Plymouth University Peninsula Schools of Medicine and Dentistry

This module encompasses key concepts underpinning the delivery of restorative dentistry, enabling you to develop your understanding and knowledge of the subject. Teaching is delivered as seminars, demonstrations, and practical training in the simulated dental learning environment, enhancing clinical skills and improving patient care.

This module builds on the foundations of knowledge in restorative dentistry taught at the dental school and in foundation training. It develops diagnostic skills and treatment planning and provides participants with additional skills in occlusal management, non-surgical periodontology, endodontics, minimally invasive and adhesive dentistry as well as techniques for management of tooth surface loss

You will cover:

  • Masters level writing.
  • IT support and use of referencing software.
  • Clinical photography.
  • Critical appraisal skills.
  • Advanced diagnosis and treatment planning in restorative dentistry occlusal management.
  • Current concepts in caries diagnosis and management.
  • Adhesion to enamel and dentine and microleakage.
  • Composites, compomers and glass ionomers.
  • Amalgam and approaches to retention.


  • Current concepts in periodontal diagnosis and pathogenesis.
  • Non-surgical periodontology; Contemporary treatment techniques and assessment of outcomes.
  • Effect of systemic factors.
  • Small group treatment planning sessions of complex cases.
  • Team working for optimal outcomes.


  • Pathogenesis and diagnosis of endodontic disease.
  • Treatment strategies and radiography.
  • Access and magnification.
  • Contemporary instrumentation, obturation and irrigation.
  • Pain control and non-odontogenic pain.
  • Obturation of the root canal using warm and cold GP techniques.
  • Assessing outcomes.
  • Endodontic retreatment.
  • Case discussion.
  • Rubber dam masterclass.

Occlusion and tooth surface loss

  • Current concepts in the aetiology, diagnosis and treatment planning for patients suffering from TSL.
  • Occlusal concepts; unravelling the mysteries and key terminology.
  • Understanding occlusal management of complex cases. Anterior guidance and posterior stability, border movements and their significance to everyday practice.
  • Recording jaw relations reliably, including the use of Lucia jigs.
  • Occlusal splint therapy.
  • Treatment planning for advanced tooth surface loss cases.
  • Minimally invasive and adhesive dentistry; techniques for management of tooth surface loss.
  • 'Conventional' approaches to restoration of TSL
  • Management of space loss and conformative vs reorganising the occlusion.

Hands on sessions include:

  • Clinical photography.
  • Occlusal analysis and occlusal instrumentation.
  • Making accurate diagnostic records; impressions.
  • Recording jaw relations (including Lucia jigs) and occlusal splint therapy.
  • Verifying casts and case discussions.
  • Anterior composites in the aesthetic zone.
  • Aesthetic direct anterior and posterior composites from a diagnostic wax-up.