Family Dentistry

The Department of Family Dentistry reinforces and refines the comprehensive approach to managing patients' oral health care needs.

DDS Student Training

The senior year of the Doctor of Dental Surgery program integrates basic science knowledge, clinical skills, and dental laboratory experiences acquired during the first three years of dental school into a systematic approach to providing patient care.

Students who complete their education in family dentistry should:

  • conduct themselves in a professional and ethical manner;
  • understand the principles of comprehensive dental treatment planning;
  • know the medical, ethical, and legal issues involved in patient care;
  • be able to recognize the need for specialty consultation;
  • be competent in coordinating and sequencing patient treatments;
  • be effective members of the dental team;
  • be prepared to enter general practice;
  • be educated and trained for licensure examination; and
  • appreciate the importance and value of lifelong learning.
Lecture being presented to students in an auditorium.

Students spend five days a week in a clinical setting, where they gain experience in total patient management and care. Their didactic coursework builds on their previous education. All areas of clinical and didactic instruction, patient awareness, and sensitivity to patients' needs are stressed.

The department's practice management curriculum prepares students to evaluate practice locations and manage the business aspects of a dental practice.