College of Dental Medicine-Illinois

Downers Grove, IL Campus

Oral Health Sciences

College of Dental Medicine-Illinois

Integrated Oral Health Science Sequence
The Integrated Oral Health Science course sequence (DENT) is an interdisciplinary curriculum integrated across the biomedical, behavioral, and clinical sciences. This interdisciplinary sequence of courses spans the entire four years of the program. Didactic lectures covering the basic concepts are supplemented with active learning exercises in a small-group environment. Simulation laboratory procedures are introduced in a case contextualized manner; clinical scenarios are discussed and controversial topics are critically analyzed; and evidence-based discussions and practice is taught.

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DENTD 1520

The Healthy Orofacial Complex - Clinical

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This course is complementary to DENTD 1521 and includes the simulated clinical application of didactic components of DENTD 1521. The course concentrates on the anatomy structure and function of the healthy oro-facial complex. Students begin psychomotor skill development combined with the principles of ergonomic practice and infection control. Ethics, professionalism and behavioral aspects of patient care are introduced through case based scenarios and small group discussion. The students are also introduced to components of the patient electronic health record. Students will also participate in clinical rotations at the Dental Institute as part of this course.

Credits: 4.5

DENTD 1521

The Healthy Orofacial Complex - Didactic

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This course concentrates on the anatomy, structure and function of the healthy oro-facial complex. The foundational knowledge of dental science is introduced, including dental anatomy and morphology, and dental terminology.

Credits: 3.5

DENTD 1530

Risk Assessment, Diagnosis, and Preventive Care of Oral Diseases - Clinical

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This course is complementary to DENTD 1531 and includes the simulated clinical application of didactic components of DENTD 1531. The course will continue the development of foundational knowledge with an emphasis on the assessment of the patient using various techniques required for patient assessment, diagnosis, and the determinants for early intervention. The development of psychomotor skills and ergonomic practice continues related to cariology, periodontal disease management, and operative dentistry. Ethics, professionalism and behavioral aspects of patient care are emphasized through case based scenarios and small groups’ discussion. Students will also participate in clinical rotations at the Dental Institute as part of this course.

Credits: 5

Prerequisites

DENTD 1520 Oral Facial Complex in Health - Clinical/DENTD 1521 Oral Facial Complex in Health - Didactic

DENTD 1531

Risk Assessment, Diagnosis, and Preventive Care of Oral Diseases - Didactic

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This course will continue the development of foundational knowledge with an emphasis on the assessment of the patient using various techniques required for patient assessment, diagnosis, and the determinants for early intervention. Ethics, professionalism and behavioral aspects of patient care are discussed and emphasized through the course content.

Credits: 4.5

Prerequisites

DENTD 1520 Oral Facial Complex in Health - Clinical/DENTD 1521 Oral Facial Complex in Health - Didactic

DENTD 1540

Treatment Planning and Initial Therapeutic Interventions - Clinical

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This course is complementary to DENTD 1541 and includes the simulated clinical application of didactic components of DENTD 1541. The course concentrates on handpiece skills, preparation and restoration of primary and permanent teeth with direct restorations. Radiographic interpretation of dental caries and periodontal conditions are included in this clinical skills course. Students will be introduced to comprehensive treatment planning with simulated patient cases presented in the electronic health record. Students will have the experience of presenting oral health information to community schools. Additionally, students will have the experience of working in groups to search literature pertaining to a clinical question, preparing and presenting the evidence based information to peers faculty and community. Students will also participate in clinical rotations at the Dental Institute as part of this course.

Credits: 4

Prerequisites

DENTD 1530 Risk Assessment, Diagnosis, and Preventive Care of Oral Diseases - Clinical/DENTD 1531 Risk Assessment, Diagnosis, and Preventive Care of Oral Diseases - Didactic

DENTD 1541

Treatment Planning and Initial Therapeutic Interventions - Didactic

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This interdisciplinary course concentrates on the principles of Operative Dentistry and dental materials used for direct restorations for both primary and permanent dentition. Pulpal response to restorative procedures, methods and materials for pulpal protection are also introduced. Periodontal and radiographic examination are integrated into the course. Students will begin the process of patient centered comprehensive treatment planning with application of evidence based, ethical practice rationales for treatment.

