Not currently offered
Course code



20 units


6000 level

Course handbook


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.


Not currently offered.

This Course was last offered in Trimester 1 - 2014.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students 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


This 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


This course is only available to students enrolled in the Graduate Diploma in Dental Therapy.

Assessment items

Professional Task: Clinical

Formal Examination: 2 hour multi station OSCE

In Term Test: Practical

Compulsory Requirements

In order to pass this course, each student must complete ALL of the following compulsory requirements:

Pre-Placement Requirements:

  • NSW Health Verification Requirements - Mandatory NSW Health Verification Requirements must be met.