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; (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 anti-convulsants).
Typically this unit is assessed in the following ways: (1) exodontics Objective Structured Clinical Exam (OSCE) and (2) combined written examination: exodontics and general medicine. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is available for students currently enrolled in the unit who obtain a mark of 45 to 49 overall and a mark of at least 45 in any Failed Component(s).
Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr 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 Cariology; 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 hours: 24 and includes lectures and clinics
  • The availability of units in Semester 1, 2, etc. was correct at the time of publication but may be subject to change.
  • All students are responsible for identifying when they need assistance to improve their academic learning, research, English language and numeracy skills; seeking out the services and resources available to help them; and applying what they learn. Students are encouraged to register for free online support through GETSmart; to help themselves to the extensive range of resources on UWA's STUDYSmarter website; and to participate in WRITESmart and (ma+hs)Smart drop-ins and workshops.
  • Books and other material wherever listed may be subject to change. Book lists relating to 'Preliminary reading', 'Recommended reading' and 'Textbooks' are, in most cases, available at the University Co-operative Bookshop (from early January) and appropriate administrative offices for students to consult. Where texts are listed in the unit description above, an asterisk (*) indicates that the book is available in paperback.