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Unit information: Dental Skills Year 2 in 2018/19

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Unit name Dental Skills Year 2
Unit code ORDS20021
Credit points 0
Level of study I/5
Teaching block(s) Academic Year (weeks 1 - 52)
Unit director Dr. Daud
Open unit status Not open




School/department Bristol Dental School
Faculty Faculty of Health Sciences


This Unit of Teaching takes place in Year 2 and will comprise of the following 2 Elements and their general aims:

Element of Operative Skills Year 2

Term 3

To provide students with the biological and clinical knowledge underpinning operative dentistry so that they will have acquired the skills to enable them ultimately to enter the clinical teaching programme.

Additional aims will include that students will develop an understanding of the clinical techniques required in the management of cavities in posterior and anterior teeth and be able to demonstrate a knowledge and understanding of, and competence in, the construction of extra-coronal restorations.

Applied Dental Materials will be an integrated part of this element.

Element of Prosthetic Skills Year 2

Term 3

Prosthetic skills deals with the replacement of acquired and congenital defects of dental and other orofacial tissues by means of removable prostheses (dentures). In this element of teaching students should acquire sufficient knowledge and skill to describe how dentures are made.

Additional aims will include ensuring that students have a knowledge of the nature and variety of dental prostheses and how these relate to the applied anatomy in relation to prosthetic dentistry.

Applied Dental Materials will be an integrated part of this element.

Intended learning outcomes

Students should obtain a knowledge and understanding of the following:

  1. Develop skills for handpiece manipulation and basic instrumentation techniques within the oral cavity for operative dentistry and endodontics.
  2. Have a knowledge of the consequences of tooth loss and ways of replacing missing teeth with their relative merits.
  3. Be able to describe how removable dental prostheses are constructed and be familiar with laboratory denture construction techniques.

Students should acquire the skills and attributes necessary for:

  1. Selecting appropriate restorative materials and techniques for the restoration of teeth with all types of cavities.
  2. Demonstrating a knowledge and understanding of the principles of crown preparation and impression techniques.
  3. Performing adequately the technical procedures involved in the construction of extra-coronal crowns.
  4. Describing the progress of caries and relating its progress over time.
  5. Applying a problem solving ability to operative dentistry procedures and demonstrating eye to hand co-ordination, mirror vision and control of hand and rotary instruments.

Teaching details

  • Didactic lectures
  • PowerPoint presentations, Blackboard
  • Demonstrations of the technical procedures
  • Lectures
  • Laboratory demonstrations & practical sessions; a self-directed learning handbook is provided to facilitate learning during laboratory sessions.
  • Written material includes E learning tutorials, topic notes and recommended textbooks.

Assessment Details

Formative Assessments

Continuous Simulated Clinical Assessment during the Operative Dentistry teaching.

MCQ’s during prosthetic teaching:

• Health and Safety
• Alginate Impression Material
• Gypsum Materials
• Dental Aesthetics
• Articulators
• Recording Patient Information

Summative Assessments:

The summative assessments for Dental Skills Yr 2 Unit fall within the combined Dental Skills/PCD ‘Capstone’ Assessment.

Reading and References

  • Kidd, Edwina A. M. Pickard's manual of operative dentistry. 8th ed. / Edwina A.M. Kidd, Bernard G.N. Smith, Timothy F. Watson. Imprint: Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2003. ISBN: 0198503426 Branch: Dental RK501 KID Record number :23 System number [000672547]
  • Mount, Graham J. Preservation and restoration of tooth structure / Graham J. Mount and W.R Hume ; [foreword by Edwina Kidd].2nd ed. Imprint: Sandgate, Qld. : Knowledge Books and Software, 2005. ISBN: 192082474X Branch: Dental RK501 MOU Record number :20 System number [000675148]
  • Noort, Richard van. Introduction to dental materials / Richard van Noort.3rd ed. Imprint: Edinburgh : Mosby, 2007. ISBN: 9780723434047 ISBN: 0723434042 Branch: Dental RK652.5 NOO Record number :12 System number [000768209]
  • Harty, F. J. Harty's endodontics in clinical practice / F. J. Harty ; edited by T. R. Pitt Ford.5th ed. Imprint: Edinburgh : Wright, 2004. ISBN: 0723610894 Branch: Dental RK351 HAR Record number :14 System number [000688010]
  • Davenport JC et al, A clinical guide to removable partial dentures 2nd ed., BDJ Books, 2000
  • Davenport JC et al, A clinical guide to removable partial denture design, BDJ Books, 2000