Not currently offered
Course code



20 units


6000 level

Course handbook


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.


Not currently offered.

This Course was last offered in Trimester 2 - 2014.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students 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 use

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


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


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

Assumed knowledge


Assessment items

Formal Examination: Examination: Formal

In Term Test: Practical

Case Study / Problem Based Learning: Case Studies

Professional Task: Clinical

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.
  • First Aid Certificate - students must complete a First Aid Certificate issued by an approved provider.