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Impressions that are fit for purpose

Professor Nicolas Martin

BDS, PhD, PgCert L&T, MFDS RCSI, FDS (Rest Dent) RCS Irel, FDS (Rest Dent) RCS Eng

Wednesday 7th March 2018

To identify the various aspects to be considered to achieve an impression that is fit for purpose in fixed prosthodontics and the clinical techniques that will deliver this.


  • Review the objectives of an impression for the fabrication of a fixed prosthesis
  • Understand how the properties of different materials can affect the outcome
  • Understand how the materials can be used and combined to achieve the desired outcome
  • Review and outline each of the clinical stages involved in taking an impression
  • Evaluate the final impression and make a decision if it is 'fit for purpose'

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Professor Martin is a clinical academic restorative dentist with a keen interest in the pursuit of all aspects of pedagogic, research and clinical domains of his discipline. He is Head of the Academic Unit of Restorative Dentistry and Director of the Postgraduate Doctorate in Clinical Restorative Dentistry – A 3 year clinical programme in each of the monospecialties at the School of Clinical Dentistry, University of Sheffield.

Jointly with his clinical and academic colleagues they lead, manage and deliver the Clinical Restorative curriculum for the BDS and the DClinDent programme across the three disciplines of Endodontics, Periodontics and Prosthodontics.

He actively leads and participate in the pursuit of high quality research with significant outputs in the form of grant income and high impact publications in peer-reviewed journals.

Through his clinical work in the specialty, he seeks to provide and deliver excellent clinical care to all the patients in the different settings and isregistered on the GDC Specialists of Restorative Dentistry, Endodontics and Prosthodontics.