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Scientific Basis of Modern Dentistry


The course is provided by staff and postgraduate students of the Faculty of Dentistry. It was developed to help dentists update their knowledge and skills in some aspects of general dentistry, and for those preparing for the New Zealand Dental Council written examinations.

The course aims to provide a broad-based review of aspects of general dentistry at an undergraduate level through seminars and demonstrations.

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Course outline

Dental Materials

  • Biological reactions to restorative materials
  • Composite systems
  • Dental amalgam
  • Glass ionomers
  • Multisurface adhesives
  • Porcelain systems
  • Systemic toxicity and dental materials

Oral Biology

  • Ageing
  • Caries
  • Chemosensation
  • Craniofacial genetics
  • Craniofacial pain
  • Growth
  • Mastication
  • Pulp responses
  • Saliva

Clinical Anatomy

  • Cranial nerves
  • Craniofacial embryology
  • Forensic dentistry
  • Implants
  • Local anaesthesia
  • Tissue spaces and spread of infection
  • TMJ
  • Tooth preparation

Oral Microbiology

  • Application of molecular biology techniques to oral diseases
  • Host defences against oral micro-organisms
  • Pathogenicity of oral micro-organisms

Oral Diagnosis

  • Iatrogenic disorders
  • Oral dermatosis
  • Oral infections
  • Oral radiology
  • Oral ulcerations
  • Orofacial pain / TMD
  • Orthodontics
  • White patches / red patches / neoplasia


  • Antibiotics
  • Local anaesthetics
  • Pain control
  • Sedation

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Dates and venues

The course is held at the Faculty of Dentistry, Unviersity of Otago, Dunedin—usually in June and November each year.

The programme runs from 9am to 5pm each day. Registration commences at 8.45am on day one of the course.

The registration venue will be advised on a notice in the ground floor foyer of the Faculty of Dentistry.

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In 2015 the cost was NZ$1,000 (including GST) per participant.

The course fee covers the cost of mateirals used during the course, handouts, lunch, and morning and afternoon teas.

Transport and accommodation are the responsibility of each participant.

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The course is open to qualified dentists. The course fee must be paid in full at the time of application.

A fee of NZ$100 will be deducted for cancellations following registration.

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Further information

Details of the 2016 courses will be posted here once available. For general enquiries, please contact the Faculty of Dentistry:

Tel 64 3 479 7037
Fax 64 3 479 0673

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