Enhanced Verifiable CPD from the
University of Birmingham

Dental Amalgam

Historically, dental amalgam is the world’s most commonly used restorative material. Its use is declining due to patient and professional demand for tooth-coloured restorations that are adhesive and promote minimally invasive tooth preparation techniques.

Significant reduction has also resulted from environmental concerns relating to dental amalgam’s ~50% mercury content. This course provides a comprehensive review of the status of dental amalgam including its advantages and disadvantages, amalgam safety, regulations and legislation and a comparison with alternative restorative materials.

As the undergraduate teaching of amalgam procedures has progressively declined, this course also provides an illustrated step-by-step revision guide to the materials, equipment and clinical techniques that will optimize the restoration of challenging, complex cavities, where amalgam is still considered by many to be the material of choice.

Amalgam remains an excellent restorative material for long-lasting restorations in large/complex cavities and where moisture control presents challenges.


The Dental Amalgam online learning module has clear and concise aims, objectives and anticipated outcomes, listed below. These will appear on the Dentaljuce Enhanced CPD Certificate, along with the time spent, dates, and detailed topics you studied within the module. Certificates can be printed at any time, covering any range of dates. Dentaljuce CPD complies with the UK GDC's requirements for enhanced verifiable continuing professional development.

Your Professional Development Plan (PDP)   

Regulatory authorities recommend that CPD/CE is undertaken based on learning needs that you have identified and entered into your PDP. Some authorities may not accept your CPD as verifiable unless it has been identified in the PDP before you undertake it.

Before starting this module, check that the learning outcomes are what you require, and that you have entered the need into your PDP. Here is an example PDP entry for this module.

What development needs have I? How will I address them? Target completion date Outcomes Date
Completed
Improve my skills with, and understanding of Dental Amalgam. Take the Dentaljuce Dental Amalgam course. • learn the indications for and against operatively treating carious and non-carious lesions with dental amalgam.
• appreciate and apply the minimal intervention philosophy regarding the management of dental disease with amalgam.
• through achieving these outcomes, provide an improved level of service to my patients.
What development needs have I? Improve my skills with, and understanding of Dental Amalgam.
How will I address them? Take the Dentaljuce Dental Amalgam course.
Target completion date
Outcomes • learn the indications for and against operatively treating carious and non-carious lesions with dental amalgam.
• appreciate and apply the minimal intervention philosophy regarding the management of dental disease with amalgam.
• through achieving these outcomes, provide an improved level of service to my patients.
Date completed


Module Aims and Outcomes   

Aim

The aim of the learning and teaching materials in this Dentaljuce module is to allow learners to develop their professional knowledge, understanding and competence in direct restorative dentistry using dental amalgam, in line with their identified personal learning requirements.

Module objective
• to demonstrate the indications for and against, and use of, dental amalgam.

Anticipated learning outcomes:
The learner will:
• learn the indications for and against operatively treating carious and non-carious lesions with dental amalgam.
• appreciate and apply the minimal intervention philosophy regarding the management of dental disease with amalgam.
• through achieving these outcomes, provide an improved level of service to their patients.

GDC Principles
This CPD will support the learner in meeting the following GDC principles and the underlying standards:
• Principle 7: Maintain, develop and work within your professional knowledge and skills

GDC Development Outcomes
This CPD will support the learner in meeting the following GDC Development Outcomes:
• DO C. (Clinical domain) Maintenance and development of knowledge and skill within your field of practice
• DO D. (Professionalism domain) Maintenance of skills, behaviours and attitudes which maintain patient confidence in you and the dental profession and put patients' interests first.

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