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, advanced anterior and posterior restorative techniques using composite resin.


Session 1 (30)
On Campus
Orange Campus
Session 2 (60)
On Campus
Orange 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

Grading System



Two sessions


School of Dentistry and Health Sciences

Enrolment Restrictions

Restricted to students enrolled in the Bachelor of Dental Science


BMS130 and PSY111 and CHM102 and DOH114 and DOH124 and DOH133

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able in preclinical work, 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 competent, in preclinical work, in the placement of posterior restorations and large anterior restorations, using a range of currently available metallic and 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 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, relationship between dental material and the surrounding oral and dental tissues, concepts of minimal intervention dentistry, factors associated with the successful placement of posterior and large anterior restorations; and
  • demonstrate the ability of taking dental impressions, the application of dental articulator and dental facebow, and developing specific laboratory skills.


This 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;
  • Application of dental laboratory instruments and equipment; and
  • Aspects of dental biomaterials and applied dental materials science relevant to the field of restorative dentistry.

Special Resources

The practical component of the subject is carried out in a Dental Simulation Clinic. 

Students are required to purchase

  1. Their own restorative dental instruments
  2. Plastic models and teeth
  3. Dental Articulator and attachments

The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: May 2021. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.