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DENT261 The Dentist and the Patient 1

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An introduction to the clinical procedures used for examination, diagnosis and the management of patients in clinical dental practice. Properties of biomaterials and their use for restorative procedures.

The objectives of this paper are to introduce topics in clinical dentistry to enable students to reach a level of clinical competence whereby they are able to operate safely in a clinical environment, undertake prevention of plaque-related diseases and carry out basic restorative procedures in the clinical management of patients. The content and delivery of this paper will be integrated and coordinated with the other 2nd-year BDS papers, DENT 262 and DENT 263.

Paper title The Dentist and the Patient 1
Paper code DENT261
Subject Dentistry
EFTS 0.26
Points 33 points
Teaching period Full Year (22 February 2021 - 13 November 2021) (On campus)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $4,208.62
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $26,542.62

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Limited to
Teaching staff

Course Co-ordinator: May Mei

Paper Structure

The paper is managed in four integrated modules that cover the various aspects of the course. The paper modules and module co-ordinators are listed below.

Teaching Arrangements

Cariology/operative dentistry:

Summitt JB, Robbins JW, Hilton TJ and Schwartz RS. Fundamentals of Operative Dentistry. A Contemporary Approach, 3rd Edition. Quintessence, 2007. Available online here.

Fejerskov O, Kidd E. Dental Caries: The disease and its clinical management, 2nd Edition. Oxford: Blackwell Munsgaard. 2008. Available online here.

Kidd EAM. Essentials of Dental Caries, 3rd Edition. Oxford University Press, 2005.

Mount GJ and Hume RW. Preservation and Restoration of Tooth Structure, 2nd Edition.Knowledge Books & Software. 2006.

Rose, LF et al. Periodontics: Medicine, Surgery and Implants. Mosby, 2004.


Shillingburg HT, Wilson EL, Morrison JT. Guide to occlusal waxing. Quintessence, 2000.


Darvell BW. Materials science for dentistry. 8th ed. Hong Kong: B.W. Darvell, 2006.

O'Brien WJ. Dental materials and their selection. 4th ed. Chicago: Quintessence Pub. Co., 2008. Available online here.

Anusavice KJ, Phillips RW. Phillips' Science of Dental Materials. 11th ed. Philadelphia; London: W. B. Saunders, 2003. Available online here.

Craig RG. Restorative Dental Materials. 11th ed. London: Mosby, 2002.

van Noort R, Introduction to Dental Materials. 3rd ed. New York: Mosby, 2007

McCabe JF. Applied dental materials. 9th ed. Chichester: John Wiley & Sons Ltd, 2009 (online)

Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Lifelong learning, Communication, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Ethics, Environmental literacy, Information literacy, Self-motivation, Teamwork.
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Learning Outcomes

Students who successfully complete this paper will

  1. Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the clinical environment and the procedures used for sterilisation and to minimise cross infection
  2. Demonstrate the knowledge and skills required to work safely and effectively on patients in dental clinics
  3. Demonstrate knowledge and application of the procedures for managing emergencies in the clinical environment
  4. Demonstrate an awareness and application of ergonomic principles as they apply to the patient and operator in the clinic and also in clinical laboratories
  5. Demonstrate knowledge, understanding and application of patient assessment procedures including understanding of the importance of taking a medical history, the recognition of health and disease of oral tissues, recording the status of the dentition and surrounding oral tissues and the maintenance of accurate patient records
  6. Demonstrate knowledge of the human deciduous and permanent dentitions
  7. Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the clinical techniques used for the diagnosis and assessment of dental caries and gingivitis and the principles of management by prevention and operative procedures, including intracoronal restorations
  8. Perform clinical techniques of fluoride treatment and tooth protection
  9. Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the principles of radiation safety
  10. Demonstrate the ability to safely take, mount and interpret intra-oral radiographs related to the dentition and the identification of dental caries
  11. Apply knowledge and understanding of the physical and biological properties of materials used to restore intracoronal cavities
  12. Apply knowledge and understanding of the physical and biological properties of materials used in removable prosthodontics
  13. Possess knowledge and skills necessary to carry out laboratory procedures required for removable prosthodontics

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Full Year (22 February 2021 - 13 November 2021)

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Stream Days Times Weeks
A1 Monday 08:00-08:50 28-34, 36-41
Monday 10:00-10:50 9-13, 15-16, 18-22, 28-34, 36-41
Monday 14:00-14:50 9-13, 15-16, 18-22
C1 Wednesday 14:00-14:50 28-34, 36-41
D1 Thursday 10:00-10:50 18, 28-34, 36-41
Thursday 17:00-17:50 12