Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE Dental Specialties 1

LEVEL 02 - Years 2, 3 in Modular Undergraduate Course


DEPARTMENT Dental Surgery

DESCRIPTION This study-unit covers the basics of oral pathology, medicine, surgery and dental imaging. It will focus on the aetiology, features and management of tooth anomalies, oral lesions, common oral infections, differing features of benign and malignant lesions and their significance, facial and temporomandibular joint disorders.

In addition the student will be instructed on the legislation relating to ionizing radiation and dental imaging, as well as the theoretical and practical knowledge of local anaesthesia during management of patients.

Study-unit Aims:

This study-unit provides a thorough understanding of normal appearance of oral tissues and the deviations from normal to pathological. It will also seek to provide a basic knowledge of local anaesthesia techniques as well as principles of dental radiography.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Knowledge & Understanding
By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

a. describe the constituents of local anaesthetic agents;
b. describe the appearance and causes of pathological conditions of the oral tissues and teeth;
c. describe the effects of pathological conditions on the mouth;
d. discuss the effects of ionising radiation and demonstrate an understanding of hazards involved in dental radiography;
e. describe the protocols employed to protect patients and the operator during dental imaging procedures.

2. Skills
By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

a. carry out safe practice of local infiltration techniques (included in Clinical Practice II and Clinical Practice III);
b. identify anatomical features and common pathology visible on dental radiographs;
c. describe the principles of dental imaging;
d. identify pathological changes in the oral cavity and refer to the appropriate specialist.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings:

- Oral Pathology for the Dental Hygienist, 5e (ORAL PATHOLOGY FOR THE DENTAL HYGIENIST ( IBSEN)) [Hardcover] Olga A. C. Ibsen RDH MS (Author), Joan Andersen Phelan DDS (Author) Publication Date: October 28, 2008 | ISBN-10: 1416049916 | ISBN-13: 978-1416049913 | Edition: 5.

- Applied Pharmacology for the Dental Hygienist, 6e [Paperback] Elena Bablenis Haveles BS Pharm Pharm D (Author) Publication Date: January 27, 2010 | ISBN-10: 0323065589 | ISBN-13: 978-0323065580 | Edition: 6.

- Pharmacology for Dental Hygiene Practice (Dental Assisting Procedures) [Paperback] Elena B. Haveles (Author) Publication Date: October 3, 1996 | ISBN-10: 0827366027 | ISBN-13: 978-0827366022 | Edition: 1.

- Essentials of Dental Radiography for Dental Assistants & Hygienists 8/e, 8TH EDITION [Paperback] Orlen Johnson&Evelyn Thomson (Author); Prntic Hal., 2007 ASIN: B0042NGJBU.

Lecture notes.

ADDITIONAL NOTES Attendance to scheduled sessions, inclusive of lectures/tutorials, practical, laboratory and clinical components is compulsory. Students who do not attend at least 90% of the scheduled sessions will not be allowed to sit for any of the assessment components mentioned below.

STUDY-UNIT TYPE Lecture, Independent Study & Placement

Assessment Component/s Assessment Due Resit Availability Weighting
Logbook SEM1 No 40%
Examination (2 Hours) SEM1 Yes 60%

LECTURER/S Nicolas Bezzina
Adrienne Busuttil
Alex Cassar
Gabriella Gatt
Arthur Nogueira Rodriguez
Rebecca Schembri Higgans

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