CCOG for DT 272 Summer 2024

Course Number:
DT 272
Course Title:
Dental Ceramics
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Course Description

Covers dental ceramics (porcelain), including the philosophy, structure, properties, uses, and laboratory procedures associated with this material. Prerequisites: DT 270 or instructor approval. Corequisites: DT 204. Audit available.

Intended Outcomes for the course

Upon completion of the course students should be able to:

  • Describe the purposes, uses, design considerations and techniques of using ceramics in dentistry.
  • Explain the sequence of steps in designing and fabricating crowns and bridgework with ceramic components.

Outcome Assessment Strategies

  • Weekly quizzes.
  • Three written exams.
  • Term paper 4. Attendance

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

  • Veneer materials
  • History of dental ceramics
  • Understructure design
  • Space requirements
  • Design techniques
  • Metal cleaning and conditioning
  • Porcelain application procedures
  • Building tooth anatomy into the restoration
  • Bridge building procedures
  • Visual perception of tooth contour
  • Color: Matching tooth shades
  • Color measurement
  • Influence of light
  • Surface texture
  • Adjustments of color and creating illusions
  • Characterization
  • Porcelain jackets
  • All Ceramic Crowns
  • High strength veneering porcelains
  • Specialized bridge techniques
  • Attachments and semi-rigid connectors
  • Trouble-shooting

Skills and competencies:

  • Describe the chemistry, physical properties, uses in dentistry and advantages/disadvantages of ceramics.
  • Define and discuss porcelain as a type of ceramic.
  • Explain the purposes and uses of porcelain and resin veneer understructures in preparation for future lab projects.
  • Describe the process by which porcelain is fused to metal.
  • Identify the component parts of a porcelain oven and demonstrate the safe operation of the oven in the laboratory setting.
  • Describe and demonstrate the techniques used to apply porcelain to a metal framework.
  • Describe the philosophy and process of modifying porcelain shades, tones and color to create aesthetically pleasing and   individualized crowns.
  • Discuss post-firing (pre-glaze) procedures for the complete porcelain crown fabrication.
  • Describe, discuss and compare PFMs, all ceramic crowns and porcelain jacket crowns according to aesthetics, marginal integrity, brand differences, tooth preparation, strength and life expectancy.
  • Discuss alternative bridge design as compared to standard bridge design.
  • Describe and discuss the philosophy and purpose of Maryland, California and Virginia Bridge types according to preservation of tooth structure, reduction in time and cost, and reversibility of the procedure.