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This subject covers the principles of general dental practice including treatment planning and the practice of integrated dental care encompassing complex periodontal treatment, endodontics, fixed and removable prosthodontics, paediatric dentistry, orthodontics 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 introduces students to more complex aspects of restorative dental treatment including the basic concepts and application of implant dentistry as part of a comprehensive treatment plan and overdentures.
Intended learning outcomes
On completion of this subject, students should be able to:
- identify differing oral health care needs of individuals and groups within the community
- apply the concepts and practice of maintaining oral health and provide a prognosis;
- communicate professionally amongst peers and patients.
- understand concepts related to the differential diagnoses of oral diseases and the use of special diagnostic procedures;
- understand concepts related to the conservative management of destructive lesions of the teeth and their supporting structures;
- understand concepts related to use of dental materials in a clinical setting;
- understand concepts related to the sequelae of the loss of all or part of the dentition, and complete and partial oral rehabilitation;
- understand concepts related to the control and prevention of dental caries and periodontal disease.
- recognise the need for referral in those situations which cannot be successfully managed in general dental practice or require specialist advice or intervention
- 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 comprehend the principles of osseointegration of implants;
- be familiar with different implant components and their usage in a pre-clinical setting;
- be able to formulate an accurate endodontic diagnosis;
- assess human growth and development from childhood, through adolescence and early adulthood;
- undertake basic treatment planning for child and adolescent patients.
- understand the importance of prevention, identification, assessment and treatment of oral diseases, as opposed to the episodic management of symptomatic oral problems;
- appreciate the value of maintenance of oral health after treatment of child and adolescents including those with complicated problems.
- 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 teamwork and workplace safety;
- Be able to identify and address their own learning needs;
- Develop self-awareness and skills to maintain their own mental and physical wellbeing;
- Be able to develop professional attitudes and behaviour.
Last updated: 29 July 2022