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Pre-Clinical Dental Skills at a Glance

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During most basic skills courses, you will necessarily make a significant and marked transition towards becoming an autonomous healthcare professional, working well within a clinical team and upholding professional and moral values. This is a tough journey, and sometimes it has to happen in little over three months. With the support and direction of your clinical teachers, this journey can nevertheless prove to be very rewarding. This book is not a guide for established practitioners; it has been written primarily for pre-clinical students who are studying dentistry or dental-related subjects. It may also be useful as a revision aid for those preparing for basic skills-based assessments. A number of the handpiece exercises are conceptual rather than being based on modern clinical approaches; this will allow you to take a standardised and more consistent approach while you develop your basic skills. Furthermore, it will allow your clinical teachers to make more valid judgements about your decision making and operative control while in the skills lab. Each chapter is limited to two pages in order to introduce the concepts concisely and to keep the guide simple and accessible. Most of the figures are derived from teaching materials that I use within the skills lab, and they have undergone several iterations over the years. As such, I hope that they contain the detail necessary to support conceptual understanding without overburdening you with technical details. Clinical photos are keptto a minimum to avoid you copying a clinical endpoint; rather, you should be able to visualise a clinical endpoint based on yourunderstanding of the approach. It is only then that you will be able to apply your skills more widely and deal with complications effectively. While this guide is intended to provide a very basic understanding of each skill, there are suitable suggestions for further reading for each chapter. Surgical and soft tissue skills such as tooth extractions and administering local anaesthetic are not discussed in the book. Nonetheless, the chapters cover a comprehensive range of basic clinical operative and practical skills that should act as a sound framework on which to build.

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Author(s): Field JC

Publication type: Authored Book

Publication status: Published

Edition: 1

Series Title: At a glance

Year: 2015

Number of Pages: 80

Print publication date: 15/05/2015

Acceptance date: 24/05/2013

Publisher: Wiley Blackwell

Place Published: Oxford


Library holdings: Search Newcastle University Library for this item

ISBN: 9781118766675


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