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Dent 430 module in Pediatric Dentistry is the students' introduction to restorative dentistry for children. During this module the student will be exposed to the basic principles of placing restorations in primary dentition. This will be accomplished through a series of short lectures, simulation exercises and assigned reading material. An outline of each of these components is included in this manual.


At the conclusion of the module, the student should be able to:

Explain and demonstrate the principles and techniques of restorations for primary teeth.

Explain the differences between primary and permanent teeth as they relate to restorative techniques.

Our less formal goal, but probably most important, is that you will develop enthusiasm, interest, as well as expertise for the clinical practise of Pediatric Dentistry.

Welcome to Dentistry Test

I'm exploring this as an alternative to a CMS for supplementing face to face teaching.

Page 1 is the content page
Page 2 is the interactions/collaborations page
Page 3 is still open, but could be the assignments or resources page

You can navigate all of these pages using the number system on the bottom right corner.  As the owner of the site, I've made the pages public but only editable by me. 


Required Reading :

Pinkham, J.R.: Pediatric Dentistry; Infancy through adolescence 3rd edition, W.B. Saunders Co., Toronto, 1999. Chapter 21.

Recommended Reading:

Curzon M. E.J., Roberts, J.F., and Kennedy, D. B.:   Kennedy's Pediatric Operative Dentistry.   4 th edition. John Wright & Sons, Bristol, 3rd ed., 1996.


2. MacDonald, R. E., Avery, D. R.: Dentistry for the child and adolescent.   6th ed., C.. Mosby, St. Louis, 1994. WU480.M33 1994 (The 7 th edition is on order. Much of the same information as Pinkham is found in this book)

To supplement lectures, reprints of relevant publications will be required reading (i.e. examinable), as determined by each lecturer.

Lecture Notes Sept 18 class

1. The T-Band should extend approximately l.0 mm above the marginal ridge and just below the gingival floor. First fold the short tabs at 90° (A), then fold into a ring (B). Place matrix on tooth and pull as tight as you can (C). Then remove matrix from the tooth and pull an additional 0.5 mm tighter. Fold the excess back and flatten with Howe pliers to prevent the band from getting loose. Place the matrix on the tooth without cutting the excess band material. Shortening the matrix can lead to weakness of the folded area.

2.Check that the T-Band fits tightly, is below the gingival seat and is stable

3. The wedge fits tightly into the interproximal embrasure ensuring some separation of the teeth. It is important to wedge the side that needs the most support i.e. you can wedge from either the buccal or lingual. The tip of the explorer should not pass between the tooth and the T-Band at the gingival floor of the proximal box.

4. Check that the matrix is not pressed into the proximal box by the wedge.

5. The T-band can be contoured such that correct interproximal anatomy will be duplicated in the completed amalgam. A ball and socket pliers (#114) can be used to contour the T-band.

6. An alternate method for the placement of the matrix is to use sectional-matrices. Some practitioners find this method much more efficient and less cumbersome clinically. In this method, short sections of the T-band are cut and contoured to the proximal surface of the tooth. The sectional matrix is placed and wedged tight into place. This technique allows for easy removal of the matrix as well.

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Matrix procedure

We talked about this procedure in the Sept. 18 class

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This page will direct you to the spaces where you can choose to interact with the instructor or other members of the class.

Collaborative Writing Tools


Collaborative Writing Tools

In the past, working on a common group project was a bit of a nightmare--students often had to share a Word document via email, and often versions were hard to keep a track of. Internet based collaborative tools make this a lot easier--a single document has it's own 'home' on the internet, can be made to be only visible to the group members, and all editing and collaboration takes place in one place.

There are several options for writing tools--we have described a few that we find simple and efficient to use, but you are welcome to add your own to this page.

1.    Wikis

A wiki page functions like an internet version of Microsoft word. When you click on the Edit page button, you will be able to type into the text box and change formatting using the toolbar provided. You then have to click on the Store button to save your contribution. You can also use the comments button to make comments, or you can simply add your comments in the page using a different colour.

UBC hosts has a wiki service available to the UBC community. The steps for creating a Group wiki page are outlined below.

You shouldn’t need it, but this page∞ will give you more details about editing and using wikis.

UBC Wiki steps--One person from your group needs to do the following:

1.    Go to
2.    in the address bar, add on to the URL by typing a / and then the name of the page. Eg.
3.    If you don’t have an account, you will be prompted to create one.
4.    After creating the account, you become the owner of the page. Type something at in your page, scroll down, and click on Store to save it.
5.    You now need to ‘open the page to everybody. Get out of edit mode by scrolling down and clicking on Store. Then click on the link that says Edit ACLs.
6.    Edit ACLs—type a * in all fields as per this example
7.    Share your wiki page with the other group members. Now any of your group members should be able to edit and comment on the page.

Note: In order to make it simpler for you, the Wiki space has been set to allow anybody to edit and make comments, which might open it up to outside spam. If you see that your wiki space has been spammed, you can use the Page History button to revert to a previous version, or you can wait until the UBC automated “wiki cleaner” comes by and cleans it up (usually every 2 hours)

2.    Writely∞

One person from your group needs to do the following:

1.    go to∞. Note: Writely currently only works with IE 5 on Windows or Firefox on Mac.
2.    create an account
3.    create a document (very intuitive)
4.    use the collaborate button to share with the other group members. You enter their email addresses, and they are sent a direct link to the document. If they don’t receive it, they should check their junk folder.

Writely features that are useful:

•    Many users can be working on the same document at the same time.
•    Writely automatically saves every minute or so, but you should occasionally use the Done button just in case, and save copies onto your own computer periodically.
•    Writely keeps track of previous revisions which you can access with the Revisions button.
•    Writely uses an interface that looks and works a lot like Word, so the learning curve is very short.
•    You can cut and paste from Word and export in different formats

3.Zoho Writer

Zoho writer works almost identically as Writely, and shares all of the same features. The difference is in the interface, although the ZohoWriter interface is also instinctive, since it looks and fells a lot like Microsoft Word. Note: Zoho Writer might not work in some browsers such as Safari.

Collaborative Visual Tools


Gliffy is another web-based tool that allows you to quickly create visual maps and then share and edit with group members. It is basically a visual version of Writely and Zoho Writer.

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