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Department: Health & Public Service

Discipline: Allied Health

Subject Code: DH Course #: 120

Course Title: Dental Anatomy


FORM 335

Course Form 335 must be updated at least every five years per AP 765 to include, at a minimum, the following elements. [§335.2]
1. Digital Description:
Credit hours: 2.0

Lecture hours: 2.0

Lab hours: 0.0
BL: [ ]⅓ [ ]½ [ ]⅔ [  ] Other (Indicate fraction or percent)
2. Catalog Description:

The form, function, occlusion, and eruption of primary and permanent teeth. Study includes endodontic and coronal morphological considerations and periodontal health.

Minimum Grade Required

3. Prerequisites: BIOL 121 C

Corequisites: BIOL 245 & DH 110


4. Learning Outcomes

[These outcomes are necessary to enable students to attain the essential

knowledge and skills embodied in the program’s educational objectives.]
Upon successful completion of the course the student will be able to:
The dental anatomy course is designed to provide the dental hygiene student with the information, which will enable her/him to demonstrate the following:

  • Utilize of the nomenclature and numbering system of the teeth

  • Identify the dento-osseous structures of the mouth

  • Compare and contrast the individual anatomical characteristics of teeth

  • Recognize the differences between deciduous and permanent teeth

  • Describe occlusal characteristics of the dentitions.

5. Planned Sequence of Instruction

Intro to Oral Cavity & Pharynx; Overview of the Dentition

Tissues of the Teeth—Enamel, Dentin, Pulp


Permanent Anterior Teeth; Maxillary Central And Lateral Incisors, Intro to Lab Drawings

Mandibular Central and Lateral Incisors

Permanent Anterior Teeth Continued: Maxillary and Mandibular Canines

Permanent Posterior Teeth

Permanent Posterior Teeth: Maxillary & Mandibular Premolars

Primary Dentition, Lab Carving Demo

Tooth Development & Eruption

Occlusion/Dental Charting

Dental Anomalies, Fundamental and Preventive Curvatures

Clinical Considerations

6. Assessment of Student Learning

[Methods of assessment should be appropriate for Learning Outcomes listed above.]

Assessment of student learning outcomes for the course, as required by AP 765, is part of regular curriculum maintenance and/or improvement. The specific plan has been determined by the pertinent faculty involved and is maintained in the College’s assessment management system.
Course projects and assignments, quizzes (to include tooth identification exam), and exams; in-class activities; pre clinical assignments
7. List of Texts, References, Selected Library Resources or other Learning Materials (code each item based on instructional use): C-Lecture/Laboratory, A-Lecture, B-Laboratory, LC-Lecture/Clinical, CLN-Clinical, I-Online,

BL-Blended, D-Independent Study, P-Private Lessons, E-Internship,

F-Cooperative Work-Study, FE-Field Experience. [These resources must be easily accessible to students.]
Bath-Balogh, Mary and Fehrenbach, Margaret J. Illustrated dental embryology,

histology, and anatomy. W. B. Saunders Company, Philadelphia, Latest Edition. (A)

Bath-Balogh, Mary and Fehrenbach, Margaret J. Illustrated Dental Embryology, Histology, and Anatomy Workbook. W. B. Saunders Company, Philadelphia, Latest Edition. (A)

Supplemental Texts:

Ash, Major M.. Wheeler’s atlas of tooth form. W.B. Saunders Company, Philadelphia, Latest Edition. (A)

Ash, Major M. Wheeler’s dental anatomy, physiology and occlusion. W. B. Saunders, Philadelphia, Latest Edition. (A)

Brand, R.W. & Isselhard, D.E. Anatomy of orofacial structures. St Louis: Mosby, Latest Edition (A)

Woelfel, Julian B. Dental anatomy: Its relevance to dentistry. Lea Y Febiger, Philadelphia, Latest Edition. (A)

8. Prepared by Faculty Member: ________________ Date: 8/3/11

Karen J. Ponti

9. Approved by Department Chairperson: Date: 8/4/11

10. Approved by Academic Division Dean: Date: 8/8/11
This course meets all reimbursement requirements of Chapter 335, subchapters A / B.
This course was developed, approved, and offered in accordance with the policies, standards, guidelines, and practices established by the College. It is consistent with the college mission.
If the course described here is a transfer course, it is comparable to similar courses generally accepted for transfer to accredited four-year colleges and universities.
11. Associate Dean, Curriculum & Assessment: Erika Steenland (Interim)

Date: 8/9/11
12. Provost & VP, Academic Affairs: Ronald R. Young Date: 8/9/11
13. Original Date of course approval by the college: 199120
14. Date(s) of subsequent reviews [Indicate change: Learning Outcomes; textbook(s)]:

8/11 – 5-year review


Form Template Reviewed & Updated: 10/26/07; 1/11/08; 1/16/09; 7/14/09; 7/14/11

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