University of Pittsburgh
Introduction to Dental Terminology
University of Pittsburgh

Introduction to Dental Terminology

Course

Gain insight into a topic and learn the fundamentals

Anchal Malik Chopra

Instructor: Anchal Malik Chopra

Beginner level

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11 hours to complete
3 weeks at 3 hours a week
Flexible schedule
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June 2024

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8 assignments

Taught in English

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There are 8 modules in this course

Welcome to Module 1: Basic Oral Structures and Tooth Terminology. This introductory module offers foundational material that will benefit your learning and set you up for success through the rest of the course. We will begin by exploring basic oral structures, common tooth terminology, and related key terms and functions. Let's get started!

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8 readings1 assignment

This module will review essential terminology surrounding dental x-rays. Dental x-rays, also known as dental radiographs, serve as vital diagnostic tools, revealing concealed dental structures, potential masses, bone density changes, and cavities. With their indispensable role in clinical dentistry, radiographic examinations are routinely conducted on patients. As such, understanding the specifics of these images is fundamental for clinicians in making accurate diagnoses.

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5 readings1 assignment

In this module, we'll explore the terminology associated with restorative dentistry, which involves repairing or replacing teeth to enhance oral health and chewing function. Additionally, we'll delve into terminology related to endodontics, a dental specialty focusing on the treatment of dental pulp and root-related issues.

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12 readings1 assignment

This module will explore the terminology of prosthodontics, a dental specialty focused on creating artificial teeth to replace missing or damaged ones. Prosthodontics involves crafting crowns, bridges, dentures, and other restorative treatments. Moreover, we will gain insights into the techniques and approaches employed to rehabilitate and safeguard facial and oral structures.

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7 readings1 assignment

In this module, we'll explore the terminology of periodontics, a dental specialty centered on the health of the gums, bone, and supporting tissues around teeth. We will review treatment methods and instruments that periodontists use to prevent, diagnose, and treat gum diseases and related conditions.

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5 readings1 assignment

Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery (OMFS) is a dental specialty focusing on conditions in the head, neck, face, and oral region. In this module, we will take a look at the surgical procedures and specialized instruments used by surgeons trained in exodontia and implantology to provide comprehensive care for various oral and maxillofacial issues.

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9 readings1 assignment

Pediatric dentistry focuses on providing dental care for infants, children, adolescents, and individuals with special healthcare needs, emphasizing oral health from infancy through adolescence. In this module, we will learn about the techniques that pediatric dentists, or pedodontists, use to promote oral health and cultivate positive dental habits in children. Additionally, we will review the work of orthodontists who are concerned with diagnosing, supervising, guiding, and correcting malocclusions.

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9 readings1 assignment

In this module, we will explore dental practice administration and gain an understanding of specialized terminology crucial for efficient operations, patient care, and effective communication. Topics covered will include managing patient records, navigating insurance processes, optimizing office workflows, and ensuring regulatory compliance. Becoming fluent in patient records, insurance terminology, and communication protocols will help create an environment that prioritizes efficiency and patient satisfaction.

What's included

5 readings1 assignment

Instructor

Anchal Malik Chopra
University of Pittsburgh
1 Course150 learners

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