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DENTAL ASSISTING 101

COURSE OUTLINE

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

I. Dental Theory and Terminology

  1. Dental and oral anatomy, tooth numbering system

  2. Instrument nomenclature/identification for all aspects General Dentistry

  3. Dental terminology

  4. Equipment operation, chair positioning, assistant equipment usage

 

II. Receptionist – Front Desk Office Management

  1. Phone techniques and appointment book control

  2. Billing and accounting systems

  3. Billing: accounts receivable and accounts payable, collections

  4. Filing insurance forms and pre-treatment estimates

  5. Computer system introduction

 

III. Four Handed Dental Assisting

  1. Instrument transfer techniques, chair-side assisting and suctioning

  2. Chair-side doctor/patient assistant program

  3. Tub and Tray systems

  4. Use of instruments and materials in assisting for:

    • Operative Dentistry

    • Oral Surgery

    • Crown and Bridge

    • Endodontics

    • Periodontics

    • Pedodontics

    • Orthodontics

  5. Handpiece care and maintenance

 

IV. Radiology

  1. X-ray theory and technique, use of Rinn holders and other methods

  2. Intraoral bitewing, panoramic, and endodontic exposure methods

  3. Developing x-rays using the automatic processor

  4. Darkroom care and maintenance

  5. X-ray safety and precautions

 

V. Impressions and Model Trimming

  1. Impression materials and practice in their use; alginate, rubber base, etc.

  2. Wax bites, counter impressions

  3. Model pouring and trimming

 

VI. Sterilization Techniques

  1. Sterilization theory and terminology, autoclave operation

  2. Instrument and equipment sterilization/disinfection

  3. Treatment room disinfection and asepsis techniques

 

VII. Job Interview Assistance

  1. Proper image, dress, resume, and how to prepare for a job interview

  2. Difficult questions you may face – how to answer them

  3. Do’s and don’ts during the interview, what to expect