Course descriptions are grouped by department. Courses are numbered by year: first-year courses in the 100s, second-year courses in the 200s, and third- year courses in the 300s. Quarters during which a course is offered in the DDS program are indicated in parentheses following course titles. (For the sequence of courses in the IDS program, please see Distribution of Instruction). Units of credit are listed separately for clinical courses offered during second and third years, e.g. EN 259, 359 Clinical Endodontics (5-8; 9-12) (4 units, 8 units).
From the fourth through twelfth quarters, students must enroll in selective instruction each year which serves to extend basic knowledge and skills in a discipline. A listing of selective course offerings is distributed during the winter and spring quarter. Advanced topics and experiences in selected basic, clinical, and behavioral science disciplines are offered (10 to 40 hours per year, 0.1-1.0 units per course). If additional work is needed to reach competency in previously completed courses, supplemental instruction offering additional customized and intensive instruction in targeted didactic, laboratory, and clinical competencies will be offered by the faculty.
Chairperson: Leigh Anderson
Professors: Anderson, Budenz, Chamberlain (emeritus), Cohen, Düzgüneş, Highsmith, Inesi, Konopka (adjunct), Murphy
Associate Professors: Burk, Richards, Tolar
Assistant Professors: Asadi, Dechant, Zeitlin
Instructors: Milnes, Turner
Human Anatomy I: Cells to Systems (1-2)
The student will gain an understanding of cell biology, functional histology, and gross anatomy of the human body as appropriate for professional health care providers. Emphasis will be on the integration of anatomical knowledge at all levels and its correlation with basic clinical medicine relevant to dentistry (45 hours lecture, 40 hours laboratory, including 15 hours clinical correlations/case discussion, 6 units).
Human Anatomy II: The Orofacial Complex (3)
The student will gain an understanding of the neuro- and gross anatomy of the head and neck as appropriate for a dental professional. Emphasis will be on the integration of anatomical knowledge and its correlation with oral medicine and clinical dentistry (30 hours lecture, 40 hours laboratory, including 10 hours clinical correlations/case discussion, 6 units).
Topics in Oral Biology (3)
The student will gain knowledge of the embryology, histology, physiology, and cell biology related to the development, organization and function of oral tissues. The objectives are for the student (1) to understand the normal development and structure of oral and paraoral tissues in preparation for courses in oral pathology and oral medicine and, as a consequence, (2) to comprehend the biological basis for rational diagnosis and treatment of clinical problems. This course will be topically aligned with lectures and laboratories in Human Anatomy II. (20 hours lecture, 2 units).
Study of major molecular structures and processes of the human organism including structure, function, and biosynthesis of the informational macromolecules, proteins and nucleic acids; generation and storage of metabolic energy; structure, genesis, and transformations of mineralized tissues; and digestion, absorption, and utilization of required nutrients (60 hours lecture, including 10 hours case-based discussion, 6 units).
Study of the functioning of the human body, basic methods used to evaluate physiological parameters and introduction to recognition of functional abnormalities in humans. Cell membrane transport; electrical potentials; peripheral nerves; skeletal and smooth muscles; spinal cord and autonomic nervous system; circulatory system and respiratory system; homeostatic function of the kidneys; energy metabolism, temperature regulation, assimilation of food by the gastrointestinal tract; regulatory function of the endocrine system; perception of the external world through the sense organs, and integrative activity of the brain (70 hours lecture and demonstrations including 10 hours case-based discussion, 8 units)
Pharmacology and Therapeutics (6-8)
Rationale of drug use in dental practice, and mechanisms of action of drugs used for the medical management of dental patients; pharmacodynamics and drug kinetics; quantitative pharmacology; drug laws and regulations; prescription writing; emergency drugs, autonomic, respiratory, cardiovascular, psychotropic, hormonal, gastrointestinal, antianxiety, antiparkinson, antidiabetic, antineoplastic drugs; neuromuscular blockers, histamine antagonists, inflammatory mediators, sedative- hypnotics, anticonvulsants, general and local anesthetics, analgesics, antibiotics, antifungal and antiviral agents, substance abuse, toxicology, drug interactions, and therapeutic decision making (60 hours lecture, 6 units).
