Restorative I

Delegable Functions

Delegable expanded functions for Restorative I are:

  • Sizing and cementing of prefabricated crowns
  • Placing, condensing, carving and finishing amalgam for Class I, V and VI restorations
  • Placing and finishing composite for Class I, V and VI restorations
  • Minor palliative care of dental emergencies (place sedative filling)

Course Overview

Before you register for a course and begin your coursework, please read over this entire page to ensure your understanding of the process and various components.

The EFDA Restorative I Course includes:

  • Clinical Course Prework 
  • Anatomy & Morphology Exam (passage is prerequisite to attending Clinical Course)
  • Online Modules comprised of presentation, text, photos, illustrations and videos
  • Online practice quizzes
  • Skills Standards (grade sheets)
  • Clinical Course and Competency Testing

Clinical Course Prework

Prework with Restorative I Preparations  Upon course registration, students will be sent three restorative preparations via mail:

  • One preparation to perform placement of amalgams and composites.
  • One preparation to complete sedative filling procedures.
  • One preparation to trim, crimp and cement a stainless steel crown (provided by MDA).

If mentoring of the student by the employing/supervising dentist has not started already with the online modules, we encourage the dentists to make preparations and oversee the placement, shaping and carving of amalgams and composites prior to EFDA candidates attending the clinical portion of the Restorative I module. Although there are many ways to achieve quality restorations, please follow the online module demonstrations in performing placement of amalgams and composites. Preparations are different in the real world, and therefore vary in size and complexity of the anatomy to be reproduced.

Anatomy & Morphology Exam

Successful completion of this 76-question exam (with an 80% passing grade) is a prerequisite to attend the hands-on, clinical course for Restorative I. The exam may be taken at any time during your review period, as long as it is successfully completed one week prior to the clinical course.

Online Modules

You are required to progress through each Module as least once before the clinical course. However, you may review each Module as many times as you wish so that you are confident about performing the skills in the clinical course, where you will be graded for competency. Think of these Modules as your guide for the course. Additionally, Modern Dental Assisting is the official textbook recommended by the MDA EFDA Program for all Courses offered.

There are two pre-clinical modules:

  • Course Overview, Supervision & Delegation
  • Infection Control & Patient Positioning

There are four clinical modules:

  • Module 1: Stainless Steel Crowns – Sizing, Fitting and Cementing
  • Module 2: Amalgam Restorations Placing, Condensing and Carving – Class I, V, VI (including rubber dam)
  • Module 3: Composite Restorations – Placing Class I, V, VI
  • Module 4: Finishing & Polishing Final Restoration Module 5 – Placing Sedative Fillings


Each clinical module includes an accompanying quiz. The quizzes are designed to help you reflect on the main points of the module as you continue to prepare to attend the clinical course. Quizzes are automatically graded online.

Skills Standards (Grade Sheets)

Skills Standards are provided as part of the online course modules so that students and their doctors are aware of what criteria is used to assess competency as demonstrated at the hands-on clinical course. Students and their doctors are strongly encouraged to review and discuss these Skills Standards to correctly anticipate what must be successfully demonstrated for certification and subsequent permitting.

Register for Restorative I Course


Before you register for or begin any EFDA course, we suggest reading Preparing for Success and FAQs. Still have questions? Contact the MDA.