Graduate and Predoctoral Courses

Course Director for Graduate Courses

Oral and Craniofacial Sciences 221 Extracellular Matrices (2 units) Winter 

(contact: [email protected])

Instructor(s): S. Ho, W. Li 

Prerequisite(s): Consent of graduate advisor and instructor

Restrictions: None       

Activities: Direct - Lecture, Direct - Seminar, Student - Lecture, Student - Seminar

Assembly and composition of extracellular matrices, including interactions that occur between cells and matrices. Emphasis on the role of various extracellular matrices during development, function of cell-matrix interactions in the adult, and the perturbation of these relationships that accompanies various disease processes.

Preventive and Restorative Dental Sciences 203 Mineralized Tissues: Science, Engineering and Clinical Aspects (2 units) Spring

(contact: Roger. [email protected])

Instructor(s): S. Ho, S. Habelitz   

Prerequisite(s): Consent of graduate advisor and instructor

Restrictions: None  

Activities: Direct – Lecture, Direct – Seminar, Student – Lecture, Student – Seminar

This course is dedicated to mineralized tissues and provides the student with background on structure development, mechanisms of biomineralization, engineering of mineralized tissues and clinical approaches to their repair and restoration. Emphasis is given to structure-property relationships in bone, teeth, and ligaments and unique imaging and treatment techniques of these tissues.

Lecturer for Predoctoral Courses and Section Leader for PRDS 118

104 Introductory Biomaterials Science (2 units) PRDS, Fall

In this course, internationally trained dentists will review the material properties and clinical indications for the use of ceramics (including CAD/CAM), adhesive dentistry, mineralized tissues, composites, optical properties and lasers, and metals and alloys (gold). This course will review design and engineering principles required to critically assess commercial dental materials in their daily practice as well as in their future educational training as a successful dentist.

116 Morphology, Restorative Technique, & Biomaterials (4 units) PRDS, Fall

The first in a series, this simulation course immerses students in the language of dentistry. Students will also start learning about morphology of adult teeth, the caries disease process, detecting caries, and managing caries in various ways. Students will begin using the dental drill for caries removal and minimally invasive restorations, using proper ergonomics and indirect vision. Students will also start learning about the numerous dental materials that are used in clinical practice.

117 Restorative Technique, Crown & Bridge, & Biomaterials I (5.5 units) PRDS, Winter

This course builds upon concepts and techniques learned in PRDS 116. It is the second in a series of simulation courses for first-year dental students. Students will learn the principles of cavity preparation design and practice intracoronal restoration preparations and gold crown preparations and temporization. Finally, students will continue learning about the numerous dental materials that are used in daily clinical practice.

118 Restorative Technique, Crown & Bridge, & Biomaterials I (4.5 units) PRDS, Spring

This course is the third in a series of D1 simulation courses and builds upon concepts and techniques learned in PRDS 116 and 117. Students will learn about treatment planning and performing extracoronal amalgam, Class II, III, and IV composite preparations and restorations, gold onlay preparations, anterior and posterior porcelain-fused to metal, zirconia, and E-max crown preparation and provisionalization. Students will continue learning about dental materials used in clinical practice.

126 Dental Sciences

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