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DES1020 Dental Anatomy

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2 credit hour(s) | Fall
Prerequisite(s): acceptance into the dental assisting or dental hygiene program.
Corequisite(s): DES1020L .
Comprehensive study of the orofacial and related structures of the head and neck. Included is a study of basic tooth structure in the primary and permanent dentition, the formation of those structures, types of teeth, relationship of form to function, principles of occlusion, periodontal health, tooth eruption schedules and the effects of deviation from normal findings in the permanent dentition. The tissues of the oral cavity and pharynx are discussed, along with salivary glands and various types of papillae and tonsilar tissues. The course content includes a detailed examination of head and neck anatomy; the bones of the skull and the landmarks of each; muscles of mastication; muscles of facial expression, with origins, insertions, blood supply and innervation of each; distribution of the arteries and veins of the head and neck; lymphatic drainage, and the twelve cranial nerves, with special emphasis on the fifth and seventh. Temporomandibular joint function and disorders causing facial pain will also be discussed. Timing of the content will correlate with the corequisite lab. Contact: 2 hours per week. Does not count toward A.A. degree.

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