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DRPS : Course Catalogue : Deanery of Clinical Sciences : Endodontics

Postgraduate Course: Dental Material Science (ENDO12002)

Course Outline
SchoolDeanery of Clinical Sciences CollegeCollege of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 12 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis course aims to cover key attributes of dental material science as applied to the endodontic and restorative care of a patient.

By completing this course, students will have greater awareness of the vast range of dental materials available on commercial dental markets. They will also critically explore the current scientific literature and experimental models used in their verification to inform their practice.
Course description Practical implementation of a treatment plan requires detailed knowledge of a wide range of dental materials and how to manipulate them. Understanding material behaviour will also enable effective communication of their advantages and disadvantages when gaining informed consent for treatment.
This course is delivered using seminars, lectures and pre-recorded lectures (delivered using Media Hopper via Learn VLE).
Topics covered include:
1. Material properties
2. Endodontic irrigants
3. Metallurgy of endodontic instruments
4. Obturation materials
5. Bioceramic materials
6. Direct restorative materials
7. Post materials (direct/indirect)
8. Dental Ceramics
9. Dental alloys
10. Dentine bonding
11. Cement lutes
12. Impression, provisional and bite registration materials.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2024/25, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  2
Course Start Flexible
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 196 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 100 %, Coursework 0 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Written examination: 100% weighting
Feedback 15 working days after the assessment
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate a critical understanding of dental material properties in the endodontic and restorative management of patients.
  2. Have knowledge of commonly utilised laboratory tests used to assess dental materials.
  3. Apply their understanding of dental material properties in order to choose the most appropriate material for the management of specific endodontic cases.
  4. Demonstrate an understanding of newly emerging materials in endodontics and have an ability to appraise these new materials prior to their use.
Reading List
1. Reading lists will be provided via learn VLE and Discovered.
2. Additional supporting resources will be provide via pre-recorded lectures and clinical demonstrations accessible from Media Hopper (accessed through learn VLE).
3. Facility of clinical skills and dental laboratory.

Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Develop a comprehensive knowledge base of dental materials related to endodontics
Utilise this information to choose the most appropriate material in the management of specific endodontic cases
Demonstrate critical thinking in material choice for the restoration of the endodontically treated tooth
Course organiserMiss Marialena Cresta
Tel: 0131 536 3971
Course secretaryMs Petra Hopert
Tel: 0131 536 3982
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