The biology of microorganisms that cause disease, including caries, and periodontal and endodontic infections. Microbial structure, metabolism, genetics, and virulence factors; molecular diagnostics and recombinant DNA technology. Pathogenesis, epidemiology, clinical syndromes, laboratory diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of infectious diseases. Innate, humoral and cell-mediated immunity, hypersensitivity and vaccines. Antibacterial, antiviral and antifungal agents. Bacterial infections, including oral manifestations; oral microbiology. Virology, with emphasis on HIV, herpesviruses, and hepatitis viruses; oral manifestations of viral infections. Mycology, with emphasis on oral infections. Parasitology, with emphasis on global public health. Oral microbiology laboratory, including disinfectant and antibiotic susceptibility; the caries risk test and identification of oral bacteria; (57 lecture hours, including independent study hours; 15 laboratory hours; 6 units).
Chairperson: Cindy Lyon
Vice Chairs: Alan Budenz, Terry Hoover
Professors: Budenz, Carpenter, Chambers, Glassman, Fredekind, Jacobsen, Leider (emeritus), Peltier, Young
Associate Professors: Chavez, Chi, Cox, Cuny, Hanson, Hoover, Itaya, Kagihara, Miller, Said-Al-Naief, Streacker, A. Wong
Assistant Professors: Abzug, Aziz, Andrews, Aziz, Bender, Booth, Braun, J. Brucia, Chann, Chase, English, Farrell, R., Fendler, Fong-Hori, Freckelton, Gallagher, Giusti, Gregory, Harmeson, Hsu, Inouye, Jew, Jue, King, Lake, Lambert, Landy, N. Lee, W. Lee, Masangkay, Mendez, Mikulic, Purcell, Salmon, Saroyan, Sheridan, Sidhu, Silvestri, Subar, Thornton, van Dyk, Vu, A. Wong, L. Wong, Woodson, A. Young
Instructors: Benton, Berk, J. Boyd, Brose, Brown, Campbell, Caturay, J. Chen, M. Chen, Chew, Chiang G., Chiang, R., Chou, Costa, Dejbod, Diaz, Dizon, Egan, D. Farrell, Farzaneh, Fessler, Fiorentino, Fisk, French, Garcia, Gillmore, Hagan, Hemrajani, Ho, Hoang, Hong, Hordiner, Hubenette, Hursh, Jardine, Jewell, Johnson, C. Lee, Lindblom, Lobo, MacVane-Pearson, Mahdavi, Mar, Mock, Montell, Moschref, Moussavi, Nam, Narcisso, Noorian, Ponnala, Pucan, Ramsey, Rothstein, Sadeghi, Sands, Scott, Sheppard, Shiao, Solarz, Soleimani, Terlet, Tiller, Vilderman, Warnock, C. Wong, Zaremski
Ethics and Exploration of Basic Cultural Issues (1)
This one-quarter course is offered in the first year of the International Dental Studies program. Through a combination of classroom discussion and activities, this course introduces students to cultural and ethical issues relevant to dental school clinics and private practice. In a small group environment, students have the opportunity to discuss school culture and intercultural relationships, preparing them for experiences with a diverse school culture and patient pool. Ethics, along with state and federal regulations, are introduced as they apply to dentistry practiced in dental school clinics and private practice. (27 hours, 3 units.)
Integrated Clinical Sciences I: Orientation to the Clinical Practice of General Dentistry (1-3)
The Orientation to the Clinical Practice of General Dentistry course is delivered during Summer, Autumn and Winter quarters. It is the didactic component of a multi-disciplinary, year-long course designed to prepare students to treat patients in Pacific's Main Dental Clinic and engage in community oral health events and programs. Together, DP 101 and DP 106 focus on Diagnostic Sciences, Behavior Sciences, Periodontology, Prevention and Community Health Care Services and Systems. Case-based simulations are supported by clinical exercises and practical exams. (5 units).
Clinical Cariology (2)
This course is a comprehensive overview of diagnosis, detection, clinical management, and prevention of the disease of dental caries, including detailed descriptions of the chemical, biological, and mechanical tooth interactions. Protocols for practical application in private practice as well as Pacific's main dental clinic will be discussed. The course uses personal reflection and metacognition to help students learn critical thinking and evidenced-based decision making skills needed to treat dental caries. In the process students learn how to become better life-long learners. (10 hours lecture, 1 unit).
