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Self-Guided Instructional Material: Full Crown

Published: April 19, 2010 | 10.15766/mep_2374-8265.8096

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  • Full Crown Module

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This learning resource is a self-guided instructional module on full crown, designed for dental students and faculty. The module can be used by faculty as a supplement or a replacement for lectures and demonstration, while students can use the resource as self-paced guided teaching material. This module on full crown is a four-learner-level resource, meaning each level is designed to develop tooth preparation skills of a dental student in varying clinical contexts with increasing difficulty. In Level 1, learners are guided step by step through the procedures of crown preparation for the different types of full crown restorations. The goal of this level is to master the ideal preparation and differentiate the preparation design for each type of material used. Level 2 is an application of the skills and principles learned in the first level. In this level, however, learners are challenged to perform tooth preparation in a clinical context whereby the procedures are done on teeth with existing failing restorations. Level 3 is an advance application of preparation skills whereby learners need to prepare malpositioned teeth to received full crown restoration. Level 4 is the last level in this module; learners are given the opportunity to practice with confidence multiple teeth preparations on the anterior teeth. This self-guided instructional material on full crown has been used in preclinical fixed prosthodontics programs at the Oregon Health & Science University and the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry.

Educational Objectives

By the end of this module, learners will be able to:

  1. Apply the biomechanical principles of tooth preparation.
  2. Demonstrate ideal full crown tooth preparation based on the requirement of the restorative material.
  3. Demonstrate full crown tooth preparation on a tooth with existing and failing restoration, on malpositioned teeth, and on multiple esthetic crowns.
  4. Recognize the variations in preparation designs.

Author Information

  • Ranier Adarve, DMD, MS, MHPE: University of Minnesota School of Dentistry

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Adarve R. Self-guided instructional material: full crown. MedEdPORTAL. 2010;6:8096. https://doi.org/10.15766/mep_2374-8265.8096

This publication is co-sponsored by the American Dental Education Association.