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Unit Overview


This unit provides knowledge and clinical skills including relevant concepts in general surgery, anaesthesiology, pharmacology, oral medicine, orofacial pain, oral pathology and oral surgery. Students learn to perform tooth extractions, manage post-extraction complications, assess and diagnose oral diseases, conduct diagnostic tests including radiology, histopathology, microbiology and haematology/biochemistry/serology.

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

Students are able to (1) discuss indications contraindication, technique, side effects and complications of sedation and general anaesthesia in dentistry; (2) plan for and perform simple and complicated tooth extraction; (3) diagnose the source of pain and manage post-extraction complications; (4) clinically assess, diagnose and manage local oral diseases and systemic pathology that presents in the mouth; (5) examine patients whose presenting complaint is not immediately dentally related and order and interpret diagnostic tests including radiology, histopathology, microbiology and haematology/biochemistry/serology; (6) display professional behaviour in the educational and clinical settings,; (7) discuss challenges to professionalism and reflect on professional behaviours in the clinical setting; (8) display critical and insightful self-reflection of their own personal values, wellbeing, personal difficulties and professional performance; and (9) respond to professionalism challenges and insightful self reflection by implementing effective management strategies.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) written assessment oral medicine, oral pathology, orofacilal pain and oral surgery (SLO 1, 2, 3, 4, 5); (2) OSCE oral medicine and oral pathology (SLO 4, 5); (3) OSCE oral surgery (SLO 1, 2, 3); and (4) professional behaviour assessment. 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 assessment oral medicine, oral pathology, orofacilal pain and oral surgery (SLO 1, 2, 3, 4, 5), OSCE oral medicine and oral pathology (SLO 4, 5), and professional behaviour assessment components.

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

Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Magdalen Foo
Unit rules
DENT4221 Diagnostic and Surgical Sciences.
DENT4231 Restorative and Rehabilitative Sciences 1.
DENT4232 Restorative and Rehabilitative Sciences 2.
DENT4233 Restorative and Rehabilitative Sciences 3.
DENT4211 Developmental and Behavioural Sciences 1 DENT4234 Restorative and Rehabilitative Sciences 4 DENT4235 Restorative and Rehabilitative Sciences 5
and DENT4236 Restorative and Rehabilitative Sciences 6
DENT5312 Developmental and Behavioural Sciences 2.
DENT5337 Restorative and Rehabilitative Sciences 7.
and DENT5338 Restorative and Rehabilitative Sciences 8
Approved quota: 56—50 domestic includes high academic achievement direct pathway: 24 places, indigenous entry, rural: 3 places and standard pathway graduate applicants: 20; and 6 international.
Contact hours
lectures: 1 hour
clinics: 3 hours
practicals: 3 hours
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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.