Course Title: Construct removable acrylic partial dentures

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2013

Course Code: DENT5260C

Course Title: Construct removable acrylic partial dentures

School: 155T Vocational Health and Sciences

Campus: City Campus

Program: C5312 - 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

Nicholas Greer

P: 9341 1420



Zanne Frazer

P: 9341 1402



James Moser

P:9341 1417



Narelle Tobin

P: 9341 1403


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

HLTDT301C Construct models
HLTDT302C Construct custom impression trays
HLTDT303C Construct registration rims
HLTDT304C Articulate models and transfer records
HLTIN301C Comply with infection control policies and procedures

Course Description

This unit of competency describes the skills and knowledge you will require to construct partial dentures for patients. The type of patient that would wear a partial denture is someone who has lost natural teeth and is replacing them with artificial teeth (denture). The unit provides you with the skills to produce a partial denture for a patient that is both functional and aesthetic.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

HLTDT508C Construct removable acrylic partial dentures


1. Design acrylic removable partial denture

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Confirm the survey of the model carried out by the operator
1.2 Confirm design and transfer to master model
1.3 Block-out undesirable undercuts
1.4 Scribe food lines
1.5 Duplicate master cast to create a working model


2. Select and prepare materials

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Select materials according to laboratory prescription
2.2 Establish shape and dimension of component parts from design


3. Arrange artificial teeth

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Select teeth and position in wax to establish aesthetics and function
3.2 Contour wax so that dentures are suitable for try-in
3.3 Decontaminate according to infection control guidelines and place in a suitable container for dispatch


4. Construct retainer units

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Construct components as required
4.2 Join components as required
4.3 Secure teeth and components in wax
4.4 Contour facial and lingual aspects
4.5 Secure appliance for processing


5. Select and prepare materials and processing technique

Performance Criteria:

5.1 Identify the appropriate polymer system for case
5.2 Identify the appropriate investment technique
5.3 Identify the appropriate processing cycle
5.4 Select polymeric material to construct the prosthesis
5.5 Prepare system components in accordance with manufacturer's instructions
5.6 Allow materials to reach application stage


6. Process denture or appliance

Performance Criteria:

6.1 Apply appropriate investment techniques
6.2 Apply material to mould
6.3 Process the polymeric material for the correct length of time at the correct temperature
6.4 Devest model and remove any processing irregularities and sharp edges before fitting onto master casts
6.5 Confirm accuracy of retainer units

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this course you will be able to demonstrate, on a consistent basis, the arrangement of artificial teeth for a partial prosthesis (dentures) as well as techniques for converting the wax trial dentures into a final hard acrylic suitable for wear by a patient. You will set teeth in various arrangements in accordance with a prescription dependent on the teeth that the patient is missing.

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

Theory: Construct removable acrylic partial dentures 05/072013 (0830 -1230 - 4 hours)

(in conjunction with HLTDT509D Construct cast metal alloy partial denture framework )

Practical: Various sessions delivered dependenat on the group.

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

Anatomy of Orofacial Structures


Mosby's Dental Dictionary



Other Resources

  • RMIT online learning Hub
  • Library
  • Internet links
  • Primal Pictures
  • Journals, Brochures, Pamphlets, Newspapers, Magazines

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;

Completion of practical exercises - including detailed self reflection of each exercise
Practical exam
Theory exam


Assessment Tasks

Practical exercises:

  1. Acrylic Maxillary Partial Denture
  2. Cast Co/Cr Addition, Laser Weld and Self Cure

Assessment guidelines for the practical exercises, as outlined in the practical exercise book.

Practical examination:

  1. Acrylic Immediate Partial Denture (Open Faced)

Theoretical examination

Construct removable acrylic partial dentures

One element of the 3 hour exam (divided into competencies) PASS MARK 60%, If ’NYC’ (Not Yet Competent) result is achieved the student will be provided with detailed feedback of the shortcomings and given a further opportunity to sit a secondary exam.

If a grade of 40% or less is achieved the student will NOT be granted an opportunity to sit a secondary exam and the student will be required to re-enroll in the unit which will be incurr fees.

Please note: A subsequent NYC result for any of above mentioned assessments may require the student to attend further class work within their enrolment period or may result in the student re-enrolling in the unit which will be incurring fees.

Assessment Matrix

Other Information

Please Note: Students may apply for Special Consideration as (per the information provided in the Student Handbook ) via the RMIT Hub @ http:/ consideration if they believe their ability to complete Assessment for this Unit by the submission date has been affected by factors beyond their control. Special Consideration must be lodged prior to or within 48 hours of the scheduled assessment time or assessment submission date.

The application for Special Consideration is NOT granted automatically on application.

Students are required to support the learning outcomes this Unit with work based experience and/ or further self managed research to support positive outcomes in this Unit.

To undertake practical exercises and /or assessment students MUST present for the assessment process as follows:

Please note these are also WH&S requirements for clinical safety.

In appropriate practical class attire (Protective clothing for legs - if shorts, must cover knees, lab coat, safety glasses)
Fully covered in leather(not suede) footwear

Hair to be contained by tying back or in appropriate hair cover.
No artificial fingernails to be worn
The wearing of henna is acceptable.
Short, clean fingernails
No jewellery to be worn on the hands or wrists. Wedding rings or jewellery that cannot be removed for cultural reasons must be taped with an appropriate waterproof tape
All cuts/ skin abrasions on the hands or wrists must be covered with a waterproof dressing

A student that is non-compliant with any of the above requirements will not be permitted to undertake practical exercises or assessment at the scheduled time. The student will be rescheduled to undertake assessment at a later date.


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