Paediatric Dentistry

20 Units

This course integrates knowledge of primary tooth morphology, pulpal physiology and clinical radiology with cavity design, restorative techniques and dental materials. This course builds on child psychology and behaviour management skills to an advanced level to enable students to provide clinical restorative treatment to young children. Students will participate in clinical and non-clinical teaching and will be required to keep a clinical portfolio. This course is a mandatory program component and students must pass in order to progress.

Faculty Faculty of Health and Medicine
School School of Health Sciences
Availability Trimester 2 - 2014 (Ourimbah)

Previously offered in 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this course, you will be able to:

  1. Have knowledge and skills required for understanding the development and behavioural management of the young child patient
  2. Understand the influence of tooth morphology on restorative techniques in the primary dentition
  3. Demonstrate a detailed knowledge of the principles of management of the different types of carious lesions in the primary dentition
  4. Understand the principles of hard tissue and dental caries removal using slow and high speed instrumentation and hand instrumentation in the primary dentition
  5. Demonstrate a thorough understanding of cavity design and classification, and pulp protection for the primary dentition
  6. Describe in detail the lining and restorative materials in relation to their contents, properties, handling and uses
  7. Have the knowledge to manage trauma and dental injuries in the primary and permanent dentition 8. Have knowledge of disorders associated with dental exfoliation and eruption
  8. Appreciate the factors influencing the selection of materials for the restoration of the primary tooth
  9. Understand the principles and techniques for assessing pulp vitality and the management of deep carious lesions and pulpal exposures in the primary dentition.

  10. Have the knowledge and skills required to undertake pulp therapy in primary teeth and placement of stainless steel crowns on primary molars

  11. Have knowledge and skills for managing special needs children and adolescents
  12. Have a knowledge of classification of occlusion and an understanding of abnormalities of occlusion

This course will contain fundamentals of:

  1. Child development, psychology and behaviour management
  2. Primary tooth morphology in relation to cavity design
  3. Pulpal physiology
  4. Clinical radiology and interpretation of radiographs
  5. Dental material science
  6. Management of the carious lesion in the primary dentition
  7. Management of pulpal pathology
  8. Restoration of the primary dentition (including placement of stainless steel crowns)
  9. Tooth isolation and moisture control in relation to tooth restoration
  10. Hand and rotary instrumentation for restorative procedures
  11. Management of dental trauma
Assumed Knowledge ORHL6001
Assessment Items
  • Case Studies - Case Study (assesses objectives 1-13) worth 40%
  • Clinical - Continuous clinical assessment (assesses objectives 1-13) - This will comprise assessment by clinical tutors and a reflective portfolio containing evidence of competency of practice worth 20%.
  • Examination: Formal - Short answer paper (assesses objectives 1-13) in the examination period.
  • Practical - Pre-clinical Exam - This is a three hour barrier examination and students will be required to pass this examination prior to commencement of clinical patient care.
Contact Hours
  • Tutorial: for 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
  • Lecture: for 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
  • Experience Based Learning: for 60 hour(s) per Term for Full Term
  • Integrated Learning: for 50 hour(s) per Term for Full Term
  • Workshop: for 19 hour(s) per Term for Full Term
  • Practicum: for 72 hour(s) per Term for Full Term
  • Clinical: for 72 hour(s) per Term for Full Term
  • Requisite by Enrolment: Graduate Diploma in Dental Therapy
  • Compulsory Course Component: PLACEMENT INFORMATION and REQUIREMENTS This course includes a period of professional placement. The term professional placement includes all activities (clinical, fieldwork, industry placement, work experience) undertaken in a facility where patients or clients are seen and you are present as a student of the University of Newcastle. Placement is a compulsory course component of this course andplacement must be passed to pass this course. To attend placement and pass this course students will need to demonstrate the following Placement Requirements prior to placement: • a National Police Certificate • a completed and signed NSW Health Code of Conduct Agreement • a completed and signed NSW Health Student Declaration • all specified immunisations and evidence of immunity • a completed NSW Health Form 2. - Tuberculosis (TB) assessment tool • a completed NSW Health Form 3. - Student Undertaking/Declaration International Students (additional requirements) • Police Certificates from all previous countries of residence (translated into English and certified as a true copy) All School of Health Sciences students have been made aware of these rules since enrolment into their Programs in year 1, and students have been provided with information and assistance to complete the necessary placement requirements. Any student excluded from placement because they are unable to demonstrate the above compulsory course components will not be able to pass this course and will be given a failed grade (FF) for the course. Any student not able to fulfill the requirements above, or who are unwilling to meet these requirements, is required to make an appointment with the course coordinator to discuss their progress in this course and their degree. No opportunities to vary placement will be provided to students unable to demonstrate the necessary placement requirements.
  • Compulsory Program Component: Compulsory Program Component : Prior Successful Completion of ORHL6001, First aid Certificate.
Timetable 2015 Course Timetables for ORHL60021

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