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Unit Overview


Operative dentistry is the branch of restorative dentistry that involves study of the prevention, initiation, progression and treatment of the carious process. It involves the diagnosis, prognosis and treatment of teeth with both vital and non-vital pulps and restoration of these hard tissues. Fixed prosthodontics is the science and art of the restoration of missing and mutilated teeth by fabrication of fixed or removable restorations to restore a state of oral health and function. Study of fixed prosthodontics includes biomaterials and bioengineering, dental morphology, dental technology, dental implantology and occlusion. It requires current knowledge of related biology, physics and chemistry.

6 points

Students are able to (1) demonstrate the theoretical and clinical aspects of direct tooth restorations; (2) demonstrate the theoretical and clinical aspects of indirect tooth restorations; (3) identify the fundamentals of occlusion; (4) demonstrate the diagnosis, prognosis and treatment of teeth with both normal pulps and pulpless teeth and restoration of these hard tissues; (5) understand the importance of dental application of materials, laboratory techniques, dental instruments and dental devices related to the use of materials; and (6) identify strategies for rectifying clinical problems.


This comprises a combination of formative and summative methods in the form of a practical assessment (30 per cent), internet quizzes (30 per cent) and a final examination (40 per cent).

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Associate Professor Estie Kruger
Unit rules
Approved quota: 10—5–10
Contact hours
3 hours per week

Shillingburg, H. et al. Fundamentals of Fixed Prosthodontics, 3rd edn: Quintessence 1997

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