Preclinical Dental Practice 2

Subject DENT90062 (2011)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2011.

Credit Points: 6.25
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject is not offered in 2011.

Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 67 hours (41 contact and 16 non-contact)
Total Time Commitment: Not available

Successful completion of Teaching Blocks 1 and 2 subjects.

Corequisites: None.
Recommended Background Knowledge: None.
Non Allowed Subjects: N/A.
Core Participation Requirements:

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Subject Overview: Preclinical Dental Practice 2 is a continuation of Preclinical Dental Practice 1. It 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.

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

  1. link progression of dental caries to treatment to surgical removal of diseased dental hard tissues;
  2. restore a tooth to its original anatomical contour, function and form;
  3. make an appropriate selection of a dental material to restore lost tooth structure;
  4. safely use dental rotary cutting instruments for restoration and conservation of dental hard tissues with safe and precise manual dexterity;
  5. ensure precision, accuracy and self-evaluation of surgical removal of tooth structure;
  6. evaluate and critically appraise clinical research evidence as it relates to longevity of dental restorations.

The student will also have an understanding of concepts related to:

  1. the risks and hazards of using instrumentation in the confined space of the oral cavity;
  2. the decision process of when it is necessary to surgically treat a caries lesion;
  3. the correct selection of the restorative material which will best restore a tooth to its original form and function;
  4. the properties and uses of dental materials for conservation and restoration of carious and non-carious lesions;
  5. the basic principles applied in the design and execution of the preparation of cavities to restore carious and non-carious lesions;
  6. the importance of research outcomes and evidence to the decision making process for the correct restoration of teeth.
  1. 4 x short practical competency tests throughout Teaching Blocks 3 and 4 - pass/fail*
  2. 1 x 1 hour written exam on Conservative Dentistry at the end of Teaching Block 4 (60%);
  3. 1 x 3 hour practical exam on Conservative Dentistry at the end of Teaching Block 4 (40%).

* A pass in Section (1) is required to proceed to clinical practice.

Prescribed Texts:

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

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

Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

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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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