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DEN 103 - Oral Anatomy and Physiology

Normal structures of the oral cavity and their function (microscopic and gross); embryonic development of face and oral cavity.  Laboratory sessions include study of dental terminology, normal landmarks, occlusion, tooth morphology, and head and neck anatomy.

Prerequisite- Corequisite
Corequisites: Prior or Concurrent: DEN 101 Dental Hygiene I, DEN 108 Infection Control in Dentistry, DEN 109 Dental Ethics and Juris Prudence, BIO 131 Anatomy & Physiology I, ENG 110 College Writing I

Credits: 3
2 Class Hours, 3 Laboratory Hours
Course Profile
Learning Outcomes of the Course:

Upon successful completion of this course the student will be able to:

  1. Describe oral histology/embryology and macroscopic dental anatomy necessary as it relates to the prudent practice of clinical dental hygiene.
  2. Define appropriate dental terminology.
  3. Identify the normal landmarks of the oral cavity.
  4. Explain and apply the components of occlusal evaluation.
  5. Describe the anatomical features of the permanent and primary dentition.
  6. Identify the anatomical structures of the head and neck including:  bones and their landmarks, origin/insertion, function of muscles, dental cranial nerves, arterial/venous blood supply and lymphatics.

Intended Learning Outcomes:

The intended objective of this course is to enable students to apply the oral histology and embryology and the macroscopic oral and dental anatomy necessary for the prudent practice of clinical dental hygiene.  Knowledge and understanding of the material in this course will also assist students in their efforts to provide patients with thorough and correct information.  Inherent in the intended objective is the necessity for this course to provide students with the opportunity to learn the material needed for success in the courses for which this course is prerequisite.