Clinical Dental AssistingDA 110
Prerequisites: Prerequisites: BIO 140W or BIO 152W and BIO 153W; any approved College Composition I; and COM 112W or COM 114W, with a "C" (2.
0) or better in each. Concurrent enrollment in DA 110LW, and DA 114W. Provides the opportunity to explore the skills and knowledge for general chairside clinical procedures. (45-0)
Outcomes and Objectives
Explain the dental health profession, its members, and respective responsibilities.
- Identify the objectives of dentistry.
- Identify the members of the dental health team.
- Describe the role of each member of the dental health team.
- Describe the background of the dentist and the dental auxiliaries.
- Identify each of the dental specialties.
- Define the agencies for Certification and Registration for the Dental Assistant.
- Describe advanced functions.
- Identify acronyms common to the dental profession.
- Identify the factors or programs that influenced changes in dentistry.
- Define the purpose of the American Dental Assistants' Association.
- Describe the evolution of education for the dental assistant.
Demonstrate the dental assistant's role in oral diagnosis and charting.
- Describe the process of oral diagnosis.
- Describe the importance of a complete personal and medical history.
- Explain the need to update a patient's personal and medical history.
- Describe the use of consent forms, radiographs, laboratory studies, study models, and photographs in clinical evaluation.
- List the data necessary for a complete dental clinical examination.
- Describe common laboratory reports.
- Describe the reason for the development of a treatment plan and the process of a case presentation.
Describe the purpose for the use of topical and local anesthetic.
- Explain the different types of topical and local anesthesia and indications for use.
- Describe the types of anesthesia and application in dentistry.
- Explain the components of local anesthesia and the effect of each on the human body.
Explain the utilization of matrices and wedges.
- Define and identify various types of matrix and their usage.
- Define and identify various types of wedges and their usage.
Explain the utilization of cavity liners and bases.
- Classify cavity preparation according to their relationships with pulp.
- Explain the different options for protecting the pulp with cavity liners and bases.
- Describe the purpose of using cavity liners and bases.
- List types of materials used for bases and liners.
State the rationale for a sedative restoration.
- Identify the cavity preparation that can and cannot successfully receive a sedative restoration.
- Identify the commonly used sedative restoration materials.
- Identify post-op instruction.
Explain the procedural steps of a dental amalgam restoration.
- Describe the use of amalgam as a restorative material.
- Review the G. B. Black cavity preparation.
- Describe the steps of a cavity preparation.
- Identify and explain the phases of an amalgam procedure.
Explain a composite restorative procedure.
- Identify the armamentarium nd materials used in the composite resin restorative procedure.
- Describe the function of each instrument used during the procedures.
- Explain the procedural steps for a composite restoration.
Identify the components of a modern dental office and its care.
- Identify the factors that determine dental office design.
- Describe the basic floor plan of a dental suite.
- Explain the function of each room in the dental suite.
State the principle of four-handed dentistry.
- Explain the concept of advanced functions in relation to four-handed dentistry.
- Describe the benefits of four-handed dentistry.
- Explain positive phrases for implementing four-handed dentistry.
- Identify the principle of motion economy.
- Identify classifications of motion.
- Explain the concept of "see ability" in dentistry as it relates to ergonomics.
Describe the isoloation techniques used to decrease moisture.
- Explain the function of a high velocity evacuation system.
- Explain how the HVE system can aid in reducing aerosols in a dental clinic environment.
Demonstrate the utilization of a mirror intraorally.
- Explain the use of a dental mirror intraorally.
- Establish a fulcrum while using a mirror in various areas of the oral cavity.
Describe the functions of instruments.
- Identify the parts of a dental instrument.
- Explain the G.B. Black instrument nomenclature.
- Classify dental instruments according to use.
- Identify basic dental instruments and functions.
Describe the utilization of rotary instruments.
- Describe the function of rotary devices used in dentistry today.
- Explain the use of a water coolant system in conjunction with dental hand pieces.
- Identify burs and their functions.
Explain the importance of instrument exchange in four-handed dentistry procedures.
- Describe the various instrument grasps.
- Identify basic types of instrument exchanges used at chair-side.
- Explain the step-by-step procedure for common instrument exchange.
- Identify the responsibility of the dentist and dental assistant during instrument exchange.
Demonstrate the acquisition of vital signs.
- Explain the immportance and the process of taking the four vital signs taken in the dental office.
- Describe how metabolism affects a patient's vital signs.
- List the common pulse sites for taking a pulse.
- Describe the characteristics of the pulse that you would look for in taking a pulse.
- Describe the characteristics of respiration and how they affect a patient's breathing.
- Discuss the best way to obtain accurate readings of respiration.