PDS 541, 542, 549, 553, 557
Orthodontic Clinic I, II, III & Summer Courses
Credit Hours: 20
These clinical courses are spread over all the three years of the graduate studies. They are designed to train the students in clinical diagnostic procedure of orthodontics, which includes collection and analysis of data base, list of problems, solution of each of the problems according to priority order, objectives of treatment and treatment mechanics.
During the first semester upon entry into the program, the students will dedicate their time to preliminary clinical work, such as wire bending and construction of appliances in the laboratory. The students will receive their patients towards the end of the semester. They will be trained in taking history, impressions, trimming and polishing study models, intra and extra-oral photographs, intra and extra-oral radiographs including Cephalometric and hand-wrist radiographs for the evaluation of the skeletal components of the head in addition to the assessment of physical maturation status. Each case will be worked up by the student and his/her corresponding supervisor, and presented thereafter to their colleagues and supervisors.
Each student will be given a variety of Malocclusal cases for treatment requiring any or all of the following: growth guidance, extractions or non-extractions therapy, extra- oral traction, functional and removable appliance treatment, and fixed appliance therapy utilizing the edgewise technique. Each case is assigned to a student who will be in turn assigned to a supervisor. The student, under the supervisor guidance will treat the case accordingly.
In addition, the students will be exposed to treating orthognathic surgical cases, cleft lip and palate cases, and TMJ dysfunction cases. All under the supervision of the respective specialists.
During the first and second years of the graduate studies, the students are required to continue their clinical training in addition to their research activities. They are also encouraged to visit other reputable centers abroad such as in the U.S. or Europe, for observation and case presentation seminars. And they are encouraged to attend conferences conducted in Saudi or other countries.