DDS - Dentistry

Offered By:
Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry

Below are the courses available from the DDS subject code. Select a course to view the available classes, additional class notes, and class times

DDS 501 - Oral Health Foundations View Available Classes

★ 9 (fi 18)(EITHER, 6 WEEKS)

Oral Health delves into the physiology and biochemistry of the mouth. A progressive focus on patient assessment and direct restorative treatment skills is introduced. Open only to students registered in the DDS-AP program.


DDS 502 - Diagnosing and Managing Oral Disease View Available Classes

★ 13 (fi 26)(EITHER, 10 WEEKS)

Diagnosing and Managing Oral Disease provides a deeper understanding of oral diseases. Strategies and methods to assess and maintain health of the periodontium are introduced as well as methods for indirect restoration of teeth. Skill development progresses to include administration of Anesthesia and direct restorations for pediatric patients. Open only to students registered in the DDS-AP program.


DDS 504 - Diagnosing and Managing Advanced Conditions I View Available Classes

★ 10 (fi 20)(EITHER, 7 WEEKS)

Diagnosing and Managing Advanced Conditions I continues to develop knowledge of oral conditions and diseases. Treatment skill development extends to introduce treatments for more urgent and advanced conditions. Open only to students registered in the DDS-AP program.


DDS 505 - Diagnosing and Managing Advanced Conditions II View Available Classes

★ 12 (fi 24)(EITHER, 7 WEEKS)

Diagnosing and Managing Advanced Conditions II continues to develop knowledge of oral conditions and diseases. Treatment skill development extends to introduce treatments for more urgent and advanced conditions. Open only to students registered in the DDS-AP program.


DDS 506 - Gastroenterology and Nutrition View Available Classes

★ 5 (fi 10)(EITHER, 6 WEEKS)

An integrated course covering nutrition, gastrointestinal physiology, pathophysiology and anatomy. Related surgical, paediatric and geriatric topics will also be addressed. Open only to students registered in the DDS program.


DDS 507 - Neurosciences and Organs of Special Senses View Available Classes

★ 7 (fi 14)(EITHER, 7 WEEKS)

Fundamental Clinical Neurosciences taught in an integrated fashion. Involves instruction in subject areas related to the head and neck, including Neuroanatomy, Neurophysiology, Neuropathology, Neuropharmacology, Neuroradiology, Neurology, Neurosurgery, Rehabilitation Medicine, Otorhinolaryngology, and Ophthalmology. Open only to students registered in the DDS program.


DDS 508 - Oncology View Available Classes

★ 2 (fi 4)(EITHER, 2 WEEKS)

Principles and concepts of clinical oncology. Open only to students registered in the DDS program.


DDS 509A - Pre-Clinical Practice of Dentistry I View Available Classes

★ 7.5 (fi 30)(TWO TERM, 39 WEEKS)

An introduction to the art and science of clinical practice. Building on the foundation of epidemiology, bacteriology, and gross and microscopic anatomy of the teeth and jaws, students develop an understanding of the genesis of the carious process, and study the restoration of carious teeth and the related rationale. An introduction to the radiographic imaging process and interpretation of radiographs. Students use restoration materials and learn their physical and chemical properties. The principles of occlusion are also introduced.


DDS 509B - Pre-Clinical Practice of Dentistry I View Available Classes

★ 7.5 (fi 30)(TWO TERM, 39 WEEKS)

An introduction to the art and science of clinical practice. Building on the foundation of epidemiology, bacteriology, and gross and microscopic anatomy of the teeth and jaws, students develop an understanding of the genesis of the carious process, and study the restoration of carious teeth and the related rationale. An introduction to the radiographic imaging process and interpretation of radiographs. Students use restoration materials and learn their physical and chemical properties. The principles of occlusion are also introduced.


DDS 510 - Patient-Centred Care View Available Classes

★ 4 (fi 8)(EITHER, 55 HOURS)

A discussion of dental skills which may be generalized across different disease states and different specialties. Topics include epidemiology, evidence-based dentistry and public health, history-taking and clinical skills in patients of all age groups and backgrounds, ethics, family issues, health in specific sections of the community and related areas. Open only to students registered in the DDS program.


