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  • Dentists
  • Dental Hygienists
  • Dental Assisting
Hours: 5 Contact Hours
Author(s): Veronica Powers, DMD
Item#: L0747
Contents: 1 Course Book (70 pages)
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Developmental Disorders Affecting Jaws

Price $49.95
Item # L0747
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Release Date: June 9, 2016

Expiration Date: June 8, 2019


Anomalies of tooth development are relatively common and may occur as an isolated condition or in association with other anomalies. Developmental dental anomalies often exhibit patterns that reflect the stage of development during which the malformation occurs. Developmental defects or disorders may affect teeth size, number, or shape; enamel, dentin, and cementum may also be affected.

Heritable dental developmental anomalies can have profound negative consequences for the affected individual and the family, ranging from esthetic concerns that impact self-esteem to masticatory difficulties, tooth sensitivity, financial burdens, and protracted, complex dental treatment.

This intermediate-level course familiarizes dental professionals with developmental disorders of the jaws and teeth.  Because some presentations of developmental anomalies are associated with a larger systemic syndrome, it is important for dental practitioners to recognize these disorders early so that the patient may be treated accordingly or referred to an appropriate specialist if surgery is required.  


AGD Subject Codes: 310
Western Schools designates this activity for 5 continuing education credits.



Course Objectives

  • Recognize developmental defects that affect teeth size.
  • Identify developmental disorders that affect teeth number.
  • List developmental disorders affecting teeth shape.
  • Describe conditions affecting teeth enamel.
  • Recognize developmental defects that affect dentin.
  • Describe defects of the cementum.
  • Identify the different developmental disorders of the jaws.
  • Discuss genetic conditions affecting the jaws.


Veronica Powers, DMD, received a BS degree from Providence College and a DMD degree from the Oregon Health & Science University. After working for four years as a general dentist in Portland, Oregon, Dr. Powers returned to New York City to serve as lead dentist for Phoenix House Foundation in Brooklyn, New York, where she provided comprehensive treatment for the residents of a rehabilitation facility. In this capacity, she performed simple and surgical extractions and root canals and placed crowns, bridges, and removable prosthodontics. Dr. Powers created the protocol for the day-to-day management of the clinic and became especially adept at treating anxious patients. Now in private practice, Dr. Powers is licensed to practice dentistry in the state of New York, maintains registration with the Drug Enforcement Administration, and is CPR-certified. She has provided volunteer dentistry in India and in Chiapas, Mexico, and has worked with the American Dental Association’s Give Kids a Smile program in the United States.


  • Courses must be completed on or before the expiration date noted in the course description above.
  • You must score 75% or higher on the final exam and complete the course evaluation to pass this course and receive a certificate of completion.
  • Through our review processes, Western Schools ensures that the course content is presented in a balanced, unbiased manner and is free from commercial influence. It is Western Schools’ policy not to accept commercial support.
  • All persons involved in the planning and development of this course have disclosed no relevant financial relationships or other conflicts of interest related to the course content.
  • There are no prerequisites for this course.