Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE Seminars in Oral Rehabilitation

LEVEL 04 - Years 4, 5 in Modular UG or PG Cert Course


DEPARTMENT Oral Rehabilitation and Community Care

DESCRIPTION In this study-unit, students will be exposed to established principles of Oral Rehabilitation and to emerging concepts and techniques in the discipline. The study-unit will rely on a case-based learning approach so as to consolidate the knowledge obtained in previous study-units, and in order to prepare the student for clinical practice.

Study-Unit Aims:

The aims of this study-unit are:
- Students' development towards achieving an integrated approach to planning and executing a treatment plan and an overall competence in providing dental services.
- Knowledge and theory focusing on patients' care. Case based learning will be the main form of teaching and students will be encouraged to bring their own cases for class discussion.
- The study-unit will also focus on Osseointegration- its role in Dentistry and the clinical steps necessary in providing tissue-integrated prostheses.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Knowledge & Understanding:

By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:
- Interpret and correlate findings from the history, clinical and radiographic examination and other diagnostic tests, taking into account the social and cultural background of the individual.
- Discuss and defend clinical reasoning and judgment in order to develop a differential, provisional or definitive diagnosis.
- Discuss how to form a diagnosis and treatment plan for patients of all ages.
- Explain the design and laboratory procedure used in the production of crowns, bridges, partial and complete dentures.
- Describe the principles and techniques of aesthetic treatments including differences between patient expectations and achievable results.
- Discuss the principles and techniques involved in the use of osseointegrated implants for tissue-integrated prostheses.
- Describe the techniques and limitations (risks and benefits) of dental technological procedures.
- Describe the handling of dental materials in restoring the dentition.

2. Skills:

By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:
- Obtain informed consent, e.g for operative procedures.
- Recognize the presence of systemic disease and know how the disease and its treatment affects the delivery of dental care.
- Identify the location, extent and degree of activity of dental caries and tooth wear.
- Diagnose abnormalities in dental or periodontal anatomic form that compromise periodontal health, function or aesthetics.
- Identify conditions which require management.
- Form a treatment plan.
- Distinguish the difference between pulpal health and disease.
- Identify and manage pulpal conditions that require treatment.
- Determine a patient’s aesthetic requirements and determine the degree to which those requirements can be met.
- Identify and restore carious, defective and/or missing teeth to acceptable form, function and aesthetics in patients of all ages.
- Design direct and indirect restorations, various prostheses and occlusal splints.
- Recognize those treatments that are beyond his/her skills and need to be referred to a specialist.
- Refer a patient for specialist treatment.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings:

Main Texts:

- Prosthodontic Treatment for Edentulous Patients- Complete Dentures and Implant-Supported Prostheses. Editors: Zarb, Hobkirk, Eckert and Jacob; 13th Edition. ISBN 978-0-323-07844-3
- McCabe, J.F, Walls AWG. Applied dental materials. 8th Ed-1998. ISBN: 0-632-04208-7
- O’Brien, William J. Dental materials and their selection. 4th Ed-2008. ISBN: 9780867154375
- Banerjee A, Watson TF. Pickard’s Manual of Operative Dentistry. 9th Ed, 2011. (Required reading - suggested to buy)
- Periodontology at a Glance. V Clerehugh, A Tugnait & J Genco.
- Clinical Guide to Periodontology. 2nd ed.RM Palmer & PD Floyd.
- Pitt Ford TR. Harty's Endodontics in Clinical Practice. 5th Ed- 2004. ISBN: 0-7236-1089-4
- Stewart’s clinical removable partial prosthodontics / Rodney D., Phoenix, David R. Cagna, Charles F. DeFreest. Edition 4th ed. Quintessence Pub., 2008. ISBN 9780867154856
- Removable Partial Dentures. Manual compiled by Profs N. Attard and G.A. Zarb. (Available from Prof Attard)
- Shillingburg H. et al. Fundamentals of Fixed Prosthodontics. Third Edition.Quintessence Publishing Co, Inc 1997.

Supplementary Readings:

- Noort, Richard van. Introduction to dental materials. 3rd Ed-2007. ISBN: 9780723434047
- Mitchell, Christina. Dental materials in operative dentistry. Quintessentials of Dental Practice - 2008. ISBN: 9781850971290.
- Garg N, Garg A. Textbook of Operative Dentistry. 2010. (Suggested to borrow for supplementary reading)
- Kidd EAM. Essentials of Dental Caries: the disease and its management. 2nd Ed, 1997. (suggested to borrow for supplementary reading)
- Periodontics. 6th ed. BM. Eley, M Soory & JD Manson.
- Clinical problem solving in Periodontology & Implantology. Francis J. Hughes, Kevin G. Seymour, Wendy Turner, Shakel Shahdad, Francis Nohl.
- Clinical Periodontology and Implant Dentistry. 5th ed. J Lindhe, NP Lang & T Karring.
- Carranza's Clinical Periodontology. 11th ed. by MG Newman,H Takei, PR. Klokkevold, MS Fermin & A Carranza.
- Fundamentals of Periodontal Instrumentation & Advanced root Instrumentation. 6th ed. JS Nield-Gehrig.
- Prosthodontic Treatment for Partially Edentulous Patients. Zarb, Bergman, Clayton and McKay. Mosby 1984.
- A Textbook of Occlusion. Mohl, Zarb et al. Edition 3rd ed. Quintessence Pub., 1991. ISBN 0-86715-167-6.
- Tronstad L. Clinical Endodontics : a textbook . 3rd Ed- 2009. ISBN: 9783137681038.
- Introducing Dental Implants. Hobkirk, Watson, Searson.

ADDITIONAL NOTES Pre-requisite Study-units: ORC4030, ORC4031, ORC4032, ORC4040, RDN4034

Co-requisite Study-unit: RDN4134

Please note that a pass in all assessment components is obligatory for an overall pass mark to be awarded.

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 and Project

Assessment Component/s Assessment Due Resit Availability Weighting
Oral Examination of a Hidden Case [See Add. Notes] (20 Minutes) SEM2 Yes 40%
Online Examination [See Add. Notes] (2 Hours) SEM2 Yes 60%

LECTURER/S Maria Luisa Gainza-Cirauqui
Nikolai Attard
Adrienne Busuttil
Dennis Cutajar
Monique Cutajar
Anna De Gaetano
Gabriella Gatt
Daniel Keir
Elizabeth Martinelli
David Paul Mifsud
Edward Sammut

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