Specialists in Restorative Dentistry, Aesthetics and Function (EDA)
An EDA Specialist in Restorative Dentistry must demonstrate the following thorough knowledge.
In-depth and advanced knowledge for dental practice in the field of restorative dentistry as well as critical evaluation of specialist literature.
Range of subjects (not exhaustive)
- Anatomy and physiology of the orofacial system;
- Aetiology, pathogenesis and epidemiology of dental defects and tooth loss;
- Aetiology, pathogenesis and epidemiology of periodontal diseases (only the basics);
- Aetiology, pathogenesis and epidemiology of craniomandibular dysfunctions (definition and leading symptoms, subjective and objective symptoms, differentiation of dysfunctions in the stomatognathic system, clinical and instrumental diagnostics, imaging techniques, treatment planning and medical interview, bite plane therapy, pharmacological aspects, interdisciplinary cooperation especially physiotherapy or similar, restorative rehabilitation for dysfunctions);
- Intolerance reactions, allergies;
- Diagnostic and prognostic methods;
- Restorative diagnosis taking account of the current state of knowledge;
- Command of a synoptic therapeutic approach (pain treatment, infection control, history-taking, initial examination, diagnosis, prognostic assessment of the teeth, further diagnostics, systematic treatment planning and treatment procedure, differential therapeutic considerations, long-term reliability of modes of treatment, recording and assessing at-risk patients and implications for planning and treatment, restorative pretreatment (surgical and orthodontic));
- Restorative aspects of implantology (particularly implant and superstructure materials and their biocompatibility, implantation from restorative perspectives, para-implant soft tissues and aesthetics, exposure and restorative treatment, selection of superstructure components, single-tooth implants, purely implant-supported restorations, hybrid structures, retention of implant-supported restorations, complications with implant-supported dentures, long-term prognosis and clinical evaluation of different modes of treatment);
- Restorative aspects of periodontics (particularly the basics of pre-prosthodontic periodontics, relationship between restoration and periodontal soft tissue, basics of periodontal surgical procedures, basics of mucogingival surgical measures, furcation involvement, augmentation measures in the alveolar ridge region, use of long-term temporaries, re-evaluation of the entire pretreatment);
- Fixed dentures (particularly modern preparation principles and techniques, plastic, cast, ceramic and similar core build-ups, metal-supported crown and bridge restorations, metal-free crown and bridge restorations, retention of restorations, long-term prognosis and clinical evaluation of modes of treatment);
- Removable and combined dentures (in particular, spaced dentition and construction planning, temporary treatment of the spaced dentition, model casting technique, double-crown retention, slide attachments, hybrid prosthodontics, mucosa- and implant-supported restoration of the edentulous jaw);
- Direct and indirect metallic, plastic, ceramic and similar restorations;
- Aesthetic aspects of restoration (particularly society and aesthetics, forensic problems, medical indications, dental/aesthetic guidelines, rules and strategies for treatment, white versus red aesthetics, aesthetic materials and biocompatibility, bleaching, veneers, all-ceramic restorations, adhesive bridges, adhesive retention);
- Occlusal concepts, registration techniques and articulators, concepts and treatment strategies for complete dental rehabilitation (changes in jaw relation, etc.), complications and psychological aspects in restorative measures.
Expectations of EDA Specialists in Restorative Dentistry, Aesthetics and Function
EDA Specialists in Restorative Dentistry, Aesthetics and Function shall document their special commitment to the field of restorative dentistry by:
- active involvement in CPD courses and scientific symposia,
- scientific papers within the bounds of possibility.