DDS 511 - Foundations of Dentistry View Available Classes

★ 11 (fi 22)(EITHER, 9 WEEKS)

Foundations of Dentistry orients students to the school and the profession. Foundational knowledge and skills are developed. Open only to students registered in the DDS program.


DDS 512 - Dental Disease and Risk Management View Available Classes

★ 9 (fi 18)(EITHER, 7 WEEKS)

Dental disease and risk management introduces the most common dental diseases and associated prevention strategies. An understanding of the principles of biomechanics and occlusion is developed and the Dentist's obligations to their patients is explored. Open only to students registered in the DDS program.


DDS 513 - Patient Assessment I View Available Classes

★ 11 (fi 22)(EITHER, 9 WEEKS)

Patient Assessment I introduces the practices, standards and considerations that are integral to establishing a patient history. This course prepares students for initial interactions with patients and provides them opportunities to participate in a patient consultation. Open only to students registered in the DDS program.


DDS 514 - Anatomy (Dental) View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 79 HOURS)

Coronal, radicular and pupal morphology of the primary and permanent dentitions. Open only to students registered in the DDS program.


DDS 515 - Patient Assessment II View Available Classes

★ 10 (fi 20)(EITHER, 8 WEEKS)

Patient Assessment II introduces the practices, standards and considerations that are integral to conducting a patient oral examination. Combined with the skills developed in Patient Assessment I, this course provides students with the skills to conduct a complete patient assessment. Open only to students registered in the DDS program.


DDS 516 - Diagnose and Manage Early Disease View Available Classes

★ 12 (fi 24)(EITHER, 9 WEEKS)

Diagnosing and Managing Early Disease provides additional context and experiences associated with detection, diagnosis and treatment of carious lesions. Open only to students registered in the DDS program.


DDS 517 - Psychiatry View Available Classes

★ 2 (fi 4)(EITHER, 4 WEEKS)

Psychiatry is the medical specialty devoted to the study, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of mental disorders. Each mental health disorder will be explored in terms of definition, epidemiology, etiology, pathophysiology, signs, symptoms, investigations, treatment and prognosis.


DDS 518A - Oral Biology I View Available Classes

★ 2.5 (fi 10)(TWO TERM, 70 HOURS)

Development, histology, and comparative anatomy of the craniofacial complex and dental tissues. Open only to students registered in the DDS program.


DDS 518B - Oral Biology I View Available Classes

★ 2.5 (fi 10)(TWO TERM, 70 HOURS)

Development, histology, and comparative anatomy of the craniofacial complex and dental tissues. Open only to students registered in the DDS program.


DDS 520A - Patient-Centred Care View Available Classes

★ 2 (fi 8)(VAR, 60 HOURS)

A continuation of DDS 510, which involves further discussion of dental skills which may be generalized across different disease states and different specialties. Open only to students registered in the DDS program.


DDS 520B - Patient-Centred Care View Available Classes

★ 2 (fi 8)(VAR, 60 HOURS)

A continuation of DDS 510, which involves further discussion of dental skills which may be generalized across different disease states and different specialties. Open only to students registered in the DDS program.


DDS 521 - Oral Health and Nutrition View Available Classes

★ 9 (fi 18)(EITHER, 6 WEEKS)

Oral Health and Nutrition delves into the physiology and biochemistry of the mouth and gastroenterological system. A progressive focus on patient assessment and direct restorative treatment skills continues. Open only to students registered in the DDS program.


DDS 522 - Diagnosing and Managing Oral Disease View Available Classes

★ 13 (fi 26)(EITHER, 10 WEEKS)

Diagnosing and Managing Oral Disease provides a deeper understanding of oral diseases. Strategies and methods to assess and maintain health of the periodontium are introduced as well as methods for indirect restoration of teeth. Skill development progresses to include administration of Anesthesia and direct restorations for pediatric patients. Open only to students registered in the DDS program.


DDS 523A - Musculoskeletal System View Available Classes

★ 1.5 (fi 6)(TWO TERM, 7 WEEKS)

Anatomy, physiology, pathophysiology and management in the musculosketal system. Open only to students registered in the DDS program.


