DOH335 Foundations of Dental Clinical Practice 3 (24)

This subject is designed to provide students with the opportunity to participate in the provision of patient-centred dental clinical care. There is a strong emphasis on diagnosis and evidence-based treatment planning and the completion of simple clinical procedures, including the administration of oral local anaesthetics, non-complex periodontic and restorative procedures, the relief of pain and the provision of uncomplicated removable dental prostheses. The subject also covers introductory aspects of dental occlusion --- comprising the applied anatomy and physiology of the TMJ, and the interplay between the TMJ, the muscles and the dentition. A practical part of this content introduces the clinical and laboratory steps in providing occlusal therapy for a patient.

Subject availability
Session 1 (30)
On Campus
Orange Campus
Session 2 (60)
On Campus
Orange Campus
Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details. Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.
Subject Information
Grading System
Two sessions
School of Dentistry and Health Sciences
Enrolment restrictions

Bachelor of Dental Science

( DOH242 and DOH252 ) or ( DOH254 and DOH233 and DOH253 and DOH243 )
Subject Relationships
Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • Be able to demonstrate foundation knowledge and an understanding of evidence-based practice and patient-centred care in the examination, diagnosis and treatment planning of cases in the Year 3 open clinic
  • Be able to demonstrate foundation knowledge and apply clinical skills relevant to the provision of safe oral local anaesthesia
  • Be able to demonstrate foundation knowledge and apply clinical skills relevant to the provision of relief of pain, conservative pulpal therapy and simple endodontic treatment
  • Be able to demonstrate foundation knowledge and apply clinical skills relevant to the management of simple restorative, periodontic and removable prosthodontic cases
  • Be able to describe elements involved in the human dental occlusion, including the anatomy and physiology of the temporomandibular joint, the muscles of mastication and the dentition, and the functional interrelationships between these elements, as well as the relevance of comparative anatomy to the understanding of the human craniomandibular apparatus
  • Be able to demonstrate the ability to take clinical jaw records, mount study models of a dentate case on a dental articulator, in order to analyse the occlusion and fabricate an occlusal splint
The subject will cover the following topics:
  • Treatment planning and evidence-based practice
  • Periodontics
  • Non-complex restorative dentistry
  • Uncomplicated removable prosthodontics
  • The administration of local anaesthetics
  • Relief of pain
  • Simple endodontic procedures
  • Infection control
  • Occupational health and safety
  • Ethical and professional behaviour
  • The interpretation of panoramic and intraoral radiographs
  • Laboratory procedures involved in the analysis of dental occlusions and the fabrication of occlusal splints
Workplace Learning
This subject contains a 30 days Compulsory Workplace Learning component.

Students attend rostered clinical sessions in the student dental clinics.

Current Students

For any enquiries about subject selection or course structure you will need to contact your Course Director. You can find the name and contact details for your Course Director in your offer letter or contact your School office.

Prospective Students

For further information about Charles Sturt University, or this course offering, please contact info.csu on 1800 334 733 (free call within Australia) or enquire online.

The information contained in the 2017 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: June 2018. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.