Course Curriculum

    MODULE I: Preventive/Periodontal Dentistry


    UNIT 1:   Introduction to Expanded Functions Policies and Procedures

    Introduction to the Advanced Dental Assistant's scope of practice and the advantages of multi-chair dental delivery. An introduction to basic dental anatomy and periodontal charting. A review of the components of the dental record with emphasis on pertinent medical conditions and emergencies that influence dental treatment. Overview of the annual exam form with detailed explanation of risk categories and patient flow. Completion of DIRS forms utilizing the CDT codes. Emphasis on infection control and patient safety in the dental treatment room and an overview of hazardous material requirements. 

    UNIT 2:   Preventive Dentistry

    Introduction to cariology and caries management protocols. Theory and practice in assessment of oral hygiene and behavior modification. Theory and practice in management of tobacco cessation. Effects of tobacco on the oral tissues. Practice in preventive dentistry patient counseling, diagnostic testing, application of topical fluorides, and the placement of pit and fissure sealants.

    UNIT 3:   Prophylaxis Instrumentation

    Principle theory on plaque and stain formation. Theory and practice in the use of different types of hand instruments. Theory and practice in the use of different types of sonic and ultrasonic devices. Theory and practice in the use of different types of polishing devices.

    UNIT 4:   Periodontal Disease and Pathogenesis

    Theory and application of the pathogenesis of periodontal disease with emphasis on microbiology and the classification system.

    MODULE II: Operative Dentistry


    UNIT 5:   Dental Restorations

    Introduction to nomenclature used to identify individual teeth and their specific anatomical features. Introduction to terminology used to classify and discuss tooth cavity preparations. Introduction to tooth isolation to facilitate restorative dental procedures with emphasis on rubber dam usage. Practice in isolating teeth for routine and complex restorative dental procedures. Introduction to dental amalgam, resin composite, and glass ionomer restorative materials. Theory and practice in the placement of dental amalgam, resin composite, and glass ionomer tooth restorations. Theory and practice in the use of liners and bases, interproximal matrices, and wedges during the placement of tooth restorations. Theory and practice in the precise application of dentin bonding agents. Theory and practice in evaluation and critique for clinical acceptability of completed amalgam, resin composite, and glass ionomer restorations. 

    Unit 6:   Multi-Chair Practice

    Introduction to Expanded Functions and Multi-chair dental practice. Theory and practice in organizing dental treatment rooms, supplies, instruments, and personnel. Theory and practice in patient scheduling and efficient management of provider work load. Practice in performing expanded functions dental procedures following a multi-chair appointment schedule.

    MODULE III: Prosthodontic Dentistry


    UNIT 7:   Diagnostic Impressions

    Diagnostic impressions to produce accurate reproduction of the maxillary and mandibular arches, using appropriate impression material. Diagnostic casts are obtained from diagnostic impressions. Introduction to making diagnostic impressions will include material properties, handling characteristics, and armamentarium in making impressions. Additionally, the procedures in making a diagnostic impression on a dentate patient will be performed. Introduction to face-bow will include the instrument, materials, and method of making a face-bow record on a patient.

    UNIT 8:   Provisional Restorations

    Provisional restorations may be either custom made or prefabricated. The different fabrication techniques, materials, adjustment, polishing, and delivering provisional restorations will be emphasized. Tissue displacement/management is needed to obtain adequate access to the prepared tooth to expose all necessary surfaces both prepared and not prepared. Tissue management techniques, materials, and equipment armamentarium used in making a final impression will be accentuated.

    UNIT 9:   Prosthetics Delivery

    Introduction to transitional treatment partials includes the instrument and material armamentarium used in adjusting and delivering a transitional treatment partial. Additionally, a transitional treatment partial will be delivered on a patient emphasizing how to adjust the denture teeth, polish, the prosthesis, and provide home care instructions to the patient. The single crown try-in introduces the laboratory and chairside procedures, materials, and equipment armamentarium used in preparing a crown for final delivery. The proper sequence of a crown try-in will be demonstrated on a patient.



    Unit 10:  Dental Radiography

    Introduction to dental radiography with emphasis on the theory and practice of radiation safety, proper techniques, radiographic quality assurance, digital imaging, and radiographic techniques for non-vital teeth.

    MODULE V:  Dental Clinic Rotations

    UNIT 11:  Clinical Rotations 

    Student demonstration of practical knowledge of all previous lessons. Rotation includes prosthodontics, periodontics, and operative/restorative dentistry, as well as, dental radiology.