UW School of Dentistry


Dental Curriculum Threads

Introduction to Operative Dentistry

Course Director: Alireza Sadr
Credits: 2
Quarters/Yr of Program: Spring / 1

Course Overview

  • DENTPC 530 is a lecture course given to 1st year pre-doctoral dental students. It provides an introduction to Operative Dentistry, building on anatomical and occlusal concepts presented in DENTPC 510 and 520. The course prepares students for surgical techniques in subsequent Operative pre-clinical courses (DENTPC 550, 560, 570, & 580), as well as in the Operative Clerkship (3rd year) and the General Practice Clinic (4th year).
  • DENTPC 530 covers dental caries from a clinical perspective including nomenclature, surgical management strategies, and instrumentation for treatment. Caries detection methods and caries risk assessment are introduced. The principles of surgical cavity preparation are discussed in detail. Composite restorative materials, polymer photo-curing strategies,  and dentin-enamel bonding techniques are introduced.
  • Perceptual skills training provides a foundation for surgical work in subsequent Operative courses. Patient cases and select dental literature are used to teach the student to analyze new situations, critically assess and integrate information, and apply the concepts taught in the course in a clinically relevant framework.

Learning Objectives

The student who successfully completes this course will be able to:

  1. Categorize dental caries clinically, evaluate methods for caries detection and prevention, and apply methods to determine the risk of caries occurrence.
  2. Understand the logic, describe, explain, and apply the principles of surgical cavity preparation to clinical scenarios involving dental caries.
  3. Apply a basic knowledge of dental composites, bonding agents, and photo-curing strategies to a clinical scenario.
  4. Integrate relevant information from patient cases and the dental literature to formulate an appropriate diagnostic or treatment decisions.
  5. Assess surgical intra-coronal cavity preparations and restorations using accepted clinical nomenclature and standards of clinical care in use in UWSOD clinics.

UWSOD Competencies: 1, 2, 3, 4, 11, 12, 13, and 14a,c,h,m,p,s

Date last updated: 2018-03-23