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Unit information: Biomaterials, Biomedical Science and Biomechanics in 2021/22

Unit name Biomaterials, Biomedical Science and Biomechanics
Unit code DENTM9007
Credit points 10
Level of study M/7
Teaching block(s) Academic Year (weeks 1 - 52)
Unit director Mr. Jonathon Schofield
Open unit status Not open



Patient Assessment and treatment planning 1 - DENTM9008 Implant surgery 1 - DENTM9009 Bone augmentation and grafting 1 - DENTM9010 Prosthodontics 1 - DENTM9011 Clinical practice attachment 1 - DENTM9012 Treatment Planning 2 - DENTM9013 Implant Surgery 2 - DENTM9014 Prosthodontics 2 - DENTM9015 Teams and marketing - DENTM9016 Advanced techniques - DENTM9017 Clinical practice attachment 2 - DENTM9018 Dissertation - DENTM9019

School/department Bristol Dental School
Faculty Faculty of Health Sciences

Description including Unit Aims

This module will provide an overview of the history and current research in the fields of biomaterials and biomechanics in relation to dental implantology. An overview of relevant anatomy and physiology will also be provided including bone physiology and the mechanisms of wound healing. Aspects of implant design and surface finish will also be covered as well as an outline of the mechanisms thought to be involved in implant failure. Implant stability and its relationship with implant success will be introduced.

Intended Learning Outcomes

  • To be familiar with aspects of anatomy, physiology, biomaterials science and biomechanics relevant to implant treatment.
  • To have a knowledge of bone physiology.
  • To have a knowledge of the mechanisms of wound healing.
  • To have a knowledge of implant stability and the factors associated with implant success and failure.

Teaching Information

Lectures and small group teaching on study days 1 and 2.

Distance learning package delivered via Blackboard including additional ‘podcast’ lectures and directed reading.

Assessment Information

Methods of assessment - Summative and formative Formative assessment

During the study days via direct verbal feedback.

Summative Assessments

Written assignments:

1. Critical appraisal of research literature. Written assignment to assess library and information skills database searching and reference retrieval. Critical review of two journal articles and an exercise on the construction of a summary of a scientific paper. 34% of unit marks

2. Biomedical Science relevant to Implantology. Structured written assignment. 33% of unit marks

3. Biomaterials and tissue compatibility. Reading assignment.

4. Biomechanics and implant design. Reading assignment.

5. Implant failure Structured written assignment. 33% of unit marks

Total 100% of unit marks.

Submission date will be given to students verbally and on Blackboard.


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How much time the unit requires
Each credit equates to 10 hours of total student input. For example a 20 credit unit will take you 200 hours of study to complete. Your total learning time is made up of contact time, directed learning tasks, independent learning and assessment activity.

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The Board of Examiners will consider all cases where students have failed or not completed the assessments required for credit. The Board considers each student's outcomes across all the units which contribute to each year's programme of study. If you have self-certificated your absence from an assessment, you will normally be required to complete it the next time it runs (this is usually in the next assessment period).
The Board of Examiners will take into account any extenuating circumstances and operates within the Regulations and Code of Practice for Taught Programmes.