Short courses


Restorative Dentistry: Plan, Prep and Provisionalise

  • 6.5 hours
  • 1 day
  • 2 Jul 2024


This one-day course aims to strengthen your skills and confidence in the design and execution of indirect restorations.

You'll learn to optimise restorative techniques to get better results in your everyday clinical practice.

You'll use phantom heads, which offer the closest experience available to working on a live patient.

The course will help you think through concepts of:

  • restoring broken-down teeth
  • visualising, planning and creating a treatment outcome
  • designing indirect restorations (full or partial coverage)
  • how to prep and temp
  • universal adhesion and cementation

It will also help you move beyond practical impression making and fabricating provisional restorations used in the restorative process to increase your case success.

The course is run by the UCL Eastman Dental Institute in London which has a broad range of continuing professional development (CPD) short courses. These provide hands-on training from experienced staff in dedicated facilities.

Course content

The course will give you an intense learning experience combining classroom education with practical hands-on application.

The lectures will cover:

  • restorative considerations for broken-down teeth - diagnose and design
  • how to plan, sequence and mock up cases
  • material choices, recommended preparation requirements and cementation strategies
  • tissue management and impression making
  • understanding temporisation phase and techniques
  • troubleshooting, protocols and checklists
  • clinical case discussions

Hands-on sessions will focus on:

  • tissue management and impression-making techniques
  • mastering tempories - fabricate, adjust and finish

    Who this course is for

    The course is aimed primarily at general dental practitioners, including newly qualified dentists who want to update and improve their knowledge and skills in modern restorative techniques.

    You must hold an approved dental qualification.

    Learning outcomes

    By the end of the course you should be able to:

    • deliver predictable long lasting indirect restorations
    • return to practice with a streamlined, systematic flow to improve experience with an increased confidence and competancy in your knowledge and clinical skills
    • improve upon the quality of your results, minimising the need for adjustments and remakes, thereby maximising profits

    Structure and teaching

    The course runs from approximately 9:30am to 5pm.

    It will consist of a series of interactive seminars and clinical hands-on laboratory training. There will be an opportunity for discussion and questions.

    Phantom head practice of clinical procedures will focus on how to make accurate impressions and well-fitting aesthetic provisional restorations.

    CPD points and certificate

    You'll get 6.5 hours verifiable CPD and a certificate of attendance.

    Quality controls

    All Eastman teachers are experienced professionals. You'll be asked to submit written feedback via a questionnaire at the end of the course, which is used to monitor the course's quality of teaching and value for money.


    Please read the Eastman's refunds policy before booking.

    Course team

    Dr Akit Patel - Course Leader

    Dr Akit Patel - Course Leader

    Dr Patel is a Senior Clinical Teaching Fellow in Restorative Dentistry at the UCL Eastman Dental Institute, where he teaches on the Certification in Restorative Dental Practice programme, lectures and gives workshops/presentations to dentists throughout the UK.

    He's a speaker for the ITI (International Team for Implantology), an honorary consultant for 3M, Straumann and GC. He's an experienced specialist prosthodontist with special interests in minimal intervention, adhesive dentistry, fixed and removable conventional, implant and cosmetic rehabilitation.

    He was awarded the Membership in Restorative Dentistry - the highest award available for prosthodontic speciality - by the Royal College of Surgeons of England in 2009. His special interest areas include prosthetics, restorative dentistry, cosmetic dentistry and implantology.

    Learner reviews

    "Absolutely fantastic course. Really enjoyed a different approach to dentistry and indirect techniques. Fantastic speaker, very approachable and friendly" 

    Course information last modified: 4 Dec 2023, 16:25