Courses Description

Courses Description

Basic Medical Scinces

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This course provides dental students with basic principles of main general anatomy with overview of human embryology and histology. The course will introduce the students to the basics of human body and how to correlate different body parts and their anatomical relation. 

Gross Anatomy and embryology 

This course provides students with basics of biochemistry related to dentistry focusing on understanding human biochemistry in health and disease. The students must become familiar with the basic body chemical pathways and constituents of living cells and their chemical reactions, metabolism and biologically important reactions of different proteins, carbohydrates, and lipids. 

General Human Biochemistry 

This course gives students a general understanding of applied human physiology. It includes teaching normal human physiologic mechanisms, the role sensory and motor systems in the oral cavity as they relate to mastication, swallowing, salivation, speech, taste and smell.

General Human Physiology 

This course teaches the student about the process of infection and the role of pathogens in disease. Basic structure of Bacteria and different microorganisms are explained. The students will be taught how infection spreads, modes of transmission, and the host defence mechanism and means of enhancing the defence shall be discussed.

Infection and host defense 

This course provide students with knowledge related to the macroscopic anatomy of the head and neck region using
dissected head and neck parts and plastic models specimens, with particular emphasis on those areas relevant to the practice of Dentistry. All structures related to the oral cavity will be explained. 

Applied Head and Neck Anatomy

This course includes the teaching of both general and systemic (organs) pathology. It serves as a foundation course in aiding the understanding of basic pathology processes that underlie all diseases such as cellular pathology, inflammation and repair, fluid and hemodynamic derangements as well as Neoplasia. 

Basic Human Pathology

This course is concerned with general principles in pharmacology including pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics and their significance in dental practice. The course gives emphasis on pharmacological actions and therapeutic applications of drugs used or implicated in dentistry. 

Basic Pharmacology 1

This course provides students with fundamentals of pharmacology and drug therapy in dentistry. Drugs such as local anesthetics, antibiotics, and analgesics are well addressed in the course. 

Basic Pharmacology 2

This course is designed to give students an overview of the different specialties such as general medicine and surgery which will be beneficial for their dental practice. The teaching, which consists mainly of theoretical part (lectures), will cover the diagnosis, approach, management and complications for cases which they will encounter as they enter the dental field. Concentration will be on important and relevant human diseases and to gives them considerable knowledge of the general surgery principles in special surgical areas. 

General Medicine and Surgery

 Prosthetic and Restorative Dental Scinces 

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This course provides one of the basic components of skills needed to practice all aspects of Dentistry. The course will stress on nomenclature and morphology of the teeth, the inter-arch and intra-arch relationship between the teeth, the morphology and anatomy of TMJ and muscles of mastication. The practical sessions focuses on carving of teeth from wax blocks.

DSPR 221

Dental Morphology and Occlusion

This course provides the foundational knowledge of the dental biomaterials which are commonly used in dental practice, including their specifications, properties and surface activity. Students will study the composition and the proper manipulation of these materials according to their properties and the way in which they interact with the environment.

DSPR 223

Dental Biomaterials Science 1

This course is a continuation of the previous biomaterials course. The course highlights various materials used in restorative dentistry, prosthodontics and endodontics. Dental cements, polymers, composite resins and adhesive systems are an integral part of the course. Students will also be introduced to concepts of material biocompatibility, and to emerging dental technologies.

DSPR 313

Dental Biomaterials Science 2

This is the first preclinical restorative course where the students are taught fundamentals of restorative dentistry. Students will learn the principles of isolation, cavity preparation as well as the manipulation of different restorative materials, with emphasis on amalgam and composite resin restorations. Preclinical sessions will be conducted in phantom head laboratories.

DSPR 311

Preclinical Operative Dentistry 1

This is the second preclinical restorative dentistry course. On the didactic part of the course, the students will learn how to manage more complicated restorative cases. On the practical part of the course, the students will apply this information on preparing and restoring acrylic teeth in the phantom head laboratory settings. This course is designed to give the students sufficient training and prepare them for the clinical settings.

DSPR 321

Preclinical Operative Dentistry 2

This course is first clinical restorative course. Students will apply their knowledge and experience from other courses to perform actual clinical work on live patients. Attention is given to efficient utilization of the clinical facilities and the need for proper patient record and clinical record systems. The students are expected to carry out simple restorative procedures under direct supervision.


