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Oral Health Practice 1 (ORAL10005)

Undergraduate level 1Points: 37.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelUndergraduate Level 1
Subject codeORAL10005
Year Long
FeesSubject 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.

Generic skills

On completion of this subject, students should have developed skills in:

  • manual dexterity;
  • independent learning;
  • communication;
  • 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.

Last updated: 20 March 2019