Development of the Occlusion (DENT5042)


This course introduces Trainees to basic craniofacial development and interceptive orthodontic techniques. The growth and development component includes an introduction to the study of cephalometrics. The treatment component for the major part is directed towards the mixed dentition. Various techniques will be discussed which include removable appliance therapy, functional appliances and the fixed straight wire techniques. Other topics will include habits and serial extraction and their implications on developing dentition. Emphasis is laid on the importance of accurate diagnosis and treatment planning in management of the developing dentitions. An interdisciplinary approach is made to the treatment of craniofacial anomalies. Trainees should become proficient in the diagnosis of malocclusions in children and predictive growth analyses. They should learn to use removable appliances in interceptive management and fixed appliances for space maintenance, expansion and single arch regimes.

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clinical prac 24hr/wk, 4x3 hr tut


clinical prac (25%), tutorials (25%), 1x3 hr written exam (25%), 1xviva (25%)


Handbook of Pediatric Dentistry, Cameron and Widmer, 3rd Edition

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Cross-institutional study

If you are from another Australian tertiary institution you may be permitted to underake cross-institutional study in one or more units of study at the University of Sydney.