Oral Surgery, Diagnosis and Radiology

Subject DENT90057 (2012)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2012.

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

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2012:

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

Intensive Mode

Timetable can be viewed here. For information about these dates, click here.
Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 42 hours of lectures/seminars/workshops
Total Time Commitment:

In addition to face-to-face teaching time of 42 hours, students should expect to undertake a minimum of 120 hours research, reading, writing and general study to complete this subject successfully.


Students must complete Subject 360-899 before completing the Clinical Subjects.

Study Period Commencement:
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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: http://www.services.unimelb.edu.au/disability/


Dr Chankhrit Sathorn


School of Melbourne Custom Programs
Level 3, 442 Auburn Road
Hawthorn VIC 3122

Phone - 03 9810 3245
Email - postgrad@commercial.unimelb.edu.au

Subject Overview:

The subject is comprised of two sections:

Section 1 – Oral Surgery & Diagnosis
• Local anaesthesia and exodontia
• Surgical removal of teeth
• Surgical removal of third molars
• Osteoradionecrosis
• Medications and dentistry
• Prescription writing
• Intra and extra oral lesions
• Diagnosis
• Management of oral pathology
• Temporomandibular joint disorders
• Oro-facial pain
• Haematological diseases

Section 2 – Oral Radiology
• Terminology
• Techniques and types
• Radiographic interpretation
• Safety
• Radiation Regulation and authorities
• Film vs digital radiology


The subject objectives for each of the sections are:

Section 1 – Oral Surgery & Diagnosis
1. to demonstrate the methodology of exodontia and minor oral surgery practice
2. to assess the degree of difficulty of patients requiring exodontia or oral surgical procedure
3. to be able to select the appropriate instruments, surgical technique for treating a patient and predict the likely outcome and complications
4. to manage the pain associated with exodontia and minor oral surgery treatment
5. to practice exodontia and minor oral surgery under local analgesia
6. to describe the principles of informed patient consent
7. to demonstrate the necessary skills to refer a patient to a Consultant (including for medical assessment) prior to minor oral surgery and exodontia
8. to apply the principles of general surgery, diagnosis and treatment planning to the treamtent of patients requiring exodontics and oral and maxillofacial
9. to interpret the collected data and make a clinical diagnosis
10. to recognise stress and be able to use strategies to manage stress

Section 2 – Oral Radiology
1. to interpret the collected data and make a clinical diagnosis
2. to assess intra-oral and peri-oral soft tissue structures for pathology
3. to use all laboratory equipment efficiently and within health and safety guidelines.


Assessment for Section 1 – Oral Surgery & Diagnosis (50% of total marks for the subject)
• End-of-semester clinical practice exam in exodontia clinic including viva voce (25%);
• End-of-semester 2 hour written examination (25%).

Assessment for Section 2 – Oral Radiology (50% of total marks for the subject)
• End-of-semester clinical practice exam in radiology clinic including a viva voce (25%);
• End-of-semester 1 hour written examination (25%)

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Recommended Texts:

Please refer to www.mccp.unimelb.edu.au 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: http://www.mccp.unimelb.edu.au/courses/specialisations/clinical_dentistry
Related Course(s): Graduate Certificate in Clinical Dentistry

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