How important is a smile? Ever wondered what all those letters and numbers a dentist calls out during your check-up mean? How are broken teeth fixed, or how dentures are made? Join Dr. Christopher Stokes from the School of Clinical Dentistry at The University of Sheffield on a learning journey to explore the dental profession and the impact dentistry has on all our lives. Throughout this course, you’ll hear from, and interact with, experts from all corners of the dental professions to discover dentistry. Starting with the public perception of dentistry, to the sometimes gruesome history of the profession, we will explore the context of dentistry today. Through interactive exercises, we will demystify the various roles and activities within a dental practice, and explore in detail how common dental diseases and problems are treated by talking to the experts and watching them work. We will investigate how false teeth and dental crowns are made, and take a glimpse into the future by looking at the latest technology of 3D printed teeth. This course is for everyone. Whether you are an aspiring dentist, preparing for a dental school interview, or want to learn about the interesting multidisciplinary world of looking after smiles, join us for an entertaining and insightful exploration of your mouth and the people who care for it.
What topics will you cover?
- The public perception of dentistry in modern societies.
- Definition of dental team roles, including the dentist, nurse, hygienist/therapist, dental technician and practice manager.
- Key aspects of tooth anatomy, morphology, development, and disease.
- How to carry out dental charting and the systems used in different countries.
- Dental specialisms, including dental pathology and radiography, pediatric dentistry, endodontics, periodontics and oral surgery.
- The types and properties of dental materials.
- Design and manufacture of dental restorations and prostheses and how they have changed over time.
- Dental public health and the morals and ethics of dental treatment.
- Exploring the latest research in dentistry at The University of Sheffield.
What will you achieve?
- Explore the history of dental treatment.
- Identify the roles within the Dental Team and compare (or apply) the UK model to their own experience.
- Identify the key features of tooth morphology and dental restorations and how they are recorded in dental records.
- Compare the roles of dental specialists, including their training and responsibilities.
- Apply knowledge of tooth morphology and dental materials to the process of making dental prostheses.
- Evaluate the evidence for or against a dental public health intervention.
- Reflect on learning gained throughout the course, including current areas of research, to develop their own research priority, with justification.
Who is the course for?
This is an introductory course and anyone can enjoy it without expertise or prior knowledge of the subject. A basic knowledge of science will be helpful. Due to the highly visual nature of dentistry, a small number of exercises in the course, unfortunately, won’t be accessible to learners with visual impairment.
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Last updated January 29, 2018