This course is a variable credit option offering either 4 or 5 credits. Credits are viewable in eServices. This course consists of lecture, laboratory, and clinical components. The course addresses the basic principles of uncomplicated primary and permanent tooth exodontia, in accordance with MN Statute 150A.106, as well as dressing changes, and suture removal techniques. Indications and fabrication of soft occlusal guards, repair of defective removable prosthetics, tissue conditioning, and soft relines of removable prosthetics are also addressed. The clinical component of this course provides the oral health care practitioner student their initial advanced dental therapy clinical experiences under professional supervision by dentists. Introduction to the clinical employment of teledentistry, professional referrals/consultations, and collaborative management agreements to ensure comprehensive patient care is also emphasized.
- Utilize sound clinical judgment and decision making to determine when a patient can be treated within the dental therapy/advanced dental therapy scope of practice or when patient referral to the collaborative management agreement dentist or other professionals for diagnosis and treatment is appropriate.
- Accurately evaluate and assess patient medical/dental histories/interviews and clinical status in relation to preventing, identifying, and managing medical emergencies in the dental setting.
- Appropriately consult with or refer to a collaborative management dentist or other healthcare professionals.
- Assess and manage dental caries and caries risk factors associated with dental caries.
- Deliver properly sequenced treatment utilizing appropriate pain management techniques within the dental therapy/advanced dental therapy scope of practice.
- Demonstrate accurate and effective recordkeeping for all clinical experiences.
- Demonstrate appropriate critical thinking, clinical judgment, and psychomotor motor skills while providing emergency palliative treatment of dental pain, placing temporary restorations, or while recementing permanent crowns.
- Demonstrate appropriate critical thinking, clinical judgment, and psychomotor skills while preparing and restoring faulty tooth structure to proper form and function.
- Demonstrate appropriate critical thinking, clinical judgment, and psychomotor skills while providing direct or indirect pulp capping on permanent or primary teeth; or pulpotomies on primary teeth.
- Demonstrate compassion, respect, and cultural competence in all communication with patients and colleagues.
- Demonstrate professionalism and ethical judgment and behavior while providing dental therapy/advanced dental therapy patient care and associated activities.
- Gather appropriate data, evaluate and assess the data to create individualized, problem-based treatment plans within the context of collaborative management authorization while considering patient values and concerns.
- Identify and manage preventive oral health strategies and procedures for patients across the lifespan.
- Plan for safe and effective oral health care delivery as defined by dental therapy/advanced dental therapy scope of practice.
- Provide appropriate reparative services to patients with defective oral prostheses.
- Provide, administer, and dispense medications appropriate to dental therapy/advanced dental therapy scope of practice and patients dental needs.
- Self evaluate the dental therapy/advanced dental therapy services provided to patients across the lifespan and demonstrate willingness for self-improvement.