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The mouth is the window into human health. This course provides an overview of dental medicine to engage, educate, excite and assist you in improving the oral health of your patients and members of your community. We will review topics in dental medicine including scope of the field, what to expect in function, and some of the many ways that dysfunction may present for different patients. This will include discussions of mouth, jaw, and tooth anatomy, pathology, and treatment. We will talk about differences between patients and the unique roles that different members of the dental field may play in treatment depending on the patient and condition. This course starts from basic concepts and proceeds to review trends in current research and technology. We offer scientific background, some skills for patient evaluation and interview, and some suggestions for further learning for those interested in or involved in dental education....
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Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

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Section
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1 hour to complete

Week 1 - Introduction to Dental Medicine and Its Relations to Public Health

In this course, you will learn about basic dental anatomy, how to evaluate a patient, and the causes and impact of oral diseases. We will use case examples and live demonstrations with patients to illustrate these points. Please note that some lectures in this course contain graphic medical images, including illustrations of the human body, oral cavity, early development, and photographs of medical conditions and deformities. Discretion is advised. The materials in this course are intended for education purposes only and are not intended to serve as professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Please seek the advice of your dentist, physician, or other qualified health professional if you have any questions related to this material and its relevance to your health or that of someone else. Week 1 is your introduction to dental medicine! This includes oral health's relation to general health, sources of infection, modern technology in dentistry, and the public health impact of dental medicine. Let's get started!...
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8 videos (Total 52 min), 1 quiz
Video8 videos
Lecture 1: Goals of the Course (2min)2m
Lecture 2: Oral Health Related to General Health: Oral Cavity Tissue (9min)8m
Lecture 3: Modern Scope of Dental Medicine (2min)2m
Lecture 4: Educational Opportunities in Dental Medicine (7min)7m
Lecture 5: Public Health Impact of Dental Medicine (5min)5m
Lecture 6: Dental Public Health (10min)10m
Lecture 7: Advances in Dentistry (10min)10m
Quiz1 practice exercise
Week 1 quiz10m

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1 hour to complete

Week 2 - Form and Function of the Oral Cavity

The modules in week 2 describe basic dental anatomy including embryology of the oral cavity, oral functions, basic tooth structure, and clinical implications of disease. Emphasis is placed on the clinical implications of these concepts and structures....
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4 videos (Total 40 min), 1 quiz
Video4 videos
Lecture 2: Oral Structures and Functions (11min)11m
Lecture 3: Periodontium and Periodontal Disease (7min)6m
Lecture 4: Basic Tooth Structure: Occlusion (12min)12m
Quiz1 practice exercise
Week 2 quiz8m

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Section
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1 hour to complete

Week 3 - Comprehensive Evaluation of Dental Patient Needs

These modules will demonstrate the evaluation of extra- and intraoral structures. They also review the taking of a thorough medical history, with live patient demonstrations. This unit emphasizes the complex relationship between the systemic and oral health....
Reading
8 videos (Total 64 min), 1 quiz
Video8 videos
Lecture 2: Dental Local Anesthesia (4min)4m
Lecture 3: Comprehensive Patient Evaluation (14min)14m
Demo 1: Physical Examination: Introduction (3min)3m
Demo 2: Physical Examination: Extraoral Examination: Head, Neck and Face (4min)4m
Demo 3: Physical Examination: Extraoral Examination: Cranial Nerve (10min)9m
Demo 4: Physical Examination: Extraoral Examination: TMJ (5min)5m
Demo 5: Physical Examination: Intraoral Examination (9min)8m
Quiz1 practice exercise
Week 3 quiz8m

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1 hour to complete

Week 4 - Most Common Dental Diseases Affecting Teeth and Periodontium

Diseases affecting the dentition and its surrounding structures have a profound influence on the patient and his/her health. Untreated conditions can result in severe pain, localized, and systemic infections and result in partial or complete loss of teeth.The etiology and the contributing factors to these diseases are discussed in detail....
Reading
4 videos (Total 38 min), 1 quiz
Video4 videos
Lecture 2: Periodontal Diseases: Part 1 (7min)6m
Lecture 3: Periodontal Diseases: Part 2 (11min)10m
Lecture 4: Periodontal Diseases: Contributing Factors (9min)8m
Quiz1 practice exercise
Week 4 quiz8m
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Top Reviews

By GGFeb 11th 2017

THE COURSE WAS AWESOME.IT HAS ALL THE NECCESSARY INFORMATION REQUIRED FOR A DENTIST TO REVIEW ALL WHAT HAS BEEN TAUGHT AT DENTAL SCHOOL LEVEL.I THOROUGHLY ENJOYED MY TIME WHILE PURSUING THIS COURSE.

By BGJul 3rd 2017

As a future dental student, this course taught me the basics and really gave me a broad insight into dentistry. I am very eager to learn everything taught here and more in dental school! Thank you!

Instructors

Dr. Uri Hangorsky

Associate Dean for Academic Affairs/ Director PASS
School of Dental Medicine

Dr. Thomas P. Sollecito

Professor and Chairman of Oral Medicine
School of Dental Medicine

Dr. Eric Stoopler

Associate Professor of Oral Medicine
School of Dental Medicine

About University of Pennsylvania

The University of Pennsylvania (commonly referred to as Penn) is a private university, located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States. A member of the Ivy League, Penn is the fourth-oldest institution of higher education in the United States, and considers itself to be the first university in the United States with both undergraduate and graduate studies. ...

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