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Year Long (Extended)
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This subject comprises four modules:
Pharmacology and Pain Management: local anaesthetics agents and drug schedules; the pharmacology of local anaesthesia; applied anatomy relevant to local analgesia; administration of infiltration and inferior dental nerve block analgesia, complications of local analgesia and the management of dental pain.
Oral Biology – cariology and periodontology: The causation, natural history, clinical appearance, treatment and prevention of the common dental conditions: caries and periodontal disease.
Oral medicine and pathology: healing and repair in the oral cavity; developmental abnormalities of the dentition; microbiology, biochemistry and pathology of caries and periodontal diseases; pigmentation of the oral mucosa; oral ulcerations; premalignant oral lesions; cysts of the oral region; dysplasia and neoplasia of the oral mucosa; odontogenic neoplasms; dermatological and salivary gland disorders; infectious diseases and specific oral infections; oral manifestations
Management of patients with complex and additional needs: management of patients with speech pathology; cardiovascular conditions; respiratory disease; endocrine, haematological, neurological, psychiatric and neoplastic disorders; and intellectual, physical and sensory disabilities.
Intended learning outcomes
On completion of the subject, students should be able to:
- recognise the causes and pathogenesis of the common oral conditions;
- compare the management of the common oral disorders;
- recall the biochemistry of teeth, supporting structures and saliva;
- recognise oral pathology in the clinical situation and to instigate appropriate referral;
- evaluate the relevance to dental care of the various medical conditions and associated therapies;
- identify the principles of pharmacology in relation to drugs and other medical agents used in dentistry;
- practice the administration of local analgesia;
- synthesise medical conditions and associated therapies which are relevant to dental care; and
- define periodontal pathogenesis, system conditions and the periodontium.
On completion of this subject students should:
- be able to access new knowledge from different sources, analyse and interpret it in a critical manner;
- have developed skills in effective communication with teaching staff and peers;
- have developed effective organizational skills and time management;
- have developed 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;
Last updated: 3 November 2022