Universitat Internacional de Catalunya

Scientific Evidence in Restorative and Aesthetic Dentistry

Scientific Evidence in Restorative and Aesthetic Dentistry
Main language of instruction: English

Other languages of instruction: Catalan, Spanish

Teaching staff

The students can contact the teacher after class or request a meeting by e-mail.



The subject of scientific evidence in dentistry is the area of Restorative and Aesthetic Dentistry aimed at familiarising students with literature in the most practical and efficient way. It deals with how to search for and examine relevant biomedical literature, focusing on critical reading of articles and how to establish their level of evidence to correctly interpret them.

Pre-course requirements

The student must have knowledge of how to search on the web, databases or PubMed. A good level of English is recommendable as most of the literature is in English.


The main objective of this subject is for the student to be able to distinguish between articles with a high level of significance and those that are just an author’s opinion. The physiopathologic rationale for taking treatment decisions is regarded as unacceptable if it is not backed up by current literature.  


  • 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.
  • CG3 - To know how to apply the protocols established in the University Dental Clinic in relation to diagnosis, complementary explorations and treatment for patients, as well as treatment plans, taking into account the fact that the patients being addressed have pathologies that are either advanced or multidisciplinary in nature.
  • 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

- The student analyzes the scientific literature with a critical spirit. - The student analyzes the quality of scientific literature for its content rather than for its presentation and format. - The student seeks scientific information on topics related to the function of aesthetic restorative dentistry. - The student performs a bibliographic review on specific topics in the field of aesthetic restorative dentistry and takes into account its relationships with other areas of Dentistry, in order to act in an advanced and multidisciplinary way. - The student assumes that the review of scientific literature must be an essential tool in his professional work and that all clinical procedures used in the profession must be based on scientific evidence. - The student makes publications on bibliographic reviews by having the theoretical and practical bases to carry them out. - The student integrates knowledge and faces the complexity of formulating judgments based on clinical and bibliographic information that can sometimes be limited.


  • Principles of the literature search.
  • Introduction to the different types of studies.
  • Introduction to the processes of the different research techniques.
  • Critical reading of articles.
  • Principles of adherence.
  • Principles of filling materials
  • Principles of prosthodontics materials

Teaching and learning activities

In person

Lecture classes Clinical case study Resolution of clinical cases Pathology-oriented learning Small group directed learning


Evaluation systems and criteria

In person

This subject will be assessed through various methods, mostly as continuous assessment during the two years.

The lectures (CM) will be evaluated by written exams that assess the knowledge of theory gained throughout the course. They will also take into account participation during the classes.

The tutorials (SEM) will be evaluated through the student’s direct, individual participation. They will take into account their capacity for synthesis and problem-solving attitude when difficulties arise. The assessment methodology will be through review of scientific articles that will be presented by the student and corrected by the teacher/s in charge of the activity. These reviews must be presented on computer files (such as Microsoft Office or PowerPoint Presentation). Written test (exams) will be done to follow up the knowledge acquired through the tutorials.

In terms of the case method (MC) of analysis and resolution of clinical cases, assessment will be based on the personal and direct participation of the student in the case. Theoretical, technical, and clinical knowledge of patient pathology will be taken into account, and well as presentation skills in presenting the case (expression, oral and body language, use of bibliography, etc.). The clinical cases must be presented on computer files (such as Microsoft Office and PowerPoint) and will be part of the clinical history of the patient (in accordance with the data protection laws of the patients), which can be consulted at any time by the teaching staff.

  • Personal and direct participation 10%
  • Written test 25%
  • Scientific literature review methodology 20%
  • Scientific, technical, and clinical knowledge of patient pathology 25%
  • Presentation skills 20%

Bibliography and resources

  1. Mangani F., Ceruti A., Putignano A. Guidelines for adhesive dentistry: The key to success. Quintessence, 2009
  2. Shillingburg, Jacobi, Brackett. “Principios básicos en las preparaciones dentarias para restauraciones de metal colado y de ceràmica” Quintessence Books.
  3. . Shillingburg H., Hobo S.  “Fundamentos de prótesis fija” Quintessence books.


  1. . Mallat E., Mallat E. “Fundamentos de la estética bucal en el grupo anterior” Quintessence Books