The DDS incorporates all aspects related to the provision of advanced general dental care to patients as well as teaches students to prepare, develop, execute and write for publication a small research project. It is a fixed, full-time course of 4 years' duration.
The course commences with the introduction of specialised oral health subjects to allow students to enter the clinic as quickly as possible to maximise the experience in all aspects and phases of clinical treatment.
In the final year, Comprehensive Dental Practice (a year-long subject of 40 weeks, comprised of general dental practice placements in urban community health centres (5 weeks), the University of Melbourne Dental Clinic (23 weeks), specialist practice/hospital clinics (5 weeks) and rural community health centres, including Aboriginal oral health (7 weeks)
|YEAR ONE: FIRST HALF YEAR|
|Oral Structure and Function 1Core||12.5|
Oral Structure and Function 1
This subject (which will be continued as "Oral Structure and Function 2" in blocks 3 and 4) facilitates learning of head and neck anatomy, the embryology and histology of the head, neck and oral structures, tooth development and morphology, oral anatomy, masticatory function including associated muscles, the nervous system, the relationship between structure and function in dentition and the origins of calcified tissue. Student learning will also include aspects of neuroscience (the structure and function of the brain, nervous system) relevant to dentistry. The subject also integrates the development of the orofacial tissues from the embryonic stages through to completion of growth.
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|Preclinical Dental Practice 1Core||6.25|
Preclinical Dental Practice 1
In Block 1 of this subject, students will be introduced to the basic concepts of biomaterials and biomechanics related to dentistry, the broad groupings of materials applied to clinical practice and methods used for testing materials. Students will also learn the processes and materials needed for impression taking and construction of a special impression tray. Students will also develop initial manual dexterity skills and self-evaluation skills using the Simodont Dental Trainers. In Block 2, students will be introduced to the concept and evidence of minimal intervention dentistry and how it relates to non-surgical management and surgical treatment of dental caries and restoration of teet...
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|Plaque Related Diseases 1Core||12.5|
Plaque Related Diseases 1
This subject will assist students develop knowledge regarding the common oral diseases that are caused by bacteria that are part of dental plaque. This is a highly integrated subject that brings together advanced concepts in chemistry, biochemistry, microbiology, pharmacology, anatomy and clinical practice that are relevant to the understanding of oral health and disease, especially dental caries. Students will learn about tooth structure and salivary composition down to the molecular level in both health and disease. They will learn about the oral microbiome and how these bacteria are related to health and disease and be guided through the clinical steps of diagnosis of dental caries. St...
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|Intro to Professional Dental PracticeCore||12.5|
Intro to Professional Dental Practice
This subject has the following components: Current Issues in Health Care, Population Oral Health, Law and Ethics, Communication Skills and Behavioural Science. Student learning will include patient centred oral health care practice.
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|YEAR ONE: SECOND HALF YEAR|
|Dental Research Project 1Core||6.25|
Dental Research Project 1
This subject comprises the background research and literature review of a research project. In the 2nd and 3rd years of the DDS, the continuation and completion of this project will take place under the companion subjects 'Dental Research Project 2 and 3'. At the commencement of this subject in Teaching Block 3, students will be divided into groups and a supervisor and research project will be allocated to each group. Each group will be maintained throughout second and third years. The School reserves the right to adjust the membership of a group when necessary. The research project can be undertaken in any of the following disciplines: Restorative Dentistry, Growth and Development, Oral ...
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|Plaque Related Diseases 2Core||12.5|
Plaque Related Diseases 2
This subject will assist students in developing knowledge regarding the common oral diseases that are caused by bacteria that are part of dental plaque, especially periodontitis and dental caries. This is a highly integrated subject that brings together advanced concepts in chemistry, biochemistry, microbiology, immunology, pharmacology, anatomy, behavioural science and clinical practice that are relevant to the understanding of oral health and disease. The students will learn about these diseases at the community, individual, cellular and molecular level. They will learn about the host immune response to both oral commensal and pathogenic bacteria. They will also learn about the links be...
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|Clinical Dental Practice 1Core||12.5|
Clinical Dental Practice 1
Teaching Block 3 of this subject will assist students to develop knowledge of safety and infection control issues in a clinical setting. Students will gain knowledge of their responsibilities under the law to provide a safe environment for their patients, staff and themselves together with knowledge of the current published standards of practice. Students will also gain knowledge of infection control strategies, practice protocols and documentation required to provide a safe clinical environment. Practical sessions will allow students to develop skills in working safely and following infection control procedures in a clinical environment. Teaching Block 4 will assist students to develop k...
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|Preclinical Dental Practice 2Core||12.5|
Preclinical Dental Practice 2
Preclinical Dental Practice 2 is a continuation of Preclinical Dental Practice 1 and continues education into the surgical management of more extensive caries lesions and the process of restoration of lost tooth structure. The dental materials, their structure, properties and use for the restoration of lost tooth structure will also be covered. Students will learn more about correct posture in the dental operatory and working in a team (dental assistant and the operator) to prepare and restore teeth in a clinical simulation setting.
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|Oral Structure and Function 2Core||12.5|
Oral Structure and Function 2
This subject is a continuation of Oral Structure and Function 1. It will be conducted as a preclinical subject and has the following components: radiography and radiology, growth studies, occlusion and complete dentures. Student learning in Block 3 will include: introduction to dental radiology; dental radiographic techniques and interpretation of radiographs. Human growth phases and the influence this has on the provision of dental treatment in the specialities of paediatric dentistry and orthodontics is also introduced. The specialty of Prosthodontics will commence in Block 4 and will cover the changes of orofacial structures that occur after tooth loss and how these affect oral health ...
