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Unit Overview


This unit equips students with knowledge relating to the clinical practice of conservative dentistry in an integrated setting.

6 points

Students are able to (1) perform comprehensive clinical examinations;

formulate diagnoses and management plans;

provide appropriate non-operative caries management;

provide appropriate caries control;

provide appropriate clinical endodontic treatment;

categorise and manage pain associated with pulp and periapical diseases and their endodontic treatment;

categorise and manage dental emergencies related to pulp and periapical diseases. recognise the scope of treatment that can be provided by specialist endodontists;

acquire adequate clinical experience in the implementation of specific therapeutic measures to treat the most common forms of periodontitis;.

use the clinical and therapeutic methods to establish a correct periodontal diagnosis and formulate proper treatment planning;

recognise the relationships between periodontal pathology and systemic diseases, identifying pathogenesis and preventive and therapeutic implications;

Identify surgical methods used to treat complex periodontal/peri-implant problems as well as those related to tissue reconstruction;

assess the success of periodontal maintenance for patients;

identify the support care programme for periodontal maintenance;

describe the management of patients who fail to maintain an adequate level of oral hygiene for periodontal maintenance.

identify patients in need for specialist periodontist assessment and management;

integrate and synthesise knowledge and skills to manage dental care for a patient within the haptic environment;

demonstrate competent use of a staged assessment tool for managing a clinical case within the haptic environment;

present the consequences and prognosis of surgical intervention in caries treatment;

discuss the current range of methods for caries removal, comprising both identification/ detection of what needs to be removed;

describe the cavity classification system in relation to carious lesions and restorations. within the haptic environment, safely demonstrate clinical procedures required in the removal of carious tooth structure;

discuss materials used to arrest or remineralise cavitated lesions. within the haptic environment, safely demonstrate the selection and handling of appropriate materials and instruments to restore the loss of dental hard tissue in form, function and aesthetics while at the same time preserving tooth structure;

explain the response of pulp and dentine to the processes of removing dental caries, placing a variety of restorative materials and procedures carried out within enamel and dentine. and (2) explain the biomechanic and biological principles of intra-radicular anchorage;

describe the types and explain the indications of custom and prefabricated intra-radicular posts;

perform tooth preparation for intra-radicular anchorage;

take impressions for fabrication of intra-radicular anchorage;

perform direct core build-up;

explain the principles, construct and insert temporary posts and crowns;

write correct laboratory prescriptions for fabrication of posts and core;

assess the quality of post and cores returned from the laboratories;

adjust and insert post and cores..


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) endodontics written examination; (2) periodontics written examination; and (3) restoration of endodontically treated teeth Test SAQ. 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 endodontics written examination, periodontics written examination, and restoration of endodontically treated teeth Test SAQ components.

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
DENT4206 Advanced Prosthodontics.
DENT4207 Child and Adolescent Oral Health 2.
DENT4208 Exodontics and General Medicine
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: 78 hours (includes lectures, practicals and clinics).
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