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Comprehensive General Dentistry 2

Course Director: Andy Marashi
Credits: 9
Quarters/Yr of Program: Autumn / 4

Course Overview

This clinical course includes all disciplines and phases of general dentistry. UWSOD faculty members mentor and supervise senior dental students as they develop a sound philosophy of comprehensive patient care applicable to the establishment of a future evidence-based general practice.

Learning Objectives

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

1. Provide evidence-based oral health care through the analysis and use of appropriate scientific and lay literature, and the application of the basic principles of critical thinking and problem-solving to scientific inquiry.
2. Provide oral health care using the advanced attributes of professionalism, including the self-assessment of the quality of one’s own work, the development of professional competencies, and the professional values and capacities associated with dedication to lifelong learning.
3. Apply the biomedical sciences to the delivery of oral health care using basic biological principles to support a high-level explanation of the etiology, epidemiology, differential diagnosis, pathogenesis, prevention, treatment, and prognosis of oral and oral-related disorders.
4. Create patient-centered approaches to comprehensive care using the fundamental principles of behavioral sciences.
5. Manage a diverse patient population using interpersonal and communications skills suitable for a multicultural work environment.
6. Collaborate with other members of the health care team to provide patient-centered care.
7. Provide oral health care ethically, meeting all expected professional responsibilities.
8. Manage the oral health care needs—within the scope of general dentistry–of patients with special needs and patients in all stages of life.
9. Solve complex problems in case management.
10. Effectively diagnose oral and maxillofacial diseases and conditions by performing head and neck exams, intraoral examinations, and recall exams; prescribing and evaluating diagnostic radiographic imaging (including CBCT) if needed; and recommending necessary biopsies, referrals, and other special evaluations.
11. Effectively prevent oral and maxillofacial diseases and conditions by incorporating risk assessment and prevention strategies for caries, periodontal disease, head and neck cancer, and other diseases.
12. Manage oral and maxillofacial diseases and conditions to establish and maintain health.
13. Design comprehensive sequenced and staged patient-centered dental treatment plans that address the needs and desires of the dental patient, integrating all dental specialties and other health care referrals into the patient’s oral health care in a coordinated manner.
14. Ensure the continued quality of treatment by performing post-treatment evaluations and end-of-treatment exams.
15. Apply the basic principles and philosophies of practice management, models of oral health care delivery, and how to function successfully as the leader of the oral health care team.
16. Provide oral health care within the scope of general dentistry, including recognizing the complexity of patient treatment and identifying when referral is indicated.
17. Control pain and anxiety, administering appropriate anesthesia as needed, during the provision of oral healthcare.
18. Provide health promotion and disease prevention (including caries management).
19. Manage the treatment of patients with special needs.
20. Manage pulpal and periapical diseases.
21. Manage the treatment of patients with complex medical conditions.
22. Manage dental and medical emergencies within the scope of general dentistry.
23. Replace teeth using fixed and removable prosthodontic therapies for natural dentition, dental implants, and edentulous spaces.
24. Manage orofacial and dental pain.
25. Manage TMJ disorders.

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-16, C-17, C-18, C-19, C-21, C-24, C-26, C-28, C-29, C-30, C-31, CE-01, CE-02, CE-03, CE-04, CE-06, CE-07

Date last updated: 2023-09-26