Preclinical Cariology (4)
This course will focus on the clinical decision process and hands-on skills needed to treat patients using Caries Management By Risk Assessment (CAMBRA). It will require the student to think critically and work in small groups to search out the supporting evidence and present it to the group. The use of the technology and products used at Pacific to manage dental caries disease will be mastered. Caries removal hand skills will be practiced on human extracted teeth. (6 hours lecture, 9 hours lab, 1 unit).
Integrated Clinical Sciences I: Orientation to the Clinical Practice of General Dentistry Practicum (1-4)
The Orientation to the Clinical Practice of General Dentistry Practicum is a clinically-focused, multi-disciplinary, four-quarter course designed to prepare students to treat patients in Pacific's Main Dental Clinic and in community-based settings. This lab/clinic course is comprised of supervised case-based simulations, workshops, clinical exercises and community sites. The focus is on the development of a comprehensive medical and dental database risk assessment; disease prevention strategies; diagnostic tests; oral pathology; electronic chart management; ergonomics; infection control; basic periodontal instrumentation; professional deportment; cultural sensitivity and communication with patients in the clinic and in community settings. (7 units).
Dental Radiology (2-3)
Study of radiation physics and biology, image quality, intensifying devices, radiation safety, tomography, radiation and the law, radiographic techniques, film processing, anatomic landmarks, and principles of radiographic interpretations. (2 units).
Dental Radiographic Technique (4)
Instruction and practice using the extension cone paralleling radiographic technique including patient management, radiation safety, use of equipment, film placement, exposure, identification and mounting, and correction of technical error (20 hours lab/clinic, 1 unit).
DP 201/DP 202
Integrated Clinical Sciences II: Application of Foundational Knowledge (5-7; 8)
Multidisciplinary presentation of integrated foundational knowledge related to clinical dentistry. Topics include biomedical sciences, ethics, materials, techniques, basic radiographic interpretation, and information specific to each discipline of dental practice. Material is presented in a variety of formats including lecture, small group seminars, simulation exercises, and case-based discussion. This four quarter course emphasizes critical thinking and application of foundational skills to the clinical treatment and management of patients. (10 units; 7 units).
DP 216, 316/317
Patient Management and Productivity I, II, III (5-8, 9-10, 11-12)
Development of competency in patient management skills to maximize patient satisfaction. Students learn to use proper verbal and non-verbal communication and listening skills; to respond appropriately to patient and non-patient concerns; to be organized and prepared for tasks and contingencies related to patient care; to complete tasks and treatment in a timely manner; to provide patients with relevant information about prevention of dental disease and treatment options; and to obtain proper informed consent for procedures (4 units; 4 units, 4 units).
Clinical Oral Diagnosis and Treatment Planning (5-8)
The diagnosis and communication to the patient of the need for dental treatment; recognizing medical, oral, physical, emotional, and economic factors that modify or complicate dental treatment; and development of comprehensive dental treatment plans suitable for patients' needs in accordance with identified modifying and complicating factors (4 units).
DP 219; DP 318/319
Clinical Management and Judgment I, II, III (5-8; 9-10, 11-12)
Students will learn comprehensive diagnostic care for assigned patients in the disciplines of endodontics, fixed prosthodontics, operative dentistry, oral diagnosis and treatment planning, periodontics, removable prosthodontics and orthodontics. For each assigned patient, the student will examine and evaluate the patient, identify and list dental problems, complete an appropriate treatment plan and schedule, provide all dentistry required in the disciplines, and recognize need for and refer the patient to specialty areas when such treatment is required (4 units; approximately 700 hours in clinical disciplines listed, 4 units, 4 units).
Clinical Radiology (5-8)
Study of preparation, evaluation, and interpretation of diagnostically acceptable intraoral radiographic and panographic surveys for comprehensive care and emergency clinic patients (2 units).
Practice Management (10-11)
Study of fundamental concepts and terminology of the art and science of management as a basis for leadership and management decisions in dental practice (40 hours lecture, 4 units).
Study of foundations of the law, its primary groupings and modes, and its application to the dentist and dental practice environment. Particular attention will be given to California dental law and employment risk management (10 hours lecture, 1 unit).
