
Credits: 8
Quarters/Yr of Program: Summer, Autumn, Winter, Spring / 3

Course Overview

This course prepares dental students to provide competent comprehensive care for pediatric dental patients in the areas of prevention, diagnosis, treatment planning, and restorative dentistry. It also prepares dental students to recognize and manage malocclusion, primarily by diagnosing and treatment planning malocclusions. 

Learning Objectives

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

1. Examine and diagnose treatment needs for pediatric patients.
2. Formulate dental and orthodontic treatment plans and identify the appropriate level of provider to best meet patient needs.
3. Obtain medical and dental information relevant to pediatric patient care
4. Prescribe and evaluate diagnostic images of pediatric patients following radiographic guidelines
5. Provide caries risk assessment
6. Provide individualized patient anticipatory guidance
7. Evaluate dental development, morphology, tooth eruption, and identify related pathologies
8. Evaluate growth and development and management of the developing occlusion
9. Recognize and manage malocclusion, and the need and timing for orthodontic treatment. Develop a problem list and outline treatment possibilities by documenting and providing proper referral
10. Evaluate behavior and temperament of pediatric patients
11. Understand and use non-pharmacologic and pharmacologic behavior management techniques
12. Provide pain control with the appropriate use of local anesthetics in pediatric patients
13. Manage chart documentation and record keeping
14. Provide restorative procedures and materials for primary and young permanent teeth.
15. Provide pulp therapy in primary and young permanent teeth
16. Manage dental trauma of the primary and young permanent teeth
17. Manage pediatric patients with special care needs by documenting and providing proper referral.

UWSOD Competencies: C-01, C-04, C-07, C-12, C-13, C-14, C-18, C-19, C-23, C-27, C-30, CE-05

Date last updated: 2019-06-26