Paediatric Dentistry

Course code ORHL6002Units 20Level 6000Faculty of Health and MedicineSchool of Health Sciences

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.

Not available in 2015

Previously offered in 2014
ObjectivesOn 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
9. Appreciate the factors influencing the selection of materials for the restoration of the primary tooth
10. Understand the principles and techniques for assessing pulp vitality and the management of deep carious lesions and pulpal exposures in the primary dentition.
11. Have the knowledge and skills required to undertake pulp therapy in primary teeth and placement of stainless steel crowns on primary molars
12. Have knowledge and skills for managing special needs children and adolescents
13. Have a knowledge of classification of occlusion and an understanding of abnormalities of occlusion
ContentThis 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
Replacing Course(s)N/A
Industrial Experience1
Assumed KnowledgeORHL6001
Modes of DeliveryInternal Mode
Teaching MethodsCase Study
Experience Based Learning
Integrated Learning
Self Directed Learning
Assessment Items
Case StudiesCase Study (assesses objectives 1-13) worth 40%
ClinicalContinuous 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: FormalShort answer paper (assesses objectives 1-13) in the examination period.
PracticalPre-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 HoursTutorial: 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
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.
Compulsory Program ComponentCompulsory Program Component : Prior Successful Completion of ORHL6001, First aid Certificate.