Caries and Pain Control

Course code ORHL2004Units 10Level 2000Faculty of Health and MedicineSchool of Health Sciences

ORHL2004 introduces students to principles and science of dental caries. This course will integrate the knowledge of the aetiology, pathology and progression of dental caries with clinical assessment and management. It will also look at aspects of pain control in Dental Hygiene practice.

This course is a Compulsory Program Component and students must pass in order to progress into Year 3 of the Bachelor of Oral Health program.

Available in 2015

OurimbahSemester 2
Previously offered in 2014
ObjectivesAs a result of successfully completing this course, students should be able to:
1. Evaluate data obtained from oral health indices and other research methods and analyse the use of caries recording methods for realistic appraisal of treatment progress and outcomes;
2. Analyse how caries affects development, structure and function;
3. Explain the relevance of caries risk management theory to health maintenance and the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of dental caries;
4. Discuss the strengths and limitations of fissure sealants;
5. Describe the properties and composition of fissure sealants;
6. Describe the materials used in preventive oral health practice;
7. Describe the uses of antimicrobial therapy in the management of dental caries;
8. Evaluate plaque control methods;
9. Analyse need for fluoride supplementation at community and individual level;
10. Administer infiltration and mandibular block anaesthesia

In addition, completion of the clinical component of this course will develop and consolidate the following clinical skills:

11. Demonstrate and apply the principles of infection control to the clinical situation;
12. Evaluate OH&S policies and procedures in any clinical situation;
13. Obtain and analyse a detailed history from a patient;
14. Recognise situations that are beyond experience, competence or legal guidelines;
15. Collect and assess dietary information;
16. Analyse smoking cessation therapies;
17. Evaluate the benefits and limitations of teamwork in oral health care;
18. Select and safely manipulate dental biomaterials;
19. Analyse the need for topical medications at community and individual level.
20. Evaluate the functions and adverse effects of drugs and medications used in oral health care.
Content1. History and examination
2. Infection Control
3. Assessment of caries risk
4. Fissure Sealants
5. Topical medications used in the management of dental caries
6. Rubber Dam
7. Local anaesthetic
8. Options for restoring and replacing teeth
9. Dental and Orofacial pain
Replacing Course(s)Not applicable
TransitionNot applicable
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeThis course builds directly on ORHL1001 and HUBS1106, and requires that you have successfully completed all Year 1 courses. The learning from this course will be developed and integrated with aspects of clinical care throughout the rest of the Bachelor of Oral Health program.
Modes of DeliveryInternal Mode
Teaching MethodsClinical
Assessment Items
Examination: FormalThree hour paper during examination period. 50% of course assessment. Students must pass this assessment to pass the course.
Other: (please specify)Clinical assessment (including self-assessment) throughout the whole semester. 50% of course assessment. Students must pass this assessment to pass the course.
Contact HoursTutorial: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Clinical: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Compulsory Components
Requisite by EnrolmentStudents must be enrolled in the Bachelor of Oral Health program.
Compulsory Program ComponentStudents must meet mandatory NSW Ministry of Health Verification requirements, have a Working with Children and Young People Declaration and a WorkCover approved First Aid Certificate.
Timetables2015 Course Timetables for ORHL2004