Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE Advanced Biomaterials

LEVEL 03 - Years 2, 3, 4 in Modular Undergraduate Course


DEPARTMENT Restorative Dentistry

DESCRIPTION This study-unit follows the Biomaterials study-unit. In the Advanced Biomaterials study-unit, materials used in advanced restorative dentistry particularly in Endodontics and fixed Prosthodontics will be discussed.

Study-unit Aims:

The objective is to provide an in-depth overview of Biomaterials. Materials used in Endodontics and Fixed Prosthodontics will be evaluated. The study-unit will also discuss the clinical and laboratory applications of the materials.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Knowledge & Understanding:

By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:
- Classify the different types of materials used in Endodontics and Fixed Prosthodontics;
- Correlate the material properties according to the application;
- Describe the material properties before and after clinical use;
- Anticipate any shortcomings presented by the different material types when in clinical use;
- Describe the chemistry of the material and its interactions with the human body;
- Explain the degradation processes of the materials after placement.

2. Skills:

By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:
- Select a suitable biomaterial according to the particular application;
- Handle the material during clinical use.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings:

- McCabe, J.F, Walls AWG. Applied dental materials. 8th Ed-1998. ISBN: 0-632-04208-7.
- O’Brien, William J. Dental materials and their selection. 4th Ed-2008. ISBN: 9780867154375.
- Noort, Richard van. Introduction to dental materials. 3rd Ed-2007. ISBN: 9780723434047.
- Mitchell, Christina. Dental materials in operative dentistry. Quintessentials of Dental Practice - 2008. ISBN: 9781850971290.

ADDITIONAL NOTES 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 and Independent Study

Assessment Component/s Assessment Due Resit Availability Weighting
Online Examination (2 Hours) SEM2 Yes 100%

LECTURER/S Nikolai Attard
William Borg
Adrienne Busuttil
Maria Vella
Mario Joseph Zarb

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