Course Title: Construct thermoformed bases and appliances

Part A: Course Overview

Program: C5312 Diploma of Dental Technology

Course Title: Construct thermoformed bases and appliances

Portfolio: SEH Portfolio Office

Nominal Hours: 20

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.

Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


155T Vocational Health and Sciences

Face-to-Face or Workplace

Term1 2013,
Term1 2014,
Term1 2015,
Term1 2016

Course Contact: Mark Doherty

Course Contact Phone: 03 9341 1407

Course Contact Email:

Course Description

This unit of competency describes the skills and knowledge you require to construct thermoformed bases and appliances such as mouthguards - used for a range of sports and bleaching trays - for cosmetic enhancements of patients. You will also cover a broader range of appliances in the theory content of the unit to give you an understanding of the different applications of thermoformed material in the Dental industry.All procedures are carried out in accordance with occupational health and safety policies and procedures, current infection control guidelines, Australian and New Zealand Standards, State/Territory legislative requirements and organisation policy.

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

HLTDT301D Construct models
HLTDT302D Construct custom impression trays
HLTDT304D Articulate models and transfer records
HLTIN301C Comply with infection control policies and procedures
HLTWHS200A Participate in WHS processes

National Competency Codes and Titles

National Element Code & Title:

HLTDT315D Construct thermoformed bases and appliances


1. Prepare model

2. Thermo-form appliance or base from blank

3. Trim, shape and finish appliances or bases

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this course you will be able to demonstrate, on a consistent basis, the process involved in the construction of thermoformed bases and appliances used in the Dental industry.

Overview of Assessment

You will be assessed in a simulated workplace and under the normal range of work conditions.

You will be assessed on both the essential knowledge and the demonstration of essential skills through;

  1. Completion of practical exercises - including detailed self-reflection or each exercise
  2. Practical exam
  3. Theory exam