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Unit Overview


This unit further builds on the fundamental knowledge and skills gained in the previous years of the DMD course. Students will continue learning in all the clinical disciplines that were introduced in the Integrated Dental Practice 1, 2 and 3 (IDP 1, IDP 2, IDP 3) units – that is, Periodontics, Endodontics, Restorative Dentistry (including Prosthodontics), Paediatric Dentistry, Orthodontics, Oral Surgery and Oral Medicine. New subjects will be introduced – these include Dento-Alveolar Trauma and Tooth Resorption, Public Health Dentistry, Implantology, Aesthetic Dentistry, Forensic Dentistry and Special Needs Dentistry.

Students will continue to provide clinical dental treatments pursuant to their patient's needs and the individual student's abilities. Students work in the clinics under the supervision of experienced academic and clinical staff. As the Semester progresses, the number and complexity of procedures undertaken will increase. Students will also be rostered to various specialist dental clinics to observe and participate in the management of patients requiring specialist dental treatment. Personal and professional development will continue throughout the Semester and students will continue working on the group research project that was commenced in 2nd Year of the DMD course - this project will continue throughout the remainder of the DMD course.

Professional Behaviour Requirements - Please refer to the Dental School Handbook regarding requirements and consequences of non-compliance, which can delay course progression and/or graduation, depending on circumstances.

24 points
(see Timetable)
Non-standard teaching periodUWA (Perth)Face to face

Students are able to (1) define the various types of dento-alveolar and maxillofacial traumatic injuries that occur in the primary and permanent dentitions and outline their aetiology, prevalence, mechanisms and clinical presentations; (2) define and explain the various types of resorption that affect the teeth and peri-radicular tissues, and explain their management; (3) outline the factors that affect the healing and outcomes of traumatic dental injuries; (4) explain the general principles for the emergency first aid management of patients following dento-alveolar and maxillofacial trauma, and explain the management of the various dento-alveolar and maxillofacial injuries; (5) demonstrate the clinical and technical steps required to perform a partial pulpotomy, to restore simple crown fractures and to place trauma splints; (6) discuss the strategies to prevent dento-alveolar and maxillofacial trauma and to reduce the consequences of trauma to the oro-facial region; (7) explain the local and national needs in health care and service delivery across Australia's geographical regions; (8) outline the principles of efficient, effective and equitable utilisation of resources in health care and service delivery across Australia's geographical regions; (9) demonstrate culturally safe and culturally competent practice that includes recognition of the distinct needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in relation to oral health care provision; (10) explain the different types of dental implants and outline the indications, contra-indications and potential complications of dental implants; (11) demonstrate the clinical and technical steps required for the placement and maintenance of dental implants; (12) explain how dental implants must be integrated into an overall oral and dental treatment plan; (13) explain the biological principles and goals of aesthetic dentistry; (14) outline the clinical and laboratory procedures required for aesthetic dentistry; (15) explain the scientific principles and legal aspects of forensic dentistry and what its practice entails; (16) illustrate how the principles and legal aspects of forensic dentistry apply to general dental practice; (17) explain appropriate methods of communication for people with cognitive, sensory and/or other communication impairments; (18) discuss social and medical considerations when treatment planning for patients with special health care needs; (19) demonstrate respect for patient autonomy and the role of the family and caregivers; (20) plan and take part in, where appropriate, the clinical management of special needs dental patients; (21) examine patients clinically to diagnose normal and abnormal growth and development, the common oral health problems from birth to adolescence, and malocclusions; (22) perform cephalometric and space analyses; (23) explain when co-operative children and adolescent patients should be referred for evidence-based orthodontic treatment; (24) demonstrate competence in the clinical and laboratory skills necessary to construct, insert and adjust removable orthodontic appliances in the clinical environment; (25) examine paediatric dental patients clinically and diagnose pulp and periapical conditions in primary and permanent teeth; (26) explain the aetiology, clinical manifestations and management of heritable dental disorders in children; (27) compose comprehensive treatment plans for paediatric dental patients and outline the pathways for dental care for children and adolescents.; (28) develop further the group research project that was commenced in 2nd Year of the DMD course and which will continue throughout the remainder of the DMD course; (29) report and analyse the data collected in this research project, and produce the relevant documentation required for the research project; (30) develop competence in clinical dental practice through the provision of dental care to patients; (31) compose and implement periodontal, endodontic, and restorative dental treatment plans, and plan the other dental treatment needs for patients; (32) plan and manage the maintenance of patients' oral health; (33) perform as an observer and, where appropriate, as the operating clinician, in specialist dental clinics; and (34) demonstrate personal and professional development.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) written assessments; (2) practical assessments; and (3) professional behaviour (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 (Pass/Fail) components.

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

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.
DENT4215 Introduction to Clinical Dental Practice 1.
DENT4216 Fundamentals of Clinical Dentistry 3 Part 1.
DENT4217 Fundamentals of Clinical Dentistry 3 Part 2.
DENT4218 Introduction to Clinical Dental Practice 2 Part 1.
DENT4219 Introduction to Clinical Dental Practice 2 Part 2.
DENT5310 Integrated Dental Practice 1.
Approved quota: 56—50 domestic and 6 international
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).
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
8 lectures per week
21 hours practical/clinical sessions per week
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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.