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Dental Chairside

Course Number: 31508302
Credits: 5.00

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Course Description

31-508-302 DENTAL CHAIRSIDE...prepares dental assistant students to chart oral cavity structures, dental pathology, and restorations and to assist a dentist with basic dental procedures including examinations, pain control, amalgam restoration, and cosmetic restoration. Students will also develop the ability to educate patients about preventive dentistry, brushing and flossing techniques, and dental procedures, using lay terminology. Throughout the course, students will apply decoding strategies to the correct use and interpretation of dental terminology. (Prerequisites: 10-508-101, Dental Health Safety; 31-508-304, Dental & General Anatomy; Corequisite: 10-508-113, Dental Materials; all other second semester classes)

Course Typically Offered

  • Fall
  • Spring

Length of Course

Course Competencies

  1. Decode dental terminology
  2. Operate dental equipment
  3. Apply the principles of chairside dentistry
  4. Transfer dental instruments for various dental procedures
  5. Maintain clear operating field
  6. Manage handpieces and rotary instruments
  7. Adapt dental assisting techniques when assisting with dental examinations
  8. Record reported examination findings of the oral cavity structures
  9. Chart dental pathology
  10. Chart restorations
  11. Document treatment and procedures that have been performed
  12. Assist with chairside pain control
  13. Adapt dental assisting techniques when assisting with a direct restoration
  14. Define preventive dentistry and its importance to the patient
  15. Demonstrate proper tooth brushing and interproximal cleaning techniques
  16. Interpret dental procedures to a patient, using lay terminology