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 Modes and Location

Session 1
On CampusOrange Campus
Session 2
On CampusOrange Campus
Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: DOH335
Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject information

Duration Grading System School:
Two sessionsHD/FLSchool of Dentistry and Health Sciences

Enrolment restrictions

Bachelor of Dental Science
(DOH242 and DOH252) or (DOH254 and DOH233 and DOH253 and DOH243)

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

Work Place Learning

This subject contains a Compulsory Workplace Learning component of 30 days duration. Students attend rostered clinical sessions in the student dental clinics.


The information contained in the 2018 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: 21 February 2018. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.