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    Advanced biomedical sciences to underpin modern sophisticated management of dental diseases and diseases of the oral region.

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    Paper title Biomedical Sciences 3
    Subject Dentistry
    EFTS 0.15
    Points 18 points
    Teaching period Semester 1 (On campus)
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    Course Co-ordinator: Dr Fiona Firth


    Biomaterials module recommended texts and references:

    • 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
    • Yamamoto M. Metal-ceramics: principle and methods of Makoto Yamamoto. Chicago: Quintessence Pub. Co., 1985
    • Chu SJ, Devigus A, Mieleszko A. Fundamentals of color: shade matching and communication in esthetic dentistry. Chicago: Quintessence Pub. Co, 2004

    Oral Pathology in Clinical Practice module recommended texts and references:

    • Soames J.V. & Southam J.C. Oral Pathology, 4th Edition, Oxford University Press, 2005
    • Neville B.W., Damm D.D., Allan C.M. & Bouquot J.E. Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology, 3rd Edition. WB Saunders Co., 2009

    Applied Growth and Development module recommended texts and references:

    • Cameron AC and Widmer RP (editors). Handbook of Pediatric Dentistry 5th edition. Elsevier 2021
    • Lightfoot C, Cole M and Cole SR. The Development of Children 8th edition. Worth Publishers 2018
    • Mitchell L and Littlewood S. An introduction to Orthodontics 5th edition. Oxford University Press 2019
    • Proffit WR, Fields HW, Larson B and Sarver DM. Contemporary Orthodontics 6th edition. Elsevier, 2018
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    Learning Outcomes

    Biomaterials module:

    • This module is to provide advanced teaching in clinical dental materials. This will improve the understanding of clinical materials and help material selection in modern dental practice. It builds on Biomaterials in DENT 261 and has particular emphasis on the application of clinical materials. Students, working in groups, will develop one of a series of topics given by the lecturer and give a group presentation to the class.

    Oral Pathology in Clinical Practice module:

    • This module explores the causes, epidemiology, pathology, investigations and behaviour of oral diseases of relevance to general dental practice. It builds on the Pathogenesis of Oral Diseases section of DENT 362 and has particular emphasis on diseases of the oral mucosa, bone and salivary glands. Students, working in triplets, will follow a current case accessioned in the Medlab Dental Oral Pathology Diagnostic Laboratory and present a report to the class.

    Applied Growth and Development module:

    • This module encompasses normal and abnormal growth from birth through childhood, adolescence and adulthood. It builds on the modules covering tissue growth and development in Oral Biology DENT 262 and DENT 362. Physical, language, social and psychological changes that occur throughout life are studied, and students will cover aspects of growth and development as they are affected by genetic and pathological conditions and present these to the class in a student-led symposium.


    Semester 1

    Teaching method
    This paper is taught On Campus
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    Stream Days Times Weeks
    A1 Monday 08:00-08:50 9-13, 15-20
    B1 Tuesday 14:00-14:50 10-13, 15-22
    Tuesday 15:00-16:50 9-13, 15-21
    E1 Friday 08:00-09:50 17-22
    Friday 10:00-12:50 8-12, 15-18, 20-22
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