|Year of offer||2019|
|Subject level||Undergraduate Level 1|
|Fees||Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date|
This subject comprises four components.
Dental Materials: Classification of dental materials; polymers, amalgams; resin composites and adhesive materials; gypsum and agar products; glass ionomer and other dental cements; and abrasives.
Preclinical Procedures: rubber dam principles and application; scaling, tooth debridement and periodontal instrumentation; minimal intervention approaches to the management of dental caries; cavity preparation and restoration placement in deciduous and permanent teeth; polishing teeth and restorations; removal of overhangs; impressions and study models; and the clinical application of dental materials, maintenance of dental equipment; safe work practices; operator positions; principles of hand instrumentation.
Clinical procedures: Infection control in dental practice in accordance with the current NH&MRC guidelines; team dentistry; patient history taking and examination; and the provision of preventive dental services.
Oral Radiology: Forms of radiation; biological effects of radiation; radiation safety and protection measures; the dental X-ray machine; X-ray beam and image formation; techniques for producing radiographic images; intra and extra oral radiographs; radiographic film; film handling, processing and storage; digital radiography; indications for dental radiographs; radiographic interpretation; and common errors in radiographic techniques.
Other Costs - Dental Instruments: 1st year students are required to purchase dental instruments/equipment early in the first week of the course. The kit costs approximately $4,000 and will provide the required preclinical instruments for the 1st and 2nd years of the BOH program.
Intended learning outcomes
On completion of this subject, students should:
- Understand the nature of dental caries and periodontal diseases and appreciate the necessity for a preventive approach to their management in a clinical setting.
Demonstrate skills and knowledge to:
- Identify and record a patient’s oral condition;
- Identify and evaluate dental materials used in the identification, recording, prevention and treatment of dental diseases;
- Use the principles and techniques of conservative dentistry to restore tooth function;
- Select and use appropriate instruments for basic periodontal therapy;
- Effectively manage patients and their families in a clinical setting;
- Manage common medical emergencies that may be encountered in the dental environment; and
- Work safely in the laboratory and clinical settings observing infection control, occupational health and safety and radiation safety guidelines.
On completion of this subject, students should have developed skills in:
- manual dexterity;
- independent learning;
- observation and organisation;
- collection, analysis and presentation;
- time management and planning through class preparation, revision and assignment completion;
- critical evaluation and application of theory to practice;
- reporting evidence;
- effective communication and teamwork;
- self reflection and evaluation.