UW School of Dentistry


Dental Curriculum Threads

Operative Dentistry 3

Course Director: Alireza Sadr
Credits: 3
Quarters/Yr of Program: Autumn / 2

Course Overview

  • DENTPC 560 is lecture-preclinical laboratory course in Operative Dentistry given to 2nd year pre-doctoral dental students. It is the third of the five operative pre-clinical courses. It builds on and applies the information from DENTPC 530 & 550, and it integrates information from DENTPC 510 & 520 (dental anatomy & occlusion), as well as DENTPC 533 (dental materials). The course prepares students for advanced operative topics in DENTPC 570 & 580, and develops skills needed for clinic (Operative Clerkship (3rd year) and the General Practice Clinic (4th year)).
  • DENTPC 560 covers surgical management and restoration techniques for conservative class 1,2,3,4, and 5 restorations. Restoration of teeth with composite, amalgam, and glass ionomer are covered. Tooth isolation is introduced and used throughout. The course emphasizes the interactions among surgical preparation style, restorative material properties, patient disease activity and risk, patient priorities, and anatomical variations.
  • As in the first 2 courses, this course applies principles of ergonomics and patient positioning, workplace organization and safety, appropriate communication, and professional behavior.
  • Perceptual skills introduced in DENTPC 530 & 550 are applied, refined, and expanded in DENTPC 560. Accurate perceptual assessment and self-assessment are emphasized throughout.
  • As with DENTPC 530 & 550, patient cases and a select literature are used to teach the student information analysis, integration, and critical thinking skills. Assessments use a case-based approach as well.

Learning Objectives

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

1. Apply the principles of surgical cavity preparation under various clinical parameters to design conservative class 1,2,3,4, and 5 restorations.
2. Surgically prepare and restore conservative class 1-5 restorations to a clinically acceptable level while maintaining self-health (ergonomics) and within defined time constraints.
3. Accurately self-evaluate their work using the principles of cavity preparation and restoration.
Appropriately manipulate and manage composites, bonding agents, glass ionomers, and amalgam.
4. Integrate and apply didactic information, the literature, and clinical information to formulate the most appropriate treatment solutions for a patient case.
5. Function in the pre-clinical environment with good communication, organization, productivity, and professionalism.

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

Date last updated: 2018-01-22