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Area of dental practice code NN

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METeOR identifier:Help on this term377966
Registration status:Help on this termHealth, Standard 10/12/2009
Definition:Help on this term

The codeset representing the area of practice in which a dentist spent the most hours in the week prior to registration.

Representational attributes

Representation class:Help on this termCode
Data type:Help on this termNumber
Format:Help on this termNN
Maximum character length:Help on this term2
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ValueMeaning
01General dental practice
02Dento-maxillofacial radiology
03Endodontics
04Oral and maxillofacial surgery
05Oral surgery
06Oral medicine
07Oral pathology
08Orthodontics
09Paedodontics
10Periodontics
11Prosthodontics
12Public health dentistry
13Special needs dentistry
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99Not stated/inadequately described

Collection and usage attributes

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CODE 01   GENERAL DENTAL PRACTICE 

That part of dental practice that deals with a range of general dental care.

CODE 02 DENTO-MAXILLOFACIAL RADIOLOGY

That part of dental practice that deals with diagnostic imaging procedures applicable to the hard and soft tissues of the oral and maxillofacial region and to other structures which are relevant for the proper assessment of oral conditions.

CODE 03   ENDODONTICS 

That part of dental practice that deals with the morphology, physiology, and pathology of the human tooth and, in particular, the dental pulp, root and peri-radicular tissues. It includes the biology of the normal pulp, crown, root and peri-radicular tissues and the aetiology, prevention, diagnosis and treatment of diseases and injuries that affect these tissues.

CODE 04   ORAL AND MAXILLOFACIAL SURGERY 

That part of dental practice that deals with the diagnosis, surgical and adjunctive treatment of diseases, injuries and defects of the human jaws and associated structures.

CODE 05   ORAL SURGERY 

That part of dental practice that deals with the diagnosis, surgical and adjunctive treatment of diseases and injuries limited to the dento-alveolar complex.

CODE 06   ORAL MEDICINE 

That part of dental practice that deals with the clinical diagnosis, assessment and principally non-surgical, pharmacological management of anatomical variants, pathological conditions, diseases and pain of the dental, oral and adjacent anatomical structures and the dental/oral manifestations and complications of systemic diseases, pathology and conditions and their treatment.

CODE 07   ORAL PATHOLOGY 

That part of dental practice that deals with diseases of the teeth, jaws, oral soft tissues and associated structures, studies their causes, pathogenesis and effects, and by use of clinical, radiographic, microscopic and other laboratory procedures establishes differential diagnoses and provides forensic evaluations.

CODE 08   ORTHODONTICS 

That part of dental practice that deals with the study and supervision of the growth and development of the dentition and its related anatomical structures, including preventive and corrective procedures of dentofacial irregularities requiring the re-positioning of teeth, jaws, and/or soft tissues by functional or mechanical means.

CODE 09    PAEDIATRIC DENTISTRY (PAEDODONTICS) 

That part of dental practice that deals with the prevention and the treatment of dental diseases and abnormalities in children and their associated developmental and behavioural problems.

CODE 10   PERIODONTICS 

That part of dental practice that deals with the prevention, recognition, diagnosis and treatment of the diseases and disorders of the investing and supporting tissues of natural teeth or their substitutes.

CODE 11   PROSTHODONTICS 

That part of dental practice that deals with the restoration and maintenance of oral health, function and appearance by coronal alteration or reconstruction of natural teeth, or the replacement of missing teeth and contiguous oral and maxillofacial tissues with substitutes.

CODE 12   PUBLIC HEALTH DENTISTRY

That part of dental practice that deals with the community as the patient rather than the individual, being concerned with oral health education of the public, applied dental research and administration of dental care programmes including prevention and control of oral diseases on a community basis.

CODE 13   SPECIAL NEEDS DENTISTRY 

That part of dental practice that deals with patients where intellectual disability, medical, physical or psychiatric conditions require special methods or techniques to prevent or treat oral health problems, or where such conditions necessitate special dental treatment plans.

 

Registered health professionals on leave at the time of registration are asked to report their usual principle area of practice worked.

Source and reference attributes

Submitting organisation:Help on this term

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Origin:Help on this termAustralian Dental Association
Reference documents:Help on this termAustralian Dental Association Policy Statement 2.4, November 2008  Specialisation in Dentistry

Relational attributes

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Registered health professional—principal area of practice, dental code NN Health, Standard 10/12/2009

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