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Approx. 13 hours to complete

English

Subtitles: English

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1
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
8 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
1 practice exercise
Week 1 quiz10m
Week
2
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
4 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
1 practice exercise
Week 2 quiz8m
Week
3
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.

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8 videos (Total 64 min), 1 quiz
8 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
1 practice exercise
Week 3 quiz8m
Week
4
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.

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4 videos (Total 38 min), 1 quiz
4 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
1 practice exercise
Week 4 quiz8m
Week
5
1 hour to complete

Week 5 - Oral Mucosal Conditions: Diagnosis and Management

Possible oral and mucosal conditions include anomalies, ulcers, cancer and associated diseases. Some of these conditions have localized or idiopathic etiology; others are manifestations of systemic diseases of the body. Many times these oral conditions appear as the initial symptom of a systemic disease. The management of such conditions often involves an interdisciplinary approach to management involving the patient's dentist, physician, and medical specialists.

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3 videos (Total 24 min), 1 quiz
3 videos
Lecture 2: Oral Mucosal Disease: Aphthous Ulceration and Lichen Planus (10min)10m
Lecture 3: Oral Mucosal Disease: Leukoplakia and Erythroplakia (7min)6m
1 practice exercise
Week 5 quiz8m
Week
6
2 hours to complete

Week 6 - The Science of Pain Affecting the Intraoral and Extraoral Structures

These modules address oral and facial pain from common conditions to rare ones, including an exploration of the psychological aspects of oral and facial pain. Dental pain can originate not only from diseased dentition, but also from various disorders affecting the TMJ, nerves, soft and hard tissue infections and other sources. Dental pain can have underlying psychosocial etiology as well, and the diagnosis in such cases can be challenging.

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10 videos (Total 100 min), 1 quiz
10 videos
Lecture 2: Biopsychosocial / Biobehavioral Aspects of Orofacial Pain (7min)7m
Lecture 3: Common Orofacial Pain Conditions: Temporomandibular Disorders (13min)13m
Lecture 4: Common Orofacial Pain Conditions: Articular Disc Disorders and Arthritic Conditions (14min)13m
Lecture 5: Imaging and Management of TMDs (7min)6m
Lecture 6: Trigeminal Neuralgia (11min)10m
Lecture 7: Persistent Idiopathic Facial Pain (11min)10m
Lecture 8: Oral Cavity Health Part 1 (9min)9m
Lecture 9: Oral Cavity Health Part 2 (9min)9m
Lecture 10: Oral Cavity Health Part 3 (9min)9m
1 practice exercise
Week 6 quiz10m
Week
7
2 hours to complete

Week 7 - Overview of Dental Specialties: Scope and Modalities of Treatment

Selected cases in dental medicine ranging from oral surgery to prosthetic reconstruction are discussed in the context of the important role of dental specialists. Each presenter discusses the challenges of focused dental treatment and presents cases with "before" and "after" documentation.

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7 videos (Total 59 min), 2 quizzes
7 videos
Lecture 2: Periodontal Treatment (11min)11m
Lecture 3: Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery (7min)7m
Lecture 4: Orthodontic Treatment (16min)15m
Lecture 5: Aesthetic Dentistry (8min)8m
Lecture 6: Periodontics and Prosthodontics (7min)7m
Lecture 7: Endodontics (8min)7m
2 practice exercises
Week 7 quiz10m
Final exam1h 20m
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Top reviews from Introduction to Dental Medicine

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

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Dr. Uri Hangorsky

Associate Dean for Academic Affairs/ Director PASS
School of Dental Medicine
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Dr. Thomas P. Sollecito

Professor and Chairman of Oral Medicine
School of Dental Medicine
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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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