Credits: 4

Prerequisites

DENTD 1530 Risk Assessment, Diagnosis, and Preventive Care of Oral Diseases - Clinical/DENTD 1531 Risk Assessment, Diagnosis, and Preventive Care of Oral Diseases - Didactic

DENTD 1610

Management of Complex Oral Conditions - Clinical

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This course is complementary to DENTD 1611 and includes the simulated clinical application of didactic components of DENTD 1611. The Management of Complex Oral Conditions will include simulated clinical experience which focuses on endodontic therapy and restorative treatment for the child and adult patient, selection and delivery of local anesthesia, and indirect and direct simulated restorative care. Students will also participate in clinical rotations at the Dental Institute as part of this course.

Credits: 5.2

Prerequisites

DENTD 1540 Treatment Planning and Initial Therapeutic Interventions - Clinical/DENTD 1541 Treatment Planning and Initial Therapeutic Interventions - Didactic

DENTD 1611

Management of Complex Oral Conditions - Didactic

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The didactic curriculum for this course will focus on diagnosis and treatment planning, oro-facial growth and development of the child patient, and oral conditions and diseases that impact the oral cavity. Students will also be introduced to the diagnosis and treatment planning associated with endodontic care and well as the instrumentation selection and restoration considerations of teeth receiving endodontic care. The selection and application of various restorative materials will also be discussed.

Credits: 3

Prerequisites

DENTD 1540 Treatment Planning and Initial Therapeutic Interventions - Clinical/DENTD 1541 Treatment Planning and Initial Therapeutic Interventions - Didactic

DENTD 1620

Diagnosis and Rehabilitative Dentistry - Clinical

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This course is complementary to DENTD 1621 and includes the simulated clinical application of didactic components of DENTD 1621. This course concentrates on preparation of abutment for fixed partial denture prostheses. Students will also fabricate provisional restorations, make final impressions, write lab prescriptions and evaluate the final prosthesis prior to delivery. Removable prosthodontics will include the survey and design of a removable partial denture. Students will learn to do more complex operative and endodontic procedures. Simulated patient cases will give an opportunity for students to diagnose, manage, treatment plan and treat simulated patients. Students will also participate in clinical rotations at the Dental Institute as part of this course.

Credits: 6.5

Prerequisites

DENTD 1610 Management of Complex Oral Conditions - Clinical/DENTD 1611 Management of Complex Oral Conditions - Didactic

DENTD 1621

Diagnosis and Rehabilitative Dentistry - Didactic

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This course concentrates on the principles of rehabilitative dentistry, the restoration of oral facial function for the partially edentulous patient with fixed and removable partial denture prostheses. Periodontics will be integrated to address treatment associated with complex restorative procedures. Oral Pathology will address connective tissue lesions, ulcerative lesions, pre malignant and malignant lesions. Restorative Dentistry and Endodontics continue with focus on more complex treatments.

Credits: 4.5

Prerequisites

DENTD 1610 Management of Complex Oral Conditions - Clinical/DENTD 1611 Management of Complex Oral Conditions - Didactic

DENTD 1625

Dental Pharmacotherapeutics

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Dental Pharmacotherapeutics is taken concurrently with Pharmacology for Dental Students (PHARD 1640) in the Fall and Winter Quarters of DMD-2. The primary goal of this course is to discuss the most current clinical application of therapeutic agents commonly used in general dentistry, such as analgesics, antibiotics, sedatives and anxiolytics, local and general anesthetics and vasoconstrictor agents, in preparation for entry into clinic training in Spring Quarter of DMD-2. Additional topics for discussion to be determined by the course director may include the pharmacotherapy of smoking cessation, alternative medicine products, and emerging trends in drug therapy. Clinical problem solving and management is emphasized, with reference to issues associated with the pediatric and geriatric populations, pregnancy and breast-feeding, poly-pharmacy and drug-drug interactions. The basics of prescription writing and prescribing regulations relevant to dentistry are covered. This course is taught during the Fall and Winter quarters with a single grade given at the completion of the course.

