UWA Handbook 2017

Unit details

DENT4208 Exodontics and General Medicine

Credit 6 points
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AvailabilityLocationMode
Non-standard teaching periodOral Health Centre of Western AustraliaFace to face
Content This unit equips students with knowledge relating to clinical dental sciences in the following domains: exodontia; gastroenterology and hepatology; nephrology; endocrinology; and neurology.
Outcomes 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).
Assessment Typically this unit is assessed in the following ways: (1) exodontics OSCE; (2) exodontics written examination and general medicine quiz; and (3) general medicine written examination. 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
Prerequisites: 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
Co-requisites: 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).
Unit Outlinehttp://www.unitoutlines.meddent.uwa.edu.au/Units/DENT4208/TS-B-3B/2017

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