Pre-Clinical Dental Skills at a Glance
June 2015, ©2015, Wiley-Blackwell
Pre-Clinical Dental Skills at a Glance provides a comprehensive and accessible guide to the basic operative skills and core clinical skills required of those about to embark on dental clinical training. It serves as the perfect illustrated introduction for pre-clinical students and a handy revision guide for subsequent undergraduate and postgraduate stages.
Following the familiar, easy-to-use At a Glance format, each topic is presented as a double-page spread with text accompanied by clear colour diagrams and clinical photographs to support conceptual understanding. Pre-Clinical Dental Skills at a Glance is a valuable resource for students studying dentistry, dental hygiene, dental therapy or dental nursing, as well as skills-based assessments such as the Overseas Registration Exam or the Licence in Dental Surgery.
Key features include:
- An illustrated introduction to the dental clinical environment, basic operative skills and core clinical skills
- Key concepts are explained and superbly illustrated enabling you to visualise the intended clinical endpoint
- Core clinical skills covered include controlling cross-infection, giving and receiving effective feedback, history taking and communication skills
- A companion website with self-assessment questions for students and teaching notes for instructors
How to use your revision guide viii
About the companion website ix
Part 1 The clinical environment 1
1 The clinical environment 2
2 Lifelong learning and reflection 4
3 Simulator jaws 6
4 Basic restorative equipment 8
5 Handpiece maintenance and operation 10
Part 2 Basic operative skills 13
6 Posture and working with a dental mirror 14
7 Effective use of posterior matrices 16
8 Controlling bur depth and angulation 18
9 Investigating and controlling the carious lesion 20
10 Posterior approximal preparations 22
11 Anterior approximal preparations 24
12 Accessing the pulp space 26
13 Direct posterior restorations 28
14 Replacing a cusp with a direct restoration 30
15 Placing cervical restorations 32
16 Restoring incisors 34
17 Periodontal instrumentation 36
18 Moisture control and dental dam 38
19 Records for treatment planning 40
Part 3 Core clinical skills 43
20 Controlling cross-infection 44
21 Communicating and recording information 46
22 Giving and receiving feedback 48
23 Medical histories and the presenting complaint 50
24 Oral health assessment 52
25 Charting the dentition 54
26 Delivering oral hygiene instructions 56
27 Offering smoking cessation advice 58
28 Requesting and reporting on intra-oral radiographs 60
Further reading 62
Dr James Field is a Lecturer in Restorative Dentistry and Degree Programme Director for the Masters in Clinical Dentistry at the School of Dental Sciences, Newcastle University, UK. He holds a Master of Arts Degree in Education and a Doctorate in the field of Dental Erosion.
Dr Field has received international acclaim for his innovative teaching and is recognised as a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Educators.
“Great diagrams for visual learners.”
“It’s a very good way to have a clear idea of what you want to achieve before you pick up the handpiece.”
“Being able to read about the operative techniques in advance of the practicals was excellent...I knew what to expect and it reinforced the technique when repeating it myself.”
“The book chapters are the perfect length for a quick overview...The sections [on] common pitfalls and criteria are particularly helpful.”
“It all reads very clearly for someone in our position, who is familiar with the basic scientific knowledge but unsure about further detail. The chapters explain and illustrate concepts very easily.”
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