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Curriculum: Course Descriptions

Core Courses

Each advanced education program chooses from the core curriculum those courses relative to their specific accreditation requirements. All advanced education students receive notification of enrollment in these courses every semester.

DEN 8682 – Dental Research Design & Analysis (N/A)
Foundations of research design and measurement; designing a study and communication of results; descriptive statistics and statistical inference; group comparisons and ANOVA; epidemiological measures and parametric tests; linear relationships – correlation and regression analysis.
DEN 8684 – Library Science (N/A)
Overview of resources accessible from the Health Science Center Library webpage, including remote access, databases, electronic journals, Stat!-Ref, MdConsult, Internet Resource Catalog, WebLuis, PubMed. Search strategies and database comparisons.
DEN 8690 – Cardiac Life Support (N/A)
Didactic and practical lessons designed to recognize and respond to heart attack, stroke, and choking.
DEN 8691C – Advanced Cardiac Life Support (N/A)
Airway management, Acute MI, Dysrhythmia review, stroke, Pharmacology I and II. Didactic and practical lab incorporation.

Core/Graduate Courses

Some of the core curriculum courses are also classified as graduate courses.

DEN 6674 – Oral Pathology (1)
Survey of clinical characteristics, microscopic features, and treatment and prognosis of diseases affecting the head and neck, oral mucosa, and jaws.
DEN 6675 – Orofacial Pain (1)
Prereq: consent of instructor. Structure, function, and pathofunction of cranio-cervical region and stomatognathic system emphasizing differential diagnosis and case-specific management.
DEN 6678 – Advanced Oral Medicine and Drug Interactions in Dentistry (1)
Prereq: consent of instructor. Designed for dental specialty and general practice residents. Emphasis on understanding medications available to practicing dentists.
DEN 6679 – Advanced Radiology & Interpretation(1)
A series of lectures is designed to prvide graduate students with advanced infomration on oral and maxillofacial radiology. Subjects include material designed to prepare the advanced practitioner in radiologic management of patients with complex diagnostic problems.
DEN 6680 – Principles of Craniofacial Biology and Emerging Therapies (2)
This course is a review of basic biological, biochemical, cellular and molecular concepts important to the appreciation and understanding of the unique functions of the hard and soft oral tissues. It also provides a framework to introduce students to emerging therapies in the treatment of oral diseases and the biological concepts behind these therapies.
DEN 6681 – Craniofacial Pathobiology (2)
This course emphasizes biochemical, molecular and cellular aspects of pathological conditions that either are localized to craniofacial components within or effecting the oral cavity, are systemic but effect oral functions, or emanate from the oral cavity to influence system health.
DEN 6934 – Special Topics in Dentistry (0-3; max 3)
The purpose of this course is to present to the graduate students a series of topics that are relevant to the majority of specialties, provide relevant information for practicing dentistry at the highest level of knowledge, and to prepare them for the future changes in dentistry.
DEN 6936 – Practice Management (1)
Fundamental principles and practices. Emphasis on establishing the dentist in practice without making major business mistakes. Consideration to selecting an associate, developing an association contract, and understanding the associate relationship.
DEN 6942 – Grand Rounds (0-3; max 3)
The purpose of this course is to give the graduate student the broadest possible input on treatment of patients with perspectives from endodontics, orthodontics, periodontology, pediatric dentistry, prosthodontics and oral surgery. Interdisciplinary treatment plans will be developed for patients that are brought to the grand rounds by participating attending and resident practitioners. The intent is to develop a comprehensive treatment plan for cases forwarded to the group.
GMS 6609 – Advanced Gross Anatomy (2)
Regional and specialized anatomy of the human body taught by laboratory dissection, conferences, and demonstrations.

Graduate Courses

In addition to the Advanced Education Core Curriculum, each graduate program (Endodontics, Orthodontics, Periodontics, Prosthodontics) has specific courses required for the Master of Science degree track.

General

DEN 6905 – Individual Study (1-3; max 6)
Rotating topics specific to the specialization
DEN 6910 – Supervised Research – (1-5; max 5)
DEN 6935 – Special Topics in Dentistry (1-3; max 6)
Rotating topics specific to the specialization
DEN 6940 – Supervised Teaching (1-5; max 5)
DEN 6941 – Clinical Teaching in Dentistry (1)
To assess recall factors that influence learning in clinical situations and to access relevant learning and factors while in clinical situations thus providing effective instructional decisions. Designed to aid participant in recalling and using this information. S/U.
DEN 6971 – Research for Masters Thesis (1-6)
DEN 6973 – Project in Lieu of Thesis (1-9)
STA 6934 – Independent Study (3)
Choosing the research objective, determining the type of data to collect, repeated measures and blocking, choosing the sample and the randomization technique, designing a data collection form. Applications to biomedical data.

