Postgraduate course

Course description

Objectives and Content

Biomaterials is the subject which deals with materials and processing methods used in dentistry to restore function or prevent loss of function. The topic includes relevant aspects of general chemical and physical properties as well as biological considerations, including the interactions between living tissue and artificial materials. Furthermore there will be lectures on formal aspects about the production, selection and use of dental biomaterials.

Learning Outcomes


After completion of the course, the student knows:

  • concepts and terminology relating to dental biomaterials
  • the structure, composition, reaction methods and properties of relevant groups of biomaterials; permanent and temporary dental restorative materials for direct and indirect techniques
  • the use of materials that are used in connection with the manufacture of restorations or other structures used to treat or prevent loss of function
  • methods of preparation of restorative materials and the production of structures
  • materials and methods for the manufacture of indirect dental restorations
  • materials used for special purposes, such as in endodontics, orthodontics and surgery
  • regulatory/legislative matters that affect the selection and use of biomaterials
  • potential biological and clinical effects, interactions between materials and the body, including relevant toxicological issues


After completion of the course the student can:

  • make a rational selection of material based on information from manufacturers and from manufacturer independent sources
  • apply relevant biomaterials in dental general practice
  • search, retrieve and scientifically evaluate information from manufacturers and suppliers
  • communicate with dental technicians, and understand the processes involved
  • assess any adverse reactions to materials

General competence

After completion of the course the student can:

  • demonstrate a general understanding of the consequences of the use of artificial materials in humans
  • critically assess the commercial pressure with respect to materials and techniques
  • pass on biomaterial-related issues to patients, other health professionals and the general public

ECTS Credits

3 ECTs

Level of Study


Semester of Instruction

spring, fourth semester
Credit Reduction due to Course Overlap
Access to the Course
Master of Dentistry
Teaching and learning methods
The course is harmonized with preclinical course in cariology and prosthetics.
The program includes lectures, field trips and exercises aimed at a problem-based approach to specific topics.
Compulsory Assignments and Attendance

Visit the laboratory for Biomateriales

Perform a small material science project and present the results

All teaching is mandatory, except for lectures. The student is responsible for reporting absences, and unexcused absences are not allowed.¿In addition to the attendance requirements, the academic requirements must be met, both in terms of the quality of the work and sufficient practice¿.

Forms of Assessment
4-hour written examination
Grading Scale
Assessment Semester
Course Evaluation
Written evaluation on MittUiB
Examination Support Material
No support materials are permitted
Programme Committee
Programme committee of dental study programmes
Course Coordinator
Professor Marit Øilo
Course Administrator
Department of Clinical Dentistry
Department of clinical dentistry