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This subject will be conducted as a pre-clinical laboratory subject building practical skills to prepare students for dental clinical practice. Students will develop initial manual dexterity and self-evaluation skills using virtual simulation facilities. Students will apply knowledge of disease processes, anatomy, common materials, equipment and instrumentation, and techniques for the management of caries (decay) and periodontal (gum) diseases. Students will undertake tasks on manikins to develop skills in preparing and restoring lost tooth structure (fillings), and in periodontal cleaning. Students will learn about correct posture, safety, and working as a team (assistant and operator) in the dental operatory during the provision of these procedures.
Intended learning outcomes
On completion of this subject the students will be competent in:
- the use of dental instruments for surgical management of dental caries;
- restoring teeth requiring small restorations on manikins;
- pplication of concepts of minimal intervention to clinical dental practice;
- 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 teeth 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;
- 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;
- the basic principles applied in the design and execution of the preparation of cavities to restore carious and non-carious lesions;
- using instruments appropriately for removal of plaque (tooth debridement) on manikins.
- 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 organizational skills and time management;
- develop skills in team work;
- be able to identify and address their own learning needs (self evaluation);
- understand the need for precision, accuracy and self-evaluation;
- be able to handle and dispose of chemicals and other laboratory materials safely following proper protocol.
Last updated: 9 October 2021