UW School of Dentistry

RESD 542

New Developments in Dental Materials

Glen Johnson

1 Credit / Quarter 15 (Spring, Fourth Year)

Course Description

This course can be considered 10 hours of Continuing Dental Education since the topics covered are also of interest to practicing dentists. The focus is on current advances and trends with restorative dental materials, equipment and techniques. The information transfer is very efficient given 50 minutes per week for each topic. The chief purpose is to expose senior dental students to current objective information on new products and offer them a means for making practice decisions about restorative dental materials and techniques in the future.

Educational Objectives

The student in this class will gain knowledge on new restorative products, equipment and clinical techniques. The educational objectives are to enable the student to:

  1. Become familiar with new dental products, materials, equipment and techniques within the field Restorative Dentistry.
  2. Know where to find information on the new dental products, equipment and techniques in the dental literature.
  3. Understand why certain products or techniques may provide improved or deleterious clinical outcomes.
  4. Acquire tools for the critical evaluation of new materials, equipment and techniques in the future.
  5. Be knowledgeable of sources of objective information for making such choices.
  6. Be exposed to ethical dilemmas with restorative products and treatment options.

Course Outline

The course outline changes as new developments arise. New developments for some or all of the following topics are presented: dental adhesives, dental cements, dental office equipment, dental treatment, impressioning, and advances with dental laboratory technology. See specific lecture schedule posted at SOD LearningWare website http://sodelearning.mrooms3.net/

Course Expectations

The expectation is that the student, whether in the lecture room or at a remote RIDE location, attends all lectures and actively participates in discussions about new dental materials, products, equipment and techniques. To receive a pass for the course, the student is required to attend a minimum 7 of 10 lectures with active particiation (i.e., questions, discussions).

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 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 16: Manage diseases and conditions of the teeth.
  • UWSOD Competency 22: Utilize critical thinking in assessing technical and scientific information for use in identifying patient needs and treatments.


*last updated: 2/27/2012