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DENT4215 Introduction to Clinical Dental Practice 1

6 points
AvailabilityLocationModeFirst year of offer
Not available in 2021UWA (Perth)Face to face
In this unit, students will be introduced to the clinical management of patients as they learn how to perform a comprehensive oral clinical and radiographic examination in order to diagnose common oral and dental conditions in the clinical disciplines of Periodontics, Endodontics, Restorative (Operative) Dentistry, Paediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics. Concurrently, students will learn the theory of pain control and they will develop the practical clinical skills required to administer local anaesthetics to patients. Personal and professional development will continue throughout the Semester.
Students are able to (1) plan appropriate clinical periodontal treatment for patients with periodontal conditions; (2) develop competence in clinical dental practice through the examination of patients in the clinical setting and the provision of dental care to patients; (3) compose and implement initial treatment plans to prepare patients for further dental treatment; (4) explain the principles of, and requirements for, pain control during dental treatment; (5) compare the various local anaesthetic agents and techniques used in dentistry and explain the indications and contra-indications for their use; (6) demonstrate competence in the clinical skills necessary to administer local anesthetics to patients; and (7) demonstrate personal and professional development.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) written assessments; (2) practical assessments; and (3) professional behaviour 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 written assessments, practical assessments, and professional behaviour assessment (Pass/Fail) components.

Supplementary assessment is available for those students who obtain an overall mark of at least 45 in this unit, provided they have also i) obtained a mark of at least 45 in a specified component (barrier component) of the unit, and (ii) passed the professional behaviour assessment.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Victor Matsubara
Unit rules
DENT3001 Body Systems 1; DENT3002 Body Systems 2; DENT3003 Anatomy and Oral Sciences; DENT3004 Introduction to Clinical Dentistry; DENT3005 General Medicine and Pharmacology; DENT3006 Biofilm Sciences and Cariology; DENT3007 Fundamentals of Clinical Dentistry 1; DENT3008 Dental Public Health and Research Methodology
DENT4212 Fundamentals of Clinical Dentistry 2 Part 1; DENT4213 Fundamentals of Clinical Dentistry 2 Part 2; DENT4214 Fundamentals of Clinical Dentistry 2 Part 3
Approved quota: 56—50 domestic and 6 international places
Incidental fees
Incidental student fees and charges are costs incurred by students as part of their studies at UWA that are in addition to their tuition fees (further information is available here or contact your Faculty Office).
Participation in this unit will incur the following incidental fee(s):
(1) Laboratory coat (estimated cost - $42.00)
(2) Clinical Coat (estimated cost - $80-100)
(3) Safety Glasses (estimated cost - $30.00)
(4) Frasaco Teeth (estimated cost - $3 - 11 each)
(5) Headlights and Loupes (estimated cost - $1000-2000)
(6) Replacement costs for borrowed dental equipment (estimated cost - $20-$5000).
Contact hours
(approximately 6 hours per week) 3 lectures per week; average 3 hours practical/clinical sessions per week
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  • Unit readings, including any essential textbooks, are listed in the unit outline for each unit, one week prior the commencement of study. The unit outline will be available via the LMS and the UWA Handbook one week prior the commencement of study. Reading lists and essential textbooks are subject to change each semester. Information on essential textbooks will also be made available on the Essential Textbooks. This website is updated regularly in the lead up to semester so content may change. It is recommended that students purchase essential textbooks for convenience due to the frequency with which they will be required during the unit. A limited number of textbooks will be made available from the Library in print and will also be made available online wherever possible. Essential textbooks can be purchased from the commercial vendors to secure the best deal. The Student Guild can provide assistance on where to purchase books if required. Books can be purchased second hand at the Guild Secondhand bookshop (second floor, Guild Village), which is located on campus.