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SDDM5112: Foundations of Clinical Dentistry A1

This unit introduces the concepts associated with Professional Practice, Clinical Management and Population Oral Health. It also addresses the morphology, development, eruption and exfoliation of teeth to provide a framework for understanding the structure of primary and permanent teeth. The student will also be introduced to the discipline of Cariology and the prevention and management of the disease of dental caries. Students will be introduced to ethics and law. The treatment and restoration of advanced carious lesions will be introduced in Tooth Conservation and Endodontics, where the early development of technical skills in the simulation clinic will be supported by didactic teaching sessions. Students may be required to attend classes at multiple locations.

Code SDDM5112
Academic unit Discipline of Restorative and Reconstructive Dentistry
Credit points 6
SDDM5111 and SDDM5113 and SDDM5114

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

  • LO1. identify and describe tooth tissues, types and functions of primary and permament teeth
  • LO2. develop competent decision making and technical skills in cavity design and restoration placement using direct restorative materials in simple cavities
  • LO3. identify endodontic terminology and instruments, and develop practical skills in basic endodontic techniques
  • LO4. develop a basic understanding of the scope of dental practice beyond the application of technical skills; dental scholarship and evidence-based dentistry, including effective communication, clinical ethics and moral reasoning with self-reflection to provide patient-focused care
  • LO5. develop an awareness of population oral health and challenges faced by different communities
  • LO6. describe the basics of clinical infection control and demonstrate its application in a clinical setting
  • LO7. describe and identify intra oral and extra oral anatomical landmarks as part of a clinical examination procedure
  • LO8. develop disciplinary knowledge and clinical skills for the provision of patient-centered care as part of the dental team, with the understanding of the need to be flexible and adaptable, and work collaboratively with other oral health practitioners.

Unit outlines

Unit outlines will be available 2 weeks before the first day of teaching for the relevant session.