Labs and Facilities
Pantera Preclinical Laboratory
One of the busiest areas in Squire Hall is the Pantera Preclinical Laboratory, located on the basement level. First-year students spend one afternoon each week in this laboratory as part of the Freshman Preclinical Laboratory course; in addition, a large portion of the second-year program is conducted in this facility. There are work areas for nearly 100 students, and the second-year preclinical courses in operative dentistry, fixed prosthodontics, removable prosthodontics, and endodontics are conducted here. In addition to the main laboratory area, a plaster room, a casting room, and four X-ray machines provide additional support. There is also a seminar room for approximately thirty students.
Many short lectures and demonstrations are presented as part of the preclinical courses to assist students with understanding and completing assigned laboratory projects. Over the past few years, the audiovisual facilities have undergone extensive renovation to allow for effective multimedia presentations. A small-object television-projection system, computer-based lecture capability, videotape capabilities, and Internet access have made this a state-of-the-art teaching facility.
Prosthodontic Technical Laboratories
The School of Dental Medicine has two fully equipped, full-service prosthodontic laboratories located on the second floor of Squire Hall. Each laboratory employs full-time certified dental laboratory technicians to assist both predoctoral and graduate students with the completion of dental laboratory procedures associated with patient care. The experience students gain in interacting with the school’s technical laboratories prepares them to effectively communicate with commercial dental laboratories when they enter practice.
Fixed Prosthodontic Technical Laboratory
Under the supervision of the Department of Restorative Dentistry, dental laboratory technicians in the Fixed Prosthodontic Technical Laboratory fabricate crowns and bridges, apply porcelain, and serve as a technical resource for DDS and graduate students.
Removable Prosthodontic Technical Laboratory
Certified dental laboratory technicians perform all phases in the fabrication of removable partial dentures and complete dentures. Students learn to write laboratory prescriptions and interact with technicians to achieve optimal clinical results. Laboratory technicians work closely with third- and fourth-year students assigned to treat emergency patients in the repair of broken or damaged dentures.