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.