William R. Pritchard Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital

Lecture Course

VSR 413 Lecture Course

Course Goals

This course covers the principles of oral examination, oral radiography, pathophysiology and treatment of periodontitis, exodontics, oral surgery, dental emergencies, orthodontics, developmental and regressive dental conditions, endodontics, prosthodontics and oral medicine.

Organizational aspects

The course is offered in the Winter quarter of the third year. It is a prerequisite for the dentistry laboratory course, which in turn is required for students who participate in the clinical rotation. A comprehensive syllabus is available as a printed copy at the bookstore.

Topical outline

1.    Oral anatomy and histology

Dental formulas, morphology of deciduous and permanent teeth, topographical maxillofacial anatomy, basic elements of oral histology

2.    Oral radiography and radiology

Principles and indications of oral radiography, intra-oral and extra-oral techniques; principles of radiological interpretation

3.    Periodontology I: pathophysiology

Basics of periodontology: pathophysiology of plaque, calculus, gingivitis and periodontitis, periodontal microbiology; patterns of disease

4.    Periodontology II: Routine periodontal treatment

Oral examination; basics of periodontics: rationale and technique of routine periodontal treatment; periodontal hand and power instruments

5.    Periodontology III: Routine periodontal treatment (continued)

Oral examination; basics of periodontics: rationale and technique of routine periodontal treatment; periodontal hand and power instruments (continued)

6.    Periodontology IV: Advanced periodontal treatment

Indications and techniques of periodontal surgery (gingivectomy, flap procedures)

7.    Periodontology V: Maintenance of oral hygiene

Home care and prevention

8.    Oral medicine: Oral inflammatory diseases

Etiology, pathophysiology and treatment of inflammatory diseases of the oral cavity

9.    Orthodontics

Bite evaluation, skeletal and dental malocclusions, common malocclusion syndromes, principles of treatment, including ethical aspects

10.    Oral surgery I: Exodontics

Indications for extraction; technique of simple and surgical extraction of permanent teeth; extraction instruments

11.    Oral surgery II: Exodontics (continued)

Special considerations: deciduous teeth, complications

12.    Oral surgery III: Maxillofacial surgery

Principles of oral soft tissue surgery; surgery of the lip and tongue; repair of jaw fractures; palate surgery

13.    Oral surgery IV: Maxillofacial surgery (continued)

Principles of oral soft tissue surgery; surgery of the lip and tongue; repair of jaw fractures; palate surgery (continued)

14.    Oral surgery V: Maxillofacial surgery (continued)

Early recognition, evaluation and principles of management of oral tumors

15.    Restorative dentistry I: Miscellaneous conditions

Pathophysiology and treatment of enamel hypoplasia, staining, attrition, abrasion, caries, resorption, dental fractures, pulpal and periapical pathology

16.    Restorative dentistry II: Endodontics

Indications and principles of commonly used endodontic techniques (pulpotomy, pulpectomy, apicoectomy)

17.    Restorative dentistry III: Prosthodontics

Indications and principles of commonly used restorative techniques

18.    Oral conditions of pet rodents and rabbits

Common dental conditions in pet rodents and rabbits and their management

19.    Dental equipment

Practical evaluation of commonly used dental equipment, instruments and materials

20 - 24.    Case discussion and review

Problem-oriented and case-based discussions

Self-assessment & review

A self-assessment program is available on CD-ROM. A book version of the program is also available - Verstraete F.J.M. (Ed.) 1999 Self-Assessment Color Review of Veterinary Dentistry. Iowa State University Press, Ames

Examination and grading policy

Students are graded as being "satisfactory/unsatisfactory", using a case-oriented, open-book, internet-based examination consisting of 40 questions. Each multiple choice question is based on 1-2 images. The passing score for obtaining a "satisfactory" grade is set at the class mean minus two standard deviations.