Course Title: Perform maintenance treatment for clients with removeable dental prostheses

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2014

Course Code: DENT5797C

Course Title: Perform maintenance treatment for clients with removeable dental prostheses

School: 155T Vocational Health and Sciences

Campus: City Campus

Program: C6123 - Advanced Diploma of Dental Prosthetics

Course Contact: Mark Doherty

Course Contact Phone: Ph: (03) 9341 1407

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Craig McCracken           9341 1410

Zanne Frazer                        9341 1402

Olga Tsibidis                       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

HLTDP601D Identify, select and prepare instruments, equipment, materials as required
HLTDP602D Gather data, conduct a dental prosthetic examination and develop treatment plan
HLTDP603C Take impressions
HLTDP604D Measure and record jaw relationships and select artificial teeth
HLTDP605D Evaluate a removable dental prosthesis at try-in stage
HLTDP606D Insert and issue a completed dental prothesis
HLTIN301C Comply with infection control policies and procedures
HLTIN302C Process reusable instruments and equipment in health work
HLTWHS401A Maintain workplace WHS processes

Course Description

Perform maintenance treatment for clients with removable dental prostheses

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

HLTDP607D Perform maintenance treatment for clients with removeable dental prostheses


1. Examine oral cavity and/or prosthesis to determine treatment need

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Review the client's medical history
1.2 Decontaminate the removable dental prosthesis according to infection control guidelines
1.3 Assess the client's adaptation to the prosthesis
1.4 Determine the procedure that will give desired outcome for the client and the operator
1.5 Involve the client and/or carer in discussions about the procedures and help clients clarify their preferences
1.6 Refer client to other professionals if necessary


2. Prepare for the procedure

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Provide full details to the client and/or carer about options and potential risks and benefits
2.2 Obtain and document consent following ethical and legal requirements
2.3 Select appropriate materials and equipment for the procedure


3. Perform procedure

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Implement aseptic techniques to prevent the spread of infection
3.2 Position the client comfortably for the procedure
3.3 Explain the participation required from the client during the procedure using language that is easily understood
3.4 Carry out procedure in accordance with the treatment plan
3.5 Use equipment for the procedure correctly and in accordance with relevant guidelines
3.6 Prepare materials in accordance with manufacturer's instructions
3.7 Complete documentation as required


4. Evaluate procedure and instruct client

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Discuss oral hygiene and maintenance instructions of the removable dental prosthesis with the client and/or carer
4.2 Provide clear advice on follow up treatment required to client and/or carer
4.3 Reach mutual agreement that all outcomes of the treatment have been fulfilled

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this unit you will have the skills and knowledge required to adjust and maintain new and existing dental prostheses.
Clients may be dentate or edentulous.

Details of Learning Activities

• Oral pathology associated with poor denture maintenance
• Patient oral hygiene self-care practices
• Patient factors in supplemental aid selection
• Patient prosthesis maintenance self-care practices
Participate in individual/team scenarios/role plays/case studies relating to maintenance for patients with removable dental prosthesis
In the supervised clinical environment perform
• Performing maintenance treatment for patients with removable dental prosthesis
• Providing oral hygiene and prosthesis maintenance advice for clients

Teaching Schedule

Relevant current legislation and guidelines
• Adjustments
• Tissue conditioning
• Temporary relining
• Permanent relining or re-basing
• Repairs to existing denture
• Additions to existing denture
• Evaluation
• Referral
• Occupational health and safety
• Infection control
Materials and equipment
• Tissue conditioning
• Pressure indicator paste
• Impression materials
• Occlusal indicators
• Examination mirrors
• Handpiece
• Burs
Patient communication
• Interpersonal communication
• Patient/behaviour management techniques
• Patient instruction
• Oral hygiene self-care
• Prosthesis maintenance
• Using cultural understandings
Work effectiveness
• Principles of quality assurance
• Principles of work effectiveness and organisation
• Problem solving
• Evaluation skills
Teachers: Zanne Frazer, Craig McCracken, Olga Tsibidis, Suzie St George

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

"Pocket Atlas of Oral Diseases" by G.Laskaris (Thieme books) "Prosthetic Treatment of the Edentulous Patient" 5th Ed. by R M Basker and J C Davenport (Blackwell Munksgaard books) The Royal Australian College of General Practicianers – New Guide to Medicines and Drugs DK Publications


Other Resources

Online research.

RMIT Library.

Overview of Assessment

Clinical demonstration. Patient records.

Assessment Tasks

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 competency in this unit. Clinical Observation including ADODP Log Book


Report on clinical experiences and procedures, materials, instruments and equipment.
Case Study – presentation patient - Patient record report for every patient treated Case Histories
Assessor: Zanne Frazer

Complete journal of experience in relation to outcomes of simulated practical training and clinical experience placement - Word processed patient record report for every patient treated
Assessor: Zanne Frazer

Written Examination of chapter 15 of the prescribed text; Prosthetic Treatment of the Edentulous Patient" 4th Ed. by R M Basker and J C Davenport (Blackwell Munksgaard books) - Written Examination
Assessor: Zanne Frazer

* Co assessed with this will be elements of HLTHIR501C:- Maintain an effective health work

Assessment Matrix

Consistent clinical demonstration addressing all the performance criteria across a wide range of variables. 70%
Patient records addressing performance criteria. 20% Written Examination 10% Summary of each chapter of the prescribed text; Prosthetic Treatment of the Edentulous Patient" 4th Ed. by R M Basker and J C

*All assessment tasks must be successfully completed before competency can be obtained

Other Information

Clinical logbook must be kept up to date.

Clinical priviledges will be removed if theory is not passed progressively.

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