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

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2010

Course Code: DENT5220C

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

School: 155T Vocational Health and Sciences

Campus: City Campus

Program: C6081 - 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 (03)9341 1410   zanne frazer (03)9341 1402

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

HLTIN301A Comply with infection control policies and procedures in health work
HLTIN302A Process reusable instruments and equipment in health work
HLTOHS400A Maintain OHS processes in the health industry
HLTDP601B Identify, select and prepare instruments, equipment, materials as required
HLTDP602B Gather data, take history, conduct a dental prosthetic examination and develop a treatment plan
HLTDP603B Take impressions
HLTDP604B Establish and record jaw relationships and select artificial teeth
HLTDP605B Evaluate a removable dental prosthesis at try-in stage
HLTDP606B Insert and issue a completed dental prothesis

Course Description

Perform maintenance treatment for clients with removable dental prostheses

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

HLTDP607B Perform maintenance treatment for clients with removable dental prostheses


1. Examine oral cavity and/or prosthesis to determine treatment need
2. Prepare for the procedure
3. Perform procedure
4. Evaluate procedure and instruct client

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
2.1 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
3.1 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
4.1 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

Lecture. Clinical practice. Patient records.

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

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

Problems and Solutions in Complete Denture Prosthodontics" by David J Lamb (Quintessence books) "Pocket Atlas of Oral Diseases" by G.Laskaris (Thieme books) "Prosthetic Treatment of the Edentulous Patient" 4th Ed. by R M Basker and J C Davenport (Blackwell Munksgaard books)


Other Resources

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.
Report on clinical experiences and procedures, materials, instruments and equipment. Patient records, Case histories – presentation patients)
Provide a summary of each chapter of prescribed text; Prosthetic Treatment of the Edentulous Patient" 4th Ed. by R M Basker and J C Davenport
Complete journal of experience in relation to outcomes of simulated practical training and clinical experience placement (Patient records & Case histories)

* Co assessed with this will be elements of HLTHIR501A:- Maintain an effective health work environment, HLTIN301A:- Comply with infection control policies and procedures and HLTOHS:- Maintain OHS processes*

Assessment Matrix

Consistent clinical demonstration addressing all the performance criteria across a wide range of variables. 70%
Patient records addressing performance criteria. 20%
Summary of each chapter of prescribed text 10%

*All assessment tasks must be successfully completed for competency to be attained in this unit.

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