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Clinical Dental Assisting

DA 110

Clinical Dental Assisting

DA 110

Course Description

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.

Objectives:

  • 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.

Objectives:

  • 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.

Objectives:

  • 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.

Objectives:

  • 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.

Objectives:

  • 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.

Objectives:

  • 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.

Objectives:

  • 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.

Objectives:

  • 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.

Objectives:

  • 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.

Objectives:

  • 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.

Objectives:

  • 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.

Objectives:

  • 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.

Objectives:

  • 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.

Objectives:

  • 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.

Objectives:

  • 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.

Objectives:

  • 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.