Course Outline

The following subjects are covered in depth form both a didactic and a practical clinical experience. The course consists of a total of 97 ½ classroom hours of training. The morning lecture is followed by an afternoon of clinical, “hands-on” training in the operation of all the equipment, instrumentation and materials used in our state-of-the-art practicing dental office.

I. Dental Theory and Terminology

A. Dental and oral anatomy, tooth numbering system
B. Instrument nomenclature and identification for all aspects of general dentistry
C. Dental terminology
D. Equipment operation, chair positioning, assistant equipment usage

II. Four-Handed Dental Assisting

A. Instrument transfer techniques, chairside assistant and suctioning
B. Chairside doctor, patient and assistant positions
C. Tub and tray systems
D. Use of instruments and materials in assisting for:

1. Operative Dentistry
2. Oral Surgery
3. Crown and Bridge
4. Endodontics
5. Periodontics
6. Pedodontics
7. Orthodontics

E. Handpiece, bur and instrument delivery and maintenance

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III. Radiology

A. X-Ray theory and technique, use of Rinn holders and other methods
B. Intraoral, bitewing, panoramic, and endodontic exposure methods
C. Developing x-rays using the automatic processor
D. Darkroom care and maintenance
E. X-ray safety and precautions

IV. Impressions and Model trimming

A. Impression materials and practice in their use, alginate mixing
B. Wax bites, counter impressions and alginate study model practicing
C. Model pouring and trimming

V. Sterilization Techniques

A. Sterilization theory and terminology, autoclave operation
B. Instrument and equipment sterilization/disinfect ion
C. Treatment room disinfect ion and asepsis techniques
D. OSHA Regulations

Course Schedule

  • General introduction to terminology and equipment.
  • Radiology-theory, safety procedures, and practice of intraoral and extra oral x-ray techniques.
  • Oral diagnosis and treatment planning; dental records and risk management.
  • Fourhanded dentistry, aspiration, instrument transfer, isolation (dry field), local anesthesia, patient positioning, handpiece maintenance methods and infection control methodology.
  • Operative (restorative) dentistry: amalgam and composite restorations, cosmetic bonding, tub and try systems, and sterilizations methods.
  • Impressions, cements and liners, model trimming and general lab work.
  • Crown and bridge assisting, making temporary restorations, and impression materials.
  • Endodontic instruments, materials and procedures.
  • Supplemental techniques; Panorex and fourhanded dentistry review.
  • Pedodontic assisting, resume writing, essentials of taking an interview, and course review. Graduation and awarding certificates and pins.