Clinical Care of Complex Needs Patients (9-11)
Study of basic disease processes, epidemiology, demographics, treatment planning, principles of providing dental treatment for individuals with a wide variety of conditions including medical and developmental disabilities, problems associated with aging, psychological problems including dental phobia, hospital organization, joining a hospital staff, providing dental treatment and consultation in a hospital, and principles of general anesthesia (20 hours lecture, 20 hours self-study and seminar, 4 units).
DP 303 (9-11)
Integrated Clinical Sciences III: Multidisciplinary Case Based Seminars
Multidisciplinary case based presentations of integrated material related to the practice of clinical dentistry. This three-quarter course builds on the foundational and clinical knowledge base of each student to evaluate and plan more complex treatment needs (60 hours lecture/seminar, 6 units).
Extramural Patient Care (9-12)
Through a combination of didactic and clinical experiences, this course seeks to prepare the student for practice in community clinical settings where diverse patient populations may be encountered. Upon completion of the course, students will have developed the skills to: perform dental procedures in community-based practice settings, work with diverse patient populations, describe the social context of disease processes, develop social awareness and skills for treating underserved groups, describe dental delivery in a community clinic environment, and develop treatment alternative in clinics with limited resources (90 hours clinical rotations and 4 hours lecture/seminar; 4 units).
Preparation for State Licensure (12)
This course, available to students on an as-needed basis, includes a review of requirements and protocol as well as practical exercises in preparation for the Western Regional Examining Board and other licensing examinations.
Emergency Clinic (9-12)
The diagnosis and treatment of patients who require immediate attention (90 hours clinical rotation, 3 units).
General Pathology (5-6)
Basic concepts of disease are studied, especially with regard to mechanisms, gross tissue changes, microscopic changes in selected instances, and implications and applications of these concepts to dental practice (40 hours lecture/seminar and 75 hours independent study, 8 units).
Oral Pathology (7-9)
Study of the etiology, pathogenesis, clinical and histopathogenic features, and the treatment and prognosis of oral diseases. Recognition of basic tissue reaction and lesions that occur in the mouth, jaws, and neck; formulation of tentative diagnoses; methods used to secure definitive diagnoses and provide appropriate therapy and management or obtaining consultation for the same (24 hours lecture, programmed instruction equivalent to 30 hours lecture, and six hours clinical rotation, 5 units).
Differential Diagnosis of Oral and Maxillofacial Lesions (10)
Clinical evaluation, development of a differential diagnosis, and management protocols for oral and paraoral soft tissue and jaw lesions, based on knowledge of the appearance, behavior, and treatment of oral diseases (20 hours lecture, 2 units).
Chairpersons: Alan H. Gluskin, Ove Peters
Professors: Borer (emeritus), Cohen (adjunct), Ferrillo, Gluskin, O. Peters, C. Peters
Associate Professors: D. Brown, R. Brown, Fogel, R. Wong, S. Wong
Assistant Professors: Ballard, Chinta, Dodson, Fathi, Hovden, Koka, LeVine, Morton, Rezai, Scott, Shuster, Simon
Basic Endodontics (3)
Development of the dental pulp, classification and nature of endodontic disease, clinical diagnosis, and fundamentals of root canal therapy (10 hours lecture, 1 unit).
Preclinical Endodontics (4)
Study of pulp morphology, anatomy, cleaning and shaping of root canals; access openings; use of irrigating solutions; obturating the canal and judging the complete treatment with radiographs (40 hours laboratory, 2 units).
Review of endodontic retreatment and surgical therapies; dental trauma and sequelae; complex problem solving; endodontic emergencies; endodontic mishaps; and alternate treatments (10 hours lecture, 1 unit).
EN 259, 359
Clinical Endodontics (5-8, 9-12)
Study of endodontic diagnosis, treatment planning, and therapy, including management of endodontic emergencies and surgical endodontics in a comprehensive clinical dental practice setting (4 units; 8 units).
Chairperson: A. Thomas Indresano
Professors: Devlin, Indresano, Nattestad
Associate Professors: Ajayi, Bedrossian, Bloom, Breckenridge, Dumas, Farhood, Garibaldi,
Javid, Limchaysheng, Nix, Ratner, Sachs
Assistant Professors: Beckley, Boghossian, Breckenridge, Greenawalt, Hedayati, Khoury, Knoll, Lee, Liao, Lyu, Massoomi, Nakamura, O'Ryan, Park, Poor, Sachs, Sodeifi, Tolstunov, Webb
Director of the Pre-doctoral Program: Nattestad
Preclinical Multidisciplinary Surgery (4)
Study of the principles of mucoperiosteal flap design, biopsy techniques, suturing, use of flaps, bone removal, and tooth sectioning for exodontia; apicoectomy in endodontic surgery and osseous surgery. Soft tissue grafting in periodontics will also be demonstrated (12 hours lecture, 11 hours laboratory, 2 units).
