DOH243 Foundations of Restorative Dentistry (24)


This subject is designed to continue (from the pre-requisite Year 1 subject) the student's development of understanding of, and competence in, restorative dentistry that form the foundation for clinical work in this field.

The Session 1 preclinical component of this subject comprises intra-coronal tooth preparations and their restoration using direct restorative materials (dental amalgam, composite resin, glass-ionomers).  The practical aspects of the subject to be covered in the preclinical simulation clinic will comprise the restoration of the proximal surfaces of anterior and posterior teeth, the restoration of a fractured anterior tooth and the use of complex metallic posterior restorations.  Practical aspects related to the management of dental caries will also be covered.  The lecture content will support the topics covered in the practical classes and introduce students to a number of concepts of clinical significance which will be further developed in Year 3.  The practical part of the Session 1 component of this subject constitutes the key development of manual skills and hand-eye coordination that is required for clinical dentistry.

The Session 2 component of this subject continues on from the Session 1 component and, by means of theoretical content and practical experience, develops understanding of, and competence in, two further important aspects that form a basis for clinical restorative dentistry and have links with the subject of Removable Prosthodontics.  These aspects are:  
i)    Advanced anterior and posterior restorative techniques using composite resin
ii)   Introductory aspects of Dental Occlusion --- comprising the anatomy and physiology of the TMJ, and the interplay between the TMJ, the muscles and the dentition.   A practical part of this content introduces the clinical and laboratory steps in providing occlusal therapy for a patient.

+ Subject Availability Modes and Location

Session 1
InternalOrange Campus
Session 2
InternalOrange Campus
Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: DOH243
Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject information

Duration Grading System School:
Two sessionsHD/FLSchool of Dentistry and Health Sciences

Enrolment restrictions

Restricted to students enrolled in the Bachelor of Dental Science course.
DOH124 and DOH134

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to demonstrate, in preclinical work, the ability to prepare cavities for restorative dentistry at a standard and demonstrating sound time management that would be clinically acceptable for a student at this stage of the dentistry programme.
  • be able to demonstrate competence, in preclinical work, in the placement of posterior composite resin restorations and large anterior restorations, using a range of currently available composite resins and clinically-related techniques.
  • be able to demonstrate, in preclinical work, an understanding of, and the ability to apply, a range of restorative materials and techniques for the placement of Class I, II, III, IV, V and complex restorations.
  • be able to discuss a number of key topics of clinical significance in restorative dentistry, including: the principal materials, cavity design principles, the pulp-dentine complex with respect to irritation and response, linings, bonding of resin and glass ionomers to tooth structure, auxiliary retention option, mercury and dental amalgam, tooth lightening, factors associated with the successful placment of posterior and large anterior composite resin restorations.
  • be able to describe the anatomy and physiology of the TMJ, the relevance of comparative anatomy, and to discuss the interplay between the muscles, the TMJ and the dentition in the human dental occlusion.
  • be able to demonstrate the ability to use jaw records and a dental articulator in analysing dental occlusion and in fabricating an occlusal splint.


The subject will cover the following topics:
  • Topics in restorative dentistry that form a foundation for clinical practice in this field
  • The preclinical development of technical skills and understanding that are the basis for clinical restorative dentistry
  • Aspects of dental biomaterials and applied dental materials science relevant to the field of restorative dentistry
  • Oral anatomy and physiology as they apply to clinically relevant aspects of dental occlusion
  • Dental occlusal splints

Work Place Learning

This subject contains a Compulsory Workplace Learning component of 5 days duration.   Dental patient-treatment clinic This subject contains a Compulsory Workplace Learning component of 5 days duration.   Dental patient-treatment clinic

Specialised Resources

The practical component of the subject is carried out in a Dental Simulation Clinic
Students are required to purchase
i)   Their own restorative dental instruments
ii)  Plastic models and teeth
iii) Dental Articulator and attachments


The information contained in the 2016 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: 06 September 2016. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.