DENT4208 Exodontics and General Medicine

6 points
(see Timetable)
Non-standard teaching periodOral Health Care Centre of WA (OHCWA)Face to face
This unit equips students with knowledge relating to clinical dental sciences in the following domains: exodontia; gastroenterology and hepatology; nephrology; endocrinology; and neurology.
Students are able to (1) manage simple and complicated exodontia as well as minor oral surgery; (2) describe the components of the digestive system and how digestive function occurs and how it is controlled; (3) list the drugs that can induce gastrointestinal (GI) haemorrhage; (4) explain oral manifestations of gastroenterological and chronic liver disease; (5) describe the pharmacology and the dental implications of common drugs used in GI therapy; (6) describe the pathology and treatment principles of different types of hepatitis; (7) describe the precautions in the dental management of patients with hepatitis and chronic liver disease; (8) present the anatomy of the components of the excretory apparatus; (9) explain the processes involved in urine formation; (10) explain the body's response to fluid loss, describe the dental management of patients with renal failure—patient receiving dialysis; (11) present the pharmacology of common drugs employed in renal failure with oral or dental implications; (12) describe the structure of the main organs of the endocrine system and how they interact; (13) describe the hormonal signalling systems activated through the hypothalamic/pituitary axis; (14) explain the synthesis, role and control mechanisms for serum levels of thyroid hormones; (15) describe the pathology and clinical signs and symptoms of thyroid dysfunction and goitre; (16) describe the mechanisms of glucose metabolism and homeostasis; (17) discuss the symptoms, aetiology and complications of type 1 and 2 diabetes; (18) present the pharmacology of drugs employed to treat diabetes; and (19) present dental problems in the stroke patient; and (20) discuss the differential diagnosis of headache, oral and facial pain and describe the drugs used in neurology with oral/dental manifestations (including anticonvulsants).
Typically this unit is assessed in the following ways: (1) exodontics Objective Structured Clinical Exam (OSCE) and (2) combined written exam Exodontics and General Medicine. Further information is available in the unit outline.

To pass this unit, a student must: (a) achieve an overall mark of 50 per cent or higher for the unit; and (b) achieve the requisite standard(s) for the exodontics OSCE component of the unit, as specified in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Ms Magdalen Foo
Unit rules
DENT4101 Anatomy Physiology and Cell Biology; DENT4102 Anatomy and Physiology for Dentistry; DENT4103 Introduction to Clinical Dentistry; DENT4104 Introduction to Research and Preventive Dentistry; DENT4105 Introduction to Cardiology; DENT4106 Introduction to Operative Dentistry; DENT4107 Introduction to Pain Control; DENT4108 Introduction to Removable Prosthodontics
DENT4205 Conservative Dentistry and Restoration of Endodontically Treated Teeth; DENT4206 Advanced Prosthodontics; DENT4207 Child and Adolescent Oral Health 2
Approved quota: 56—domestic (50) and international (6). For school leavers—rural (3), Metropolitan Pathway (3), Indigenous (3), high academic achievement (5), international (3). For graduates—rural (2), Metropolitan Pathway (2), Indigenous (2), international (3), graduates (30).
Contact hours
Unit hour 24 hours (includes lectures and clinics).
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