Course Title: Take impressions

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2011

Course Code: DENT5216C

Course Title: Take impressions

School: 155T Vocational Health and Sciences

Campus: City Campus

Program: C6081 - Advanced Diploma of Dental Prosthetics

Course Contact: mark doherty

Course Contact Phone: (03) 9341 1407

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Zanne Frazer (03)9341 1402

Simon Pearse (03)9341 1411

Craig McCracken (03)9341 1410

Nominal Hours: 75

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 in health work
HLTIN302A Process reusable instruments and equipment in health work

Course Description

Take a range of impressions for clients who are dentate or edentulous

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

HLTDP603B Take impressions


1. Assess the client
2. Select impression tray and modify if required
3. Select and prepare impression materials
4. Perform impression taking procedure

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Confirm client’s medical history
1.2 Interpret prescription where required
1.3 Provide full details of the procedure to the client and/or carer
1.4 Obtain and document consent following ethical and legal requirements
1.5 Select the equipment and instruments for the impression
1.6 Prepare personal protective equipment for the client and members of the dental team
1.7 Adjust the dental surgery to accommodate the client’s needs
2.1 Select an appropriate impression tray for the technique and the client
2.2 Modify the impression tray where necessary to assure comfort and accuracy
3.1 Select impression materials in accordance with desired outcome
3.2 Consider clients’ comfort and the indications for the use of particular materials
3.3 Prepare the correct materials and medicaments using the correct technique, to the correct consistency and quantity required
3.4 Modify materials where indicated
4.1 Implement standard precautions to prevent the spread of infection
4.2 Position and prepare the client for the procedure
4.3 Instruct client on participation during the procedure
4.4 Place impression tray and mixed material in client’s mouth
4.5 Carry-out muscle trimming
4.6 Monitor and reassure the client throughout the procedure and provide first aid support if required
4.7 Remove the impression when set
4.8 Examine the client’s mouth for injury and impression material debris following removal of the impression
4.9Restore the client’s comfort and appearance
4.10 Document details of the procedure in accordance with standard procedures and relevant guidelines
4.11 Assess the quality of the impression for the required prosthetic appliance

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this unit you will have the skills and knowledge required to take a range of impressions for clients who are dentate or edentulous.

Details of Learning Activities

Lecture. Clinical familiarisation. Clinical practice Reflective clinical reporting

Teaching Schedule

• Relevant current legislation and guidelines
• Impression Taking
• Impression materials
• Impression tray alternatives
• Instruments and equipment
• Interpersonal communication
• Behaviour management techniques
• Time & task management
• Implementing current NHMRC infection control guidelines
• Occupational health and safety

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

Problems and Solutions in Complete Denture Prosthodontics" by David J Lamb (Quintessence books) "Pocket Atlas of Oral Diseases" by G.Laskaris (Thieme books) "Prosthetic Treatment of the Edentulous Patient" 4th Ed. by R M Basker and J C Davenport (Blackwell Munksgaard books)


Other Resources

Overview of Assessment

Impression technique clinically demonstrated. Patient records reviewed.

Assessment Tasks

Report on impression taking procedures, materials, instruments and equipment
Case Studies– presentation patients (Patient records) 
Complete journal of experience in relation to outcomes of clinical experience placement (Patient records and Digital Case Histories/Pebble Pad)
Perform elements and performance criteria of competence as designated for this unit of competence to the required standard consistently across a range of variables during clinical placement See critical aspects for assessment and evidence required to demonstrate this competency unit. .
* Co assessed with this will be elements of HLTHIR501A:- Maintain an effective health work environment, HLTIN301A:- Comply with infection control policies and procedures and HLTOHS:- Maintain OHS processes*

Assessment Matrix

Consistent clinical demonstration addressing all the performance criteria across a wide range of variables. 80%
Patient records and digital case histories addressing performance criteria. 20%
* Co assessed with this will be elements of HLTHIR501A:- Maintain an effective health work environment, HLTIN301A:- Comply with infection control policies and procedures and HLTOHS:- Maintain OHS processes*
*All assessment tasks must be successfully completed for competency to be attained in this unit.

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