Periodontics and Prosthodontics

Subject DENT90056 (2010)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2010.

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2010:

Semester 1, Hawthorn - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period not applicable
Assessment Period End not applicable
Last date to Self-Enrol not applicable
Census Date not applicable
Last date to Withdraw without fail not applicable

Semester 2, Hawthorn - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period not applicable
Assessment Period End not applicable
Last date to Self-Enrol not applicable
Census Date not applicable
Last date to Withdraw without fail not applicable

Intensive Mode

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 81 hours of lectures/seminars/workshops
Total Time Commitment: In addition to face-to-face teaching time of 81 hours, students should expect to undertake a minimum of 150 hours research, reading, writing and general study to complete this subject successfully.
Prerequisites: Students are required to complete Subject 360-899 before commencing clinical subjects.
Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Semester 1, Semester 2
Corequisites: nil
Recommended Background Knowledge: nil
Non Allowed Subjects: nil
Core Participation Requirements: For the purposes of considering requests 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, Generic Skills and Assessment Requirements of this entry. The University is dedicated to provide support to those with special requirements. Further details on the disability support scheme can be found at the Disability Liaison Unit website:


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Subject Overview:

The subject is comprised of two sections:

Section 1 – Periodontics

  • Anatomy of Periodontium
  • Signs and Symptoms
  • Diagnosis, classification and treatment planning
  • Systemic disease and periodontics
  • Treatment and maintenance
  • Oral Hygiene techniques and instruction
  • Periodontal surgery
  • Use of medications locally and systemically
  • Root resection
  • Furcations

Section 2 – Prosthodontics

  • Preparation Design
  • Management of short clinical crowns
  • Impression materials
  • Retraction techniques
  • Ceramic/ Ceramo-metal/Metal replacement of the missing tooth
  • Dental implants
  • Occlusion
  • Treatment of partially or completely edentulous patients with acrylic or cobalt chrome dentures

The subject objectives are to:

Section 1 - Periodontics

  • to demonstrate knowledge of the current disease management protocols in periodontics
  • to manage patients with basic periodontal disease
  • to assess the intra-oral and extra-oral soft tissues for disease
  • to assess and discuss the periodontium in health
  • to demonstrate a commitment to ethical professional practice
  • to recognize the legal implications of clinical practice
  • to demonstrate the ability to prepare and maintain clinical records
  • to demonstrate high ethical standards in the treatment of patients
  • to demonstrate both respect for all patients (independent of culture, language or background) and an understanding of social justice in the broad sense
  • to demonstrate communication strategies that match the needs of all people (including patients, colleagues and associates) within the profession
  • to communicate effectively with people to collect and interpret data from patients (and associated sources) to facilitate good oral and general health

Section 2 – Prosthodontics

  • to illustrate an understanding of oral biology, including detailed knowledge of the form and function of teeth
  • to explain the changes that occur with normal growth and ageing. Appreciate the properties of dental materials and teeth
  • to appreciate the physiology of the human body as it relates to dentistry
  • to demonstrate the required skills in basic diagnosis, radiographic interpretation and formulation of a treatment plan for a patient requiring a prosthodontic treatment
  • to describe the anatomical influences on treatment and prognosis.
  • to evaluate and consider the merits of relevant dental materials that may be used in prosthodontics
  • to demonstrate clinical and technical procedures required to produce prosthodontic works


Assessment for Section 1 – Periodontics (50% of total marks for the subject)
• Mid-semester and end-of-semester clinical practice exam in periodontal clinic including viva voce (15% each);
• Mid-semester and end-of-semester 1 hour written examination (10% each).

Assessment for Section 2 – Removable Prosthetics (50% of total marks for the subject)
• Diagnosis and treatment plan exam (including design) (25%);
• Mid-semester and end-of-semester 1 hour written examination (12.5% each).

Prescribed Texts: nil
Recommended Texts: Please refer to for details
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills: Students who successfully complete this subject should have:
• Understanding of general dental practice in Australia
Links to further information:
Related Course(s): Graduate Certificate in Clinical Dentistry

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