Clinical Operative Dentistry 1

This course is the first preclinical endodontic course which provides students with knowledge related to the tooth pulp and its related pathology. It demonstrates the basic foundation and principles of non-surgical endodontic therapy for teeth with different types of pulpal tissue involvement. Different root canal treatment instruments techniques used to treat pulpal diseases will be taught. Extracted teeth will be used to simulate clinical situations.


Preclinical Endodontics 1

In this course students are introduced to basic principles of treating partially or totally edentulous patient with removable prosthesis with focus on understanding the physical and biomechanical characteristics of the prosthetic components. This course focuses on restoring patient’s oral function, comfort and appearance, through the replacement of teeth and surrounding structures with removable artificial substitutes.


Preclinical Removable Prosthodontics 1

This course provides students with basic principles and techniques that are related to the fixed prosthodontics. The practical part of the course teaches the necessary skills for fabricating provisional and permanent fixed prosthesis in the laboratory.


Preclinical Fixed Prosthodontics 1

This course is a continuation of the first clinical restorative course where students are exposed to more difficult cases. Students will be expected to complete full patient assessment, treatment planning and restorative procedures using different materials and techniques.


Clinical Operative Dentistry 2

This course is the continuation of the preclinical endodontic course which will enhance students’ knowledge and skills in managing more complicated cases related to tooth pulp involvement such as posterior teeth and teeth with different canals morphology. It also demonstrates the basic foundation and principles of surgical endodontic therapy. Extracted teeth will be used to simulate clinical situation.


Preclinical Endodontics 2

In course is a continuation of the preclinical removal prosthodontics course in which students continue the procedures of constructing removal complete or partial prosthesis to restore missing teeth in the oral cavity. More attention will be given with challenging prosthetic designs. Students will also learn the concept of prosthesis repair using different laboratory techniques.


Preclinical Removable Prosthodontics 2

This course is a continuation of the previous fixed prosthodontics course where students will continue developing their knowledge and skills. Students will deal with more complicated situations to construct fixed prostheses. More attention will be given to esthetic fixed prosthodontics and construction of tooth colored prostheses for esthetic zones.


Preclinical Fixed Prosthodontics 2

This course is an advanced restorative dentistry course which introduces the students to the management of a wide range of challenging cases in correlation with other disciplines. The course puts emphasis on restorative procedures in the esthetic zone, allowing the students to practice correct judgment during the treatment planning phases and to correctly manage cases within their scope of experience.


Clinical Operative Dentistry 3 

This is the first clinical endodontic course providing in depth knowledge related to the pathology of the pulpal tissues and their clinical manifestations. Pulpal and endodontic emergencies and differential diagnosis of the pulpal pathology will also be taught. The course involves treating patients with simple non-surgical endodontic needs such as single rooted teeth.


Clinical Endodontics 1 

Clinical removable prosthodontic course provides students with the clinical aspects of managing patients for removable prosthodontics. Students treat a number of clinical cases of partial or full dentures starting from preparation procedures to laboratory techniques.


Clinical Removable Prosthodontics 1 

This is the first clinical fixed prosthodontic course providing the students with the clinical aspects of managing patients requiring fixed prosthodontics. Students will perform both clinical and laboratory procedures for completing their cases. Designing and fabrication of the dental prosthesis are the highlights of course.


Clinical Fixed Prosthodontics 1 

In this course, the students will continue to upgrade their skills in performing comprehensive patient assessment and treatment planning and to manage cases using updated conservative and esthetic principles. Management of deep carious lesions and performing complex restorations will also be addressed.


Clinical Operative Dentistry 4 

This is a continuation of the first clinical endodontics course where more skills are developed to manage more complicated cases rather than single rooted teeth. Students will be involved in managing posterior teeth and will be exposed to the management of surgical endodontics cases. Endodontic lesions in relation to periodontal diseases, differential diagnosis of traumatic injuries and antibiotics coverage during complex cases will be taught in detail in the course.


Clinical Endodontics 2 

This course is a continuation of the previous removable prosthodontic course in which the students will be assigned more complicated cases requiring removable prosthodontics. Emphasis will be placed on occlusal registration and integration of periodontal and endodontic considerations. Students will accomplish all assigned laboratory procedures associated with the treatment of patients.


Clinical Removable Prosthodontics 2 

This is a continuation of the previous clinical fixed prosthodontic course which provides students with the clinical aspects of managing patients for fixed prosthodontics. Students will treat more complex clinical cases of fixed crowns and bridges with emphasis on cases requiring more esthetic considerations. Students will complete the laboratory work themselves after performing the required clinical tasks. 