DDS 523B - Musculoskeletal System View Available Classes

★ 1.5 (fi 6)(TWO TERM, 7 WEEKS)

Anatomy, physiology, pathophysiology and management in the musculosketal system. Open only to students registered in the DDS program.


DDS 524 - Diagnosing and Managing Advanced Conditions I View Available Classes

★ 10 (fi 20)(EITHER, 7 WEEKS)

Diagnosing and Managing Advanced Conditions I continues to develop knowledge of oral conditions and diseases. Treatment skill development extends to introduce treatments for more urgent and advanced conditions. Open only to students registered in the DDS program.


DDS 525 - Diagnosing and Managing Advanced Conditions II View Available Classes

★ 12 (fi 24)(EITHER, 7 WEEKS)

Diagnosing and Managing Advanced Conditions II continues to develop knowledge of oral conditions and diseases. Treatment skill development extends to introduce treatments for more urgent and advanced conditions. Open only to students registered in the DDS program.


DDS 526 - Clinical Practice I View Available Classes

★ 12 (fi 24)(EITHER, 9 WEEKS)

Clinical Practice I is designed to develop simulated skill in preparation for clinical experiences in all disciplines. This course prepares students to navigate common patient assessment and treatment requirements. Open only to students registered in the DDS program.


DDS 527 - Clinical Practice I View Available Classes

★ 12 (fi 24)(EITHER, 9 WEEKS)

Clinical Practice I is designed to develop simulated skill in preparation for clinical experiences. This course prepares students to navigate common patient assessment and treatment requirements. Open only to students registered in the DDS-AP program.


DDS 529A - Pre-Clinical Practice of Dentistry II View Available Classes

★ 12.5 (fi 50)(TWO TERM, 39 WEEKS)

Students begin studying all phases of clinical dentistry including diagnosis and treatment planning, anaesthesia, periodontics, endodontics, fixed, operative, radiology and removable prosthodontics and orthodontics. An introduction to ethics in dentistry. Students are introduced to the clinic, and limited diagnosis and treatment of patients begin.


DDS 529B - Pre-Clinical Practice of Dentistry II View Available Classes

★ 12.5 (fi 50)(TWO TERM, 39 WEEKS)

Students begin studying all phases of clinical dentistry including diagnosis and treatment planning, anaesthesia, periodontics, endodontics, fixed, operative, radiology and removable prosthodontics and orthodontics. An introduction to ethics in dentistry. Students are introduced to the clinic, and limited diagnosis and treatment of patients begin.


DDS 530A - Clinical Practice II View Available Classes

★ 20 (fi 80)(TWO TERM, 41 WEEKS)

The Clinical Practice II course provides practical, patient-based experiences to a collaborative care team. Within this context, students progressively experience a range of treatment requirements that require progressively more complex and independent approaches to care. Direct patient experiences are enhanced with scenario-based cases that reinforce diagnostic and treatment planning skills. Open only to students registered in the DDS program.


DDS 530B - Clinical Practice II View Available Classes

★ 20 (fi 80)(TWO TERM, 41 WEEKS)

The Clinical Practice II course provides practical, patient-based experiences to a collaborative care team. Within this context, students progressively experience a range of treatment requirements that require progressively more complex and independent approaches to care. Direct patient experiences are enhanced with scenario-based cases that reinforce diagnostic and treatment planning skills. Open only to students registered in the DDS program.


DDS 531A - Clinical Treatment Skills View Available Classes

★ 7.5 (fi 30)(TWO TERM, 41 WEEKS)

Clinical Treatment Skills provides knowledge and simulated experiences in support of advanced treatments. Open only to students registered in the DDS program.


DDS 531B - Clinical Treatment Skills View Available Classes

★ 7.5 (fi 30)(TWO TERM, 41 WEEKS)

Clinical Treatment Skills provides knowledge and simulated experiences in support of advanced treatments. Open only to students registered in the DDS program.


