HDA 240 - Chairside Procedures

Course Description

This course provides the foundation for dental assistant clinical procedures performed in both general and specialty dental offices. Topics include theory and application of four-handed dentistry; application of infection control procedures; an overview of procedures and techniques unique to dental specialties; and background information and technical skills performed by the Registered Dental Assistant. In addition, local dental specialists serve as guest speakers. Group 2 course.

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HDA 241

Recommended Prerequisites or Skills Competencies

HAH 120, HDA 101, HDA 120, HDA 160, HDA 242, HDA 243

Course Learning Outcomes

  • Identify general specialty instruments.
  • Identify the materials commonly used in restorative dentistry.
  • Explain the role that the dental assistant plays during dental procedures.
  • Identify how to become a Registered Dental Assistant duties that can be performed under each specific classification (assisted, general, direct).
  • Explain the dental specialties.
  • Differentiate steps materials needed to complete an amalgam restoration (all classifications), crown appointment, seat appointment, extraction, and root canal.
  • Evaluate different types of isolation available, the armamentarium needed, and the steps included.
  • Connect the dental materials being used in procedures to G.V. Black's method for restoring teeth.
  • Compare/contrast the best method to restore a tooth.
  • Integrate the knowledge learned in dental emergency class when choosing treatment options based on the patient's medical/dental health history.
  • Analyze the precautions that need to be followed when performing dental procedures.
  • Explain the special needs treatment options and materials needed in a periodontal practice, oral surgery practice, endodontic practice, pediatric office, orthodontic practice, and implants.
Human Dimension:
  • Interact with others on integration of occupational safety infection control measures displayed in the dental office.
  • Discuss with others what dental treatment emergency situations can occur to determine best management procedures.
Caring - Civic Learning:
  • Engage with patients to explain the different types of treatment options relating to all of the chairside procedures.
Learning How to Learn:
  • Identify sources of information to help determine choices factoring different treatment plan levels.