OS 239, 339
Clinical Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery (5-8, 9-12)
Oral and maxillofacial surgical treatment planning and treatment including routine exodontia, incision and drainage, biopsy, mucoperiosteal flap design, sectioning of teeth, and bone removal; utilizing accepted procedures for asepsis; and patient preparation, positioning, and management including obtaining patients' informed consent and proper consideration for medically compromised patients. The student learns to assume responsibility for recognizing limitations of their competence and to refer patients who need more complex surgical treatment to a specialist (1 unit, 2 units).
Chairperson: Robert Boyd
Program Director: Hee Soo Oh
Clinical Director: M. Valley
Director of the Pre-doctoral Program: M. Fallah
Director of the Craniofacial Research Instrumentation Laboratory (CRIL): S. Baumrind
Associate Director of the Craniofacial Research Instrumentation Laboratory (CRIL): Hee Soo Oh
Director of the Cleft Lip and Palate Prevention Program: M. Tolarova
Professors: A. Dugoni (emeritus), Baumrind, Boyd, Tolarova
Associate Professors: Aubert, Boero, Dischinger, S. Dugoni, Fallah, Fry, Gast, Gibbs, Griffin, Hatasaka, Kaplan, Lieber, Pitts, Redmond, Ricupito, Righellis, Tolar, Valley
Assistant Professors: Bales, Bongiovanni, Carlson, Carrington, Chen, Ding, Frost, Graham, Irish, Kouvaris, Lee, Mahood, Mashouf, Nabipour, Nichols, Park, Ross, Rouleau, Schmolh, Shimizu, Tinloy, Vogt, Walters, Wu
Human Growth and Development (3)
Study of the basic mechanisms of human growth and development with emphasis on craniofacial development. Study of the development of the dentition and occlusion and introduction to malocclusion and its classification (10 hours lecture, 1 unit).
An introduction to orthodontic diagnostic procedures, comprehensive treatment planning, and various treatment modalities as applied to a full range of malocclusions in a general dental practice. A strong emphasis is placed on the use of the Invisalign appliance and its application in general practice. Other orthodontic appliances covered will be the functional appliance as it relates to early orthodontic treatment and the edgewise appliance in full comprehensive cases. Orthognathic surgical cases and use of microimplants for anchorage will also be reviewed (20 hours lecture, 2 units).
Preclinical Orthodontics (8)
This preclinical course introduces students to various removable and fixed appliances with primary focus on their application for minor orthodontic movement. Laboratory instruction addresses such areas as fabrication of removable and fixed appliances, cementation of bands, bonding of brackets and placement of arch wires. Lateral head films are traced, measured, analyzed, and discussed with regard to norms and growth patterns. The course also introduces students to 3-D computer technology for the manufacturing of the Invisalign system appliance and the use of this appliance in general practice. Emphasis is placed on critical self-evaluation skills (12 hours seminar and laboratory, 1 unit).
Applied Orthodontics (9-10)
A study of standard orthodontic records and their application to diagnosis, treatment planning, and treatment evaluation in the mixed and permanent dentitions. Lateral head films are traced, measured, analyzed, and discussed with regard to norms and growth patterns. Facial soft tissue surface mapping using volumetric imagining technology and 3-D imagining software will be introduced. Students will present cases incorporating dental records, study models, cephalometric analysis, photographs, arch length and tooth size discrepancy analysis to explain diagnostic, treatment planning, and treatment procedures (12 hours seminar, 6 hours graduate orthodontic clinic, 1 unit).
