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Unit information: Prosthodontics 1 in 2021/22

Unit name Prosthodontics 1
Unit code DENTM9011
Credit points 10
Level of study M/7
Teaching block(s) Academic Year (weeks 1 - 52)
Unit director Mrs. Lizzie King
Open unit status Not open



Biomaterials , biomedical science and biomechanics - DENTM9007 Patient Assessment and treatment planning 1 - DENTM9008 Implant surgery 1 - DENTM9009 Bone augmentation and grafting 1 - DENTM9010 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 introduce concepts relating to the planning and construction of implant supported fixed prostheses. Abutment types and implant positions to support a fixed prosthesis will be examined. The choice of fixed prosthesis material and impression taking for fixed prostheses will also be examined.

Intended Learning Outcomes

  • To have a knowledge of the stages involved in the design of fixed prostheses
  • To have a knowledge of the different types of abutments and to be able to select abutments based on prosthodontic indications and planning
  • To have a knowledge of appropriate implant positions and configurations to support a fixed prosthesis
  • To be aware of the range of materials available for the construction of fixed prostheses and the advantages and disadvantages of these materials
  • To have a knowledge of and the limitations of analogue and digital impressions

Teaching Information

Lectures and small group teaching on Unit 5 study day. Distance learning package delivered via Blackboard including additional ‘podcast’ lectures/videos and directed reading. This unit runs concurrently with the Clinical Practice attachment Unit and is closely linked with it, teaching is therefore supplemented by one to one teaching and observation of clinical practice.

Assessment Information

Formative assessment

During the study day via direct verbal feedback, particularly during hands on techniques demonstrations.

Summative Assessments

Written assignments:

1. Clinical prosthodontic techniques - fixed. Written assignment looking at clinical techniques involved in the provision of fixed prosthodontic solutions.

2. A patient assessment with models, photographs and relevant clinical information will be presented from which a written treatment plan will be presented for a fixed implant prosthesis. The plan will need to include implant selection, proposed implant positions and prosthesis design, along with abutment choice and material selection for the prosthesis

Total 100% of unit marks.


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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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