DDS 532A - Oral Biology II View Available Classes

★ 2.5 (fi 10)(TWO TERM, 66 HOURS)

A multidisciplinary course that examines the unique physiology, biochemistry and nutritional requirements of the oral cavity. Topics include functions of the periodontal tissues, the temporomandibular joint, mastication, swallowing, speech, special reflexes involving cranial nerves, receptors of the stomatognathic system, and salivary glands and the role of saliva in caries. Oral manifestations of metabolic disease, the physiology of pain, and the role of nutrition in the development of oral tissues and the maintenance of oral health will also be discussed. Open only to students registered in the DDS program.


DDS 532B - Oral Biology II View Available Classes

★ 2.5 (fi 10)(TWO TERM, 66 HOURS)

A multidisciplinary course that examines the unique physiology, biochemistry and nutritional requirements of the oral cavity. Topics include functions of the periodontal tissues, the temporomandibular joint, mastication, swallowing, speech, special reflexes involving cranial nerves, receptors of the stomatognathic system, and salivary glands and the role of saliva in caries. Oral manifestations of metabolic disease, the physiology of pain, and the role of nutrition in the development of oral tissues and the maintenance of oral health will also be discussed. Open only to students registered in the DDS program.


DDS 533A - Oral Pathology View Available Classes

★ 1.5 (fi 6)(VAR, 40 HOURS)

The diagnosis, pathology and treatment of common diseases of the oral and maxillofacial structures. Open only to students registered in the DDS program.


DDS 533B - Oral Pathology View Available Classes

★ 1.5 (fi 6)(VAR, 40 HOURS)

The diagnosis, pathology and treatment of common diseases of the oral and maxillofacial structures. Open only to students registered in the DDS program.


DDS 540A - CLINICAL PRACTICE III View Available Classes

★ 21 (fi 84)(TWO TERM, 32 WEEKS)

The Clinical Practice III course provides practical, patient-based experiences to a collaborative care team. Within this context, students progressively experience a range of treatment requirements that require progressively more complex and independent approaches to care. Direct patient experiences are enhanced with scenario-based cases that reinforce diagnostic and treatment planning skills. Open only to students registered in the DDS program.


DDS 540B - Clinical Practice III View Available Classes

★ 21 (fi 84)(TWO TERM, 32 WEEKS)

The Clinical Practice III course provides practical, patient-based experiences to a collaborative care team. Within this context, students progressively experience a range of treatment requirements that require progressively more complex and independent approaches to care. Direct patient experiences are enhanced with scenario-based cases that reinforce diagnostic and treatment planning skills. Open only to students registered in the DDS program.


DDS 541 - Dental Pharmacology View Available Classes

★ 1 (fi 2)(EITHER, 15 HOURS)

An introduction to the principles of pharmacology including mechanisms of drug action; pharmacokinetics and drug metabolism; and mechanisms of drug interactions and adverse drug reactions. These principles will be applied to groups of drugs acting on various organ systems of the body, representative drugs being selected whenever possible for their physiological and clinical significance to the practice of dentistry. Particular emphasis will be placed on anaesthetics, antacoids, autonomic drugs and drugs with selective toxicity employed in infections and malignancies.


DDS 542 - Advanced Elective Experiences View Available Classes

★ 8 (fi 16)(VAR, 30 HOURS)

A complementary suite of Electives, each providing 30 hrs of advanced experiences will be available for all students. Open only to students registered in the DDS program.


DDS 545A - Clinical Practice I View Available Classes

★ 26 (fi 104)(TWO TERM, 39 WEEKS)

An introduction to the art and science of clinical dentistry in the patient care setting. Utilizing a patient-centered approach, students develop the skills to diagnose and develop a treatment plan addressing patients' needs; to deliver basic restorative dentistry; to perform basic endodontic procedures; to assist in oral surgery; to provide periodontal therapy from basic to more advanced needs; to treat pediatric patients; to deliver basic removable prosthodontic services; to provide basic fixed prosthodontic services that may incorporate dental implantology; and to manage basic orthodontic needs of patients. Diagnostic services such as radiology are incorporated during the diagnosis and treatment. Students learn to manage ethical dilemmas and provide care according to existing codes of ethics. Clinical observation may require off-site rotations. Students gain their clinical experience at intramural and extramural sites.


