Preclinical Dental Practice 2

Subject DENT90062 (2015)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2015.

Credit Points: 12.5
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2015:

July, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 06-Jul-2015 to 30-Oct-2015
Assessment Period End 20-Nov-2015
Last date to Self-Enrol 29-Jul-2015
Census Date 07-Aug-2015
Last date to Withdraw without fail 02-Oct-2015

Timetable can be viewed here. For information about these dates, click here.
Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 71 (indicative)
Total Time Commitment:

71 contact hours (indicative), 96 non-contact (indicative)


Successful completion of 1st year Teaching Blocks 1 and 2 (Semester 1) DDS subjects.



Recommended Background Knowledge:


Non Allowed Subjects:


Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Students Experiencing Academic Disadvantage Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Description, Subject Objectives and Assessment Requirements of this entry.

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Dr Anu Polster


Melbourne Dental School

4th floor, 720 Swanston Street

Telephone: + 61 3 9341 1500


Subject Overview:

Preclinical Dental Practice 2 is a continuation of Preclinical Dental Practice 1 and continues education into the surgical management of more extensive caries lesions and the process of restoration of lost tooth structure. The dental materials, their structure, properties and use for the restoration of lost tooth structure will also be covered. Students will learn more about correct posture in the dental operatory and working in a team (dental assistant and the operator) to prepare and restore teeth in a clinical simulation setting.

Learning Outcomes:

On completion of this subject, the student will be competent in:

  1. linking progression of dental caries and comprehending the decision process of when it is necessary to surgically treat caries lesions and restore teeth;
  2. self-evaluating the precision and accuracy of appropriate surgical removal of extensive caries;
  3. restoring teeth with extensive carious lesions on manikins;
  4. making an appropriate selection of a dental material and restoring a tooth to its original anatomical contour, function and form in manikins;
  5. using dental rotary cutting instruments for restoration and conservation of dental hard tissues with safe and precise manual dexterity;
  6. evaluating and critically appraising clinical research evidence as it relates to longevity of dental restorations;
  7. understanding concepts related to the risks and hazards of using instrumentation in the confined space of the oral cavity;
  8. the correct selection of the restorative material which will best restore a tooth to its original form and function;
  9. discussing the properties and uses of dental materials for conservation and restoration of carious and non-carious lesons;
  10. the basic principles applied in the design and execution of the preparation of cavities to restore carious and non-carious lesions;
  11. comprehending the importance of research outcomes and evidence to the decision making process for the correct restoration of teeth.

  1. 1 x 90 minute practical exam on manual dexterity skills in tooth preparation (a) during Block 3 (25%)
  2. 1 x 90 minute practical exam on manual dexterity skills in tooth preparation (b) end of Block 3 (25%)
  3. 1 x 90 minute practical exam on manual dexterity skills in tooth preparation (c) end of Block 4 (25%)
  4. 1 x 1 hour written exam on Conservative Dentistry end of Block 4(25%).

Students must pass two of the 3 practical examinations in order to pass Preclinical Dental Practice 2 overall.

Prescribed Texts: None
Recommended Texts:

Anusavice KJ, 2003 Phillip's Science of Dental Materials 11 th ed, Elsevier (Saunders)

Baneerjee A and Watson TF 2011 Pickard's Manual of Operative Dentistry 9th ed, Oxford University Press

Schwartz RS, Summitt JB and Robbins JW 2003 Fundamentals of Operative Dentistry. A Contemporary Approach 3 rd ed, Quintessence

Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:

Students should:

  1. be able to access new knowledge from different sources, analyse and interpret it in a critical manner;
  2. develop skills in effective communication with teaching staff and peers;
  3. develop effective organisational skills and time management;
  4. develop skills in team work;
  5. be able to identify and address their own learning needs (self-evaluation).
Related Course(s): Doctor of Dental Surgery

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