Restorative Dentistry

Course code ORHL6001Units 20Level 6000Faculty of Health and MedicineSchool of Health Sciences

This course integrates knowledge of permanent tooth morphology, pulpal physiology and clinical radiology with cavity design, restorative techniques and dental materials. Child psychology and behaviour management techniques will be considered. 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.

Not available in 2015

Previously offered in 2014
ObjectivesOn completion of this course, you will be able to:

1. Use different diagnostic methods, including intra- and extra-oral radiography, to identify anatomical features and detect hard and soft tissue pathology
2. Understand the influence of tooth morphology on restorative techniques
3. Understand the factors involved with provision of clinical restorative care for children
4. Recognise active caries and provide a preventive package of care for children
5. Demonstrate a detailed knowledge of the principles of management of the different types of carious lesions in the permanent dentition in conjunction with a thorough understanding of cavity design, classification, and pulpal protection
6. Understand the principles and techniques for assessing pulp vitality, the pulpal response to the deep carious lesion and the management of pulpal exposures in the permanent dentition.
7. Describe the design, function and mode of action of hand and rotary instruments and understand the principles of hard tissue and dental caries removal using slow and high speed rotary and hand instrumentation
8. Describe in detail dentine bonding agents, lining, base and restorative materials in relation to their contents, properties, handling and uses
9. Appreciate the factors influencing the selection of materials for the restoration of teeth
10. Have knowledge of how to interpret a treatment plan and manage dental treatment
11. Understand the need for finishing restorations and the techniques available
12. Understand the principles of advanced restorative procedures
ContentThis course will contain fundamentals of:
1. Child development, psychology and behaviour management
2. Permanent 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
7. Management of pulpal pathology
8. Restoration of the permanent dentition
9. Tooth isolation and moisture control in relation to tooth restoration
10. Hand and rotary instrumentation for restorative procedures
Replacing Course(s)N/A
Industrial Experience1
Assumed KnowledgeN/A
Modes of DeliveryInternal Mode
Teaching MethodsClinical
Experience Based Learning
Self Directed Learning
Assessment Items
ClinicalContinuous clinical assessment, provided by clinical tutors and student portfolios. Srtudents must submit a reflective portfolio containing evidence of practice.
Other: (please specify)A 2 hour multi station OSCE will be held in the examination period.
PracticalPreclinical examination, undertaken at the end of the simulated learning block. Students must pass this exam to progress to treating patients. The examination includes a short written paper and a practical exercise on phantom heads. A single remedial examination will be offerred to unsuccessful candidates.
Contact HoursLecture: for 35 hour(s) per Term for Full Term
Tutorial: for 16 hour(s) per Term for Full Term
Experience Based Learning: for 69 hour(s) per Term for Full Term
Workshop: for 19 hour(s) per Term for Full Term
Integrated Learning: for 37 hour(s) per Term for Full Term
Practicum: for 42 hour(s) per Term for Full Term
Clinical: for 42 hour(s) per Term for Full Term
Compulsory Components
Requisite by EnrolmentGraduate Diploma in Dental Therapy
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.