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Unit information: Advanced Techniques in 2021/22

Unit name Advanced Techniques
Unit code DENTM9017
Credit points 10
Level of study M/7
Teaching block(s) Academic Year (weeks 1 - 52)
Unit director Professor. Steve Thomas
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 Prosthodontics 1 - DENTM9011 Clinical practice attachment 1 - DENTM9012 Treatment Planning 2 - DENTM9013 Implant Surgery 2 - DENTM9014 Prosthodontics 2 - DENTM9015 Teams and marketing - DENTM9016 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 the students to advanced grafting techniques including sinus grafting, block grafts, distraction techniques and complex grafts.

Intended Learning Outcomes

  • To have a knowledge of advanced surgical techniques.
  • To have a knowledge of interdisciplinary management of complex cases.

Teaching Information

Lectures and small group teaching on study day 12. 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.

Summative Assessments

Written assignment and Powerpoint presentation to include aspects of the following:

  1. Advanced additive grafting procedures. A written assignment looking at the relative indications and contraindications of advanced grafting techniques in the management of the atrophic premaxilla, including osseodistraction. 50% of 'the 'unit mark
  2. Sinus grafting procedures. A Powerpoint presentation of the assessment, restorative plan, surgical plan and maintenance requirements to restore a unilateral atrophic posterior maxilla free-end saddle with a pneumatised antrum. 50% of the unit mark
  3. Multidisciplinary care. Written assignment looking the clinical management of multidisciplinary cases and the development of a clinical care pathway – Pass or Fail

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.