Dental Practice 3

Subject DENT30003 (2011)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2011.

Credit Points: 62.50
Level: 3 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2011:

Year Long, Parkville - 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

Timetable can be viewed here. For information about these dates, click here.
Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 215 hours of lectures, seminars, tutorials, student-directed learning, clinical and practical (laboratory) work
Total Time Commitment: Not available

Successful completion of all 2nd Year BDSc subjects.

Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
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, 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:


Dr Matt Hopcraft


Melbourne Dental School

4th Floor, 720 Swanston Street

Telephone: +61 3 9341 1500


Subject Overview:

This subject comprises three modules:

Restorative Dentistry: The formulation of an integrated treatment plan for simple cases needing a combination of periodontal, conservative and/or removable prosthetic dental treatment; completion of complex forms of conservative dental treatment; principles of restoration of badly damaged teeth; taking and making diagnoses from 'routine' dental radiographs; selection and use of dental materials; principles of complete denture construction including simulation of clinical procedures, technical skills required in construction of complete dentures, the formulation of appropriate treatment plans integrating removable prostheses; the principles and prescription of a partial denture design; the construction of simple metal and acrylic partial dentures; principles of occlusion and communication with members of the dental team. Students must be familiar with the dental materials used in this unit. A reading list can be accessed on LMS.

Oral Health Practice: Continued emphasis on the primary prevention of dental caries and the prevention and treatment of periodontal diseases; measurement and understanding of the patterns of oral diseases in the community using epidemiological and statistical tools; designing, conducting and presenting dental research in the form of a basic oral health survey.

Growth and Development: The principles relating to the normal growth process, particularly dental and skeletal development and maturation; social and behavioural development of children and adolescents; growth prediction and its clinical application; recognition of normal and aberrant growth and occlusal patterns; the diagnosis of malocclusion and the extrapolation to future treatment needs; biomechanical and clinical aspects of orthodontics.


On completion of this subject, students should:


  • The application of epidemiology to solving dental public health problems;
  • The value and use of topical fluorides and other caries preventive measures;
  • Normal and abnormal growth and its assessment;
  • The principles of :
  1. intra-oral radiography and radiation protection;
  2. patient management;
  3. conservative management of destructive lesions of the teeth and their supporting structures;
  4. occlusion and occlusal analysis;
  • Use of dental materials in a clinical setting;
  • Pain management through the use of local analgesia;
  • The sequelae of the loss of all or part of the dentition, and complete and partial denture therapy;
  • The fundamentals of clinical periodontics.

Have developed skills in:

  • Collection, analysis and presentation of oral health data;
  • Communication, counselling and patient management;
  • Clinical oral examination, diagnosis and treatment planning of simple cases;
  • Intra-oral radiography and local analgesia administration;

Have developed:

  • Psychomotor skills in the conservative treatment of dental caries and periodontal diseases; and
  • Clinical skills for the treatment of edentulous and partially dentate patients.


  • The needs and difficulties associated with instituting effective preventive programs at an individual and community level;
  • The concepts of total patient care and the dentist's responsibility for the safe and effective management of persons in the dental situation; and
  • The need for precision, accuracy and self-evaluation.

  1. One 2-hour written examination at the end of Semester 1 (20%);
  2. Two 2-hour written examinations at the end of Semester 2 (each worth 20%);
  3. Practical laboratory examinations and a 15-minute viva voce examination at the end of Semester 2, continuing laboratory and clinical assessment (35%);
  4. Performance in seminars, one written assignment of no more than 1000 words and group presentation and written research project of no more than 3000 words (5%).

A pass in Section 3 and in each of the written examinations in Section 2 is required for an overall pass in this subject.

