Module Catalogue 2022/23

MCD8000 : Fundamentals of Restorative Dentistry

  • Offered for Year: 2022/23
  • Module Leader(s): Professor Giles McCracken
  • Owning School: Dental Sciences
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 1 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0
Pre Requisites
Pre Requisite Comment


Co Requisites
Co Requisite Comment



The aims of this module are:
• To review the fundamental biology relevant to integrated subspecialist Restorative Dentistry management of patients (e.g. anatomy, physiology, pathobiology and clinical presentation)
• To explore the classic and contemporary literature underpinning the principles of delivering subspecialist Restorative Dentistry management of patients
• To review and build understanding of the current best evidence for the effectiveness of different treatment modalities including prognostic and risk factors, criteria for success/failure and expected outcomes relevant to integrated subspecialist Restorative Dentistry management of patients
• To review treatment planning approaches, indications for treatments and decision-making theory relevant to integrated subspecialist Restorative Dentistry management of patients.

Outline Of Syllabus

The module considers the following areas, through a series of interactive face-to-face seminars, encouragement of reflective practice and directed self-study:
• Review of anatomy and physiology relevant oral/peri-oral tissues in Restorative Dentistry
• Review of aetiology and pathobiology or oral diseases relevant Restorative Dentistry
• Review of the clinical presentations of oral and perioral conditions and diseases in Restorative Dentistry
• Review of the risk factors for oral and perioral conditions in Restorative Dentistry
• Review of prevention and stabilisation of common oral conditions and relationship to behaviour change science and techniques in Restorative Dentistry
• Review of the epidemiology of oral diseases in Restorative Dentistry
• Review of how Restorative Dentistry and Medicine interfaces and the links with systemic diseases and conditions
• Assessment of the patient in Restorative Dentistry including special diagnostic tests
• Treatment planning approaches for patients in Restorative Dentistry
• Review of prognostic, success and failure criteria in Restorative Dentistry
• Review of outcomes from interventions and treatments in Restorative Dentistry including quality of life measures
• Links between Restorative Dentistry in the adult with Paediatric Dentistry
• Diagnosis and management of cases with combined endodontic, periodontic and prosthodontics needs
• Review of occlusion in Restorative Dentistry
• Pharmacology and therapeutics of analgesic use and features of dental and orofacial pain, non-dental and chronic pain conditions

Learning Outcomes

Intended Knowledge Outcomes

On successful completion of this module students will be able to:

1. Recall and critically appraise theories and principles of patient management in the wider context of subspecialist restorative dentistry
2. Recall and evaluate evidence to support patient management strategies within subspecialist restorative dentistry
3. Discuss the principles of provision of clinical care to patients than the specialties of Endodontics/Periodontics/Prosthodontics in relation to the wider context of Restorative Dentistry

Intended Skill Outcomes

On successful completion of this module students will be able to:

1. Apply the principles of subspecialist restorative dentistry to the management of patients
2. Devise strategies to manage the wider subspecialists restorative dental needs of their patients
3. Demonstrate the ability work more widely than specialist specific elements within Endodontics/Periodontics/Prosthodontics

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion150:0050:00Preparatory work for Examinations
Structured Guided LearningStructured research and reading activities301:3045:00Preparatory work before small group teaching activities.
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching301:0030:00PiP:15 seminars, 15 case-based discussions
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study175:0075:00Supported by online discussion forum.
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Seminars and clinical case-based discussions will normally comprise of short presentations and small group discussion. Seminar leads will draw on participants’ own experiences as clinicians and as learners to consider the issues of particular importance to delivery of generalist and subspecialist clinical care in Restorative Dentistry. In the seminars, the core topics underpinning delivery of Restorative Dentistry with be used to inform development in practice will be discussed and how to apply and impact upon delivery of care to patients. Participants will be expected to apply their knowledge to their own case management and clinical situations and discuss this application.
This will specifically address the following outcomes: IKOs 1-3

Methods of assessing the clinical needs of patients will also be discussed in seminars and links made to the desired outcomes, design of treatment strategies, treatment planning and the management of patients. A variety of clinical scenarios will be introduced, planned, and discussed with formative feedback given. This will address the following outcomes: ISOs 1-3

Students will undertake independent study, which will involve reading, application of the knowledge and skills in their clinical practice and by engaging in critical reflection. This will consolidate the achievement of the outcomes discussed above. Assessment preparation and completion will be designed to consolidate the above giving students the opportunity to demonstrate their knowledge, understanding and skills of application to clinical scenarios.

Reading Lists

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Digital Examination601M5020 MCQ question format using Inspera Assessment software (PIP) Invigilated
Digital Examination601M503 Short answer question format using Inspera Assessment software (PIP) Invigilated
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The learning outcomes are predominantly demonstrated by the student’s ability to successfully undertake and pass all assessments that applies their knowledge and understanding of Restorative Dentistry to the clinical planning that occurs within complex situations (skills outcomes), and critically appraise both the literature and their approach to clinical practice within this context (knowledge outcomes). In the examinations candidates will be expected to formulate an opinion to manage a clinical based scenario and support or defend this position through application and critique of the supporting literature in Restorative Dentistry. They will need to take into account the multiple facets of the clinical scenarios they are confronted with, the strength of the supporting evidence they are applying to inform their opinion and how they have structured this to ensure a patient centred and evidence based best care. This maps to the module outcomes: IKOs 1-3 and ISOs 1-3.

In order to pass this module students must obtain a mark of 50 or above for each summative assessment.


Past Exam Papers

General Notes


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