Credits: 1.5

DENTD 1630

Comprehensive Oral Healthcare - Clinical

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This course is complementary to DENTD 1631 and includes the simulated clinical application of didactic components of DENTD 1631. The simulation clinic component of this course deals with Comprehensive Oral Health Care that concentrates on the diagnosis and rehabilitation of facial function in cases of advanced disease. Fixed and removable prosthodontics, utilization of orthodontic appliances, direct and indirect restorations, diagnosis and treatment of periodontal disease and associated periodontal treatment concerns are continued from the previous term. Students will also participate in preclinical hands-on rotation to include utilization of microscopes in restorative dentistry, digital imaging for indirect ceramic restorations, four-handed dental care, and simulated clinical care projects. Students will participate in rotations to the clinical campus for hands-on clinical experience. Students will also participate in clinical rotations at the Dental Institute as part of this course.

Credits: 6.5

Prerequisites

DENTD 1620 Diagnosis and Rehabilitative Dentistry - Clinical/DENTD 1621 Diagnosis and Rehabilitative Dentistry - Didactic

DENTD 1631

Comprehensive Oral Healthcare – Didactic

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Didactic course work will include small group instruction in orthodontics with enhanced instruction in digital adjuncts to orthodontic care, diagnosis and treatment considerations for fixed and removable care, and the impact of ethical care concerns, practice management, and communications in patient care. The indications and options for pain and anxiety control, hard/soft tissue trauma, urgent care, medical emergencies, TMD, and oral surgery. Topics in oral pathology continue from the previous quarter.

Credits: 4.5

Prerequisites

DENTD 1620 Diagnosis and Rehabilitative  Dentistry - Clinical/DENTD 1621 Diagnosis and Rehabilitative  Dentistry - Didactic

DENTD 1640

Oral Health Sciences 2.4 - Clinical

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This course is complementary to DENTD 1641 and includes the simulated clinical application of didactic components of DENTD 1641.The goal of the DENTD 1640 course is to continue to prepare the student for the provision of direct patient care and to assess her/his level of readiness to begin patient treatment in the clinical setting. Course sessions will be provided in increasingly complex areas of care, including oral surgery, periodontics, orthodontics and esthetic restorations, among others. Small group discussions and critical analysis sessions will be used to explore understanding and evidence related to ethical, professional, and behavioral questions. Many of the course activities will be structured on a rotation basis to facilitate optimal exposure to faculty, experiences, and material resources. Students will also participate in clinical rotations at the Dental Institute as part of this course.

Credits: 10.3

Prerequisites

DENTD 1630 Comprehensive Oral Healthcare - Clinical/DENTD 1631 Comprehensive Oral Healthcare - Didactic

DENTD 1641

Oral Health Sciences 2.4 - Didactic

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This course continues to prepare the student for the provision of direct patient care and to assess their level of readiness to begin patient treatment in the clinical setting. Course sessions will be provided in increasingly complex areas of care, including oral surgery, periodontics, orthodontics and esthetic restorations, among others. Small group discussions and critical analysis sessions will be used to explore understanding and evidence related to ethical, professional, and behavioral questions. DENTD 1641 is the Knowledge Component of the DMD-2 Spring course and is assessed through written exams.

Credits: 7.5

Prerequisites

DENTD 1630 Comprehensive Oral Healthcare - Clinical/DENTD 1631 Comprehensive Oral Healthcare - Didactic

DENTD 1710, 1720, 1730, 1740

Oral Health Sciences 3.1A, 3.2A, 3.3A, 3.4A

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Student Dentists will provide comprehensive care of patients of a range of ages and complexity in four consecutive quarters. This care will be provided under the direction and supervision of the clinical faculty within the Group Practices of the Dental Institute. In addition to comprehensive care provided in the Group Practices, Student Dentists will have patient care experiences in oral radiology, oral surgery, urgent care and pediatric dentistry/orthodontics via scheduled intramural rotations.

