Universitat Internacional de Catalunya

Direct and Indirect in Vitro Operative Techniques II

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

Other languages of instruction: Catalan, Spanish

Teaching staff


In the first year of the subject, training is orientated towards the supervision of bachelor’s degree students in their practical training. In this second year, the training focuses more on performing highly complex operations in a laboratory.

Pre-course requirements

Knowledge of basic dental operations.


These objectives are divided into three 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 aetiology, pathogenesis and clinical 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.


Sensitive 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.


  • 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.
  • CB8 - Students should be able to incorporate knowledge and tackle the complexity of making judgements based on information which, being incomplete or limited, includes reflections on the social and ethical responsibility linked to the application of their knowledge and judgement
  • CB9 - Students should know how to express their conclusions, and the knowledge and reasoning these are based on, to specialised and non-specialised audiences in a clear and unambiguous way.
  • CE1 - Students should be able to undertake a proper analysis and an extraoral diagnosis, and underline the aesthetic and functional aspects of the teeth and the soft areas of the lower part of the face as well as a analysis and clinical and lab-based diagnosis, using diagnostic and therapeutic wax models, in order to rehabilitate dental occlusion with good functional and aesthetic balance, while taking into account multidisciplinary factors related to the masticating apparatus.
  • CE10 - Students should acquire the ability to apply scientific methods, and apply the knowledge acquired to resolving problems in a scientific field. They should learn how to develop research projects both in vitro and in vivo, within the fields of mechanics, biology and microbiology applied to prosthetic and restorative dentistry and dental implants.
  • CE11 - Students should be autonomous in terms of developing and applying new technologies to aesthetic restorative dentistry and searching for new scientific information, as well as acquiring the ability to evaluate and undertake the research and development projects the industry offers in an ethical way, and manage the financial and human resources, as well as be aware of the strategic basis for the transfer of new knowledge to the industry.
  • CE2 - Students should be able to work as a clinical professional and/or researcher in the field of aesthetic restorative dentistry, and act as a real specialist or expert in the material; as well as know how to diagnose, treat, prevent and research oral disorders and have updated knowledge of the diagnostic and treatment-related advances which continue to arise throughout their professional life.
  • 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.
  • CE6 - To acquire the ability to make scientific informed opinions so as to choose the type of material a dental prosthesis is built of in order to fit the patient with it, as well as know how to continuously update your knowledge of the dental biomaterial used in the field of aesthetic restorative dentistry, know how to manipulate it, and about its properties, indications, biocompatibilities, toxicity and environmental impact.
  • 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.
  • CE8 - To know how to apply epistemological, ethical, legislational and humanitarian factors to research and the disclosure of scientific data in the field of aesthetic restorative dentistry.
  • CE9 - To recognise and interpret images and specialised diagnostic techniques that are significant in research, as well as know how to apply bioinformatic tools and new technologies to the fields of prosthetic and restorative dentistry and dental implants.
  • CG2 - To be autonomous in terms of obtaining a patient's anamnesis and oral explorations in patients with pathologies that might be either advanced or multidisciplinary in nature; and fill in their medical record and other clinical paperwork using scientific language and terminology that is suited to an aesthetic restorative dentistry professional.
  • 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 triple function (masticatory, phonation and aesthetics).
  3. The student is able to protect exposed dental hard tissues, preventing mechanical, thermal, osmotic, chemo toxic and bacterial influences on the pulp.
  4. The student knows the methods of preventing new dental decay.
  5. The student is able to perform the techniques that lead to the restoration of dental health


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 and clinical knowledge 40% 

Case presentation method 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.