Course Title: Construct simple complete removable acrylic dentures and appliances

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2013

Course Code: DENT5270C

Course Title: Construct simple complete removable acrylic dentures and appliances

School: 155T Vocational Health and Sciences

Campus: City Campus

Program: C5206 - Diploma of Dental Technology

Course Contact: Mark Doherty

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9341 1407

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Nicholas Greer

P: 9341 1420



Zanne Frazer

P: 9341 1402



James Moser

P:9341 1417



Narelle Tobin

P: 9341 1403


Nominal Hours: 80

Regardless of the mode of delivery, represent a guide to the relative teaching time and student effort required to successfully achieve a particular competency/module. This may include not only scheduled classes or workplace visits but also the amount of effort required to undertake, evaluate and complete all assessment requirements, including any non-classroom activities.

Pre-requisites and Co-requisites

• HLTIN301A: Comply with infection control policies and procedures.
• HLTDT301B: Construct models.
• HLTDT302B: Construct custom impression trays.
• HLTDT303B: Construct registration rims.
• HLTDT304B: Articulate models and transfer records.

Course Description

This course is concerned with the selection, arrangement and wax contouring of a complete denture.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

HLTDT519B Construct simple complete removable acrylic dentures and appliances


1: Prepare case for setting of teeth
2: Arrange artificial teeth
3: Wax up for denture try-in

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Receive face-bow with completed bite
1.2 Read and interpret prescription card
1.3 Articulate on an industry specific articulator
in accordance with operator requirements

2.1 Select artificial teeth in accordance with
2.2 Modify bases and rims as required for
positioning teeth

3.1 Follow prescription to position and attach the
prescribed artificial teeth
3.2 Shape and contour the supportive wax and
contour to gingival outline

4.1 Contour facial and lingual aspects
4.2 Locate and relieve muscle attachments
4.3 Smooth and round peripheral extensions
4.4 Confirm distal extensions
4.5 Decontaminate the trial prosthesis according
to infection control guidelines
4.6 Dry the trial prosthesis and place in a sealed
container for dispatch

5.1 Decontaminate the returned prosthesis and
identify any modifications that are required
5.2 Check the returned trial prosthesis for
loosening or movement of teeth and make necessary
5.3 Fit the returned trial prosthesis to the model if
it needs to be modified, articulate and make necessary

6.1 Evaluate the prescription, the casts and the
denture design and decide whether to use a duplicate
cast for processing the final prosthesis
6.2 Apply wax as required by work order
6.3 Contour facial and lingual aspects

7.1 Identify the appropriate polymer system for
7.2 Identify the appropriate investment technique
7.3 Identify the appropriate processing cycle
7.4 Select polymeric material to construct the
7.5 Prepare system components in accordance
with manufacturer's instructions
7.6 Allow materials to reach application stage

8.1 Apply appropriate investment techniques
8.2 Apply material to mould
8.3 Process the polymeric material for the correct
length of time at the correct temperature
8.4 Devest model and remove the processed
prosthesis without causing damage to it
8.5 Trim excess material and remount on

9.1 Select methods, materials and equipment for
trimming, finishing and polishing the prosthesis
appropriate to the appliance and the materials used in
its construction
9.2 Reposition models on the articulator where
9.3 Assess the articulated prosthesis and confirm
that articulation is appropriate to the prescription
9.4 Make any necessary adjustments to maintain
original vertical dimension
9.5 Remove any processing irregularities and
sharp edges
9.6 Polish the non-fitting surfaces of the
prosthesis to create smooth, polished surfaces
9.7 Evaluate the finished prosthesis
9.8 Decontaminate the dentures according to
infection control guidelines
9.9 Place in a sealed container for dispatch

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this course the participants will be able to demonstrate, on a consistent basis, the arrangement of artificial teeth for complete dentures

Details of Learning Activities

Participation in group activities based on a simulated workplace exercises.
Practical exercises
Individual exercises carrying out requirements of competency.
Student experiences in workplace “on job training”

Teaching Schedule


  •  HLTDT519B Construct simple complete removable acrylic dentures and appliances 19/02/2013 (0830 -1230 - 4 hours)
  •  HLTDT519B Abnormal Jaw Relationships 27/02/2013 (0830-1230 - 4 hours)

Practical: Various sessions delivered dependent on the group.

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

Anatomy of Orofacial Structures


Mosby's Dental Dictionary



Other Resources

  • RMIT online learning Hub
  • Library
  • Internet links
  • Primal Pictures
  • Journals, Brochures, Pamphlets, Newspapers, Magazines

Overview of Assessment

This unit is to be assessed in a simulated workplace and under the normal range of work conditions.
Practical exercises, presentation of competency assessment exercises & written tests are used

Assessment Tasks

Practical exercises:

  1. Maxillary Denture
  2. Class I Denture
  3. Class II Denture
  4. Class III Denture

Assessment guidelines for the practical exercises, as outlined in the practical exercise book.

Practical competency examination

  1. Class I Full/Full denture set-up for try-in
  2. Class I Full/Full denture process and finish

Theoretical examination

  1. Construct simple complete removable acrylic dentures and appliances
  2. Abnormal Jaw Relationsships

Each, are one element of the 3 hour exam (divided into competencies) PASS MARK 60%, If ’NYC’ (Not Yet Competent) result is achieved the student will be provided with detailed feedback of the shortcomings and given a further opportunity to sit a secondary exam.

If a grade of 40% or less is achieved the student will NOT be granted an opportunity to sit a secondary exam and the student will be required to re-enroll in the unit which will be incurr fees.

Please note: A subsequent NYC result for any of above mentioned assessments may require the student to attend further class work within their enrolment period or may result in the student re-enrolling in the unit which will be incurring fees.

Assessment Matrix

Other Information

Please Note: Students may apply for Special Consideration as (per the information provided in the Student Handbook ) via the RMIT Hub @ http:/ consideration if they believe their ability to complete Assessment for this Unit by the submission date has been affected by factors beyond their control. Special Consideration must be lodged prior to or within 48 hours of the scheduled assessment time or assessment submission date.

The application for Special Consideration is NOT granted automatically on application.

Students are required to support the learning outcomes this Unit with work based experience and/ or further self managed research to support positive outcomes in this Unit.

To undertake practical exercises and /or assessment students MUST present for the assessment process as follows:

Please note these are also WH&S requirements for clinical safety.

In appropriate practical class attire (Protective clothing for legs - if shorts, must cover knees, lab coat, safety glasses)
Fully covered in leather(not suede) footwear

Hair to be contained by tying back or in appropriate hair cover.
No artificial fingernails to be worn
The wearing of henna is acceptable.
Short, clean fingernails
No jewellery to be worn on the hands or wrists. Wedding rings or jewellery that cannot be removed for cultural reasons must be taped with an appropriate waterproof tape
All cuts/ skin abrasions on the hands or wrists must be covered with a waterproof dressing

A student that is non-compliant with any of the above requirements will not be permitted to undertake practical exercises or assessment at the scheduled time. The student will be rescheduled to undertake assessment at a later date.


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