Credits: Each course 13.5

Prerequisites

Prerequisite for DENTD 1710 is DENTD 1640 Oral Health Sciences 2.4; prerequisite for DENTD 1720, 1730, and 1740 is the preceding dental course in the series

DENTD 1711, 1721, 1731, 1741

Oral Health Sciences 3.1B, 3.2B, 3.3B, 3.4B

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These courses present information related to more advanced topics in the areas of patient communications/behavior, endodontics, periodontics, oral pathology, radiography, orthodontics, oral surgery, temporomandibular disorders, treatment planning and prosthodontics, including implant therapies. New topics will include practice management and hands on training with nitrous oxide sedation. The instructional methods in these courses will include faculty presentations, small group learning experiences, case presentations, simulated experiences, and written projects.

Credits: Each course 3

Prerequisites

Prerequisite for DENTD 1711 is DENTD 1640 Oral Health Sciences 2.4

DENTD 1715

Patient Assessment and Diagnosis of Head and Neck Disorders

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This course is co-taught by faculty of the College of Dental Medicine and the Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine and will provide a systematic process for students to learn the evaluation, diagnosis, and management of diseases, disorders, and conditions of the head and neck, including the oral cavity. As part of this course, students will interact with Standardized Patients and learn to manage the medical emergencies that are most common to occur in the oral healthcare setting.

Credits: 2

Prerequisites

DENTD 1640: Oral Health Sciences 2.4

DENTD 1788A, 1788B, 1788C, 1788D

Comprehensive Clinical Course 1A, 1B, 1C, 1D

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The focus of the Comprehensive Clinical Courses is the independent demonstration of clinically acceptable care and decision making by the Student Dentist. These courses include a series of specified Independent Clinical Performance Assessments, Mock Regional Board Examinations, and a Patient Case-Written Presentation.

Credits: Each course 2

DENTD 1810, 1820, 1830, 1840

Oral Health Sciences 4.1A, 4.2A, 4.3A, 4.4A

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Student Dentists will provide comprehensive care for a diverse patient population with increasingly complex needs in four consecutive quarters. This care will be provided under the direction and supervision of the clinical faculty within the Group Practices of the Dental Institute. In addition to comprehensive care provided in the Group Practices, Student Dentists will have patient care experiences scheduled in a variety of extramural clinics. These extramural clinics have been selected to provide the Student Dentist with substantial experience in providing care to underserved populations and pediatric patients. These courses will continue the development of leadership and practice management skills.

Credits: Each course 13.5

Prerequisites

Prerequisite for DENTD 1810 is DENTD 1740 Oral Health Sciences 3.4A; prerequisite for DENTD 1820, 1830, and 1840 is the preceding dental course in the series

DENTD 1811, 1821, 1831, 1841

Oral Health Sciences 4.1B, 4.2B, 4.3B, 4.4B

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The courses in this series present information related to more advanced topics in the areas of patient communications/behavior, endodontics, periodontics, oral pathology, radiography, orthodontics, oral surgery, temporomandibular disorders, treatment planning and prosthodontics, including implant therapies. The coursework also focuses on review for National Boards Dental Examination Part II. Within each course, students will continue their preparation for the independent practice of dentistry. The practice management coursework will first concentrate on learning and practicing the skills necessary to obtain a position in a practice or post graduate program, and then later on developing leadership, management, and business skills necessary to operate successfully in practice.

Credits: Each course 3

Prerequisites

Prerequisite for DENTD 1811 is DENTD 1741 Oral Health Sciences 3.4B

DENTD 1888A, 1888B, 1888C, 1888D

Comprehensive Clinical Course 2A, 2B, 2C, 2D

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The focus of the Comprehensive Clinical Courses is the independent demonstration of clinically acceptable care and decision making by the Student Dentist. These courses include a series of specified Independent Clinical Performance Assessments, Mock Regional Board Examinations, an Oral Pathology Examination and an Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE).

Credits: Each course 2