Clinical Dental Practice 5

Subject DENT90079 (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:

June, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 29-Jun-2015 to 24-Oct-2015
Assessment Period End 13-Nov-2015
Last date to Self-Enrol 22-Jul-2015
Census Date 31-Aug-2015
Last date to Withdraw without fail 25-Sep-2015

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 165 hours (indicative)
Total Time Commitment:

165 contact (indicative); 24 non-contact (indicative)

Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study and reasonable adjustments will be made to enhance a student's participation in the University's programs. Students who feel their disability may impact on meeting the requirements of this subject are encouraged to discuss this matter with a Faculty Student Adviser and the Disability Liaison Unit:


Dr Rebecca Wong


Melbourne Dental School

4th floor, 720 Swanston Street

Telephone: + 61 3 9341 1500


Subject Overview:

This subject covers general dental practice including treatment planning and clinical practice of integrated dental care encompassing complex periodontal treatment, endodontics, fixed and removable prosthodontics and management of patients having extensive and/or complex treatment needs due to medical conditions, a severely compromised dental status and/or high caries risk. This subject should also be viewed as working in combination with Specialist Dental Practice 2 as a means to provide total patient care.

Learning Outcomes:

On completion of this subject, the student should be competent to:

  1. undertake and complete an accurate oral examination, diagnosis and treatment plan before commencing the care of patients with simple and complex dental problems;
  2. apply the concepts and practice of ongoing total patient care in the prevention, identification, assessment and treatment of oral diseases, even for the more complex cases;
  3. evaluate and implement a maintenance program of oral health care after treatment of patients including those with advanced or complex oral health problems;
  4. recognise the need for referral in those situations which cannot be successfully managed in general dental practice or require specialist advice or intervention;
  5. manage issues of safety in general dental practice;
  6. identify the nature, pathogenesis and management of diseases and disorders affecting oral tissues;
  7. manage behavioural aspects of patients including those with disabilities;
  8. recognise the diversity of clinical techniques and dental materials available to meet each individual's specific oral health needs and the limitations of particular treatment modalities;
  9. ensure the provision of ethical practice, quality assurance in dentistry and life-long continuing education.
  1. On-going clinical supervisors' assessment on clinical general dental practice, treatment planning and complex periodontics throughout Blocks 3 and 4 (30%);
  2. 1 x 3 hour written exam on clinical general dental practice, treatment planning and complex periodontics at the end of Teaching Block 4 (30%)
  3. Case presentation exam (40%).
Prescribed Texts:

There are no prescribed texts; however students will be referred to current journal papers, appropriate references and learning material throughout the year.

Recommended Texts:

2010 Practical Guides for Successful Dentistry, Australian Dental Association

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 patients, teaching staff and peers;
  3. develop effective organisational skills and time management;
  4. develop skills in teamwork and workplace safety;
  5. be able to identify and address their own learning needs;
  6. be able to develop professional attitudes and behaviour.

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