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 aligned with their stage of learning whereby they are able to operate safely in a clinical environment, engage in interporfessional learning with other oral health programmes, 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. The paper is managed in three integrated modules that cover the various aspects of the course.
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- 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
- Avijit Banerjee, Timothy F. Watson. Pickard's Guide to Minimally Invasive Operative Dentistry. 10th Edition. Oxford, 2015.
- André V. Ritter, Ricardo Walter, Lee W. Boushell, Sturdevant's Art and Science of Operative Dentistry, 7th Edition - December 27, 2016.
- Summitt JB, Robbins JW, Hilton TJ and Schwartz RS. Fundamentals of Operative Dentistry. A Contemporary Approach, 3rd Edition. Quintessence, 2007.
- Fejerskov O, Kidd E. Dental Caries: The disease and its clinical management, 2nd Edition. Oxford: Blackwell Munsgaard. 2008.
- 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.
- Anusavice KJ, Phillips RW. Phillips' Science of Dental Materials. 11th ed. Philadelphia; London: W. B. Saunders, 2003.
- 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.
- Graduate Attributes Emphasised
- Lifelong learning, Communication, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Ethics, Environmental literacy, Information literacy, Self-motivation, Teamwork.
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- Learning Outcomes
The student who completes this paper is required to:
- Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the clinical environment and the procedures used for sterilisation and to minimise cross infection
- Demonstrate the knowledge and skills required to work safely and effectively on patients with different cultural backgrounds in dental clinics
- Demonstrate familiarity with dental instruments and develop skills in manipulation
- Demonstrate knowledge and application of the procedures for managing emergencies in the clinical environment
- Demonstrate knowledge on human tooth morphology of both deciduous and permanent dentitions and ability to accurately identify human teeth
- Demonstrate an awareness and application of ergonomic principles as they apply to the patient and operator in the clinic and also in clinical laboratories
- 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
- Demonstrate knowledge of the human deciduous and permanent dentitions
- 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
- Perform clinical techniques of fluoride treatment and tooth protection
- Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the principles of radiation safety
- Demonstrate the ability to safely take, mount and interpret intra-oral radiographs related to the dentition and the identification of dental caries
- Apply knowledge and understanding of the physical and biological properties of materials used to restore intracoronal cavities
- Apply knowledge and understanding of the physical and biological properties of materials used in removable prosthodontics
- Possess knowledge and skills necessary to carry out laboratory procedures required for removable prosthodontics
- Develop the skills of inquiry, critical appraisal, communication, team work by student-centre learning
- Demonstrate the ability to work as part of an oral health team with students from other oral health programmes
- Demonstrate the ability to communicate/deliver oral heath promotion instructions as part of an oral health team