DENT5304 Child and Adolescent Comprehensive Oral Care 1 and Orthodontics

6 points
(see Timetable)
Non-standard teaching periodUWA (Perth)Face to face
The modules in this unit equip students with the theoretical knowledge and clinical competencies for the comprehensive management of child and adolescent patients in the following domains: child and adolescent comprehensive care; cleft lip/palate management; crossbite correction; orthodontic space management; potential crowding and space maintenance; and vertical problems/habits.
Students are able to (1) diagnose normal from abnormal growth and development and common oral health problems from birth to adolescence; plan and apply individualised appropriate preventive dental care from birth to adolescence; employ evidence-based comprehensive dental treatment for uncomplicated cases in cooperative children and adolescents and (2) diagnose cleft lip/palate; present and discuss the immediate and long-term management of the patients with cleft lip/palate; identify skeletal and dental contributions to anterior crossbites; recommend appropriate treatment for anterior crossbites; explain the relevance of facial form to posterior crossbite diagnosis; list the etiologic factors of posterior crossbite; describe the rationale, the appropriate timing and appliance design for posterior crossbite treatment; discuss the indications and contraindications for the selection of space maintaining appliances; discuss the indications and contraindications for the selection of various space regaining appliances; describe the timing and sequence of treatment for space management; discuss the phenomenon of space loss; define vertical problem and its classification; describe epidemiology relating to vertical problems and malocclusion; identify skeletal patterns predisposing patients to deep bite and open bite; explain oral facial growth patterns and physiology as they relate to vertical problems; and identify treatment and timing for vertical problems.
Typically this unit is assessed in the following ways: (1) paediatric dentistry written examination; (2) paediatric dentistry clinical Pass/Fail; and (3) orthodontic written examination. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Sobia Zafar
Unit rules
DENT4201 Endodontics and Fixed Prosthodontics; DENT4202 Immunology, Pathology and Periodontics; DENT4203 Child and Adolescent Oral Health 1; DENT4204 General Medicine and Surgery, Pain Control and Exodontics; DENT4205 Conservative Dentistry and Restoration of Endodontically Treated Teeth; DENT4206 Advanced Prosthodontics; DENT4207 Child and Adolescent Oral Health 2; DENT4208 Exodontics and General Medicine
DENT5301 Microbiology, Oral Pathology and Temporomandibular Disorders; DENT5302 Research, Dental Public Health and Oral Implantology; DENT5303 Complex Oral Rehabilitation 1
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: 92 hours (includes lectures and clinics)
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