The aim of the Pediatric Dentistry predoctoral program is to introduce students to basic principles of pediatric care and teachings through lectures, workshops, and clinical rotations. Pediatric instruction is offered in the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th years as a dental student.
Year 2-Pediatric Dentistry/Growth & Development
The goal of the course in Pediatric Dentistry is to introduce the second year student to the basic concepts of dental care for the child patient through lectures, pre-clinical workshops and in the clinical assisting of more advanced students. Topics covered in the course include: craniofacial growth mechanisms, craniofacial growth related to body growth, development of the dentition, development of occlusion, radiographs in pediatric dentistry, restorative dentistry for the pediatric patient, early childhood caries, cariology and prevention, the treatment of deep caries and pulp therapy, periodontal treatment of the pediatric patient, special health care needs patients, local anesthesia and oral surgery for the pediatric patient, prevention and interception of malocclusion, space maintenance and regaining, the premature loss of primary teeth, anterior and posterior cross-bites, ankylosis and ectopic eruption, behavior management in pediatric dentistry, craniofacial abnormalities, acquired and developmental disturbances, traumatic injuries to the dentition, history taking, examination and treatment planning for the pediatric patient.
Years 3 and 4
The goals of the seminars and clinical rotations in Pediatric Dentistry are to expose the student to the clinical care of infants, children and adolescents. The topics and clinical activities specifically focus on: comprehensive diagnosis and treatment planning, infant oral health care, preventive strategies (oral prophylaxis, fluoride application, pit and fissure sealants), radiographs in pediatric dentistry, local anesthesia for the pediatric patient, pulp therapy, trauma, restorative dentistry for primary and young permanent teeth, minor oral surgery, behavior management, and the prevention and interception of malocclusion due to the premature loss of primary teeth or other etiologies requiring minor orthodontic care.
The Advanced two year Certificate of Achievement Program in Pediatric Dentistry trains dentists in the specialty in accordance with the guidelines set forth by the American Dental Association and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry. In order to fulfill the mission, the student is educated in the biomedical sciences and the supporting clinical sciences to the extent that the student is proficient in providing both primary and comprehensive preventive and therapeutic oral health care for infants and children through adolescence, including those with special health care needs.
The didactic experiences include course work in the basic and clinical sciences, seminar and laboratory sessions, an independent, written research project presented to the faculty, and preparing for the written examination of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry. The clinical sciences include: outreach community services, operating room services, anesthesia, adolescent dentistry, pediatrics, medically compromised patients, conscious sedation, hospital dentistry, and presenting clinical cases to the standards of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry.
Overall, we wish to produce clinically proficient and scientifically adept graduates capable of diagnosing and treating all types of pediatric patients encountered in specialty practice. A Master of Science Program is offered for an additional year and includes some of the courses offered in the Certificate Program.