UWA Handbook 2017

Unit details

DENT5306 Introduction to Dental Practice, Maxillofacial Infections and Trauma

Credit 6 points
(see Timetable)
Non-standard teaching periodUWA (Perth)Face to face
Content 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.
Outcomes Students are able to (1) describe the concepts related to commensal and potentially pathogenic micro-organisms; (2) define the clinical features, investigation and management of primary or reactivated infections of oral soft tissues; (3) describe clinical features of infections in immunocompromised patients; (4) describe the biomechanics of maxillofacial trauma; (5) describe the initial management of a trauma patient; (6) describe the presentation, investigations and the management of fractures of the facial skeleton, mandible, zygomatic complex; (7) describe the presentation and management of multiple trauma; (8) diagnose dental and oral injuries; (9) provide emergency treatment for dental injuries; (10) manage the various types of tooth reabsorption; (11) manage incomplete developed teeth following injury; (12) provide long-term management of injured teeth; (13) explain and promote strategies to prevent dental trauma; (14) describe the legal framework of dental practice; (15) describe the legal duties and responsibilities of an employer and of an employee in dental industry; (16) describe the legal processes to resolve conflicts with patients and with other dental staff; (17) describe key concepts and cases of medical law; (18) present the history of dentistry as a profession; (19) discuss key issues, ethical principles and contemporary schools of bioethics; (20) present implications of ethical dilemmas; (21) apply basic principles of personnel management related to a dental practice; (22) apply principles of conflict management, mediation and negotiation on a needs basis when dealing with staff, patients, colleagues or the general public; and (23) apply basic principles of financial management related to a dental practice.
Assessment Typically this unit is assessed in the following ways: (1) a mid-semester examination (integrated across modules, unit-based) and end of semester examination (integrated across units with DENT5305 Special Needs Dentistry and Orofacial Pain and DENT5307 Complex Oral Rehabilitation 2); (2) continuous clinical assessment (every clinical session); and (3) at least two instances of formative assessment. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s) Dr Magdalena Foo
Unit rules
Prerequisites: DENT4205 Conservative Dentistry and Restoration of Endodontically Treated Teeth; DENT4206 Advanced Prosthodontics; DENT4207 Child and Adolescent Oral Health 2; DENT4208 Exodontics and General Medicine
Co-requisites: 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).
Unit Outlinehttp://www.unitoutlines.meddent.uwa.edu.au/Units/DENT5306/TS-B-3/2017

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