Restorative Dentistry Preceptorship Instruction

Core Knowledge and Skills Development

The first quarter of the program will start with a series of Core Courses including Physical Diagnosis, Emergency Medicine, Dental Anesthesia and Pharmacology, Oral Facial Pain, and Hospital Dentistry.  During this first quarter and continuing for the next two quarters, Preceptors will receive lectures and laboratory sessions in operative dentistry, fixed prosthodontics, dental morphology and occlusion, esthetic dentistry, digital dental photography, conservative cast gold study club, surgical and restorative implant dentistry, and treatment planning seminars.  

A major portion of the program will be dedicated to hand skills development Preceptorship Ideal Carving Amalgamthrough the Skills I, II and III Course, which involve the completion of over 100 preparations and restorations/provisionals in the UCLA Simulation Laboratory under the careful mentorship of a master clinician.  During the Skills Courses, Preceptors will learn to become proficient in the following restorative procedures: Composite and Amalgam Restorations, Gold Inlays and Onlays, Ceramic Inlays and Onlays, PFM’s, Full Gold Crowns, Ceramic Crowns and Veneers, including Provisional Mock-ups for Anterior Esthetic Cases.  At the completion of the Skills Courses, Preceptors will have an instructor verified and documented portfolio of their work in the illustrated Restorative Project Book.

Special Courses

A course in Anterior Composite Mastery will include a 40-hour workshop aimed at providing Preceptors with the skills necessary to place seamless composite restorations, diastema closures, class IV composites and chair-side composite resin veneers.

Dr. Stevenson mentoring a preceptorship student    Practice prepping a mannequin in the Preceptorship program    Rubber dam quad in the preceptorship program

Another special course will be in the preparation, laboratory work and delivery of a conservative cast gold restoration.  In this 60-hour course, Preceptors will learn to perform all of the laboratory steps required to produce precision castings, including: pouring models, trimming dies, waxing patterns, investing, burn-out and casting, divesting, fitting the casting to the die, finishing and polishing, and cementation on an extracted tooth.  The entire supplies required this course, including gold alloy will be provided as part of the tuition.

All Preceptors will receive training in Digital Dentistry via a 20-hour hands-on course in CAD/CAM restorations, using the Cerec Blue-Cam and MCXL Milling Unit.  During the CAD/CAM course, lithium disilicate restorations will be designed, milled, stained, characterized, and glazed by each student.




Introduction to Clinical Dentistry

Preceptors will also work with clinical faculty while observing and assisting providers who are treating patients in the restorative dentistry clinics on the Westwood campus and at the Venice Dental Center.  Preceptors will actively participate in numerous rotations including: Implant Center Consults and Treatment Planning, Westwood/Venice Dental Center Senior Select Program and Case Presentation Seminars, and the UCLA Richard V. Tucker Cast Gold Study Club. During the final quarter of the program, Preceptors will be instructed to become competent in the administration of local anesthetic, placement of rubber dam, impressions for study casts, esthetic face bows, centric relation records, cast mounting, comprehensive oral examinations, chart entries, SOAP notes, digital photography, risk-based diagnosis, and treatment planning and sequencing on an actual patient.

Teaching Experiences

Preceptors will engage in a teaching experience as Assistant Lab/Clinical Instructors in the Dental Morphology and Occlusion Course, given to UCLA first-year Pre-doctoral students during the Spring Quarter. 


Professional Development

Included in the tuition is attendance (including registration, travel and lodging) at the Annual Meeting and Scientific Sessions of the Academy of Operative Dentistry in Chicago, Illinois.

Preceptors will be mentored by restorative dentistry faculty in both pre-clinical and clinical restorative dentistry techniques as taught at the UCLA School of Dentistry, and will learn to improve their own teaching skills as well in pre-doctoral restorative courses. Additionally, preceptors will be encouraged to engage in a directed creativity project in restorative dentistry in either research leading to a publication submission or a clinical/teaching manual.  

At the conclusion of the program, Preceptors will obtain the knowledge and skills equivalent to a one year operative or restorative dentistry post-doctoral program.