UW School of Dentistry

RESD 519

Operative Dentistry


1 Credit / Quarter 3 (Spring, First Year)

Course Description

This lecture series introduces concepts of operative dentistry to first year dental students. Nomenclature, cavity classification, instrumentation, pulp protection, and principles of cavity preparation are presented and discussed.

Educational Objectives

The student will gain knowledge in the terminology and concepts of operative dentistry. The objectives will be for the student to:

  • Understand the etiology and preventive aspects of caries
  • Know the tools available for caries detection and understand the difference between caries detection and caries diagnosis
  • Understand caries management by risk assessment
  • Learn operative terminology
  • Learn and apply the principles of cavity preparation
  • Explain and apply the indications and technique for placement of pit and fissure sealants and preventive resin restorations (PRR)

Course Outline

Lecture topics include: an introduction to operative dentistry, dental terminology, armamentarium-hand and rotary instruments, principles of cavity preparation, dental materials/cavity design, and isolation techniques and connective tissue considerations.

Course Expectations

To successfully meet the requirements of this course, the student is expected to attend lectures and to demonstrate his/her understanding of the lecture topics and supplemental readings through daily quizzes, a practical midterm examination, and a final written examination.

Students are expected to adhere to the highest standards of professional and ethical behavior in class.

Effective Winter Quarter 2007, completion of on-line course evaluation is a requirement of this course. Failure to comply will result in an “Incomplete” grade being assigned.

Competencies Addressed

  • UWSOD Competency 1: Examine a patient using contemporary diagnostic methods to evaluate the head and neck region and to reach a diagnosis of the patient’s oral and craniofacial health status.
  • UWSOD Competency 2: Communicate the risks and benefits of proposed care and alternative treatment strategies available, then obtain expressed consent for treatment conveyed by a patient or legal guardian.
  • UWSOD Competency 7: Manage pulpal and periradicular disease.
  • UWSOD Competency 14: Manage periodontal diseases.
  • UWSOD Competency 15: Assess the teeth and supporting structures and provide preventive services.
  • UWSOD Competency 16: Manage diseases and conditions of the teeth.
  • UWSOD Competency 21: Recognize the role of lifelong learning and self-assessment in maintaining competency.
  • UWSOD Competency 22: Utilize critical thinking in assessing technical and scientific information for use in identifying patient needs and treatments.


  • Introduction to Operative Dentistry (Syllabus), Powell, 2008
  • The Art and Science of Operative Dentistry, Sturdevant, 2006

*last updated: 11/7/2011