Skagit Valley College

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 Course Title:   Dental Sciences

 Title Abbreviation:   DENTAL SCIENCES

 Department:    DEN

 Course #:    114

 Credits:    4

 Variable:     No

 IUs:    4.5

 CIP:    510601

 EPC:    305

 REV:    2018

 Course Description  

Focuses on related biomedical sciences that are the foundation of the dental assistant curriculum. Includes basic oral embryology and histology and tooth morphology with an introduction to the concepts of oral pathology and oral inspection. Also covers the disease process of HIV/AIDS and how it relates to the field of dentistry.



Additional Course Details

Contact Hours (based on 11 week quarter)

Lecture: 33

Lab: 22

Other: 0

Systems: 0

Clinical: 0

Intent: Distribution Requirement(s) Status:  

Vocational Preparatory Required for certificate  

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Learning Outcomes

After completing this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Given information on oral embryology and histology, outline the prenatal phase, the development of the hard and soft palates, prenatal facial development, prenatal dental development, facial growth, and postnatal maxillary growth.
  2. Given the three primary embryonic layers, describe the tissue each forms.
  3. Given basic oral embryology and histology terms, define the terms with 80% accuracy.
  4. Given a diagram, label the developmental periods in the life cycle of a tooth and describe the stages within each period.
  5. Given the components of the periodontium, define and describe each componentís function by drawing a diagram and labeling each component with name and function.
  6. Given model teeth, identify the four types of teeth, describe the design & specialized functions of each and classify them as anterior or posterior.
  7. Discuss the effects of genetic and prenatal environmental factors on dental development.
  8. Describe the histology of bone in terms of cartilage, compact bone, spongy bone, & periosteum.
  9. Define terms related to tooth morphology. Given model teeth, locate the dentition, arch, and quadrant.
  10. Describe the universal, international and Palmer numbering systems. Given the universal tooth numbering system, correctly identify all teeth.
  11. Given a diagram, define the tooth surfaces to include axial, proximal and horizontal surfaces.
  12. Apply knowledge of oral anatomy. Given a patient, perform an oral inspection and recognize all oral conditions both normal and abnormal.
  13. Describe the body defenses and identify related terminology.
  14. List the four major signs of inflammation & describe how inflammation helps to protect the body.
  15. Describe the characteristics of normal gingival tissue.
  16. Identify diseases of the teeth, dental pulp, and oral soft tissue.
  17. Demonstrate the ability to record oral conditions in a chart entry.

General Education Learning Values & Outcomes

Revised August 2008 and affects outlines for 2008 year 1 and later.

Course Contents

  1. Oral embryology and histology.
  2. Primary embryonic layers.
  3. Basic oral embryology and histology terms.
  4. Diagrams.
  5. Components of the periodontium.
  6. Model teeth.
  7. Universal, international and Palmer numbering systems.
  8. Practice on a live patient.
  9. Ability to record oral conditions in a chart entry.