Universitat Internacional de Catalunya

Direct and Indirect in Vitro Operative Techniques I

Direct and Indirect in Vitro Operative Techniques I
Main language of instruction: English

Other languages of instruction: Catalan, Spanish

Teaching staff

Dr. JANE NOBLOM, Luis - ljane@uic.es

Students can contact the teacher after class, or, alternatively, request a meeting with the teacher via email:

Dr Morelló



Operative dentistry is the science that deals with the treatment of defects and loss of dental hard tissue, for biological, functional and aesthetic tooth restoration, isolation, and an integral part of the stomatognathic system.

Pre-course requirements

Knowledge of basic dental operations.



  1. Determine the causes of loss of dental health.
  2. Rebuild the initial morphology of the tooth, respecting its triple function (chewing, phonation and aesthetics).
  3. Protect exposed dental hard tissues, avoiding bacterial influences on mechanical pulp, thermal, osmotic, and chemotoxic.
  4. Prevent any new dental decay.
  5. Ensure the surrounding and systemic tissues are respected.
  6. Perform the techniques that lead to the restoration of dental health.


These objectives fall into three main groups:


  1. Know and define the concepts of dental pathology, dental therapy, dental surgery.
  2. Classify the different dental pathologies.
  3. Know the different diagnostic tests for use in pathology and dental therapy.
  4. Explain the concept of pulp-dentine complex.
  5. Know the reactions of the pulp-dentine complex to stimuli and external aggressions
  6. Know the pathogenesis and clinical aetiology of dental caries
  7. Know the sequence of the operative technique in restorative dentistry.
  8. Describe Black’s classification of cavities.
  9. Describe the characteristics of each of the classes of cavity.
  10. Present the general concepts governing the indications of the different materials used in these restorations.
  11. Describe the models that explain adherence to hard tissue dental restoration materials.
  12. Know the clinical technique of using different adhesive systems.
  13. Describe the complex protection systems of octopus-dentine.
  14. Know the isolation technique operating field for dental surgery.

Sensory and motor:

  1. Perform carving of different types of cavity on extracted teeth or resin models.
  2. Perform proper insulation of operating field on resin models.
  3. Proper application of pulp protection materials and adhesive systems.
  4. Properly seal the different cavities in Black’s classification.


  1. Develop the ability to present in public.
  2. Develop the ability to write scientific papers in the field of Pathology and Dental Therapeutics.
  3. Develop teaching capability through supervised teaching.



  • CB10 - Students should acquire the learning skills that allow them to continue to study.
  • CB6 - Students should have and understand knowledge that provides the basis for or opportunity to be original in terms of the development and application of ideas, often within a research context.
  • CB7 - Students should know how to apply the knowledge they have acquired and be able to resolve problems in new or little known environments within a broader (or multidiciplinary) context, related to their area of study.
  • CE4 - To acquire the ability to make oral preparations on mucosa, teeth, and dental implants, to build dental prostheses in patients with advanced oral and multidisciplinary disorders; as well as identify and undertake the procedures and various checks for the prosthetic components during construction.
  • CE5 - To be able to give public presentations on your own clinical cases based on the scientific literature, and correctly use the scientific terminology related to temporomandibular dysfunction and aesthetic restorative dentistry.
  • CE7 - To be able to search for, organise and analyse, from a critical point of view, and using biomedical sources of information, scientific literature on issues related to temporomandibular dysfunction and aesthetic restorative dentistry, in order to pursue continuing education in a self-directed and autonomous way.
  • CG4 - To know how to apply protocols for the use of the equipment in the dental laboratory-workshop to the point of undertaking the necessary procedures that help in oral rehabilitation or the treatments common to a restorative dentist.

Learning outcomes


  1. The student knows the causes of loss of dental health
  2. The student is able to reconstruct the original morphology of the tooth, respecting its threefold function (mastication, phonation and aesthetics).
  3. The student is able to protect exposed hard dental tissues, preventing bacterial, mechanical, thermal, osmotic, and chemotoxic effects on pulp
  4. The student knows the methods for preventing new dental decay.
  5. The student is able to perform the techniques that lead to the restoration of dental health
  6. The student is able to prepare topics to present to bachelor’s degree students.
  7. The student is able to tutor student work practice and teach them the different techniques in the laboratory
  8. The student knows the assessment parameters and is able to evaluate the work of students under the supervision of the bachelor’s degree teacher responsible for work practice.



Topic 1: Isolation of the operating field

Topic 2: Direct surgical techniques (Class I to V)

Topic 3: Indirect posterior reconstructions

Topic 4: Anterior veneers

Topic 5: Provisionalisation

Teaching and learning activities

In person

The training activity is developed in the laboratory with dentistry degree students.

The master’s degree students under teacher supervision support a group of bachelor’s degree students. Their role is to assist the students in the knowledge process and ensure that they have met all the objectives of the activity and support them in the development of all the steps.

Evaluation systems and criteria

In person

Direct and personal participation 20%

Scientific, technical, clinical and pathological knowledge of the patient 30%

Method of case presentation 10%

Progression of the student’s training 20%

Acquisition of technological and surgical skills, minimum weighting 20%

Bibliography and resources

  1. Dietschi D, Spreafico R. Restauraciones adhesivas no metálicas. Barcelona: Masson, 1998
  2. García Barbero J. Patología y terapéutica dental. Madrid: Síntesis, 2000
  3. Howard W, Moller RC. Atlas de operatoria dental. 3ª de. México: El manual moderno, 1986
  4. Ketterl W. Odontología conservadora. Barcelona: Masson, 1994
  5. Roberson T. Sturdevant. Arte y ciencia de la odontología conservadora. Madrid :Elservier  España, 2007.
  6. Mangani F., Ceruti A., Putignano A. Guidelines for adhesive dentistry: The key to success. Quintessence, 2009.