Scope of practice comparison: A tool for curriculum decision making

Eric Solomon, John Murray, William W. Dodge, Spencer W. Redding, John A. Valenza, Catherine M. Flaitz, James S. Cole, Kenneth L. Kalkwarf

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The proportion of claims filed for specific dental procedures (ADA codes # 05110, 05120, 03320, 03330, 04260, 02150) between January 1, 2000 and June 30, 2004 by Texas general practitioners participating in a preferred provider network was compared to the proportion of these procedures performed by students graduating from the three Texas dental schools during the same period. Analysis of the data revealed that Texas dental students provide class two amalgam restorations in permanent teeth (02150) at approximately the same frequency as Texas general practitioners. Both groups provide periodontal osseous surgery (04260) at an extremely low frequency (<0.02% of total procedures). Bicuspid endodontic procedures (03320) were performed at a slightly higher frequency by students (0.43% of all procedures) than by general practitioners (0.36% of all procedures), and molar endodontic procedures (03330) were performed at a slightly higher frequency by general practitioners (0.65%) than by students (0.36%). Significant discrepancies between the groups were noted for the two complete denture procedures (05110, 05120). Students provided these procedures at frequencies fifteen times (05110) and twenty-five times (05120) greater than general practitioners. Dental schools should use data provided by scope of practice analyses to help determine an appropriate breadth and depth for their educational programs.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)231-245
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of dental education
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 1 2006


  • Clinical competence
  • Clinical skills
  • Curriculum
  • Dental education
  • Dental restoration-permanent
  • Denture-complete removable
  • Endodontic therapy
  • Periodontal surgery

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Dentistry(all)


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