Predoctoral Didactic and Clinical Courses

The following didactic and clinical courses are taught at the predoctoral level.

Introduction to Periodontics and Preventive Dentistry

Course Description

This didactic course consists chiefly of lectures with some case presentations and is presented in the spring tri-semester of the freshman year. It mainly covers:

  1. The anatomy and histology of the periodontium
  2. Etiology of periodontal disease, dental plaque, periodontal microbiology, and calculus formation
  3. Prevention – Plaque control devices and techniques – Prevention treatment planning
  4. Review of medical history, recording of clinical data and its significance and indices
  5. Risk factors and modifiers: latrogenic dentistry, smoking, genetic factor, age and stress
  6. Classification of periodontal disease and conditions, systemic conditions (diabetes, chemotherapy, blood dyscrasias, diseases affecting immune system)
  7. Pathogenesis of periodontal disease and host response – Defence Mechanisms
  8. Gingival diseases and treatment: gingivitis, gingival enlargement, gingival recession, gingival abscess, NUG, allergic reactions, viral, primary & secondary herpetic, fungal, traumatic lesions, hiv-aids, muco-cutaneous disorders and neoplastic-metastatic lesions
  9. Prevalence and epidemiology of periodontal disease
  10. Types of attachment loss and classification of osseous defects

Course Goals

The student shall, upon completing the course, be able to:

  1. Determine when a detailed clinical examination of the dentition and periodontium are needed and how to record the findings
  2. Diagnose the presence of periodontal diseases and caries
  3. Understand the local and systemic factors causing or contributing to periodontal diseases and dental caries
  4. Know the risk factors for periodontal diseases and dental caries
  5. Write an appropriate preventive therapy treatment plan for periodontal diseases and dental caries
  6. Know the non-surgical methods for eliminating all obvious local and systemic factors and thereby restore the periodontium and dentition to a state of health
  7. Determine the need for the appropriate fluoride and chemotherapeutic agents
  8. Recommending the appropriate oral hygiene methods

Basic Periodontics

Course Description

This introductory level didactic course is presented in the fall trimester of the sophomore year and covers:

  1. Chronic Periodontitis
  2. Aggressive Periodontitis
  3. Periodontal Disease & Its Relationship to Systemic Diseases
  4. Phase I Therapy – Root Planning, Elimination and Control of Infection
  5. Phase I Therapy – Chemotherapy
  6. Role of Occlusion
  7. Phase I Occlusal Therapy - Night Guards, Minor Orthodontic Movement and Temporization
  8. Selective Grinding
  9. Significant Medical & Social Histories & Its Effect on Treatment
  10. Phase I Re-evaluation – Rationale and Objectives for Phase I & Phase II Periodontal Treatment & Review of Indices—Plaque & Bleeding
  11. Diagnosis and Treatment - Acute Periodontal Conditions—Periodontal Abscess, Pericoronitis, the Combined Endo/Perio-Perio/Endo Lesions & Emergencies
  12. General Principles of Periodontal Surgery – Phase II Therapy
  13. Art of Comprehensive Treatment Planning (Case Presentation Format)
  14. Overview & Parameters for Dental Implant Treatment
  15. Prognosis

This course consists of lectures with some case presentations.

Course Goals

The student shall on completing the course be able to:

  1. Perform a detailed clinical examination of the periodontium and record the findings
  2. Diagnosising perodontal diseases
  3. Understand the local and systemic factors causing or contributing to periodontal diseases
  4. Identify risk factors for periodontal diseases
  5. Determine prognosis and establish a treatment plan for the treatment of periodontal diseases.
  6. Perform Non-surgical treatment.
  7. Diagnose and treat acute periodontal conditions
  8. Diagnose and treat occlusal trauma
  9. Diagnose gingival hyperplasia and recession
  10. Understand the rationale for non-surgical and surgical periodontal therapy

Periodontal Therapy

Course Description

This didactic course is an advanced level course presented in the fall and winter semester trimester of the junior sophomore year. The course complements the basic periodontics course first two didactic periodontal courses and gives the student the basis for diagnosing and treatment planning more advanced periodontal cases and choosing appropriate periodontal therapy.

Course Goals

The student shall on completing the course be able to:

  1. Understand the role of periodontal therapy within a comprehensive treatment plan
  2. Understand and describe the rationale for periodontal therapy and specific periodontal procedures
  3. Understand and describe the biology of periodontal therapy including surgical/wound healing
  4. Understand and describe the role of "minor tooth movement" in periodontal therapy
  5. Understand and discuss endodontic-periodontal interrelationships
  6. Understand and discuss periodontal-restorative interrelationships
  7. Understand and discuss the significance and role of maintenance therapy
  8. Understand and discuss implantology as an aspect of periodontal treatment
  9. Understand and discuss the relationship between reconstructive and resective periodontal surgery

This course consists of lectures and case presentations.

