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Class I Amalgam: Occlusal and Occlusolingual Preparation and Restoration

Published: June 1, 2010 | 10.15766/mep_2374-8265.8151

Included in this publication:

  • Amalgam Criteria Rubrics.xlsx
  • Amalgam Restoration Treatment Occlusal Caries.wmv
  • Amalgam Restoration Treatment Occlusolingual Caries.wmv
  • Class I Amalgam Instructor's Guide.docx
  • Dental Amalgam Criteria.docx
  • Occlusal Caries Video Script.docx
  • Occlusolingual Video Script.docx
  • Videos Time Stamp Occlusal Caries Video Script Summary.docx

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This video resource is designed to complement a traditional lecture on the preparation and restoration of Class I Amalgams. The videos show the magnified step-by-step procedure of the preparation and restoration of: 1.) an occlusal restoration on tooth #19, and 2.) an occlusolingual restoration on tooth # 3. The videos are sufficiently detailed to demonstrate armamentarium, handpiece orientation and, hand instrumentation, and reviews common problems in the preparation and restoration.

Each video is divided into 3 areas: 1.) pre-preparation, 2.) preparation and 3.) restoration. Following the preparation and the restoration, detailed criteria for assessment is included. The criteria are sufficiently generalized that they can be used by any operative/restorative department, and are presented in a manner that enables beginning students to develop necessary self assessment skills.

The videos are used by the University of Florida College of Dentistry first year dental students. The students frequently request demonstration of amalgam preparations and restorations. With an instructor to student ratio of approximately 1 to 10, it is impractical to provide individual demonstrations for each student in a timely manner. The videos provide a close up view of the preparation and restoration. The video format allows the student to select the parts of the procedure with which they are having difficulty, and at their own pace they have an opportunity to rehearse and master the skill. Additionally, the video shows the student how to evaluate their own work. The faculty has been pleased with the information and the quality of the video. The students have said that the videos were instrumental in their mastery of the information.

Educational Objectives

  1. To be able to provide a clear, detailed view of the steps in preparing and restoring an occlusal amalgam.
  2. To be able to provide a clear, detailed view of the steps in preparing and restoring an occlusolingual amalgam.
  3. To be able to provide the appropriate dental terminology used in cavity preparation and restoration.
  4. To be able to demonstrate the proper use of dental instruments used in amalgam preparation and restoration.
  5. To be able to demonstrate the assessment criteria for Class I cavity preparation and restoration.

Author Information

  • Nereyda Clark, DMD: University of Florida College of Dentistry
  • Frank Pink, DDS, MS: Emerald City Dental Center

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Clark N, Pink F. Class I amalgam: occlusal and occlusolingual preparation and restoration. MedEdPORTAL. 2010;6:8151. https://doi.org/10.15766/mep_2374-8265.8151

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