Dental Assistant with Radiology

Course Outline

INTRODUCTION TO CHAIRSIDE ASSISTING
History of Dental Assisting
Dental Assisting as a Profession
Dental Organizations
The Dental Healthcare Team
Dental Specialties
Ethical and Legal Aspects of Dentistry
Dental Office and Equipment
The Dental Unit
CLINIC: Identifying and Operating the Dental Unit
Classifications of Motion
Theories of Four-Handed Dentistry
CLINIC: Instrument Transfer
Operating Zones
CLINIC: Identifying Operating Zones
Handwashing and Personal Protection
Equipment
CLINIC: Proper Handwashing
Donning Personal Protection Equipment

DENTAL ANATOMY
Parts of a Tooth
Tooth Cell Formation
The Permanent Dentition
The Primary Dentition
The Mixed Dentition
Eruption and Exfoliation Dates
Surfaces of the Tooth
Numbering Systems
Universal Numbering Systems
Palmer’s Notation System
International Standards Organization
Anatomical Landmarks of the Teeth

CHAIRSIDE ASSISTING
Introduction to Dental Instruments
CLINIC: Identifying Clinical Instruments
Rotary Instruments and Burs
CLINIC: Identifying Dental Drills
CLINIC: Identifying Burs
Pain Control- Local Anesthetics and the
Dental Syringe
CLINIC: Identifying Local Anesthetics

STERILIZATION AND INFECTION CONTROL
Infection Control In Dentistry
Microorganisms
Disease Transmission
Sepsis and Asepsis Conditions
Sterilization
CLINIC: Operating an Autoclave
Sterilizing Instruments
Surface Disinfection
CLINIC: Set-Up and Breakdown Operator
CLNIC: Operatory Disinfection
CLINIC: Meet and Greet Patients
Medical Waste Management
OSHA Standards
Material Safety Data Sheets

DENTAL SCIENCE
Anatomical Landmarks of the Face
Anatomy of the Oral Cavity
Muscles of the Face
Bones of the Skull
Paranasal Sinuses
Salivary Glands

CHAIRSIDE ASSISTING
Dental Charting
Black’s Classification of Teeth
Local Anesthetics and the Dental Syringe
CLINIC: Assembling and Disassembling the Dental Syringe
Identifying the Sharps Container
Tofflemire Matrix Retainer and Matrix Bands
CLINIC: Assembling and Disassembling the Matrix Retainer
Moisture Control: The Dental Dam
CLINIC: Identifying Dental Dam Equipment and Instruments
Endodontics
Instruments
CLINIC:
Identifying Endodontic Instruments and Materials
Periodontics
Periodontal Disease
Instruments
Periodontal Charting
CLINIC: Identifying Periodontal Instruments
Oral Maxillofacial Surgery
Instruments
CLINIC: Identifying Oral Surgery Instruments
Orthodontics
Procedures/Appliances
Angle’s Classification of Malocclusion
Instruments
CLINIC: Preparing Specialty Treatment Set-Ups

RADIOLOGY I
Foundations of Radiology
Radiology Equipment
X-Ray Production
Radiology Safety
Paralleling Technique
CLINIC: Radiology Lab

RADIOLOGY II
Dental Film and Processing Radiographs
Radiology Legal Issues
Quality Assurance
Radiology Infection Control
CLINIC: Radiology Lab

RADIOLOGY III
Intra-Oral Radiology (Bisecting Technique)
Extra-Oral Radiology
Digital Radiology
CLINIC: Radiology Lab

DENTAL EMERGENCY PROCEDURES
Emergency Procedures Introduction
Patient Data Gathering
Vital Signs
CLINIC: Taking Blood Pressure
Patient Health History
CLINIC: Filling out Health History Forms
Physician’s Desk Reference
CLINIC: How to Use and Read PDR
Office Preparation: Preparing Oxygen System
CLINIC: Assembling and Disassembling Oxygen Tank
Emergency Kit
Vasodepressor Syncope and Pre-Syncope
Postural Hypotension
Hyperventilation
Asthma
Diabetes Mellitus
Epilepsy
Office First Aid and Dental Trauma

DENTAL MATERIALS I
Characteristics of Dental Materials Use and Manipulation
Dental Lab Equipment
LAB: Identifying Lab Equipment
Dental Waxes
LAB: Take Occlusal Wax-Bite Registration
Irreversible and Reversible Hydrocolloid
LAB: Take Maxillary and Mandibular Impressions
Gypsum and Dental Stone Pouring
The Model Trimmer
LAB: Operating the Dental Vibrator LAB: Manipulating Gypsum

DENTAL MATERIALS II
Mouth Protectors
LAB: Operating the Vacuum Former/Omni-Vac
LAB: Fabricating Mouthguards
Custom Impression Materials
LAB: Operating the Drummel
LAB: Fabricate Custom Impression Trays
Finishing, Polishing and Cleansing products
LAB: Finish and Polish Custom Trays
Dental Cements
LAB: Mix and Manipulate Cements
(Temporary and Permanent)
Periodontal Surgical Dressing
LAB: Mix and Manipulate Periodontal Dressing

DENTAL MATERIALS III
Amalgam and Composite
LAB: Operating the Amalgamator
LAB: Mix and Manipulate Amalgam
LAB: Operating a Curing Light
LAB: Mix and Manipulate Composite
Elastomeric Materials
LAB: Mixing Elastomeric Materials
Provisional Coverage
LAB: Fabricate Acrylic Temporary Crown

FRONT DESK MANAGEMENT
Dental Office Communication Skills
Dental Office Management
EZ Dental Program and Application
CLINIC- Operating EZ Dental Software System

INTERNSHIP TO BEGIN
Monitored 100 hour internship at a group practice, clinic, or dentist office, allow the student to validate their education and gain real world experience prior to graduation.

Are you looking for a stable career with continual innovation and variety? Do you enjoy working with people? If so, becoming a dental assistant might be for you. As one of the best dental assistant schools in NJ, our programs provide hands-on skills and knowledge in the technical areas of dentistry and the business aspects of a dental office.

Dental Assistant with Radiology Program Educational Objective

Dental assisting students in our Dental Assistant Training Program will learn the required skills of a dental assistant with radiology. Dental assisting students will gain knowledge and develop the skills in dental terminology, chairside I & II didactic and clinic, dental anatomy, dental science, dental materials and lab, emergency procedures, and practice management. Hands-on clinical skills in four-handed dentistry, treatment set-up, and exposing and processing radiographic films will be mastered in an on-site laboratory furnished with state-of-the art dental equipment.

At our dental assistant school in New Jersey, the in-school radiology component is 76 hours, which is made up of 55 didactic hours and 21 lab hours. Clinical option D, which consists of FMS using parallel technique and four exposures using bisecting angle technique, is also required at a dental office. This comprehensive career readiness course provides the student with the education necessary to receive certification in radiation health and safety through the Dental Assistant National Board Examination and New Jersey state licensure from the Environmental Protection Agency. Additionally, our Career Assistance Program course is included, which assists in the preparation of the student to enter the dental field as an entry-level dental assistant with dental radiology.

 Outlook

Job prospects for dental assistants are excellent; upon graduation from dental assisting schools in NJ, dental assistants have a strong chance of being employed. In fact, the occupation of dental assistant is expected to be one of the fastest growing over the 2010-2018 projection period.

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