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Unit Overview


The orthodontic component of this unit concentrates on the general growth and development of the body, introducing development of the craniofacial complex including dentition and occlusion; occlusion; malocclusion including the classification, prevalence, aetiology, evaluation, diagnosis and characteristics of all types of malocclusion; the histological response to orthodontic and orthopaedic forces; the principles of treatment and their application; interceptive and preventive orthodontics; and elementary cephalometrics. The paediatric component of the unit introduces students to the theory and techniques required to treat the child patient. The didactic program includes behaviour development and management techniques used in treating normal and mildly uncooperative children; clinical preventive dentistry; developmental orthodontics; pain control; restorative procedures; clinical application of cariology and pulpal therapy; and treatment of traumatic injuries in the primary dentition.

6 points

Students are able to (1) demonstrate knowledge of the growth and development of the craniofacial complex including dentition and occlusion; (2) demonstrate the principles of occlusion and malocclusion—including classification, prevalence, aetiology, evaluation, diagnosis and characteristics of all types of malocclusion; (3) demonstrate knowledge of diagnosis and treatment of dental anomalies, pathologies and trauma in children; (4) demonstrate knowledge of examination, diagnosis and comprehensive treatment planning in relation to the biological and psychological changes that occur in the growing child; (5) communicate appropriately with children; (6) demonstrate knowledge of behaviour management techniques; and (7) demonstrate knowledge of appropriate treatment modalities for children.


This comprises a combination of formative and summative methods in the form of a practical assessment (20 per cent), written assessment (50 per cent) and a final examination (30 per cent).

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

Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Kate Dyson
Unit rules
Approved quota: 10
Contact hours
3 hours per week

Cameron, A. C. and Widmer, R. P. Handbook of Pediatric Dentistry, 2nd edn: Mosby 2003

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