Dental Competencies

Student graduates of Marquette's School of Dentistry must be able to:


Apply legal and ethical principles to the provision of oral health care services, with an understanding of the professional obligation to the patient.


Using a patient-centered, humanistic approach, apply appropriate communication and behavioral principles to effectively interact with diverse populations, including patients from various cultural backgrounds, special needs and in varying stages of the lifespan.


Provide care for all patient populations including patients from various cultural backgrounds, special needs and in varying stages of the lifespan emphasizing prevention of oral diseases and promoting the maintenance of existing systemic and oral health of individuals, families and groups in the community.


Gather, evaluate and integrate the best available research and biomedical science knowledge to facilitate an evidence-based approach to the diagnosis and management of oral health care.


Apply the basic principles and philosophies of practice management, models of oral health care delivery, and provide leadership to the dental health care team.


Gather all pertinent patient information from history, interview, clinical examination and appropriate diagnostic tests to accurately diagnose oral diseases, identify risk factors and determine prognosis.


Recognize pathological hard and soft tissue abnormalities of the orofacial region that require monitoring, treatment or management.


Apply critical thinking and problem solving skills to develop comprehensive treatment plans and obtain informed consent for the accepted treatment option.


Monitor and evaluate therapeutic outcomes and utilize the results to reassess and modify initial diagnosis and treatment.


Recognize and manage medical emergencies and provide basic life support interventions when needed.


Recognize and manage dental emergencies.


Manage pain and anxiety utilizing pharmacological and non-pharmacological methods.


Restore teeth to proper form, function and aesthetics using appropriate treatment strategies.


Restore partial or complete edentulism to proper form, function and aesthetics with fixed or removable prostheses including implant procedures using appropriate materials and techniques and by managing the associated laboratory procedures.


Complete a periodontal evaluation, assessment and treatment of early and moderate forms of periodontal disease and manage advanced periodontal disease with a clear recognition of the end points of therapy.


Complete an endodontic evaluation, assessment and treatment of uncomplicated endodontic cases.


Complete a surgical evaluation, assessment and treatment of uncomplicated cases and manage complicated oral surgical cases.


Complete an orthodontic evaluation, assessment and space management analysis of patients differentiating between minor and major malocclusions.


Complete a self-assessment of skills, performance and knowledge for the construction of a personal development plan to improve professional competencies.


Communicate and collaborate with other members of the intra- and interdisciplinary health care team to facilitate the provision of health care for all patients.

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