DDS 545B - Clinical Practice I View Available Classes

★ 26 (fi 104)(TWO TERM, 39 WEEKS)

An introduction to the art and science of clinical dentistry in the patient care setting. Utilizing a patient-centered approach, students develop the skills to diagnose and develop a treatment plan addressing patients' needs; to deliver basic restorative dentistry; to perform basic endodontic procedures; to assist in oral surgery; to provide periodontal therapy from basic to more advanced needs; to treat pediatric patients; to deliver basic removable prosthodontic services; to provide basic fixed prosthodontic services that may incorporate dental implantology; and to manage basic orthodontic needs of patients. Diagnostic services such as radiology are incorporated during the diagnosis and treatment. Students learn to manage ethical dilemmas and provide care according to existing codes of ethics. Clinical observation may require off-site rotations. Students gain their clinical experience at intramural and extramural sites.


DDS 547 - Geriatrics View Available Classes

★ 1 (fi 2)(EITHER, 15 HOURS)

An introductory course describing the needs of the elderly. The course will examine the changing population balance in Canada involving both medical and dental aspects of people over 60 years of age.


DDS 555 - Practice Management View Available Classes

★ 1 (fi 2)(EITHER, 15 HOURS)

This course introduces the third-year dental students to practice management topics and concepts necessary for today's successful practice of dentistry. These topics include financial planning, banking, dental office records, different modes of practice, marketing, and time management. The emphasis is to achieve an awareness of how these topics affect a dentist in today's society.


DDS 565A - Clinical Practice II View Available Classes

★ 25 (fi 100)(TWO TERM, 30 WEEKS)

A clinical course building on Clinical Practice I with emphasis on more complex patient needs involving all disciplines. Students perform oral surgery procedures as the prime operator. Students are also assigned to external programs such as the satellite clinics. Clinical observation may require off-site rotations. A hospital rotation is included (University of Alberta Hospitals and Glenrose Hospital). Students deliver comprehensive dental care in a Clinical Teaching Unit.


DDS 565B - Clinical Practice II View Available Classes

★ 25 (fi 100)(TWO TERM, 30 WEEKS)

A clinical course building on Clinical Practice I with emphasis on more complex patient needs involving all disciplines. Students perform oral surgery procedures as the prime operator. Students are also assigned to external programs such as the satellite clinics. Clinical observation may require off-site rotations. A hospital rotation is included (University of Alberta Hospitals and Glenrose Hospital). Students deliver comprehensive dental care in a Clinical Teaching Unit.


DDS 800 - Special Registration View Available Classes

★ 0 (fi 0)(EITHER, UNASSIGNED)

Dentistry undergraduate and postgraduate students who have been admitted to the University of Alberta Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry as a Visiting Student in accordance with the Faculty guidelines will be required to register in this course for the purpose of entitlement to registration in the Alberta Dental Association and College Education Register if applicable.


DDS 829 - Introduction to DDS Advanced Placement View Available Classes

★ 12 (fi 38)(SPR/SUM, 3-0-0)

Students begin studying all phases of clinical dentistry including diagnosis and treatment planning, anaesthesia, periodontics, endodontics, operative dentistry, prosthodontics and orthodontics. Students receive an introduction to ethics in dentistry. Students perform tasks mainly in a pre-clinical (laboratory) environment and have a brief introduction to the clinic with limited diagnosis and treatment of patients. Offered in a Cost Recovery format at an increased rate of fee assessment; refer to the Fees Payment Guide in the University Regulations and Information for Students section of the Calendar. Restricted to candidates registered as Special Students in the DDS Advanced Placement Program.


Starting: 2021-09-01

DDS 829 - Introduction to DDS Advanced Placement

★ 12 (fi 38)(SPR/SUM, 3-0-0)

Students begin studying all phases of clinical dentistry including diagnosis and treatment planning, anaesthesia, periodontics, endodontics, operative dentistry, prosthodontics and orthodontics. Students receive an introduction to ethics in dentistry. Students perform tasks mainly in a pre-clinical (laboratory) environment and have a brief introduction to the clinic with limited diagnosis and treatment of patients. Offered at an increased rate of fee assessment; refer to the Tuition and Fees page in the University Regulations section of the Calendar. Restricted to candidates registered as Special Students in the DDS Advanced Placement Program.