 

Clinical Case Review

Course Description
This first half of this course consists of lectures concerning didactic information and the second half of this course consists of clinical cases showing the application of the didactic material. This course is presented in the spring trimester of the sophomore year and it covers:

  1. Principles of surgery- anesthesia, hemostasis, post-oper instructions, incisions, flap designs, etc.
  2. Periodontal plastic procedures
  3. Regenerative surgery – gbr indications, descriptions & its relationship with dental implants
  4. Periodontal/implant considerations
  5. Phase II evaluation & prosthetic recommendations for Phase III therapy & maintenance therapy (Phase IV)
  6. Periodontal disease in children
  7. Perio-ortho interrelationships
  8. Procedures-timing + mg surgery + forced eruption +minor ortho + wilkodontics + impactions
  9. Outlier cases in the art of diagnosis
  10. Prosthetic & surgical considerations in crown lengthening surgery
  11. Soft tissue augmentation using a tunneling approach
  12. Laser surgery- clinical application in periodontics
  13. Socket preservation for ridge preservation
  14. Surgical management of deficient ridges for implant placement
  15. Considerations for a “staged approach” in treatment planning
  16. Clinical case – from beginning to completion

Course Goals
The student shall on completing the course be able to:

  1. Understand the principles of surgery- anesthesia, hemostasis, post-oper instructions, incisions and flap designs
  2. Understand periodontal plastic procedures
  3. Understand regenerative surgery – gbr indications, descriptions & its relationship with dental implants
  4. Understand periodontal/implant considerations
  5. Understand Phase II evaluation & prosthetic recommendations for Phase III therapy & maintenance therapy (Phase IV)
  6. Understand periodontal disease in children
  7. Understand Perio-ortho interrelationships
  8. Understand Procedures-timing + mg surgery + forced eruption +minor ortho + wilkodontics + impactions

Outlier cases in the art of diagnosis

  1. Understand prosthetic & surgical considerations in crown lengthening surgery
  2. Understand soft tissue augmentation using a tunneling approach
  3. Understand laser surgery- clinical application in periodontics
  4. Understand socket preservation for ridge preservation
  5. Understand surgical management of deficient ridges for implant placement
  6. Know the considerations for a “staged approach” in treatment planning
  7. Show the application of a clinical case – from beginning to completion

 

Periodontal Component of Clinical Dentistry

Course Description

An introduction to clinical periodontics via instrumentation, sharpening, "head and neck" soft tissue evaluation and a full periodontal intraoral examination. This course consists of:

  1. Lectures encompass clinical orientation, review of periodontal records, as well as a review of case presentations.
  2. Clinical rotations to allow for hands on clinical experiences in periodontal examination and diagnosis as well as scaling and root plan with hand instruments.

 

Basic Periodontics for International Students

Course Description

This course is presented in the summer session to students enrolled in the International Dental Students Program. The course will orient and students in periodontal diagnosis and treatment planning.

Course Goals

The student shall on completing the course be capable of:

  1. Performing a detailed clinical examination of the periodontium and recording the findings
  2. Diagnosing the presence of periodontal diseases
  3. Understanding the local and systemic factors causing or contributing to periodontal diseases
  4. Knowing the risk factors for periodontal diseases
  5. Writing a prognosis and treatment plan for periodontal diseases and a treatment plan for the prevention of periodontal diseases
  6. Learning the non-surgical methods for eliminating local and systemic factors and thereby restore the periodontium to a state of health
  7. Understanding and describing the diagnosis and the treatment for acute periodontal conditions
  8. Diagnosing occlusal trauma and knowing its treatment
  9. Diagnosing gingival enlargements and recession
  10. Knowing the rationale for reconstructive and periodontal surgery

Course Objectives

Calibrate dentists from varying dental educational backgrounds to the level and standards expected in the clinical facilities of the Rutgers School of Dental Medicine.

Preventive Dentistry Clinic I & II

Course Description

The curriculum in the Prevention Clinic 1 is designed to produce a dental graduate with a level of competence in: managing category l prevention cases with diagnosis, periodontal charting and risk assessment, caries charting and risk assessment, use of indices for modified plaque and for bleeding points, performing an oral prophylaxis including the use of hand instrumentation as well as ultrasonic instrumentation and polishing, local and/or systemic therapeutic/fluoride therapy, oral hygiene home care instructions and application of home care aids, tobacco cessation requirement. Student will be required to complete four credits of oral health promotion in community service.

The curriculum in the Prevention Clinic 2 is designed to serve as a continuum of Prevention Clinic 1, which strives to produce a dental graduate with a level of competence in: managing basic prevention cases with diagnosis, periodontal charting and risk assessment, caries charting and risk assessment, use of indices for modified plaque and for bleeding points, performing an oral prophylaxis including the use of hand instrumentation as well as ultrasonic instrumentation and polishing, local and/or systemic chemotherapeutic/fluoride therapy, oral hygiene home care instructions, and application of home care aids.

Course Goals

The student strives to become competent in 1) the fundamentals of preventive dentistry and 2) the required interventions needed to prevent oral disease.

Periodontal Clinics I&II

To fulfill requirements in periodontics junior and senior students will carry out examinations, diagnosis, treatment plans, phase 1 periodontal therapy (non-surgical phase), phase 1 evaluations, maintenance therapy, and will assist in the surgical treatment of patients.

MANUAL FOR PREVENTIVE DENTISTRY I-II & CLINICAL PERIODONTICS I - II