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Unit information: Operative Techniques I in 2017/18

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Unit name Operative Techniques I
Unit code DENT10005
Credit points 10
Level of study C/4
Teaching block(s) Academic Year (weeks 1 - 52)
Unit director Miss. Sarah Bain
Open unit status Not open




School/department Bristol Dental School
Faculty Faculty of Health Sciences

Description including Unit Aims

To introduce the student to the clinical skills laboratory, and develop their clinical skills in periodontal instrumentation and conservative dentistry on manikin heads.


  • To introduce and develop relevant clinical skills in periodontal on manikin heads.
  • To introduce the recording of dental indices including dental charting and the pre-clinical manipulation and use of periodontal instruments.

Intended Learning Outcomes

  • To be able to carry out periodontal indices and charting
  • To use safely and effectively a variety of hand instruments, ultrasonic instruments and rotary hand pieces
  • To be able to carry out instrument maintenance

Teaching Information

Lecture Small group teaching Formative practical assessment of periodontal instrumentation

Assessment Information

  • Formative assessments  These include manikin periodontal instrumentation assessments  students must complete a set task in a given amount of time.
  • Summative assessments  students must pass an preclinical exam prior to treating patients and completing Operative techniques II
  • This consists of one x 1 hour written papers and a clinical task on a manikin heads. This assessment is weighted 50% written and 50% for the clinical task.
  • The pass mark for these exams is 50%.

Reading and References

Pickards Manual of Operative Dentistry  7th Edition Kidd/Smith ISBN: 01926 26094

Phillips Science of Dental Materials  10th Edition Anusavice ISBN: 07216 57419