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Adult restorative course for oral health therapists

Advanced training for oral health therapists
This course is for oral health therapists to broaden their current scope to include restorative treatment planning and procedures for adult patients.

Course overview

This course offers the Oral Health Therapist (OHT) or dual trained dental hygienist/dental therapist the opportunity to broaden their professional skill set to include restorative treatment planning and procedures for adult patients. The course has been revised to meet the needs of the working clinician and consists of face-to-face didactic lectures, online learning and the opportunity for simulation practice with supervision of registered dentists.

The course will provide the participants with the education and clinical skills required to meet the restorative treatment needs for the adult patient, taking into consideration their periodontal status. Additionally, the course will include advanced didactic content such as cone-beam imaging, the role of medicines in managing oral health, an update in local anaesthesia, and adult restorative treatment planning workshops.

This evidence-based course consists of three modules:

  • Fundamentals of adult restorative care
  • Management considerations for the adult patient
  • Adult restorative clinical practice

Future courses

Further courses are planned in 2020. If you would like to be notified once these have been scheduled please register here.

Topics to be covered

The objectives include:

  • Scope of practice and professional obligations for OHTs providing restorations in adults
  • Update on local anaesthesia
  • Restorative treatment planning in the adult, with and without periodontal disease
  • Posterior restorations on the adult patient
  • Management of patients presenting with implants and/or removable dentures
  • Preventive management of root caries
  • Radiology review and cone-beam imaging


The objectives include:

  • Management of patients with temporomandibular joint disorders and orofacial pain
  • The role of medicines in managing oral health
  • Drug and alcohol use disorders
  • Trauma from occlusion and tooth wear
  • Obstructive sleep apnea

The objectives include:

  • Adult restorative treatment planning workshops
  • Application of clinical restorative skills in the provision of simple direct restorations in the adult patient
  • Simulation practice

Important course information

Participants will have three days to practice their restorative skills and will be provided with instruments and a Columbia Typodont Model for use within the University of Sydney Simulation Clinic. Participants may be required to purchase more plastic teeth to practice from the vending machine, which is available at the simulation premises.

All participants are required to follow the simulation practice protocol.

  • Protective eyewear
  • Protective footwear
  • Protective clothing
  • Infection control
  • Proof of current AHPRA registration as either an oral health therapist or dual trained dental hygienist/dental therapist.
  • Proof of graduation with either an undergraduate degree in oral health therapy or dental hygiene and dental therapy
  • Certificate of professional indemnity insurance
  • Please note – we can only accept candidates who have no restrictions on clinical practice.

The Dental Board has agreed to the following terminology which assists in determining what constitutes a simple direct tooth restoration as opposed to one which requires the attention of a dentist:

  • Includes no more than four surfaces;
  • Does not include cusps or require pins or complex retentive features;
  • Does not involve the pulp when assessed radiographically;
  • Is one that is easily accessed and simple to isolate at the gingival margin;
  • Is not placed in an endodontically treated tooth; and
  • Where the tooth requiring simple restoration is immediately adjacent to a dental prosthesis (fixed or removable) consideration must be given to the complexity of the interface between the restoration and the adjacent fixed or removable prosthesis and referral made when necessary

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Sydney Dental Hospital