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116  Oral Structure and Development  (2 units)   Winter

Instructor(s): M. Ryder       Prerequisite(s): None

Restrictions: first year dental students (D1)       Activities: Direct - Lecture, Student - Lecture

This course presents a comprehensive introduction to the development and structure of the major components of the oral cavity. Basic concepts of the gross structure, histology, ultrastructure and physiology of teeth, periodontium, and soft and hard tissue structures will be presented from a descriptive developmental perspective and from the underlying cell and molecular biological perspective. It is taught by a team of clinicians and scientists.

117  Etiologies and Risk Factors in Dental Diseases  (2 units)   Spring

Instructor(s): M. Ryder, P. Rechmann, M. Sabeti       Prerequisite(s): none

Restrictions: first year dental students (D1)       Activities: Direct - Lecture, Student - Lecture

In this introductory course, the basic clinical, pathological, microbiological, and immunological features of three major dental diseases/conditions are presented: caries, periodontal diseases, and pulpal diseases. These basic concepts are presented with clinical applications that are expanded upon in subsequent didactic and clinical courses.

125  Fundamentals of Risk Assessment, Therapy, and Prevention I  (2 units)   Fall

Instructor(s): M. Ryder, P. Rechmann       Prerequisite(s): none

Restrictions: D2, ID3 students.       Activities: Direct - Lecture, Student - Lecture

In this course, the concepts for the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of dental diseases and conditions are presented with emphasis on their clinical applications to management of caries and periodontal diseases. The student learns the benefits, applications, and limitations of a variety of diagnostic and treatment approaches including microbial diagnosis and treatment, local and systemic application of antimicrobials, host modulation, and genetics.

126  Fundamentals of Risk Assessment, Therapy, and Prevention II  (2 units)   Winter

Instructor(s): M. Ryder       Prerequisite(s): none

Restrictions: D2 and DH2 students       Activities: Direct - Lecture, Student - Lecture

In this course, students will learn about the role of specific risk factors in the initiation and progression of dental diseases and the concepts of repair, remodeling, and regeneration of oral tissues and their clinical application in the treatment of periodontal diseases and tooth movement. Disease prevention strategies including plaque control, smoking cessation, and control of systemic factors that influence oral diseases and conditions will be reviewed.

127  Orofacial Pain: Foundations for Diagnosis and Treatment  (2 units)   Fall

Instructor(s): J. Perkins       Prerequisite(s): none

Restrictions: D2       Activities: Direct - Lecture, Student - Lecture

This didactic course presents a comprehensive introduction to the major categories of orofacial pain and how it impacts daily clinical practice of general dentistry. The course reviews the anatomical, physiological, pathological and pharmacological basis for pain perception and pain control, expanding upon foundational science knowledge, and translating the information to the safe and effective use of intraoral local anesthesia in dentistry.

128  Oral Physiology, Orofacial Pain, and TMD  (4 units)   Spring

Instructor(s): R. Silva, J. Buchanan       Prerequisite(s): BMS 116

Restrictions: D2       Activities: Direct - Lecture, Direct - Clinical Experience/Patient Contact, Online - Web-based course work, Student - Lecture

A contemporary dentist must have the background knowledge regarding the diagnostic and therapeutic approaches for temporomandibular disorders (TMD) and orofacial pain (OFP). Tooth pain is one of many conditions that may masquerade as orofacial pain. Proper diagnosis is critical, as incorrect or omitted diagnosis is a common cause of treatment failure. This discipline has evolved from traditional mechanistic dental concepts of the past to more current, evidence-based biopsychosocial model.

129  Introduction to Dentistry  (2.5 units)   Fall, Summer

Instructor(s): J. Perkins       Prerequisite(s): None

Restrictions: Incoming DDS and IDP students.       Activities: Direct - Lecture, Direct - Workshop, Online - Web-based course work, Student - Lecture

This introduction to dentistry course is designed to provide new students with a comprehensive overview of the SOD Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) degree. The curriculum, including its various streams, opportunities for research, and philosophy of patient-centered care are all discussed. The goal is to familiarize students with the requirements necessary and the resources available to be successful students.

181  Professionalism & Ethics in Dentistry  (1 units)   Spring

Instructor(s): D. Stock       Prerequisite(s): None

Restrictions: DDS/IDP students       Activities: Direct - Lecture, Direct - Independent Study, Direct - Discussion, Student - Lecture

This course introduces dental pre-doctoral students to ethical dilemmas they may encounter in professional practice and provides a framework for understanding how to navigate these scenarios. Students will be encouraged to think critically and discuss real examples that dental health professionals have experienced during their career. Topics are developed and prepared according to faculty-student interests.

186C  Exploring Student Research: JGS Spring Journal Club  (1 units)   Spring

Instructor(s): L. Berens       Prerequisite(s): None

Restrictions: Students in the DDS and IDP programs.       Activities: Direct - Lecture, Direct - Project, Student - Lecture

Students will practice communicating their research to non-specialized audiences and prepare to embark on their summer research projects. Participants present the background, aims, and methods of their summer projects or discuss a published article relevant to their research. Presenters receive feedback and suggestions on how to optimize the clarity of their communication. Students are encouraged to invite mentors/experts in their respective fields to moderate the discussion.