Clinical Fixed Prosthodontics 2 

This course provides knowledge to students on how to improve patients’ smile and enhance the esthetic appearance of teeth, using an integrated approach including different dental disciplines. The course aims to guiding the students for better understanding of the available materials and techniques for esthetic restorations and procedures. 


Esthetic Dentistry 

 Preventive Dental Sciences 

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This course focuses on understanding what is meant by Ethics in Dentistry and the ethical and legal obligations of the dentists to the community and public they serve. This course helps the students to develop the concept of being a professional.

Ethics & Legal Issues in Dentistry

This course introduces the student to the various specialties in dentistry. The course gradually exposes the student to various streams in the field of dentistry with each subject presented by specialist from the same field. 

Introduction to Dental Sciences

This course deals with the behavior of societies their cultures, and processes which can affect specific behaviors. The course will
address the behavioral aspects in dentistry, and particular emphasis will be placed on understanding human behavior especially in patient management and the ethical responsibility inherent within the scope of the dental profession. 

DSPC 224
Behavior, Communication and Culture

This course accustoms the student about the spread of infection and cross contamination. The various modes of transmission of disease as well as means of controlling shall be discussed. 

DSPC 225
Disease transmission & Infection control

This course is designed to bring students to the current knowledge about dental caries and the preventive strategies to avoid dental caries.

DSPC 316
Cariology & Preventive Therapies

The course of preclinical periodontology introduces students to the basics of periodontology and all fundamentals related to the periodontium and its function. 

Fundamentals of Periodontology 

The course is a broad introduction to the use of computers as tools for creativity, communications and organizing information in dentistry. The course will introduce students to different technology and software used in dentistry including patient management system. 

Dental Informatics 

This course follows the preclinical periodontics course where students learnt the basics of periodontology and got the skills of instrumentation and scaling.

Clinical Periodontology 1 

This course provides the students with basic knowledge of the variable aspects of modern dental implantology including the rationale of dental implantology, history and development, bone biology, histology and physiology, osseointegration, biomaterials, and variable designs of implants and implant components. 

Implant Dentist 

This course is an introduction to the fundamentals of pediatric Dentistry. The didactic part of the course including the diagnosis and prevention of disease, the preservation of the natural dentition and the restoration of health, function and esthetics. The laboratory introduces students to basics of restorations in pediatric dentistry.

Preclinical Pediatric Dentistry 

The course composed of advanced theoretical and practical aspects of clinical periodontology which aim to develop knowledge and skills of students in the field of periodontology. 

Clinical Periodontology 2

The course consists of didactic and clinical components. The didactic component addresses the different aspects of diagnosing, managing and treating the dental problems of young children. 

Clinical Pediatric Dentistry 1 

In this course students are introduced to dental research methodology in which they learn how to identify appropriate study design and data entry using the available statistic software. 

Research Methodology 

This course is pure theoretical course and is designed to review the prosthodontic literature related to prosthodontics (particularly removable prosthodontics), concepts of occlusion, and implantology for the elderly full and partial edentulous patients. 

Geriatric Dentistry 

This course is a clinical course in which the students continue to manage young children where students will be more involved in advanced management including description of serious behavioral disorders and management of children with some disability. 

Clinical Pediatric Dentistry 2 

This course provides the students with the basic knowledge of the determining the preventive measures needs in the community and different types of dental health educational programs, including principles of motivation communication and education. 

Community Dentistry 

The course is a preclinical in which the specialty of orthodontics is introduced to students. The course will provide the undergraduate students with the background of growth and development related to dento-facial structures, normal occlusion, etiology, classification and diagnosis of malocclusion and the treatment of discrepancies .

Preclinical Orthodontics

The course is designed to introduce students to the clinical application of craniofacial basic sciences earned in the preclinical stage to orthodontic biomechanics and give them the opportunity to apply such basic knowledge and skills clinically. 

Clinical Orthodontics 

This course is a clinical course in which the students continue to manage young children where students will be more involved in advanced management including description of serious behavioral disorders and management of children with some disability. 

Clinical Pediatric Dentistry 3 

This course is a continuation of the community dentistry 1 course which will provide the students with more knowledge of the determining the preventive measures needs in the community and different types of dental health educational programs. 

The practice of Dentistry in the Community 

This course will cover the basics of starting a dental practice or career to the various aspects of managing a practice. The primary goal of this course is to introduce students to the concepts of basic business principles necessary to manage a modern dental practice. 

