MSc Clinical Dentistry (Paediatric Dentistry)

Year of entry: 2022

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Course unit details:
Advanced Clinical Skills in Paediatric Dentistry

Course unit fact file
Unit code DENT61271
Credit rating 15
Unit level FHEQ level 7 – master's degree or fourth year of an integrated master's degree
Teaching period(s) Semester 1
Offered by Division of Dentistry
Available as a free choice unit? No

Overview

This unit will be delivered via a combination of a hands on, lab based course (3 hours x 6 sessions), regular attendance at consultant assessment and treatment planning clinics and regular consultant supervised treatment sessions for the students. Students will also regularly present at and participate in departmental journal club. 

 

Aims

The unit aims to:
 
  • Enable students to build on the skills learnt in Basic Clinical Skills in Paediatric Dentistry unit.
  • Enable students to develop their clinical skills and knowledge to an advanced level in the:
                       - placement of rubber dam and fissure sealants in the paediatric patient
                       - composite restoration of anterior and posterior primary and permanent teeth in the paediatric dental patient
                       - preparation of a primary tooth for vital pulpotomy and placement of a preformed metal crown
                       - management of the immature permanent incisor using MTA apexification and use of thermoplastic obturation techniques
                       - use of the “wand” for the delivery of local analgesia
  • Further enhance the student’s presentation and critical appraisal skills
 

Teaching and learning methods

This unit will be delivered via a lab-based course, the attendance at consultant assessment and treatment planning clinics, undertaking personal treatment sessions and the attendance at and participation in regular departmental journal club.

Attendance at all of the above will be mandatory.

 

Knowledge and understanding

Students will be able to:
  • Place rubber dam and fissure sealants in the paediatric patient
  • Place composite restoration of anterior and posterior primary and permanent teeth in the paediatric dental patient
  • Prepare a primary tooth for vital pulpotomy and placement of a preformed metal crown
  • Manage the immature permanent incisor using MTA apexification and use of thermoplastic obturation techniques
  • Use the “wand” for the delivery of local analgesia
  • Prepare of x 6 paediatric dental examination cases
  • Develop presentation skills and critical appraisal skills through participation on regular departmental journal club

Intellectual skills

Students will:
  • Understand and be able to define clinical governance and describe its pillars. 
  • Have an understanding of audit, service evaluation and research and describe the difference between these
  • Have a thorough knowledge of and be able to describe the literature concerning restorative materials and techniques for the primary and young permanent dentitions
 

Practical skills

Students will:

  • Have the ability to deliver effective local analgesia to the child patient
  • Be able to undertake a range of paediatric dental treatments including the preparation and restoration of primary anterior and posterior teeth, the completion of vital and non-vital pulp therapy for primary and permanent teeth, the placement of preformed metal crowns using Hall-style and conventional techniques, MTA apexification and thermoplastic obturation of immature non-vital anterior teeth

Transferable skills and personal qualities

Students will develop literature review skills, critical appraisal skills and presentation skills.

Assessment methods

4 x written paediatric dental clinical cases (15% per case)

4 x oral presentations, one for each written clinical case (10% per case)

Feedback methods

Feedback on the written cases will be provided within 15 working days. 

Immediate verbal feedback will be provided for the presentations.

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Siobhan Barry Unit coordinator

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