DS1002 - Introduction to Dental Science 2
|Student Contribution Band:
||College of Medicine & Dentistry
This subject provides an introduction to the basic procedures associated with clinical
dental practice. Safe working practices in the dental clinic, infection control, ergonomics
and occupational health will be examined. Students will be introduced to taking medical
and dental histories, dental and soft-tissue charting, the identification of dental
caries and periodontal disease, and treatment planning. The equipment and techniques
used for restorative dentistry will be introduced, and there will be a strong emphasis
on preventive dentistry, and the various approaches that may be used, including patient
risk-assessment. The subject will also provide information on dental development and
eruption timing and sequences, and on the morphology and terminology of both the deciduous
and permanent dentitions and the dental pulp. The basic pathological processes of
infection and inflammation and the role they play in oral disease will be introduced.
Students will be introduced to the range of dental materials that are used in the
clinic, together with their various physical and chemical properties, and with the
factors that influence the choice of a particular material for restorative dentistry.
Students will begin to develop the technical and practical skills that are central
to being a competent dental practitioner. A strong emphasis will be placed on the
value of integrating and synthesising a broad range of information, and then applying
that to real-life problem solving situations. From that aspect, this subject will
extend some of the material that has been introduced in Anatomy and Physiology, and
contextualise its importance in clinical dental practice. In this subject students
undertake a one-week observational clinical placement in a private dental practice
as an introduction to the clinical environment. Students observe and reflect on four
main elements of dental practice: professionalism, infection control procedures, patient
and practice management, and clinical procedures.
- Identify and describe the anatomy and function of blood vessels, nerves, skin and
associated structures of the oral region, including the tongue;
- Demonstrate sound teamwork, ethics, confidentiality and communication principles in
relation to other members of the dental team;
- Develop a sound knowledge of oral and dental anatomy by the identification of oral
structures including the dentitions and hard and soft tissues;
- Identify and select materials and medicaments to perform basic dental procedures;
- Demonstrate competency in occlusal fissure sealing, preparing cavities and restoring
permanent teeth in the simulated environment.
Study Period 2
|Census Date 29-Aug-2019
||Professor Alan Nimmo
||Dr Kornelija Sfera, Miss Sharron Long, Assoc. Professor Geoff Booth, Dr Kathryn Meldrum, Dr Ernie Jennings, Dr Kevin Ang, Professor Alan Nimmo.
- 52 hours lectures
- 13 hours tutorials
- 39 hours practicals
- 30 hours placement
||end of semester exam (% - 50%); other exams (% - 20%); quizzes or tests (% - 15%); assignments (% - 15%).
|Special Assessment Requirements:
||Satisfactory completion of set competency tasks. Students must pass all components
of assessment to pass the subject. Students must complete the observational placement
in a professional manner in accordance with College of Medicine and Dentistry expectations.
Minor variations might occur due to the continuous Subject quality improvement process,
and in case
of minor variation(s) in assessment details, the Subject Outline represents the latest