Dental Practice Management 

This course provides students with skills of managing patient using the highest international standards that unite different clinical disciplines by providing a setting in which faculty can interact with colleagues form other disciplines to formulate a diagnosis, treatment plans, providing treatment and follow up the patients. 

Clinical Comprehensive Dentistry I 

This course is a series of seminars and discussions that provides students with the chance of being involved in the treatment planning of actual clinical cases. These seminars teach students how to master the systemic approach skills to diagnosis and make professional treatment plans.

Treatment Planning

This course is a continuation of the previous comprehensive dentistry courses in which the students continue managing in a multidisciplinary approach. Students will provide patients with all needed treatments after making a complete treatment plan.

Clinical Comprehensive Dentistry II

This course is a continuation of the previous series of seminars and discussions of the clinic rounds course where students will discuss more cases with staff. Emphasis will be given to complicated cases and cases that involve medically compromised patients and patients with special needs based on sound knowledge from evidence based dentistry. 

Evidence Based Dentistry 

including and covering all specialties including dental biomaterials, periodontal therapy, endodontic techniques, forensic dentistry, surgery, implants, and prosthodontics and laser applications in dentistry. 

Contemporary Dental Sciences

 Surgical and Diagnostic Dental Secinces

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This course teaches students about the structure and cellular features of oral tissues. Teeth development and different stages involved in the tooth formation. Structure and function of different oral tissues will be studied. More emphasis will be given to the salivary glands and their structure and function and oral mucosal tissues, temporomandibular joint and bone.

DSDS 221

Oral Biology

The course aims to introduce pain management techniques used in dental patients’ care. In the course the students will learn the medical aspects of patient evaluation and assessment for suitability of different medically compromised patients for local anesthesia. The course will cover different pain theories in addition to the neuro-physiology and the neuro-anatomy related to the oral region. The subject also presents pharmacokinetics of the drugs used in local anesthesia and vasoconstrictors. It covers aspects of dental patient’s sedation where the students are enabled to differentiate and select an appropriate sedative regimen for a given patient case and understand monitoring procedure, administration technique, and emergency management. The basics of cardiopulmonary resuscitation is also covered in the course.

DSDS 310

Anesthesia and Pain Control

This course provides the students with basic knowledge related to the nature and identification of the disease process relevant to dentistry. The basic cell and tissue response to disease processes are covered. It also deals with the concepts of pathogenesis, morphologic changes and functional consequences of the pathologic processes.Gross and microscopic features of various pathologic conditions of organ systems, are covered in this course such as, developmental defects, oral infections, pulp & periapical phathosis, salivary gland disease & pigmented lesions of oral & para oral regions.The course also covers forensic odontology, which is concerned with introduction, scope & various tools of identification of dental evidence in criminal or civil legal proceedings in the interest of justice.

DSDS 314

Oral Pathology 1

This course provides students with basics of dental imaging and radiographic anatomy which helps in diagnosis and treatment planning. This course is considered as an introductory course that covers radiation physics, processing of dental radiographic films, image characteristics, radiographic techniques, radiation biological effects and protection. The course will help students to understand and interpret the normal and abnormal structures on radiographs. Hands-on X-ray machine will be demonstrated to further enhance the concepts of the students.

DSDS 318

Maxillofacial Radiology 1

This course aims to introduce students to the basic fundamentals and methods of tooth extraction including nor surgical intra-alveolar and surgical trans-alveolar techniques. Detailed overview of oral surgery armamentarium especially the use of dental forceps and dental elevators and suturing materials are covered with patient’s preparation and chair positioning for local anesthesia and for oral surgery. Thus, students become capable to perform simple teeth extraction and manage possible surgical complications. The course covers indications and contraindication of tooth extraction and allows the students to analyze each case on its individual merits of whether it consists of complicated or uncomplicated extraction. Complication related to oral surgical procedures will also be addressed.

DSDS 320

Basics of Oral Surgery

This is the first clinical course where students are exposed to real patients. The course deals with training the students in developing a dentist and patient relationship and generally evaluating the patient, by taking a detailed case history and conducting proper examination and requesting proper investigations to reach the differential diagnosis. Further, the students will recognize normal and abnormal tissues clinically with proper intra and extra oral examination on a patient.

DSDS 322

Introduction to Patient Management

This course aims to teach students how to deal with all emergencies that can be faced by students on a dental chair. Emergencies include trauma, chest pain, fainting, shock, and all related medially compromised patients emergencies.

