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Semester 2 (Early-Start)
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This subject will be conducted as a preclinical subject and builds on knowledge gained in 1st year DDS and first semester 2nd year DDS.
This subject has the following components: Oral Medicine, Oral Surgery and Special Needs Dentistry and Oral Pathology and Oral Radiology. Student learning will include: oral pathology and the presentation of oral disease and its pathological interpretation, including histopathology; oral radiographic interpretation of pathological processes; the part of surgery that deals with the diagnosis and surgical and adjunctive treatment of diseases, injuries and defects of human jaws and associated structures; the oral health care of patients with chronic and medically related disorders of the oral and maxillofacial region and their diagnosis and nonsurgical management; the oral health care of people with an intellectual disability, medical, physical or psychiatric condition that requires special methods or techniques to prevent or treat oral health problems or where such conditions necessitate special dental treatment plans.
Intended learning outcomes
On completion of this subject, the student will:
- the principles of oral infections not associated with the hard tissues of the mouth;
- the presentation and diagnosis of chronic and recurring oral mucosal ulcers, including recurrent aphthous stomatitis;
- the oral manifestation of a range of dermatology conditions;
- the diagnosis and management of gingival swelling and pigmented lesions;
- the oral manifestation of important connective tissue disorders;
- aspects of haematology important to oral mucosal conditions;
- the presentation, diagnosis and treatment of oral mucosal malignancy and potentially malignant lesions;
- the diagnosis and management of patients with chronic oro-facial pain and temporo-mandibular disorder.
- the extractions, the surgical removal of teeth, surgical management of third molars, management of medically compromised patients, the surgical management of unerupted teeth, haemmorrhage in a dental setting, as well as medical emergencies.
- principles and develop skills of diagnostic oral pathology including types of diagnostic tests available as these relate to dentistry.
- the basis of Special Needs Dentistry, gerodontics and related medical issues with aging, cardiovascular disease, developmental disabilities, neurodegenerative disorders, management of endocrine diseases, transplant medicine and dentistry as well as palliative dental care;
- and critique radiographs and other non-invasively produced iimages of the jaws, facial skeleton and temporo-mandibular joint.
- 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: 29 July 2022