Conventional Bridges: Tooth Preparation

This micro skills course will look at the principles of tooth preparation including example preparations for crowns as retainers. The concepts of retention and resistance form will also be covered as well as methods of increasing retention and resistance form with auxiliary retention features.

Delivery Mode
Online - Self Paced
Course Duration
30-60 minutes
Course Type
Yes, on completion
Course Code
Content Provider
Faculty of Dental Surgery Royal College of Surgeons

What will I learn?

  1. By the end of this session you will be able to:
  2. List the five key principles of tooth preparation (as described by Shillingburg [1])
  3. Describe the principles of retention and resistance form with regard to tooth preparation
  4. Explain the importance of preparation taper with regard to tooth preparations
  5. Describe the different types of marginal finish for varying cast restorations
  6. Describe auxiliary features that can be used to increase retention and resistance form
  7. Apply preparation principles to the preparation of multiple bridge abutments

Course provided in association with


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  • This micro skills course may contain references to UK laws, regulations, policies and practice guidelines.
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