DSDS 323

Emergency Dental Care

This course provides students with knowledge on how distinguish between oral tissues in health and disease; precisely identify the diseases of the teeth and the surrounding structure in the head and neck area in addition to the orofacial manifestations of systemic diseases. The causes of the various diseases and the microscopic appearance of different pathological tissues are addressed. The course also aims to highlight students understanding of selected oral and maxillofacial diseases including their etiology, pathogenesis, clinical profiles, light microscopic appearance, differential diagnosis, prognosis and principles of management.

DSDS 324

Oral Pathology 2

This course is a continuation of the previous oral and maxillofacial imaging course which addresses more complex radiographic techniques including panoramic images, CT scan and MRI. The students will perform these radiographic techniques on patients. Further, the course will teach the interpretation of more advanced images such as the CT scan and MRI images and students will develop the skills of identifying complex abnormalities in these images. The rationale behind digital imaging will also be taught.

DSDS 328

Maxillofacial Radiology 2

This course introduces students to the clinical aspects or oral surgery and application of the basic knowledge they learnt form the theoretical exodontia course. Students will clinically identify and apply surgical instruments under supervision and then perform extraction. Further, the student will demonstrate sound understanding of clinical oral diseases which require surgical intervention and outline the different investigations used to reach proper diagnosis and surgical planning. Rule out the medically compromised patients, communicate effectively with patients, and draw out a treatment plan is also part of this course.

DSDS 410

Basic Clinical Oral Surgery

This course is a continuation of the previous oral and maxillofacial imaging courses in which students will learn advanced topics in dental imaging with main emphasis on the digital imaging and new technology available in the field. It also covers the intervention radiology mainly for salivary glands and the use of radiation in management of tumors in the head and neck region. Advantages and disadvantages related do digital imaging is a part and parcel of the course.

DSDS 418

Radiologic Interpretation

This is an advanced oral surgery course designed to get the dental students fair practical experience in most surgical procedures commonly undertaken in general dental practice. In the clinical part of this course, students are trained to carry out more complicated minor oral surgical procedures under local anesthesia such as removal of retained roots and impacted teeth utilizing where necessary surgical techniques that involve flap surgery, bone removal and intraoral suturing. Further, the students are trained to cope up with emergency situation during and after surgical procedures.

DSDS 420

Advanced Clinical Oral Surgery

The course introduces students to the advanced minor oral and maxillofacial surgery, diagnosis, treatment planning for oral surgical procedures including principles of diagnosing and treatment of facial trauma which include mandible and middle third of facial skeleton. The student should be aware of possible complication of tooth extraction and management like perforation of maxillary sinus. Students will be familiarized with surgical aids to pathology with special reference to biopsy. After this course the student should have concept of tumors of jaw, diagnosis and its management. Prescription writing is one of the basic components of the course.

DSDS 510

Maxillofacial Surgery

The course provides students with knowledge and skills on diagnosis and non-surgical treatment of primary or secondary diseases involving the oral and perioral structures such as the vital structures, lymph node, and salivary gland and TMJ disorders. It is also concerned and discusses the oral manifestations of systemic diseases and the oral and dental care of patients with special needs. Management and treatment of patients in dental clinic, and know how to write referral papers to other specialties is one of the core point of the course.

DSDS 522

Oral Medicine 1

This is the second course of oral medicine in which students will learn to diagnose more advanced cases in oral medicine. Students will be exposed to special needs patients. Manifestation of systemic disease in the oral and maxillofacial region will be addressed well in this course. Biopsy techniques will be demonstrated to the students. Sign and symptoms of systemic diseases with oral manifestation and different treatment modalities will be taught in detail in the course.

DSDS 612

Oral Medicine 2

This course introduces students to the fundamental of dental care of patients with special needs as some patients have medical, physical or mental conditions that require adaptations to treatment beyond routine dental management. Knowledge and awareness of patients with developmental disabilities will provide students with practical tools for providing high-quality care for such patients and prevent any complications that may arise due to their conditions. Persons with developmental disabilities, attributable to mental, emotional, sensory and/or physical impairment are visiting the dental clinics on a regular basis. They deserve the same level of care that all patients expect, but exposure to this population in dental education is often lacking. Issues arising around access to dental care in people with disabilities are discussed. Further, the importance of team work in dentistry in treating people with disabilities are debated in the course.

DSDS 616

Special Needs Dentistry