Jun 19, 2024  
2021-2022 Archived Catalog 
2021-2022 Archived Catalog

DAST-126 Dental Specialities

Credits 2 / 2 Contact Hours
Pre-requisite: Placement into College Level Reading, completion of ELAP-120 with a 2.0 or higher, or successful completion of ACRD-090, ACRD-091 or ACRD-092. Co-requisite: DAST-120 , DAST-121 , DAST-122 , DAST-123 , DAST-124 , DAST-125  and DHDA-114  
This course of study introduces the dental assistant to specialty areas of dental practice. These specialities approved by the Council on Dental Education and Licensure and the American Dental Association include the following: dental public health endodontics oral and maxillofacial radiology oral and maxillofacial surgery orthodontics and dentofacial orthopedics pediatric dentistry periodontics and prosthodontics. A brief introduction to forensic dentistry is included.

Course Outcomes
1. Define key terms 2. Describe the role of the dental assistant in dental public health 3. Describe the role the community serves in dental public health education 4. Describe dental public health role in research 5. Describe the administration of group/community dental care programs 6. Describe the role dental public health plays in the prevention and control of dental diseases in a community 7. Describe the function of endodontic therapy in preservation of natural teeth 8. Describe objective and subjective symptoms as they pertain to pupal involvement of a tooth 9. List indications and contraindications for endodontic therapy 10. Describe at least seven diagnostic methods used in endodontics 11. Identify instruments used for endodontic treatment 12. Describe the care and sterilization of endodontic instruments 13. Identify medicaments used in endodontic therapy to remove the pulp, sterilize the root canal, and seal the canal 14. Describe and simulate the process and steps of the pulpectomy procedure 15. Define the following terms: vital tooth. pulpotomy, pulpectomy, apicoectomy,hemisection, and root amputation 16. Define key terms 17. Describe the specialty of oral and maxillofacial surgery and the patient treatment involved 18. Describe the referral process of a patient from a generalist to the oral surgeon 19. List the indications and contraindications for oral surgery 20. Identify and indicate the use of special instruments used for oral surgical procedures 21. Describe the sequence of and the need for maintaining a chain of asepsis throughout oral surgery procedures 22. Describe the procedure for the oral exfoliative cy1ologic examination 23. Describe the procedure for obtaining a biopsy of oral tissue 24. Prepare tray set-ups for specific surgical procedures 25. Explain various types of exdontia including routine extractions, complex extractions, multiple extractions, and root recovery 26. Present post-surgical instruction and rational to surgical patients 27. Discuss post-operative complications including prolonged bleeding, infection, and dry socket 28. Identify the term “implantology” 29. Identify and list the basic differences between endosseous and subperiosteal implantologys 30. Describe the role of the dental assistant in dental implantology 31. Discuss patient selection and treatment planning in implantology 32. Describe the surgical role and prosthetic treatment of dental implantology 33. Discuss the role of the dental assistant in maintenance procedures in implantology 34. Define key terms 35. Name the categories of orthodontic treatment 36. List the functions that may be delegated to the chair side assistant 37. Explain why it is important for the patient to assume responsibility in orthodontic treatment 38. Describe the facial habits that may adversely affect orthodontic treatment 39. Describe the principles involved in permanent tooth movement 40. Identify the types of removable appliances used in orthodontic treatment 41. Identify the instruments used in orthodontic treatment 42. Describe the technique of placing and removing separators archwires, and headgear 43.Define key terms 44. Be able to clean and polish removable appliances 45. Describe the role of the chairside assistant in the pediatric practice 46. Describe the role the parent or guardian plays in obtaining cooperation of the child patient 47. List the various age groups and considerations of treatment of each group 48. identify instrumentation and describe the use of each in operative dentistry for the pediatric patient 49. Describe the selection of adaptation and placement of a performed stainless steel crown 50. Describe the treatment of a fractured tooth 51. Define key terms 52. Define the practice of periodontics 53. Identify the indications and contraindications for periodontal treatment 54. List the local irritants to the periodontal tissues and their mechanism of action 55. Discuss the factors contributing to periodontal disease 56. Discuss the progress of the disease 57. Describe common periodontal treatment procedures, including scaling and root planning, subgingival curettage, gingivectomy, and the gingival flap 58. Identify instruments used specifically for periodontal treatment, including surgery 59. Define terminology specific to periodontal treatment and surgery 60. Outline post-operative instructions to the periodontal surgical patient 61. State two uses of the electrosurgery process 62. Describe the .basic procedure used when using the electrosurgery apparatus during crown and bridgework or periodontal surgery 63. List the equipment used for electrosurgery 64. State the basic principle of how the electrosurgery device works 65. Define key terms 66. Identify ingredients of periodontal dressings 67. Define terminology specific to suture removal 68. Describe the patient’s intraoral and extraoral factors that influence the consideration of fixed and removable prosthetics 69. List the indications and contraindications considered for fixed and removable prosthetics 70. List the components of a complete denture 71. List the components of a partial denture 72. List the components of a fixed bridge 73. Describe the steps in the construction of a removable and fixed prosthetics 74. Discuss the process of relining removable prosthetics 75. Describe the role the chairside assistant provides in the preparation and delivery of fixed and removable prosthetics 76. Describe the appointments necessary for the patient to receive a fixed or removable prosthetics 77. Describe the function of case plates and bit rims and the need for the “try-in” appointment in removable prosthetics 78. List and describe 7 necessary parts of a laboratory prescription 79. Describe the assistant’s role in providing patient education related to removable and fixed prosthetics 80. Define the term overdenture 81. List and explain 3 situations that may exist to make a patient a likely candidate for an overdenture 82. State 2 factors used when considering the construction of an overdenture 83. Identify the most common type of copings and attachments used for overdentures 84. Define key terms 85. Define key terms 86. Discuss the role the dental assistant serves in oral and maxillofacial radiology 87. Define key terms 88. Discuss the role the dental assistants serve in forensic odontology 89. Explain the importance of accurate patient records and radiographs to the identification of human remains 90. Explain the process of dental identification of human remains 91. Identify the annanentarium used in the identification of human remains 92. Explain the rationale for marking of dental prostheses and appliances 93. List the protocol for bite mark case management 94. Explain the significance of forensic odontology to public service