Prescribed Texts: None
Recommended Texts:

* Klineberg I, Occlusion: Principles and Assessment , Wright, 1991

* Shillingburg HT, Hobo S and Whitsett LD Fundamentals of Fixed Prosthodontics, 2nd ed, Quintessence, 1981

* Takei H, Newman MG and Carranza FA Jr Carranza's Clinical Periodontology, 10th ed, Saunders, 2006


Lindhe J, Kagging T and Lang N Clinical Periodontology and Implant Dentistry, 5th ed, Munksgaard, 2008


Wilson TG and Kornman KS Fundamentals of Periodontics, Quintessence, 2002

* Fejerskov O and Kidd E Dental Caries The Disease and its Clinical Management, 2nd ed, Munksgaard, 2008

* Goaz PW and White SC Oral Radiology: Principles and Interpretation, 3rd ed, Mosby, 1994

* Ranly DM A Synopsis of Craniofacial Growth, 2nd ed, Appleton and Lange, 1988

* Thylstrup A and Fejerskov O Textbook of Clinical Cariology, 2nd ed, Munksgaard, 1994

Anusavice KJ Phillips’ Science of Dental Materials, 11th ed, Saunders, 2003

Brocklebank L Dental Radiology – Understanding the X-Ray Image, Oxford University Press, 1997

Craig RG Restorative Dental Materials 10 th ed, Mosby, 1997

Davenport JC, Basker RM, Heath JR and Ralph JP A Colour Atlas of Removable Partial Dentures, Wolfe Medical, 1988

Enlow DH and Hans MG Essentials of Facial Growth, Saunders, 1996

Freer TJ Orthodontic Diagnostic Principles, University of Queensland, 1997

Geboy MJ, Muzzio TC and Stark AM Communication and Behavior Management in Dentistry, Williams and Wilkins, 1985

Grant AA and Johnson W Removable Denture Prosthodontics, 2nd ed, Churchill Livingstone, 1992

Grant DA, Stern IB and Listgarten MA (eds) Periodontics in the Tradition of Gottlieb and Orban, 6th ed, Mosby, 1988

Gray RJM, Davies SJ and Quayle AA Temporomandibular Disorders: A Clinical Approach, British Dental Association, 1995

Kantorowicz GF (ed) Inlays, Crowns and Bridges: A Clinical Handbook, 5 th ed, Wright, 1993

Kidd EAM and Smith BGN Pickard's Manual of Operative Dentistry, 7th ed, Oxford University Press, 1996

Langland OE and Langlais RP Principles of Dental Imaging, Williams & Wilkins, 1997

Malamed SF Handbook of Local Anaesthesia, 3rd ed, Mosby, 1990

Mitchell DA and Mitchell L Oxford Handbook of Clinical Dentistry, Oxford University Press, 1991

Murray JJ (ed) Prevention of Oral Disease, 3rd ed, Oxford University Press, 1996

Nizel AE Nutrition in Preventive Dentistry: Science and Practice , 3rd ed, Saunders, 1989

Pine CM (ed) Community Oral Health, Wright, 1997

Profitt WR and Fields HW Contemporary Orthodontics, 3rd ed, Mosby, 1999

Saunders, Elsevier (ed) Dentistry, Dental Practice and the Community, (BA Burt and SA Eklund), 6 th ed., 2005

Shillingburg HT, Jacobi R and Brackett SE Fundamentals of Tooth Preparations for Cast Metal and Porcelain Restorations, 2nd ed, Quintessence, 1991

Thomson H Occlusion, 2nd ed, Wright, 1990

Walqvist ML (ed) Food and Nutrition in Australia, 3rd ed, Nelson, 1988

Walton RE and Torabinejad M Principles and Practice of Endodontics, 2nd ed, Saunders, 1995

Watt DM and McGregor AR Designing Complete Dentures, 2nd ed, Wright, 1986

Watt DM and McGregor AR Designing Partial Dentures, Wright, 1984

World Health Organization Oral Health Surveys: Basic Methods, 3rd ed, WHO, 1987

Wright Community Oral Health, 1997

* Indicates Essential Reading

Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

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

On completion of this subject, students should have developed skills in:

  • Collection, analysis and presentation
  • Communication and counseling
  • Basic clinical procedures
  • Precision, accuracy and self-evaluation
Related Course(s): Bachelor of Dental Science

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