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DENT5162: Introduction to Orthodontic Theory

2024 unit information

This unit is a series of lectures and daily tutorials on fundamental orthodontic theory. The topics in this unit include the concept of growth and development, craniofacial anatomy and cephalometric analysis. Students are required to read and critically review the designated reading and present their views in the tutorials.

Unit details and rules

Managing faculty or University school:

Discipline of Orthodontic and Paediatric Dentistry

Code DENT5162
Academic unit Discipline of Orthodontic and Paediatric Dentistry
Credit points 6
DENT5160 and DENT5161
Assumed knowledge:
Knowledge acquired from the following online module topics: Introduction to facial growth development, Biology of tooth movement I, Biology of tooth movement II, Perio ligament: Anatomy and histology

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. demonstrate an understanding of the basic principles of growth and development of the craniofacial complex, prenatal growth and development, postnatal cranial base and calvaria growth
  • LO2. demonstrate an emerging understanding of the analytic tools to assess facial aesthetics and facial forms to assist in treatment planning and relating to treatment outcomes
  • LO3. demonstrate skill in the description and classification of normal and abnormal occlusion and to differentiate between functional and dysfunctional occlusion and recognise and analyse TMJ anatomy and understand current concepts on the development of TMJ dysfunction, including the ability to make a distinction between patients that may be treatable orthodontically and those who require further consultation
  • LO4. demonstrate knowledge in all aspects of orthodontic tooth movement, including cellular responses of the periodontal ligament, alveolar bone, and cementum, and an understanding of root resorption
  • LO5. demonstrate an emerging knowledge of paediatric sleep disorders, cleft-lip and palate, medically compromised patients and interdisciplinary treatment.
  • LO6. demonstrate knowledge in dental materials used in orthodontics such as arch wire and bonding adhesives
  • LO7. Demonstrate knowledge in research methodology and literature analysis

Unit availability

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Session MoA ?  Location Outline ? 
Semester 1 2024
Normal day Surry Hills, Sydney
Session MoA ?  Location Outline ? 
Semester 1 2020
Normal day Westmead, Sydney
Semester 1 2021
Normal day Sydney
Semester 1 2022
Normal day Surry Hills, Sydney
Semester 1 2022
Normal day Sydney
Outline unavailable
Semester 1 2023
Normal day Surry Hills, Sydney

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