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Semester 2 (Early-Start)
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Preclinical Dental Practice 2 is a continuation of Preclinical Dental Practice 1 and continues education into the surgical management of more extensive caries lesions and the process of restoration of lost tooth structure. The dental materials, their structure, properties and use for the restoration of lost tooth structure will also be covered. Students will learn more about correct posture in the dental operatory and working in a team (dental assistant and the operator) to prepare and restore teeth in a clinical simulation setting.
Intended learning outcomes
On completion of this subject, the student will be competent in:
- linking progression of dental caries and comprehending the decision process of when it is necessary to surgically treat caries lesions and restore teeth;
- self-evaluating the precision and accuracy of appropriate surgical removal of extensive caries;
- restoring teeth with extensive carious lesions on manikins;
- making an appropriate selection of a dental material and restoring a tooth to its original anatomical contour, function and form in manikins;
- using dental rotary cutting instruments for restoration and conservation of dental hard tissues with safe and precise manual dexterity;
- evaluating and critically appraising clinical research evidence as it relates to longevity of dental restorations;
- understanding concepts related to the risks and hazards of using instrumentation in the confined space of the oral cavity;
- the correct selection of the restorative material which will best restore a tooth to its original form and function;
- discussing the properties and uses of dental materials for conservation and restoration of carious and non-carious lesons;
- the basic principles applied in the design and execution of the preparation of cavities to restore carious and non-carious lesions;
- comprehending the importance of research outcomes and evidence to the decision making process for the correct restoration of teeth.
- be able to access new knowledge from different sources, analyse and interpret it in a critical manner;
- develop skills in effective communication with teaching staff and peers;
- develop effective organisational skills and time management;
- develop skills in team work;
- be able to identify and address their own learning needs (self-evaluation).
Last updated: 11 February 2021