Chairperson: A. Jeffrey Wood
Professors: Redig (emeritus), Tocchini (emeritus), Wood
Associate Professors: Sobel, Stuart
Assistant Professors: Bronzini, Chandwani, Connor, Crippen, Do, Halterman, Hodges, Huston, Kwon, Le, Lee, Medoza-Sobel, Meekay, Miller, Moniz, Morris, Neves, Peng, Pung-Yamamoto, Reyes, Sackett, Sahouria, Saini, Schmitt, Solomon, Smith, Trent, Valdez, Vander Kam, Yang
Preclinical Pediatric Dentistry (3)
This simulation lab-based course introduces first-year IDS students to the technical aspects of preparing and restoring primary teeth (2 hours lecture, approximately 6 hours lab/clinic, 1 unit).
Pediatric Dentistry (5-6)
The study of the physical and psychological development of the child; understanding and prevention of dental disease in children; differential diagnosis and treatment of dental and periodontal diseases and abnormalities in children; and modern concepts of behavioral guidance in children (20 hours lecture, 2 units).
Dental Auxiliary Utilization (6-10)
Rationale and system of procedures for sit-down, four-handed dental practice, including ergonomically correct practice and work-related injury prevention. (84 hours clinic in conjunction with Clinical Pediatric Dentistry, 2 units).
Clinical Pediatric Dentistry (6-10)
Study of the diagnosis, treatment planning, and comprehensive preventive and restorative dental treatment for children (84 hours clinic in conjunction with Dental Auxiliary Utilization, 4 units).
Chairperson: William P. Lundergan
Professors: Hall (emeritus), Alpagot, Lundergan
Associate Professors: Bruce, Harpenau, Horlak, Nathan, Watson, Zingale
Assistant Professors: Chang, Cheema, Dodge, Harmeson, Huang, Korman, Lacrampe, Laksmana, Lauber, Martinez, Milliken, Muller, Pritsky, Ronderos, Sahebjam-Atabaki, Tognotti, Tsao
Instructors: Azevedo, Dickey, Dornbush, Francisco, Harelson, Jones, Kan, Schreckengost, Storz
Periodontal Diseases (4)
Introduction to periodontology, clinical and histopathological features, epidemiology, classification of periodontal diseases, pathogenesis, etiologies of periodontal disease, and risk assessment (10 hours lecture, 1 unit).
Periodontics & Periodontal Diseases (1)
Introduction to periodontology, clinical and histopathological features, classification of periodontal diseases, etiologies of periodontal disease, periodontal examination and diagnosis, occlusal analysis, temporary splinting, initial periodontal therapy, re-evaluation, surgical asepsis, and supportive periodontal therapy (27 hours lecture, 3 hours simulation, 5 hours clinic; 3 units).
Preclinical Periodontics (4)
Study of techniques for instrument sharpening, root planing, and use of ultrasonic devices. Introduction to temporary splinting, microbiologic sampling, local drug delivery, and occlusal analysis (15 hours laboratory, 1 unit).
Introduction to the methodology of collecting data, utilizing data to make a diagnosis, preparing a treatment plan, and beginning therapy; rationale for initial therapy including elimination of local factors, occlusal correction, temporary and provisional splinting, minor tooth movement, and initial therapy evaluation; basic rationale for periodontal surgery; techniques employed in surgical periodontics including the scientific basis for surgical technique, specific indications/contraindications, and sequence in healing following gingival surgery and osseous resection. Indications/contraindications, techniques, and results achieved with pocket elimination, gingival augmentation, guided tissue regeneration, and dental implants. In addition, new modalities used in the diagnosis and treatment of periodontal diseases are discussed such as microbiological sampling, and chemotherapeutics (30 hours lecture, 3 units).
Basic rationale for periodontal surgery; techniques employed in surgical periodontics including the scientific basis for surgical technique, specific indications/contra-indications, and sequence in healing following gingival surgery, and osseous resection. Indications/contraindications, techniques, and results achieved with pocket elimination, gingival augmentation, guided tissue regeneration, and dental implants (20 hours lecture, 2 units).
PR 256, 356
Clinical Periodontics (5-8, 9-12)
Study of periodontal examination, diagnosis, treatment planning, nonsurgical therapy, periodontal re-evaluation, periodontal surgery, and supportive periodontal therapy in comprehensive clinical dental practice. (6 units, 4 units).
