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Semester 2 (Early-Start)
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This subject covers general dental practice including treatment planning and clinical practice of integrated dental care encompassing complex periodontal treatment, endodontics, fixed and removable prosthodontics and management of patients having extensive and/or complex treatment needs due to medical conditions, a severely compromised dental status and/or high caries risk. This subject should also be viewed as working in combination with Specialist Dental Practice 2 as a means to provide total patient care.
Intended learning outcomes
On completion of this subject, the student should be competent to:
- undertake and complete an accurate oral examination, diagnosis and treatment plan before commencing the care of patients with simple and complex dental problems;
- apply the concepts and practice of ongoing total patient care in the prevention, identification, assessment and treatment of oral diseases, even for the more complex cases;
- evaluate and implement a maintenance program of oral health care after treatment of patients including those with advanced or complex oral health problems;
- recognise the need for referral in those situations which cannot be successfully managed in general dental practice or require specialist advice or intervention;
- manage issues of safety in general dental practice;
- identify the nature, pathogenesis and management of diseases and disorders affecting oral tissues;
- manage behavioural aspects of patients including those with disabilities;
- recognise the diversity of clinical techniques and dental materials available to meet each individual's specific oral health needs and the limitations of particular treatment modalities;
- ensure the provision of ethical practice, quality assurance in dentistry and life-long continuing education.
- be able to access new knowledge from different sources, analyse and interpret it in a critical manner;
- develop skills in effective communication with patients, teaching staff and peers;
- develop effective organisational skills and time management;
- develop skills in teamwork and workplace safety;
- be able to identify and address their own learning needs;
- be able to develop professional attitudes and behaviour.
Last updated: 11 February 2021