acceptable level will vary quite a lot between students. Some have very stronghand skills, while others require considerable effort and repeated preparations toachieve an acceptable level of hand skill. So do not feel like you are beingpicked on if the instructor feels like you need to prepare another tooth, or severalteeth until you understand the technique to be able to accomplish the preparationwithout assistance. Spending time after class and in the lab preparing teeth isthe norm and not the exception in this class. Practice produces a better preparation and one that is eventually done faster at an acceptable level.Unfortunately, to complete this course, you must develop a minimal acceptablelevel of preparation skills to promote to FPD II course. So learning these skillswhatever it takes is essential. The student must prepare the preparations withtheir hands and brain, and no one else can do that for the student to pass thiscourse. It is totally up to the student to put the time and effort into preparationtechnique success. Because this course is so compressed the student will notbe able to prepare only the preparations done during the lab session, where aninstructor gives feedback. You will be required to do preparations between classsessions, and then have them graded by your instructor during the next labsession. Instructors will give you feedback on your preparations so you can gainknowledge of the areas to improve. Use all this feedback to refine your preparation technique. I encourage all students to use the self-instructional videotutorials as your personal instructor to walk you through each step of thepreparation as you practice and prepare extra teeth. Try to copy, or model whatis demonstrated in the video. Remember rarely if ever does one prep get you tobeing at a highly skilled level of preparation ability. The course director, assistantcourse director, or any of the clinical instructors will be glad to critique your extrapreparations during their office hours, but you need to ask the Fixed Secretary for these scheduled office hours.
SUPPLEMENTAL INSTRUCTIONS FOR TODAY IN LABORATORY:
Prepare a matrix of your unprepared tooth #30 using PVS (Reprosil Putty) bymaking a cylindrical segment of material that can be laid over the arch from #28 – 31 area. Make sure the two parts of the putty are mixed thoroughly until ahomogenous purple color is obtained without streaks. This index can besectioned from mesial to distal along the central groove and used to compare theamount of reduction that has been accomplished. A second index can be madeand sectioned from facial to lingual at the mesio-buccal cusp and at the distal-buccal cusp to make two segments that can be used to determine how muchreduction has been done in the central groove and at the functional cusp andlingual cusp areas. Remember to look at the already existent space that ispresent between cusp tips and central fossa of the opposing teeth beforepreparing tooth #30. If there is no contact present then you will have to reduceonly enough space to get to the desired reduction. If you reduce the amountneeded from the index to ideal depth on the tooth being prepared withoutconsidering space that was present, you may find that you have over reduced thetooth.