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341 PDS


PDS 341

Wednesday, 8:00 – 12:00 noon [MUC]
Academic Year 2008G [1429H]

Course Director            Dr. Asma Al-Jobair 

Course Contributors     Dr. Sawsan Al-Khowaiter
                                    Dr. Rehab Allam
                                    Dr. Noura Al-Eissa  
                                    Dr. Manal Al-Mutairi
                                    Dr. Zain Hafiz

Course Number             341

Course Code                 PDS

Credit Hour                  Two (2) Credit Hours

Pre-Requisite Course    211 RDS

Curriculum Location     Third Year

Required Textbook       Pediatric Dentistry: Infancy Through Adolescence
                                    by Jimmy Pinkham, Mosby,4th Edition 2005

Course Description

This is a two credit hour course made up of Didactic and Laboratory technique as Introduction to Pediatric Dentistry. The course holds in the second half of the third year.

The primary goals of Pediatric Dentistry include the diagnosis and prevention of disease, the preservation of the natural dentition and the restoration of health, function and esthetics of stomatognathic system.  The lectures will cover all these topics.

The primary function of the laboratory is the development of psychomotor skills of the dentist.  The psychomotor skills must be highly developed in order to provide quality care of the children.

Due to the high degree of skill required, disappointments and frustrations may occur during the process of learning and development.  Some students, for example, will need to repeat various projects.  However, the pre-clinical laboratory is the place where mistakes can occur without damage to the patient, and where skills can be developed to a high level of proficiency.

In order to maximize the benefits of each laboratory session, students will be expected to study the laboratory manual preparation for each project.

Course Objectives

Upon completion of this course, the student should be able to:

1. Understand the basic morphologic applications of cavity preparation in primary teeth.

2. Gain the knowledge of matrix systems, amalgam and composite resin manipulation, stainless steel crown restoration as related to primary teeth.

3. Understand the technique and indications for pulpotomy.

4. Utilize the sealant system as a preventive measure against caries.

5. Predict possible crowding problems and to utilize the space maintainer as a preventive measure against malocclusion.

6. Acquire such psychomotor skills as to be able to treat a child by carrying of simple procedures in the clinic without any inhibitions.

Recommended Textbooks

i) Every student is required to purchase the recommended textbooks.

ii) Lectures will be given from these books, students are required to read the assigned chapters for every lecture.  The lecture may not cover everything.  Examinations will be from the lectures and respective chapters in the textbooks.


Students MUST attend all lectures and laboratory exercises, and be ON TIME.  Student who fails to attend a lecture/lab., he/she must report to the COURSE DIRECTOR the reason behind his/her absence.  Any student who fails to attend 75% of the lectures/laboratory exercises will not be allowed to sit for the FINAL EXAMINATION.  No excuse whatsoever.


• Didactic  - 40%
• Laboratory  - 60%

Students MUST pass both parts individually to pass the course.  If a student passes the didactic but fails the laboratory part, or vice versa, he/she will not pass the course.

 Didactic (40%):

The evaluation for the lecture part will be as the following:

• Mid-Term Exam [Essay/short note questions] (15%)
• Final Exam [Multiple choice questions and (25%)
     Essay/Short note]

 Laboratory (60%):

The evaluation for the laboratory projects will be as the following:

Weekly projects / Cleaning the cubicle/Behavior 25%
Quizzes        5%
Midterm exam [specific lab procedure]  10%
Final Exam [specific lab procedure / spot exam] 20%


During the course, quizzes will be given without prior notice. It can be given in the lecture or in the laboratory.  Failure to participate attracts zero mark.

 Course Outline [DIDACTIC]

• Development and morphology of the primary dentition.
• Dental caries in the child and adolescent
• Restorative Dentistry
    I : Posterior Restorations
    II : Anterior Restorations
    III : Stainless Steel Crowns
• Pulp therapy for the primary dentition.
• Local anesthesia and the use of the rubber dam.
• Prevention of dental diseases.
• Dental materials in pediatric dentistry.
• Space maintenance in the primary dentition.
• Oral habits.
• Examination of the child patient.

Course Outline [LABORATORY] Operative Technique

The following procedures shall be carried out by students in the Phantom Head Laboratory on ivorene or natural teeth.

 Occlusal cavity for amalgam on              # 54
 Occlusal cavity for amalgam on              # 84
 Occluso-lingual (OL)                             # 55
 Mesio-occlusal (MO)                             # 65
 Mesio-occlusal (MO)                             # 85
 Disto-occlusal (DO)                              # 74
 Forming and placing T-band matrix
 Amalgam restoration:  condensing,
 carving, burnishing and finishing
 Preventive resin restoration                   Permanent molar / premolar
 Stainless steel crown preparation            # 75 or #85 and #64
 Pulpotomy (Primary molar)                     Extracted tooth
 Composite crown (anterior strip crown)   # 52 or # 62
 Fissure sealant (Permanent Molar)            Extracted tooth
 Fluoride application                                Demonstration
 Extraction techniques in children              Demonstration
 Space maintainer                                   Demonstration (Band selection/adaptation)


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