Chair: Marc J. Geissberger
Vice Chair, Clinical Education: Foroud Hakim
Vice Chair, Preclinical Education, Technology and Research: Parag Kachalia
Director of Communication and Calibration: Shika Gupta
Director of Removable Prosthodontics: Peter Hansen
Director of Implant Dentistry: Steven Sadowsky
Director of Fixed Prosthodontics: Dennis Weir
Director of Operative Dentistry: Pat Roetzer
Director of Research: Karen Schulze
Director of Technology: Bina Surti
Primary DDS Preclinical Course Director: Jessie Vallee
Professors: Christoffersen, Geissberger, Noble, Radke
Associate Professors: Aron, Bunnell, Castagna, Curtis, Eliason, Hansen, Kenyon, LaBarre, Louie, Milani, Miles, Radjaeipour, Sadowsky, E. Santucci, Weir
Assistant Professors: Buchanan, Ellerhorst, Frick, Gardner, Gonzalez, Gupta, Hakim, Hepps, Kachalia, Lieberman, Loo, N. Santucci, Schulze, Shaw, Surti, Tran, Vallee, White
Instructors: Chen, Low
Lab Technician: Matveyeva, Poe
RDS 170, 176
Preclinical Operative Dentistry (1-3)
Study of the scope and philosophy of operative dentistry, criteria and rationale for each type of cavity preparation employed, and indications for and techniques of using dental materials employed in restoring teeth with amalgam, cast gold inlays and onlays, and composite resins. Laboratory instruction and practice to develop eye-hand coordination necessary to perform operative dental procedures at the beginning clinical level working from a seated position using direct and indirect vision of the operating field. Also includes operative and crown fabrication procedures on primary teeth (60 hours lecture, 6 units; 150 hours laboratory, 7 units).
RDS 173/175, 174/179, 183/185, 184/189
Principles, Complex Issues, Advanced Techniques, and Clinical Applications in
Restorative Dentistry (1-4)
This year-long series of courses is offered in the first year of the International Dental Studies program. It integrates four major disciplines operative dentistry, fixed prosthodontics, dental anatomy, and occlusion in a comprehensive, integrated format with an emphasis on clinical application. In the first quarter students learn about seating position and posture, hand piece manipulation, tooth morphology, carving techniques, and criteria and indications for restoring teeth with amalgam and composite resins. The second course builds on this foundation, introducing students to dento-osseous structure, root canal anatomy, and tooth development and anomalies. Students also study the rationale and criteria for full cast gold crowns and bridges, ceramic restorations, and preparation design. Advanced restorative procedures are introduced and practiced in the third quarter, including bonded amalgams, direct and indirect esthetic posterior restorations, direct composite veneers and porcelain veneers. The capstone course in the fourth quarter combines preclinical study with clinical application. Under faculty supervision students work in the clinic performing operative and fixed procedures on patients (18 units lecture, 21 units lab/clinic).
Local Anesthesia (4)
Study of the administration of local anesthetics (17 hours lecture, 8 hours laboratory, 2 units).
Advanced Restorative Technique (4)
Advanced esthetic procedures are introduced. These include bonded amalgam, direct and indirect esthetic posterior restorations, and direct composite veneers. Indications and techniques are performed on typodonts in the simulation laboratory (4 hours lecture, 11 hours lab, 1 unit).
RDS 180, 186
Preclinical Fixed Prosthodontics (2-4)
The study of the scope and philosophy of fixed prosthodontics; diagnosis and treatment planning for patients requiring restorative dentistry; rationale and criteria for each type of cast and ceramic restoration used at the school, preparation design; manipulation of materials used to fabricate a restoration; laboratory communication; quality recognition for all steps of treatment; determination of potential or existing failures; and long term care for patients with fixed restorations (60 hours lecture, 6 units; 180 hours laboratory, 9 units).
RDS 181, 187
Dental Anatomy (1-3)
Study of tooth morphology, the relationship of teeth in form and function to each other and surrounding structures, and recognizing and communicating proper nomenclature and ability to identify teeth. Introduction of wax-adding techniques to reproduce coronal portion of individual teeth and function untilizing a cased-based format will be a primary focus of this case Development of hand skills using dies of prepared teeth to form proper contours, contact, and occlusal function. Projects include cased-based class and home projects related to clinical dentistry. (30 hours lecture, 3 units; 60 hours laboratory, 3 units).
