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Semester 2 (Early-Start)
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This subject is a continuation of Oral Structure and Function 1. It will be conducted as a preclinical subject and has the following components: radiography and radiology, growth studies, occlusion and complete dentures. Student learning in Block 3 will include: introduction to dental radiology; dental radiographic techniques and interpretation of radiographs. Human growth phases and the influence this has on the provision of dental treatment in the specialities of paediatric dentistry and orthodontics is also introduced.
The specialty of Prosthodontics will commence in Block 4 and will cover the changes of orofacial structures that occur after tooth loss and how these affect oral health and function. Students will also learn the construction of complete dentures through a series of interactive lectures, videos and laboratory practical sessions. "Occlusion" of the teeth will be learnt through lectures and preclinical laboratory practical sessions to provide students with the necessary skills for application in clinical dental practice in DDS 2nd year. Students will learn the process of mounting dentate maxillary and mandibular casts on a dental articulator and will acquire skills in construction of occlusal splints. This subject will include the learning of jaw relationships, teeth and muscles of mastication and the learning of articulators which are used for construction of indirect prostheses and for analysis of diagnostic casts during treatment planning.
100% attendance at CAL and practical/laboratory sessions is expected.
Intended learning outcomes
On completion of this subject, students should be able to:
- summarise the terminology and nomenclature of oral anatomy essential for basic dental science;
- accurately produce radiographs and other non-invasively produced images of the jaws, facial skeleton and temporo-mandibular joint, on manikins;
- interpret and critique radiographic images of the jaws, facial skeleton and temporo-mandibular joint;
- understand the principles of x-ray production and their application to radiation safety;
- analyse different occlusal relationships of the natural dentition;
- analyse the growth stages (general, facial, dental) to distinguish normal from abnormal patterns and their relationship to provision of dental care;
- build on previous knowledge and be able to analyse implications of tooth loss;
- comprehend appraisal of the patient requiring removable complete dentures;
- discuss and review clinical and laboratory steps involved in construction of complete dentures;
- develop laboratory technical skills in construction of complete dentures;
- comprehend growth phases of the human body and their relevance to dental treatment in the specialties of orthodontics and paediatric dentistry.
- 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 and develop skills of workplace safety;
- be able to identify and address their own learning needs.
Last updated: 12 November 2022