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This subject covers general dental practice including treatment planning and clinical practice of integrated dental care encompassing complex periodontal treatment, endodontics, fixed and removable prosthodontics, paediatric dentistry 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. Students will engage in clinical practice at the Royal Dental Hospital of Melbourne providing holistic, patient-centred oral health care, covering all aspects of oral health learnt to this point in the course. They will also have treatment planning sessions in groups, facilitated by a clinical supervisor. This subject should also be viewed as working in combination with other third year subjects as a means to provide total patient care.
Intended learning outcomes
On completion of this subject, students should be able to:
- Understand the role and responsibilities of the general dental practitioner in the provision of comprehensive patient centred oral health care;
- Identify differing oral health care needs of individuals and groups within the community;
- Implement the concepts and practice of ongoing comprehensive patient-centred care in the prevention, identification, assessment and treatment of oral diseases - as opposed to the episodic management of symptomatic oral problems;
- Perform an accurate examination, diagnosis and treatment plan prior to commencing the care for patients with simple or advanced/complicated oral health issues (high caries and complex periodontal disease);
- Apply the concepts and practice of maintaining oral health and provide a prognosis;
- Implement and apply constant evaluation of techniques, peer review processes and the application of scientific rigour and principles to the resolution of clinical problems;
- Practise correct infection control in dental practice;
- 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.
- Apply the concepts and practice of ongoing total patient care in the prevention, identification, assessment and treatment of oral diseases, even for the more complex cases;
- Evaluate and implement a maintenance program of oral health care after treatment of patients including those with advanced or complex oral health problems;
- Recognise the need for referral in those situations which cannot be successfully managed in general dental practice or require specialist advice or intervention;
- Manage issues of safety in general dental practice;
- Manage behavioural aspects of patients including those with disabilities;
- 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 perform examinations in relation to endodontic treatment and formulate accurate diagnosis;
- Demonstrate skills to assess the endodontic case difficulty and be able to decide if a patient should be referred;
- Be able to perform simple endodontic procedures;
- Be able to apply the knowledge and skills gained from 2nd year preclinical procedures into clinical practice;
- Demonstrate developed clinical skills in restoring broken down teeth with indirect restorations – full coverage porcelain fused metal crowns, all metal crowns, direct core build up and cast post cores;
- Apply the principles of osseointegration of implants;
- Describe different implant components and their usage in a clinical setting;
- Undertake accurate history-taking, clinical oral examination and patient management of children and adolescents;
- Accurately produce, interpret and critique intra-oral and extra-oral radiographs of young patients and local analgesia administration in the child patient;
- Have developed skills in diagnosis and treatment planning and management of young patients in their care;
- Effectively communicate with young persons in the dental situation;
- Be responsible and safe in the dental management of young persons under your care;
- Perform a dental prophylaxis, place a rubber dam, place fissure sealants, issue mouthguard and perform challenging restorations including placement of stainless steel crowns;
- Manage the behavioural aspects of young patients in the dental setting with some assistance;
- 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: 24 January 2023