Advanced Education in General Dentistry Program


Course Descriptions

  • GNDN 602DG-Histology/Embryology. This course presents lectures and discussions related to the embryologic development of the face and dental structures, the histophysiology of enamel, dentin, cementum, pulp, caries and pulpal disease.
  • GNDN 605DG-Advanced Oral Pathology. This is an advanced study of the lesions and diseases of the hard and soft tissues of the mouth. Emphasis will be placed on the relationship existing between local and systemic diseases with consideration given to the appropriate treatments.
  • GNDN 610DG-Advanced General Dentistry. This course consists of lectures and discussion given in operative dentistry, dental materials, prosthodontics, oral surgery, periodontology, oral diagnosis, endodontics and pediatric dentistry. This course is designed to aid residents in sequential treatment planning of complex cases while emphasizing the interrelationships of all dental disciplines. This course provides instruction in most all dental disciplines and serves as the foundation for the course "The Dental Team."
  • GNDN 611DG, 621DG-Case Presentation. This course is taken with residents from the VA and is intended to allow each resident the opportunity to present specific cases they are treating in a formal instructional environment.
  • GNDN 614DG, 624DG-Dental Team. This course involves treatment planning and sequencing of complex cases referred to the College of Dentistry from other departments or private practitioners in the Memphis area. Cases are selected according to their complexity and need for treatment in multiple disciplines in dentistry. The intent is to involve residents in formalized treatment planning of complex dental cases with faculty representatives of all College departments.
  • GNDN 615DG, 625DG-General Dentistry Literature Review. This offers a review of the most current scientific literature associated with concepts and techniques involved with all aspects of general dentistry.
  • GNDN 618DG, 628DG-Prosthodontics Seminar. This course is given at the VA in conjunction with the VA residents, involving seminars related to the field of prosthodontics. Special consideration will be given to updating the residents on techniques and concepts beyond those learned in dental school.
  • GNDN 619DG-Clinical Pharmacology. This course is designed as a review to update residents in their knowledge of pharmacology most commonly encountered in clinical practice.
  • GNDN 620DG-Advanced General Dentistry. This course consists of Lectures and discussion in operative dentistry, dental materials, prosthodontics, oral surgery, periodontology, oral diagnosis, endodontics and pediatric dentistry. This course is designed to aid residents in treatment planning of complex cases while emphasizing the interrelationships of all dental disciplines. In addition, lectures and discussion in practice management, peer review, forensic dentistry, physical diagnosis and missionary dentistry are included in this course.
  • GNDN 622DG-Behavior Management. This course is given at the VA in conjunction with the VA residents and is conducted by a practicing psychologist. Principles of hypnosis and patient management are emphasized.
  • GNDN 630DG, 631DG-Orthodontics. This course consists of Lectures and discussions in orthodontics and also includes a clinical component. Each resident is assigned a patient with orthodontic needs appropriate for treatment in the AEGD clinic. Residents receive instruction and experience in completing an orthodontic diagnosis and work-up, placement of orthodontic appliances on a patient and the follow-up evaluation and treatment.
  • GNDN 634DG, 635DG-Implantology. This course consists of lectures and discussion, an implantology rotation, and a clinical component in implantology. Residents receive instruction and supervision in the diagnosis and treatment planning of implant dentistry, including prosthodontic restoration of implants. Implants are placed in residents' patients by AEGD faculty members and in some situations by residents. Residents complete a one/half day rotation per week at a general dentist's office observing implant placement and complex implant situations.
  • GNDN 636DG-Oral Biology. This course provides residents an overview of the biology of oral tissue functions. The physiological and biochemical basis of normal and pathologic processes in oral diseases are emphasized. Topics include the biology of cell interactions in the dentition; the role of the extracellular matrix in maintaining oral tissue functions during normal development and in the pathogenesis of oral and maxillofacial disorders; wound healing, joint destruction, and bone resorption. The course also provides and analysis of the conflict between oral pathogens and host defense systems; the role of saliva and cell of the immune system during infection, inflammation, healing and repair. Basic concepts in neuromuscular physiology including reflexes and pain in the oral cavity are emphasized.