Endodontics

DEN 6642 – Introduction to Advanced Endodontics (1)
Analysis of principles, philosophies, and treatment procedures relative to morphology, physiology, and pathology of human dental pulp and periradicular tissues.
DEN 6643 – Treatment Planning/Cases Presentation (1)
Seminars to analyze patient treatment plans with regard to differential diagnosis and treatment of oral pains of pulpal and/or periradicular origin, vital pulp therapy, nonsurgical and surgical root canal therapy, intentional replantation and replantation of avulsed teeth, endodontic implants, and bleaching of discolored teeth.
DEN 6644 – Nonsurgical Endodontic Care 1 (1)
Supervised clinical experience in comprehensive management of patients’ needs in areas of differential diagnosis of pulp and periradicular disease, vital pulp therapy, nonsurgical root canal therapy, bleaching of discolored teeth, and procedures related to coronal restorations by means of post and/or cores involving root canal space.
DEN 6645 – Nonsurgical Endodontic Care II (1)
Continuation of DEN 6644
DEN 6646 – Surgical Endodontics I (1)
Supervised clinical experience in comprehensive management of patients’ needs in areas of differential diagnosis of pulp and periradicular disease requiring surgical intervention, selective removal of pathological tissue resulting from pulpal pathosis, intentional replantation and replantation of avulsed teeth, surgical removal of tooth structure such as in apicoectomy, hemisection, and root amputation and endodontic implants.
DEN 6647 – Surgical Endodontics II (1)
Supervised clinical experience in comprehensive management of patients’ needs in areas of differential diagnosis of pulp and periradicular disease requiring surgical intervention, selective removal of pathological tissue resulting from pulpal pathosis, intentional replantation and replantation of avulsed teeth, surgical removal of tooth structure such as in apicoectomy, hemisection, and root amputation and endodontic implants.

Orthodontics

DEN 6602 – Orthodontic Treatment-Appliance Management and Effect of Treatment Part 1: Class 1 Treatment. (1)
Survey of all methods and techniques utilized to treat various malocclusions and their basic biologic principles.
DEN 6603 – Orthodontic Treatment-Appliance Management and Effect of Treatment Part 2: Class II Treatment. (1)
Continuation of DEN 6602
DEN 6604 – Orthodontic Treatment-Appliance Management and Effect of Treatment Part 3: Class II Treatment and Overbite Treatments. (1)
Continuation of DEN 6603
DEN 6605 – Orthodontic Treatment-Appliance Management and Effect of Treatment Part 4: Class II Treatment and Overbite Treatments. (1)
Continuation of DEN 6604
DEN 6606 – Orthodontic Treatment-Appliance Management and Effect of Treatment Part 5: Class III Treatment and Crossbite Treatments and Soft Tissue Considerations. (1)
Continuation of DEN 6605.
DEN 6607 – Orthodontic Treatment-Appliance Management and Effect of Treatment Part 6: Impactions, Transplantations and Stability (1)
Continuation of DEN 6606
DEN 6608 – Analysis, Diagnosis and Treatment Planning: Part 1 (1)
Information to aid in examining a patient gathering data, analyzing and manipulating the data, diagnosing and subsequent treatment plan development.
DEN 6609 – Analysis, Diagnosis and Treatment Planning: Part 2 (1)
Information to aid in examining a patient, gathering data, analyzing and manipulating the data, diagnosing and subsequent treatment plan development.
DEN 6610 – Biology of Tooth Movement: Part 1(1)
Review of literature related to the biology of orthodontic tooth movement.
DEN 6611 – Biology of Tooth Movement: Part 2 (1)
Review of literature related to the biology of orthodontic tooth movement.
DEN 6612 – Orthodontic Biomechanics: Part 1 (1)
Biomechanical principles, biomechanics in certain treatment approaches, methods of research in biomechanics.
DEN 6613 – Orthodontic Biomechanics: Part 2 (1)
Biomechanical principles, biomechanics in certain treatment approaches, methods of research in biomechanics.
DEN 6614 – Ortho-Perio Relationships Part 1 (1)
Understanding the effects orthodontics has on the periodontal tissue, the treatment of the periodontally compromised patient, and the literature on variouos periodontal procedures.
DEN 6615 – Ortho-Perio Relationships Part 2 (1)
Understanding the effects orthodontics has on the periodontal tissue, the treatment of the periodontally compromised patient, and the literature on variouos periodontal procedures.
DEN 6616 – Orthognathic Surgery Part 1 (1)
Principles involved in the correction of skeletal problems by orthodontics and oral and maxillofacial surgery.
DEN 6617 – Orthognathic Surgery Part 2 (1)
Principles involved in the correction of skeletal problems by orthodontics and oral and maxillofacial surgery.
DEN 6618 – Postnatal Growth & Development (1)
The aim of this course is to review topics in postnatal growth and development that are pertinenet to orthodontics. Emphasis is placed on considering basic concepts of fcial growth.
DEN 6670 – Craniofacial Anomalies (1)
The purpose of this course is to provide a basic and general understanding of the etiology, development, treatments, and treatment outcomes of craniofacial anomalies.
DEN 6671 – Prenatal Growth & Development (1)
This course will cover selective topics in cellular and molecular aspects of craniofacial development.
DEN 6672 – Materials in Orthodontics(1)
The basics and applicability of the materials normally used in orthodontics practice will be learned in order to enable the practitioner to evaluate new materials that are commonly being introduced in today’s market.
DEN 6676 – TMD and Orofacial Pain Part 1 (1)
Principles involved in the epidemiology, evaluation, diagnosis and management of temporomandibular disorders (TMD) and orofacial pain.
DEN 6677 – TMD and Orofacial Pain Part 2 (1)
Principles involved in the epidemiology, evaluation, diagnosis and management of temporomandibular disorders (TMD) and orofacial pain.

