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Unit Overview


The modules in this unit equip students with the theoretical knowledge and clinical competencies for the comprehensive management of child and adolescent patients in the following domains: child and adolescent comprehensive care; cleft lip/palate management; crossbite correction; orthodontic space management; potential crowding and space maintenance; and vertical problems/habits.

6 points
Not available in 2024UWA (Perth)Face to face

Students are able to (1) diagnose normal from abnormal growth and development and common oral health problems from birth to adolescence; plan and apply individualised appropriate preventive dental care from birth to adolescence; employ evidence-based comprehensive dental treatment for uncomplicated cases in cooperative children and adolescents and (2) diagnose cleft lip/palate; present and discuss the immediate and long-term management of the patients with cleft lip/palate; identify skeletal and dental contributions to anterior crossbites; recommend appropriate treatment for anterior crossbites; explain the relevance of facial form to posterior crossbite diagnosis; list the etiologic factors of posterior crossbite; describe the rationale, the appropriate timing and appliance design for posterior crossbite treatment; discuss the indications and contraindications for the selection of space maintaining appliances; discuss the indications and contraindications for the selection of various space regaining appliances; describe the timing and sequence of treatment for space management; discuss the phenomenon of space loss; define vertical problem and its classification; describe epidemiology relating to vertical problems and malocclusion; identify skeletal patterns predisposing patients to deep bite and open bite; explain oral facial growth patterns and physiology as they relate to vertical problems; and identify treatment and timing for vertical problems.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) paediatric dentistry written examination; (2) paediatric dentistry clinical; and (3) orthodontic 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 orthodontic written examination component.

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

Unit Coordinator(s)
Associate Professor Robert Anthonappa
Unit rules
DENT4205 Conservative Dentistry and Restoration of Endodontically Treated Teeth
and DENT4206 Advanced Prosthodontics
and DENT4207 Child and Adolescent Oral Health 2
and DENT4208 Exodontics and General Medicine
DENT5301 Microbiology, Oral Pathology and Oral Medicine
and DENT5302 Research Design, Statistics and Dental Public Health
and DENT5303 Complex Oral Rehabilitation 1
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: 92 and includes lectures and clinics
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  • Contact hours provide an indication of the type and extent of in-class activities this unit may contain. The total amount of student work (including contact hours, assessment time, and self-study) will approximate 150 hours per 6 credit points.