DENT5631 Primary Dental Care

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
This unit prepares students for rural dentistry. It provides students with a basic understanding of anatomy of the head and neck, pharmacology, how to perform a dental examination, exodontia, first aid, infection control, local anaesthesia, pain diagnosis, preventive dentistry and what to do in a medical emergency.
Students are able to (1) carry out a complete dental examination, including history taking, charting, clinical examination, special tests and documentation; (2) demonstrate good communication and listening skills with patients, colleagues and when making referrals; (3) demonstrate a thorough knowledge of the concept of preventive dentistry, including oral hygiene instruction, the correct use of fluoride, fissure seals and preventive resin restoration; (4) demonstrate knowledge of the treatment of the medically compromised patient; (5) understand the importance of informed consent; (6) understand and demonstrate the concepts of ethical practice; (7) demonstrate an understanding of time management; (8) demonstrate a knowledge of anatomy of the head and neck; (9) demonstrate knowledge in infection control and aseptic technique; (10) demonstrate knowledge of diagnosis and treatment planning for acute pain relief; (11) understand local anaesthetic technique and basic radiographic technique; (12) treat a medical and dental emergency; and (13) demonstrate knowledge of the prescription and use of antibiotics and analgesics.
This comprises a combination of formative and summative methods in the form of clinical assessment (60 per cent), written assessment (20 per cent) and in-class quizzes (20 per cent).

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Associate Professor Estie Kruger
Unit rules
Approved quota: 10
Contact hours
3 weeks full-time
Unit Outline
Semester 1_2019 [SEM-1_2019]
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