This course comprises didactic, laboratory techniques and clinical parts. The operative technique course in the laboratory helps to develop the students’ psychomotor skills in order to provide good quality dental care for children.
The didactic and clinical parts include the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of disease, the preservation of the natural definition as well as the restoration of health, functions and aesthetics of the oral system. Assessment of the child patient shall include the medical and dental history, type of behaviour, occlusion, oral habits, soft tissues, carious lesions and radiographic interpretation as well as the practice of patient motivation, plaque control, topical fluoride and fissure sealants.
The clinical practice of operative dentistry for children including local anaesthesia, rubber dam placement amalgam and resin restorations, stainless crowns, pulp therapy for primary and young permanent teeth, and management of traumatised teeth. Conditions to be managed will also include oral and skin manifestations of infectious diseases, periodical diseases, and systemic disease, dental problems in the disabled child and the medically compromised child. Extraction of primary teeth, space management appliances and the behaviour management procedures both psychological and pharmacological will be taught.
Briefly, this course covers the comprehensive management of children, 16 years and below. The course equips the student with the ability to diagnose, formulate treatment plan and manage children accordingly. Emphasis is placed on the special dental needs of children, including those with disabilities and other forms of medical compromise. The normal growth, development as well as the promotion and maintenance of oral health for children is emphasized
Learning Outcomes for Paediatric Dentistry
Upon the completion of this course, the student should:
The students after completing the training should also be able to:
This consists of two units:
The aim of the training is for the undergraduate students in the Child Dental Health to be able to apply the teachings in the two units in practice, and recognise their limitation and need for prompt and effective referral to the specialist