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Dental Course Descriptions

DLT 111  Dental Anatomy/Physiology

This course introduces the anatomy of the individual tooth and the basic anatomy/physiology of the head, oral cavity, and supporting structures. Topics include anatomy, contour, occlusion, malocclusion, the temporomandibular joint, and the anatomical structures of the head and oral cavity. Upon completion, students should be able to carve teeth with proper occlusion, anatomy, and contour and understand the anatomy of the head and oral cavity.

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Course Hours Per Week: Class, 3; Lab, 6; Clinical, 0

Semester Hours Credit: 5

Prerequisite: Enrollment in the Dental Laboratory Technology program

Corequisite: None

DLT 111 Course Outline

DLT 114  Dental Materials

This course provides a study of the composition, properties, and uses of non-metal materials as well as the physical and mechanical properties of metal alloys. Topics include gypsums, waxes, acrylics, metals, and policies related to health, safety, and infection control. Upon completion, students should be able to identify gypsums, waxes, acrylics, and metal materials and know the proper procedures for health, safety, and infection control.

Course Hours Per Week: Class, 1; Lab, 6; Clinical, 0

Semester Hours Credit: 3

Prerequisite: Enrollment in the Dental Laboratory Technology program

Corequisite: ENG 090 and RED 090 or DRE 098; MAT 070 or DMA 010, 020, 030, 040, 050, or satisfactory score on placement test

DLT 114 Course Outline

DLT 116  Complete Dentures

This course introduces basic and intermediate techniques in complete denture construction and also covers mandibular movement, occlusion, and infection control. Topics include baseplates, occlusion rims, articulator mountings, custom trays, setting of teeth, waxing denture bases, investing, processing, selective grinding, finishing, and polishing of complete dentures. Upon completion, students should be able to construct complete denture prostheses utilizing proper laboratory technique.

Course Hours Per Week: Class, 1; Lab, 9; Clinical, 0

Semester Hours Credit: 4

Prerequisite: Enrollment in the Dental Laboratory Technology program

Corequisite: None

DLT 116 Course Outline

DLT 118  Cast Partial Dentures

This course covers techniques used in fabricating cast removable partial denture frameworks utilizing a chrome-cobalt alloy. Topics include surveying, designing, block-out procedures, pouring refractory casts, waxing, casting, finishing, polishing frameworks, tooth selection, setup, processing, and finishing of acrylic. Upon completion, students should be able to fabricate cast removable partial dentures following the dental prescription.

Course Hours Per Week: Class, 3; Lab, 9; Clinical, 0

Semester Hours Credit: 6

Prerequisite: None

Corequisite: DLT 114

DLT 118 Course Outline

DLT 119  Wrought-Orthodontic Appliances

This course introduces techniques for fabricating removable wrought and orthodontic/pedodontic appliances. Topics include wrought clasps, archwires, orthodontic clasps, orthodontic acrylic, soldering, fabrication, and repair of orthodontic restorations. Upon completion, students should be able to fabricate removable wrought-orthodontic appliances following the dental prescription.

Course Hours Per Week: Class, 1; Lab, 9; Clinical, 0

Semester Hours Credit: 4

Prerequisite: DLT 114

Corequisite: None

DLT 119 Course Outline

DLT 123  Crown and Bridge

This course introduces techniques for fabricating cast gold restorations. Topics include infection control, pouring impressions with removable dies, trimming margins, articulating, waxing of single and multiple units, soldering, and principles of occlusion. Upon completion, students should be able to fabricate single and multiple unit cast gold fixed restorations.

Course Hours Per Week: Class, 2; Lab, 12; Clinical, 0

Semester Hours Credit: 6

Prerequisites: DLT 111 and DLT 114

Corequisite: None

DLT 123 Course Outline

DLT 126  Advanced Crown and Bridge

This course introduces techniques for fabricating advanced fixed restorations. Topics include resin veneers, temporary crowns, post-core crowns, overdenture copings, non-parallel bridges, and semi-precision attachments. Upon completion, students should be able to fabricate advanced fixed restorations.

Course Hours Per Week: Class, 1; Lab, 9; Clinical, 0

Semester Hours Credit: 4

Prerequisite: DLT 123

Corequisite: None

DLT 126 Course Outline

DLT 211  Advanced Complete Dentures

This course includes instruction in advanced complete denture construction. Topics include overdentures, immediate dentures, cast metal bases, relines, rebases, repairs, and various occlusal relationships. Upon completion, students should be able to construct advanced complete denture prostheses following the dental prescription.

Course Hours Per Week: Class, 2; Lab, 12; Clinical, 0

Semester Hours Credit: 6

Prerequisites: DLT  114 and DLT 116

Corequisite: None

DLT 211 Course Outline

DLT 215  Advanced Partial Dentures

This course examines the biomechanics of removable partial denture design as well as fabrication and concepts, including gnathalogical principles as applied in the construction of restorations. Emphasis is on fabricating advanced cast metal restorations, including bite raisers, flat back facings, tube teeth, and concepts relating to precision partial construction, such as implants. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate an understanding of gnathalogical concepts and the fabrication of special types of removable restorations.

Course Hours Per Week: Class, 1; Lab, 6; Clinical, 0

Semester Hours Credit: 3

Prerequisite: DLT 118

Corequisite: None

DLT 215 Course Outline

DLT 217  Ceramic Techniques

This course includes the physical properties of metals and ceramics as well as the fabrication of porcelain fused to metal crowns, including porcelain shoulder margins. Emphasis is on infection control, model and die fabrication, metal substructure fabrication, build up, firing, and finishing of ceramic crowns. Upon completion, students should be able to complete single unit ceramic crowns.

Course Hours Per Week: Class, 2; Lab, 9; Clinical, 0

Semester Hours Credit: 5

Prerequisite: DLT 126

Corequisite: None

DLT 217 Course Outline

DLT 219  Jurisprudence and Ethics

This course covers the history as well as the legal and ethical aspects of the laboratory profession and in-depth studies of the certification program. Topics include dental laboratory history, dentist-laboratory relationships, certification preparation, and legal and ethical requirements of dental laboratories and technicians. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate an understanding of the legal and ethical requirements of the dental laboratory profession and dental history.

Course Hours Per Week: Class, 1; Lab, 0; Clinical, 0

Semester Hours Credit: 1

Prerequisite: Enrollment in the Dental Laboratory Technology program

Corequisite: None

DLT 219 Course Outline

DLT 222  Advanced Ceramic Techniques

This course covers the fabrication of metal-ceramic bridges; all-ceramic crowns; and shading, staining, and personalizing ceramic restorations. Emphasis is on bonding dental porcelain on base metal alloys, margination, contouring, shading, and soldering. Upon completion, students should be able to fabricate ceramic-to-metal bridgework.

Course Hours Per Week: Class, 2; Lab, 9; Clinical, 0

Semester Hours Credit: 5

Prerequisite: DLT 217

Corequisite: None

DLT 222 Course Outline

DLT 224  Dental Lab Practice

This course provides practical experience in the commercial laboratory setting. Emphasis is on all laboratory techniques pertaining to the specialty area. Upon completion, students should be able to function effectively in the commercial dental laboratory environment.

Course Hours Per Week: Class, 0; Lab, 0; Clinical, 20

Semester Hours Credit: 2

Prerequisite: DLT 118, DLT 126, DLT 211, and DLT 217 and all required General Education courses for the degree

Corequisites: DLT 215 and DLT 222.

DLT 224 Course Outline
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