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This subject is comprised of five components: direct restorative; removable prosthodontics; fixed prosthodontics; endodontics; and paediatric dentistry.
Topics will include: restorative management of teeth having lost extensive amounts of tooth structure, including the concept of the life cycle of a restoration and longevity of restorations; methods of designing and placing complex restorations based on basic principles including design of a restoration to prevent further loss of tooth structure; the method of auxiliary retention for restorations and continuation of the use and selection of appropriate materials. This subject covers the techniques and materials used in the practice of the specialty areas of removable and fixed prosthodontics, endodontics and paediatric dentistry. In fixed prosthodontics, students will learn preparation of teeth for crowns in manikins.
Intended learning outcomes
On completion of this subject students should:
- be competent in designing cavity preparations for badly broken down teeth/severely compromised teeth;
- be able to self-evaluate the precision and accuracy of appropriate surgical removal of caries;
- be able to select the correct restorative material which will best restore a tooth to its original form and function;
- be able to restore a tooth to its original anatomical contour;
- be able to demonstrate an understanding of concepts related to the risks and hazards of using instrumentation in the confined space of the oral cavity;
- demonstrate laboratory technical skills of construction of partial dentures as applicable;
- comprehend basic principles of fixed prosthodontics;
- recognise basic endodontic instruments and use them appropriately in a pre-clinical environment;
- identify pulp chambers and canals using knowledge of pulpal anatomy and radiographic interpretation;
- recognise canal sytems with extreme curvatures, calcifications and other complicating anatomical features;
- appropriately prepare access cavities for all tooth categories;
- correctly determine working length of the root canals;
- prepare uncomplicated root canals for all tooth categories using rotary NiTi instruments;
- identify and properly discard rotary NiTi files that are no longer safe to use;
- develop skills to minimise the risk of file fracture;
- adequately fill uncomplicated root canals of all tooth categories using the matched taper cone and the lateral compaction technique;
- identify, prevent and manage procedural errors that may occur during endodontic treatment;
- self-assess the quality of the endodontic treatment performed;
- demonstrate clinical psychomotor skills in tooth preparation for fixed prosthodontics;
- develop skills in common paediatric operative procedures.
- be able to access new knowledge from different sources, analyse and interpret it in a critical manner;
- develop skills in effective communication with patients, teaching staff and peers;
- develop effective organisational skills and time management;
- develop skills in teamwork and workplace safety;
- be able to identify and address their own learning needs;
- be able to develop professional attitudes and behaviour.
Last updated: 12 November 2022