DENT5306 Introduction to Dental Practice, Maxillofacial Infections and Trauma

6 points
(see Timetable)
Non-standard teaching periodUWA (Perth)Face to face
This unit equips students with knowledge and understanding of principles of jurisprudence and practice management, and they acquire competency in managing maxillofacial trauma and infections.
Students are able to (1) describe the concepts related to commensal and potentially pathogenic micro-organisms; define the clinical features, investigation and management of primary or reactivated infections of oral soft tissues; describe clinical features of infections in immunocompromised patients; describe the biomechanics of maxillofacial trauma; describe the initial management of a trauma patient; describe the presentation, investigations and the management of fractures of the facial skeleton, mandible, zygomatic complex; describe the presentation and management of multiple trauma and (2) diagnose dental and oral injuries; provide emergency treatment for dental injuries; manage the various types of tooth reabsorption; manage incomplete developed teeth following injury; provide long-term management of injured teeth; explain and promote strategies to prevent dental trauma.
Typically this unit is assessed in the following ways: (1) oral and maxillofacial surgery written examination MCQ and extended matching questions (EMQ); (2) dento-alveolar trauma written (Failed Component) examination SAQ; and (3) OMFS clinical assessment (Pass/Fail). 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 requirements(s) or a mark of 50 per cent or greater, whichever is higher and specified in the unit outline, for the dento-alveolar trauma written (Failed Component) examination SAQ component.

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
DENT4205 Conservative Dentistry and Restoration of Endodontically Treated Teeth
DENT4206 Advanced Prosthodontics
DENT4207 Child and Adolescent Oral Health 2
DENT4208 Exodontics and General Medicine
DENT5305 Special Needs Dentistry and Orofacial Pain; DENT5307 Complex Oral Rehabilitation 2; DENT5308 Child and Adolescent Comprehensive Oral Care 2 and Research
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)
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