Dental Anatomy for the Medical Practitioner

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Reference, Tutorial 9303 1 January 8, 2013

Description

Note: A more current version of this resource has been published in MedEdPORTAL Publications as version 2. It is titled: "Dental Anatomy Review for Dental Students" (Publication 9721).

The Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) has launched an initiative to build a competency-based oral health in medicine model curriculum. It is postulated that this initiative may have been born from the results of a recent publication and others like it. The findings suggested that current medical curricula may be inadequate to prepare medical practitioners to engage in oral health promotion as part of the overall health professional team. This material represents a self-contained dental anatomy course that has a proven record of success in teaching dental anatomy using online technology. Through self-study, self-review and subsequent assessment, medical students will learn sufficient dental anatomy to do cursory oral exams, distinguish normal from abnormal eruption patterns, determine approximate age, read and interpret literature pertaining to oral health and in general distinguish normal from abnormal tooth structure. This will be the common basis for all discussions related to caries and periodontal disease detection, prevention, and understanding of the disease processes.

Citation

DeSchepper E. Dental Anatomy for the Medical Practitioner. MedEdPORTAL; 2013. Available from: www.mededportal.org/publication/9303

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Educational Objectives

  1. To identify and distinguish permanent and deciduous dentition from digital images.
  2. To identify individual teeth by name and Universal number from digital images.
  3. To appropriately use and understand dental anatomy and oral nomenclature.
  4. To identify and name major tooth structures.
  5. To determine biological age from eruption patterns.
  6. To distinguish normal from abnormal tooth structure.
  7. To describe the attachment mechanism of teeth to jaws and the major periodontal structures. 

Keywords

  • Dentin (MeSH), Periodontal Diseases (MeSH), Building Oral Health Capacity (BOHC) Collection, Caries, Enamel

Specialty

  • Medical
    • Family Medicine
    • Internal Medicine
    • Pediatrics

Discipline

  • Dental
    • Clinical Exam
    • Gross Anatomy
    • Pediatric Dentistry
    • Physical Diagnosis
    • Preventive Dentistry

Competencies Addressed

  • Medical
    • Medical Knowledge
    • Patient Care

Academic Focus

  • Basic Sciences
    • Gross Anatomy
    • Pathology
  • Clinical Sciences
    • Clinical Exam

Professional Interest

  • Health Education
  • Instructional Materials/Methods
  • Oral Health

Organ Systems

  • Gastrointestinal system

Intended Audience

  • Professional School
    • Dental Student
    • Medical Student
    • Nursing Student

Instructional Methods

  • Assessment
  • Independent Study
  • Virtual Patient

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