Course Title: Interpret clinical data to classify periodontal health

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2015

Course Code: DENT5815

Course Title: Interpret clinical data to classify periodontal health

School: 155T Vocational Health and Sciences

Campus: City Campus

Program: C6119 - Advanced Diploma of Oral Health (Dental Hygiene)

Course Contact : Eleanor Schroeder

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 93411412

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Nominal Hours: 40

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

TAFEDH032 - Confirm physical health status
TAFEDH002 - Analyse epidemiology in dental and health practise
TAFEDH003 - Analyse oral status
TAFEDH010 - Research and evaluate patient dental and health history to prevent and/or manage emergencies

Course Description

This unit of competency describes the skills and knowledge required of the Dental Hygienist to interpret and classify periodontal health

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

TAFEDH017 Interpret clinical data to classify periodontal health


4. Identify changes in the periodontium from disease and the aging process

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Use specialist knowledge of the form and function of the periodontium to identify pathological changes to periodontal tissues
4.2 Use specialist knowledge of gerodontology to recognise and identify changes in the periodontium
4.3 Identify treatment modalities to manage variations in the periodontium


5. Provide maintenance therapy for dental implants

Performance Criteria:

5.1 Use detailed knowledge of dental and periodontal anatomy to compare and contrast the periodontium of a natural tooth with peri-implant tissues
5.2 Make informed decisions on the preventive treatment of dental implants with a in-depth understanding of osseointegration and biomechanical forces involved
5.3 Make clinical decisions and give special considerations towards periodontal instrumentation and patientmanagement.


1. Obtain information about the structural, clinical, histological and radiographic features and function of the periodontium

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Used specialised knowledge to associate microscopic characteristics and anatomy of tissues to the form and function of the periodontium
1.2 Identify and interpret the structure and function of the periodontium
1.3 Interpret radiographic appearance of the periodontium in relation to clinical appearance


2. Identify and diagnose the periodontal conditions with reference to the classification system of periodontal diseases

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Interpret periodontal presentation to diagnose and classify periodontal health
2.2 Use specialised knowledge to identify and record the clinical presentations of the classified periodontal diseases
2.3 Interpret implications and significance of periodontal presentation where severity of disease is outside the scope of dental hygiene practice for the purpose of communication and referral with the dentist and periodontist


3. Analyse and interpret local and systemic contributing risk factors in the pathogenic potential of periodontal disease in the host

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Analyse and interpret patient data to establish systemic and/or local contributing risk factors
3.2 Use detailed knowledge of the host immune response and cellular mediators to identify and record chronic and acute inflammation
3.4 Use specialised knowledge of immunopathology to analyse and interpret progression of inflammation and tissue destruction
3.5 Research current philosophy and theory pertaining to periodontal pathology and diseases by conducting literature and journal review

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this unit you will have developed the skills and knowledge required of the Dental Hygienist to interpret and classify periodontal health.

Details of Learning Activities

These include lectures, tutorials, online learning and clinical work.

Teaching Schedule

May 5th1.Lecture: structure and function of the periodontium 
8th2. ONLINE: prescribed readings and task
Eg: BDJ: pathology of periodontal disease
12th3. Lecture: Pathology of periodontal disease
Classification of periodontal diseases
19th4 lecture:
Local and systematic risk factors that impact on the peridontium
Impact of ageing
22nd5. ONLINE :Cases studies 
26th6. Lecture:
Treatment modalities, reconstructive treatments ,
home care maintenance. Review case studies
29th7. ONLINE:
Case studies
June 2nd8. Implantology; Natural tooth peridontium vs perimplant tissues
Maintenance of dental implants
9-12th9. Intensive clinic Student will be co-assessed with 013, 014,015, 018Task 1 clinical assessment
17th Task 2 exam

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

A complete book list will be provided during Orientation and is available on Blackboard


Other Resources

A range of additional resources and references will be provided through My Studies on Blackboard

Overview of Assessment

Assessment may include written and practical tasks

Assessment Tasks

There are two summative assessment tasks

Task 1 Clinical Assessment 9-12th June Co -assessed with TAFEDH 013, 014,015, 018

Task 2 Written exam 17th June

Assessment Matrix

Available on Blackboard

Other Information

Late work that is submitted without an application for an extension (see below) will not be corrected.

• APPLICATION FOR EXTENSION OF TIME FOR SUBMISSION OF ASSESSABLE WORK - A student may apply for an extension of up to 7 days from the original due date. They must lodge the application form (available at least 24 hours before the due date. The application is lodged with the School Admin Office on Level 3 of Dental Hospital. Students requiring longer extensions must apply for SPECIAL CONSIDERATION.

• For missed assessments such as exams- you (& your doctor if you are sick) must fill out a special consideration form. This form must be lodged online with supporting evidence prior to, or within, 48 hours of the scheduled time of examination
Note: The Pass mark for the exam is 60%. Assignment will be marked as Satisfactory/Not satisfactory.
Students may be given the opportunity to resubmit the assignment if this is requested by the teacher and approved by the co-ordinator.
Students are required to achieve a Pass grade in both tasks to achieve Competence for this course

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