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|YEAR TWO: FIRST HALF YEAR|
|Dental Medicine and Surgery 1Core||12.5|
Dental Medicine and Surgery 1
This subject will be conducted as a preclinical subject and builds on knowledge gained in the 1st year of the DDS. It has the following components: General Pathology for Dental Practice, Therapeutics for Dental Practice, Principles of Medicine in Dental Practice, Principles of Surgery in Dental Practice, Common Medical and Surgical conditions and their treatment and Oral Pathology and Oral Radiology. Student learning will include: the importance of pathology, medicine, therapeutic and surgical knowledge and principles and techniques in dentistry.
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|Preclinical Dental Practice 3Core||12.5|
Preclinical Dental Practice 3
This subject is comprised of two separate components of the oral rehabilitation of hard tissues and missing teeth. The first component is a continuation of pre-clinical conservative dentistry commenced in Preclinical Dental Practice 2. Topics will include: restorative management of teeth having lost extensive amounts of tooth structure, including the concept of the life cycle of a restoration and longevity of restorations; methods of designing and placing complex restorations based on basic principles including design of a restoration to prevent further loss of tooth structure; the method of auxiliary retention for restorations and continuation of the use and selection of appropriate mate...
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|Clinical Dental Practice 2Core||12.5|
Clinical Dental Practice 2
This subject has the following components: Cariology, Periodontology, General Practice Clinic, Local Analgesia and Treatment Planning.
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|Dental Research Project 2Core||12.5|
Dental Research Project 2
This subject is a continuation of the subject "Dental Research Project 1" which gave students a background in research design, ethics and statistics. Students were assigned to their groups and allocated projects and should have met and be having regular contact with their supervisor(s). A comprehensive review of the literature together with ethics submissions, where appropriate, should have been completed at the end of Block 4 in first year. In this subject, a continuation of the allocated project will take place. The School reserves the right to adjust the membership of a group when necessary.
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|YEAR THREE: FIRST HALF YEAR|
|Child and Adolescent Oral Health 2Core||6.25|
Child and Adolescent Oral Health 2
This subject is a continuation of Child and Adolescent Oral Health 1 (Semester 2 of 2nd year). It will be conducted as a pre-clinical and clinical subject and has 2 components: Paediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics.
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|Clinical Dental Practice 4Core||18.75|
Clinical Dental Practice 4
This subject covers general dental practice including treatment planning and clinical practice of integrated dental care. Students will engage in clinical practice at the Royal Dental Hospital of Melbourne providing holistic, patient-centred oral health care, covering all aspects of oral health learnt to this point in the course. They will also have treatment planning sessions in groups, facilitated by a clinical supervisor. This subject should also be viewed as working in combination with the Specialist Clinical Practice as a means to provide total patient care.
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|Specialist Dental Practice 1Core||12.5|
Specialist Dental Practice 1
This subject introduces students to more complex aspects of clinical restorative dental treatment. The basic concepts and application of implant dentistry as part of a comprehensive treatment plan will be learned. Included in this subject is also the clinical application of prosthodontics, including the preparation and provision of crowns and bridges to restore and protect badly broken down and weakened teeth. The third component of this subject covers the clinical application and provision of treatment centred on the principles and techniques used to manage pulp treatment of teeth through the speciality of endodontics.
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|Oral Medicine & Special Needs DentistryCore||12.5|
Oral Medicine & Special Needs Dentistry
This subject has the following components: Oral Medicine, Oral Surgery and Special Needs Dentistry.
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|Dental Research Project 3Core||6.25|
Dental Research Project 3
This subject is a continuation of subject Dental Research Project 2. Students need to have completed all data collection and analysis by the end of Teaching Block 1. The completed research project is then prepared for a 15 minute oral presentation.
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|YEAR THREE: SECOND HALF YEAR|
|Child and Adolescent Oral Health 3Core||6.25|
Child and Adolescent Oral Health 3
This subject is a continuation of Child and Adolescent Oral Health 2 and has 2 components: Paediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics.
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|Clinical Dental Practice 5Core||12.5|
Clinical Dental Practice 5
This subject covers general dental practice including treatment planning and clinical practice of integrated dental care encompassing complex periodontal treatment, endodontics, fixed and removable prosthodontics and management of patients having extensive and/or complex treatment needs due to medical conditions, a severely compromised dental status and/or high caries risk. This subject should also be viewed as working in combination with Specialist Dental Practice 2 as a means to provide total patient care.
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|Specialist Dental Practice 2Core||12.5|
Specialist Dental Practice 2
This subject introduces students to the specialty areas of dental practice related to the provision of complex dental care including fixed prosthodontics and implants, clinical prosthodontics including crowns and bridges, overdentures and clinical endodontics. Students will learn about the principles and clinical and laboratory techniques associated with these areas of clinical dental practice.
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|Oral Surgery and Special Needs DentistryCore||12.5|
Oral Surgery and Special Needs Dentistry
This subject has the following components: Oral Surgery and Special Needs Dentistry and will be linked to material taught in Oral Medicine.
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|YEAR FOUR: YEAR LONG|
|Comprehensive Dental PracticeCore||100|
Comprehensive Dental Practice
This subject comprises clinical learning (general dentistry) in the Melbourne Dental Clinic (MDC), the Royal Dental Hospital of Melbourne, urban community health centres, specialist practice/hospital clinics and rural community health clinics. Students will engage in tasks that will demonstrate and further enhance their skills preparing them for the work environment in which they will participate and contribute to, on graduation as a dentist. This year-long subject is developed as a capstone experience with a practice based learning approach. The learning tasks will enhance students’ capacity to apply theoretical knowledge gained in previous years of the course to “real world” situations....
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