Course Title: Construct simple complete removable acrylic dentures and appliances

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2011

Course Code: DENT5197C

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

Simon Pearse: Ph - 9341 1411
Fax - 93411401
Email –

Zanne Frazer: Ph - 9341 1402
Fax - 9341 1401
Email –

Nicholas Greer: Ph - 9341 1420
Fax - 93411401
Email –

James Moser: Ph – 9341 1417
Fax - 9341 1401
Email –

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:

HLTDT519A 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 registration
1.2 Read and interpret prescription
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

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 modifications

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 case
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 articulator

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
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

• Delivered as follows:
Full dentures THEORY: Session time; four hours (approx)
Full dentures THEORY REVIEW: Session time; one hour (approx)

Abnormal Jaw Relationships THEORY: Session time; four hours (approx)
Abnormal Jaw Relationships THEORY REVIEW: Session time; one hour (approx)

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

Anatomy of Orofacal Structures


Mosby's Dental Dictionary



Other Resources

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

The assessments in this unit are undertaken in a simulated workplace and under the normal range of work conditions in the form of practical exercises, a practical competency and theoretical exams (PASS MARK 60%) all of which are to be
co-assessed with the following units;
HLTIN301A: Comply with Infection Control,
HLTOHS300A: Contribute to OHS Processes,
BSBCMN302A: Organise Personal Work Priorities,
BSBCMN305A: Organise Workplace Information
All forms of assessments and co-assessed units are to be passed to pass this unit.

Assessment Matrix

Weighting of the assessment tasks:

* Practical competency - 50%
* Theoretical exams - 50% (Full Dentures - Abnormal Jaw Relationships)

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