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Unit Overview


This unit equips students with knowledge relating to clinical dental sciences in the following domains: cellular, molecular and functional immunology; pathology; antimicrobial agents; and etiopathogenesis, diagnosis and management of periodontal disease.

6 points

Students are able to (1) explain the concepts of natural and acquired immunity and their roles and interaction in immune responses; describe functions and properties of different cell types and organs that comprise the immune system; describe the range of immunological agents and mechanisms that provide immunity to infection and explain the nature of the immunopathology that accompanies infections; (2) explain processes involved in cellular damage, death, adaptation, inflammation and neoplasia; explain basic pathophysiology of normal and impaired wound healing; (3) list the four main cell metabolic processes that are the target of antimicrobial agents; explain how the disruption of metabolic processes cause the death of the bacteria; describe the pharmacology of the main classes of antibiotics and chemotherapeutics; present the mechanisms whereby organisms may acquire resistance to antimicrobial chemotherapeutic agents; and (4) describe the anatomy of periodontium and the causes of periodontal diseases; explain the progression and consequences of periodontal disease, including the microbiology and immunology of periodontal diseases and the relationship between periodontal disease and systemic conditions; explain the classification of periodontal disease; present the aims of periodontal treatment and discuss the situations when periodontal surgery should be considered; describe the different types of periodontal surgical procedures and conduct a comprehensive periodontal examination; assess the success of periodontal maintenance for patients; and explain the support care program for periodontal maintenance and describe the management of patients who fail to maintain an adequate level of oral hygiene for periodontal maintenance.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) written tests (antimicrobials MCQ and immunology SAQ); (2) periodontics practical; and (3) periodontics 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 requirements(s) or a mark of 50 per cent or greater, whichever is higher and specified in the unit outline, for the periodontics written examination component.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Julio Rincon
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
DENT4201 Endodontics and Fixed Prosthodontics.
DENT4203 Child and Adolescent Oral Health 1.
DENT4204 General Medicine and Surgery, Pain Control and Exodontics
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: 119 and includes lectures, practicals and clinics
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