Periodontics

DEN 6652 – Review of Periodontics Literature I (1)
Periodontal data collection, etiology of periodontal diseases, acute periodontal lesions, and classification of periodontal diseases.
DEN 6653 – Review of Periodontics Literature II (1)
Prereq: DEN 6652. Diagnosis, prognosis and treatment planning including tooth mobility and tooth movement, prognosis, plaque control and nonsurgical periodontal therapy.
DEN 6654 – Review of Periodontics Literature III (1)
Prereq: DEN 6653. Principles of periodontal surgery and wound healing.
DEN 6655 – Review of Periodontics Literature IV (1)
Prereq: DEN 6654. Mucogingival surgery, antibiotic therapy, ultrasonics, irrigation and maintenance of the periodontal patient. Discussion of restorative considerations and orthodontics.
DEN 6656 – Introduction to Advanced Periodontology (1)
Intense general review of priodontal structure, function and disease pathogenesis. Tissues of periodontium, cementum, bone, periodontal ligament and epithelial attachment. Review of etiology of disease process pertaining to microbial flora and host response.
DEN 6657 – Periodontal Histology and Histopathology (1)
Survey of histology and histopathology of periodontium, utilizing light and electron microscopy.
DEN 6658 – Treatment Planning in Periodontal Therapy (1)
Interdisciplinary seminar. Students present findings of examination of patients with advanced dental diseases and discuss diagnosis and treatment planning for these patients.

Prosthodontics

DEN 6622 – Principles of Occlusion (2)
Chronological history of gnathology and developing treatment philosophies. In-depth biomechanical and neuro-physiological study of human dental occlusion. Role sound occlusion plays in oral health and current methods of treatment.
DEN 6623 – Maxillofacial Prosthetics (1)
Art and science of anatomic, functional, and cosmetic reconstruction by means of nonliving substitutes for structures missing as a result of surgical intervention, trauma, or congenital malformation.
DEN 6624 – Dental Implant Restoration (1)
Prereq: DMD or DDS degree. Diagnostic and laboratory principles involved with restoration of dental implants.
DEN 6625 – Fixed Prosthodontic Ceramics (1)
Preq: DMD or DDS degree. Laboratory and diagnostic principles associated with preparation and fabrication of metal and ceramic fixed partial prostheses.
DEN 6626 – Advanced Removable Partial Dentures (1)
Preq: DMD or DDS degree. Principles and applications. Survey of supporting tissues, classification systems, biomechanics, treatment planning, materials, and historical overview of removable partial prosthodontics.
DEN 6627 – Treatment Planning Seminar (1)
Prereq: DMD or DDS degree. Format to evaluate treatment planning skills, to present comprehensive cases in organized and logical manner and to use literature and experience to defend treatment plans.