Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE Fixed Prosthodontics 1

LEVEL 04 - Years 4, 5 in Modular UG or PG Cert Course


DEPARTMENT Oral Rehabilitation and Community Care

DESCRIPTION This study-unit presents fixed prosthodontics as a treatment option to restore the single tooth that has been damaged by carious or traumatic processes. The student is taken through all the necessary clinical steps involved to become competent in this field. This includes accurate tooth preparation which is first demonstrated on phantom teeth following exposure to a real situation. In addition, the importance of accurate impression taking along with temporization is theoretically described and practically demonstrated.

The techniques involved in providing a patient with laboratory made dental crown is highlighted.

Focus is given to the wide variety of materials available to the prosthodontist/dentist to deliver a durable fixed restoration to the patient while emphasizing the advantages and disadvantages in each case.

Study-unit Aims:

The aim of this study-unit is to provide students with the necessary knowledge in fixed Prosthodontics to help them:
- Establish a diagnosis and prognosis of teeth that can be used to support a fixed Prosthodontic reconstruction and thereby formulate a treatment plan.
- Prepare teeth for Fixed Prosthodontics: This also involves all the preprosthetic treatment i.e post and core build-ups, tooth preparation and temporization.
- Deliver clinically fixed restorations.
- Be knowledgable in the contemporary production techniques (single unit metal-ceramic and all-ceramic restorations).
- Understand the importance of occlusion when new fixed restorations are introduced in the mouth.
- Communicate to the patient the importance of recall and post-treatment care when fixed prosthodontic restorations are delivered.
- Provide accurate case documentation (practice with clinical photos - extra and intra-oral to communicate the result of their work with their patients and dental technician).

Learning Outcomes:

1. Knowledge & Understanding:

By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:
- Discuss theoretical and practical aspects in tooth preparation.
- Describe the importance of accurate impression taking techniques - overview of materials and handling.
- Discuss the importance of fabricating a functional temporary restoration- overview of techniques for construction and materials used will be demonstrated clinically.
- Explain the role of occlusion in Fixed Prosthodontics.
- Clearly prescribe the ideal fixed restoration after in depth consideration of the patient's oral health status, financial situation and expectations.

2. Skills:

By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:
- Provide a detailed treatment plan after evaluation and description of the disease etiology and prognosis for each tooth, as well as the evaluation of factors which influence the outcome of the therapy based on experience and current scientific data.
- Document extra- and intraoral findings in detail.
- Analyze dental imaging results of the patient.
- Describe the materials used in fixed prosthodontics (e.g. metals, ceramics) and their role in achieving optimal aesthetics and function.
- Gain extensive practical skills in tooth preparation (using plastic teeth) to receive intra and extra coronal restorations (e.g. inlays/onlays and metal/all ceramic crowns).
- Take impressions to fabricate temporary and fixed restoration.
- Fabricate temporary restorations.
- Assess all steps involved in delivery of single unit fixed prosthesis.
- Clinically perform all steps involved in delivery of single unit fixed prosthesis.
- Educate patients on the maintenance and care of single unit fixed prosthesis.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings:

- Fradeani, M. et al. Esthetic rehabilitation in fixed prosthodontics Volume 2:Prosthetic treatment Systematic approach to esthetic, biologic and functional integration. Quintessence Publishing Co, Inc 2004.
- Shillingburg H. et al. Fundamentals of Fixed Prosthodontics. Third Edition.Quintessence Publishing Co, Inc 1997.

ADDITIONAL NOTES Please note that a pass in all assessment components is obligatory for an overall pass mark to be awarded.

Attendance to scheduled sessions, inclusive of lectures/tutorials, practical, laboratory and clinical components is compulsory. Students who do not attend at least 90% of the scheduled sessions will not be allowed to sit for any of the assessment components mentioned below.

STUDY-UNIT TYPE Lecture, Independent Study and Practical

Assessment Component/s Assessment Due Resit Availability Weighting
Practical [See Add. Notes] (1 Hour and 30 Minutes) SEM1 Yes 50%
Online Examination [See Add. Notes] (2 Hours) SEM1 Yes 50%

LECTURER/S Nikolai Attard
David Paul Mifsud
Mario Joseph Zarb

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