Specialist Dental Practice 2

Subject DENT90075 (2013)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2013.

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

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2013:

July, 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: 115 hours (indicative)
Total Time Commitment:



Successful completion of all Semester 1 (Teaching Blocks 1 and 2) DDS third year subjects.



Recommended Background Knowledge:


Non Allowed Subjects:


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: http://www.services.unimelb.edu.au/disability/


Dr Chankhrit Sathorn


Melbourne Dental School

4th floor, 720 Swanston Street

Telephone: + 61 3 9341 1500

Email: enquiries@dent.unimelb.edu.au


Subject Overview:

This subject introduces students to the specialty areas of dental practice related to the provision of complex dental care including fixed prosthodontics and implants, clinical prosthodontics including crowns and bridges, overdentures and clinical endodontics. Students will learn about the basic principles and techniques associated with these areas of clinical dental practice. this subject works in combination with the Clinical Dental Practice 5 subject as a means to provide total patient care.


On completion of this subject:

the student should have developed competences to:

  • complete an accurate comprehensive examination, diagnosis and treatment plan before commencing the care of a patient requiring a more complex level of treatment;
  • perform the more complex aspects of dental treatment procedures and recognise that oral health is an integral part of general health;
  • maintain oral health of patients after completion of treatment procedures including those with advanced or complicated problems;
  • recognise the need for referral where treatment cannot be successfully managed in a general dental practice or require specialist advice and/or intervention;
  • evaluate techniques, peer review processes and apply scientific rigour and principles to the resolution of clinical problems.

the student will have an understanding of concepts related to the principles of:

  • intra and extra oral radiology and radiation protection and its appropriate use as a diagnostic tool;
  • patient management in the context of more advanced care related to prosthodontics and endodontics;
  • conservative management of destructive lesions of the teeth and their supporting structures;
  • occlusion and occlusal analysis.
  1. 1 x 2 hour written paper on Prosthodontics and Endodontics at the end of Block 4 (40%)
  2. 1 x 1 hour OSCE exam on Prosthodontics and Endodontics at the end of Block 4 (40%)
  3. Continuing clinical assessment of patient log book throughout Blocks 3 and 4 (20%).

Completion of endodontic treatment on 3 teeth (one of which must be a multi-canal tooth) and completion of fixed prosthodontics treatment of 3 crowns and 1 cast post and core and submission of all endodontic and fixed prosthodontics case logs are required to sit the 2 hour written exam at the end of Block 4.

Prescribed Texts:

Rosenstiel ST, Land MF and Fujimoto J 2006 Contemporary Fixed Prosthodontics 4th ed, Mosby

Torabinejad M, Walton RE 2009 Endodontics: Principles and Practice 4th ed, Saunders, Philadelphia, Pa., London

Worthington P, Lang BR and Rubenstein, JE 2003 Osseointegration in Dentistry: An Overview, Quintessence

Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:
  • Workplace safety;
  • Critical analysis and decision making;
  • Time management and planning skills through class preparation, revision and assignment completion;
  • Professional practice and ethics.

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