Fundamentals of Restorative Dentistry (1)
The objective of this course is to teach the students the fundamental steps necessary for fabricating a fixed restoration. This encompasses making of alginate impressions and study casts, introduction to articulators, preparation design for metal-ceramic crowns, waxing, casting, finishing and polishing techniques for gold castings, provisional and alternative provisional restorations. The basic skills taught in this class will serve as a strong foundation for future restorative procedures and the RDS 180, 186 Preclinical Fixed Prosthodontics courses. (20 hours lecture, 20 hours laboratory, 3 units).
Local Anesthesia (5-7)
Students review basic anesthesia delivery techniques and apply them to a clinical situation. Students will learn new injection technique and how to overcome difficulties in mandibular anesthesia. In the self-study component, students will conduct independent research and summarize their findings in writing (2 hours lecture, 6 hours clinical rotation, 10 hours self-study).
RDS 279, 378/379
Clinical Restorative Dentistry I-III (5-8, 9-10, 11-12)
Study of diagnosis, treatment planning, and intracoronal dental therapy, including preparation for and restoration of teeth with cast gold and porcelain inlays and onlays, composite resins, laminates, and amalgam in comprehensive clinical dental practice. Requirements include practice of operative dentistry procedures under simulated state board examination conditions. These courses also cover the diagnosis, treatment planning, and delivery of fixed prosthodontic treatment that addresses the patient's esthetic dental needs; stabilizes, improves, and protects the patients' gnathostomatic system in a comprehensive clinical dental practice. Students participate in quality assessment at clinical impression stage and at prosthesis delivery. Lab Services coordinates student dental laboratory prescriptions with private outsource laboratories. Test cases determine student competency by evaluating their ability to independently prepare a single tooth crown preparation in a specified time period (6 units; 11 units, 12 units).
Study of the gnathostomatic system: anatomy, function, and parafunction; relevance of occlusion in all phases of general dentistry; restoring sound occlusion for clinical patients while satisfying their esthetic needs; the identification, diagnosis and treatment plan design of the complex restorative case introduction to diagnosis and treatment of temporomandibular joint dysfunction; completion of clinical examination, diagnostic mounting, and delivery of occlusal splint (20 hours lecture, 60 hours laboratory, 5 units).
Dental Implants (8)
The study of modern implant dentistry with emphasis on history, the physiology of osseous integration, treatment planning, implant surgery, fabrication of single and multiple tooth fixed implant restorations and implant-supported removable overdentures, laboratory steps, maintenance and implant problems. Hard and soft tissue augmentation procedures will be studied along with esthetic concerns (10 hours lecture and laboratory, 1 unit).
RDS 290, 296
Preclinical Removable Prosthodontics: Complete Dentures (6-7)
The study of the scope and philosophy of removable prosthodontics; biomechanics of the edentulous state; biologic considerations for impressions; vertical and horizontal jaw relations and the temporomandibular joint; Hanau's quint; facebow registration; osteology; record bases and occlusion rims; facial landmarks; muscles of head, neck and oral cavity; use of articulator; arrangement and articulation of artificial teeth; try-in of trial dentures; processing, finishing, and polishing of dentures; fabricating comfortable dentures for the patient; and clinical remount to perfect the occlusion and restore tooth anatomy. Laboratory includes arrangement and articulation of 28 artificial teeth. Also studied are conventional, transitional, and diagnostic immediate dentures; tooth selection and repairing complete dentures; introduction to implant dentures; use of the articulator, dental materials, and technique for construction of over immediate complete dentures; and the posterior palatal seal and its biologic considerations (40 hours lecture, 4 units; 120 hours laboratory, 6 units).
RDS 291, 297
Preclinical Removable Prosthodontics: Removable Partial Dentures (5)
The study of base design, survey and design, clasp design, rest preparation, tooth selection, major connectors, impression procedures, and delivery of a removable partial denture. Laboratory includes preparation and placement of a mesio-alloy rest, survey, and design of casts for distal extension bases and with anterior teeth missing, arrangement and articulation of artificial teeth for complete dentures, and work authorization forms and procedures (10 hours lecture, 1 unit; 30 hours laboratory, 2 units).
Clinical Removable Prosthodontics (9-12)
The study of diagnosis, treatment planning, and removable prosthodontic treatment that restores masticatory function and phonetics, preserves underlying structures, results in patient comfort, and is esthetically pleasing. Course includes practice for state board removable prosthodontic procedures and simulated examination conditions (11 units).