Clinical Dental Practice 4

Subject DENT90078 (2014)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2014.

Credit Points: 18.75
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject is not offered in 2014.

Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 171 hours (indicative)
Total Time Commitment:

171 contact hours (indicative), 32 non-contact (indicative)

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


Melbourne Dental School

4th floor, 720 Swanston Street

Telephone: + 61 3 9341 1500


Subject Overview:

This subject covers general dental practice including treatment planning and clinical practice of integrated dental care. Students will engage in clinical practice providing holistic, patient-centred oral health care, covering all aspects of oral health learnt to this point in the course. They will also have treatment planning sessions in groups, facilitated by a clinical supervisor. This subject should also be viewed as working in combination with the Specialist Clinical Practice as a means to provide total patient care.

Learning Outcomes:

On completion of this subject, students should be able to:

  • understand the role and responsibilities of the general dental practitioner in the provision of comprehensive patient care;
  • identify differing oral health care needs of individuals and groups within the community;
  • implement the concepts and practice of ongoing comprehensive patient-centred care in the prevention, identification, assessment and treatment of oral diseases - as opposed to the episodic management of symptomatic oral problems;
  • perform an accurate examination, diagnosis and treatment plan prior to commencing the care for patients with simple or advanced/complicated oral health issues;
  • apply the concepts and practice of maintaining oral health and provide a prognosis;
  • implement and apply constant evaluation of techniques, peer review processes and the application of scientific rigour and principles to the resolution of clinical problems;
  • practise correct infection control in dental practice;
  • communicate professionally amongst peers and patients.

the student will have an understanding of concepts related to:

  • the differential diagnoses of oral diseases and the use of special diagnostic procedures;
  • the conservative management of destructive lesions of the teeth and their supporting structures;
  • use of dental materials in a clinical setting;
  • the sequelae of the loss of al or part of the dentition, and complete and partial oral rehabilitation;
  • the control and prevention of dental caries and periodontal disease.

  1. On-going clinical supervisors' assessment on general dental practice, high caries risk, complex periodontal treatment and treatment planning throughout Blocks 1 and 2 (30%);
  2. 1 x 2 hour written exam on general dental practice, high caries risk, complex periodontal treatment and treatment planning at the end of Block 2 (30%);
  3. Clinical Assessment on treatment planning and patient management at the end of Block 2 (40%).
Prescribed Texts:

There are no prescribed texts; however students will be referred to current journal papers, appropriate references and learning material throughout the year.

Recommended Texts:

2010 Practical Guides for Successful Dentistry, Australian Dental Association

Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
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 teamwork and workplace safety;
  5. be able to identify and address their own learning needs;
  6. develop self-awareness and skills to maintain their own mental and physical wellbeing.

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