Dental Residency Goals and Objectives

PCHC Dental Residency Program offers an education experience for graduate dentists where they provide comprehensive oral health care to patients in our dental health center — including to their panel of patients and those who access our daily walk-in clinic.

Throughout our dental residency program, we provide a foundation for the role of the dentist as a member of a multi-disciplinary health care team and enhance interactions with both medical and dental colleagues to facilitate and improve total health care.

At PCHC Dental Residency, we provide an educational experience that will prepare the resident to deliver dental care in a variety of models, settings,  and alternative situations, including hospital settings. Residents receive hands-on, personal, one-on-one training from our excellent and knowledgable faculty, all in one location.

We offer clinical experiences that refine and enhance general dentists’ skills and self-confidence in the provision of multi-disciplinary health care.

The residents receive training and experience at a level of skill and complexity beyond that accomplished in pre-doctoral training in each of the required discipline or subject areas in the following ways:

Operative

  • Understand both the benefits and drawbacks, indications, and placement of contemporary restorative materials.
  • Develop improved skills in the assessment of clinical and radiographic findings for both hard tissue restoration and soft tissue management.

Restoration of Edentulous Space

  • Develop advanced skills in the diagnosis and treatment of tooth loss with removable and fixed appliances.
  • Increase the resident’s knowledge base regarding dental materials.
  • Increase the resident’s experience with communicating with lab technicians.
  • Advance resident’s knowledge and/or understanding of implant restoration.
  • Introduce and/or broaden residents knowledge regarding the indications and limitations of pre-prosthetic surgery (eg. Tori removal, exostosis reduction, ridge preservation surgery).

Periodontal Therapy

 

  • Learn the indications for free gingival grafts and gain experience performing them.
  • Gain proficiency in various suture techniques.
  • Advance resident’s knowledge and/or understanding of implant placement.
  • Increase proficiency in recognizing, differentiating, and treating acute and chronic lesions.
  • Advance fundamental knowledge and proficiency for crown lengthening.
  • Introduce indications and techniques for advanced soft tissue surgery.
  • Differentiate cases which may require specialist referral for definitive treatment.

Endodontic Therapy

  • Delve into advanced concepts regarding diagnosis and treatment of endodontically involved teeth.
  • Gain proficiency with anterior, premolar, and molar endodontics.
  • Learn methods for advanced endodontic techniques and materials (eg. Bioceramics, apicoectomies).
  • Differentiate cases which may require specialist referral for definitive treatment.

Oral Surgery

  • Advance resident’s knowledge and/or understanding of implant placement.
  • Gain proficiency in routine and surgical exodontia procedures.
  • Gain exposure to complicated third molar extractions.
  • Evaluate, diagnose, and treat chronic and acute dental abnormalities.
  • Gain exposure to advanced surgical procedures (eg. Sinus lifts, sinus perforation repairs, large tori removal)
  • Gain exposure to the utilization of inhalation sedation under the supervision of Oral Surgery faculty.
  • Differentiate cases which may require specialist referral for definitive treatment.

Evaluation and Treatment of Dental Emergencies

  • Diagnose and treat trauma, infection, and pain associated with the oromaxillofacial complex and it’s associated anatomical structures.
  • Manage special needs and pregnant patients in emergent situations.
  • Recognize predisposing conditions that might lead to systemic emergencies during routine dental treatment.
  • Differentiate cases which may require specialist referral for definitive treatment.

Pain and Anxiety Control Utilizing Behavioral and/or Pharmacological Techniques

  • Manage patients admitted to the operating room for dental treatment under sedation.
  • Gain exposure to pharmacological agents used as anxiolytics and pain obtundants.
  • Gain exposure to the utilization of inhalation sedation under the supervision of Oral Surgery faculty.
  • Improve proficiency in behavior management techniques.
  • Become knowledgeable in Maine’s Prescription Drug Monitoring (PDMP) requirements and utilization.